(West Salem, WI) – LaCrosse Speedway’s race teams were again left hungry for action after last week’s racing was washed out by rain, and their return to racing Saturday night provided the action that both fans and drivers were looking for.
Kwik Trip NASCAR Late Models took the center stage as the annual LaCrosse Interstate Fair night showcased two feature races. In the first Budweiser 20, polesitter Cole Howland jumped out to an early lead over Mike Carlson.
As the race progressed, Howland’s lead increased lap by lap, but the fastest car on the track, 10th place starter Ty Majeski, was not only working his way through traffic, but was reeling in Howland. At Halfway, Majeski got into the back of 2nd place Carlson, but got his car loose and ended up losing ground as Powell got by.
The race’s only yellow came out with five laps to go as Carter Christenson spun in turn two, forcing a double file restart and eliminating the lead that Howland had built. Powell started on the outside of Howland and passed for the lead going into the first corner. Powell held off Howland for the win, and Majeski, Steve Carlson and Shawn Pfaff rounded out the top five positions.
“I think that Cole (Howland) was a little bit better than my car, but a win is a win. We certainly wouldn’t have caught him without that caution,” Powell commented after the race. “We’ll take it and hope to continue that into the second feature,” concluded Powell.
For the second Budweiser 20, Jerimy Wagner took the early lead from the front row. The fastest car of the first race, Ty Majeski, was buried in the middle of the pack, which came to haunt him on lap six.
Mike Koeneke suddenly slowed in turn four while running with the leaders, and when all cars tried to avoid trouble, Majeski ran into the back of Powell, forcing him to spin. The result was damage to the blue number 91 Late Model of Majeski. Bill Niles also spun but was able to continue.
On the restart, Todd Korish took control but just a couple laps later Steve Carlson proved he was the one to beat, as he passed Korish on the outside on lap nine. Carlson was able to drive off to another feature win, holding off top five finishers Korish, Shawn Pfaff, Howland and Jerimy Wagner.
A first time winner was almost to be in the Grand National Sportsmen division, as Brad Warthan led 14 laps of the Budweiser 15. Lap 15 was not his, as Greg Scheck ran him down from a tenth place starting position and took the lead on the high groove of the final lap. Scheck was the winner, followed by Warthan, Jimmy Gilster, Brian Hesselberg and Bill Martin.
The United Auto Supply Thunderstox teams took their Budweiser 15 around for only a lap before the first caution came out. Kayla Steinhoff, Kayla Lockington, Melissa Rusch and Jacinda Pfaff all had problems as they completed the first lap. Rusch had damage and went in for repairs. The race restarted and Jason Schaller took control to win. Jordan Myers, Andy Moore, Thomas Farra and Jason Bolster completed the top five.
Mark Bornitz had a dominating night in the ANTS Complete Pest Control Hornets, winning both his heat and the Budweiser 15 feature. A couple yellows and some attrition helped Bornitz make his way to the front after a 17th place starting position. He beat Jeff Thompson, Garrett Thicke, Kevin Turner and Jeff Stumlin at the line.
Racing continues next Saturday, July 26th as fans will get to see the Late Models, Sportsmen, Thunderstox, and a special appearance by the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series. For more information please call the Speedway office at (608) 786-1525 or visit www.lacrossespeedway.com.
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LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway
Results: July 19, 2014
Kwik Trip NASCAR Late Models
Fairtime 20 Feature #1 (25 Cars) — 1. Brad Powell, 2. Cole Howland, 3. Ty Majeski, 4. Steve Carlson, 5. Shawn Pfaff, 6. Mike Carlson, 7. Todd Korish, 8. Adam Degenhardt, 9. Jerimy Wagner, 10. Mike Koeneke, 11. Matthew Henderson, 12. Harley Jankowski, 13. Bill Niles, 14. Dan Steele, 15. Jack Litsheim, 16. Adam Moore, 17. Randy Humfeld, 18. Branden Berg, 19. Steve Owen, 20. Curt Eckelberg, 21. Jonathan Eckelberg, 22. Carter Christenson, 23. Jimmy Summerfield, 24. Paul Mahlum, 25. Travis Christenson, 26. Steve O’ Brien.
