2018 Lacrosse Fairgrounds Speedway Schedule
 
STEVE CARLSON RUNS HIS HOT STREAK TO FOUR IN A ROW AT LA CROSSE
 
By:  Paul Reichert
 
It was a warm night for racing without any worries about rain.  On the track, Steve Carlson continued his hot streak in the NASCAR Late Models with his fourth straight feature win.  This time, he would have to contend with older brother Tom to keep his winning streak alive.
 
The NASCAR Late Model feature started out rough for Matt Henderson and Brad Powell as they tangled in turn three.  On the second try to start, Brent Kirchner shot into the lead.  He would lead the first seven laps before a rash of yellows would slow things down.  On the restart, Nick Panitzke would get around Kirchner to take over the lead.  Another rash of yellow happened around the halfway mark of the race.  One of those occurred when Panitzke cut a tire and spun out in turn four.  Steve Carlson took over the lead, but would have a mirror full of older brother Tom Carlson the rest of the way.  Tom stayed within a few car lengths of Steve, who keep Tom in his rear view all the way to the checkered flag.  After the race, Steve said his crew gave him some advice.  "Keep an eye on the 55 car.  Tom's got a good car tonight.  He just might have something for you tonight."  Panitzke came back from his misfortune to get the lucky dog, and mount a comeback to finish third.  The number eight cars rounded out the top five, with Kirchner finishing ahead of Nick Clements.
 
Chris Weber got out to a big lead in the Sportsmen feature, but a yellow flag at the midway point allowed Steve Bachman to close up and challenge for the win after the restart.  Bachman's night started bad with clutch issues, but he would follow in Weber's tire tracks all the way to the finish.  Weber would claim his 2nd win of the season.
 
John Grosskopf got out to a huge lead in the Thunderstox feature, and would hold back both Kaleb Hardy and Mark Challet to score his first feature win at La Crosse in a long time.  A huge 30-car field would compete in the Street Stocks feature.  The BMW of Benjamin Arendt would lead the whole race, but have to fend off Chris Larson to claim the win.
 
Action continues next Saturday night, June 23rd with the NASCAR Late Models, Sportsmen, Thunderstox and Hornets.  It is also the night of the annual Autograph Night.  The race teams will have hero cards to autograph and hand out.  Some teams will be handing out free stuff as well, and a few teams might even have a prize or two to give away.  Plus, the first 500 fans also get a FREE Collector's Poster.  Gates open at 6:00, the autograph session kicks off at 6:30 and racing starts at 7:30.
 
For more information about LaCrosse Speedway or the 2018 schedule of events, please call the office at 608-786-1525 or visit lacrossespeedway.com.  LaCrosse Speedway is proud to be a NASCAR Home Track, part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.
 
RESULTS
Tobacco Outlet Plus Grocery NASCAR Late Models
Feature:  1. Steve Carlson, 2. Tom Carlson, 3. Nick Pantizke, 4. Brent Kirchner, 5. Nick Clements
6-for-6 Dash:  1. Clements, 2. Matt Henderson, 3. S. Carlson
Heat 1:  1. Carter Christenson, 2. T. Carlson, 3. Panitzke
Heat 2:  1. Bob Fort, 2. Ken Christenson, 3. Jonathan Eckelberg
Qualifying:  1. Howland, 2. Brad Powell, 3. S. Carlson
 
Dean's Satellite Sportsmen
Feature:  1. Chris Weber, 2. Steve Bachman, 3. Mark Challet, 4. Jeff Thompson, 5. Justin Berg
Dash:  1. Sam Niles , 2. Weber, 3. Tom Luethe
Heat:  1. Bachman, 2. Dan Secor, 3. Challet
Qualifying:  1. Weber, 2. Luethe, 3. Thompson
 
Auto Value Thunderstox
Feature:  1. John Grosskopf, 2. Kaleb Hardy, 3. Mark Challet, 4. Jason Bolster, 5. Taylor Dobbs
Dash:  1. Hardy, 2. Bolster, 3. Challet
Heat:  1. Grosskopf, 2. Dobbs, 3. Tom Farra
Qualifying:  1. Challet, 2. Bolster, 3. Hardy
 
