Holmen’s Todd Korish pulled out a feature win while the points standing were shaken up in the Kwik Trip NASCAR Late Model feature Saturday night at La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway.
Korish jumped to an early lead as Steve Carlson, Mike Koeneke and Brad Powell were glued together in the middle of the pack.
Koeneke started the feature one point ahead of Carlson in the standings. Earlier in the night Carlson qualified second and finished third in the Six-for-Six Dash race. Koeneke, who qualified seventh, finished third in the first of two heat races.
When the green flag waved to start the feature all eyes were on the three drivers atop the division leader board. Carlson, Koeneke and Powell were like magnets, wherever one went the other two followed.
By the halfway point Koeneke and Carlson were side by side for the fourth position. Carlson powered his way into the spot when the race leaders hit lap traffic. He used the momentum to surge up to the second spot around Randy Humfeld and Adam Degenhardt.
It was too late to make a run on Korish, but by finishing second Carlson was able to take over the lead in the points standing (419). Koeneke finished fourth behind Humfeld and only trails Carlson by three points.
Adam Degenhardt finished fifth in the feature. Powell, who was fast time qualifier, finished sixth and sits third in the standings with 388 points.
Jamie Dummer narrowly won the Coca-Cola Sportsmen feature race, beating Bill Martin and Greg Scheck across the line.
Dummer started toward the back of the pack and was leading the field a few laps later with the help of a yellow flag.
Disaster loomed through the first three laps as the 14-car field remained packed tight, side by side and nose to tail.
On lap four everything fell apart. The field was entering Turn 1 when traffic jammed up and cars went flying all over the track. Steve Bachman and Tom Luethe both ended up in the wall while both Nick Clements and Mandi Eckelberg drove away with minor damage.
When the green flag signaled the restart Dummer grabbed the lead followed closely by Martin and Brad Warthan.
Martin was all over the back bumper of Dummer, looking both high and low for an opening to sneak past the leader. Meanwhile Scheck had moved through the field to grab the third spot and join the battle for the lead.
Once Scheck was in the mix Dummer found a chance to slip away from Martin and Scheck who crossed the finish line side by side.
Warthan held on for the fourth spot and Justin Mullikin rounded out the top five.
Scheck leads both Bachman (356) and Dummer (347) in the division points standings with 362 points.
Jason Bolster grabbed the checkered flag in the United Auto Supply Thunderstox feature. Bolster finished three spots ahead of points leader Jordan Myers (463). The feature winner is second in the standings, one point ahead of Andy Moore (456) who finished second in the feature.
Moore won the Thunderstox novelty event, a race in total darkness, to end the night after Charles Vian Jr. won the Zimmerman Driving School Figure-8 feature.
Friday, July 11 Premier Powdercoating presents the action and fun of Street Drags. Come out and participate with your own street car, muscle car, truck, cycle and more in many different brackets of competition. Festival Foods Buddy Night is Saturday, July 12. Shop at any area Festival Foods store and receive a 2-for-1 admission coupon at the service desk. Fans will get to see all the great NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action up close. The Coke Zero Outlawz will race and check out the old school cars in the Vintage Car class. For more information please call the Speedway office at (608) 786-1525 or visit www.lacrossespeedway.com.
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LA CROSSE FAIRGROUNDS SPEEDWAY
Kwik Trip NASCAR Late Models
La Crosse Tribune 25 Feature (19 Cars) — 1, Todd Korish, Holmen; 2, Steve Carlson, West Salem; 3, Randy Humfeld, Chaseburg; 4, Mike Koeneke, Rockland; 5, Adam Degenhardt, Coon Valley; 6, Brad Powell, La Crosse; 7, Jack Litsheim, La Crosse; 8, Harley Jankowski, Sparta; 9, Mike Carlson, West Salem; 10, Jerimy Wagner, Onalaska; 11, Bill Niles, Holmen; 12, Matthew Henderson, La Crosse; 13, Branden Berg, Melrose; 14, Steve Owen, Camp Douglas; 15, Curt Eckelberg, West Salem; 16, Steve O’Brien, Red Wing, Minn.; 17, Travis Christenson, La Crosse; 18, Cole Howland, La Crosse; 19, Jimmy Summerfield, Rockland.
