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  Carlson Takes Over On La Crosse Opening Night
by Ashley Iwanski
5/4/2013

La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway Upcoming Events
Friday, May 10 Friday Night Street Drags
Saturday, May 11 ///NASCAR Late Models, Sportsmen, Thunderstox, Queen Bees
Saturday, May 18 ///NASCAR Late Models, Sportsmen, Thunderstox, Figure 8
Saturday, May 25 ///NASCAR Late Models, Sportsmen, Thunderstox, Buck Night


(West Salem, WI – May 4, 2013) There was some spinning and a lot of shuffling during the Kwik Trip NASCAR Late Model feature at La Crosse Speedway on Saturday night. In the end Steve Carlson was able to fend off last weeks winner J. Herbst to capture the checkered flag.

Carlson made his signature move and overpowered leader Herbst on the outside with five laps left in the race. Carlson had been on Herbst bumper for laps waiting for his chance to strike. Herbst had used a similar move to take the lead at the half way point. He had advanced from an 11th place starting spot to fourth when he dove to the inside and used a sling shot move to pass Todd Korish, Adam Degenhardt and then-leader Bill Niles.

Nilesstarted the race on the pole after first taking the green flag in second.

Shawn Pfaff was on point for the first start of the feature, but the field had only made it to the middle of turns 1 and 2 before Pfaff went spinning like a top. Amazingly the rest of the field was able to miss him, avoiding the carnage that could have been. However Curt Eckelberg also spun sending both drivers to the back of the field to restart the race.

Since the field had not completed a lap the race was restarted from the beginning.

When the feature finally got underway the front nine cars were packed together. Niles was side by side with Nick Clements while Degenhardt, fast qualifier Ty Majeski and Korish were battling it out for the third spot.

It took ten laps for Niles to peel his car away from Clements and into the lead. Just as Degenhardt pulled up to challenge Niles, Herbst showed up and closed the door. Degenhardt finished third, Majeski fourth and Korish rounded out the top five.

Brian Hesselberg was in a three-car battle with Jake Arneson and Jimmy Gilster for most of the Exhaust Plus Sportsmen feature before pulling away and taking the win. Bill Martin spun out in turn 4 three laps into the race bringing out a caution.

With the field squeezed back together Hesselberg and Arneson took off on the restart. Gilster caught up quickly as Hesselberg shook off Arneson.

Gilster was able to get door handle to door handle with Arneson, but got loose and fell back. Arneson drove away with second, and Gilster took third followed by Jamie Dummer and Steve Bachman.

Jordan Myers took home a feature win in the caution-filled United Auto Supply Thunderstox division. Cars were spinning left and right, lap after lap from start to finish. When the smoke cleared Myers was right there at the finish line followed by Mark Challet and Andy Moore.

Sportsmen driver Jerrod Loging held off Thunderstox driver Jason Bolster for a feature win in the Volden Construction Outlawz division.

Get ready for an action packed weekend at La Crosse Speedway. The first of many Friday Night Street Drags kicks off May 10 with over 15 different brackets, plus a Burnout Contest and Shine N’ Show Contest. May 11 is Ladies Night. The first 3,000 ladies get in free. Be prepared for a full night of racing with the regular weekly division plus the ANT’S Complete Pest Control Hornets and the Queen Bees. For more information please call the Speedway office at (608) 786-1525 or visit www.lacrossespeedway.com.

LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway is a proud NASCAR Hometrack, part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series – www.hometracks.nascar.com.

LA CROSSEFAIRGROUNDS SPEEDWAY
Kwik Trip NASCAR Late Models Whelen 25 Feature
(19 Cars) — 1, Steve Carlson, West Salem; 2, J. Herbst, La Crosse; 3, Adam Degenhardt, Coon Valley; 4, Ty Majeski, Seymour; 5, Todd Korish, Holmen; 6, Bill Niles, Holmen; 7, Brent Kirchner, La Crosse; 8, Shawn Pfaff, Sparta; 9, Cole Howland, La Crosse; 10, Jerimy Wagner, Onalaska; 11, Nick Clements, West Salem; 12, Branden Berg, Melrose; 13, Jonathan Eckelberg, West Salem; 14, Curt Eckelberg, West Salem; 15, Scott Rand, Arlington, Texas; 16, Jimmy Summerfield, Rockland; 17, Cole Scholze, Sparta; 18, Mike Carlson, West Salem; 19, Albert Locy, Onalaska.
Qualifying — 1, Ty Majeski, 19.821 seconds, 99.062 MPH; 2, Steve Carlson, 19.831 secs, 99.012 MPH; 3, Mike Carlson, 19.912 secs, 98.609 MPH; 4, J. Herbst, 19.937 secs, 98.485 MPH; 5, Cole Howland, 19.952 secs, 98.411 MPH; 6, Todd Korish; 7, Adam Degenhardt; 8, Nick Clements; 9, Jerimy Wagner; 10, Bill Niles; 11, Shawn Pfaff; 12, Branden Berg; 13, Brent Kirchner; 14, Scott Rand; 15, Jonathan Eckelberg; 16, Curt Eckelberg; 17, Cole Scholze; 19, Al Locy.
Heat 1 —1, Scott Rand; 2, Curt Eckelberg; 3, Jonathan Eckelberg; 4, Cole Scholze; 5, Al Locy.
Heat 2 — 1, Brent Kirchner; 2, Shawn Pfaff; 3, Bill Niles; 4, Adam Degenhardt; 5, Nick Clements.
Fast Dash — 1, Todd Korish; 2, J. Herbst; 3, Steve Carlson; 4, Ty Majeski; 5, Cole Howland.