Auto Value Street Stocks
Feature:  1. Benjamin Arendt, 2. Chris Larson, 3. Skylar Pozanc, 4. Jonathan Burback, 5. Clayton Haessig
Heat 1:  1. Cameron Riggs, 2. Alex Rud, 3. Dave Clements
Heat 2:  1. Haessig, 2. Ian Zimmerman, 3. Pozanc
Heat 3:  1. Matt Moore, 2. John Eron, 3. John Clausen
Qualifying:  1. Tristan Drazkowski, 2. C. Larson, 3. Eron

Carlson Sweeps Double Features At LaCrosse

By: Paul Reichert
Mother Nature tried to be a burden on us again, but the rain stayed away to allow the first double feature night for the Tobacco Outlet Plus Grocery NASCAR Late Models to take place. Steve Carlson proved he is still the “King of the Short Tracks” by scoring a rare sweep of both feature events.

After Tony Bagstad got the lead on the first lap, mayhem ensured on lap two. Contact between Justin Mullikin and Nick Clements in turn three collected five other drivers, ending most of their nights early. Madison champ Bobby Wilberg stormed by Bagstad on the restart, and it looked like he would claim his first win at La Crosse. Then along came Steve Carlson. The blue 66 got around Wilberg on lap seven, and would not be challenged as he raced off to his first win of 2018. Nick Panitzke and Brad Powell would come from mid-pack to take second and third, while Wilberg fell to fourth ahead of Brent Kirchner.

The start of feature number two was thrown out for a spin on the front straight. Mike Carlson got the lead after the restart, but the yellow was out once again. Matt Henderson went to the outside on the restart and got around Mike Carlson for the lead. After another yellow for contact between Kirchner and Michael Beamish, Henderson did all that he could to hold the top spot. Steve Carlson roared through the field again and got around Henderson on lap 12 to assume command of the race. Carlson would watch the battle for second in his rear view as he scores yet another feature win. Panitzke got around Mike Carlson late to claim second, with Powell and Harley Jankowski completing the top five. After the race, Steve Carlson said “My whole team has been working all winter improving the car. We’re ready to challenge Nick for the championship this year.”

In the Dean’s Satellite Sportsmen feature, Mandi Eckelberg took a hard hit into the wall at the start. Sam Niles took the lead after that, but then Adam Oxborough made his presence felt. Oxborough took the lead at halfway, then would have to contend with Steve Bachman for the win. Oxborough stood his ground and came back from his opening day crash to win the feature.

More mayhem happened early in the Auto Value Thunderstox feature, but Jordan Myers avoided all the mayhem and got away the field to score a comfortable victory. Mike Heyer led the first half of the Auto Value Street Stock feature before more chaos happened. Matt Moore avoided it and came from the middle of the field to capture the victory.

Action continues next Saturday, May 26th with Concession Buck Night, The Late Models, Sportsmen, Thunderstox, Hornets and Queen Bees. Gates open at 6:00, Qualifying at 6:15 and racing starts at 7:30.

For more information about LaCrosse Speedway or the 2018 Schedule of Events, please call the office at 608-7860-1525 or visit lacrossespeedway.com. LaCrosse Speedway is a proud NASCAR Hometrack, part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

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PANITZKE SPRINGS TO WIN AT FROSTBUSTER

 

By: Paul Reichert

(West Salem, WI - April 22, 2018 )

 

Mother Nature's late winter barrage tried to slow us down, but the weather gods must be race fans. They warmed us up and got rid of the white stuff enough to allow the Frostbuster season opener to take place at the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway.  We would witness the renewal of the rivalry that started last season between Nick Panitzke and Steve Carlson.

