Oktoberfest Race Weekend Recap
by Stan Kalwasinski
LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway
West Salem, Wis.-The 47th annual
Oktoberfest Race Weekend at the
LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway is in the record books with this
year's event possibly being called ''Majeski Fest.''
Continuing to establish himself as one of the top stock car racers
in the country today, Ty Majeski, the 22-year-old speedster from
Seymour, pretty much won everything he entered including the ARCA
Midwest Tour 200-lap late model stock car special on Sunday
afternoon at the 5/8s-mile paved LaCrosse fairgrounds oval. Majeski
and his ''Toby'' Nuttleman-prepared No. 91s were almost unbeatable
at this year's 'Fest with Majeski visiting the victory podium
numerous times, including after winning his first career Oktoberfest
Some of Majeski highlights over the weekend included:
...On Thursday night, the opening night of the Oktoberfest racing
weekend saw Majeski win the 40-lap feature race for LaCrosse's
weekly late model competitors.
...Had the fastest car during the Dick Trickle 99 event on Friday evening. Won
the first 33-lap segment only to be disqualified after a post-race
inspection because of a
''left-side weight'' violation. Finished
third in the second ''leg'' and came back and won the final 33-lap
...With veteran J Herbst seeming to be his only competition, Majeski
won the 68-lap Big Series headliner Saturday night.
...Sunday saw Majeski dominate the JMck63 for the special invite
event for Big 8
Series cars and drivers, winning all three 21-lap segments.
...Chasing leader Johnny Sauter and new qualifying record holder Dan
Fredrickson early in the race, Majeski established himself the ''man
to beat'' in the second half and won Sunday's ARCA Midwest Tour 200
lapper after surviving two, late-race caution flags. Majeski
put the ''icing on the cake'' as he won his third consecutive ARCA
Midwest Tour series championship.
More Oktoberfest Notes
night saw Brad Warthan win the 20-lap Sportsmen feature, which saw a
field of 34 cars start the race. Minnesota's
Cole Anderson was the winner of the Super Late Model Futures
Hooligan main event, holding off Florida's Dalton Zehr.
Friday, Minnesota speedster Dan Fredrickson won the Dick Trickle 99
Super Late Model Special, winning the overall crown and trophy (a
replica of a big piece of Wisconsin cheese) with three strong
performances in each of the 33-lap segments. Another
Minnesota racer, Conrad Jorgenson was the winner of the 25-lap Great
Northern Sportsmen Series feature race. Tommy
Pecaro won the Midwest Truck Series headliner, crashing across the
finish line after tangling with Jeremy Lepak at the checkered flag.
Gilster, who crashed and flipped the week before at Illinois'
Rockford Speedway, came back and won the wreck-filled Mid American
Stock Car Series feature on Saturday night. Ryan
Gutknecht was crowned the Mid American series champion for 2016. Kyle
Stark claimed top honors in the Midwest Dash Series feature for
four-cylinder division competitors.
in on his 73rd birthday,
Woody Pool of Tinley Park, Ill., wheeled his 1970 Ford Torino GT to
victory in the Vintage Stock Car feature race on Sunday.
Oct 9, 2016
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Ty Majeski raises his arms in triumph after he won Sunday afternoon's
ARCA Midwest Tour 200 late model stock car race,
which highlighted the
Oktoberfest Race Weekend at the LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway
in West Salem, Wis.
was Majeski's first-ever Oktoberfest ARCA Midwest Tour 200 win.
Ty Majeski (91) and Dan Fredrickson (36) dice for position during the
ARCA Midwest Tour 200 lapper. Definitely
a heavy favorite, along with Majeski, before the race began, Fredrickson
finished second behind Majeski.
Majeski ''lights them up'' after taking the checkered flag.
The winning No. 91 is serviced during the mandatory, half-way, pit stop.
Ty Majeski and his crew chief, ''Toby'' Nuttleman, pose for a photo on
the victory podium.
Majeski (91) passes Johnny Sauter (5) for the lead.
Johnny Sauter (5) battles Chris Weinkauf for the top spot during the
J Herbst (82) races Brent Edmunds (87) during the opening 21-lap segment
of the JMck 63 invitational event for Big 8 Series drivers.
seemed to be the only Big 8 driver that could keep Majeski in his sights
Ty Majeski (91) passes Timmy Springstock (36) for the lead during the
final 21-lap segment of the JMck 63.
Ty Majeski and the Gregg McKarns Family pose for a victory photo after
Majeski made a ''clean sweep'' of the JMck 63. The
event is named in honor of longtime Midwest racing promoter, organizer
and racing businessman, the late John McKarns. Posing
with winner Majeski, Gregg McKarns (second from the right) joins his
wife, Angie (second from the left) and their children, Al (on the left)
and Evy (on the right). Gregg
McKarns is one of the organizers of the annual
Oktoberfest event as well as the promoter at Wisconsin's Madison
and owner of the ARCA Midwest Tour late model series.
