Kirchner Moves To Second In Points After La Crosse Feature Win
by Ashley Iwanski
La CrosseFairgrounds Speedway Upcoming Events:
Friday, July 20 Friday Night Street Drags
Saturday, July 21 ///NASCAR Late Models, Sportsmen, Thunderstox, Outlawz
Saturday, July 28 ///NASCAR Late Models, Sportsmen, Thunderstox
Saturday, August 4 ///NASCAR Late Models, Sportsmen, Thunderstox, Trailer Race
(West Salem, WI - July 14, 2012) - Brent Kirchner showed he wasn't going to sit by and let someone else easily walk away this season with the Kwik Trip NASCAR Late Model championship.
After qualifying fifth, Kirchner captured the Late Model feature win Saturday night at La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway. He moved to second in the points standings, 13 points behind leader Todd Korish and one point ahead of Shawn Pfaff in third.
Adam Degenhardt started on the pole and led the pack for 13 laps until a caution came out for Bill Niles spinning in Turn 2.
Before that Degenhardt had opened up a five-car-length lead over Kirchner. But the caution brought the field back together and when the green flag waved again Kirchner pounced.
The two raced side by side for one lap before Kirchner passed Degenhardt on the outside to take over the top spot.
One lap later another caution came out when Troy Tuma spun in Turn 2. Kirchner was able to hold onto the lead while Degenhardt was in second.
Behind the two leaders Mike Carlson was in a heated battle with Korish.
Korish was all over the bumper of Carlson trying to take the third spot and secure his points lead.
Carlson was able to hold onto the third spot and Korish finished fourth in front of hard-charging Matthew Henderson.
Last week's feature winner Brad Powell was back in his own car this week and took home a sixth place finish.
Aaron Hass took a trip to Victory Lane in the North Country Contractors Sportsmen division, but it wasn't easy.
Hass survived two cautions and held off Rob Mason and Rick Schermerhorn to take first place.
"The Big One" happened just three laps into the feature when Branden Berg got loose in Turn 4. The entire field was struggling to hang on down the frontstretch and most did.
Brian Hesselberg wasn't as lucky.
Hesselberg spun and was sitting sideways in the straightaway when Randy Hass came out of Turn 4, and with nowhere to go, slammed into the side of Hesselberg.
Mark Challet, who also tried to avoid the carnage, spun as his back end smashed into the rear bumper of Randy Hass.
Hesselberg and Randy Hass' cars had to be pulled apart by the wreckers, with the front end was completely pulled off of Hesselberg's car.
On the restart, Aaron Hass took the lead away from Mason and started to pull away when Jamie Dummer spun on the backstretch with four laps to go.
Aaron Hass again pulled away on the restart as Rick Schermerhorn jumped five spots in three laps and was running down the leader.
But the checkered flag came out before Schermerhorn could catch Hass.
Schermerhorn took the second spot, Berg third, Mason fourth and Jerrod Loging fifth.
Jason Bolster overpowered Dan Rozek to capture the feature win in the United Auto Supply Thunderstox division.
Rozek led most of the way with Nathan White hot on his trail. With seven laps to go Bolster took over the third spot and caught up to the leaders to battle for the top spot.
One lap later Bolster was side by side with Rozek. The leader got loose and Bolster jumped into the first spot to take the checkered flag.
Adam Moore appeared out of nowhere to take the second spot in turn three of the last lap. Rozek finished third, White fourth and Dakota Miller fifth.
The Window World Hornets swarmed the track Saturday night. Davey Penel won the first feature after finishing second in the first Heat race. And JR Tourtellott took the second feature.
Friday, July 20 is the Interstate Fair Street Drags Spectacular. Bracket Registration is $10 and winners score some really awesome trophies.
Saturday, July 21 is the annual Interstate Fair. Come out early and enjoy the 122nd fair before heading over to the track for two 20-lap Kwik Trip NASCAR Late Model feature and the Volden Construction Outlawz will be racing. For more information please call the Speedway office at (608) 786-1525 or visit www.lacrossespeedway.com.
