Old Hand Conquers LaCrosse
WEST SALEM, Wis. — Sparks were flying at La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway Saturday for the opening night of the 2011 season.
Steve Carlson dodged wrecks left and right to make his way to the front of the field to win the Kwik Trip NASCAR late-model feature.
Three laps into the feature Jeff Baker, Brent Kirchner and Bill Niles were running one, two and three. Then as the three exited turn three, they got three-wide and Baker went spinning to the top of the track collecting Tony Bagstad, Mike Carlson, J. Herbst and Adam Degenhardt.
Under caution Kirchner was sent to the rear of the field while Steve Carlson moved to the lead in front of Todd Korish.
On lap eight, rookie of the year contender Nick Clements moved into the fifth position and started to work his way forward as leaders caught lap traffic.
With 10 laps to go Cole Scholze spun in turn two bringing out a caution and a double file restart. Carlson took the inside line followed by Korish and Shawn Pfaff. Clements was the first driver to pick the outside line and restarted side by side with Carlson.
Clements was able to hold onto second for seven more laps and one more caution. But, he couldn’t hold off Korish any longer and fell to third where he finished three laps later. Clements was later disqualified for ride height being too low.
Korish took second followed by Matthew Henderson and Shawn Pfaff.
Jimmy Gilster won the sportsman feature, Andy Moore topped the thunderstox main and John Olson won the outlawz race.