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Jason Erickson Captures Benninger Concrete Season Opener

CAMBRIDGE, WI (Saturday, May 7, 2022)             The 2022 racing season got underway at Wisconsin’s Action Track on a cool Saturday evening in south central Wisconsin. Five divisions of racing action was capped off with Fort Atkinson’s Jason Erickson making his return to the Jefferson Speedway victory lane. Erickson motored to the front of the field to claim the Benninger Concrete 50 lap Late Model main event in impressive fashion.

The racing got underway with Luke Westenberg and Kyle Smith pacing the pack of 18 competitors to the drop of the green flag. The duo battled side by side for control while Dylan Schuyler watched intently from third. Smith spent the opening ten circuits trying to clear for the lead until a caution on lap 11 slowed his efforts for an incident in turn four. Westenberg and Smith once again led the field back to green. On the restart, Westenberg wiggled slightly, allowing Smith to fire into sole possession of the lead. Schuyler followed up to second with Erickson now in third. Two more cautions set up a restart with Schuyler and Smith out front. Schuyler got the advantage on lap 14, bringing Erickson along for second. Erickson wasted little time, sliding under Schuyler as they raced into turn one on lap 15. Erickson powered into the lead off turn two while Dale Nottestad moved up to challenge Schuyler for second. Another yellow flag slowed the pace on lap 18. Under the caution, Schuyler was forced to pit, handing second to Nottestad. Erickson led the field back to green with Nottestad now filling his rear view mirror. As racing resumed, Erickson quickly began to stretch his advantage. Erickson’s lead continued to increase as the laps ticked away. At the checkers, it was Erickson for the convincing victory with Nottestad coming home second. Shaun Scheel, Smith and Chris Chenoweth rounded out the top five.

In Sportsman action, it was Chris Weber of West Salem claiming the 30 lap feature event. Jason Thoma grabbed the early lead from the pole with Bobby Selsing Jr quickly up to second. Weber followed into third a couple laps later while Selsing pressured the leader, Thoma. The leaders ran nose to tail for several laps until Weber made a move to the high side of Selsing on lap 17. Two laps later, Weber was clear for second and setting his sights on Thoma. Weber closed in on the leader as the laps began to wind down. With three laps to go, Weber once again drove to the outside, drawing even with Thoma. But a caution on lap 28 paused the battle, setting up a shootout to the finish. Thoma and Weber paced the pack back to green with each driver looking to gain the advantage. Thoma initially moved ahead, but Weber returned to his outside. The duo raced wheel to wheel over the final laps, heading the checkers with nothing settled. As they crossed the stripe, it was Weber with the advantage to secure the win with Thoma settling for second. Tyler Deporter finished third followed by Selsing and Kurt Kleven.

Watertown’s Jason Uttech laid claim to the 20 lap International feature event. Caden Pankow and Timothy Higgins made up the front row at the start with Pankow taking the early lead. Weston Strese moved up to second on lap three and began to challenge Pankow for the top spot. A caution waved on lap five, pitting Pankow and Strese on the front row for the restart. As racing resumed, Strese moved his machine out front, bringing Uttech along for second. Uttech went right to work on Strese, driving to the high side and trying to draw even. Uttech continued to chip away on the outside, inching his car into he lead. By lap 14, Uttech was out front with Mark Dewey now up to second. Dewey closed in on Uttech, peeking to the low side and trying to get alongside. But Uttech held Dewey at bay through the checkers to pick up the win. Dewey was second followed by Strese, Mark English and James Bohling.

Jacob Tiegan of Marian, IA, captured the 20 lap Legends main event. Ben Massman grabbed the lead on lap one. After an early caution, Massman and Kenny Storkson led the field back to green. Massman returned to the lead with Storkson trying to hold off Tiegan for second. Tiegan got by Storkson and quickly charged up alongside Massman. Tiegan grabbed control of the lead on lap three and never relinquished the position. Quick qualifier, Danny Lehmkuhl drove up to second in the closing laps, but Tiegan was already on his way to the checkers for the win. Lehmkuhl was second with Storkson, Adam Powers and Massman rounding out the top five.

