JEFFERSON, WI (Saturday, June 27, 2015) Edgerton’s Casey Johnson became the first Late Model pilot to capture a second feature win in the 2015 season at Jefferson Speedway. After contact between the leaders late in the event, Johnson slid from third to first and led the rest of the way to claim the victory in the River’s Edge Meat Market and Catering 50 lap main event.
Bruce Lee and Tyler Peterson paced the field to green with Peterson taking the early advantage on lap one. Lee didn’t give up easily, as he fought back to draw even with Peterson and lap three. But Peterson returned to the point on lap five as Luke Westenberg moved up to challenge Lee for the second spot. On lap seven, Westenberg took control of second with Lee dropping into third and Michael Grueneberg riding in fourth. The leaders raced single file until lap 18 when Westenberg began to pressure Peterson at the front. A lap later, the pair of drivers were side by side fighting for control of the top spot. Westenberg continued to inch forward until clearing for the lead on lap 21. Lee followed into second with Grueneberg in his tracks for third. Meanwhile Dale Nottestad was making his way into the top five, followed closely by Casey Johnson. On lap 35, while racing hard for second, contact between Lee and Grueneberg resulted in Lee spinning in turn one to force the sole caution of the race. Lee and Grueneberg were forced to the rear of the field on the restart handing second over to Nottestad with Johnson right behind in third. As racing resumed, Nottestad went to work on Westenberg as they raced for the lead. On lap 37, Nottestad drove under Westenberg exiting turn two. After a side by side battle, Nottestad slid into first on lap 40. Before they could complete the circuit, contact between Nottestad and Westenberg forced both drivers to slow slightly allowing Johnson to fire past into the lead. Johnson remained in control over the final laps to see the checkers first for the win. Nottestad settled for second followed by Westenberg, Dylan Schuyler and Alex Papini.
Jay Kalbus of Whitewater captured the 30 lap Sportsman feature event. Scott Hoeft led early from the pole with Russ Nicholson trying to hold on to second. Tom Schuette moved alongside Nicholson on lap three with Schuette taking over second a lap later. Schuette continued forward, drawing even with Hoeft on lap seven. Behind the battle for the lead, Kalbus moved up to third with Tony Ciano in tow for fourth on lap 10. Schuette won his fight for first with Hoeft, taking over the top spot on lap 11. Kalbus followed past Hoeft into second a couple laps later as he set his sights on the new leader, Schuette. Kalbus closed into on Schuette, moved to his inside on lap 18. After a brief battle, Kalbus claimed the point on lap 20 with Ciano still in his tracks for second. A single caution slowed the pace on lap 23 setting up a seven lap shootout to the finish. Ciano began to apply heavy pressure to Kalbus once racing resumed, but Kalbus kept him at bay to cross the stripe first for the win. Ciano was second with Michael Giloman, Jason Thoma and Schuette completing the top five.
Fort Atkinson’s Mike Lambert claimed top honors in the 20 lap International feature event. Noah Pankow and Keith Bell brought the field to green with Bell taking the initial lead on lap one. Joe Cross moved up to challenge Bell on lap five with Devon Dixon watching from third. Cross drew even with Bell on lap eight, clearing a lap later. Dixon took his turn alongside Bell with Lambert close behind on lap 12. Lambert dove under Dixon on lap 14, making the pass and driving up next to Bell for second. Lambert cleared for second on lap 16 and charged up alongside Cross for the lead a lap later. Lambert cleared for first as he flew past the white flag. Seth Reamer followed into second, but didn’t have time to make a move on the new leader as Lambert saw the checkers first the claim the win. Reamer was second followed by Cross, Bell and Dixon.
