JEFFERSON, WI (Saturday, July 15, 2017) Dale Nottestad of Cambridge charged to the front of the field on Saturday night on his way to capturing the O’Reilly Auto Parts 50 lap Late Model main event. This win marks the first for the Clifcorn Motorsports Chevrolet since August of last season. Despite the lack of wins this season until now, Nottestad is parked firmly in the top five in points as he searches for his fourth track championship in the last five seasons.
Dylan Schuyler and Kyle Taylor paced the field to green with Schuyler taking the initial lead on the opening lap. Taylor looked loose as they came to green and he fell back into a battle with Noel Ramge for second. On lap two, John Ovadal Jr got sideways off turn two and collected the point leader, Shaun Scheel to force the first of two early cautions. The leaders raced single file through the second caution on lap eight when Nottestad began to make his trek through the top five. As racing resumed on lap nine, Nottestad dove under Steve Dobbratz in a battle for fourth. Nottestad quickly moved up alongside Taylor to grab third on lap 12. At the same time, Ramge began to challenge Schuyler for the top spot while Nottestad pulled up behind them. Ramge got under Schuyler as they raced off turn two on lap 17. Nottestad watched the battle closely from third as Ramge began to chip away at Schuyler for the lead. Ramge finally cleared for the top spot on lap 19 with Nottestad filling the gap under Schuyler. After racing side by side for several laps, Nottestad cleared for second on lap 27 and began to reel in Ramge at the front. Lap after lap, Nottestad edged closer to the leader. With ten laps to go, Nottestad caught Ramge and fired under him through turns three and four. Nottestad stuck his nose into the lead as they completed the lap. From there, the race belonged to the three time and defending Late Model champion. At the checkers, it was Nottestad for the win followed by Ramge, Luke Westenberg, Jason Erickson and Michael Grueneberg.
Beloit’s Robert Hansberry Jr continued his hot streak in the Sportsman division by winning the 30 lap feature event. Rick Coppernoll grabbed the early lead from the poll with Jake Biever back to second. On lap two, the machine of Boyd Eichelkraut went up in smoke to force the sole caution of the race. Once racing resumed, Tony Ciano made his move for third as he pulled even with Biever for second on lap six. Ciano cleared a lap later with Terry Wangsness in tow. Ciano pulled up behind Coppernoll, looking to lead on lap 10. Two laps later, Ciano dove under Coppernoll into turn one. After a brief battle, Ciano claimed the point with Wangsness following under Coppernoll. Meanwhile, Hansberry was slicing his way through the field on his way to the front. On lap 16, Wangsness moved into second with Hansberry now on his heels in third. Hansberry drew even with Wangsness for second on lap 17, claiming the position and setting his sights on Ciano at the front. With ten laps to go, Hansberry began to apply pressure to Ciano. Looking to his outside, Hansberry drew even with Ciano on lap 22. Two laps later, it was Hansberry out front on his way to the checkers for the win. Ciano finished second with Wangsness, Chris Chenoweth and Josh Madell rounding out the top five.
Watertown’s Neil Higgins picked up the win in the 20 lap International feature. Dillon Scott grabbed the lead on lap one with Chris Jackson in second. Mark English moved up to challenge Jackson for the runner up position with Jason Uttech joining the fight on lap five. They raced three wide into turn with Jackson and Uttech emerging side by side. Uttech eventually grabbed the position with Higgins following up to the third spot. On lap eight, Higgins drove to the low side of Uttech, grabbing second a lap later. Higgins began to slowly reel in the leader, Scott, who was enjoying a healthy advantage. With five laps remaining, Higgins caught Scott and dove under him entering turn one. Higgins cleared down the backstretch as he began to pull away to the win. Uttech got by Scott in the closing laps, but was unable to make a run at Higgins. At the stripe, it was Higgins for the win followed by Uttech, Scott, Nick Schmidt and Noah Pankow.
