A beautiful night welcomed another huge crowd to the LaCrosse Speedway for the biggest event of the season on Saturday night. The annual Trailer Race of Destruction ended an action-packed night of racing that saw a lot of excitement before the smashing and crashing began. Jacob Goede dove under Nick Murgic in turn four on the final lap to power by the point leader and score an unexpected victory.
After battling with Justin Mullikin (Holmen, WI) during the opening laps of the Auto Value 25 lap NASCAR Late Model feature, Matt Henderson (LaCrosse, WI) surged into the top spot. Andrew Schultz (Webster, MN) and Brent Kirchner (LaCrosse, WI) tangled in turn one while battling over second on lap nine. Steve Carlson (West Salem, WI) wasted little time in diving under Henderson for the lead on lap ten.
Nick Murgic (Rosemount, MN) looked high and low for a way around Billy Mohn (Elko, MN) for the runner-up spot with five laps to go. Carter Christenson looped it in turn four with three laps to go, setting up an exciting double-file restart. On the restart, Murgic tried to dive to the inside of Carlson. Carlson spun out in turn two, but luckily everyone drove around him. Mohn almost lost it in turn one on the restart, but Murgic was able to power by him to assume the lead. Jacob Goede (Carver, MN) quickly caught Murgic and got an opening under him in turn four. Goede powered his way by Murgic out of four and hit the finish line first.
“We would have been happy with second, but Nick drove it a little hard in turn four and we got our opening,” Goede said after the race.
Sam Niles (Holmen, WI) took the lead four laps into the Sportsmen feature. Point leader Dave Edwards (Salem, WI) and Jack Litshiem (LaCrosse, WI) tried to catch Niles, but they got into their own battle over second as Niles ran away with his second win of the season.
In the Hobby Stock feature, Mark Challet got around Austin Schott on the outside with six laps to go and drove away with the victory.
Kris Berg dove to the inside in turn three and powered his way under Jaydin Schock coming to the white flag to take the victory in the Hornet feature.
The night ended with the hard hitting action that is the World Famous Trailer Race of Destruction. Vehicles were smashing and crashing their way through boats, campers and other interesting items riding on the trailers. When the smoke cleared and the debris settled, the fans decided who did the best job of destruction. By the slimest of margins, John Clauson just edged out Jimmy Bjorkman in the fan vote to capture the win.
Action continues next Saturday, August 8 with the first of back to back nights of twin features for the NASCAR Late Models. The Sportsmen, Hobby Stocks, Street Stocks and High School Racing Association will also be in action. Make sure you bring your appetites and your dollar bills for the second Buck Night of the season. Gates open at 6:00, qualifying starts at 6:15 and the racing excitement kicks off at 7:30.
For more information about LaCrosse Speedway or the 2020 schedule of events, please call the 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.
-LaCrosse Speedway Press Release & Photo