Teenager Austin Nason took the lead eight laps into the Big 8 Late Model Series’ 68 lap feature Saturday night at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway and never looked back, winning his third Series race of 2014.

“It’s pretty special,” said Nason in victory lane, “Especially to win here, I’ve finished third, second and now I win, so it’s pretty cool.”

As Nason grabbed the lead early, behind him fast qualifier Jeremy Miller and Big 8 point leader Casey Johnson worked their way through the field. By lap 17 Miller was up to third, looking to continue his march towards the front. Johnson, looking to wrap up his second straight Big 8 Series title, started the race in fourth place and kept in step with Miller in the races early paces.

By lap 23, Miller climbed to second and began the task of closing up on Nason, who had amassed a large lead early in the race. Just laps later, the caution flag flew. The yellow placed Miller and Johnson right behind the leader Nason. Despite the restart placing both Miller and Johnson on Nason’s bumper, the youngster from Roscoe Illinois got a terrific jump on the restart and ran away from the field.

Over the course of the next 20 laps, Miller began to cut into Nason’s lead and by lap 45, Miller caught Nason and pressured him for the lead. Miller stalked Nason for the next seven laps, not able to find a way around, when another caution flag flew, unfortunately for Miller as he and John DeAngelis Jr tangled going into the first turn. The incident sent Miller to the rear and ended his hopes of capturing his eleventh career Big 8 Series win.

”I knew Jeremy was coming, I thought he was going to be pretty fast,” said Nason, “He got to second there and started running me down. On those restarts there I had to get going and that’s exactly what I did, then he went to the back and kind of just rode.”

On the ensuing restart, Nason got another terrific jump on the field, catapulting himself to the lead again as point leader Johnson moved into second place.
Johnson began his pursuit of Nason but no sooner had a mirror full of Zach Riddle. Riddle pressured Johnson, which allowed Nason put some distance on the battle for second. Riddle eventually grabbed second from Johnson in the race’s final laps. Nason won the race going away, with Riddle finishing second.

Johnson, meanwhile, held onto third place in the race’s final laps. The third place finish clinched the Edgerton Wisconsin racer’s second straight Big 8 Series championship.

“Me and Casey went at it all year for the championship,” said Nason, “It’s pretty cool to see him win and I guess to come home in second place to him, he’s a great guy and couldn’t ask for anything better.”

“It’s cool to repeat it again,” said Johnson, “It was all about consistency with Austin. He had bad luck in one race and I didn’t and that’s about all it came down to.”

Johnson’s second Big 8 Series championship makes him just the second driver to win multiple championships in the ten year history of the series (with Miller being a four-time series champion). Johnson finished the season with four Big 8 Series wins and currently sits third on the all-time Series wins list, behind Miller and Jon Reynolds Jr.

2014 Oktoberfest Race Weekend Results


A-Main 01 — 1. Austin Nason, Roscoe; 2. Zack Riddle, Cottage Grove, Wis; 3. Casey Johnson, Edgerton, Wis; 4. Jon Lemke, Shakopee, Minn.; 5. Michael Beamish, Egan, Minn.; 6. J. Herbst, LaCrosse, Wis; 7. Doug Brown, Prior Lake, Minn.; 8. Michael Ostdiek, Lakeville, Minn.; 9. Rich Schumann, Jr., Portage, Wis; 10. Jerry Mueller, Richfiled, Wis; 11. Caleb Adrian, Walcott, Iowa; 12. Harley Jankowski, Sparta, Wis; 13. Wayne Freimund, Elkhorn, Wis; 14. Matthew Henderson, LaCrosse, Wis; 15. Dave Edwards, Salem, Wis; 16. Mike Ehde, Prairie du Chien, Wis; 17. Brady Liddle, Oregon, Wis; 18. Jerimy Wagner, Onalaska, Wis; 19. Adam Bendzick, Elko, Minn.; 20. Casey Strese, Johnson Creek, Wis; 21. John DeAngelis, Jr, Hubertus, Wis; 22. Jeremy Miller, Rockford; 23. Christopher Marek, Lakeville, Minn.; 24. Brent Edmunds, Monticello, Wis; 25. Bobby Wilberg, Beloit, Wis; 26. Jesse Bernhagen, Markesan, Wis; 27. Mark Miller, Columbus, Wis; 28. Lawrence Berthiaume, Albertville, Minn..

