JEFFERSON, WI (Saturday, September 2, 2017) As the 2017 racing season winds to a close, the battle to crown a Late Model champion has taken center stage at Wisconsin Action Track. Defending champion, Dale Nottestad, entered the night with a slim 13 point margin over Shaun Scheel of Lake Mills. That lead shrunk following the Serenity Concepts 50 lap main event, which was captured by Kody Hubred of Cambridge. Hubred’s victory marks his second such accomplishment of the season.
Kyle Smith and Cody Erdmann paced the pack to green with Erdmann grabbing early control of the top spot. Dylan Schuyler followed up to second with Jacob Nottestad in his tracks for third. On lap five, Schuyler made his move on the leader, Erdmann, dropping to the low side and pulling up next to him. Two laps later, Schuyler was out front with Erdmann falling back into a fight for second with Nottestad. Nottestad got by Erdmann and quickly moved up to challenge Schuyler for the lead on lap nine. But a lap later, Schuyler fell off the pace, handing the point to Nottestad. Fluid on the racing surface forced the yellow flag to appear for the sole caution of the race. Jacob Nottestad led the field back to green in front of Erdmann in second and Hubred now up to third. As racing resumed, Hubred quickly slipped by Erdmann for second and set his sights on Nottestad. Shaun Scheel followed Hubred past Erdmann to claim third on lap 14 as Hubred began to peek under Nottestad at the front. On lap 17, Hubred drew even with Nottestad as they raced down the backstretch. By lap 19, Hubred was out front and beginning to stretch his advantage as the top four drivers lined up single file. Meanwhile, Dale Nottestad was making his way through traffic and into the top five by lap 27. A few laps later, Shaun Scheel made his way up to second while Dale Nottestad continued forward to fourth. Hubred continued to enjoy a comfortable lead as Nottestad moved into third behind Scheel. Nottestad closed in to challenge Scheel for second in the final laps, but Scheel managed to keep him at bay. As they crossed to stripe the final time, it was Hubred with the convincing win followed by Scheel, Dale Nottestad, Jacob Nottestad and Erdmann. Heading into the final points night of the season next week, Dale Nottestad owns a single point advantage over Shaun Scheel in the chase to the championship.
The finale of the 2017 Sportsman Challenge saw Beloit’s Robert Hansberry Jr take the title while Josh Madell and Mark Deporter each captured a feature win in the twin 25 lap events. The first feature got underway with Ed Jackson and Dan Silberhorn battling for control. The see saw battle was eventually won by Silberhorn with Bryce Miller up to second. Jackson spun on lap seven to force a caution. On the restart, Miller got loose allowing Jim Taylor to fire past into second and slide up next to Silberhorn as he looked to lead. Taylor cleared for the top spot on lap nine with Madell in tow for second. Madell began to work the low side of Taylor on lap 15. Each time through turns three and four, Madell would get a good run under Taylor. But Taylor managed to keep Madell behind him as they raced into turn one. But Madell got inside Taylor on lap 17, stealing the lead away a lap later as Taylor fell back to second. Madell drove off to grab the feature win while Jason Thoma got past Taylor to finish second. Chris Chenoweth was fourth with Hansberry in fifth.
The second feature began with Rick Coppernoll taking the initial lead and Mark Deporter quickly up to second. On lap three, Deporter got under Coppernoll, moving into the lead a lap later. Deporter immediately began to pull away. Meanwhile, Chenoweth as making his way toward the front with Thoma and Hansberry following through traffic. Chenoweth moved up to second on lap 11 with Thoma and Hansberry in tow. A caution on lap 13 closed the leaders back in at the halfway point of the race. Deporter continued to show the way at the front with Chenoweth sticking close by in second and Thoma battling Hansberry for third. A final caution on lap 22 set up a three lap shootout to the finish. But Deporter remained in control to see the checkers first for the win. Chenoweth was second followed by Hansberry, Thoma and Tim Coley.
Dousman’s Josh Marx picked up the win in the 20 lap International feature event. Adam Schook led early from the front row with Ashley Gottschalk up to second. Gottschalk began to challenge Schook for the lead until a caution on lap three slowed her efforts. As racing resumed, Schook returned to the top spot with Gottschalk trying to fight back on the outside. On lap six, Gottschalk got back alongside Schook and made the pass for the lead. Jamie Kohn got by Schook as well for second with Marx in tow for third. Marx quickly went to work on Kohn, stealing the runner up position on lap 12. One lap later, a caution slowed the pace putting Gottschalk and Marx out front for the restart. As the green flag flew again, Marx got loose allowing Gottschalk to gain the advantage. But Marx fought back on the high side, drawing even with Gottschalk on lap 14. Marx continued to inch his machine ahead of Gottschalk, clearing for the lead with five laps to go. Marx cruised to the checkers from there to pick up the win. Kohn finished second with Jason Uttech, Noah Pankow and Rick Schaefer rounding out the top five.
