The La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway inaugural “Frostbuster” last Saturday night was just that......cold. But the racing was hot hot hot.
Former track champ. Mr. Saturday night J. Herbst was hanging back for a couple of laps, but with five to go he turned on the heat. He charged to the front and took the lead from Mike Carlson with three laps left. Herbst managed to capture the checkered flag in the NASCAR Late Models division. Mike Carlson finished second and Steve Carlson third with Brent Kirchner and last year's track champ, Todd Korish rounded out the top 5.
1, Shawn Pfaff, 19.570 seconds, 100.332 MPH;(NEW TRACK RECORD) 2, Brad Powell, 19.597 secs, 3, Cole Howland, 19.882 secs 4, J. Herbst, 19.938 5, Ty Majeski, 19.976
Heat 1 — 1, Brent Kirchner
Heat 2 — 1, Steve Carlson
Fast Dash — 1, J. Herbst
In the Sportsmen, Steve Bachman raced from the back of the field to win the feature. Bachman worked his way to the front quickly and passed Jimmy Crack Corn Gilster with seven laps to go. On the next lap he was side-by-side with Mark Challet and overpowered him one lap later. Gilster finished second, Bill Martin third, Jake Arneson fourth and Challet fifth.
1, Jake Arneson, 22.092
Heat 1 — 1, Brian Hesselberg
Heat 2 — 1, Bill Martin
The Thunderstocks came out strong Saturday night, but The Moore brothers of Sparta had to battle with Spartan Jason Bolster. Adam Moore won out in the end over Bolster, as Andy Moore trailed behind in third. Every car except one was from Sparta.
Dash — 1, Adam Moore
Heat 1 — 1, Harley Jankowski
Heat 2 — 1, Brad Warthan
35 Hornets raced Saturday night with Jeff Stumlin and dirt track racer John Radtke each taking home Hornet features.
Heat 1 — 1, David Treu Jr.
Heat 2 — 1, Jeff Thompson
Heat 3 — 1, Garrett Thicke
Chris Sampson and Nate Towner won a pair of “Second over the line wins” Hornet novelty races.
It looks as though, so far, the Goodyear tires that the Sportsmen will have to run this year really didn't give anyone any problems. Qualifying times looked pretty good with everyone laying down practically the same times on lap 1. A week off from La Crosse now. Dirt track racing SHOULD get underway Friday night at Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City. Car counts sound like they will be great this year, the fifth under the helm of Bob Timm.