Last Chance “A” 01 — 1. Mike Ehde, Prairie du Chien, Wis; 2. Dave Edwards, Salem, Wis; 3. Adam Bendzick, Elko, Minn.; 4. Ryan DeStefano, Colgate, Wis; 5. Ryan Kamish, Farmington, Minn.; 6. John Ovadal, Jr., Watertown, Wis; 7. Todd Kamish, Lakeville, Minn.; 8. Jeff Nowak, Weston, Wis; 9. Collin Olson (r), Hugo, Minn.; 10. Ricky Heinan, Kewaskum, Wis; 11. Gary Krueger, New Lisbon, Wis; 12. Kyle Taylor, Stoughton, Wis; 13. Matt Inglett, LaCrosse, Wis; 14. Tom Jasinski (r), Pewaukee, Wis; 15. Brady Liddle, Oregon, Wis; 16. Caleb Adrian, Walcott, Iowa; 17. Rick DeVito, Camp Douglas, Wis.

Last Chance “A” 02 — 1. J. Herbst, LaCrosse, Wis; 2. Wayne Freimund, Elkhorn, Wis; 3. Doug Brown, Prior Lake, Minn.; 4. Todd Oliver, Bangor, Wis; 5. Cole Anderson, Northfield, Minn.; 6. Garett Goodwin, Three Oaks, Mich.; 7. Morgan Schissel, Marshall, Wis; 8. Jerimy Wagner, Onalaska, Wis; 9. Casey Strese, Johnson Creek, Wis; 10. Dan Jung, Iron Ridge, Wis; 11. Kyle Smith, Lake Mills, Wis; 12. Jason Dummer, Holmen, Wis; 13. Larry DeVito, Camp Douglas, Wis; 14. Tiffany Desjarlais, Columbus, Wis; 15. Ken Jacoby, Marshall, Wis; 16. Jared Lannert, West Allis, Wis; 17. Brad Conant, Antigo, Wis.

Heat 01 — 1. Michael Ostdiek, Lakeville, Minn.; 2. Dave Edwards, Salem, Wis; 3. Brady Liddle, Oregon, Wis; 4. J. Herbst, LaCrosse, Wis; 5. Morgan Schissel, Marshall, Wis; 6. John Ovadal, Jr., Watertown, Wis; 7. Collin Olson (r), Hugo, Minn.; 8. Larry DeVito, Camp Douglas, Wis; 9. Ken Jacoby, Marshall, Wis; 10. Rick DeVito, Camp Douglas, Wis.

Heat 02 — 1. John DeAngelis, Jr, Hubertus, Wis; 2. Mike Ehde, Prairie du Chien, Wis; 3. Garett Goodwin, Three Oaks, Mich.; 4. Cole Anderson, Northfield, Minn.; 5. Ryan Kamish, Farmington, Minn.; 6. Matt Inglett, LaCrosse, Wis; 7. Tiffany Desjarlais, Columbus, Wis; 8. Brad Conant, Antigo, Wis; 9. Kyle Taylor, Stoughton, Wis; 10. Duke Long, West Bend,

Heat 03 — 1. Christopher Marek, Lakeville, Minn.; 2. Wayne Freimund, Elkhorn, Wis; 3. Todd Oliver, Bangor, Wis; 4. Adam Bendzick, Elko, Minn.; 5. Todd Kamish, Lakeville, Minn.; 6. Dan Jung, Iron Ridge, Wis; 7. Kyle Smith, Lake Mills, Wis; 8. Jeff Nowak, Weston, Wis; 9. Tom Jasinski (r), Pewaukee, Wis; 10. Alex Papini, Machesney Park.

Heat 04 — 1. Mark Miller, Columbus, Wis; 2. Doug Brown, Prior Lake, Minn.; 3. Caleb Adrian, Walcott, Iowa; 4. Ryan DeStefano, Colgate, Wis; 5. Jerimy Wagner, Onalaska, Wis; 6. Casey Strese, Johnson Creek, Wis; 7. Ricky Heinan, Kewaskum, Wis; 8. Gary Krueger, New Lisbon, Wis; 9. Jason Dummer, Holmen, Wis; 10. Jared Lannert, West Allis,

Qualifying Dash 01 — 1. Jon Lemke, Shakopee, Minn.; 2. Zack Riddle, Cottage Grove, Wis; 3. Brent Edmunds, Monticello, Wis; 4. Michael Beamish, Egan, Minn.; 5. Lawrence Berthiaume, Albertville, Minn.; 6. Jeremy Miller, Rockford; 7. Harley Jankowski, Sparta, Wis.

