LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway 2000-07-23

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(West Salem July 22, 2000) - For most of the 2000 race season, defending track champion Kevin Nuttleman has been at or near the top of the Midwest Fuels NASCAR Late Model points standings at the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway. He used strong qualifying performances over the past month to put the pressure on former leader Brad Powell, but came into the Ray Hutson Chevrolet 25 looking for his first checkered flag of the season. He chased down the lead group, outduelled Powell for second, then went around Mike Belling on lap 22 to earn that flag, his first of the season.

Kurt Thicke started on the pole, and worked his way by Isaak Owen on the first lap, as Belling and Paul Proksch moved to the outside lane, with both of them getting by Owen by lap five. Belling quickly chased down Thicke at the point, and made the pass for the lead on lap eight, getting by on the outside coming out of turn two.

Belling led for five laps, opening up a good lead on the field, before the yellow flew on lap 13, as Bill Niles and Greg Croell both spun in turn four. Before the late models could get a full lap in, Tim Nelson and Bob Timm hit the wall coming out of turn four.

Powell went for the lead on the restart, but drifted high, allowing Nuttleman to get underneath him for second on lap 15, but the yellow flew before the lap was completed, as Timm lost his motor in turn one, spreading oil on the track.

The last 12 laps went green, with Nuttleman making the pass of Powell for second on the inside coming out of turn two on lap 17. He quickly tried to duck inside of Belling as well, but was unable to get fully underneath the 43 car. He went to the outside, gradually pulling alongside Belling, and taking the lead for good coming out of turn four on lap 22.

Belling finished second, followed by Proksch, Powell and Thicke in the top five. Owen took sixth, with Todd Korish, Rick Wateski, Tom Carlson and Brent Kirchner rounding out the lead ten.

Nuttleman also set fast time, clocking a 96.342 MPH lap around the .545-mile oval to lead the 31 late models who qualified on the evening. Ken Hutchens took the opening heat win, while qualifying heats went to Frank Doherty and Greg Croell. The Odd and Even Bud Dash wins went to Andy Burgess and Brent Kirchner.

Mike Campbell turned in a dominating performance in his Bud Dash to take the checkered, and threatened to do the same in the Ray Hutson Chevrolet Sportsman feature. Yellows on lap four and 13 erased his leads, and left him to fend off four of the top seven cars in points, but he was up to the task, giving up the top spot only briefly on lap nine to Tony Ciano as he took the win. Ciano got by Jeff Baker on the final lap for second, and Dan Gilster edged Baker at the line for third. Jon Barrette finished fifth, followed by Corey Jankowski, Blake Horstman, Don Henderson, Rick Shisler and Tom Thill.

Points leader Dan Gilster led the way among the 39 Sportsman cars who timed in, averaging 86.443 for his trip around the oval in West Salem. Jeff Winterfield won the first heat race, while qualifying heat wins went to Don Henderson and Rick Shisler, and the Bud Dash wins went to Jeff Baker and Mike Campbell.

John Edwards and Dan Secor battled side by side for 12 of the 15 laps in the United Auto Supply Thunderstox feature, but on the final lap, Secor was able to pull in front for the win, and Edwards fell to third as Jes Tenner managed to squeeze underneath him for second. Dean Ashbacher and Rob Curran rounded out the top five.

Heat wins in the Thunderstox division went to Jason Stark, Chris Vinson and Dan Secor, while Les Stanfield won the Bud Dash, and Branden Berg took the Second Over the Line Wins Novelty event.

Midwest Fuels NASCAR Late Models

Ray Hutson Chevrolet 25 - 1. Kevin Nuttleman, Bangor; 2. Mike Belling, La Crosse; 3. Paul Proksch, Stoddard; 4. Brad Powell, La Crosse; 5. Kurt Thicke, West Salem; 6. Isaak Owen, La Crosse; 7. Todd Korish, La Crosse; 8. Rick Wateski, La Crosse; 9. Tom Carlson, La Crosse; 10. Andy Burgess, Rice Lake; 11. Brent Kirchner, La Crosse; 12. Tim Hagen, La Crescent, MN; 13. Dan Navrestad, Onalaska; 14. Todd Oliver, Bangor; 15. Jim Hagel, Holmen; 16. J. Herbst, West Salem; 17. Troy Goodenough, Mindoro; 18. Frank Doherty, Elgin, IL; 19. Greg Croell, Lawler, IA; 20. Greg Scheck, West Salem; 21. Bill Niles, Holmen; 22. Tony Bagstad, Cashton; 23. Kraig Burrows, Barre Mills; 24. Tim Nelson, La Crescent, MN; 25. Bob Timm, Winona, MN

B-Main - 1. Dan Navrestad, Onalaska; 2. Troy Goodenough, Mindoro; 3. Todd Oliver, Bangor; 4. Jim Hagel, Holmen; 5. J. Herbst, West Salem

Qualifying - 1. Kevin Nuttleman, Bangor, 20.365 secs., 96.342 MPH; 2. Paul Proksch, Stoddard, 20.416 secs., 96.101 MPH; 3. Tony Bagstad, Cashton, 20.487 secs., 95.768 MPH; 4. Brad Powell, La Crosse, 20.495 secs., 95.731 MPH; 5. Mike Belling, La Crosse, 20.496 secs., 95.726 MPH

Qualifying Heat 1 - 1. Ken Hutchens, Black River Falls; 2. Scott Howe, Holmen; 3. Eddy Reynolds, West Salem; 4. Ronnie Hawley, Jr., Winona, MN; 5. Dean Cota, Rochester, MN

