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Midwest Tour Invades Jefferson Speedway

CAMBRIDGE, WI (Saturday, May 25, 2019)           The ARCA Midwest Tour made it’s return to Jefferson Speedway on a warm evening in south central Wisconsin. Qualifying took place at Wisconsin’s Action Track under Sunny skies and 80 degrees with all twenty cars knowing they would be all locked into the running of The Salute The Troops 100. Drivers were laying it out all on the line with Austin Nason setting quick time with a 13.661 picking up his second fast qualifier award with the “Stars and Cars.”

The evenings qualifying heat race was won by Scott Koerner leading every lap with excitement behind him throughout the 10-lap race. The odd and even dashes were fully inverted from qualifying times and with tour points on the line for the 2019 championship run. Exciting racing is what fans received with Andrew Morrissey holding off Paul Shafer Jr and Ryan Farrell in a three car break away in the odd dash. The great crowd on hand at Jefferson Speedway would witness a back forth knuckle to knuckle battle between 5-time Jefferson Speedway Champion Dale Nottestad and traveling star John DeAngelis Jr. The two would race side by side for a handful of laps until the white flag flew and Nottestad picking up the checkered. The fastest car in practice Casey Johnson would round out the top three.

The salute the troops 100 started with all twenty drivers shaking hands with the men and women that have served this great nation past and present. A youngster in Gabe Sommers and short track racing Hall of Famer Rich Bickle Jr. would lead the field to green. Bickle would pace the field seventeen laps holding off charges from Carson Kvapil and last year’s winner Shafer from his fourth starting spot would take the lead on lap eighteen. Two laps later yellow would slow the field for a solo spinning John DeAngelis Jr. The restart would see Johnson and Shafer race side by side until Johnson would grab the top stop on lap twenty-five with Shafer, Bickle, Kvapil and Nottestad in the rear views.

The two would drive away from the rest of the field and finally Johnson was able to put three car lengths on Shafer on lap forty, the field would stay single file through the top five at the half way point on lap sixty then top ten running Ryan Farrell made a miraculous save after something breaking on his machine the track would stay green and Farrell would make it to infield safely. Lap seventy would see Johnson lapping into the top ten putting Brad Keith down a lap to the fast paced hundred-lapper. Lap eighty saw a great battle for sixth between Morrissey and Kvapil a straight-away in front of them Beale and Bickle were side by side for fourth until contact between them would slow the field on lap eighty-six. The restart would see Johnson pulling away and Nason taking over second 5 laps later Nason the nights fast qualifier would stalk Johnson and the two would pull away from the field. The battle for third was on between Kvapil and Shafer. The final five laps the crowd was on the edge of their seat seeing Johnson taking home his second career Midwest Tour victory over a hard charging Nason. Third place went to Shafer at the line by a nose over Kvapil, and Morrissey  picking  up his thirty- fourth top five series history.

The weekly Jefferson Speedway Late Models were on hand to compete in a special night of events. The Late Model Showdown Match Raced pitted drivers against eachother in a one on one tournament format to crown an overall champion. Fort Atkinson’s Jason Erickson bested Stephen Scheel to advance to the championship round and face off with Shaun Scheel of Lake Mills. After knocking off five time champion, Dale Nottestad, Scheel won the coin toss to chose his starting lane against Erickson for the best of three championship round. Erickson took control of the first five lap shootout on lap two, hanging on to win by a car length. Round two began with Erickson once again moving out front and beginning to pull away slightly. Erickson maintained his advantage, crossing under the checkers with a three car length lead to capture the overall title.

All Late Model drivers entered in the Showdown also competed in a 30 lap Throwdown to cap their evening. Dylan Schuyler grabbed the early lead with Josh Madell battling Michael Grueneberg for second. Madell spun on lap two to bring out the sole caution of the race. Schuyler led the pack back to green with Grueneberg in second and Jerry Eckhardt up to third. Will Rece moved past Eckhardt to pick up the third spot on lap five. A few laps later, Gruenberg dove under Schuyler, looking to lead. Rece watched intently from third as Schuyler and Grueneberg battled for control. Schuyler reclaimed the point on lap 17, opening the door for Rece to charge up next to Grueneberg. Rece continued to slide forward, drawing even with Schuyler on lap 20. A lap later, Rece was out front alone as he began to stretch his advantage. Rece held the lead through the checkers to claim the win with Schuyler settling for second. Rounding out the top five were Stephen Scheel, Grueneberg and Shaun Scheel.

AJ Accardi claimed the 20 lap Road Warrior feature event. RJ Nicholson led early from the pole as Accardi quickly made his way into the top three. On lap six, Accardi drove to the high side of the leader, Nicholson. After a brief battle, Accardi slid out front and began to pull away. Mark Dewey made a late race charge up to second, but Accardi was already well on his way to victory lane with the win. At the checkers, it was Accardi out front followed by Dewey, Nicholson, Bill Sweeney and Bill Reynolds.