Qualifying Dash 02 — 1. Jesse Bernhagen, Markesan, Wis; 2. Casey Johnson, Edgerton, Wis; 3. Austin Nason, Roscoe; 4. Rich Schumann, Jr., Portage, Wis; 5. Matthew Henderson, LaCrosse, Wis; 6. Bobby Wilberg, Beloit, Wis; 7. Jerry Mueller, Richfiled, Wis.

Time Trial — 1. Jeremy Miller, Rockford; 2. Casey Johnson, Edgerton, Wis; 3. Lawrence Berthiaume, Albertville, Minn.; 4. Bobby Wilberg, Beloit, Wis; 5. Harley Jankowski, Sparta, Wis; 6. Rich Schumann, Jr., Portage, Wis; 7. Michael Beamish, Egan, Minn.; 8. Austin Nason, Roscoe; 9. Brent Edmunds, Monticello, Wis; 10. Jerry Mueller, Richfiled, Wis; 11. Zack Riddle, Cottage Grove, Wis; 12. Matthew Henderson, LaCrosse, Wis; 13. Jon Lemke, Shakopee, Minn.; 14. Jesse Bernhagen, Markesan, Wis; 15. J. Herbst, LaCrosse, Wis; 16. Mike Ehde, Prairie du Chien, Wis; 17. Alex Papini, Machesney Park; 18. Caleb Adrian, Walcott, Iowa; 19. Brady Liddle, Oregon, Wis; 20. John DeAngelis, Jr, Hubertus, Wis; 21. Christopher Marek, Lakeville, Minn.; 22. Doug Brown, Prior Lake, Minn.; 23. Dave Edwards, Salem, Wis; 24. Cole Anderson, Northfield, Minn.; 25. Todd Oliver, Bangor, Wis; 26. Ryan DeStefano, Colgate, Wis; 27. Michael Ostdiek, Lakeville, Minn.; 28. Garett Goodwin, Three Oaks, Mich.; 29. Adam Bendzick, Elko, Minn.; 30. Mark Miller, Columbus, Wis; 31. Morgan Schissel, Marshall, Wis; 32. Ryan Kamish, Farmington, Minn.; 33. Kyle Smith, Lake Mills, Wis; 34. Casey Strese, Johnson Creek, Wis; 35. John Ovadal, Jr., Watertown, Wis; 36. Duke Long, West Bend, Wis; 37. Wayne Freimund, Elkhorn, Wis; 38. Ricky Heinan, Kewaskum, Wis; 39. Collin Olson (r), Hugo, Minn.; 40. Kyle Taylor, Stoughton, Wis; 41. Todd Kamish, Lakeville, Minn.; 42. Jason Dummer, Holmen, Wis; 43. Larry DeVito, Camp Douglas, Wis; 44. Matt Inglett, LaCrosse, Wis; 45. Jeff Nowak, Weston, Wis; 46. Gary Krueger, New Lisbon, Wis; 47. Ken Jacoby, Marshall, Wis; 48. Tiffany Desjarlais, Columbus, Wis; 49. Tom Jasinski (r), Pewaukee, Wis; 50. Jared Lannert, West Allis, Wis; 51. Rick DeVito, Camp Douglas, Wis; 52. Brad Conant, Antigo, Wis; 53. Dan Jung, Iron Ridge, Wis.



The Big 8 Late Model Series presented by Gandrud Chevrolet wraps up its tenth season this Saturday October 4 during the Oktoberfest Race Weekend at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway in West Salem Wisconsin. When the checkered flag falls on the final race of the series’ tenth year, history could be made.

Edgerton Wisconsin’s Casey Johnson leads the Big 8 Series point standings heading into LaCrosse and if the 24 year old can hold the point lead and win the series championship, it will be his second consecutive Big 8 crown. If Johnson clinches another series championship, he joins four-time series champion Jeremy Miller as the only multi-time champion since the series began counting points in 2005.

Last season, Johnson and Dale Nottestad came into LaCrosse separated by merely one point. As the last race day of 2013 progressed, both drivers not only found themselves in a battle for the series championship, but in a battle to simply make the race. Both men locked themselves into the 68 lap main event via the last chance race and started the championship feature side-by-side. Nottestad’s day-long hard luck continued into the feature, while Johnson made just enough headway to clinch his first series championship.

