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Bishofberger, Nottestad, Stevens and Williams Victorious in Jefferson Speedway Mid-Season Championships!

By Jeanne & Larry Starr

July 10, 1999; Jefferson, WI. – Beneath Jefferson Speedway’s newly operational scoreboard, former track champion, Ron Bishofberger of Ft. Atkinson claimed top honors in the 60 lap, Ron’s Bumper to Bumper, Mid-Season Championship feature.

Starting from the outside of row 4, Bishofberger moved slowly toward the front as Scott Bleeker of Jefferson pulled out to the early lead, with Luke Westenberg of Palmyra close behind. Bishofberger moved to the inside of Westenberg for the 2nd spot, on lap 25, closing with Bleeker. Bleeker fought hard for the position, holding off Bishofberger until lab 29. As Bishofberger pulled ahead, Denny Stair of Sullivan claimed the 3rd spot, engaging Bleeker for 2nd. Stair moved into second by lap 35, looking ahead to Bishofberger.

Stair was able to close the gap, before the only caution of the race, on lap 35. On the restart Stair went to work on Bishofberger, pulling along side many times, but never able to make the pass. As they streaked past the checkered flag it was Bishofberger for the win, followed by Stair, Roger Behlke of Jefferson, Bleeker and Bruce Clark of Watertown.

Dan Chesmore of Janesville set the fast qualifying pace with a 14.856 second tour of the quarter mile.

Stair claimed the honors in the 8 lap, Ron’s Bumper to Bumper, fast dash.

Claiming victory, in 10 lap heat races, were Jim Gleesing of Palmyra, Mike Taylor of Stoughton and Bishofberger.

Transferring to the main event, via the 20 lap Last Chance race were Gene Olson Jr. of Jefferson, Randy Breunig of Columbus, Jasper Gronert of Jefferson and Beau Sanden of Janesville.

In International class action Brent Nottestad claimed victory in the 25 lap, Mid-Season Championship feature. Starting from the inside of row 6 Nottestad started toward the front, as Mike Bingham of Jefferson drove out to the early lead. The only caution of the race came on lap 6, as several cars tangled, coming off the 2nd turn.

The melee ended the nights racing for point leader Justin Nottestad of Cambridge and Matt Frey of Cambridge. On the restart Brent Nottestad streaked from 3rd to 1st, in one lap, guiding the field from there to the checkered flag. At the stripe it was Nottestad, by a quarter lap, over Darnell Mepham of Ft. Atkinson, followed by Mike Drays of Milton, Rick Neerland of Ft. Atkinson and Charles Dixon of Waukesha.

Justin Nottestad set the fast qualifying pace with a 15.943 second orbit of the quarter mile speed plant.

Claiming victory, in 8 lap heat races were Mark English of Edgerton, Mike Bingham of Jefferson and Justin Nottestad.

Moving into the feature lineup, from the 10 lap Last Chance race were Matt Nickel of Madison, Charles Dietzen of Waukesha, Dave Grueneberg of Madison and Jason Uttech of Watertown.

In Sportsman Division action it was Chad “Squirt” Stevens of Beloit pulling into victory lane, following the 30 lap Mid-Season Championship feature. Starting from the outside of row 6, Stevens started his trek to the front, as Roger Stephenson of Cambridge pulled out to the early lead. Stephenson surrendered the position to rookie driver Jeff Kohlhoff of Watertown on lap 16, as Stevens followed into the second spot. Caution cam on lap 9, for a spin in turn 4.

On the restart Stevens pulled alongside Kohlhoff, making his bid for the lead. Kohlhoff was not, yet, ready to give up the spot and the two raced side by side for 5 laps. Stevens pulled ahead on lap 16 guiding the field toward the checkered flag as defending track champion Dave Oswald of Cottage Grove worked his way into the 2nd spot closing in on Stevens. Oswald managed to catch Stevens but was never able to make a serious bid for the lead. At the line it was Stevens for the win, followed by Oswald, Chris Purdy of Milton, Josh Courtney of Janesville and Ryan Ley of Rome.

Kyle Munro of Ft. Atkinson set the fast qualifying pace with a 15.815 second lap on the quarter mile.

Claiming victory, in 10 lap heat races, were Brian Jensen of Tigerton, Dale Padfield of Jefferson and Purdy.

Filling the feature lineup, from the 15 lap Last Chance race were Kevin Thompson of Palmyra, Ben Hallock of Ft. Atkinson, Dale Padfield of Jefferson and Allen McBride of Janesville.

In Hobby Stock action Jim Williams of Milton claimed top honors in the 20 lap, Mid-Season Championship feature. Starting from the inside of row 2, Williams claimed the lead on lap 1 and never looked back, as he cruised to the checkered flag. The cruise did have a few rough spots, as Nick Golich of Hebron and Dennis Gaserude both moved up to vie for the top spot.