In Hobby Stock action, it was Brandon Angileri of Beloit scoring the win in the 25 lap affair. Chuck Egli moved into the lead on lap one with Kenny Storkson and Jon Benninger battling for second. Benninger took the spot on lap two with Angileri following up to third. On lap seven, Angileri drove to the high side of Benninger. Angileri continued forward as he drew even with Egli on lap eight. Angileri moved out front alone as Dustin Ward entered the top three. Ward got by Egli for second on lap ten as he began to stalk the leader. Lap after lap, Ward tried to close on Angileri. As the laps ticked away, Chester Williams and AJ Lloyd waged a great battle for third. But nobody could catch Angileri as he cruised to the checkers to capture his second feature win of the season. Ward was second with Williams edging Lloyd out for third. Egli rounded out the top five in fifth.
Chris Gottschalk of Fort Atkinson dominated the 15 lap Road Warrior feature en route to another win in the division. Rodger Stephenson led early with Bill Sweeney quickly up to second. On lap four, Gottschalk powered under Sweeney for second. Gottschalk took the position and continued forward alongside Stephenson. Gottschalk cleared for the lead through turns three and four and immediately began to check out from the field. Gottschalk cruised to the checkers to get the win with Sweeney, Bryan Gottschalk, Bill Reynolds and Merek Pankow completing the top five.
Watertown’s Nick Schmidt grabbed the win in the 20 lap Bandit feature event. Tyler Edmundson led lap one by a nose with Josh Lenz still to his outside. Lenz powered into the lead on lap three. After two quick cautions in the first half of the race, Lenz continued to show the way while Bill Kohn and Schmidt joined the battle up front. On ten, the three competitors raced three wide into turn three. Lenz returned to the point with Schmidt now up to second. Schmidt dove under Lenz as they entered turn three on lap 12. A lap later, Schmidt was on the point and pulling away. At the checkers, it was Schmidt for the win followed by Lenz, Jeremy Bredeson, Tyler Deporter and DJ Hill.
Wausau’s Kolton Guralski got another Bandolero feature win by claiming the 15 lap event. Kaeden Wangsness and Logan Taylor kicked off the race from the front row. On lap two, Michael Guderski split the leaders as he took control of the top spot. Jevin Guralski moved up to second on lap four with Kolton Guralski in his tracks for third. Kolton got by Jevin on lap five with Alex Hartwig up to battle Jevin for third. But on lap six, contact between Jevin and Hartwig ended with Guralski spinning off turn four to force a caution. Guderski and Kolton Guralski led the field back to green on the restart. Guralski grabbed the lead as the green flew and he ran way to the checkers to get the win. Karter Stark charged up to finish second with Guderski, Hartwig and Taylor rounding out the top five.
Next Saturday, July 22, marks the return of the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series. Support divisions include the Midwest Truck Series and the Legends. 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
