Powell Takes Checkered Flag In Backup Car At La Crosse
by Ashley Iwanski
La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway Coming Events
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(West Salem, WI - July 7, 2012) - The hot weather finally broke in the Midwest, but things got even hotter on the track. Brad Powell won the Kwik Trip NASCAR Late Model feature in a backup car on Festival Foods night at the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway.
Powell's engine broke during last week's feature. Unable to fix it before Saturday night, Powell jumped into Matthew Henderson's backup car. It was a good decision.
Powell not only won the feature race but also a heat race. He held onto fifth in points, one point out of fourth.
And Henderson had a great night too. He finished second in the feature after taking fifth in a heat race.
Powell started third and made quick work of pole-sitter John Olson and Bill Niles, passing both leaders on the outside of Turn 4 on the fourth lap.
Powell opened a gap between himself and the rest of the field as Henderson was suck with a mirror full of track legend Steve Carlson.
Carlson raced from mid pack, bobbing and weaving through the field, to get to the bumper of Henderson by the halfway point.
It was a game of cat and mouse as Carlson stayed glued to the bumper of Henderson, looking high, then looking low, but never making a move.
Until the last lap.
Points leader Todd Korish and J. Herbst were running fourth and fifth and making ground on Carlson and Henderson.
Carlson chose that time to try and get past Henderson but Lap 25 came to quick.
Hendersonheld on for second, Carlson third, Korish fourth and Herbst finished fifth.
Rick Schermerhorn took the feature win in the North Country Sportsmen division. And it wasn't without it's fill of action.
At the halfway point Jamie Dummer was leading the race followed by Bill Martin and Steve Bachman. Martin made a move to pass Dummer on the backstretch, but something broke on his car. Bachman took advantage and flew to the outside to pass both Martin and Dummer.
Martin ended up in the infield as Bachman took the lead.
On the restart Schermerhorn was sitting in the third spot. With five laps to go Schermerhorn took to the outside and passed both Bachman and Greg Scheck, who was running second, to take of the lead and capture the checkered flag.
Bachman finished second, Scheck third, Matt Inglett fourth and Jake Arneson fifth.
Mark Challet held off Chris Weber to take the feature win in the United Auto Supply Thunderstox division.
Challet started fourth and quickly took over the top spot, while Weber started mid pack and worked his way up to third with five to go. On the last lap Weber took the second spot from David Cavin and tried to chase down the leader but fell short.
Weber finished second and Cavin third.
The American Super Cup cars made their first appearance at the La Crosse Speedway. The cars, which look like miniature Sprint Cup cars, took to the three-quarter mile track. They put on an amazing show as 14-year-old Joshua James raced to the front and held off a hard-charging pack to take the feature win.
The series will be back again on August 11 for more racing action.
Coming up on Friday, July 13 is another exciting night of Street Drags presented by Monster Energy. Brackets include Detroit Iron, Trucks, Mustangs and many more. Plus, a Shine N' Show contest for the great looking cool machines. And get ready for Christmas in July. On July 14 the first 300 kids in attendance will receive a free Christmas gift. And you won't want to miss out on the fast-paced action of the Late Model, Sportsmen, Thunderstox and Hornets divisions. 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.
LA CROSSEFAIRGROUNDS SPEEDWAY
Kwik Trip NASCAR Late Models
Festival Foods 25 Feature (19 Cars) - 1, Brad Powell, La Crosse; 2, Matthew Henderson, La Crosse; 3, Steve Carlson, West Salem; 4, Todd Korish, Holmen; 5, J. Herbst, La Crosse; 6, Shawn Pfaff, Sparta; 7, Brent Kirchner, La Crosse; 8, Adam Degenhardt, Coon Valley; 9, Mike Carlson, West Salem; 10, Bill Niles, Holmen; 11, Cole Howland, La Crosse; 12, Jerimy Wagner, Onalaska; 13, Harley Jankowski, Sparta; 14, John Olson, Sparta; 15, Craig Kohlmeier; 16, Steve Owen, Camp Douglas; 17, Jimmy Summerfield, Rockland; 18, Tim Nelson, La Crescent, Minn.; 19, Jimmy Gilster, West Salem.
Qualifying - 1, Shawn Pfaff, 20.000 seconds, 98.175 MPH; 2, Todd Korish, 20.075 secs, 97.808 MPH; 3, Steve Carlson, 20.170 secs, 97.348 MPH; 4, Adam Degenhardt, 20.196 secs, 97.222 MPH; 5, Cole Howland, 20.231 secs, 97.054 MPH; 6, Jerimy Wagner; 7, Matthew Henderson; 8, Tim Nelson; 9, Mike Carlson; 10, Harley Jankowski; 11, J. Herbst; 12, Brad Powell; 13, Bill Niles; 14, John Olson; 15, Jimmy Gilster; 16, Steve Owen; 17, Craig Kohlmeier; 18, Jimmy Summerfield.
Heat 1 -1, Brad Powell; 2, J. Herbst; 3, Bill Niles; 4, Mike Carlson; 5, Matthew Henderson.
