Carlson Charges To The Front For Feature Win
by Ashley Iwanski
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(West Salem, WI - August 18, 2012) - Steve Carlson took a little different path to make it to the front of the field in the Kwik Trip NASCAR Late Model feature Saturday at La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway.
The track veteran who is know for liking the high groove couldn't seem to make it stick on the outside. So instead he traveled the inside groove to capture the feature win.
Carlson passed seven cars in 11 laps, one of them twice, to take the second spot from Matthew Henderson. From there he had to run down pole sitter Mike Koeneke.
Koeneke had jumped to an early lead while many of the drivers who started in the front of the field fell back. Henderson, who started fifth, was able to get to the second spot after only a few laps. But in his mirror both Carlson and Shawn Pfaff were advancing quickly.
A few laps before Carlson took second from Henderson, Pfaff was able to move into the fifth spot. Carlson, who was running third at the time, didn't hesitate to make his move to get one spot closer to the lead.
Once in second Carlson had Koeneke in his sights. Catching the leader seemed to be no problem, passing him was a little more difficult.
With only eight laps to go Carlson was door handle to door handle with Koeneke. It appeared as though he was going to make his signature move and sling-shot around the leader on the outside. But it didn't quite work as usual, and Carlson quickly switched strategies and dove to the inside of Koeneke to make the pass for the lead with four laps to spare.
Carlson captured the checkered flag and Koeneke held on for second. Henderson finished third, Adam Degenhardt fourth and Pfaff fifth.
J. Herbst had car problems on lap 10 and pulled his car into the pits and wasn't able to bring his car back out onto the track. He finished 18th.
Todd Korish still sits atop the points standings, leading Pfaff by seven
Matt Inglett won the North Country Contractors Sportsmen feature after an eventful final four laps.
On lap 11 Brian Hesselberg hit the wall in the middle of Turns 3 and 4, bringing out a caution with only four laps to go.
Inglett was able to hold on to the lead through the restart, with Jake Arneson looking to take the top spot away.
On the final lap, as Inglett crossing the finish line barely in front of Arneson, Mark Challet spun out and slid into the wall on the exit of Turn 4.
Arneson held on for second and Steve Bachman, fast-time qualifier for the night, finished third.
Kaleb Miller started on the pole and made it through the chaos in the United Auto Supply Thunderstox feature. Cars were spinning all over the place and Miller held the top spot as Harley Jankowski and Jason Stark were battling head to head for the second spot.
The two were side by side as they came across the finish line. Jankowski had barely edged Stark for the second place finish. Start placed third.
The Window World Hornets were in attendance tonight. Davey Pennel won both the first feature and a heat race, while Mark Bornitz captured the win in the second feature that started with a five-car pileup.
Mark your calendars for Aug. 25, it's the final Buck Night of the Season. Join us for Late Model, Sportsmen and Thunderstox racing action while enjoying all the concession stand food and drink items for just $1. Saturday, Sept. 1 is the last night of the regular race season at La Crosse Speedway. Catch one final show from the regular weekly series before Oktoberfest, including Late Model Showdown Match Races. The Top 8 drivers in Late Model points will go head to head in single-elimination bracket races. The final two drivers will do a best-of-three three-lap races.
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
CC 106.3 Dustin Harden 25 Feature (21 Cars) - 1, Steve Carlson, West Salem; 2, Mike Koeneke, Rockland; 3, Matthew Henderson, La Crosse; 4, Adam Degenhardt, Coon Valley; 5, Shawn Pfaff, Sparta; 6, Todd Korish, Holmen; 7, Brent Kirchner, La Crosse; 8, Brad Powell, La Crosse; 9, Jerimy Wagner, Onalaska; 10, Bill Niles, Holmen; 11, John Olson, Sparta; 12, Tim Nelson, La Crescent, Minn.; 13, Nick Clements, West Salem; 14, Mike Carlson, West Salem; 15, Cole Howland, La Crosse; 16, Andy Moore, La Crosse; 17, Craig Kohlmeier, West Salem; 18, J. Herbst, La Crosse; 19, Bob Manske, Mindoro; 20, Jimmy Summerfield, Rockland; 21, Steve Owen, Camp Douglas.
Qualifying - 1, Brent Kirchner, 19.692 seconds, 99.711 MPH; 2, Shawn Pfaff, 19.723 secs, 99.554 MPH; 3, Steve Carlson, 19.758 secs, 99.377 MPH; 4, Todd Korish, 19.820 secs, 99.067 MPH; 5, Brad Powell, 19.826 secs, 99.037 MPH; 6, J. Herbst; 7, Adam Degenhardt; 8, Nick Clements; 9, Matthew Henderson; 10, Tim Nelson; 11, Cole Howland; 12, Jerimy Wagner; 13, Bill Niles; 14, Mike Koeneke; 15, Mike Carlson; 16, John Olson; 17, Andy Moore; 18, Bob Manske; 19, Craig Kohlmeier; 20, Steve Owen; 21, Jimmy Summerfield.
Heat 1 -1, Mike Koeneke; 2, Jerimy Wagner; 3, Bill Niles; 4, Tim Nelson; 5, Adam Degenhardt.
Heat 2 - 1, John Olson; 2, Mike Carlson; 3, Bob Manske; 4, Andy Moore; 5, Curt Eckelberg.
