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Todd Korish Aims At First LaCrosse Championship Variable Weather, Schedules And Performance Bring National Points Shakeup

July 5th, 2012

DAYTONA BEACH, Fl.- A driver known for his on-track patience and consistency leads the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model division point standings in one of the nation’s most competitive weekly fields.

Todd Korish, 39, of Holmen, Wis., leads the track and state NASCAR standings racing at Lacrosse (Wis.) Fairgrounds Speedway, a .625-mile paved oval.

“We’re still trying to get a Late Model championship under our belt,” Korish said. “It looks like this year will be one of our best chances.”

Korish maintained his point leads despite finishing third in the feature Saturday night at LaCrosse. J. Herbst won that event followed by Shawn Pfaff. Herbst is the defending track and state champion.

Around the nation, variables in weather, track schedules and some performance issues brought the first significant shakeup atop the 2012 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series point race.

Three top-five finishes over the weekend vaulted 2001 national champion Ted Christopher from third place to first in national standings, displacing season-long national point leader Anthony Anders.

Christopher placed third at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway Thursday and fifth at Stafford on Friday. Saturday, he posted his fourth straight second-place Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway Modified division finish. A second place finish behind Paul Nogradi Jr. at Kingsport (Tenn.) Speedway helped pavement Late Model driver Nate Monteith remain a steady second in national standings.

Only one driver in last week’s national top-10 managed a feature win over the weekend. Keith Rocco, the series’ 2010 national champion, won the 39th annual Coors Light SK Modified 100 Friday at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway. The win and an eighth-place finished at Waterford (Conn.) Speedbowl moved Rocco from seventh to third in the national point race.

Anders dropped to fourth in standings with a 16th place finish at Kingsport due to a blown engine. Modified driver Ryan Preece moved from sixth to fifth in the nation by finishing second to Woody Pitkat at Thompson. The following night Preece blew an engine and finished 25th at Stafford.

Korish believes consistency over the long haul of the season is just as important as contending for a win every week.

“Last year we had one of the best cars I ever drove and we finished second in points. The key is going after the top-five and top-10 finishes, managing your tires and staying out of trouble. Everybody wants to win races, but I won the 1999 Sportsman division championship with one win and consistent top-fives.

“Some of the greatest champions at LaCrosse were always consistent and always there at the end of the race. Steve Carlson, Steve Holzhausen, and Kevin Nuttleman – that was their style.”

That trio of LaCrosse greats won plenty of races and championships, and they influenced Korish’s patient “big picture” style of racing. Depending on circumstances he might take third place rather than wreck trying for second.

Through last Saturday night, Korish has not yet won a feature event this year, but his racing record includes a stout four top-fives and eight top-10s in eight starts. He continues to lead the track and state points and holds down the 90th position in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Top 500.

“The competition at LaCrosse is fierce,” Korish said. “The top three finishers from last week and the top three in points start behind the inversion cars in the feature lineup,” Korish said. The number of cars inverted from qualifying can be up to 14.

Korish is a site superintendent for Ryan Inc. Central, a heavy earth moving contractor that specializes in landfill construction. Korish is based at a site near Des Moines, Iowa during the week, about 300 miles from his wife Kim and children Mercedes, Maddie and Mere in Holmen, Wis. Paul Malham Jr. of Paul’s Towing owns NASCAR Late Models driven by Korish and Adam Degenhardt. Korish’s father Tom is crew chief. Crew members include Charlie Schwabenbauer, Chuck Malham, Mark Seebauer, “Painter” Korish and Rodney Malham. The driver’s uncle, Bob Johnson of Holmen Custom and Collision, maintains the car’s paint and body.

A driver’s best 18 results through Sept. 16 are counted toward their states and national point totals, and the champions are decided on overall point total. Once a driver reaches 18 starts, their total would increase incrementally as they replace some poorer runs with better results.

Under the point structure for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, the race winner receives two points for every car in the event up to 20 cars. Second place receives two fewer points and so on through the field. Race winners receive an additional five points. For example, if 20 cars are in the field, the winner receives 45 points, second place 38 and third 36. If there are 15 cars, the winner receives 35 points, second 28 and third, 26.

Track, state and provincial champions and the top-three finishers in the national standings earn invitations to the 2012 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards event. The ceremonies are scheduled for Friday, Dec. 7 at the Charlotte (N.C.) Convention Center and NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Points Battle Heats Up At LaCrosse -Preble Inches Closer To Rocco For NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Lead

August 1st, 2010

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla- J Herbst knows what it will take to defend his championship at LaCrosse (Wisc.) Fairgrounds Speedway: Not thinking about it. “I’m not even worried about it yet,” said Herbst. “Last year it got stressful. This year, we’re going to make sure we have fun every week. As long as myself and the team do the job that we know we’re capable of doing, week in and week out, points will take care of themselves.”

