By Andrew Schaller
JEFFERSON, WI (Saturday, June 11, 2011) Dan Jung of Iron Ridge quickly maneuvered his way to the front of the field on Saturday night at Jefferson Speedway on his way to winning the Rivers Edge Meat Market 50 lap Late Model feature event. The victory marks Jung’s first career feature win at Wisconsin’s Action Track.
Noel Ramge and Bruce Lee paced the field of 18 drivers to the green with Lee grabbing the early lead through turns three and four on lap one. Roger Behlke followed in Lee’s tracks to claim the second spot as he quickly began to apply pressure to Lee at the point. On lap five, Jung made his way to the low side as he pulled even with Behlke looking for second. Jung made the pass and slid up under Lee as they drew even. Jung completed the pass for the lead on six with Lee dropping into second. The battle for third raged behind them as the top two broke away from the pack. Caution waved on lap 16 as point leader, Jason Erickson, spun into turn one. As racing resumed, Jung continued to show the way with Dylan Schuyler up to third and challenging Lee for second. Jung returned to a commanding lead before another caution slowed his efforts on lap 43 when Zach Riddle crashed hard into the front chute wall. Jung survived one more caution period on lap 48 as he owned the final 44 laps of the race to get the win. Lee came home a career best second followed by Schuyler, Jerry Eckhardt and Doug Hahn.
The Sportsman division also saw a first time feature winner as Jim Taylor of Stoughton held off all challenges to claim the 30 lap feature event from the pole. Taylor took control on lap one with defending champion Scott Riedner following him into second. Riedner wasted little time as he quickly began to apply heavy pressure to the early leader. Taylor stayed strong in the outside groove with Riedner flanking him to the inside. On lap ten, James Helmer joined the two leaders as he, too, pressured the pair in front. Taylor remained in control throughout until Riedner slowed on the front stretch for a loose wheel to bring out the sole caution of the race. Helmer inherited the second spot behind Taylor as the green flag waved once again. Helmer took his turn pressuring the leader as he dove to the inside entering turn one. Helmer pulled even with Taylor while Jay Kalbus watched from third. But Taylor would not be denied as he held his own on the outside to cross under the checkers first for the win. Helmer settled for second followed by Kalbus, Kameron Lee and Mark DePorter.
Kyle Stark of Waterloo continued to string of success in the 2011 campaign by capturing another International 20 lap feature event. Dale Smith and Chris Chenoweth led the field to green with Smith taking the initial lead on lap one. Kenny Au pulled even with Smith on lap two as the duo battled for the top spot. They continued to race wheel to wheel until Au gained the advantage on lap seven bringing Mark English along for second. English cleared for the runner up spot with Stark filling up his mirror from third. A lap later, Stark motored under English to steal second as he set his sights on the leader. Stark pulled alongside Au on lap 11, grabbing the lead for himself as they crossed the stripe on lap 12. Stark pulled out to a healthy lead as he cruised on to the checkers for the win. English came home second followed by Au, Gary Stark and Kyle Smith.
Waterloo’s Dustin Ward returned to victory lane, grabbing his third 25 lap Hobby Stock feature in the young season. Ben Monday led on lap one with Sean Watters running second. Watters moved to the low side on lap two, stealing the lead for himself and bringing Chester Williams along for second. Monday remounted a charge on the outside as he motored back alongside Williams on lap seven. Monday flew past the leaders and reclaimed the point on lap nine. Lap 12 saw back to back cautions setting up a 13 lap shootout to the finish. When racing resumed, Ward made his move as he dove to the low side of the speedway and charged up under Monday. Ward quickly cleared for the lead on lap 14 as he began to stretch his advantage over the field. Jim Tate made his way to second by lap 18, but Ward was long gone on the way to getting the win. Tate finished second with Tony Ciano, Monday and Watters rounding out the top five.
