[h=1]Oktoberfest Opening Night to Crown 2012 La Crosse Speedway Champions and The Futures in Super Late Model Action[/h] Kevin Ramsell, Oktoberfest Race Weekend PR WEST SALEM, WI (Tuesday, September 18, 2012) ”“ The opening night of the 43[SUP]rd[/SUP] Annual Oktoberfest Race Weekend at the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway in West Salem, WI will feature six divisions of racing. Those highlighted on the schedule include the Super Late Models "The Futures," Hornets, Double-O, as well as the La Crosse Late Models, La Crosse Sportsmen, and Thunderstox, which will see their champions crowned for the 2012 season. The Super Late Model Futures event is a 25-lap feature event open to drivers under the age 30 or open to any driver who has never competed in the championship Oktoberfest 100, under any banner including the ASA Midwest Tour, the NASCAR AutoZone Midwest Series, ARTGO, etc. Drivers must also have never competed in any of NASCAR’s Top Three Series. The Late Model title is basically a dead heat going into the final 2012 season race night. Only two points separate Shawn Pfaff and Todd Korish for the La Crosse Kwik Trip NASCAR Late Models as their championship will be decided in a 40-lap feature event on the opening night of Oktoberfest. Brent Kirchner is only 39 points behind Pfaff while J. Herbst is 67 points behind the leader. Korish is gunning for his first Late Model Championship, while Pfaff has crowns from 1993 and 2010. The La Crosse North Country Contractors Grand National Sportsmen title will then be decided in a 20-lap feature. Randy Humfeld holds a 35-point lead over Greg Scheck in the standings while Jake Arneson is only 50 points behind the leader. If Humfeld stays out of trouble, he will take home his first track championship. Dakota Miller will come into the La Crosse United Auto Supply Thunderstox 15-lap feature event with a five-point lead over Tom Luethe for their season finale. Jordan Myers is 49 points behind Miller. All three are young guns shooting for their first title at the track. The Hornets will battle it out in a 15-lap feature on the tough La Crosse quarter-mile track. Their championship was settled in early September with Mark Bornitz winning his second title. The Double-O race is one of the more unique events not only at Oktoberfest, but in short track racing in the United States. An open field of cars will race in a 12-lap event. They will transition on alternating between the 5/8-mile and the quarter-mile track, completing six laps on each track. “Our opening night will feature a wide variety of divisions racing on both of our tracks,” Chuck Deery, Oktoberfest Race Weekend Promoter said. “It really sets the tone of what Oktoberfest is all about. That is a great variety of racing being enjoyed by the best short track fans in the United States.” Along with the great racing action, there will also be traditional events for fans including Friday's Pet Costume Parade, a Cornhole / Beanbag Tournament on Friday and Saturday, Saturday's Memorabilia Show, Sunday's Charity Pancake Breakfast, Champions' Re-Union and Pumpkin Coloring Contest, and of course, the famous after-race parties with live music from The Freezers and Mitch and the Magictones. The Oktoberfest Race Weekend Fan Guide, detailing just about everything "Fest," is now available to download at www.oktoberfestraceweekend.com or available by mail by calling the Speedway office at 608-786-1525. The website also features information about camping, hotels, rules & entry and more. The popular Camper Village opens at noon on Monday, October 1[SUP]st[/SUP] for both the reserved and unreserved portions of the grounds. Make your plans now to be a part of the 43[SUP]rd[/SUP] Annual Oktoberfest Race Weekend at La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway. It is a tradition like no other in short track racing.