This season, Johnson has won four races on the Big 8 tour, more than anyone else. A win at Oktoberfest not only would clinch a series championship in style, but it also would tie the single season mark of five wins in one year (set by Ross Kenseth in 2009).

Johnson’s chief rival headed into Oktoberfest is Roscoe Illinois teenager Austin Nason, who sits 45 points behind Johnson in second place. Nason is a multi-time winner this year in Big 8 competition, winning his first-ever series race at Slinger (WI) Speedway in July, then following it up with a win just two weeks ago at Elko (MN) Speedway, where Nason held off a last lap charge from Johnson.

This weekend marks the eleventh visit by the Big 8 Series to LaCrosse and the tenth Big 8 Series race at Oktoberfest. The Big 8 Series began its engagement at ‘Fest back in 2005, racing on Thursday night, a tradition that continued 2008. The race has since become a mainstay on Saturday night of Oktoberfest and has expanded in recent years to 68 laps. The first Big 8 68 lapper at Oktoberfest in 2011 saw local favorite Skylar Holzhausen charge from seventeenth starting spot to the lead with just a few laps to go en route to the victory. Last season, Minnesota’s Chris Marek made a late race move on Austin Nason to capture his first ever Oktoberfest win.

Oktoberfest Fest Race Weekend runs through Sunday afternoon at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway in West Salem Wisconsin. The 45 year old event features over 500 cars and over 600 laps of feature racing including the Big 8 Late Model Series 68 lap event this Saturday night October 4. For more information on Oktoberfest Race Weekend, including a complete schedule of events and more, please visit

For more information on the Big 8 Late Model Series, please visit



WEST SALEM, WI – Close to 80 ‘weekly warriors’ who have notched wins at their home tracks in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa driving the popular Big 8-style Late Models are among the drivers eligible for the ‘JMcK 63’, which will be held this Sunday October 5th at La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway as part of the Oktoberfest Race Weekend . The Late Model invitational event, honoring the late short track auto racing promoter John McKarns, returns to the final day of Oktoberfest for the fifth consecutive season.

Modeled after the Dick Trickle 99 race format McKarns introduced to ‘Fest in 2007, the JMcK 63 is contested in three 21 lap segments with the first segment being lined up by draw, the second by inversion and third based on the overall point total heading into the final segment. ‘JMcK’ was an abbreviated version of John McKarns’ signature over the years.

This invitational event is open to 2014 weekly late model and Big 8 Series feature winners, former Big 8 Series Oktoberfest Champions, past ARTGO Challenge Series top guns as well as the top six in Big 8 Series points.

The first installment of the JMcK back in 2010 saw local favorite Skylar Holzhausen take the win in dramatic fashion. In 2011, Kyle Shear claimed top honors as he passed an impressive 34 cars throughout the day to capture victory. In 2012, Zach Riddle capped off an unforgettable Oktoberfest Weekend, winning the JMcK one day after finishing first in the Big 8 Series’ championship race on the half-mile oval. Last season, Minnesota’s Chris Marek nearly became the first driver to sweep all three segments of the event on his road to victory.

For additional information regarding the Oktoberfest Race Weekend, please call 608-786-1525 or visit

JMcK 63 Big 8 Late Model Invitational
Oktoberfest Race Weekend
Sunday Afternoon October 5, 2014
La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway
(76 Eligible Drivers as of 10/1/14)