AJ Lloyd of Loves Park, IL, captured the 25 lap Hobby Stock feature after an impressive charge to the front. Jon Benninger and Chuck Egli brought the field to green as they battled door to door for control. By lap five, nothing was settled at the front as the pack raced two by two around the track. On lap six, Lloyd took to the third groove as he began to charge toward the front. With Egli now owning the lead, Lloyd entered the top five behind Lucas Buckingham. After a caution on lap 14, Lloyd and Buckingham drove around Benninger to move into a battle for second. Lloyd claimed the spot on lap 16 as he pulled up behind Egli. With seven laps to go, Lloyd dove under Egli, taking over the point. Phil Wuesthoff followed into second on lap 21, but Lloyd was already well on his way to the checkers for the win. Wuesthoff was second followed by Jim Tate Jr, Jared Vike and Egli.
A wild ending to the 20 lap Road Warrior feature ended with Jefferson’s Bryan Gottschalk in victory lane with the win. Rodger Stephenson led early with Bill Reynolds up to second ahead of Bill Sweeney. After a caution on lap six. Reynolds moved past Stephenson into the lead with Sweeney following into second. Chris Gottschalk and Craig Henning joined the leaders on lap eight. Gottschalk drove to the high side of Sweeney, taking second and setting his sights on Reynolds. Gottschalk stayed in the outside groove, drawing even with Reynolds on lap 14. But contact between the two cars resulted in a flat tire for Gottschalk as he slowed to a stop to force the second yellow. Sweeney and Henning restarted on the front row as they battled for possession of the top spot. The laps ticked away with neither driver wrestling the lead away for himself. As they raced down the backstretch on the final lap, contact sent Sweeney into the turn three wall. The caution was thrown as the result, handing the lead over to Bryan Gottschalk who was awarded the win. Merek Pankow finished second with Mark Dewey, Reynolds and Stephenson rounding out the top five.
Chad Olds of Whitewater was awarded the win after the 20 lap Bandit feature event. Lyle Phillips charged up to battle Tyler Edmundson for the lead on lap one. Phillips cleared Edmundson on lap two and quickly began to pull away. Cade Watters moved up to second as they leaders raced single file. A caution on lap 11 bunched the field back up with Phillips and Watters on the front row. Phillips returned to the lead on the restart as Watters began to fall off the pace. Olds made his way up to second and spent the remainder of the race trying to close the gap on Phillips. But Phillips crossed the stripe first to end the race. Following post-race inspection, Phillips was forced to vacate his finishing position. Olds was awarded the win with CJ Hemiller, Jeremy Bredeson, Tyler Deporter and DJ Hill completing the top five.
Next Saturday, September 9, is Season Championship Night presented by Griffin Ford of Fort Atkinson. Eight division of racing will hit the track with champions being crowned in all divisions. Time trials begin at 5pm with racing at 7pm. Jefferson Speedway is located halfway between Jefferson and Cambridge on Hwy 18. Please visit jeffersonspeedway.com for more information.
