Carlson nabs Late Model feature at La Crosse Speedway
By Ashley Iwanski
(West Salem, WI – May 24, 2014) – West Salem’s Steve Carlson won a four-car battle to capture the checkered flag in the Kwik Trip NASCAR Late Model feature in front of a packed house.
The fans were on their feet as Carlson led Brad Powell, Ty Majeski and Mike Koeneke bumper to bumper around the track.
Carlson was in the lead with 12 laps to go when Cole Howland spun out on the front stretch bringing out the caution.
Carlson, who had put a gap between himself and the rest of the field, had a tough road ahead as Majeski, Powell and Koeneke surrounded him on the restart.
As the green flag waved Powell quickly moved to pass Majeski for the second spot. He then started to close the gap on Carlson. But Majeski surged forward with two laps to go to try to recapture the second spot and was side by side with Powell when engine trouble set in.
Majeski fell back and Koeneke took over the third position.
Powell again tried to make a run for Carlson, but the checkered flag waved too soon.
Carlson, Powell and Koeneke were nose to tail as they came across the finish line.
Matthew Henderson finished fourth and Shawn Pfaff fifth.
It was a wild finish for Tony Leis and Jimmy Gilster in the Coca-Cola Sportsmen feature.
Leis took the checkered flag, but failed post-race inspection, giving the feature win to Gilster.
Leis grabbed an early lead, but a caution flag mid-race brought the field right back to him. At that point Gilster got the opportunity to jump up to the second spot.
Gilster was on the bumper of Leis for the next eight laps. On the final lap Gilster surged forward and was door handle to door handle with Leis. As the pair were in turn four Leis got loose and was sideways. He was able to correct it, but not before Gilster pulled into the lead.
Right as Leis was able to straighten out his car Gilster got loose on the exit and Leis recaptured the lead, crossing the line just ahead of Gilster.
Greg Scheck was credited the second place finish with Steve Bachman, Jamie Dummer, and Nick Clements rounding out the top five.
Jason Bolster won a caution filled United Auto Supply Thunderstox feature. He was able to fend off both Jordan Myers and Andy Moore who were battling for the lead and finished second and third, respectively.
Wayne Smith outran Jerry Aylsworth and fast-time qualifier Cole Scholze in the first Coca-Cola Outlawz feature of the season.
John Eron had a very dominate car in the first appearance of the United Auto Supply Street Stock division. Eron was the top qualifier and won both the feature and the heat despite some tough competition from Dan Rozek and Taylor Dobbs, who took second and third in the feature.
Get ready for double the action Saturday, May 31 as Klements presents two 20-lap Kwik Trip Late Model features along with the Coca-Cola Sportsmen and United Auto Supply Thunderstox. Plus, the ANTS Complete Pest Control Hornets will be in attendance. For more information please call the Speedway office at (608) 786-1525 or visit www.lacrossespeedway.com.
LA CROSSE FAIRGROUNDS SPEEDWAY
Kwik Trip NASCAR Late Models
1st Community Credit Union 25 Feature (19 Cars) — 1, Steve Carlson, West Salem; 2, Brad Powell, La Crosse; 3, Mike Koeneke, Rockland; 4, Matthew Henderson, La Crosse; 5, Shawn Pfaff, Sparta; 6, Bill Niles, Holmen; 7, Todd Korish, Holmen; 8, Branden Berg, Melrose; 9, Harley Jankowski, Sparta; 10, Mike Carlson, West Salem; 11, Cole Howland, La Crosse; 12, Randy Humfeld, Chaseburg; 13, Jerimy Wagner, Onalaska; 14, Jack Litsheim, La Crosse; 15, Curt Eckelberg, West Salem; 16, Ty Majeski, Seymour; 17, Jonathan Eckelberg, West Salem; 18, Jimmy Summerfield, Rockland; 19, Steve Owen, Camp Douglas.
Qualifying — 1, Ty Majeski, 19.438 seconds, 101.013 MPH; 2, Brad Powell, 19.484 secs, 100.775 MPH; 3, Steve Carlson, 19.803 secs, 99.152 MPH; 4, Cole Howland, 19.822 secs, 99.057 MPH; 5, Mike Koeneke, 19.908 secs, 98.629 MPH; 6, Matthew Henderson; 7, Mike Carlson; 8, Shawn Pfaff; 9, Branden Berg; 10, Randy Humfeld; 11, Todd Korish; 12, Jack Litsheim; 13, Bill Niles; 14, Jerimy Wagner; 15, Harley Jankowski; 16, Curt Eckelberg; 17, Steve Owen; 18, Jonathan Eckelberg; 19, Jimmy Summerfield.
Heat 1 — 1, Todd Korish; 2, Bill Niles; 3, Shawn Pfaff; 4, Branden Berg; 5, Mike Carlson.
