JEFFERSON, WI (Saturday, May 04, 2013) Jefferson’s Kyle Jarlsberg rebounded strongly after missing the feature field on opening night one week ago by claiming the checkers to win the Radio Doctor 50 lap Late Model main event at Jefferson Speedway. Jarlsberg took advantage of his front row starting position to motor into the lead and never give up the top spot on his way to victory lane.
Jarlsberg and Tory Bagley paced the field of 18 Late Models to the drop of the green flag with Jarlsberg taking control on lap one. Bagley dropped back to second followed by Chris Quam in third. An early caution slowed the action when Ty James made contact with the turn four wall ending his evening all too early. As racing resumed, Jarlsberg held the point with Bagley still second and Quam trying to hold off Stephen Scheel for third. On lap 10, Scheel got to the inside of Quam as they battled side by side. Scheel eventually completed the pass on lap 14 as Ryan Goldade tried to follow. Scheel continued to move forward, racing under Bagley as he tried to steal second. Scheel cleared for the runner up spot on lap 20 as he began to slowly reel in Jarlsberg out front. The leaders remained single file lap after lap as Dale Nottestad and quick qualifier Zack Riddle tried to break into the top five. Roger Behlke relinquished the fifth position just before spinning on lap 42 to bring out the second and final caution of the race. But Jarlsberg remained strong out front over the final eight circuits to see the checkers first and pick up the win. Scheel was second followed by Bagley, Nottestad and Riddle.
Jim Tate Jr of Deforest flexed his muscle once again this week as the completed the clean sweep on the evening in the Sportsman division. Tate captured quick time, won his heat race and also claimed the 30 lap feature event. The win marked Tate’s second feature win in as many weeks as he looks to defend his 2012 championship. Jay Kalbus grabbed the early lead on lap one with Greg Staude running second and Jim Taylor in third. After an early caution on lap two, Kalbus opened up a good sized lead while Tate sliced his way into the top five. By lap 11, Tate was already running third behind Staude as Kalbus continued to show the way. Tate quickly got by Staude for second on lap 12 with Jason Thoma in tow for third. Tate began to cut into the lead Kalbus was enjoying, finally catching him on lap 14. Tate dropped to the low groove and drove by Kalbus for the top spot. Tate immediately opened up a healthy advantage while Thoma took a turn battling Kalbus. Thoma cleared for second on 18, but Tate was already well on his way to getting the win. Thoma finished second with Steven Sauer, Kalbus and Seth Lootans rounding out the top five.
Edgerton’s Mark English made his return to victory lane after winning the 20 lap International feature event. Casey Strese and Dylan Buckingham led the field to green with Strese taking the initial lead on lap one. Buckingham fell back into a three way fight for second between Josh Kubicz and Neil Higgins. Higgins emerged with the position on lap two with Dan Birkett third and English in fourth. Two quick cautions before lap eight helping English pick his way up to second behind Strese. On the second restart, English dove to the low side of Strese, drawing even for the lead. English couldn’t quite make the move work as he slipped back behind Strese on lap nine. But two laps later, English was back underneath the leader as they battled wheel to wheel. This time, English got the momentum and rocketed into the top spot on lap 12. Mike Lambert followed in his tracks for second, but English stayed strong on the point to cross the stripe first for the win. Lambert was second followed by Strese, Seth Reamer and Chris Chenoweth.
Bobby Selsing Jr of Fort Atkinson picked up the 25 lap Hobby Stock feature win on a night in which he also set a new track record in qualifying for the division. After a caution on lap one, Lucas Buckingham moved to the lead with Phil Wuesthoff in tow for second. Dustin Ward and Selsing entered the top five behind Chester Williams who was running third. The trio of drivers made it a three wide fight for third on lap six with Selsing and Williams emerging side by side for the position. Selsing took possession of third on lap eight as he drove to the outside of Wuesthoff entering turn three. Selsing cleared for second on lap nine as Ward followed in his tracks. Selsing took to the low groove on lap ten, pulling alongside Buckingham and looking to lead. A lap later, Selsing was out front while Buckingham tried to hold off Ward for second. Ward eventually made the pass, but Selsing was already enjoying a large lead on his way to the checkers for the win. Ward was second followed by Buckingham in third. Rounding out the top five were James Helmer and Tony Ciano.
Tim Ellis of South Beloit, IL, charged to the front of the Road Warrior field and hung on to win the 20 lap feature event. Jordan Lamb led early as the caution waved on lap two. On the restart, Rodger Stephenson slipped by Jason Haas for second and continued forward under Lamb on lap three. Stephenson made the pass for the lead on lap four with Ellis in tow for second. A lap later, Ellis slipped by Stephenson to take over the top spot with Chris Gottschalk moving up to battle Stephenson for second. Gottschalk claimed the runner up position on lap eight, bringing Bill Reynolds along as well. Reynolds made his way to second before a caution on lap 15 slowed the field setting up a five lap shootout to the finish. As racing resumed, Reynolds and Gottschalk made contact allowing Ellis to open up a big lead while Reynolds tried to hang on. Reynolds eventually was forced to pull off the racing surface handing second back to Gottschalk while Ellis cruised to the stripe to get the win. Gottschalk was second followed by Bill Sweeney, Chad Olds and Chester Williams.
Janesville’s Devon Dixon used his front row starting spot to his advantage as he laid claim to the 20 lap Bandit feature event. Starting alongside Josh Lenz, the pair of drivers battled door to door to open up the action with Dixon owning a slight advantage on the outside lane. Dixon finally took sole possession of the lead on lap eight as Lenz fell back to second. Two cautions slowed the pace, but each time Dixon would pull away from the pack on the restart while Lenz held off the competition in second. At the checkers, it was Dixon for the convincing win with Lenz hanging on for second. Rounding out the top five were Josh Marx, David Schmidt and Justin Thomas.