Fairtime 20 Feature #2 (25 Cars) — 1. Steve Carlson, 2. Todd Korish, 3. Shawn Pfaff, 4. Cole Howland, 5. Jerimy Wagner, 6. Matthew Henderson, 7. Adam Degenhardt, 8. Mike Carlson, 9. Randy Humfeld, 10. Brad Powell, 11. Harley Jankowski, 12. Bill Niles, 13. Jack Litsheim, 14. Branden Berg, 15. Adam Moore, 16. Steve Owen, 17. Curt Eckelberg, 18. Carter Christenson, 19. Jonathan Eckelberg, 20. Travis Christenson, 21. Jimmy Summerfield, 22. Paul Mahlum, 23. Dan Steelen, 24. Ty Majeski, 25. Mike Koeneke
Qualifying — 1, Ty Majeski, Seymour, 19.943 Sec., 98.431 mph, 2. Steve Carlson, West Salem, 20.000 sec., 3. Brad Powell, LaCrosse, 4. Shawn Pfaff, Sparta, 5. Matthew Henderson, LaCrosse, 6. Harley Jankowski, Sparta, 7. Adam Degenhardt, Coon Valley, 8. Jerimy Wagner, Onalaska, 9. Mike Carlson, West Salem, 10. Cole Howland, LaCrosse, 11. Todd Korish, Holmen, 12. Dan Steele, West Salem, 13. Bill Niles, Holmen, 14. Mike Koeneke, Rockland, 15. Randy Humfeld, 16. Branden Berg, Melrose, 17. Jack Litsheim, Trempealeau, 18. Adam Moore, Sparta, 19. Carter Christenson, West Salem, 20. Curt Eckelberg, West Salem, 21. Steve Owen, Bangor, 22. Jonathan Eckelberg, West Salem, 23. Travis Christenson, LaCrosse, 24. Steve O’Brien, Red Wing, MN, 25. Jimmy Summerfield, Bangor, 26. Paul Mahlum, Holmen
Heat 1 — 1. Mike Koeneke, 2. Todd Korish, 3. Branden Berg, 4. Adam Degenhardt, 5. Mike Carlson
Heat 2 — 1. Jack Litsheim, 2. Adam Moore, 3. Carter Christenson, 4. Curt Eckelberg, 5. Steve Owen
Fast Dash — 1. Brad Powell, 2. Matthew Henderson, 3. Steve Carlson, 4. Ty Majeski, 5. Brent Kirchner
Grand National Sportsmen
Fairtime 15 Feature (16 Cars) — 1, Greg Scheck, 2. Brad Warthan, 3. Jim Gilster, 4. Brian Hesselberg, 5. Bill Martin, 6. Nick Clements, 7. Jamie Dummer, 8. Steve Bachman, 9. Jeff Thompson, 10. Justin Mullikin, 11. Mark Challet, 12. Justin Berg, 13. Tom Luethe, 14. Mandi Eckelberg, 15. Jake Bemis, 16. Andy Buhrow 17. Jon Inglett
Qualifying — 1, Steve Bachman, LaCrosse, 22.268 sec., 88.153 mph, 2. Jimmy Gilster, West Salem, 22.320 sec., 3. Greg Scheck, LaCrosse, 4. Bill Martin, Madison, 5. Nick Clements, West Salem, 6. Justin Mullikin, Holmen, 7. Brian Hesselberg, West Salem, 8. Jeff Thompson, LaCrosse, 9. Tom Luethe, West Salem, 10. Brad Warthan, Sparta, 11. Justin Berg, Bangor, 12. Mark Challet, Bangor, 13. Jamie Dummer, Tomah, 14. Andy Buhrow, Sparta, 15. Jon Inglett, LaCrosse, 16. Mandi Eckelberg, West Salem, 17. Jake Bemis, Trempealeau
Dash — 1, Nick Clements, 2. Justin Mullikin, 3. Greg Scheck, 4. Bill Martin, 5. Steve Bachman
Heat 1 — 1. Jamie Dummer, 2. Brad Warthan, 3. Brian Hesselberg, 4. Mark Challet, 5. Jeff Thompson
United Auto Supply Thunderstox
Fairtime 15 Feature (15 cars) — 1, Jason Schaller, Holmen, 2. Jordan Myers, Sparta, 3. Andy Moore, Sparta, 4. Thomas Farra, Cashton, 5. Jason Bolster, Sparta, 6. Dakota Miller, Sparta, 7. Jacinda Pfaff, 8. Ron White, Camp Douglas, 9. Steve Rusch, LaCrosse, 10. Kayla Steinhoff, Sparta, 11. Melissa Rusch, Sparta, 12.Bill Schott, LaCrosse, 13. Kayla Lockington, Mindoro, 14. JR Tourtellott, Trempealeau, 15. Kyle Lockington, Mindoro
Dash — 1, Thomas Farra, 2. Andy Moore, 3. Jason Boslter, 4. Dakota Miller, 5. Jason Schaller
Heat 1 — 1, Thomas Farra, 2. Jason Schaller, 3.Kayla Steinhoff, 4. Jordan Myers, 5. Bill Schott.
Heat 2 — 1. Jason Bolster, 2. Andy Moore, 3. Dakota Miller, 4. Melissa Rusch, 5. Kayla Lockington
ANTS Complete Pest Control Hornets
Fairtime 15: (25 Cars) 1. Mark Bornitz, Holmen, 2. Jeff Thompson, LaCrosse, 3. Garrett Thicke, West Salem, 4. Kevin Turner, LaCrosse, 5 Dan Rozek 6..Brandon LeMoine, 7. Nate Towner, 8. Sammy Linnehan, 9. Ryan Happel, 10. Patrick Thicke, 11. Kris Berg, 12. Josh Viner, LaCrosse, 13. Fletcher Milene, Winona, MN, 14. Hunter Nelson, LaCrosse, 15. Kyle Ritter, LaCrosse, 16. Jeff Edwards, 17. Taylor Dobbs, 18. Travis Lee, 19. Jackson Broer, 20. Cam Dezelske, 21. Jeff Stumlin, 22. Hunter Miller, 23. Rudy Wopat, 24. Matthew Carpenter, 25. Jake Schomers.
Heat 1:1. Josh Viner, 2. Dan Rozek, 3. Patrick Thicke, 4. Garrett Thicke, 5. Hunter Miller
Heat 2:1. Mark Bornitz, 2. Jeff Thompson, 3. Ryan Happel, 4. Matthew Carpenter, 5. Jackson Broer
Heat 3:1. Nate Towner, 2. Brandon Lemoine, 3. Sammy Linnehan, 4. Kris Berg, 5. Kevin Turner
-LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway Press Release. Photo Credit: LaCrosse Farigrounds Speedway