Alex Hartwig of Portage claimed the caution free 15 lap Bandolero main event. Axel Oldenhoff took the initial lead on lap one. Kaeden Wangsness fought back on the low side with Easton Riedner and Lincoln Cain right behind. Hartwig joined the leaders as Wangsness moved out front. Riedner followed up to second and drew even with Wangsness with Hartwig now up to third. Rieder moved out front on lap six, bringing Hartwig along. Hartwig quickly made his move under Riedner, pulling alongside on lap seven. A lap later, Hartwig was out front alone. Cain eventually followed into second, but it was Hartwig staying strong on the point to pick up the win. Can finished second followed by Avery Linnerud, Riedner and Collin Murphy.

Next Saturday, May 14, is a full program of racing with time trials at 4pm and racing at 6pm. Jefferson Speedway is located halfway between Cambridge and Jefferson and Hwy 18. Please jeffersonspeedway.com for more information.

 

 

JEFFERSON SPEEDWAY RACE SUMMARY

 

Late Model-

Qualifying

Pos Start Number Competitor Best Lap
1 94E Jason Erickson 14.1
2 2N Dale Nottestad 14.297
3 8S Shaun Scheel 14.372
4 97C Chris Chenoweth 14.375
5 3O Laney Osborne 14.387
6 12W Ryan Weyer 14.394
7 9K Paul Kisow 14.412
8 33S Dylan Schuyler 14.415
9 97S Kyle Smth 14.434
10 16W Luke Westenberg 14.482
11 37R Seth Reamer 14.535
12 17R Noel Ramge 14.551
13 18L Ryan Laatsch 14.628
14 47M David Malisch 14.656
15 16P Tyler Petersen 14.66
16 21H Cody Houseweart 14.666
17 40P Scott Patrick 14.711
18 61E Jerry Eckhardt 14.785
19 41T Mike Taylor 15.091
20 7K Ed Kubicz 15.095
21 20W Dale Warner 16.109
22 15G Logan Graham 16.357

 

Heat Races

Pos Start Number Competitor
1 21H Cody Houseweart
2 61E Jerry Eckhardt
3 40P Scott Patrick
4 7K Ed Kubicz
5 41T Mike Taylor
6 20W Dale Warner
7 15G Logan Graham

 

Pos Start Number Competitor
1 16P Tyler Petersen
2 2N Dale Nottestad
3 16W Luke Westenberg
4 12W Ryan Weyer
5 97C Chris Chenoweth
6 33S Dylan Schuyler
7 18L Ryan Laatsch

 

Pos Start Number Competitor
1 97S Kyle Smth
2 94E Jason Erickson
3 8S Shaun Scheel
4 17R Noel Ramge
5 3O Laney Osborne
6 47M David Malisch
7 9K Paul Kisow

 

Last Chance

Pos Start Number Competitor
1 61E Jerry Eckhardt
2 40P Scott Patrick
3 21H Cody Houseweart
4 7K Ed Kubicz
5 41T Mike Taylor
6 15G Logan Graham
7 20W Dale Warner

 

Feature

Pos Start Number Competitor
1 94E Jason Erickson
2 2N Dale Nottestad
3 8S Shaun Scheel
4 97S Kyle Smth
5 97C Chris Chenoweth
6 9K Paul Kisow
7 16W Luke Westenberg
8 12W Ryan Weyer
9 17R Noel Ramge
10 33S Dylan Schuyler
11 61E Jerry Eckhardt
12 18L Ryan Laatsch
13 47M David Malisch
14 40P Scott Patrick
15 7K Ed Kubicz
16 16P Tyler Petersen
17 21H Cody Houseweart
18 3O Laney Osborne

 

 

Sportsman-

Qualifying

Pos Start Number Competitor Best Lap
1 51K Kurtis Kleven 14.721
2 28D Mark Deporter 14.745
3 97W Chris Weber 14.77
4 22J Chris Jones 14.837
5 42S Bobby  Selsing 14.852
6 2D Tyler Deporter 14.862
7 6T Jason Thoma 14.884
8 91C Tim Coley 14.9
9 4T Jim Taylor 14.971
10 34B Jake Biever 14.979
11 90H Titus Helgestad 14.979
12 98B Mike Bleecker 15.009
13 41L Jordan Lamb 15.028
14 43J Christian Jansen 15.045
15 94H Craig Henning 15.088
16 86C Tony Ciano 15.226
17 80H Cris Harmon 15.255
18 119 Bradon DeLacy 15.295
19 55J Paul Johnson Jr. 15.588
20 05B Tucker Bodendorfer 15.647
21 67N Russ Nicholson 15.882

 

