By: Robert Butterfield, Butterfield Photography
(La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway – West Salem, Wisconsin: October 6, 2012)
Day 3 was the coldest day of the entire week we were there, with temps dipping into the 20’s for a week long low. The wind didn’t help and cut right through me; there is a big difference between Arizona and Wisconsin winter clothes. BURRRRR !!
Zach Riddle was the fastest car all day long on day three of the 43rd Annual Oktoberfest Race Weekend at the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway so it was no surprise that he was the hottest driver in the Big 8 Series event. He set a new track record in qualifying and then smoked the competition in the 68-lap feature event. Riddle wasted little time working his way to the top spot, starting ninth and was up to fifth by lap six. Ahead of him, Jeremy Miller got past early leader Austin Nason lap eight to the lead but Riddle wasn’t far behind as he followed Miller to take over the second spot. On lap 14 Riddle dove to the inside Miller going into turn three to came back to the start/finish line as the new leader. Riddle then opened up to a huge lead until the first caution flew on lap 35 when Mike Ehde and Cory Kemkes got together on the frontstretch and went into the turn one wall. On the re-start, Riddle sprinted out ahead of Miller and made it all look easy to the finish. Jeremy Miller’s second place finish secured his fourth Big 8 Series championship and the resulting Champaign shower.
James Swan completed his Oktoberfest Race Weekend by winning his second feature event in two nights and won the Mid-American Series 40-lap feature event.
Brett Wenzel snagged the lead early in the Outlawz 15-lap feature event when he got around Jason Bolster. Jerry Aylsworth gave a hard fought challenge for the win but would spin in turn one on the last lap, allowing Wenzel to cruise to the win.
Chris Wimmer in the #25 Larry Detjens throwback paint scheme held off Cardell Potter to win the Top-16 qualifier race for the ASA Midwest Tour.
Complete race results can be found here
For more of the images I have taken from day 3, go to our Facebook business page and view the album.
Robert Butterfield, Butterfield Photography – Sierra Vista, Arizona