La Crosse 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
Old Dutch 25 Feature (25 Cars) - 1, Brent Kirchner, La Crosse; 2, Adam Degenhardt, Coon Valley; 3, Mike Carlson, West Salem; 4, Todd Korish, Holmen; 5, Matthew Henderson, La Crosse; 6, Shawn Pfaff, Sparta; 7, Steve Carlson, West Salem; 8, Brad Powell, La Crosse; 9, Mike Koeneke, Rockland; 10, Jerimy Wagner, Onalaska; 11, John Olson, Sparta; 12, Cole Howland, La Crosse; 13, Mark Lamoreaux, Bloomington, Minn.; 14, Nick Clements, West Salem; 15, Tim Nelson, La Crescent, Minn.; 16, Harley Jankowski, Sparta; 17, Jes Tenner, Melrose; 18, Bill Niles, Holmen; 19, Craig Kohlmeier; 20, Steve Owen, Camp Douglas; 21, Troy Tuma, La Crosse; 22, J. Herbst, La Crosse; 23, Cole Scholze, Sparta; 24, Albert Locy, Onalaska; 25, Jimmy Summerfield, Rockland.
Qualifying - 1, Shawn Pfaff, 19.863 seconds, 98.852 MPH; 2, Steve Carlson, 19.958 secs, 98.382 MPH; 3, Brad Powell, 19.974 secs, 98.303 MPH; 4, Todd Korish, 20.034 secs, 98.008 MPH; 5, Brent Kirchner, 20.072 secs, 97.823 MPH; 6, J. Herbst; 7, Cole Howland; 8, Nick Clements; 9, Mike Carlson; 10, Mike Koeneke; 11, Jerimy Wagner; 12, Adam Degenhardt; 13, Matthew Henderson; 14, Harley Jankowski; 15, John Olson; 16, Bill Niles; 17, Tim Nelson; 18, Mark Lamoreaux; 19, Jes Tenner; 20, Steve Owen; 21, Craig Kohlmeier; 22, Troy Tuma; 23, Cole Scholze; 24, Albert Locy; 25, Jimmy Summerfield.
Heat 1 -1, Craig Kohlmeier; 2, Cole Scholze; 3, Tim Nelson; 4, Jes Tenner; 5, Mark Lamoreaux.
Heat 2 - 1, Matthew Henderson; 2, Jerimy Wagner; 3, Nick Clements; 4, Mike Koeneke; 5, John Olson.
Fast Dash - 1, Brent Kirchner; 2, J. Herbst; 3, Todd Korish; 4, Shawn Pfaff; 5, Brad Powell.
North CountryContractors Sportsmen
Old Dutch 15 Feature (22 Cars) - 1, Aaron Hass, La Crosse; 2, Rick Schermerhorn, Westby; 3, Rob Mason, Preston, Minn.; 4, Jerrod Loging, West Salem; 5, Jack Litsheim, La Crosse; 6, Greg Scheck, La Crosse; 7, Jake Arneson, Taylor; 8, Randy Humfeld, Chaseburg; 9, Bill Martin, Madison; 10, Matt Inglett, West Salem; 11, Jason Backus, Tomah; 12, Justin Berg, Bangor; 13, Justin Mullikin, Holmen; 14, Jonathan Eckelberg, West Salem; 15, Steve Bachman, West Salem; 16, Joe Rinartz, La Crosse; 17, Mark Challet, La Crosse; 18, Jeff Sarver, West Salem; 19, Jamie Dummer, Tomah; 20, Doug Curran, West Salem; 21, Brian Hesselberg, West Salem; 22, Randy Hass, La Crosse.
Qualifying - 1, Rick Schermerhorn, 22.106 seconds, 88.822 MPH; 2, Randy Humfeld, 22.115 secs, 88.786 MPH; 3, Brian Hesselberg, 22.261 secs, 88.204 MPH; 4, Branden Berg, 22.278 secs, 88.136 MPH; 5, Jake Arneson, 22.307 secs, 88.022 MPH; 6, Greg Scheck; 7, Bill Martin; 8, Steve Bachman; 9, Jamie Dummer; 10, Aaron Hass; 11, Jack Litsheim; 12, Jerrod Loging; 13, Justin Berg; 14, Rob Mason; 15, Matt Inglett; 16, Jason Backus; 17, Joe Rinartz; 18, Justin Mullikin; 19, Jonathan Eckelberg; 20, Doug Curran; 21, Randy Hass; 22, Mark Challet; 23, Jeff Sarver.
Heat 1 - 1, Rob Mason; 2, Jerrod Loging; 3, Aaron Hass; 4, Bill Martin; 5, Steve Bachman.
Heat 2 - 1, Matt Inglett; 2, Justin Mullikin; 3, Jason Backus; 4, Jonathan Eckelberg; 5, Joe Rinartz.
