They're waving the green flag for the season.
Weekly racing is off and running at the La Crosse
In the NASCAR Late Models division .
Steve Carlson looks to defend his title.
He ran away with the
Season points standings last season.
Late models feature tonight .
he finishes 5-th.
Few laps in .
Bill Niles in the 54 passes the pole leader Nick Clements
on the outside .
He moves into first.
But just a few laps later .
the 19 car .
Mike Koeneke passes Bill Niles on the inside .
He takes the lead ...
And Mike Koeneke goes on to take the checkered flag
the Rockland native winning opening night at the speedway.
According to his website .
it's his 15-th and final season of racing full-time
at the speedway.
followed by Todd Korish then Brad Powell.