Heat 2 - 1, Brent Kirchner; 2, John Olson; 3, Craig Kohlmeier; 4, Jimmy Summerfield; 5, Steve Owen.
Fast Dash - 1, Todd Korish; 2, Shawn Pfaff; 3, Steve Carlson; 4, Jerimy Wagner; 5, Adam Degenhardt.
North CountryContractors Sportsmen
Festival Foods 15 Feature (18 Cars) - 1, Rick Schermerhorn, Westby; 2, Steve Bachman, West Salem; 3, Greg Scheck, La Crosse; 4, Matt Inglett, West Salem; 5, Jake Arneson, Taylor; 6, Jamie Dummer, Tomah; 7, Aaron Hass, La Crosse; 8, Jerrod Loging, West Salem; 9, Brian Hesselberg, West Salem; 10, Randy Humfeld, Chaseburg; 11, Justin Berg, Bangor; 12, Jack Litsheim, La Crosse; 13, Bill Martin, Madison; 14, Justin Mullikin, Holmen; 15, Jonathan Eckelberg, West Salem; 16, Mark Challet, La Crosse; 17, Joe Rinartz, La Crosse; 18, Randy Hass, La Crosse.
Qualifying - 1, Rick Schermerhorn, 22.109 seconds, 88.810 MPH; 2, Jake Arneson, 22.270 secs, 88.168 MPH; 3, Greg Scheck, 22.291 secs, 88.085 MPH; 4, Randy Humfeld, 22.349 secs, 87.856 MPH; 5, Steve Bachman, 22.359 secs, 87.817 MPH; 6, Matt Inglett; 7, Bill Martin; 8, Brian Hesselberg; 9, Aaron Hass; 10, Jamie Dummer; 11, Jack Litsheim; 12, Randy Hass; 13, Justin Mullikin; 14, Justin Berg; 15, Joe Rinartz; 16, Mark Challet; 17, Jonathan Eckelberg.
Heat 1 - 1, Mark Challet; 2, Randy Hass; 3, Jonathan Eckelberg; 4, Justin Mullikin; 5, Joe Rinartz.
Heat 2 - 1, Aaron Hass; 2, Bill Martin; 3, Jack Litsheim; 4, Brian Hesselberg; 5, Jamie Dummer.
Dash - 1, Matt Inglett; 2, Jake Arneson; 3, Rick Schermerhorn; 4, Randy Humfeld; 5, Steve Bachman.
United Auto Supply Thunderstox
Festival Foods 15 Feature (17 cars) - 1, Mark Challet, La Crosse; 2, Chris Weber, Cashton; 3, David Cavin, Sparta; 4, Jordan Myers, Sparta; 5, Jason Bolster, Sparta; 6, Dustin Bagstad, La Crosse; 7, Brad Bagstad, La Crosse; 8, Jacinda Pfaff, Sparta; 9, Mike Peters, Whitehall; 10, Tom Luethe, West Salem; 11, Bert Young, Sparta; 12, Chris Larson, La Crosse; 13, Nathan White, Rockland; 14, Dakota Miller, Sparta; 15, Dan Rozek, Sparta; 16, Tim Murphy Sr., Tomah; 17, Adam Moore, Sparta.
Dash - 1, Dustin Bagstad; 2, Dakota Miller; 3, Jordan Myers; 4, Chris Weber; 5, Brad Warthan.
Heat 1 - 1, Chris Weber; 2, Jordan Myers; 3, Dustin Bagstad; 4, Adam Moore; 5, Mark Challet.
Heat 2 - 1, Brad Warthan; 2, David Cavin; 3, Dakota Miller; 4, Jason Bolster; 5, Mike Peters.
American Super Cup
Festival Foods 15 Feature (18 cars) - 1, Joshua James, Saukville; 2, Erle Hoth, Medinah, Ill.; 3, Ken Jones, Lombard, Ill.; 4, Mick Ellis, Schaumburg, Ill.; 5, Andy Forster, Lake Zurich, Ill.; 6, Kodee Busekros, Loves Park, Ill.; 7, Theresa Udelle, Round Lake, Ill.; 8, Greg Davis, Huntley, Ill.; 9, Cody Erdmann, Mayville; 10, Brian Baldyga, Carol Stream, Ill.; 11, Derrick Van Dreel, Stevens Point; 12, David Cerer, Antioch, Ill.
Qualifying - 1, Andy Foster; 2, Mick Ellis; 3, Ken Jones; 4, David Cerer; 5, Brian Baldyga; 6, Greg Davis; 7, Cody Erdmann; 8, Theresa Udelle; 9, Erle Hoth; 10, Joshua James; 11, Kodee Busekros; 12, Derrick Van Dreel.
Heat 1 - 1, Andy Forster; 2, Joshua James; 3, Mick Ellis; 4, Cody Erdmann; 5, Derrick Van Dreel.
Heat 2 - 1, Ken Jones; 2, David Cerer; 3, Erle Hoth; 4, Greg Davis.
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