Dick Trickle 99 Goes To Holzhausen
WEST SALEM, Wis. — Skylar Holzhausen became the sixth different winner of the Dick Trickle 99 on the second night of action at the 43rd annual Oktoberfest Race Weekend at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway.
James Swan won the ASA Midwest Truck Tour race and championship while Randy Humfeld won a wild sportsman feature.
“We just the car alone for the most part and only changed a couple of things,” Holzhausen said in victory lane. “This car is back. After we wrecked it at Grundy, it is back to where it was when the season started. It is on rails. I am pretty excited for the rest of the weekend.”
Skylar’s father, Steve Holzhausen, won the inaugural event back in 2007.
Jacob Goede finished second overall with Dan Fredrickson in third in the unique three 33-lap segment race named after the famous short track driver.
Fredrickson led wire-to-wire in first 33-lap segment with Skylar Holzhausen in second and Steve Holzhausen in third. Nick Murgic was fourth and Andrew Morrissey rounded out the top five.
The top-16 was inverted for segment two with Mark Kraus and Billy Mohn leading the field to the green flag. Kraus got the lead over Mohn but was challenged for the lead by Casey Johnson ten laps into the segment. Johnson got on the inside of Kraus on lap 12 and the two battled side-by-side until Johnson took the lead on lap 15. Johnson pulled away to win the second segment while Kraus held off Steve Carlson for second.
After two segments, Skylar Holzhausen had 12 points with Jacob Goede having 13 points. Steve Holzhausen had 14 points. Casey Johnson, Matt Tifft and Steve Carlson both had 15 points. Dan Fredrickson, Tim Rothe and Ryan Hinner had 16 points.
The final segment got off to a wild start as the field came off of turn four where Ryan Hinner and Casey Johnson made hard contact with the outside wall. On the second re-start, Eugene Gregorich Jr. took the lead but was challenged by Fredrickson while Holzhausen caught up to the top two. On lap 18, both Fredrickson and Holzhausen got around Gregorich to take over the top two spots. Holzhausen then pressured Fredrickson for the lead and made the winning move on lap 27. Holzhausen went to take the third segment win and the overall victory. Jacob Goede got by Fredrickson in the late laps to finish second overall while Fredrickson settled for third.
Erik Darnell and Jeremy Lepak put on a spirited battle for the lead during the first 15 laps of the Stubby 30-lap event for the super late models that failed to make the starting field for the Dick Trickle 99.
Lepak would get the lead on lap five but Darnell battled back to get by him on lap 15. Darnell pulled away from the rest of the field to easily take the win. Behind him, Collin Reffner and Bobby Kendall battled for second with Reffner edging Kendall for the runner-up spot. Kelsey Bauer made hard contact with the frontstretch wall coming to the finish line.
The last lap of the area sportsman feature was wild to say the least. Brent Kane was leading why Randy Humfeld and Rick Schermerhorn battled for second. The two touched as they came out of turn two causing Humfeld to go up the backstretch wall but he kept going into turn three. Schermerhorn then got on the inside of Kane into three where the two touched causing Kane to get loose. Kane then came down and hooked Schermerhorn where he went sailing into the turn four Styrofoam barrier with Kane spinning as well. Humfeld, who was recovering after his wall climb, snuck by the two to win the race. Jake Arneson was second with Bill Martin in third.
James Swan passed Natalie Decker on lap ten to win the ASA Midwest Truck Tour feature and the 2012 championship. Dann Barber was second with Jerry Wood in third.