JEFFERSON SPEEDWAY RACE SUMMARY
Note: Qualifying was rained out
Feature Results- 1) Kody Hubred, Cambridge 2) Shaun Scheel, Lake Mills 3) Dale Nottestad, Cambridge 4) Jacob Nottestad, Utica 5) Cody Erdmann, Horicon 6) Noel Ramge, Helenville 7) Luke Westenberg, Jefferson 8) Dylan Schuyler, Jefferson 9) Craig Phillips, Edgerton 10) Don Gaserude, Fort Atkinson 11) Stephen Scheel, Lake Mills 12) Scott Patrick, Dousman 13) Jerry Eckhardt, Johnson Creek 14) Steve Dobbratz, Rio 15) Lincoln Keeser, Johnson Creek 16) Steven Sauer, Waterloo 17) Jason Erickson, Fort Atkinson 18) Kyle Smith, Lake Mills 19) Ed Wolff III, Watertown 20) Joe Wendorf, Jefferson
Last Chance- Scott Patrick, Jerry Eckhardt, Lincoln Keeser, Joe Wendorf, Craig Patrick
Consi- Riley Stenjem, David Malisch
Qualifier Winners- 1) Ed Wolff III 2) Steven Sauer
Heat Winners- 1) Dylan Schuyler 2) Luke Westenberg
Feature #1 Results- 1) Josh Madell, Mayville 2) Jason Thoma, Jefferson 3) Jim Taylor, Stoughton 4) Chris Chenoweth, Watertown 5) Robert Hansberry Jr, Beloit 6) Tim Coley, Madison 7) Kyle Stark, Marshall 8) Joe Shelby, Slinger 9) Bryce Miller, Columbus 10) Mark Deporter, Fort Atkinson 11) Rick Coppernoll, Stoughton 12) Dan Schmidt, Farmington 13) Jake Biever, Janesville 14) Derek Dobbs, Rockton (IL) 15) Dan Silberhorn, Fond du Lac 16) Boyd Eichelkraut, Stoughton 17) Ed Jackson, Madison 18) Tony Ciano, Janesville
Feature #2 Results- 1) Mark Deporter 2) Chris Chenoweth 3) Robert Hansberry Jr 4) Jason Thoma 5) Tim Coley 6) Joe Shelby 7) Kyle Stark 8) Josh Madell 9) Jim Taylor 10) Jake Biever 11) Bryce Miller 12) Boyd Eichelkraut 13) Derek Dobbs 14) Ed Jackson 15) Dan Silberhorn 16) Dan Schmidt 17) Rick Coppernoll
Overall Results- 1) Jason Thoma (tied) 1) Chris Chenoweth (tied) 3) Robert Hansberry Jr 4) Josh Madell 5) Mark Deporter
Heat Winners- 1) Bryce Miller 2) Josh Madell
Feature Results- 1) Josh Marx, Dousman 2) Jamie Kohn, Madison 3) Jason Uttech, Watertown 4) Noah Pankow, Jefferson 5) Rick Schaefer, West Bend 6) Adam Schook, Palmyra 7) Neil Higgins, Watertown 8) Steve Zoromski, Slinger 9) Todd Buckley, Slinger 10) Chris Jackson, Jefferson 11) Joe Cross, Sun Prairie 12) Mark English, Edgerton 13) Ashley Gottschalk, Fort Atkinson
Heat Winners- 1) Steve Zoromski 2) Mark English
Feature Results- 1) AJ Lloyd, Loves Park (IL) 2) Phil Wuesthoff, Beaver Dam 3) Jim Tate Jr, Doylestown 4) Jared Vike, Sussex 5) Chuck Egli, Stoughton 6) Jim Robinson, Orfordville 7) Kenny Storkson, Indianford 8) Korey Bengsch, Fond du Lac 9) Brandon Angileri, Janesville 10) Bud Riedner, Waunakee 11) Dan Snyder, Madison 12) Jordan Egli, Stoughton 13) Jon Benninger, Windsor 14) Lucas Buckingham, Whitewater 15) Jamie Tate, Doylestown 16) Chester Williams, Waukesha
Last Chance- Jim Robinson, Korey Bengsch, Robby Robinson, Jordan Egli
Heat Winners- 1) Jessica Breunig 2) Jon Benninger 3) Chester Williams
Feature Results- 1) Bryan Gottschalk, Jefferson 2) Merek Pankow, Jefferson 3) Mark Dewey, Janesville 4) Bill Reynolds, Watertown 5) Rodger Stephenson, Cambridge 6) AJ Accardi, Madison 7) Leroy Gronert, Jefferson 8) Richie Nelson, Evansville 9) Bill Sweeney, Lake Mills 10) Craig Henning, Helenville 11) Miguel Baladez, Jefferson 12) Matt Weber Whitewater 13) Chris Gottschalk, Fort Atkinson 14) Chester Williams, Waukesha
Heat Winners- 1) AJ Accardi 2) Bill Reynolds
Feature Results- 1) Chad Olds, Whitewater 2) CJ Hemiller, Jefferson 3) Jeremy Bredeson, Deforest 4) Tyler Deporter, Fort Atkinson 5) DJ Hill, Watertown 6) Josh Lenz, Lake Mills 7) Zach Greer, Slinger 8) Jared Pinnow, Jefferson 9) Tyler Edmundson, Jefferson 10) Carter Watters, Sun Prairie 11) Cade Watters, Sun Prairie 12) Bill Kohn, Madison 13) Tom Eslinger Jr, West Bend 14) McKayla Adams, Sun Prairie 15) Lyle Phillips, Edgerton
Heat Winners- 1) McKayla Adams 2) Josh Lenz