The Voice (62)
Dan Deicher, "The Voice" of the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway and the Mississippi Thuunder Speedway covers racing at La Crosse, Fountain City, Tomah and Wisconsin Dells. News, off season moves, schedules, rule changes and more.
Steve Carlson came back to the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway determined to make a statement in the NASCAR Late Model division after a two week break. And he did just that.
FOUNTAIN CITY, WI (Friday May 01, 2015) – The sights, the sounds, the excitement, the anticipation . . . "Opening Night 2015" at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY in Fountain City, WI had all of that and more as racers and fans alike ignored cloudy skies and rains in the surrounding area and headed to the track to enjoy the one-week delayed start of the 2015 racing season!
Two-Time, and defending, MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY track champion Lucas Schott opened up his 2014 title defense with a commanding run in the Rivercity Manufacturing USRA Modified division, taking command of the evening's 25-lap feature from Josh Angst just past the half-way point and racing his way to the feature win. Schott spent the opening trio of laps battling pole-sitter Eric Pember for second and this as 2010 & 2013 Track Champion Josh Angst showed his strengths out front. By lap four, Schott had dispensed with Pember and began working his way towards Angst to set up a dual for the lead. 10-laps in the making, that dual was then decided as Schott first caught and then passed Angst to claim the lead on lap 14. "I was really pleased with the car tonight," commented Schott from Victory Lane after the win, "I had to battle with Josh there for a bit, a good race and really the best way to start out the season here." Angst and Pember remained second and third as the checkered flags waived while Brad Waits and Cory Crapser enjoyed strong performances racing all the way from the final two starting positions on the grid up to a fourth and fifth place finish, respectively.
Multi-time National Champion Cory Crapser has made a weekly commitment to competing on Friday nights at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY with both his USRA Modified and his USRA B-Mod, and based upon his past successes, the competition should take notice. "I have always enjoyed racing at this track and I honestly believe that this is one of the two best tracks in upper mid-west," said Crapser on the local Live Trackside radio program prior to Friday's first green flag, "and since I'm running USRA with both of my cars this year, this is where I'll be spending my Friday nights." But despite his past glories, with a 27-car field filled almost to overflowing with drivers capable of taking home a feature win on any given night, Crapser would still need to work and race hard to bring home victory. A second heat-race win started Crapser's night off on a positive note, and lining up third in the 27-car feature allowed his #07 the ability to see the front of the field as the green flag flew to start the 18-lap feature. A quick lap into the running and Crapser was out front with Pole Sitter Tyler Creeley and the rest of the field giving chase. The battles from there on out were all the positions which remained behind Crapser, as the Chippewa Falls, WI racer lead every lap en route to the Opening Night Feature win. Shaun Walski battle Alex Williamson for second while Parker Hale raced from a 17th place starting spot up to fourth just ahead of 2012 MTS Track Champion Erik Kanz in fifth.
Ever since the initial official announcements of the all new USRA Limited Late Model division, there has been much talk about how this new division will fare, Friday Nights debut showed that this new form of Late Model racing may be exactly what racers and fans both want. The fans enjoyed seeing Late Models on the track, the sights, the sounds and the speed were all there. The drivers enjoyed a Late Model division which was affordable. Ryan Konkel enjoyed success! While the new division will need some understandable time to grow, the eight cars on hand showed that the term "Limited" applies only to the cost to compete . . . not to the excitement they can provide for the fans. Heat race winner Lance Hofer raced to a second place finish behind Konkel with former USRA B-Mod National Champ Troy Hovey completing the top 3.
Chris Gilbertson held off former MTS Track Champion Greg Wohletz to claim the redbox+ 600 Mod feature win. Wohletz completed the opening night feature second with David Benke third.
Dan Nissalke just barely survived a late race charge by three-time and defending Super Stock Track Champion Tommy Richards to collect the Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stock feature win.
Jeremy Dahl won the inaugural MTS Sportsman feature with Johnny Severtson bringing hope the checkered flag in the new weekly MTS Hornet division.
As we say goodbye to 2012, the local racing community remains strong. Despite significant downturns in other forms of racing and economy in general, most things seem just fine as we get ready to turn the page to 2013. Both at the La Crosse Speedway and the Mississippi Thunder Speedway. But to continue the trend of keeping these local tracks open, it all starts with you.
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.
The smell of racing fuel, the tastes of concession stands, the crack of a beer pop top and old friends reuniting with one another. Yes, racing is back in Western Wisconsin and it seems as though race fans were needing this for quite some time.
In talking with fans at the La Crosse Speedway and Mississippi Thunder Speedway the past 2 weekends, the opening of local tracks was a welcome sight. Though La Crosse took last weekend off, race fans in Fountain City grabbed their lawn chairs and settled in for a long night of dirt track racing. In it's fifth year now with owner Bob Timm at the reigns, close to 1000 fans packed into the 4 corner track, thanks in part to every dirt track in Minnesota still being snow covered. In the end, several drivers retained their spots from last season while some first place finishes were seen from others. And some ended up with a lot of garage time coming as there were a total of 7 rollovers.
Pure Stocks (12 cars): George Richards.
600 Mods (12 cars): Don Werner
Street Stocks (14 cars): Cory Kummer
USRA B-Mods (27 cars): Corey Crapser
Super Stocks (16 cars): Shane Sabraski
USRA-A Mods (14 cars): Brandon Davis
Next up for Fountain City, a huge USMTS traveling series stop Friday night and the Iron Man B-mod's. At La Crosse, Saturday nigh, May 4th will see the return of racing with Late Models, Sportsmen, Thunderstocks and Outlawz! Gates open at 6 PM...and the action will start at 7:30.
Support your local race tracks and remember to always bring a friend!
King Of The Short Tracks. Steve Carlson. Another Saturday night win. I wonder if sports writers that cover racing, save their articles from past Carlson wins and just rearrange the words. Why would they do that you ask? Because he wins so much.
Wisconsin showed it's true colors over the weekend as we had hail, sleet, snow and rain all withing a 4 hour period Saturday. Friday night was just windy and cold. Keep race fans away? Heck No! Just bring some extra blankets, your winter coat and huddle around the hot chocolate. (Yes, add something to the hot chocolate after the races are done)
Thank you Mother Nature! Race fans from all around the area finally had an enjoyable night to watch racing at La Crosse Speedway Saturday night. Not the case at Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City though. Rain washed out their program Friday night.