Herbst is again locked in a tough championship race in the Kwik Trip Late Model Division at the .545-mile semi-banked asphalt oval. He has two wins, eight top fives and 13 top 10s in 13 starts to lead the track points by eight over Shawn Pfaff, 10 over Todd Korish and 13 over Steve Carlson. Carlson, the 2007 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series champion, won this past Saturday
night to take over the Wisconsin state championship lead by three over Herbst and 24 over Pfaff. “We’re doing pretty good,” said Carlson, who has five wins. “We have had our bad nights, too. It was just a piece of junk (last week) and the guys worked on it all week and made it better, and we won again.”

A driver’s best 18 results – through Sunday, Sept. 19 – are counted toward their state and national points totals, and the champions are decided on overall points total. In addition to honoring track champions, NASCAR will crown 25 U.S. state and
Canadian provincial champions, continuing a tradition that dates back to the sport’s early years. While Herbst won the track title last year, Kevin Nuttleman took home state honors. Nebraska’s Craig Preble continued to whittle down Keith Rocco’s national lead.
Preble won the crate dirt Late Model feature Saturday at Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, Neb., and finished third at I-80 Speedway in Omaha, Neb., Sunday, to chop another 10 points off Rocco’s lead.

Preble has 17 wins and 26 top fives in 26 starts, has 757 points. Rocco, of Wallingford, Conn., has 16 wins, 25 top fives and 32 top 10s in 34 starts for 788 points. Under the points structure for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, the race winner received two points for every car in the event up to 20. Second place received two fewer points, and so-on through the field. Race winners received an additional five bonus points. For example, if there are 20 cars, the winner received 45 points, second gets 38 and third 36. If there are 15 cars, the winner received 35 points, second gets 28 and third, 26. Rocco did not improve his points total from last week, finishing third (Thompson International Speedway) and sixth (Waterford Speedbowl). The third Connecticut track where he runs his asphalt Modified, Stafford Motor Speedway, was rained out again. Justin Johnson, of Durham, N.C., was first and third in twin asphalt Late Model division features at South Boston (Va.) Speedway and increased his third-place points total to 701. He has 11 wins, 16 top fives and 19 top 10s in 20 races at South Boston and Motor Mile in Radford, Va.

CE Falk III finished second and seventh in the asphalt Late Model division features at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va. It allowed him to drop two poor finishes from earlier in the year and vault from sixth to fourth in points at 634. Matt Buller, of Junction Motor and I-80, is fifth with 633, and 2001 national champion Ted Christopher is sixth at 628.

Because they’ve only raced 13 times, Carlson is 24th, Herbst is 26th, and Pfaff 31st. Their per-race-average, however, indicates they’d be in contention for a top-10 spot once they get to the 18-race mark. It’s a moot point for the 52-year-old Carlson, who will miss two races later this season to race in a regional Late Model touring series. A disqualification earlier in the season for a shocks violation took him out of the track points lead originally.

That hasn’t slowed the competition. The 31-year-old Herbst – whose first name is just the letter J, named after a good
friend of his father’s – knows that it isn’t going to be easy defending his title. “We’ve seemed to have found a hot weather package that works really well,” said Herbst, who works as a job site superintendent for HTH Construction, a company founded by his father. “The car just races like a son of a gun. We’re leaps and bounds past where we were last year. It’s been a good season, but the points battle is just unbelievable.

“It makes it fun and exciting for the fans.” Track, state and provincial champions and the top three finishers in the national
standings earn invitations to the 2010 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards Banquet. The winner of the national championship will also earn a secure spot in the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown.

Carlson Conquers LaCrosse!

July 3rd, 2009

WEST SALEM, WI — The ‘King of the Short Tracks’ has struck again.

Hometown favorite Steve Carlson moved quickly through the field and left little doubt Saturday night, leading 81 laps and winning the first ever River Run 100 at the LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway. It was Carlson’s second straight win with the ASA Late Model Series North Division at La Crosse, including his triumph last October in the season ending 100 lapper.

Minnesota’s Trent Snyder led the field to the Green Flag, with Ross Kenseth along side on the front row. Snyder pounced to the early lead, with Kenseth falling into second. Iowa driver Griffin McGrath would challenge Kenseth for the runner up spot on the second lap, and get together with the Rookie of the Year contender on lap 4. Due to initiating the contact, McGrath was sent to the tail, while Kenseth got his spot back in the runner up position.