Next Saturday, May 11, is a full program in all divisions plus the Best Appearing Car contest. Time trials begin at 5pm with racing at 7pm sharp. Jefferson Speedway is located halfway between Jefferson and Cambridge on Hwy 18. Please visit www.jeffersonspeedway.com for more information.
Jefferson Speedway Race Summary
Radio Doctor 50 lap Feature Results- 1) Kyle Jarlsberg, Jefferson 2) Stephen Scheel, Lake Mills 3) Tory Bagley, Stoughton 4) Dale Nottestad, Cambridge 5) Zack Riddle, Brooklyn 6) Chris Quam, Stoughton 7) Dylan Schuyler, Jefferson 8) Shaun Scheel, Lake Mills 9) Trent Erdman, Fort Atkinson 10) Bruce Lee, Cambridge 11) Ryan Goldade, Madison 12) Chad Stevens, Orfordville 13) Jerry Eckhardt, Johnson Creek 14) John Ovadal Jr, Watertown 15) Roger Behlke, Jefferson 16) Tyler Peterson, Lake Geneva 17) Tim Sargent, S.Beloit (IL) 18) Ty James, Oconomowoc
Fast Qualifier- Zack Riddle—14.429 seconds
Last Chance- Tyler Peterson, John Ovadal Jr, Tim Sargent, Jerry Eckhardt
Heat Winners- 1) Tyler Peterson 2) Jody Krueger 3) Kyle Jarlsberg
Feature Results- 1) Jim Tate Jr, Deforest 2) Jason Thoma, Jefferson 3) Steven Sauer, Waterloo 4) Jay Kalbus, Whitewater 5) Seth Lootans, Kenosha 6) Kyle Chwala, Johnson Creek 7) Mark Deporter, Fort Atkinson 8) Jim Taylor, Stoughton 9) Greg Staude, Jefferson 10) JC Stanelle, Jefferson 11) Jason Dunn, Sun Prairie 12) Terry Wangsness, Jefferson 13) Kody Hubred, Cambridge
Fast Qualifier- Jim Tate Jr—15.052 seconds
Heat Winners- 1) Seth Lootans 2) Jim Tate Jr
Feature Results- 1) Mark English, Edgerton 2) Mike Lambert, Madison 3) Casey Strese, Jefferson 4) Seth Reamer, Wausau 5) Chris Chenoweth, Fort Atkinson 6) Neil Higgins, Watertown 7) Dan Birkett, Jefferson 8) Jamie Shelley, Edgerton 9) Merek Pankow, Jefferson 10) Joe Cross, Sun Prairie 11) Dylan Buckingham, Whitewater 12) Keith Bell, Brodhead 13) Tytus Helgestad, Jefferson 14) Mike Storkson, Evansville 15) Josh Kubicz, Whitewater 16) Chris Jackson, Edgerton 17) Devin Wild, Jefferson
Fast Qualifier- Mike Lambert—16.385 seconds
Heat Winners- 1) Casey Strese 2) Joe Cross
Feature Results- 1) Bobby Selsing Jr, Fort Atkinson 2) Dustin Ward, Columbus 3) Lucas Buckingham, Whitewater 4) James Helmer, Beaver Dam 5) Tony Ciano, Janesville 6) Phil Wuesthoff, Beaver Dam 7) Jeff LeFave, Fort Atkinson 8) Jamie Tate, Deforest 9) Craig Mertes, Antioch 10) Brandon Mertes, Antioch 11) Peter Shelley, Edgerton 12) Nick Smalley, Antioch 13) Erik Bennett, Beloit 14) Scott Riemer 15) Chester Willaims, Waukesha 16) Russ Nicholson
Fast Qualifier- Bobby Selsing Jr—15.708 seconds NEW TRACK RECORD
Last Chance- Peter Shelley, Scott Riemer, Justin Kumbier, Nick Smalley
Heat Winners- 1) Scott Riemer 2) Tony Ciano
Feature Results- 1) Tim Ellis, S.Beloit (IL) 2) Chris Gottschalk, Jefferson 3) Bill Sweeney, Edgerton 4) Chad Olds, Whitewater 5) Chester Williams, Waukesha 6) Rob Lange, Fort Atkinson 7) Kenny Storkson, Evansville 8) Rodger Stephenson, Cambridge 9) Jason Haas, Jefferson 10) Travis Schneeberg, Cottage Grove 11) Bill Reynolds, Watertown 12) Jordan Lamb, Fort Atkinson 13) Deanna Kalbus, Whitewater
Fast Qualifier- Rob Lange—16.752 seconds
Heat Winners- 1) Rodger Stephenson 2) Bill Sweeney
Feature Results- 1) Devon Dixon, Janesville 2) Josh Lenz, Lake Mills 3) Josh Marx, Dousman 4) Dave Schmidt, Cudahy 5) Justin Thomas, Waukesha 6) Keith Erickson, Columbus 7) Derek Dixon, Janesville 8) Dennis Johnson, Lake Mills 9) Brandon DeLacy, Stoughton 10) Robby Robinson, Orfordville 11) Nick Schmidt, Oak Creek 12) Josh Rusch, Fort Atkinson 13) Noah Pankow, Jefferson 14) Tyler Deporter, Fort Atkinson 15) Jason Dull, Loves Park (IL) 16) Kyle Stark, Waterloo
Fast Qualifier- Derek Dixon—14.131 seconds NEW TRACK RECORD
Heat Winners- 1) Devon Dixon 2) Dennis Johnson