Adam Degenhardt- LaCrosse Speedway
Alex Papini- Rockford Speedway
Alex Prunty- Slinger Speedway
Alex Stumpf- Wisconsin Int’l Raceway
Andy Wendt- Columbus 151 Speedway
Austin Nason- Big 8 Series
Bobby Wilberg- 2012 JMcK Segment Winner
Brad Powell- LaCrosse Speedway
Brady Liddle- Columbus 151 Speedway
Brent Strelka- Wisconsin Int’l Raceway
Brett Wenzel- Wisconsin Int’l Raceway
Casey Johnson- Jefferson Speedway/Big 8 Series
Chris Marek- Elko Speedway/2013 JMcK winner
Chris Quam- Jefferson Speedway
Cole Anderson- Elko Speedway
Corey Manders- Wisconsin Int’l Raceway
Cory Kemkes- Wisconsin Int’l Raceway
Dale Nottestad- Jefferson Speedway
Dan Lensing- Dells Raceway Park
Danny Church- Slinger Speedway
David Cabelka- State Park Speedway
Don Gaserude- Columbus 151 Speedway
Doug Brown- Elko Speedway
Dudley Fleck- Hawkeye Downs/ARTGO Star
Gary Krueger- ARTGO Star
Griffin McGrath- Hawkeye Downs
Harley Jankowski- LaCrosse Speedway
J Herbst- 2012 Segment Winner
Jake Gille- Rockford Speedway
Jake Vanoskey- Columbus 151 Speedway
Jack Stern- Slinger Speedway
Jake Carpenter- Wisconsin Int’l Raceway
Jason Schuler- 2011 JMcK Segment Winner/ARTGO Star
Jeremy Miller- Past Big 8 Series Champion
Jesse Bernhagen- Dells Raceway Park
Jim Duchow- Wisconsin Int’l Raceway
Jimmy Ganski- State Park Speedway
Joey Gase- Hawkeye Downs
John DeAngelis Jr- Madison International Speedway
Jon Lemke- Elko Speedway/ARTGO Star
Jon Reynolds Jr- Rockford Speedway/Big 8 Series
Kevin Nuttleman- Over 100 career La Crosse wins
Kyle Shear- 2011 JMcK Winner
Kyle Smith- Jefferson Speedway
Lawrence Berthiume- Elko Speedway
Lincoln Keeser- Columbus 151 Speedway
Luke Westenberg- Jefferson Speedway
Michael Beamish- Elko Speedway
Michael Gruenberg- Jefferson Speedway
Michael Ostdiek- Elko Speedway
Mike Beyer- Past Big 8 Fest winner
Mike Brooks- State Park Speedway
Mike Carlson- LaCrosse Speedway
Mike Ehde- Columbus 151 Speedway
Mike Koeneke- LaCrosse Speedway
Mike Meyerhofer- Slinger Speedway
Natalie Decker- State Park Speedway
Nick Beaver- Elko Spedway
Nick Nolden- Dells Raceway Park
Ricky Bilderback- Rockford Speedway
Ron Bishofberger- Columbus 151 Speedway
Ryan Kamish- Elko Speedway
Ryan Zielski- Slinger Speedway
Shane Morrissey- Dells Raceway Park
Shaun Scheel- Jefferson Speedway
Skylar Holzhausen- Past Big 8 ‘Fest Winner/2010 JMcK Winner
Stephen Scheel- Slinger Speedway
Steve Carlson- La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway/ARTGO Star
Steve Rubeck- Past Big 8 ‘Fest Winner
Tim Plummer- Hawkeye Downs
Todd Korish- La Cross Fairgrounds Speedway/Past Big 8 ‘Fest Winner
Tory Adams- Columbus 151 Speedway
Tory Bagley- Jefferson Speedway
Ty Majeski- LaCrosse Speedway
Wayne Freimund- Slinger Speedway
Zach Riddle- Past Big 8 ‘Fest Winner/2012 JMcK Winner

To Enter this event or for eligibility questions please contact Gregg McKarns at 815-703-0285



Casey Johnson only led one lap Saturday night at Rockford Speedway.

But it was the most important lap.

Johnson survived a caution-filled 108 lap feature event and came out on top of a thrilling three-way battle during a green-white-checkered finish to capture his first National Short Track Championship win and his fourth win of the season in the Big 8 Late Model Series.

Dale Nottestad was the driver to beat for most of the event. Nottestad, the two time Jefferson Speedway track champion, took the race lead at the drop of the green flag from pole sitter Jake Gille. As the race progressed, several drivers arrived at Nottestad’s bumper, with few able to make a move for the lead. In the second half of the race, seven-time Rockford Speedway track champion Bobby Wilberg made his way to second spot and promptly began a wrestling match for the lead with Nottestad. The two determined drivers traded paint and punches over the next several laps. Wilberg at one point ripped the lead from Nottestad, but soon after it was Nottestad slamming back into the top spot.

Behind the lead battle, the mixing pot of contenders began to come into focus. Johnson, who sat in the top five for a bevy of the race, began to gain momentum. Meanwhile, teenager Austin Nason made his return to the front of the field after a disappointing start to the race. Nason, who was involved in an early race incident, picked his way through the field from the back and by lap 75 was again in the top five. 2014 Rockford Speedway Rookie of the Year Dana Czach also fought back from repeated misfortune, finding himself near the top five late in the race.

