Racing returns to the Coulee Region Sunday with the second annual - but hopefully first completed edition - of the Budweiser Frostbuster race at the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway.
The event was rained out last year. This year the weather appears to be more promising for action at the 5/8 mile oval asphalt speedway in West Salem.
Teams turned laps Saturday during media day, putting rubber on the track and figuring out what changes they need to make to have a successful start to the season on Sunday.
Drivers said it was nice to be back in action after what they felt like was a long winter.
"Feels great. We've been sitting around all winter long - I guess we've been working on the car- but we haven't been at a race track in a couple months now so it's nice to be back," Matt Henderson said. "Weather's supposed to be nice so it's going to be fun tomorrow."
Henderson finished eighth in the Kwik Trip Late Models points standings in 2014, but he missed a few races and had some bad luck with tires. The defending series champion is Steve Carlson. He too was on track Saturday getting practice in, along with series runner-up Brad Powell.
"Get back in the swing of things, get the rust off me, get the rust off the car," Powell said of the practice session. "Make sure the car doesn't have any leaks. Basically see how the track's going to change when it gets more rubber on it."
There should be plenty of rubber by Sunday afternoon. The Frostbuster will feature Late Models, Sportsmen, Thunderstox, Hornets and Outlawz in one of two daytime settings this season - the other coming at the Oktoberfest finale.
The Sportsmen division will have a new look this season. Cars will feature spoilers, rear windshields and headers (exhaust), meaning the speeds will be faster and handling will be better in the corners. Drivers have pressured Speedway General Manager Chuck Deery for years to make a rule change, he finally has hoping more drivers will come race each week.
Following Sunday's action, the Speedway will have a two-week break until Saturday night racing begins on May 16.