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47th annual 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 200. 
 
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 feature.
...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
Thursday 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.
 
On 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.
 
Dan 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. 
 
Closing 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.


 

 

"Oktoberfest"
Oct 9, 2016
Stan Kalwasinski Photos


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 47
th annual Oktoberfest Race Weekend at the LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway in West Salem, Wis.
  
It 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 200-lap chase.


J Herbst (82) races Brent Edmunds (87) during the opening 21-lap segment of the JMck 63 invitational event for Big 8 Series drivers. 
 
Herbst seemed to be the only Big 8 driver that could keep Majeski in his sights all weekend.


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 International Speedway 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 checkered flag.


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.

 


 

"Oktoberfest"
Oct 8, 2016
Stan Kalwasinski Photos


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 68 lapper.


A little ''off road'' racing.


Ty Reedy spins his No. 21 while battling for third place in the Big 8 Series feature.


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 podium.


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.
  
Clements 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 
 
in 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 held.


Kyle Stark and his No. 192 were winners of the Midwest Dash Series feature race.


They go three-wide during the Midwest Dash Series main event with eventual winner Kyle Stark and his No. 192 in the middle.


 

"Oktoberfest"
Oct 7, 2016
Stan Kalwasinski Photos


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 West Salem, 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 event.


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 qualifications.


Midwest Truck Series feature action.