An exciting Road Warrior main event ended with Bill Reynolds standing in victory lane with the win. Tin Stephenson and Scott Bush brought the field to green with Stephenson leading early on. Rodger Stephenson snuck up to the inside of his daughter to claim the lead on lap two with Kevin Pauls in tow for second and Reynolds riding in third. Reynolds dove under Pauls to claim second and pull even with Stephenson at the front. Reynolds cleared for the lead on lap six with Rob Lange in tow for second. Lange looked low on the new leader as the two made contact entering turn one. Reynolds drifted high allowing Lange to shoot past into the lead. Reynolds tried to come back on the low side, pulling even with Lange on lap 10. The caution waved on lap 13 with Reynolds being scored as the leader and Lange riding in second. Reynolds held off the late race charge of Bill Sweeney to see the checkers first for the win. Sweeney was second followed by Lange, Pauls and Stephenson.
Rounding out the program was the 20 lap Bandit feature event. Dustin Yanke crossed the stripe first, but was later forced to vacate his win handing the victory to Cory Jansen of Lake Geneva. Yanke took control on lap one from the front row with Jansen falling in line behind him for second. The leaders began to spread out a Yanke drove away from the pack to take a commanding lead. Yanke cruised to the stripe unchallenged and owning a hefty lead over Jansen in second. Following post-race inspection, Jansen was declared the winner of the event with Phil Wuesthoff, Tadd Douglas, Seth Reamer and Heather Stark rounding out the top five.
An action packed week of racing is on tap at Jefferson Speedway beginning on Tuesday, June 14, with the return of the Big 8 Late Model Series as well as the Sportsman and Bandit divisions competing. Time trails begin at 5:30 with the first race at 7:30. The Lions Club returns to Wisconsin’s Action Track on Wednesday evening with the addition of some regular Jefferson Speedway divisions for the show. Our regular Saturday night program rolls off on June 18 sponsored by WMAD FM and Cost Cutters. Time trials begin at 5pm with racing at 7pm sharp. Jefferson Speedway is located halfway between Jefferson and Cambridge on Hwy 18. Please visitwww.jeffersonspeedway.com for more information.
Jefferson Speedway Race Summary
Rivers Edge Meat Market 50 lap Feature Results- 1) 68 Dan Jung, Iron Ridge 2) 77 Bruce Lee, Cambridge 3) 33 Dylan Schuyler, Jefferson 4) 61 Jerry Eckhardt, Johnson Creek 5) 99 Doug Hahn, Whitewater 6) 44 Roger Behlke, Jefferson 7) 94 Jason Erickson, Fort Atkinson 8) 21 Ryan Zielski, Oconomowoc 9) 71 John Ovadal, Watertown 10) 52 Steve Dobbratz, Rio 11) 4 Chris Quam, Stoughton 12) 21 Brandon Pendleton, Helenville 13) 5 Casey Johnson, Stoughton 14) 41 Mike Taylor, Stoughton 15) 14 Zach Riddle, Brooklyn 16) 104 Noel Ramge, Helenville 17) 16 Tyler Peterson, Lake Geneva 18) 8 Shaun Scheel, Lake Mills
Fast Qualifier- 52 Steve Dobbratz—14.255 seconds
Last Chance- 16 Tyler Peterson, 8 Shaun Scheel, 71 John Ovadal, 41 Mike Taylor
Consy- 100 Andy Brinkmann, 7 Ed Kubicz
Heat Winners- 1) 7 Ed Kubicz 2) 8 Shaun Scheel 3) 71 John Ovadal 4) 11 Trent Erdman