Feature Results- 1) Dale Nottestad, Cambridge 2) Noel Ramge, Helenville 3) Luke Westenberg, Jefferson 4) Jason Erickson, Fort Atkinson 5) Michael Grueneberg, Madison 6) Dylan Schuyler, Jefferson 7) Kyle Taylor, Deerfield 8) John Ovadal, Watertown 9) Steve Dobbratz, Rio 10) Kody Hubred, Cambridge 11) Jacob Nottestad, Utica 12) Don Gaserude, Fort Atkinson 13) Shaun Scheel, Lake Mills 14) Eddie May, Crystal Lake (IL) 15) Jerry Eckhardt, Johnson Creek 16) Ed Wolff III, Watertown 17) Chuck Duncan, Milwaukee 18) Stephen Scheel, Lake Mills
Fast Qualifier- Jason Erickson—14.192 seconds
Last Chance- Jerry Eckhardt, Don Gaserude, Ed Wolff III, Chuck Duncan
Heat Winners- 1) Seth Reamer 2) Noel Ramge 3) Dale Nottestad
Feature Results- 1) Robert Hansberry Jr, Beloit 2) Tony Ciano, Janesville 3) Terry Wangsness, Jefferson 4) Chris Chenoweth, Watertown 5) Josh Madell, Mayville 6) Rick Coppernoll, Stoughton 7) Jake Biever, Beloit 8) Bryce Miller, Columbus 9) Dan Schmidt, Farmington 10) Derek Dobbs, 11) Dan Silberhorn, Fond du Lac 12) Jason Kubicz, Whitewater 13) Mark Deporter, Fort Atkinson 14) Jim Taylor, Stoughton 15) Boyd Eichelkraut, Stoughton 16) Tim Coley, Madison
Fast Qualifier- Robert Hansberry Jr—14.888 seconds
Heat Winners- 1) Bryce Miller 2) Mark Deporter
Feature Results- 1) Neil Higgins, Watertown 2) Jason Uttech, Watertown 3) Dillon Scott, Rio 4) Nick Schmidt, Watertown 5) Noah Pankow, Jefferson 6) Jamie Kohn, Madison 7) Ashley Gottschalk, Fort Atkinson 8) Josh Marx, Dousman 9) Joe Cross, Sun Prairie 10) Seth Green, Janesville 11) Chris Jackson, Jefferson 12) Mark English, Edgerton
Fast Qualifier- Neil Higgins—16.136 seconds
Heat Winners- 1) Joe Cross 2) Neil Higgins
Feature Results- 1) Brandon Angileri, Beloit 2) Dustin Ward Waterloo 3) Chester Williams, Waukesha 4) AJ Lloyd, Loves Park (IL) 5) Chuck Egli, Waterloo 6) Jared Vike, Sussex 7) Phil Wuesthoff, Beaver Dam 8) Dan Snyder, Madison 9) Kenny Storkson, Indianford 10) Bud Riedner, Waunakee 11) Lucas Buckingham, Whitewater 12) Jon Benninger, Windsor 13) Jordan Egli, Waterloo
Fast Qualifier- AJ Lloyd—15.735 seconds
Heat Winners- 1) Jon Benninger 2) Dustin Ward
Feature Results- 1) Chris Gottschalk, Fort Atkinson 2) Bill Sweeney, Lake Mills 3) Bryan Gottschalk, Jefferson 4) Bill Reynolds, Watertown 5) Merek Pankow, Jefferson 6) Rodger Stephenson, Cambridge 7) Mark Dewey, Janesville 8) Richie Nelson, Evansville 9) Anthony Accardi, Madison
Fast Qualifier- Chris Gottschalk—16.590 seconds
Heat Winner- Chris Gottschalk
Feature Results- 1) Nick Schmidt, Watertown 2) Josh Lenz, Lake Mills 3) Jeremy Bredeson, Deforest 4) Tyler Deporter, Fort Atkinson 5) DJ Hill, Watertown 6) Bill Kohn, Madison 7) Kenny Au, Watertown 8) Cade Watters, Sun Prairie 9) Chad Olds, Whitewater 10) Brett Carson, Fort Atkinson 11) Kevin Lentz, 12) Carter Watters, Sun Prairie 13) Tyler Edmundson, Janesville 14) Kelsey Dobbs, Beloit 15) Steve Privett, Deforest
Fast Qualifier- Chad Olds—14.114 seconds
Heat Winners- 1) Kenny Au 2) Nick Schmidt
Feature Results- 1) Kolton Guralski, Wausau 2) Karter Stark, Marshall 3) Michael Guderski, Markesan 4) Alex Hartwig, Portage 5) Logan Taylor, Watertown 6) Emma Hunstiger, Helenville 7) Anna Malouf, Rhinelander 8) Jevin Guralski, Wausau 9) Keegan Kehoe, Fort Atkinson 10) Robbie Rucks, Deerfield 11) Kaeden Wangsness, Jefferson 12) Mason Wilcott, Watertown 13) Chase Wangsness, Jefferson 14) Keagan Benz, Wausau
Fast Qualifier- Kolton Guralski—14.204 seconds
Heat Winners- 1) Anna Malouf 2) Kolton Guralski