Dash - 1, Greg Scheck; 2, Jake Arneson; 3, Randy Humfeld; 4, Rick Schermerhorn; 5, Branden Berg.
United Auto Supply Thunderstox
Old Dutch 15 Feature (15 cars) - 1, Jason Bolster, Sparta; 2, Adam Moore, Sparta; 3, Dan Rozek, Sparta; 4, Nathan White, Rockland; 5, Dakota Miller, Sparta; 6, Dustin Bagstad, La Crosse; 7, Jordan Myers, Sparta; 8, Chris Weber, Cashton; 9, Mark Challet, La Crosse; 10, Bert Young, Sparta; 11, David Cavin, Sparta; 12, Joey Johnson, North Bend; 13, Mike Peters, Whitehall; 14, Jacinda Pfaff, Sparta; 15, Tom Luethe, West Salem.
Dash - 1, Chris Weber; 2, Tom Luethe; 3, Adam Moore; 4, Mark Challet; 5, Dakota Miller.
Heat 1 - 1, Dakota Miller; 2, Mark Challet; 3, Chris Weber; 4, Nathan White; 5, Dan Rozek.
Heat 2 - 1, Adam Moore; 2, Jordan Myers; 3, Tom Luethe; 4, David Cavin; 5, Jacinda Pfaff.
Window World Hornets
Old Dutch 15 Feature (18 cars) - 1, Davey Penel, Sparta; 2, Kevin Turner, La Crosse; 3, Terry LaFluer, La Crosse; 4, Nate Towner, West Salem; 5, Lonnie Wood Sr., Tomah; 6, Kris Burg; 7, Kaleb Miller, Sparta; 8, Mike Drazkowski, Galesville; 9, Charles Koch, Alma; 10, Shawn McCarthy, La Crosse; 11, Kyle Rozek, Tomah; 12, Eugene Haws, Tomah; 13, Garrett Thicke, West Salem; 14, John Clauson, Onalaska; 15, Josh Inglett, La Crosse; 16, John Piotrowski, Black River Falls; 17, Ronald Genske Jr., Sparta; 18, Taylor, Dobbs, Galesville.
Old Dutch 15 Feature (20 cars) - 1, JR Tourtellott; 2, Jeff Stumlin, Holmen; 3, Mark Bornitz, Holmen; 4, Jacob Bemis, Trempealeau; 5, Andy Moore, Sparta; 6, Jake Schomers, La Crescent, Minn.; 7, Kim Strom, West Salem; 8, Jeff Thompson, Galesville; 9, Chris Swenson, Tomah; 10, Kevin Thompson, Galesville; 11, Jeffrey Von Ruden, Norwalk; 12, Larry Holets, Rochester, Minn.; 13, Jill Oostdyk, La Crosse; 14, Melissa Rusch, La Crosse; 15, Amanda Eckelberg, West Salem; 16, Ron Burus, Viroqua; 17, Matthew Schwark, Sparta; 18, Lonnie Wood Jr., Sparta; 19, Kyle Swenson, Sparta; 20, Samantha Linnehan, Sparta.
Heat 1 - 1, Kevin Turner; 2, Davey Penel; 3, Nate Towner; 4, Josh Inglett; 5, Garrett Thicke.
Heat 2 - 1, Kevin Thompson; 2, Kris Berg; 3, Lonnie Wood Sr.; 4, Jill Oostdyk; 5, Charles Koch.
Heat 3 - 1, Kim Strom; 2, Mark Bornitz; 3, Chris Swenson; 4, Jake Bemis; 5, Andy Moore.
Brent Kirchner (8) takes the lead on the outside of Adam Degenhardt (03) on his way to winning the Late Model feature. [Bruce Nuttleman/UltimateLapPhoto.com]
Late Model Feature winner: #8, Brent Kirchner. [Bruce Nuttleman/UltimateLapPhoto.com]
Sportsmen Feature winner: #01 Aaron Hass. [Bruce Nuttleman/UltimateLapPhoto.com]
Thunderstox Feature winner: #8 Jason Bolster. [Bruce Nuttleman/UltimateLapPhoto.com]
Hornet feature 1 winner: #42 Davey Pennel. [Bruce Nuttleman/UltimateLapPhoto.com]
Hornet Feature 2 winner: #35 JR Tourtellott. [Bruce Nuttleman/UltimateLapPhoto.com]
Josh Inglett's right front tire goes it's own way in Hornet feature racing action. [Bruce Nuttleman/UltimateLapPhoto.com]
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