A wild 20 lap Hobby Stock feature ended with Cody Buchs in victory lane for his first win of the season. Jim Wolf led early while Jeff LeFave and Wayne Buchs battled for second behind him. Buchs claimed the position on lap three while LeFave fell back into a fight for third with Bobby Selsing Jr and Cody Buchs. Cody Buchs and Selsing emerged side by side for third as they pulled up behind Wayne Buchs. Selsing slide up next to Wayne Buchs on lap five, clearing for second a lap later. Dustin Ward shadowed Selsing as he moved into third. Selsing closed in on Wolf at the point, catching him and drawing even on lap nine. Selsing cleared for the lead on lap ten with Ward in tow for second. On lap 11, Selsing got loose in turns three and four allowing Ward to slip under him as they fought for the lead. Ward cleared for the position on lap 13, but contact between the duo resulted in Ward sliding into the infield on the front stretch to force a caution. As a result of the contact, both drivers were sent to the rear on the restart handing the lead back to Wolf with Cody Buchs in second. Once racing resumed, Buchs quickly went to work on the leader, stealing the position for himself with five laps to go. Buchs stayed strong on the point from there to seal the win followed by Wayne Buchs, LeFave, Ward and Selsing.
Bill Sweeney of Aztalan won the 20 lap Road Warrior main event. Lucas Stevenson and Charles Novotney led the field to green with Novotney taking the early lead on lap one. Bryan Gottschalk slipped by Novotney on lap two bringing Sweeney and Bill Reynolds along for second and third respectively. Sweeney went right to work on the new leader, driving alongside Gottschalk on lap four. Sweeney cleared for the lead a lap later and immediately began to pull away from the pack. Reynolds managed to get past Gottschalk for second on lap 11, but Sweeney was already well on his way to the victory. Reynolds finished second followed by Craig Henning, Gottschalk and Don Mattrisch.
Jamie Kohn of Madison claimed the 20 lap Bandit feature event. Bill Kohn moved past Brody Chilvers to claim the early lead on lap two with Chad Olds right behind for second. Jeremy Bredeson joined the leaders a lap later, using the high side to fire past Kohn and take over the point. Olds moved past Kohn to reclaim second on lap seven with Jamie Kohn already up to third. Jamie Kohn slipped past Olds on lap nine as he set his sights on Bredeson out front. Kohn caught Bredeson on lap 11, moving under and clearing for the lead by lap 12. Dustin Yanke moved up to second on lap 15, but Kohn had him covered as he cruised to the stripe for the win. Yanke was second with Josh Marx, Adam Schook and Bredeson rounding out the top five.
Joining the action this week were the Bandoleros. These cars run on 30 horsepower engines and are intended for kids age 8-12 years old. The eight lap feature event got underway with Chase Wangsness taking the early lead on lap one. Robbie Rucks dropped to second but quickly began to close back in on Wangsness. Rucks drove under Wangsness as they raced down the backstretch on lap three. The duo raced side by side through turns three and four with Rucks gaining the advantage and clearing for the lead. Rucks pulled away from there as he cruised to the checkers for the win. Wangsness was second with Emma Hunstiger finishing third.
Next Saturday, July 4, is round two of the Tournament of Destruction. The festivities get underway starting at 7pm. Jefferson Speedway is located halfway between Jefferson and Cambridge on Hwy 18. Please visit www.jeffersonspeedway.com for more information.