Qualifying — 1, Brad Powell, 19.976 seconds, 98.293 MPH; 2, Steve Carlson, 20.103 secs, 97.672 MPH; 3, Jerimy Wagner, 20.191 secs, 97.246 MPH; 4, Adam Degenhardt, 20.194 secs, 97.232 MPH; 5, Mike Carlson, 20.211 secs, 97.150 MPH; 6, Mike Koeneke; 7, Randy Humfeld; 8, Jack Litsheim; 9, Todd Korish; 10, Branden Berg; 11, Harley Jankowski; 12, Bill Niles; 13, Curt Eckelberg; 14, Steve Owen; 15, Travis Christenson; 16, Steve O’Brien; 17, Jimmy Summerfield.
Heat 1 — 1, Bill Niles; 2, Todd Korish; 3, Mike Koeneke; 4, Jack Litsheim; 5, Randy Humfeld.
Heat 2 — 1, Cole Howland; 2, Travis Christenson; 3, Curt Eckelberg; 4, Steve Owen; 5, Steve O’Brien.
Fast Dash — 1, Mike Carlson; 2, Adam Degenhardt; 3, Steve Carlson; 4, Brad Powell; 5, Matthew Henderson.
Coca-Cola Plus Sportsmen
La Crosse Tribune 15 Feature (14 Cars) — 1, Jamie Dummer, Tomah; 2, Bill Martin, Madison; 3, Greg Scheck, La Crosse; 4, Brad Warthan, Sparta; 5, Justin Mullikin, Holmen; 6, Nick Clements, West Salem; 7, Jeff Thompson, La Crosse; 8, Jimmy Gilster, West Salem; 9, Mark Challet, La Crosse; 10, Mandi Eckelberg, West Salem; 11, Andy Buhrow, Sparta; 12, Steve Bachman, West Salem; 13, Brian Hesselberg, West Salem; 14, Tom Luethe, West Salem.
Qualifying — 1, Bill Martin, 22.384 seconds, 87.719 MPH; 2, Steve Bachman, 22.418 secs, 87.586 MPH; 3, Brian Hesselberg, 22.444 secs, 87.484 MPH; 4, Greg Scheck, 22.445 secs, 87.481 MPH; 5, Nick Clements, 22.457 secs, 87.434 MPH; 6, Justin Mullikin; 7, Jimmy Gilster; 8, Jamie Dummer; 9, Jeff Thompson; 10, Brad Warthan; 11, Tom Luethe; 12, Mandi Eckelberg; 13, Andy Buhrow.
Heat 1 — 1, Tom Luethe; 2, Jeff Thompson; 3, Jimmy Gilster; 4, Jamie Dummer; 5, Brad Warthan.
Dash — 1, Justin Mullikin; 2, Greg Scheck; 3, Nick Clements; 4, Steve Bachman; 5, Brian Hesselberg.
United Auto Supply Thunderstox
La Crosse Tribune 15 Feature (16 cars) — 1, Jason Bolster, Sparta; 2, Andy Moore, Sparta; 3, Jason Schaller, La Crosse; 4, Jordan Myers, Sparta; 5, Dakota Miller, Sparta; 6, Kayla Steinhoff, Rockland; 7, David Cavin, Sparta; 8, JR Tourtellott, La Crosse; 9, Thomas Farra, Cashton; 10, Bill Schott, La Crosse; 11, Melissa Rusch, Sparta; 12, Jacinda Pfaff, Sparta; 13, Steven Rusch, Sparta; 14, Ronald White, Camp Douglas; 15, Kayla Lockington, Mindoro; 16, Al Bartels, Tomah.
Dash — 1, Andy Moore; 2, Dakota Miller; 3, Jason Bolster; 4, Jason Schaller; 5, Kayla Steinhoff.
Heat 1 — 1, Kayla Steinhoff; 2, Jason Bolster; 3, Andy Moore; 4, Melissa Rusch; 5, Jacinda Pfaff.
Heat 2 — 1, Jordan Myers; 2, Jason Schaller; 3, Dakota Miller; 4, David Cavin; 5, Kayla Rae Lockington.
Coca-Cola Zero Outlawz
La Crosse Tribune 15 Feature (18 cars) — 1, Cole Scholze, Sparta; 2, John Olson, Sparta; 3, Wayne Smith, West Salem; 4, Chase Scholze, Sparta.
Qualifying — 1, John Olson; 2, Cole Scholze; 3, Wayne Smith; 4, Chase Scholze.
Heat 1 — 1, Wayne Smith; 2, Cole Scholze; 3, John Olson; 4, Chase Scholze.
Zimmerman Driving School Figure-8
La Crosse Tribune 15 Feature (7 cars) — 1, Charles Vian Jr., Sparta; 2, Jeff Thompson; 3, Jason Bolster; 4, Jacinda Pfaff; 5, Jordan Myers; 6, Tyler Mickschl; 7, Brad Warthan.
– La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway Press Release
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