By: Paul Reichert
July 8, 2023
On any Saturday night at the LaCrosse Speedway you expect exciting racing action from the top divisions on the big track. The support divisions that compete on the ‘action track’ quarter-mile put on an equally, if not more, entertaining show for the race fans. Tonight was the little track’s night to feel like a big deal during the annual Quarter Mile Mania. Bryon Olson made the most exciting move of the year in his Six Shooter heat race. Olson got sideways coming out of turn four and he had to make four different moves to keep his car under control without hitting the wall or running into another competitor. That was not the only excitement of the night as the features and a slew of Novelty events put the fans on the edge of their seats.
In the Hobby Stock feature Adam Moore borrowed his brother Andy’s car to run tonight and it was like old times on the quarter mile. Former champion Moore shot by another former champion in Jason Bolster on lap seven and ran away with his first feature victory in a number of years.
Rob Stanfield powered by Kyle Cottone for the lead on lap six of the Street Stock feature. Lester Stanfield did his darndest to make things interesting for Rob, but the dominator of the quarter mile won in the end as Rob added another checkered flag to his trophy case.
The Six Shooter feature saw Cody Bell quickly get to the front as the rest of the field struggled to get their act together. Tory Lockington tried to keep pace with Bell, but Bell put in a dominant performance to capture his first career feature win.
Josh Ingeltt, back on the quarter mile for the first time in several times, built up a huge advantage in the Mini-Van feature. With just three laps to go Inglett suffered a flat right front tire. That allowed Kevin Laufenberg to zoom into the lead and claim his first victory at La Crosse.
The High School Racing Association feature turned into a race of attrition as only four cars took the checkered flag. Kennedy Krueger was unstoppable as he led from the start and captured his first ever HSRA feature win.
The Street Stocks ran the first Novelty event of the evening, the 2nd Over the Line Wins. No matter which division competes in this event, it is always exciting to watch who will flinch first to give the win away. Lester Stanfield stopped for just a brief second to let Ketih Larson ahead then powered ahead of the rest of the field to win the race.
Next it was the Six Shooters putting on some close quarters action in the Figure 8 Novelty race. Alex Liebsch was doing his best to stay in the lead, but a flat right front tire ended his race. Ryan Stanfield took over but then ran wide coming to the checkered flag. That allowed Matthew Miller to sneak under Stanfield and steal the win.
The Mini-Vans partnered up for the Tag Team Novelty Race. Lately it has been John Huebner and Ryan Stanfield working with clockwork precision. This time Ryan had a new dance partner in Alex Liebsch but the result was the same. Ryan and Alex worked like a well oiled machine for the very first time to win the race.
The finale of the evening brought all three divisions together for the Race in Total Darkness. The drivers only had lights on the roof of their cars and their headlights to maneuver their way around a darkened quarter mile. Lester Stanfield took over the lead just before the mid-race point
Action continues next Saturday, July 15 as the Upper Midwest Vintage Racing Series makes their pre-Oktoberfest appearance. For many it will be a trip down memory lane to the heyday of Wisconsin short track racing. The Late Models, Sportsmen, Hornets, Hobby Stocks and Six Shooters will be on hnd The Novelty event will be a little more challenging as we run the 3rd Over the Line Wins race. Gates open at 5:30, qualifying goes green shortly after that and the ground pounding racing roars to life 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 lacrossespeedway.com. LaCrosse Speedway is proud to be a NASCAR Hometrack, part of the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series.
Auto Value Hobby Stocks
