Day two of the 43rd Annual Oktoberfest race weekend highlights were Skylar Holzhausen becoming the sixth different winner of the Dick Trickle, James Swan winning the ASA Midwest Truck Tour race and season championship and Randy Humfeld winning the Area Sportsman feature event after a crazy ending involving the two leaders Brent Kane and Randy Schermerhorn.
The Dick Trickle 99 is a special event which is named after the legendary driver Dick Trickle, who was in attendance at Oktoberfest this year and has become a fan favorite because of the unique format.
The 99-lap Super Late Model event (basically ASA Super Late Models) is broken into three 33-lap segments. The late John McKarns borrowed the concept from Tom Curley, Promoter of Thunder Road Speedbowl in Barre, Vermont and the annual Milk Bowl event every fall.
How the overall winner and event champion is determined is in each of the 3 segments, drivers will earn points. The driver with the lowest number of points at the end of the three segments is the overall winner of the Dick Trickle 99. Drivers earn points based on their finishing positions in each segment. One point for first, two points for second, etc.
The 24-car field will take the green flag in the first segment with the starting field set by their qualifying time, meaning the fast qualifier will start on the pole.
The second 33-lap segment field will be set with a full inversion of all of the cars on the lead lap. The possibility is there for a full field inversion that creates a very exciting segment of drivers working their way to the front to accumulate the least amount of points possible.
The inversion for the final segment will be determined by La Crosse’s unique draw format plus eight, meaning there is a possibility for a minimum of nine or a maximum of fourteen-car invert for the final segment.
Those drivers who do not qualify for the Dick Trickle 99 will have the opportunity to compete in “The Stubby” and if needed, a C-Feature. Why 99? Well, it was Dick Trickle’s number he ran until he went to the top NASCAR series Winston Cup and Busch.
The Area Sportsmen are a combination of area classes that are close in body and engine rules, racers from other tracks come with more exotic bodies and sometimes bigger engines but the La Crosse guys have owned this special event for years erasing most advantages the two combined classes would have. The last lap of the Area Sportsman feature ended with a last lap full of dramma as Brent Kane was leading while Randy Humfeld and Rick Schermerhorn battled for second. The two touched as they came out of turn two causing Humfeld to 2 wheel it up the backstretch wall but drove through it going into turn three. Schermerhorn, hell bent on the hcekers or wreckers mentality then got on the inside of Kane into three where the two get together resulting in Kane to getting loose. Kane then comes down and hooks Schermerhorn who he went head on into the turn four Styrofoam barrier. Humfeld, who had just been stuffed into the backstretch wall, drives past the wreck to win the race. Jake Arneson was second with Bill Martin comes home in third.
Complete race results can be found here
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