Heat Races

Pos Start Number Competitor
1 119 Bradon DeLacy
2 80H Cris Harmon
3 86C Tony Ciano
4 94H Craig Henning
5 55J Paul Johnson Jr.
6 05B Tucker Bodendorfer

 

Pos Start Number Competitor
1 43J Christian Jansen
2 90H Titus Helgestad
3 28D Mark Deporter
4 2D Tyler Deporter
5 22J Chris Jones
6 98B Mike Bleecker
7 91C Tim Coley

 

Pos Start Number Competitor
1 34B Jake Biever
2 6T Jason Thoma
3 42S Bobby  Selsing
4 97W Chris Weber
5 51K Kurtis Kleven
6 41L Jordan Lamb
7 4T Jim Taylor

 

Last Chance

Pos Start Number Competitor
1 43J Christian Jansen
2 86C Tony Ciano
3 80H Cris Harmon
4 119 Bradon DeLacy
5 94H Craig Henning
6 55J Paul Johnson Jr.
7 05B Tucker Bodendorfer
8 41L Jordan Lamb

 

Feature

Pos Start Number Competitor
1 97W Chris Weber
2 6T Jason Thoma
3 2D Tyler Deporter
4 42S Bobby  Selsing
5 51K Kurtis Kleven
6 22J Chris Jones
7 90H Titus Helgestad
8 28D Mark Deporter
9 43J Christian Jansen
10 4T Jim Taylor
11 86C Tony Ciano
12 91C Tim Coley
13 80H Cris Harmon
14 34B Jake Biever
15 119 Bradon DeLacy
16 98B Mike Bleecker

 

 

International-

Qualifying

Pos Start Number Competitor Best Lap
1 6D Mark Dewey 15.462
2 36U Jason  Uttech 15.654
3 57E Mark English 15.67
4 11S Weston Strese 15.689
5 88M Kyle Melton 16.072
6 0B Keith Bell 16.1
7 12P Caden Pankow 16.165
8 77H Timothy Higgins 16.175
9 16B James Bohling 16.236
10 9T Josh Tanguay 16.297
11 37J Chris Jackson 16.5
12 14A AJ Accardi 16.749
13 51 Jay Bergin 17.048
14 8R Brittany Reynolds 17.056
15 22C Myles Cowley 17.532
16 21E Tyler Edmundson 17.697

 

Heat Races

Pos Start Number Competitor
1 16B James Bohling
2 9T Josh Tanguay
3 14A AJ Accardi
4 37J Chris Jackson
5 8R Brittany Reynolds
6 21E Tyler Edmundson
7 22C Myles Cowley
8 51 Jay Bergin

 

Pos Start Number Competitor
1 11S Weston Strese
2 6D Mark Dewey
3 36U Jason  Uttech
4 57E Mark English
5 77H Timothy Higgins
6 0B Keith Bell
7 88M Kyle Melton
8 12P Caden Pankow

 

Feature

Pos Start Number Competitor
1 36U Jason  Uttech
2 6D Mark Dewey
3 11S Weston Strese
4 57E Mark English
5 16B James Bohling
6 0B Keith Bell
7 12P Caden Pankow
8 77H Timothy Higgins
9 14A AJ Accardi
10 9T Josh Tanguay
11 8R Brittany Reynolds
12 51 Jay Bergin
13 88M Kyle Melton
14 37J Chris Jackson
15 22C Myles Cowley

 

 

Legends-

Qualifying

Pos Start Number Competitor Best Lap
1 20L Danny Lehmkuhl 15.85
2 7T Jacob Tiegan 15.894
3 2H Adam Hansen 15.895
4 57S Kenny Storkson 15.987
5 32M Robbie Morrison 16.067
6 7M Ben Massman 16.068
7 41M Tony Moyer 16.346
8 47R Travis Rose 16.359
9 28P Adam Powers 16.36
10 93R Bill Ryan 16.447

 

Heat Races

Pos Start Number Competitor
1 28P Adam Powers
2 7M Ben Massman
3 93R Bill Ryan
4 41M Tony Moyer
5 47R Travis Rose

 

Pos Start Number Competitor
1 7T Jacob Tiegan
2 57S Kenny Storkson
3 32M Robbie Morrison
4 2H Adam Hansen
5 20L Danny Lehmkuhl

 