JEFFERSON SPEEDWAY RACE SUMMARY
Feature Results- 1) Casey Johnson, Edgerton 2) Dale Nottestad, Cambridge 3) Luke Westenberg, Jefferson 4) Dylan Schuyler, Jefferson 5) Alex Papini, Machesney Park (IL) 6) Shaun Scheel, Lake Mills 7) Stephen Scheel, Lake Mills 8) Chris Quam, Stoughton 9) Jason Erickson, Fort Atkinson 10) Brandon Pendleton, Helenville 11) Tyler Peterson, Lake Geneva 12) Michael Grueneberg, Madison 13) Kyle Taylor, Deerfield 14) Craig Phillips, Edgerton 15) Bruce Lee, Cambridge 16) Kyle Smith, Lake Mills 17) Don Gaserude, Fort Atkinson 18) Scott Patrick, Dousman
Fast Qualifier- Casey Johnson—14.163 seconds
Last Chance- Scott Patrick, Kyle Taylor, Kyle Smith, Craig Phillips
Heat Winners- 1) Lincoln Keeser 2) Jerry Eckhardt 3) Michael Gruenberg
Feature Results- 1) Jay Kalbus, Whitewater 2) Tony Ciano, Janesville 3) Michael Gilomen, Nerstrand (MN) 4) Jason Thoma, Jefferson 5) Tom Schuette, Fort Atkinson 6) Mark Deporter, Fort Atkinson 7) Mike Rahn, DePere 8) Scott Hoeft, Watertown 9) Terry Wangsness, Jefferson 10) Chris Chenoweth, Watertown 11) Russ Nicholson, Madison 12) Tim Coley, Madison 13) Mike Winters, Sun Prairie 14) Brian Mayer, Machesney Park (IL) 15) Jason Kubicz, Whitewater 16) Tim Belz, Sun Prairie 17) Jim Taylor, Stoughton 18) Mike Storkson, Evansville
Fast Qualifier- Mark Deporter—15.009 seconds
Last Chance- Brian Mayer, Mike Storkson, Tim Belz, Jason Kubicz
Heat Winners- 1) Mike Storkson 2) Jim Taylor 3) Jason Thoma
Feature Results- 1) Mike Lambert, Fort Atkinson 2) Seth Reamer, Waupun 3) Joe Cross, Sun Prairie 4) Keith Bell, Brodhead 5) Devon Dixon, Janesville 6) Mark English, Janesville 7) Merek Pankow, Jefferson 8) Dan Birkett, Jefferson 9) Neil Higgins, Watertown 10) Noah Pankow, Jefferson 11) David Demeny, Janesville 12) Jason Uttech, Watertown
Fast Qualifier- Seth Reamer—16.418 seconds
Heat Winners- 1) Devon Dixon 2) Jason Uttech
Feature Results- 1) Cody Buchs, Mazomanie 2) Wayne Buchs, Mazomanie 3) Jeff LeFave, Fort ATkisnon 4) Dustin Ward, Waterloo 5) Bobby Selsing Jr, Johnson Creek 6) Jared Vike, Columbus 7) Boyd Eichelkraut, Stoughton 8) Terry Sauer, Waterloo 9) Korey Bengsch, Sun Prairie 10) Jim Wolf, Watertown
Fast Qualifier- Dustin Ward—15.841 seconds
Heat Winners- 1) Korey Bengsch 2) Bobby Selsing Jr
Feature Results- 1) Bill Sweeney, Aztalan 2) Bill Reynolds, Watertown 3) Craig Henning, Helenville 4) Bryan Gottschalk, Jefferson 5) Don Mattrisch, Fort Atkinson 6) Chris Gottschalk, Jefferson 7) Kenny Storkson, Evansville 8) Brett Carson, Fort Atkinson 9) Lucas Stevenson, Janesville 10) Charles Novotney, Fort Atkinson
Fast Qualifier- Craig Henning—16.697 seconds
Heat Winners- 1) Bryan Gottschalk 2) Bill Reynolds
Feature Results- 1) Jamie Kohn, Madison 2) Dustin Yanke, Fort Atkinson 3) Josh Marx, Dousman 4) Adam Schook, Whitewater 5) Jeremy Bredeson, Columbus 6) Nick Schmidt, Watertown 7) Chad Olds, Whitewater 8) Dalton Jones, Sun Prairie 9) Bill Kohn, Madison 10) Lyle Phillips, Edgerton 11) Sueter Bennett, Franksville 12) Brody Chilvers, Fort Atkinson 13) Tara Belz, Sun Prairie 14) DJ Hill, Fort Atkinson 15) Scott Crawford, Cambridge 16) Dylan Brown, Jefferson
Fast Qualifier- Jamie Kohn—17.110 seconds
Heat Winners- 1) Dalton Jones 2) Adam Schook