Williams was up to all comers as they raced, two and three wide, over the closing laps of the race. At the stripe it was Williams for the win, followed by Golich, Gaserude, Lincoln Keeser of Milton and Chuck Egli of Waterloo.

The fast qualifying lap was turned in by Gerry Junget of Rio, with a 17.216 second loop of the quarter mile.

Eight lap heat race victories were claimed by Billy Gay of Janesville, Keeser and Ken Scott of Rio.

Moving to the feature, through the 10 lap Last Chance race, were Junget, Chris Matz of Watertown, ken Scott of Rio and Bill Bush of Lake Mills. The “Fast Qualifier” came through the Last Chance race because the starting lineup is locked in by Point Standings, for the Mid-Season Championship races.

Next week Jefferson Speedway hosts another round of the One-on-One Street Drags, along with a full racing program in all four divisions. Street drag vehicles must be street legal, registered, 4 6 or 8 cylinder, hard top vehicles, with street legal tires. Convertibles will not be allowed to compete, for safety reasons.

Gates open at 3:30, qualifying at 5:30 and racing at 7:30 sharp.

Jefferson Speedway is located between Cambridge and Jefferson, on highway 18.

Late Model Division
60 Lap “Mid-Season Championship” Feature Event
1. #76 Ron Bishofberger Fort Atkinson
2. #43 Denny Stair Sullivan
3. #44 Roger Behlke Jefferson
4. #98 Scott Bleeker Jefferson
5. # 7 Bruce Clark Watertown
6. #27 Dan Chesmore Janesville
7. #16 Luke Westenberg Palmyra
8. #25 Randy Cusick Fort Atkinson
9. #11 Russ Goodwin Beloit
10. #37 Gene Olson Jr. Jefferson
11. #22 Jasper Gronert Jefferson
12. #11 Beaun Sanden Janesville
13. #46 Nick Wendt Watertown
14. #41 Mark Taylor Stoughton
15. # 5 Bart Reinen Jefferson
16. #62 Scott Null Lake Mills
17. #18 Andy Wendt Watertown
18. #76 Randy Breunig Columbus

20 Lap Last Chance:
1.) Gene Olson, Jr.
2.) Randy Breunig
3.) Jasper Gronert
4.) Beaun Sanden

First 10 Lap Heat:
1.) Jim Gleesing

Second 10 Lap Heat:
1.) Mike Taylor

Third 10 Lap Heat:
1.) Ron Bishofberger

Dash:
1.) Denny Stair
Fast Qualifier: #27 Dan Chesmore, Janesville,……..14.856 Seconds

Internationals
25 Lap Feature Event
1. #25 Brent Nottestad Cambridge
2. #12 Darnell Mepham Fort Atkinson
3. #48 Mike Drays Milton
4. #24 Rick Neerland Fort Atkinson
5. #71 Charles Dixon Waukesha
6. # 7 Matt Nickel Madison

10 Lap Last Chance:
1.) Matt Nickel
2.) Charles Dietzen
3.) Dave Gruenberg
4.) Jason Uttech

First 10 Lap Heat:
1.) Mark English

Second 10 Lap Heat:
1.) Mike Bingham

Third 10 Lap Heat:
1.) Justin Nottestad
Fast Qualifier: #15 Justin Nottestad, Cambridge,………15.943 Seconds

Sportsman
30 Lap Feature Event
1. #82 Chad Stevens Beloit
2. #31 Dave Oswald Gottage Grove
3. # 7 Chris Purdy Madison
4. #21 Josh Courtney Janesville
5. #77 Ryan Ley Rome
6. #27 Randy Padfield Stoughton

15 Lap Last Chance:
1.) Kevin Thompson
2.) Ben Hallock
3.) Dale Padfield
4.) Allen McBride

First 10 Lap Heat:
1.) Brian Jensen

Second 10 Lap Heat:
1.) Dale Padfield

Third 10 Lap Heat:
1.) Chris Purdy
Fast Qualifier: #30 Kyle Munro, Fort Atkinson,……..15.815 Seconds

Hobby Stocks
20 Lap Feature Event
1. #J10 Jim Williams Milton
2. #66 Nick Golich Hebron
3. #18 Dennis Gaserude Oregon
4. #99 Lincoln Keeser Milton
5. #22 Chuck Egli Waterloo
6. #71 Gerry Junget Rio

10 Lap Last Chance:
1.) Gerry Junget
2.) Chris Mantz
3.) Ken Scott
4.) Bill Bush

First 8 Lap Heat:
1.) Bill Gay

Second 8 Lap Heat:
1.) Lincoln Keeser

Third 8 Lap Heat:
1.) Ken Scott
Fast Qualifier: #71 Gerry Junget, Rio,….17.216 Seconds

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