A final yellow flag flew with two laps to go, bringing the pack close to leader Nottestad. By this point, Nason had arrived in second place, while Johnson sat in third. Nason restarted on the inside of Nottestad, pushing the issue as the two raced off into turn one. Nason slipped into the lead on the backstretch as Notttestad and Johnson then raced side-by-side. As the leaders came back to the white flag, Nottestad returned the favor on Nason, wiggling him loose off of turn four. This allowed Johnson to build momentum for a run at the lead. As the three cars entered turn two, they became three wide, as Nottestad knocked Nason loose, sending the youngster up the track. Johnson meanwhile, went below both drivers and the race was on! Nason settled behind Johnson and Nottestad in turn three and as the top two sent sparks flying out of the fourth turn. Nason then dove to the bottom making it three wide at the line. Johnson won the race by a matter of inches over Nottestad. Nason settled for third. The win helped Johnson protect his Big 8 point lead, as the Edgerton Wisconsin driver seeks a second straight Big 8 Series crown.

Oconomowoc Wisconsin youngster Adam Peschek made his first Big 8 start one to remember, surviving the race and staying out of trouble late, en route to a fourth place finish. Czach meanwhile, finished his first ever Big 8 Series race in fifth, one night after finishing fourth in the Weekly Warrior Late Model 49 lapper.

In other action Saturday night…

Jefferson Wisconsin’s Jason Thoma capped off an unforgettable weekend at Rockford Speedway, winning the Great Northern Sportsman Series 50 lap feature race. Thoma, who one night earlier was the winner of the 40 lap Sportsman feature, was dominant in Saturday night’s 50 lapper, storming past three-time Rockford Speedway champion Doug Bennett for the lead early. Thoma was never seriously challenged again, leading by as much as half a lap late in the race. Rockford’s Matt Lundberg, a former NSTC winner himself, finished the race in second. Minnesota’s Jeremy Wolff, making his first trip to Rockford in over eight years, ran the extreme high line on his way to a third place finish.

Dusty Mann, who came into the evening second in the Great Northern Sportsman Series points, finished the race in fourth position. The fourth place finish for Mann is his second top five finish at Rockford this year, following a second place in July to Thoma during the GNSS’s first stop at the high banked quarter mile in July. Daryl Gerke, last years winner of the 50 lap race, came home in fifth, one night after finishing third.

In the Hobby Stox division, it was Jimmy Robinson who again the class of the field. Robinson used the extreme bottom groove of the track to advance from deep in the field to second place in short order. Robinson then had the tall task of chasing down Mike Meyers for the race lead. After stampeding past Scotte Lemke for the lead in the race’s first lap, Meyers stretched his lead to over a straightaway early. Once Robinson reached second place, he began to slice into Meyers’ lead. When the race’s only yellow flag flew on lap 13, Robinson had cut a straightaway advantage to merely three carlengths. The ensuing restart provided the Orfordville Wisconsin driver a chance to take the lead, which he did. Robinson was not challenged over the final 14 laps on his way to a fifth Hobby Stox NSTC win. Meyers collected second, while Dustin Ward was third. Chester Williams, who earlier set the Hobby Stox track record, finished the race in fourth, while Jason Van Hise collected his second top five of the weekend by rounding out the top five.

2014 NSTC at Rockford Speedway Results


A-Main 01 — 1. Casey Johnson, Edgerton, Wis; 2. Dale Nottestad, Cambridge, Wis; 3. Austin Nason, Roscoe; 4. Adam Peschek, Oconomowoc, Wis; 5. Dana Czach (r), Wauconda; 6. Duke Long, West Bend, Wis; 7. Mark Hartline, Gilberts; 8. Bobby Wilberg, Beloit, Wis; 9. Dave Edwards, Salem, Wis; 10. Jon Reynolds, Jr., Rockford; 11. Craig Phillips, Edgerton, Wis; 12. Casey Strese, Johnson Creek, Wis; 13. John DeAngelis, Jr, Hubertus, Wis; 14. J. Herbst, LaCrosse, Wis; 15. Wayne Freimund, Elkhorn, Wis; 16. Dan Lensing, Roscoe; 17. Jerry Gille, Roscoe; 18. Jacob Gille, Machesney Park; 19. Mitchell Garfield, Gilberts; 20. Danny Church, Delavan, Wis; 21. Steve Dobbratz, Rio, Wis; 22. Michael Bilderback, South Beloit; 23. Tony Brutti, Dyer, Ind.; 24. Mike Taylor, Stoughton, Wis; 25. Tom Gille, Winnebago.

