By Kelsie Hoitomt
NEW RICHMOND – Over the past few weeks now the dirt has been flying off the track as the season has opened at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond.
Boyceville native, Buddy Hanestad, is back on the track for the second year now in his number 71 Hornet car.
His 2014 debut was a perfect one as he started in the front row and led all 15 laps ahead of the 17 other cars from start to finish to win the feature.
Bill Voeltz finished behind him in second.
The following week on Saturday, May 3, Hanestad won his second straight Hornet victory and his third career race at CLS overall after leading all 12 laps.
Voeltz had his hornet out again and this time placed fourth out of the 12 cars that participated.
On Saturday, May 10 CLS hosted its annual School Bus Night. Buddy again was victorious in the NASCAR Hornet event.
Voeltz led the opening lap of the 12 lap feature before being passed by fellow racer Brandon Opsahl. Behind them was Hanestad who started in sixth and was steadily working his way to the front.
Buddy took the top spot on lap seven and held that position until the checkered flag dropped, which signified his third straight win.
Voeltz took another fourth place finish out of 13 total cars.
More racing will resume at Cedar Lake Speedway’s outdoor track on Saturday nights starting at 6:00 p.m.
Area locals will also take part in the racing events at the Red Cedar Speedway in Menomonie on Friday nights at 7:00 p.m.