Heat 2 — 1, Jerimy Wagner; 2, Curt Eckelberg; 3, Harley Jankowski; 4, Steve Owen; 5, Jonathan Eckelberg.
Fast Dash — 1, Mike Koeneke; 2, Steve Carlson; 3, Ty Majeski; 4, Matthew Henderson; 5, Cole Howland.
1st Community Credit Union 15 Feature (13 Cars) — 1, Jimmy Gilster, West Salem; 2, Greg Scheck, La Crosse; 3, Steve Bachman, West Salem; 4, Jamie Dummer, Tomah; 5, Nick Clements, West Salem; 6, Justin Mullikin, Holmen; 7, Bill Martin, Madison; 8, Justin Berg, Bangor; 9, Jeff Thompson, La Crosse; 10, Tom Luethe, West Salem; 11, Brad Warthan, Sparta; 12, Mandi Eckelberg, West Salem; 13, Andy Buhrow, Sparta.
Qualifying — 1, Steve Bachman, 22.195 seconds, 88.466 MPH; 2, Nick Clements, 22.350 secs, 87.852 MPH; 3, Greg Scheck, 22.370 secs, 87.774 MPH; 4, Bill Martin, 22.377 secs, 87.746 MPH; 5, Jamie Dummer, 22.423 secs, 87.566 MPH; 6, Jimmy Gilster; 7, Justin Mullikin; 8, Brad Warthan; 9, Jeff Thompson; 10, Tom Luethe; 11, Justin Berg; 12, Tony Leis; 13, Mandi Eckelberg; 14, Andy Buhrow; 15, Brian Hesselberg.
Heat 1 — 1, Tony Leis; 2, Justin Mullikin; 3, Jeff Thompson; 4, Tom Luethe; 5, Brad Warthan.
Dash — 1, Jimmy Gilster; 2, Bill Martin; 3, Nick Clements; 4, Steve Bachman; 5, Greg Scheck.
United Auto Supply Thunderstox
1st Community Credit Union 15 Feature (12 cars) — 1, Jason Bolster, Sparta; 2, Jordan Myers, Sparta; 3, Andy Moore, Sparta; 4, JR Tourtellott, La Crosse; 5, Jason Schaller, La Crosse; 6, Jacinda Pfaff, Sparta; 7, Kayla Lockington, Mindoro; 8, Melissa Rusch, La Crosse; 9, Ronald White, Camp Douglas; 10, Steve Rusch, Sparta; 11, Kayla Steinhoff, Rockland; 12, Thomas Farra, Cashton.
Dash — 1, Andy Moore; 2, Thomas Farra; 3, Jason Bolster; 4, Jason Schaller; 5, JR Tourtellott.
Heat 1 — 1, Jason Schaller; 2, Jason Bolster; 3, Thomas Farra; 4, Kayla Lockington; 5, Steven Rusch.
Heat 2 — 1, JR Tourtellott; 2, Jacinda Pfaff; 3, Andy Moore; 4, Jordan Myers; 5, Kayla Lockington.
1st Community Credit Union 15 Feature (5 cars) — 1, Wayne Smith, West Salem; 2, Jerry Aylsworth, La Crosse; 3, Cole Scholze, Sparta; 4, Melissa Rusch, La Crosse; 5, Steven Rusch, Sparta.
Qualifying — 1, Cole Scholze, 15.361 secs, 58.590 MPH; 2, Wayne Smith, 15.473 secs, 58.166 MPH; 3, Jerry Aylsworth, 15.665 secs, 57.453 MPH; 4, Steven Rusch, 17.644 secs, 51.009 MPH; 5, Melissa Rusch, 18.435 secs, 48.820 MPH.
Heat 1 — 1, Wayne Smith; 2, Cole Scholze; 3, Jerry Aylsworth; 4, Steven Rusch; 5, Melissa Rusch.
United Auto Supply Street Stock
1st Community Credit Union 15 Feature (8 cars) — 1, John Eron, St. Germain; 2, Dan Rozek, Tomah; 3, Taylor Dobbs, Galesville; 4, Bob Curry; 5, Kyle Rozek, Tomah; 6, Jonathan Eckelberg, Winona, Minn.; 7, Kayla Parin; 8, Mike Peters, Whitehall.
Qualifying — 1, John Eron, 17.504 secs, 51.417 MPH; 2, Dan Rozek, 17.642 secs, 51.015 MPH; 3, Taylor Dobbs, 17.714 secs, 50.807 MPH; 4, Kyle Rozek, 17.767 secs, 50.656 MPH; 5, Mike Peters, 17.781 secs, 50.616 MPH; 6, Bob Curry; 7, Kayla Parin; 8, Jonathan Burbach.
Heat 1 — 1, John Eron; 2, Mike Peters; 3, Kyle Rozek; 4, Dan Rozek; 5, Bob Curry.