La Cross Oktoberfest 2000 preview

(West Salem, WI – September 30, 2000) Last year’s Oktoberfest Race Weekend at the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway was the biggest ever, with 502 cars competing in 16 divisions, a record number of campers packing the fairgrounds, and overflowing...

(West Salem, WI – September 30, 2000) Last year’s Oktoberfest Race Weekend at the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway was the biggest ever, with 502 cars competing in 16 divisions, a record number of campers packing the fairgrounds, and overflowing into areas adjacent to the fairgrounds, and the longest feature event since the ARTGO Challenge Series/NASCAR Re\Max Challenge Series feature became the main event.

What can speedway officials do to top that in 2000? Make it bigger and better!

To finish off the weekend, the Oktoberfest 200 is back, as NASCAR has lengthened the main event to 200 laps. That will bring back memories of the early days in the seventies, when the likes of Dick Trickle, Marv Marzofka, Joe Shear and Larry Detjens headed to West Salem for a 200-lap season ending event at Oktoberfest.

Pre-entries for the 2000 fest are coming in as fast as officials can get them entered in the computer, and officials are already thinking that the car count record could be in jeopardy. The Thursday night Enduro, which drew more than 80 cars last year, may start with a field of over 100 cars in 2000.

While the NASCAR Re\Max cars will highlight the show, they will not be the only high-powered late models taking to the 5/8-mile oval during the weekend. Six different late model divisions, as well as two more late model truck divisions will make it a weekend of late model racing in West Salem. From the NASCAR Northern Series and the Wisconsin Late Models on Saturday and Sunday to the CWRA, Limited Late Models and Midwest Trucks on Friday, there will be plenty of pedal-to-the-metal, hard-charging action on hand. Throw in the Mid-American Stock Cars and Trucks on Saturday, and you can bet that Oktoberfest will fulfill your need for speed.

If you’re looking for something other than late model action, Thursday night is the night for you. From the La Crosse Sportsman and Thunderstox cars, to the Junior Cup, Back-Up Cars and the open competition Double-O race, you can check out the up and coming heroes from your local tracks compete with La Crosse’s best. On Friday night, we even throw in another treat, as we invite some of the best Modifieds from the Midwest to take to the asphalt. After running on dirt all season long, these guys prove they can put on a show on the pavement as well.

Multiple day wristbands are available, with a four-day pass costing just $43.00. With over 500 cars, 16 divisions, and 65 races on tap over four big days, that’s a bargain anyway you cut it. For more information, call the speedway hotline at (608) 786-1525, or head out to Camper Village on Wednesday.

Fest set to close out big 2000 race season

(West Salem, WI – September 30, 2000) Last weekend, over 200 campers crowded into the La Crosse Interstate Fairgrounds for an RV club show. That was simply a trial run for this weekend, as over 1500 campers are expected, with three legendary parties, charity breakfasts, remote control races, a farmer’ s market, memorabilia show, pet costume parade and more on tap over the four day weekend.

And, by the way, there is racing.

The biggest season-ending show in the Midwest is more than the action on the quarter-mile and 5/8-mile tracks of the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway. It spills over onto the fairgrounds, with all of the scheduled events, and all of the reminiscing of the race season. It spills over into the fields west of the speedway, as campers scramble for their spot for the biggest event of the year. If you can’t make it into the fairgrounds for camping, that’s okay, because the race fans also fill other local campgrounds and hotels, making the Coulee Region the racing capital of the Midwest for the weekend.

It has been billed as Racing’s Family Reunion, and that is more than an expression. It’s what the Oktoberfest Race Weekend is all about. Fans get to see their track champion face off against other top guns from the Midwest, and look back on another great season of racing in the Midwest. The big names of today will be pitted against the big names of the past, as fans remember those who have raced and won at Fests past.

So, whether its for the best racing in the Midwest, or for the chance to revisit old friends and memories, Oktoberfest is the place to be. And if you’re new to the racing family, it’s the place for you as well, to come out and enjoy a weekend of racing, and to meet the ones that make racing in the Midwest the best anywhere – the fans!

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Series NASCAR , Stock car
Drivers Dick Trickle