Next Saturday, June 1, is a full program of racing in six divisions with time trials at 5pm and 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

Super Late Model-

Qualifying

1 14 Austin Nason 00:13.661 2
2 44 Justin Mondeik 00:13.779 00:00.118 00:00.118 2
3 80 Ryan Farrell 00:13.806 00:00.145 00:00.027 2
4 47 Casey Johnson 00:13.810 00:00.149 00:00.004 2
5 35C Carson Kvapil 00:13.824 00:00.163 00:00.014 2
6 35B Brad Keith 00:13.858 00:00.197 00:00.034 2
7 7S Paul Shafer Jr. 00:13.882 00:00.221 00:00.024 2
8 7D John DeAngelis Jr. 00:13.886 00:00.225 00:00.004 2
9 45B Rich Bickle Jr. 00:13.896 00:00.235 00:00.010 2
10 15S Gabe Sommers 00:13.900 00:00.239 00:00.004 2
11 39M Andrew Morrissey 00:13.956 00:00.295 00:00.056 2
12 51N Dale Nottestad 00:13.981 00:00.320 00:00.025 2
13 52 Ricky Baker 00:13.996 00:00.335 00:00.015 2
14 5B John Beale 00:14.011 00:00.350 00:00.015 2
15 51S Dennis Schmidt 00:14.070 00:00.409 00:00.059 2
16 73 Joe Vinachi 00:14.088 00:00.427 00:00.018 2
17 88 Rick Corso 00:14.152 00:00.491 00:00.064 2
18 55 Scott Koerner 00:14.238 00:00.577 00:00.086 2
19 13 Andrew Brocker 00:14.317 00:00.656 00:00.079 2
20 40P Scott Patrick 00:14.715 00:01.054 00:00.398 2

 

Feature

1 47 Casey Johnson 100 00:13.868 26 64.898
2 14 Austin Nason 100 00:13.917 12 64.669
3 7S Paul Shafer Jr. 100 00:13.865 32 64.912
4 35C Carson Kvapil 100 00:14.025 50 64.171
5 39M Andrew Morrissey 100 00:13.964 17 64.451
6 7D John DeAngelis Jr. 100 00:13.989 16 64.336
7 45B Rich Bickle Jr. 100 00:14.010 56 64.240
8 5B John Beale 100 00:13.866 17 64.907
9 52 Ricky Baker 100 00:14.102 19 63.821
10 15S Gabe Sommers 99 00:13.990 99 64.332
11 35B Brad Keith 99 00:14.026 20 64.167
12 51N Dale Nottestad 99 00:13.963 14 64.456
13 73 Joe Vinachi 98 00:14.162 21 63.550
14 88 Rick Corso 92 00:14.140 14 63.649
15 80 Ryan Farrell 62 00:14.026 20 64.167
16 13 Andrew Brocker 54 00:14.389 14 62.548
17 51S Dennis Schmidt 45 00:13.996 39 64.304
18 44 Justin Mondeik 44 00:14.097 21 63.843
19 55 Scott Koerner 31 00:14.331 25 62.801
20 40P Scott Patrick 1

 

Late Model-

Qualifying

Pos Start Number Competitor Best Lap
1 94 Jason Erickson 14.259
2 51 Dale Nottestad 14.277
3 8 Shaun Scheel 14.313
4 15 Will Rece 14.37
5 4 Stephen Scheel 14.372
6 11 Michael Grueneberg 14.401
7 61 Jerry Eckhardt 14.479
8 33 Dylan Schuyler 14.534
9 71 Josh Madell 14.626
10 99 Lincoln  Keeser 18.439

 

Throwdown Feature

Pos Start Number Competitor
1 15 Will Rece
2 33 Dylan Schuyler
3 4 Stephen Scheel
4 11 Michael Grueneberg
5 8 Shaun Scheel
6 51 Dale Nottestad
7 94 Jason Erickson
8 61 Jerry Eckhardt
9 71 Josh Madell
10 99 Lincoln  Keeser

 

 

Road Warrior-

Qualifying

Pos Start Number Competitor Best Lap
1 14 Anthony Accardy 16.665
2 8 Bill Reynolds 16.718
3 82 Mark Dewey 16.818
4 42 Bill Sweeney 17.209
5 16 Rodger Stevenson 17.241
6 22 Leroy Gronert 17.378
7 17 Bill Bush 17.427
8 15 Bill  Bush Jr. 17.531
9 13 R.J. Nicholson 17.783

 

Heat Races

Pos Start Number Competitor
1 13 R.J. Nicholson
2 17 Bill Bush
3 15 Bill  Bush Jr.
4 16 Rodger Stevenson
5 22 Leroy Gronert

 

Pos Start Number Competitor
1 8 Bill Reynolds
2 14 Anthony Accardy
3 82 Mark Dewey
4 42 Bill Sweeney

 

Feature

Pos Start Number Competitor
1 14 Anthony Accardy
2 82 Mark Dewey
3 13 R.J. Nicholson
4 42 Bill Sweeney
5 8 Bill Reynolds
6 15 Bill  Bush Jr.
7 22 Leroy Gronert
8 17 Bill Bush
9 16 Rodger Stevenson

 

 

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