Qualifying Heat 2 - 1. Frank Doherty, Elgin, IL; 2. Bill Niles, Holmen; 3. Dan Navrestad, Onalaska; 4. J. Herbst, West Salem; 5. Jim Hagel, Holmen

Qualifying Heat 3 - 1. Greg Croell, Lawler, IA; 2. Kraig Burrows, Barre Mills; 3. Troy Goodenough, Mindoro; 4. Marv DeGarmo, Chaseburg; 5. Greg Scheck, West Salem

Odd Bud Dash - 1. Andy Burgess, Rice Lake; 2. Tim Nelson, La Crescent, MN; 3. Kevin Nuttleman, Bangor; 4. Tim Hagen, La Crescent, MN; 5. Mike Belling, La Crosse

Even Bud Dash - 1. Brent Kirchner, La Crosse; 2. Tom Carlson, La Crosse; 3. Paul Proksch, Stoddard; 4. Rick Wateski, La Crosse; 5. Brad Powell, La Crosse

Ray Hutson Chevrolet Sportsman

Ray Hutson Chevrolet 15 - 1. Mike Campbell, Bangor; 2. Tony Ciano, La Crosse; 3. Dan Gilster, West Salem; 4. Jeff Baker, Holmen; 5. Jon Barrette, La Crosse; 6. Corey Jankowski, Tomah; 7. Blake Horstman, Bangor; 8. Don Henderson, Holmen; 9. Rick Shisler, La Crosse; 10. Tom Thill, West Salem; 11. Sam Andersen, Melrose; 12. Rick Steinhoff, Cashton; 13. Larry Bolster, Jr., Sparta; 14. Chand Wehling, Stoddard; 15. Jimmy Gilster, West Salem

B-Main - 1. Paul Smith, Bangor; 2. Dave Stetzer, Melrose; 3. Chand Wehling, Stoddard; 4. John Korish, La Crosse; 5. Scott Stingl, Mindoro

Qualifying - 1. Dan Gilster, West Salem, 22.697 secs., 86.443 MPH; 2. Corey Jankowski, Tomah, 22.761 secs., 86.200 MPH; 3. Jeff Baker, Holmen, 22.898 secs., 85.684 MPH; 4. Chuck Timm, Galesville, 22.919 secs., 85.606 MPH; 5. Tony Ciano, La Crosse, 22.996 secs., 85.319 MPH

Heat 1 - 1. Jeff Winterfield, La Crosse; 2. Phil Schreier, Sparta; 3. Paul Mahlum, Jr., Holmen; 4. Brian Sanders, La Crosse; 5. Jonathan Harrison, Cashton

Qualifying Heat 2 - 1. Don Henderson, Holmen; 2. Larry Bolster, Jr., Sparta; 3. Chand Wehling, Stoddard; 4. Trent Boettcher, La Crescent, MN; 5. John Korish, La Crosse

Qualifying Heat 3 - 1. Rick Shisler, La Crosse; 2. Todd Lockington, Mindoro; 3. Paul Smith, Bangor; 4. Scott Stingl, Mindoro; 5. Morris Proctor, Genoa

Odd Bud Dash - 1. Jeff Baker, Holmen; 2. Blake Horstman, Bangor; 3. Dan Gilster, West Salem; 4. Tony Ciano, La Crosse; 5. Sam Andersen, Melrose

Even Bud Dash - 1. Mike Campbell, Bangor; 2. Greg Scheck, West Salem; 3. Corey Jankowski, Tomah; 4. Chuck Timm, Galesville; 5. Jon Barrette, La Crosse

United Auto Supply Thunderstox

Ray Hutson Chevrolet 15 - 1. Dan Secor, West Salem; 2. Jes Tenner, Melrose; 3. Jeff Edwards, La Crosse; 4. Dean Ashbacher, Rockland; 5. Rob Curran, Rockland; 6. Jason Bolster, Sparta; 7. Matt Inglett, La Crosse; 8. Les Stanfield, La Crosse; 9. Al Bartels, Tomah; 10. Chris Vinson, West Salem; 11. Kelly Schendel, Cashton; 12. Bill Inglett, La Crosse; 13. Branden Berg, North Bend; 14. Mark Challet, Bangor; 15. John Hendrickson, La Crosse

B-Main - 1. Jason Bolster, Sparta; 2. Kelly Schendel, Cashton; 3. John Olson, Sparta; 4. Mark Challet, Bangor; 5. Mike Albrecht, Jr., La Crescent, MN

Heat 1 - 1. Jason Stark, West Salem; 2. Adam Degenhardt, Coon Valley; 3. Branden Berg, North Bend; 4. Al Bartels, Tomah; 5. Mary Schill, Burnsville, MN

Heat 2 - 1. Chris Vinson, West Salem; 2. Les Stanfield, La Crosse; 3. Jes Tenner, Melrose; 4. Rob Curran, Rockland; 5. Dale Jacob, Winona

Heat 3 - 1. Dan Secor, West Salem; 2. Anthony Wheeler, La Crosse; 3. Dean Ashbacher, Rockland; 4. Matt Inglett, La Crosse; 5. John Edwards, La Crosse

Bud Dash - 1. Les Stanfield, La Crosse; 2. Adam Degenhardt, Coon Valley; 3. Jason Stark, West Salem; 4. Anthony Wheeler, La Crosse; 5. Dan Secor, West Salem

Novelty Event (2nd Over the Line Wins) - 1. Branden Berg, North Bend

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