Feature

Pos Start Number Competitor
1 7T Jacob Tiegan
2 20L Danny Lehmkuhl
3 57S Kenny Storkson
4 28P Adam Powers
5 7M Ben Massman
6 41M Tony Moyer
7 32M Robbie Morrison
8 2H Adam Hansen
9 47R Travis Rose
10 93R Bill Ryan

 

 

Bandoleros-

Qualifying

Pos Start Number Competitor Best Lap
1 52L Avery Linnerud 16.764
2 901 Alex Hartwig 16.807
3 5C Lincoln Cain 17.006
4 9M Collin Murphy 17.059
5 7R Easton Riedner 17.06
6 16L Carli Lenz 17.236
7 11W Kaeden Wangsness 17.298
8 29O Axel Oldenhoff 17.379
9 22T Bentley Thompson 17.443
10 3S Riley Smith 17.495
11 8J Jayden Johnson 17.565
12 08F Haylee Flairty 17.643
13 22G Chase  Gronert 18.028
14 61E Paegan Ellingson 18.088
15 17W Teegan Wangsness 18.187
16 0 Lincoln Johnson 18.214
17 60G Chase Gottschalk 18.228
18 10B Emily Billings 18.326
19 06B Parker Bodendorfer 18.389
20 7J Harley Johnson 18.499
21 17L Mason Lenz 18.68
22 1L Lukas Lichtenwalner 19.038
23 62O Ace Oldenhoff 19.06
24 5S Parker Searles 19.146
25 11E Ethan Jensen 19.783
26 71T McKenna Turner 19.946
27 11S Carter Stein 20.054
28 17R Ryder Robinson 20.736
29 02B Casie Brabant 21.203
30 707 Hunter Graham 21.317
31 63R Jase  Riedner 22.46
32 125 Kinsleigh Weber 23.925

 

Heat Races

Pos Start Number Competitor
1 11S Carter Stein
2 17R Ryder Robinson
3 02B Casie Brabant
4 71T McKenna Turner
5 63R Jase  Riedner
6 707 Hunter Graham
7 125 Kinsleigh Weber

 

Pos Start Number Competitor
1 1L Lukas Lichtenwalner
2 5S Parker Searles
3 06B Parker Bodendorfer
4 62O Ace Oldenhoff
5 7J Harley Johnson
6 17L Mason Lenz
7 11E Ethan Jensen

 

Pos Start Number Competitor
1 17W Teegan Wangsness
2 22G Chase  Gronert
3 0 Lincoln Johnson
4 10B Emily Billings
5 61E Paegan Ellingson
6 60G Chase Gottschalk

 

Pos Start Number Competitor
1 3S Riley Smith
2 29O Axel Oldenhoff
3 8J Jayden Johnson
4 22T Bentley Thompson
5 08F Haylee Flairty
6 11W Kaeden Wangsness

 

Pos Start Number Competitor
1 901 Alex Hartwig
2 7R Easton Riedner
3 5C Lincoln Cain
4 52L Avery Linnerud
5 9M Collin Murphy
6 16L Carli Lenz

 

Consy

Pos Start Number Competitor
1 11S Carter Stein
2 17R Ryder Robinson
3 11E Ethan Jensen
4 02B Casie Brabant
5 71T McKenna Turner
6 125 Kinsleigh Weber
7 707 Hunter Graham
8 63R Jase  Riedner

 

Last Chance

Pos Start Number Competitor
1 5S Parker Searles
2 17W Teegan Wangsness
3 22G Chase  Gronert
4 10B Emily Billings
5 7J Harley Johnson
6 06B Parker Bodendorfer
7 0 Lincoln Johnson
8 11S Carter Stein
9 62O Ace Oldenhoff
10 60G Chase Gottschalk
11 17R Ryder Robinson
12 17L Mason Lenz
13 1L Lukas Lichtenwalner
14 61E Paegan Ellingson

 

Feature

Pos Start Number Competitor
1 901 Alex Hartwig
2 5C Lincoln Cain
3 52L Avery Linnerud
4 7R Easton Riedner
5 9M Collin Murphy
6 11W Kaeden Wangsness
7 29O Axel Oldenhoff
8 3S Riley Smith
9 16L Carli Lenz
10 22T Bentley Thompson
11 8J Jayden Johnson
12 08F Haylee Flairty
13 17W Teegan Wangsness
14 22G Chase  Gronert
15 10B Emily Billings
16 5S Parker Searles

 

 

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