Last Chance “A” 01 — 1. Tom Gille, Winnebago; 2. Tony Brutti, Dyer, Ind.; 3. Danny Church, Delavan, Wis; 4. Duke Long, West Bend, Wis; 5. Mark Hartline, Gilberts; 6. Casey Strese, Johnson Creek, Wis; 7. Mike Taylor, Stoughton, Wis; 8. Tom Jasinski (r), Pewaukee, Wis; 9. John Beinlich, Prairie View; 10. Collin Olson (r), Hugo, Minn.; 11. Cody Kippenhan, Menasha, Wis.

Heat 01 — 1. John DeAngelis, Jr, Hubertus, Wis; 2. Adam Peschek, Oconomowoc, Wis; 3. Danny Church, Delavan, Wis; 4. Cody Kippenhan, Menasha, Wis; 5. Mark Hartline, Gilberts; 6. John Beinlich, Prairie View; 7. Collin Olson (r), Hugo, Minn.; 8. Tom Jasinski (r), Pewaukee, Wis.

Heat 02 — 1. Craig Phillips, Edgerton, Wis; 2. Dave Edwards, Salem, Wis; 3. Tony Brutti, Dyer, Ind.; 4. Tom Gille, Winnebago; 5. Casey Strese, Johnson Creek, Wis; 6. Mike Taylor, Stoughton, Wis; 7. Duke Long, West Bend, Wis.

Qualifying Dash 01 — 1. Jacob Gille, Machesney Park; 2. J. Herbst, LaCrosse, Wis; 3. Austin Nason, Roscoe; 4. Dan Lensing, Roscoe; 5. Jon Reynolds, Jr., Rockford; 6. Wayne Freimund, Elkhorn, Wis; 7. Jerry Gille, Roscoe. Qualifying Dash 02 — 1. Dale Nottestad, Cambridge, Wis; 2. Dana Czach (r), Wauconda; 3. Casey Johnson, Edgerton, Wis; 4. Steve Dobbratz, Rio, Wis; 5. Michael Bilderback, South Beloit; 6. Bobby Wilberg, Beloit, Wis; 7. Mitchell Garfield, Gilberts.

Time Trial — 1. Austin Nason, Roscoe; 2. Bobby Wilberg, Beloit, Wis; 3. Dan Lensing, Roscoe; 4. Casey Johnson, Edgerton, Wis; 5. Jon Reynolds, Jr., Rockford; 6. Mitchell Garfield, Gilberts; 7. Jacob Gille, Machesney Park; 8. Steve Dobbratz, Rio, Wis; 9. Wayne Freimund, Elkhorn, Wis; 10. Michael Bilderback, South Beloit; 11. J. Herbst, LaCrosse, Wis; 12. Dale Nottestad, Cambridge, Wis; 13. Jerry Gille, Roscoe; 14. Dana Czach (r), Wauconda; 15. John DeAngelis, Jr, Hubertus, Wis; 16. Tony Brutti, Dyer, Ind.; 17. Danny Church, Delavan, Wis; 18. Dave Edwards, Salem, Wis; 19. Cody Kippenhan, Menasha, Wis; 20. Casey Strese, Johnson Creek, Wis; 21. Mark Hartline, Gilberts; 22. Craig Phillips, Edgerton, Wis; 23. Collin Olson (r), Hugo, Minn.; 24. Duke Long, West Bend, Wis; 25. John Beinlich, Prairie View; 26. Tom Gille, Winnebago; 27. Adam Peschek, Oconomowoc, Wis; 28. Mike Taylor, Stoughton, Wis; 29. Tom Jasinski (r), Pewaukee, Wis.



As the Big 8 Late Model Series presented by Gandrud Chevrolet closes out it’s tenth anniversary season, both its Championship and Rookie of the Year point battles are coming down to the wire. This fact, coupled with the unpredictable nature of each Big 8 Series event at Rockford Speedway, means no point lead is safe as the series takes to the track during Rockford Speedway’s 49th Annual National Short Track Championship.

Coming into Rockford, 2013 Big 8 Series champion Casey Johnson is in position to ‘repeat the feat.’ The Edgerton Wisconsin native has won three Big 8 Series events in 2014, including the season opener at Columbus (WI) 151 Speedway. Johnson also captured both 65 lap feature events at Jefferson (WI) Speedway two weeks ago, pocketing his first Wisconsin State Championship in the process. Johnson’s weekend at Jefferson was a great start to a stretch of ‘four races in four weeks’ to determine the 2014 Big 8 Series champion, with his weekend sweep extending what was a four point lead to a thirty-seven point lead.