 

The Tobacco Outlet Plus Grocery NASCAR Late Models did not get their first feature of the season off to a good start.  Contact between Ty Reedy and Bobby Wilberg on lap one sent Reedy hard into the wall.  It took five laps after the complete restart for reigning champion Nick Pantizke to zoom by Cole Howland.  Steve Carlson also got by the 1 car of Howland to take second and keep pace with Panitzke.  Howland would suffer a mechanical failure in turns three and four just before halfway.  Off the double-wide restart, Panitzke picked up the pace and drove away from Carlson to claim the first win of 2018.  In his post-race interview, Panitzke no doubt echoed everyone's feelings about the first lap.  "You hate to see cars wrecking on the first lap of the first feature on the season.  Glad we survived."  Carlson settled for second and Jacob Goede nipped Mike Carlson for third at the line after getting caught up in the first lap incident.

 

Chris Weber looked like he was on a "Sunday drive" win in the Dean's Satellite and Security feature, until late race contact between Tom Luethe and Adam Oxborough sent Oxborough into the wall. That led to a one-lap shootout, but Weber drove way from the field to score the win over Steve Bachman and Jeff Thompson.

 

Joey Johnson's continuing retirement tour almost netted him a long-overdue feature win in the Auto Value Thunderstox, but former champ Adam Moore got by the purple 99 on the final lap to steal the win.  Clayton Hassig made it look easy to claim the first Auto Value Street Stocks feature of the season.  Brandon Lamoine used a lapped traffic pick to separate himself from Jake Schomers to with three laps to go to claim the Ant's Complete Pest Control Hornet feature.

 

The next event on the Speedway calendar is Friday, May 11th, with the first round of Street Drags, and then Saturday Night Weekly racing kicks off on May 12th, featuring the Late Models, Sportsmen, Thunderstox, Hornets, Mini-Vans and Kids' Rides, plus a second over the line wins novelty race.

 

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.

 

 

 

Media Results for 4/22/18 - LaCrosse Fair Speedway - West Salem, WI

Tobacco Outlet Plus Late Models

Budweiser Frostbuster

1. 22-Nick Panitzke, ; 2. 66-Steve Carlson, ; 3. 72-Jacob Goede, ; 4. 50-Mike Carlson, ; 5. 8K-Brent Kirchner, ; 6. 18W-Jerimy Wagner, ; 7. 28-Bob Wilberg, ; 8. 40-Michael Beamish, ; 9. 55-Tom Carlson, ; 10. 23-Brad Powell, ; 11. 51-Justin Mullikin, ; 12. 02- Carter Christenson, ; 13. 8J-Harley Jankowski, ; 14. 2-Jesse Pokszyk, ; 15. 7-Don Turner, ; 16. 15-Todd Oliver, ; 17. 86-Jonathan Eckelberg, ; 18. 53-Ryan Brown, ; 19. 14-Melissa Rusch, ; 20. 07-Tony Leis, ; 21. 8C-Nick Clements, ; 22. NJ4-Kevin Nuttleman, ; 23. 1-Cole Howland, ; 24. 02KC-Ken Christianson, ; 25. 77-Jimmy Summerfield, ; 26. 21-Ty Reedy, ; 27. 18E-Mike Ehde, ; 28. 27- Tony Bagstad,

Dash 1

1. 72-Jacob Goede, ; 2. 23-Brad Powell, ; 3. 50-Mike Carlson, ; 4. 1-Cole Howland, ; 5. 66-Steve Carlson, ; 6. 22-Nick Panitzke,

Heat 1

1. 21-Ty Reedy, ; 2. 27-Tony Bagstad, ; 3. NJ4-Kevin Nuttleman, ; 4. 40-Michael Beamish, ; 5. 18W-Jerimy Wagner, ; 6. 18E-Mike Ehde, ; 7. 28-Bob Wilberg, ; 8. 03-Adam Degenhardt,

Heat 2

1. 7-Don Turner, ; 2. 55-Tom Carlson, ; 3. 8C-Nick Clements, ; 4. 8K-Brent Kirchner, ; 5. 8J-Corey Jankowski, ; 6. 07-Tony Leis, ; 7. 02-Carter Christenson, ; 8. 51-Justin Mullikin,

Heat 3

1. 2-Jesse Pokszyk, ; 2. 15-Todd Oliver, ; 3. 02KC-Ken Christianson, ; 4. 86-Jonathan Eckelberg, ; 5. 14-Melissa Rusch, ; 6. 53- Ryan Brown, ; 7. 77-Jimmy Summerfield,