A veteran of Chicago area stock car racing, Woody Pool guides his 1970
Ford Torino GT (02) to victory
in the Vintage Stock Car feature race.
Woody Pool after winning the Vintage Stock Car main event.
They go three-wide during Vintage Stock Car action.
A classic-looking vintage stock car - the Moose Peterson No. 19.
One of my favorite vintage stock cars was the Mike Miller/Dairyland
Transport No. 18 Camaro.
Rex Rossier and his fast No. 21 Camaro chased Woody Pool to the
Another neat looking vintage replica - the Tom Reffner No. 88.
Two of the greatest that ever wheeled stock cars in the Midwest -
Tom Reffner (left) and Marv Marzofka were on hand for Sunday's racing.
Oct 8, 2016
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Ty Majeski was the
winner of the 68-lap Big 8 Series season finale late model stock car
special at the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway in West Salem, Wis., last
Saturday night, which marked the third day of the 47th annual
Oktoberfest Race Weekend.
Ty Majeski and his No. 91 on their way to victory.
Finishing third in the 68-lap feature, Michael Bilderback (2), shown
here racing with Michael Ostdiek (18),
claimed overall Big 8 Series championship honors.
Bobby Wilberg (28) and Griffin McGrath (64) race side-by-side during the
A little ''off road'' racing.
Ty Reedy spins his No. 21 while battling for third place in the Big 8
After his spin, Ty Reedy (21) is hit by Brian Wrolstad (13).
Eventual winner, Dan Gilster (23) stays in the inside groove with Nick
Clements on the outside
during a restart during the Mid American Stock Car Series feature race.
Mid American Stock Car Series feature winner Dan Gilster on the victory
Veteran Wisconsin racer Bill Prietzel and his No. 5 finished third in
the Mid American Stock Car Series main event.
A regular in the sportsman ranks at LaCrosse, Nick Clements (8) finished
second in the Mid American Stock Car Series feature.
is shown here racing with Brian Holtz.
Even with a battered race car, 2016 Mid American Stock Car Series
champion Ryan Gutknecht took a victory lap with the checkered flag
his No. 01 after securing the series title.
Cole Anderson (97) works inside of Jason Weinkauf on his way to victory
in one of the qualifying heat races
for ARCA Midwest Tour drivers.
Mark Kraus (9) gets inside of Andy Jones for the lead and eventual win
during one of the twin ARCA Midwest Tour qualifying heat races that were
Kyle Stark and his No. 192 were winners of the Midwest Dash Series
They go three-wide during the Midwest Dash Series main event with
eventual winner Kyle Stark and his No. 192 in the middle.
Oct 7, 2016
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Minnesota's Dan Fredrickson was the overall winner of the Dick Trickle
99 late model stock car special at the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway in
Wisc. on Friday during a cold night of racing during the second day of
the 47th annual Oktoberfest Race Weekend.
The event is made up of three 33-lap segments.
Dan Frederickson in his No. 36 at speed during the Dick Trickle 99.
Fredrickson was the fastest qualifier among 60 who took time for the
NASCAR Truck Series competitor Johnny Sauter and his No. 5
won the second 33-lap Trickle 99 segment.
Ty Majeski won the first 33-lap ''leg'' of the Dick Trickle 99 only to
be disqualified because of a post-race disqualification because of
weight requirements. Majeski came back and won the third and final
segment of the Trickle 99.
Dan Lensing (19) was the winner of the ''Stubby'' 30-lap feature race
for drivers that did not qualify for the Trickle 99 lineup.
Another NASCAR Truck Series competitor Travis Kvapil, in the No. 35, was
among those in action in the Dick Trickle 99.
Bobby Wilberg's entry was painted up to honor the late Dick Trickle and
his exploits in his familiar No. 99.
Conrad Jorgenson wheeled his No. 3 to victory in the 25-lap main event
for Great Northern Sportsmen Series competitors.
Early race leader Jason Thoma (6) battles with Dan Gilster (23) during
the Great Northern Sportsmen Series 25 lapper.
Tommy Pecaro claimed top honors in the Midwest Truck Series 25-lap
feature race. Pecaro tangled with Jeremy Lepak as the pair came down to
the checkered flag with Pecaro's truck suffering a lot of damage despite
scoring the victory.
Pecaro and his crew pose next to their battered No. 9.
Veteran driver Dave Edwards led the Midwest Truck Series point standings
before the night's racing began.
Edwards finished fifth in the truck feature.
Jeremy Lepak and his No. 54 were fast timers during Midwest Truck Series
Midwest Truck Series feature action.