While Johnson leads the points, teenager Austin Nason is his nearest competition. The Roscoe resident Nason is also the most recent winner on the Big 8 tour, pocketing the check at Elko (MN) Speedway last weekend, outrunning Johnson to the checkered flag en route to the win. Earlier in 2014, Nason earned his first ever Big 8 win, conquering the ‘World’s Fastest Quarter Mile’ at Slinger (WI) Super Speedway. Nason is a former Sportsman division champion at Rockford and also the former NASCAR Late Model Rookie of the Year. A win at Rockford could be just what the doctor ordered for Nason as the series heads towards the finish line.

Big 8 competitors have learned through the years to never count out ‘Driver X’ Jon Reynolds Jr at Rockford Speedway. Reynolds has been the man to beat in recent series trips to Rockford Speedway, winning four of the last six 108 lap features at National Short Track Championships. Reynolds currently sits third in Big 8 Series point standings and has won three Big 8 Late Model Series races in 2014 (at Madison, Dells Raceway and State Park Speedway) and also collected his first ever Rockford Speedway track championship this summer.

The Big 8 Rookie of the Year battle is also coming down to the wire, with Wisconsin’s Tom Jasinski leading Minnesota teen Collin Olson by just two points with just two races remaining. Olson held a slim lead in the Rookie of the Year chase going into last weekend at Elko and appeared poised to extend the lead on Jasinski, but a late race spin ruined Olson’s hopes and put Jasinski back in the Rookie of the Year drivers seat.

The 2014 Big 8 Late Model Series Championship and Rookie of the Year will be determined next Saturday October 4 at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway in West Salem Wisconsin as part of the Oktoberfest Racing Weekend.



Austin Nason’s win Saturday night at Elko Speedway was no easy feat.

After jumping out to the early lead, Nason held off two of the best the Big 8 has to offer, but he did so successfully and picked up his second Big 8 Series win of the year.

“It was a pretty exciting race,” said Nason, “I didn’t think I could hold off two of the best people in the series.”

Nason, who qualified fifth, took the lead early and held it until the first caution flew on lap 12. Minnesota’s Joe Neisius got a good jump on the start next to Nason when the race resumed and took the lead, yet Nason didn’t let him get away. Just two laps later, Nason was all over the bumper of Neisius looking for a way to take the lead back. Nason stalked Neisius for three more laps then jumped to the outside line to make his move. The two then raced side by side before Nason got a good run and was able to reclaim the top spot just two laps later
As Nason took the lead, John DeAngelis then pressured Neisius for second. DeAngelis made an effort for second, but soon both he and Neisius had a mirror full of Chris Marek. Marek, the two-time and defending Elko Speedway champion, first made the move to the inside of DeAngelis for third on lap 23 and then set his sights on Neisius for second. Within two laps, Marek moved past Neisius and placed himself into second.

One lap after Marek moved to second, the caution flew as Jerry Mueller spun out in the corner. The stoppage allowed Marek to close himself up to the leader Nason. On the ensuing restart, Nason helped himself with a great start and held stepped back into the lead. Marek, however, stayed within a car length of the leader Nason. Lap after lap, Marek stalked Nason, unable to find a way around. With eight laps to remaining, Nason opened his lead up to three car lengths, the his biggest margin of the race, but the lead was short lived as the yellow flag waved for the final time with six laps to go.

The yellow flag allowed Big 8 Series point leader Casey Johnson, who had been working his way through the field, to close up on Nason and Marek. On the restart, Nason jumped to the lead again but this time Johnson, who restarted third, followed Nason past Marek and into second place.

Johnson closed to the bumper of Nason and pressured for the lead as the laps wound down. When the while flag flew, there was contact between Johnson and Nason, but Nason held off Johnson’s charge to win the 58 lap feature event
“If he would have gotten to me sooner I don’t think I could have held him off,” said Nason, “It took patience and for me to hit the right line every lap and protect the bottom.”

Johnson holds a 38 point lead over Nason in the Big 8 Series standings with two races remaining (September 27 at Rockford Speedway and October 4 at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway).

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Forest Hills Lodge
January 11, 2020

Top 5 in Points
As of 10/6/19

1 2B Michael Bilderback 615
2 00W Brody Willett 572
3 52W Chad Walen 530
4 51JN Justin Neisius 487
5 13E Nick Egan 470

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