Qualifying

1. 22-Nick Panitzke, ; 2. 66-Steve Carlson, ; 3. 23-Brad Powell, ; 4. 1-Cole Howland, ; 5. 72-Jacob Goede, ; 6. 50-Mike Carlson, ; 7. 18W-Jerimy Wagner, ; 8. 18E-Mike Ehde, ; 9. 03-Adam Degenhardt, ; 10. 40-Michael Beamish, ; 11. NJ4-Kevin Nuttleman, ; 12. 28-Bob Wilberg, ; 13. 21-Ty Reedy, ; 14. 27-Tony Bagstad, ; 15. 8K-Brent Kirchner, ; 16. 07-Tony Leis, ; 17. 8C-Nick Clements, ; 18. 51-Justin Mullikin, ; 19. 02-Carter Christenson, ; 20. 55-Tom Carlson, ; 21. 7-Don Turner, ; 22. 8J-Corey Jankowski, ; 23. 15- Todd Oliver, ; 24. 53-Ryan Brown, ; 25. 86-Jonathan Eckelberg, ; 26. 2-Jesse Pokszyk, ; 27. 14-Melissa Rusch, ; 28. 02KC-Ken Christianson, ; 29. 77-Jimmy Summerfield,

 

 

Dean's Satellite Sportsmen

Budweiser Frostbuster

1. 97-Chris Weber, ; 2. 14-Steve Bachman, ; 3. 50-Tom Luethe, ; 4. 28-Sam Niles, ; 5. 34-Travis Gordon, ; 6. 25-AdamOxborough, ; 7. 75-Justin Berg, ; 8. 07-John Radtke, ; (DQ) 03-Jeff Thompson,

Dash 1

1. 50-Tom Luethe, ; 2. 97-Chris Weber, ; 3. 14-Steve Bachman, ; 4. 03-Jeff Thompson, ; 5. 28-Sam Niles,

Heat 1

1. 25-Adam Oxborough, ; 2. 34-Travis Gordon, ; 3. 13N-Colin Neisius, ; 4. 75-Justin Berg, ; 5. 07-John Radtke,

Qualifying

1. 14-Steve Bachman, ; 2. 97-Chris Weber, ; 3. 03-Jeff Thompson, ; 4. 28-Sam Niles, ; 5. 50-Tom Luethe, ; 6. 25-Adam

Oxborough, ; 7. 13N-Colin Neisius, ; 8. 75-Justin Berg, ; 9. 34-Travis Gordon, ; 10. 07-John Radtke,

 

 

Auto Value Thunderstox

Budweiser Frostbuster

1. 29-Adam Moore, ; 2. 99-Joey Johnson, ; 3. 8-Jason Bolster, ; 4. 01-Charles Vian Jr, ; 5. 46-Kaleb Hardy, ; 6. 4-Mark Challet, ; 7.13-Jacinda Pfaff, ; 8. 85-John Grossakopf, ; 9. 5-Brandon Gallagher,

Dash

1. 46-Kaleb Hardy, ; 2. 01-Charles Vian Jr, ; 3. 4-Mark Challet, ; 4. 29-Adam Moore,

Heat 1

1. 99-Joey Johnson, ; 2. 13-Jacinda Pfaff, ; 3. 85-John Grossakopf, ; 4. 8-Jason Bolster, ; 5. 5-Brandon Gallagher,

Qualifying

1. 29-Adam Moore, ; 2. 01-Charles Vian Jr, ; 3. 4-Mark Challet, ; 4. 46-Kaleb Hardy, ; 5. 8-Jason Bolster, ; 6. 5-Brandon Gallagher,; 7. 13-Jacinda Pfaff, ; 8. 99-Joey Johnson,

 

 