On the restart, Snyder would pull away from the pack again; with defending series champion Eddie Hoffman filling up the youngster Kenseth’s mirror. The two would toil for second for five laps, before the ominous presence of Carlson’s blue #66 filled both Hoffman and Kenseth’s mirrors. Carlson would dispose of Hoffman on lap 10 and Kenseth on lap 13. It would take
the Wisconsin racing veteran only six more laps to track down Snyder and take the lead.

After Carlson jumped to the front of the pack, he would sail away from the rest of the field. In the process, during a long, 84 lap green flag run, Carlson would lap all the way through the sixth spot. Carlson’s quest was finally halted though on lap 88, when local hot shoe J Herbst would spin in turn 3 and bring out the third yellow of the race.

The yellow period would put Kenseth on Carlson’s bumper, but Kenseth would spin his tires on the start, and Carlson would pull away. Series point’s leader Chris Eggleston would seize the opportunity to battle with Kenseth for second. But as that battle heated up, the final yellow of the race flew on lap 94 for Jordan Sims, who backed his back hard into the turn 4 wall.

The final restart would see much of the same, with Carlson cruising away from the field, and Kenseth holding off Eggleston for the runner up spot. Snyder would finish fourth, his best showing since a third place run in the ASALMS North opener in Toledo, with Hoffman scoring a fifth place finish.

Carlson said in victory lane, “We’ve only raced this car about 15 times and its won every race but two. It’s the most awesome car I’ve ever driven. I got an awesome crew; they work on the car so hard. It’s REALLY a good car.”

But even with a knowledge of the track and the superior car, Carlson confessed that the ride was by no means perfect around the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway. “The car was sliding around some, but you just gotta hang onto it and don’t hurt anything, the tires and things like that,’ the winner stated and also added, “It was a fun night, the car was good and it’s fun to win here at home in front of all these fans.”

Kenseth was asked if it’s at all a disappointment to finish second to Carlson at LaCrosse.

“Not really,’ stated the 16 year old, ‘I mean, his car was awesome and he’s obviously a great driver and has been racing here for a long time…we’re happy with second place.”

The third-generation racer from Spring Valley, Illinois has had quite a few great runs at La Crosse early in his career, setting fast time two years ago and winning last year’s Oktoberfest feature, both with the Big 8 Series Late Model Series, where Kenseth was Rookie of the Year last year. When asked what he loves about the track Kenseth stated, ‘The track is a track you can pass on, which is really cool. And (my crew) has just given me such a great car each time out it just makes it real easy for me.”

By: Eric Huenefeld

The ASA Late Model Series North Division Returns to Lacrosse on June 27th 2009 for the River Run 100.

June 25th, 2009

The ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts will be returning to the Lacrosse Fairgrounds this month for the ‘River Run 100’. We are really looking forward to running our 4th ASA Late Model Series North Division event of the season at the Fairgrounds.

The historic 0.545 Mile Progressively Banked Paved Oval of LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway, located east of the Minnesota / Wisconsin state line in West Salem, Wisconsin will host the first of two appearances by the ASALMS Northern Division in the running of the River Run 100 on Saturday, June 27, 2009.

The ASA Late Model Series and Lacrosse have a great four year history of racing and we look forward to our 5th consecutive year at this great facility. Tickets will be just $15 for adults and $5 for kids, 5 and under will get in for free. You will find a $5 off coupon in the Lacrosse Tribune and also located on our website for great savings on admission. Gates will open for the general fans at 5pm on Saturday, June 27th 2009.

“La Crosse is such great venues for us; a lot of our drivers are from Wisconsin and enjoy running there. The fans are just great and we have packed the stands during the last couple of Oktoberfest races, we expect to have a great crowd for the “River Run 100” commented Series owner Ron Varney.

Entered to compete are local favorites J. Herbst and the always tough Steve Carlson. Carlson had his hands full last year during fest with a young and upcoming Brett Moffitt, just when it looked like the young Moffitt might pull the upset with a late race pass, the wily veteran Carlson said not so fast and retook the lead for good.

“The way that race finished with Carlson and Moffitt battling hard until the last lap left fans with something to cheer about, it was a rough race with several yellows and the fans were a little upset about that, but when everyone finally settled down and decided to race it sure was a good race” stated Varney.

LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway-West Salem, Wisconsin Facts and Stats:

ASALMS Northern Division Track Record:
8 Eddie Hoffman 19.160 = 117.432 MPH (10/07/2006)
2008 Feature Winner: Steve Carlson (10/04/2008)
2007 Feature Winner: 8 Eddie Hoffman (10/06/2007)
2006 Feature Winner: 7 Landon Cassill (10/07/2006)

ASALMS Challenge Division Track Record:
80 Eddie Hoffman 19.594 = 113.853 MPH (10/07/2005)
2005 Feature Winner: 13 Charlie Menard (10/07/2005)
The USST Trucks are with us this June at Lacrosse – visit there website at www.usstracing.com for more information about their series and schedules.

Also joining us will be the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Late Models are the featured division at the LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway. They compete for track, WRS Regional and National championships. The cars are late model American cars, with a stock appearing body and wheelbase for that make and model. These cars are built from the ground up as racing machines, but have engines that use a stock block as their starting point.

The ASA Late Model Series North will have a number of very talented expected teams that travel throughout the Midwest with the series, the current point leaders are listed below and a complete entry list will be posted the week on the event. We are looking forward to hopefully seeing some of the Lacrosse locals such as J. Herbst and Steve Carlson as well.

The ASA Late Model Series is its own entity and not endorsed, sponsored or affiliated in any way with ASA Racing, American Speed Association or the ASA Member Track Program. The ASA Late Model Series is owned and operated by Ron and Sandy Varney

For more information on the ASA Late Model Series and teams, visit our websites at www.asalatemodels.com, www.asalatemodelsnorth.com or www.asalatemodelssouth.com

Daytona 500 Winner’s Son Ross Kenseth Pilots Own Racing Career

February 24th, 2009

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Ross Kenseth is a 15-year-old high school basketball player who knows how to win on the court and on the track. The Spring Valley, Ill., teenager is also the son of the 2009 Daytona 500 champion Matt Kenseth. And like his father, Ross likes to compete, he likes to race, and he enjoys winning.

In 2008, Ross, Matt and Matt’s dad Roy formed Generation 3 Motorsports. The team fielded No. 25 Blaine’s Far & Fleet/DeWalt Tools Ford Fusion Late Models and Limited Late Models in which Ross competes in weekly racing in Wisconsin and Illinois, much like his father and grandfather before him. He also competes in a regional Late Model series, and in special events at the NASCAR-sanctioned Rockford (Ill.) Speedway and LaCrosse (Wisc.) Fairgrounds Speedway.

Young Kenseth broke through to Victory Lanes at four tracks starting midway through the 2008 season. His biggest win came in a 100-lap Late Model series event at LaCrosse during the track’s famed Oktoberfest extravaganza. He won the event 15 years after his father won the same race.

“It was awesome,” he said of the win. “There’s a lot of history at LaCrosse and you can tell that by the names that have won here. Dick Trickle was there and he’s a really cool guy. It’s just cool to win there.” Ross had a tense day watching FOX Sports telecast of Sunday’s Daytona 500.

“I was praying for rain after the last caution came out,” Ross said. “I was really shocked and excited. That’s a really nice race to win, so I was happy for him.” While Monday kicked off Matt’s Daytona 500 winner’s tour, visiting New York City-based morning and evening talk shows, Ross was busy as a sophomore at St. Bede Academy in Peru, Ill.

“I had school, so I didn’t see any of it,” he said. “But I got a few congratulations’ and people said it was really cool to see my dad on TV. That kind of stuff.” At 6-foot-1 Ross is also on the St. Bede Bruins basketball team. “We had a great start this year and were 9-0. Now we’re 13-5,” he said. Matt instilled some of his own racing traits in Ross, who learned his lessons well.

“He’s taught me a lot, but being patient I think is the biggest one,” said Ross, who lists his father along with Tony Stewart and Juan Pablo Montoya as his favorite drivers. “That’s really what I try to do. I’ve been told to just be patient and good things will happen for you.”

He has the same philosophy about his short-track racing program. “I really don’t have any plans to do anything but race at Madison, the series we run up here… about what we did last year,” Ross said. He finished second in the Madison point standings in 2008. When he turns 16 in May, Ross will be eligible to run in NASCAR’s regional touring series.

Since its inception, NASCAR’s local racing series has served as a springboard in the careers of many top-tier NASCAR drivers. Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer, Jeff Burton, Kurt and Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Bobby Labonte, Jamie McMurray, Elliott Sadler and Brian Vickers all began their careers in the NASCAR short-track program.

For more information, contact:
Jason Christley, NASCAR Public Relations, (386) 947-6788 or
jchristley@nascar.com