Last-Minute Phone Call Leads to Upset Win in Oktoberfest Kickoff

Before Wednesday night, Jacob Nottestad had no plans to get in a Super Late Model during Oktoberfest.  About 24 hours later, he was in victory lane after winning the Futures race.


After receiving a text from John DeAngelis, Jr. Wednesday, Nottestad was set for his Super Late Model debut.  After qualifying ninth, the Big 8 Series points leader took the lead from Andy Monday on a lap eight restart and held off Justin Mondeik in the final laps to score the upset win on the opening night of Oktoberfest.




When the deal was made, they weren’t even supposed to ever be in contention for the win.  However, a strong qualifying run made them throw their original plans out the window in exchange for a shot at the win.


“Last night I was driving home after practice in our Big 8 car and Johnny texted me at about 8:00 and was like, ‘You want to start and park our Super tomorrow night?’  I said yeah, but good luck trying to get me out of the car,” Nottestad told Speed51.  “We ended up putting four tires on it, qualifying ninth and winning the show.”


The two-time Slinger Super Speedway Late Model champion had just one other previous start at LaCrosse, coming in 2018 with the Big 8 Series.  He finished 12th that day.


Three months removed from his first Big 8 win at his home track, his surprise triumph Thursday night left even him speechless.


“I have to thank John DeAngelis, Jr. and crew for the opportunity, or first start and our first win.  I couldn’t have asked for better equipment to start, especially here at LaCrosse.  I’ve only been here one time before.  This is awesome, it’s pretty cool.


“It means everything, this probably is the biggest win of my career.  This is unreal, I’m at a loss for words.”


If the race were just a couple laps longer, Justin Mondeik probably would have scored win No. 15 on the season.  The State Park and Golden Sands Speedway track champion worked up to second from his 10th starting spot, but with the feature just 25 laps long, he ultimately ran out of time, coming up just under a tenth of a second short of the win.


Even with the runner-up finish to open Oktoberfest, he left Thursday night feeling ready for what lies ahead during the weekend.


“It’s a 25-lap race, it’s pretty tough to get to the front with where we started.  We were faster by about two-tenths for the last five laps but we just didn’t quite have enough,” Mondeik said.  “We’ll be there on Sunday.”


Former ARCA Midwest Tour Rookie of the Year Gabe Sommers came home third, with Nick Barstad and Chad Butz rounding out the top-five.


Click here to watch a replay of Thursday night’s event on Speed51.TV.


The rest of the weekend’s action, including the Trickle 99, Big 8 Series finale and the ARCA Midwest Tour 200-lapper, will also be broadcasted live via PPV.  Click here to purchase your ticket today.


A Late Model MegaTicket is also available for the entire weekend’s action at both Oktoberfest and the Winchester 400.  The package offers a savings of over $50.  Click here to purchase your MegaTicket.


-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3

-Photo Credit: Speed51 Photo


Oktoberfest – SLM Futures Race Results:


  1. Jacob Nottestad
  2. Justin Mondeik
  3. Gabe Sommers
  4. Nick Barstad
  5. Chad Butz
  6. Andy Monday
  7. Michael Ostdiek
  8. Kyle Genett
  9. Dillon Hammond
  10. Bryan Syer-Keske
  11. Joe Valento
  12. Jerry Mueller
  13. Brock Heinrich
  14. Brady Bill
  15. Brett Yackey
  16. Darren Jackson
  17. Derek Doerr
  18. Brad Tilton
  19. Harley Jankowski
  20. Gregory Borchardt
  21. Alex Stumpf
  22. MG Gajewski
  23. Tim Springstroh
  24. RJ Braun
  25. Levon Van Der Geest

Last-Minute Phone Call Leads to Upset Win in Oktoberfest Kickoff