Auto Value Street Stocks

Budweiser Frostbuster

1. 31-Clayton Haessig, ; 2. 42-Chris Larson, ; 3. 90-Matt Moore, ; 4. 21-Cameron Riggs, ; 5. 11-Tristan Drazkowski, ; 6. 83-JestinDelap Sr, ; 7. 13-Jonathan Burbach, ; 8. 2-Alex Rud, ; 9. 12-Al Bartels, ; 10. 27-Alex Liebsch, ; 11. 61-Matthew Drazkowski, ; 12.22P-John Doe Pozak, ; 13. 80-Rob Schleifer, ; 14. 77-Mike Peters, ; 15. 22C-Chris Christensen, ; 16. 24-Spencer Nevinger, ; 17.K9-John Clauson, ; 18. 06-Zack Liebsch, ; 19. 48-Ian Zimmerman, ; 20. 70-Ben Arendt,

Heat 1

1. 21-Cameron Riggs, ; 2. K9-John Clauson, ; 3. 31-Clayton Haessig, ; 4. 61-Matthew Drazkowski, ; 5. 48-Ian Zimmerman, ; 6. 80-Rob Schleifer, ; 7. 22C-Chris Christensen, ; 8. 27-Alex Liebsch,

Heat 2

1. 12-Al Bartels, ; 2. 77-Mike Peters, ; 3. 11-Tristan Drazkowski, ; 4. 13-Jonathan Burbach, ; 5. 42-Chris Larson, ; 6. 83-JestinDelap Sr, ; 7. 90-Matt Moore, ; 8. 2-Alex Rud, ; 9. 70-Ben Arendt, ; 10. 24-Spencer Nevinger,

Qualifying

1. 42-Chris Larson, ; 2. 13-Jonathan Burbach, ; 3. 83-Jestin Delap Sr, ; 4. 11-Tristan Drazkowski, ; 5. 90-Matt Moore, ; 6. 77-MikePeters, ; 7. 2-Alex Rud, ; 8. 70-Ben Arendt, ; 9. 31-Clayton Haessig, ; 10. 27-Alex Liebsch, ; 11. 22C-Chris Christensen, ; 12. 80-Rob Schleifer, ; 13. 48-Ian Zimmerman, ; 14. 21-Cameron Riggs, ; 15. K9-John Clauson, ; 16. 61-Matthew Drazkowski,

 

 

ANTS Pest Control Hornets

A Feature 1

1. 88-Brandon LeMoine, ; 2. 29-Nate Towner, ; 3. 44-Jake Schomers, ; 4. 11-Kendon Thurk, ; 5. 28-Jimmy Bjorkman, ; 6. 56-Patrick Thicke, ; 7. 50-Tom Luethe, ; 8. 77-Robert Stanfield, ; 9. 5-Jake Bemis, ; 10. 41-Cheyanne Stanfield, ; 11. 6-ShawnMcCarthy, ; 12. 24-Justin Iverson, ; 13. 3/4-Nick Hadler, ; 14. 01-Dexter Malin, ; 15. 21-Jacob Iverson, ; 16. 1-Garrett Thicke, ; 17.10-Jaydin Schock, ; 18. 92-Brady Adams, ; 19. 43-Kevin Turner, ; 20. 25-Kristopher Berg, ; 21. 06-Zack Liebsch, ; 22. 14-JohnHuebner, ; 23. K9-John Clauson, ; (DNS) 55-Paul Mortenson Jr,

Heat 1

1. 5-Jake Bemis, ; 2. 29-Nate Towner, ; 3. 44-Jake Schomers, ; 4. 25-Kristopher Berg, ; 5. 1-Garrett Thicke, ; 6. K9-John Clauson,; 7. 55-Paul Mortenson Jr, ; 8. 24-Justin Iverson,

Heat 2

1. 56-Patrick Thicke, ; 2. 28-Jimmy Bjorkman, ; 3. 43-Kevin Turner, ; 4. 88-Brandon LeMoine, ; 5. 21-Jacob Iverson, ; 6. 01-DexterMalin, ; 7. 14-John Huebner, ; 8. 06-Zack Liebsch,

Heat 3

1. 11-Kendon Thurk, ; 2. 50-Tom Luethe, ; 3. 6-Shawn McCarthy, ; 4. 77-Robert Stanfield, ; 5. 41-Cheyanne Stanfield, ; 6. 3/4-Nick Hadler, ; 7. 10-Jaydin Schock