By: Paul Reichert
July 22, 2023
There is so much fun and excitement awaiting all ages of children and adults during a county fair.  Judging of livestock, competitions to prove who is the best farmer in the area, live entertainment to enjoy at the end of the evening and midway rides of all speeds for everyone to enjoy.  All that and much more could be found at the 132nd LaCrosse Interstate Fair, plus another thrilling competition of speed that has been run for years at fairs.  For the first time since 2009 at the LaCrosse Speedway, the NASCAR Late Models ran a 50-lap feature during the fair with a ton of excitement from the green flag to the checkered flag.  Despite a couple storms that shortened the program, they would not stop Dan Fredrickson from taking the lead just past halfway and running away with a dominant victory reminiscent of his past Oktoberfest efforts. 
Tom Carlson (West Salem, WI) started on the pole of the Wisconsin Kenworth Fair Time 50 lap feature NASCAR Late Models, and powered under Jeff Partington (Farmington, MN) to assume command of the race.  Skylar Holzhausen (Bangor, WI) and Steve Bachman (Rockland, WI), the top two in the NASCAR Late Model points, were struggling to make their way through traffic to get to the head of the class.  The same could not be said for Dan Fredrickson (Lakeville, MN) as he came from his 21st starting spot to begin his march through the field.  Fredrickson was marching like an army through the field as he broke into the top ten by the 15th circuit, then powered around Jerimy Wagner (Onalaska, WI) to crack the top five by lap 20.  Leading up to halfway of the feature, Fredrickson settled solidly into second at the expense of Tony Bagatad (Westby, WI), Adam Bendzick (New Prague, MN), Adam Degenhardt (Coon Valley, WI) and Tom Luethe (West Salem, WI).  It only took Fredrickson three more laps to power around Carlson on the outside for the lead position as the competition caution flew with 20 laps remaining to allow the teams to refuel.  Fredricksonk wasted little time on the restart to quickly pull away from the field.  Contact between Carlson and Wagner allowed Bendzick to dive low to take over the runner-up spot with 16 laps to go.  Degenhardt was on a mission in the second half of the race as he powered around Carlson to claim the last podium spot with ten laps left.  Bendzick was trying everything he could to shrink the deficit on Fredrickson, but it was a tall task.  Fredrickson ran away with a dominant performance for a regular season win at LaCrosse for a second straight year.  After the race Fredrickson said “The car raced great tonight, even if I had not raced this car since Oktoberfest last year.”

Tina Lodermeier (Rosemount, MN) took the lead at the start of the NASCAR Sportsmen feature. Bob Fort (Fountain City, WI) surged by her for the lead just past halfway, but a lap later he got the black flag for breaking out three different times.  Now Lodermeier had to deal with both Adny Barney and Justin Berg for the race win down the stretch.  Lodermeier withstood the pressure both drivers were putting on her to score her maiden win at LaCrosse and her first feature win in over five years.

The NASCAR Hornet feature saw Al Bartels get a hot foot when a fire broke out under his car on lap six.  Fortunately our safety team put it out quickly after Bartles quickly scrambled out of his car.  Ben Thurk powered by rookie driver Terry Lafleur with six laps left to hit the finish line first and add a little more advantage to his points lead. 

Zack Liebsch became a big threat to win the Street Stock feature after he shot past Josh Inglett on lap five.  Liebsch’s mirrors were full of both Keith Larson and Rob Stanfield down the stretch.  Liebsch was able to fend off his hard charging challengers to return to Altra Federal Credit Union Victory Lane.
Rob Stanfield patiently waited for Matthew Miller to make a slip-up in the Mini-Van feature.  That happened with three laps left to run as Stanfield powered his ‘cop car’ mini-van to another impressive victory.
The racing program next Saturday, July 29 will be jam packed with action and fun for everyone.  The Late Models will compete in the latest round of twin 20 lap features and will be joined by the NASCAR Sportsmen, NASCAR Hornets, Hobby Stocks, Six Shooters and the High School Racing Association.  The Six Shooters will compete in this week’s Novelty event, the Hog Dog Race.  The first 250 adults through the gates will get a Wisconsin Lottery scratch-off ticket.  After qualifying, the kids will get to ride around the big track in a race car during the KQ98 Kids’ Rides.  Gates open at 5:30, qualifying goes green shortly after that and the fender bending racing excitement ramps up starting at 7.
For more information about LaCrosse Speedway or the 2023 schedule of events, please call the track office at 608-786-1525 or visit our web site at  LaCrosse Speedway is proud to be a NASCAR Hometrack, part of the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series.


