Let's get serious for a few minutes. The Milwaukee Brewers are in a precarious position entering their remaining schedule. Let's be real. The Brewers aren't going to win their division. The Cubs are way too good. Second, the Brewers only chance is to get a wild-card playoff spot and that's not a given either, although they are on top of the wild-card standings this morning. Give credit to general manager David Stearns. He appears to have pushed all the right buttons to put the Brewers in a playoff push. But, is it enough? The Brewers face a critical three-game homestand against the Cubs beginning today. They must win at least two games, not one, but at least two! Then it's the Giants at home for another three games before the Brewers go to Chi-town for three games against the Cubbies. Then it's a return to Miller Park for a three-game stand again the Pirates and another three against the Reds. The Brewers then take to the road to Pittsburgh for three games and three more at St. Louis before closing out the season with three games at home against the Tigers. By no imagination, is it an easy task. I've said all year the Brewers "play up" to their competition, but also "play down" to their competition. With 12 of its 24 remaining games against opponents with poor records, it's time for Milwaukee to show it truly belongs in the postseason. The Brewers must continue to win series against the best teams, but also add at least one three-game sweep against the sub-par teams. What do you think?
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Yes, there will be stock car racing on Sunday
WEST SALEM, WI – It sure didn't look like it last weekend, or Thursday morning for that matter. However, don't count out Chuck Deery and his staff, who have been working nonstop to make sure the sixth annual "Frostbuster" is run on Sunday. There have been two separate snow storms in the past four days, including one quick-moving storm late Wednesday. Each storm dumped about 8 inches of the white, fluffy stuff. Officials from the speedway have been focused on the task at hand, making sure that area race fans can come out and enjoy the warm 63-degree sunny Sunday. “Winter has finally snapped, and like turning on a light switch, here comes spring, fortunately just in time for this weekend,” said Deery, the longtime track manager. “With the recent snowfalls, we can bet that no one will be doing any yardwork outside their homes this weekend, so why not come out and catch all the great racing action of the local stars and cars of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series on Sunday. "Last year we struggled to get ideal weather conditions on almost any race day. This is a great way to start out 2018,” Deery added. The “Frostbuster” features five different divisions, including the Tobacco Outlet Plus Grocery NASCAR Late Models, Dean’s Satellite & Security Sportsmen – both on the 5/8th mile track. The quarter-mile track features the Auto Value Parts Stores Thunderstox & Street Stocks, plus the popular 4-cylinder division, the ANTS Complete Pest Control Hornets. The pit gate opens at 10 a.m., with practice laps at 11:15 a.m. Grandstand gates open at 12:30 p.m., and qualifying starts at 12:45. The first race of the 2018 season takes the green flag at 2 p.m. Saturday is practice/media day. The pit gate opens at 10 a.m., with practice runs from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information call the speedway office at 608-786-1525, or visit LaCrosseSpeedway.com. See you there! Oh, and don’t forget to bring along your sunglasses and suntan lotion!
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La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway set for 'Frostbuster'
WEST SALEM, WI - What's the weather going to be like later this month? More specifically, what is the forecast for West Salem, Wisconsin, on April 22? Well, according to the National Weather Service, there is a LOW (33 percent) chance of rain or snow. The high temperature is forecast from 55 to 65 degrees with the low temperature forecast from 34 to 44 degrees. Let's go racing! "Last year was the worst weather year that I can recall," said Chuck Deery in his 31st year as track manager. There were five rainouts according to Deery, adding that, "It rained before, during or right after 15 other nights." Fans and drivers watch the weather almost as closely as Deery and his staff. Yet, while Deery and his veteran crew of officials prepare for the race card early in the day at the track, fans often decide earlier whether to attend the races or not. "The law of averages comes into effect... going to have some crappy years... and we are going to have awesome years with the weather," Deery said. "We're hoping for an awesome year!" The sixth annual Frostbuster kicks off the 2018 La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway season on Sunday, April 22. Gates open at 12:30 p.m., qualifying at 12:45 p.m. Racing begins at 2 p.m. The event features NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action of the Tobacco Outlet Plus Late Models, Dean's Satellite Sportsmen, Auto Value Thunderstox, the ANTS Complete Pest Control Hornets and the Auto Value Parts Stores Street Stocks. Almost 30 drivers have already registered for the Tobacco Outlet Plus Grocery NASCAR Late Model division this season. Returning will be Minnesota's Nick Panitzke, as he looks to be the first-time repeat Late Model Champion since 2006 without the last name Carlson. That feat was accomplished by Bangor's Kevin Nuttleman in 2005 and 2006. Although Panitzke was strong all last year, six-time track champion Steve Carlson, who won four straight titles from 2013-2016, will be in the thick of the chase again. Competition was extremely tough last season as there were eight different feature winners in 16 races, including four that won their first feature race. But this year, look for to Carlson and Panitzke to be challenged each week by Cole Howland, Ty Reedy, Brad Powell and Mike Carlson. Other drivers who could win on any given week are Mike Ehde, Jerimy Wagner, Jesse Pokszyk and Nick Clements. First-time winners this season could also be Justin Mullikin, Carter Christenson or newcomer Michael Beamish from Minnesota. And don't forget that Matt Henderson ended an eight-year drought in 2017, returning to Victory Lane last July. While there were a couple of years where the track had 20 or less late model drivers, Deery said he made a couple of rule changes two years ago which paid off. A consistent method of operating the races also brought drivers from other tracks. While the late model division is the main drawing card, Deery said the other divisions make a huge impact, too. "The support divisions... Hornets, Street Stock and Vans... are easy to get into and loads of fun. We expect some great action and excitement from them this year... again," Deery said.
MYLAPS LIVE TIMING WIFI Fans also can follow along during qualifying and racing events on their phones by downloading the "MYLAPS LIVE TIMING WIFI" app before coming to the track. When arriving at the track, open the app and connect to server 22.214.171.124, port 60000 and click connect in the app. The free app presents live timing data and running positions.
OPEN PRACTICE/MEDIA DAY The annual "Media Day" practice is scheduled Saturday, April 14. This is the first official practice date for race teams to test on the track in 2018. The pit gate opens at 10 a.m., practice runs from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. It's called Media Day, as local media are invited out to take videos, photos, get interviews and an insight on the new season. Grandstands are open for anyone to watch for free.