Feature Results- 1) 4 Jim Taylor, Stoughton 2) 7 James Helmer, Beaver Dam 3) 27 Jay Kalbus, Watertown 4) 5 Kameron Lee, Cambridge 5) 2 Mark DePorter, Fort Atkinson 6) 51 Kurt Kleven, Cambridge 7) Jason Thoma, Jefferson 8) 55 Terry Wangsness, Jefferson 9) 23 Randy Breunig, Columbus 10) 71 Jason Dunn, Sun Prairie 11) 22 Brady Lilly, Milton 12) 20 Kody Hubred, Utica 13) 75 Rick Coppernoll, Cottage Grove 14) 15 Will Rece, Stoughton 15) 26 Scott Riedner, Waunakee 16) 3 Ken Hoff, Jefferson
Fast Qualifier- 6 Jason Thoma—14.951 NEW TRACK RECORD
Last Chance- 20 Kody Hubred, 3 Ken Hoff, 15 Will Rece, 75 Rick Coppernoll
Heat Winners- 1) 75 Rick Coppernoll 2) 66 Curt Thompson 3) 23 Randy Breunig
Feature Results- 1) 92 Kyle Stark, Waterloo 2) 57 Mark English, Edgerton 3) 31 Ken Au, Jefferson 4) 35 Gary Stark, Sun Prairie 5) 90 Kyle Smith, Lake Mills 6) 6 Dale Smith, Lake Mills 7) 26 Mike Lambert, Madison 8) 23 Casey Strese, Jefferson 9) 66 Neil Higgins, Watertown 10) 5 Peter Shelley, Edgerton 11) 32 Cody Strese, Jefferson 12) 75 Travis Schneeberg, Cottage Grove 13) 97 Chris Chenoweth, Jefferson 14) 25 Darren Brown, Jefferson 15) 11 Jason Kubicz, Whitewater 16) 29 Waylin Willman, Janesville 17) ONO Keith Bell, Brodhead 18) 95 Matt McKinney, Fort Atkinson
Fast Qualifier- 92 Kyle Stark—16.018 NEW TRACK RECORD
Last Chance- 25 Darren Brown, 11 Jason Kubicz, 29 Waylin Willman, ONO Keith Bell
Heat Winners- 1) 25 Darren Brown 2) 57 Mark English 3) 92 Kyle Stark
Feature Results- 1) 9 Dustin Ward, Waterloo 2) 27 Jim Tate Jr, DeForest 3) 86 Tony Ciano, Janesville 4) 21 Ben Monday, Marshall 5) 77 Sean Watters, Jefferson 6) 11 Steven Sauer, Waterloo 7) 19 Zack Schmidt, Johnson Creek 8) 22 Chester Williams, Waukesha 9) 22 Kyle Chwala, Lake Mills 10) 81 Jeff LeFave, Fort Atkinson 11) 72 Gary Paulick, Waukesha 12) 29 Mike Manley, Fort Atkinson 13) 71 Jamie Dunn, DeForest 14) 7 Jim Wolf, Watertown 15) 49 Buck Stults, Lake Mills 16) 2 Brent Gergen, Jefferson 17) 17 Rodger Stephenson, Cambridge
Fast Qualifier- 27 Jim Tate Jr—16.344 seconds
Heat Winners- 1) 2 Brent Gergen 2) 19 Zack Schmidt
Feature Results- 1) 6 Bill Reynolds, Watertown 2) 42 Bill Sweeney, Edgerton 3) 135 Rob Lange, Jefferson 4) 78 Kevin Pauls, Middleton 5) 88 Rodger Stephenson, Cambridge 6) 18 Scott Pauls, Deerfield 7) 33 Mike White, Janesville 8) 01 Tim Ellis, South Beloit (IL) 9) 71 Scott Bush 10) 88 Tina Stephenson, Cambridge 11) 51 Rory Hardy
Fast Qualifier- 42 Bill Sweeney—17.113 seconds
Heat Winners- 1) 88 Rodger Stephenson 2) 42 Bill Sweeney
Feature Results- 1) 11 Cory Jansen, Lake Geneva 2) 99 Phil Wuesthoff, Beaver Dam 3) 17 Tadd Douglas, Jefferson 4) 37 Seth Reamer, Columbus 5) 93 Heather Stark, Waterloo 6) 7 Dennis Johnson, Lake Mills 7) 03 Keith Erickson, Columbus 8) 16 Josh Lenz 9) 76 Alan Stillman, Fort Atkinson 10) 1 Kyle Riedner, Waunakee 11) 09 Nick Schmidt, Menomonie 12) 31 Michael Heimann, Waunakee 13) 43 Mitch Brockway, Ixonia 14) 83 Brandon Sletten 15) 10 Dave Schmidt, Menomonie 16) 111 Derek Dixon, Janesville 17) 34 Dustin Yanke, Fort Atkinson 18) 62 Brandon Johnson
Fast Qualifier- 93 Heather Stark—14.174 seconds
Last Chance- 10 Dave Schmidt, 62 Brandon Johnson, 76 Alan Stillman, 16 Josh Lenz
Consy- 36 Erik Bennett, 52 Brad Birzer
Heat Winners- 1) 98 Felicia Dewey 2) 62 Brandon Johnson 3) 10 Dave Schmidt