Fast Dash - 1, J. Herbst; 2, Todd Korish; 3, Steve Carlson; 4, Shawn Pfaff; 5, Brent Kirchner.
North CountryContractors Sportsmen
CC 106.3 Dustin Harden 15 Feature (16 Cars) - 1, Matt Inglett, West Salem; 2, Jake Arneson, Taylor; 3, Steve Bachman, West Salem; 4, Greg Scheck, La Crosse; 5, Randy Humfeld, Chaseburg; 6, Jason Dummer, Holmen; 7, Justin Mullikin, Holmen; 8, Jack Litsheim, La Crosse; 9, Aaron Hass, La Crosse; 10, Brandon Grady, Rochester, Minn.; 11, Jason Backus, Tomah; 12, Jerrod Loging, West Salem; 13, Mark Challet, La Crosse; 14, Bill Martin, Madison; 15, Brian Hesselberg, West Salem; 16, Jonathan Eckelberg, West Salem.
Qualifying - 1, Steve Bachman, 21.983 seconds, 89.319 MPH; 2, Greg Scheck, 21.988 secs, 89.299 MPH; 3, Jake Arneson, 22.084 secs, 88.911 MPH; 4, Jason Dummer, 22.119 secs, 88.770 MPH; 5, Matt Inglett, 22.214 secs, 88.390 MPH; 6, Randy Humfeld; 7, Bill Martin; 8, Brian Hesselberg; 9, Jerrod Loging; 10, Justin Mullikin; 11, Jack Litsheim; 12, Mark Challet; 13, Brandon Grady; 14, Jason Backus; 15, Aaron Hass; 16, Jonathan Eckelberg.
Heat 1 - 1, Aaron Hass; 2, Justin Mullikin; 3, Mark Challet; 4, Jerrod Loging; 5, Jack Litsheim.
Dash - 1, Jason Dummer; 2, Jake Arneson; 3, Greg Scheck; 4, Matt Inglett; 5, Randy Humfeld.
United Auto Supply Thunderstox
CC 106.3 Dustin Harden 15 Feature (14 cars) - 1, Kaleb Miller, Sparta; 2, Harley Jankowski, Sparta; 3, Jason Stark, Leon; 4, Dakota Miller, Sparta; 5, Jordan Myers, Sparta; 6, Tom Luethe, West Salem; 7, Mark Challet, La Crosse; 8, Dan Rozek, Sparta; 9, Chris Swenson, Tomah; 10, Nathan White, Rockland; 11, Jason Bolster, Sparta; 12, Bert Young, Sparta; 13, David Cavin, Sparta; 14, Jacinda Pfaff, Sparta.
Dash - 1, Jason Bolster; 2, Mark Challet; 3, Tom Luethe; 4, Jordan Myers; 5, Chris Swenson.
Heat 1 - 1, Jordan Myers; 2, Jason Stark; 3, Jason Bolster; 4, Dan Rozek; 5, Kaleb Miller.
Heat 2 - 1, Chris Swenson; 2, Tom Luethe; 3, Mark Challet; 4, Dakota Miller; 5, David Cavin.
Window World Hornets
CC 106.3 Dustin Harden 15 Feature 1 (16 cars) - 1, Davey Pennel, Sparta; 2, Kevin Turner, La Crosse; 3, Adam Moore, Sparta; 4, Devan Heaney, Caledonia, Minn.; 5, Pete Muenkel; 6, Matt Inglett, West Salem; 7, Garrett Thicke, West Salem; 8, Kaleb Miller, Sparta; 9, Charles Koch, Alma; 10, Kris Burg; 11, Kyle Rozek, Tomah; 12, Taylor Dobbs, Galesville; 13, John Clauson, Onalaska; 14, Wendy Liebsch, Winona, Minn.; 15, Steven Rusch, Sparta; 16, Dan Hundorf, Minnesota City, Minn.
CC 106.3 Dustin Harden 15 Feature 2 (17 cars) - 1, Mark Bornitz, Holmen; 2, Chris Swenson, Tomah; 3, Kim Strom, West Salem; 4, Jeff Thompson; 5, Jacob Bemis, Trempealeau; 6, Samantha Linnehan, Sparta; 7, Jake Schomers, La Crescent, Minn.; 8, Jeff Stumlin, Holmen; 9, Larry Holets, Rochester, Minn.; 10, Melissa Rusch, La Crosse; 11, Kevin Thompson, Galesville; 12, Jill Oostdyk, La Crosse; 13, Jeffrey Von Ruden, Norwalk; 14, Amanda Eckelberg, West Salem; 15, Kyle Swenson, Sparta; 16, Lonnie Wood Jr., Tomah; 17, Lonnie Wood Sr., Tomah.
Heat 1 - 1, Adam Moore; 2, Kevin Turner; 3, Wendy Liebsch; 4, Garrett Thicke; 5, Devan Heaney.
Heat 2 - 1, Davey Pennel; 2, Sammy Linnehan; 3, Kris Burg; 4, Lonnie Wood Sr.; 5, Mandi Eckelberg.
Heat 3 - 1, Jeff Thompson; 2, Jake Bemis; 3, Mark Bornitz; 4, Kim Strom; 5, Jeff Stumlin.
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