Kwik Trip NASCAR Late Models

Fair Time 50 (50 laps):  1. Dan Fredrickson, 2. Adam Bendzick, 3. Adam Degenhardt, 4. Tom Carlson, 5. Jerimy Wagner, 6. Skylar Holzhausen, 7. Brent Kirchner, 8. Tony Bagstad, 9. Steve Bachman, 10. Michael Haggar, 11. Tom Luethe, 12. Steve Carlson, 13. Mike Carlson, 14. Nick Clements, 15. Nicholas Beaver, 16. Michael Beamish, 17. Gib Scharpf, 18. Don Turner, 19. Jeff Partington, 20. Ridge Oien, 21. Cam Dezelske, 22. Jimmy Summerfield, 23. Andrew Morrissey

Line-X NASCAR Sportsmen

Feature (15 laps):  1. Tina Lodermeier, 2. Andy Barney, 3. Justin Berg, 4. Bill Schott, 5. Scott Mahlum, 6. Travis Gordon, 7. Kenneth Donais, 8. Shelby Lockington, 9. Bob Fort (DQ)

Skyline Fireworks NASCAR Hornets

Feature (15 laps):  1. Ben Thurk, 2. Thomas Farra, 3. Kendon Thurk, 4. Jake Schomers, 5. Jacob Iverson, 6. Terry Lafleur, 7. Brandon Olson, 8. Alex Liebsch, 9. NIck Hadler, 10. Darren Pahl, 11. Josh Schwartz, 12. Tristan Finnegan, 13. Ryan Shafer, 14. Joey Johnson III, 15. Bentley Knaack, 16. Abigail Knaack, 17. Mitchell Rinartz, 18. A.J. Finnegan, 19. Carter Horstman, 20. Shane Kohlmeier, 21. Jace Lafleur, 22. Al Bartels

Auto Value Street Stocks

Feature (15 laps):  1. Zach Liebsch, 2. Keith Larson, 3. Rob Stanfield, 4. Matthew Bornheimer, 5. Steven Brasda, 6. Josh Inglett, 7. John Huebner, 8. Kyle Cottone, 9. Nathan Myhre
Heat #1 (8 laps):  1. Steven Brasda, 2. Josh Inglett, 3. Rob Stanfield, 4. Kyle Cottone, 5. Matthew Bornheimer, 6.Keith Larson, 7.Zach Liebsch, 8. John Huebner, 9. Nathan Myhre
Qualifying:  1. Keith Larson, 2. Rob Stanfield, 3. Zach Liebsch, 4. Matthew Bornheimer, 5. Steven Brasda, 6. Kyle Cottone, 7. Nathan Myhre, 8. Josh Inglett

Mountain Dew Mini-Vans

Feature (15 laps):  1. Rob Stanfield, 2. Matthew Miller, 3. Jay Raines, 4. Josh Inglett, 5. Zach Liebsch, 6. Ken Hart, 7. Al Bartels, 8. Daniel Noth, 9. Kevin Laufenberg, 10. Matt Parent, 11. Kyle Cottone, 12. Jake Lisowski 
Heat #1 (8 laps):  1. Daniel Noth, 2. Josh Inglett, 3. Kevin Laufenberg, 4. Rob Stanfield, 5. Jay Raines, 6. Zach Liebsch
Heat #2 (8 laps):  1. Ken Hart, 2. Matthew Miller, 3. Al Bartels, 4. Kyle Cottone, 5. Matt Parent, 6. Jake Lisowski
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