Exhaust Plus Sportsmen Whelen 15
Feature (14 Cars) — 1, Brian Hesselberg, West Salem; 2, Jake Arneson, Taylor; 3, Jimmy Gilster, West Salem; 4, Jamie Dummer, Tomah; 5, Steve Bachman, West Salem; 6, Jerrod Loging, West Salem; 7, Bill Martin, Madison; 8, Greg Scheck, La Crosse; 9, Justin Mullikin, Holmen; 10, Mark Challet, La Crosse; 11, Jeff Thompson; 12, Mark Inglett, Holmen; 13, Josh Haessly; 14, Mandi Eckelberg, West Salem.
Qualifying — 1, Steve Bachman, 22.230 seconds, 88.327 MPH; 2, Jake Arneson, 22.290 secs, 88.089 MPH; 3, Bill Martin, 22.291 secs, 88.085 MPH; 4, Jamie Dummer, 22.312 secs, 88.002 MPH; 5, Brian Hesselberg, 22.383 secs, 87.723 MPH; 6, Jerrod Loging; 7, Greg Scheck; 8, Justin Mullikin; 9, Mark Challet; 10, Jimmy Gilster; 11, Jeff Thompson; 12, Josh Haessly; 13, Mark Inglett; 14, Mandi Eckelberg.
Heat 1 — 1, Jimmy Gilster; 2, Greg Scheck; 3, Justin Mullikin; 4, Mark Challet; 5, Jeff Thompson.
Dash — 1, Steve Bachman; 2, Bill Martin; 3, Brian Hesselberg; 4, Jerrod Loging; 5, Jake Arneson.

United Auto Supply Thunderstox Whelen 15
Feature (12 cars) — 1, Jordan Myers, Sparta; 2, Mark Challet, La Crosse; 3, Andy Moore, Sparta; 4, Brad Warthan, Sparta; 5, Jason Bolster, Sparta; 6, David Cavin, Sparta; 7, Steve Rusch, Sparta; 8, Bert Young, Sparta; 9, Radlee Pfaff, Sparta; 10, Adam Moore, Sparta; 11, Kayla Lockington, Mindoro; 12, JR Tourtellott.
Dash — 1, Adam Moore; 2, Andy Moore; 3, Brad Warthan; 4, Jason Bolster.
Heat 1 — 1, Adam Moore; 2, Andy Moore; 3, Berg Young; 4, Steve Rusch; 5, Radlee Pfaff.
Heat 2 — 1, Brad Warthan; 2, Jason Bolster; 3, Jordan Myers; 4, Mark Challet; 5, Kayla Lockington.

Volden Construction Outlawz
Whelen 15 Feature (7 cars) — 1, Jerrod Loging; 2, Jason Bolster; 3, Steve Rusch; 4, Tom Luethe; 5, Cole Scholze; 6, Adam Moore; 7, Brad Warthan.
Qualifying — 1, Jerrod Loging; 2, Cole Scholze; 3, Tom Luethe; 4, Brad Warthan; 5, Jason Bolster; 6, Adam Moore; 7, Steve Rusch.
Heat 1 — 1, Cole Scholze; 2, Jerrod Loging; 3, Tom Luethe; 4, Adam Moore; 5, Jason Bolster.








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Late Model Feature winner: #66 Steve Carlson [Bruce Nuttleman/UltimateLapPhoto.com]


Sunset and lights on at the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway. [Bruce Nuttleman/UltimateLapPhoto.com]


Sportsmen Feature winner: #5 Brian Hesselberg [Bruce Nuttleman/UltimateLapPhoto.com]


Outlawz Feature winner: #79 Jerrod Loging [Bruce Nuttleman/UltimateLapPhoto.com]


Outlawz racing at the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway. [Bruce Nuttleman/UltimateLapPhoto.com]




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