Feature (15 laps): 1. Adam Moore, 2. Charles Vian, Jr., 3. Jason Bolster, 4. Grant Witcraft, 5. Landon Lockington, 6. Michael Joines, 7. Bryon Olson
Heat #1 (8 laps): 1. Charles Vian, Jr., 2. Adam Moore, 3. Grant Witcraft, 4. Jason Bolster, 5. Landon Lockington, 6. Michael Joines, 7. Bryon Olson
Qualifying: 1. Adam Moore, 2. Charles Vian, Jr., 3. Jason Bolster, 4. Grant Witcraft, 5. Landon Lockington, 6. Bryon Olson, 7. Michael Joines
Auto Value Street Stocks
Feature (15 laps):1. Rob Stanfield, 2. Lester Stanfield, 3. Keith Larson, 4. Bernie Lucey, 5. Matthew Bornheimer, 6. Kyle Cottone, 7. John Huebner, 8. Steven Brasda, 9. Zach Liebsch, 10. Nathan Myhre, 11. Josh Inglett
Heat #1 (8 laps): 1. Matthew Bornheimer, 2. Steven Brasda, 3. Kyle Cottone, 4. Bernie Lucey, 5. Nathan Myhre, 6. Josh Inglett
Heat #2 (8 laps): 1st Lester Stanfield, 2nd Keith Larson, 3rd Rob Stanfield, 4th Zach Liebsch, 5th John Huebner, 6th Alex Liebsch
Qualifying: 1st Rob Stanfield, 2nd Lester Stanfield, 3rd Zach Liebsch, 4th John Huebner, 5th Alex Liebsch, 6th Keith Larson, 7th John Inglett, 8th Steven Brasda, 9th Bernie Lucey, 10th Nathan Myhre, 11. Kyle Cottone, 12. Matthew Bornheimer
Auto Value Six Shooters
Feature (15 laps): 1. Cody Bell, 2. Tory Lockington, 3. Lester Stanfield, 4. Chris Larson, 5. Ashton Kinsey, 6. Rob Stanfield, 7. Kreg Miller, 8. Landon Lockington, 9. Matthew Miller, 10. Nathan Myhre, 11. Zach Liebsch, 12. Bryon Olson, 13. Bernie Lucey, 14. Kyle Cottone
Heat #1 (8 laps): 1. Tory Lockington, 2 Cody Bell, 3. Landon Lockington, 4. Kreg Miller, 5. Kyle Cottone, 6. Bryon Olson, 7. Nathan Myhre
Heat #2 (8 laps): 1st Rob Stanfield, 2nd Zach Liebsch, 3rd Lester Stanfield, 4th Bernie Lucey, 5th Chris Larson, 6th Matthew Miller, 7th Ashton Kinsey
Qualifying: 1. Chris Larson (16.171–New Track Record), 2. Rob Stanfield, 3. Lester Stanfield, 4. Ashton Kinsey, 5. Matthew Miller, 6. Zach Liebsch, 7. Bernie Lucey, 8. Kreg Miller, 9. Kyle Cottone, 10. Tory Lockington, 11. Nathan Myhre, 12. Landon Lockington, 13. Cody Bell, 14. Bryon Olson
Mountain Dew Mini-Vans
Feature (15 laps): 1. Kevin Laufenberg, 2. Zach Liebsch, 3. Rob Stanfield, 4. Jay Raines, 5. Al Bartels, 6. Dan Noth, 7. Josh Inglett, 8. Jake Lisowski, 9. Matthew Miller, 10. Kyle Cottone, 11. Carlie Rinartz, 12. Matt Parent, 13. Alex Liebsch
Heat #1 (8 laps): 1. Matthew Miller, 2. John Inglett, 3. Jake Lisowski, 4. Al Bartels, 5. Kyle Cottone, 6. Matt Parent, 7. Carlie Rinartz
Heat #2 (8 laps); 1. Kevin Laufenberg 2. Rob Stanfield 3. Jay Raines 4. Zach Liebsch 5. Dan Noth 6. Alex Liebsch
Qualifying: 1. Jay Raines (16,687–New Track Record), 2. Rob Stanfield, 3. Zach Liebsch, 4. Alex Liebsch, 5. Kevin Laufenberg, 6. Dan Noth, 7. Josh Inglett, 8. Al Bartels, 9. Matthew Miller, 10. Kyle Cottone, 11. Jake Lisowski, 12. Matt Parent, 13. Carlie Rinartz
High School Racing Association
Feature (15 laps): 1. Kennedy Krueger, 2. Xander Weeks, 3. Landin Frye, 4. Charlie Thompson, 5. Ryatt Dobbratz, 6. Belle Bolduan, 7. Braydon Lockington, 8. Caleb Arneson
Heat #1 (8 laps): 1. Landin Frye, 2. Braydon Lockington, 3. Charlie Thompson, 4. Kennedy Krueger, 5. Xander Weeks, 6. Caleb Arneson, 7. Ryatt Dobbratz, 8. Paityn Barney, 9. Bella Bolduan
Qualifying: 1. Braydon Lockington, 2. Landin Frye, 3. Charlie Thompson, 4. Kennedy Krueger, 5. Ryatt Dobbratz, 6. Paityn Barney, 7. Caleb Arneson, 8. Belle Bolduan, 9. Xander Weeks
2nd Over the Line Wins Race (Street Stocks): 1. Lestetr Stanfield, 2.Keith Larson, 3. John Huebner, 4. Robert Stanfield, 5. Matthew Bornheimer, 6. Zach Liebsch, 7. Bernie Lucey, 8. Chris Larson, 9. Alex Liebsch
Figure 8 Race (Six Shooters): 1. Matthew Miller, 2. Rob Stanfield, 3. Zach Liebsch, 4. Alex Liebsch
Tag Team Race (Mini-Vans): 1. Rob Stanfield/Alex Liebsch, 2. Zach Liebsch/Jay Raines, 3. Matthew Miller/Josh Inglett, 4. Matt Parent/Jake Lisowski, 5. Kyle Cottone/Carlie Rinartz
Race in Total Darkness: 1. Lester Stanfield, 2. Rob Stanfield, 3. Chris Larson, 4. Bernie Lucey, 5. Matthew Bornheimer, 6. Alex Liebsch, 7. Ashton Kinsey, 8. Zack Liebsch, 9. John Huebner, 10. Matthew Miller, 11. Josh Inglett, 12. Matt Parent, 13. Steven Brasda, 14. Jay Raines, 15. Bryon Olson