by Andrew Schaller
JEFFERSON, WI (Saturday, June 02, 2012) Dale Nottestad of Cambridge captured the Pepsi 50 lap Late Model main event at Jefferson Speedway on Saturday night. Nottestad took control of the race just past the halfway point and never looked back on the way to his first feature victory of the season at Wisconsin’s Action Track.
Trent Erdman and Rusty Hanson paced the pack to the drop of the green flag. After a side by side battle to open the action, Hanson claimed the top spot on lap two with Shaun Scheel trying to follow him into second. A lap later, Scheel made the pass on Erdman to claim the second spot with Nottestad moving up to take his turn next to Erdman. The top two began to separate themselves from the rest of the field while Nottestad and Erdman battled for third. On lap 13, Erdman got loose entering turn allowing Nottestad to move past as well as Kyle Jarlsberg. At the same time, Scheel began to apply pressure to Hanson at the front while Nottestad and Jarlsberg tried to close on the leaders. The top four ran single file until lap 25 when Scheel got a good run on the low side of Hanson. The two drivers touched forcing them to check up and allowing Nottestad to fire past Scheel into second. A lap later, Nottestad charged under Hanson as he pulled even with the leader. A lap later, Nottestad cleared for the point as they exited turn two. Jarlsberg followed past Hanson into second on lap 30 with point leader Jason Erickson trying to follow as well. The sole caution of the race waved on lap 34 when Tommy Pecaro spun in turn four. As racing resumed, Jarlsberg fell off the pace and pulled his car to the infield handing second back to Hanson. Erickson and Casey Johnson spent the remainder of the race searching for a way past Hanson while Nottestad enjoyed a healthy lead over the field. Johnson and Erickson managed to slip past Hanson in the closing laps, but Nottestad was well on his way to picking up the victory. Johnson finished second followed by Erickson, Hanson and Erdman.
In Sportsman action, it was Kyle Chwala of Lake Mills picking up his second win of the season in the 30 lap feature event. Kenny Au and Jeff Schultz led the field to green with Schultz taking the early lead on lap one. Jim Taylor followed into second with Kody Hubred in tow for third. The first of two cautions waved on lap four for a spinning Will Rece. As racing resumed, Schultz drifted high entering turn one allowing Taylor and Hubred to drive under him into a three way battle for the lead. Taylor emerged with the top spot with Hubred in second and Schultz dropping to third. Hubred got a run on the low side of Taylor as they raced side by side on lap 13. A lap later, the two made contact entering turn one resulting in Taylor spinning and bringing out the second caution. Both drivers were forced to restart in the rear handing the lead over to Chwala with Schultz in second and Tory Bagley running third. Once racing resumed, Chwala opened up a large lead while Bagley entered into a battle for second with Schultz. Bagley claimed the spot on lap 16 with Jim Tate Jr following into third. Tate made a late race pass for second, but Chwala was already long gone on his way to the checkers for the win. Tate settled for second followed by Schultz, Au and Steven Sauer.
Kyle Stark of Waterloo claimed his third feature win of the season by winning the 20 lap International main event. Dan Birkett and Mike Storkson made up row one at the start with Storkson taking the initial lead on lap one. Contact amongst the leaders on lap three resulted in Peter Shelley and Matt McKinney sliding to the infield down the backstretch. Shelley rolled his mount into the grass as the yellow flag waved over the field. After the melee, John Handeland restarted as the leader with Neil Higgins and Stark lined up behind him in second and third respectively. Higgins quickly moved to the low side of Handeland and stole the top spot for himself with Stark in tow for second. Stark wasted no time as he moved around the new leader to take over the point on lap seven. After two more quick cautions before the halfway point, Stark pulled out to a healthy advantage while the battle for second raged behind him between Higgins and Mike Lambert. Lambert made the pass for second on lap 12, but Stark was already checking out from the rest of the field on the way to the checkers for the win. Lambert finished second followed by James Bell, Mark English and Higgins.
James Helmer of Beaver Dam flexed his muscle as he dominated the 20 lap Hobby Stock feature en route to the win. Duane Deppe led early from the pole with Lucas Buckingham up to second on lap one. Bobby Selsing slipped past Buckingham on lap two as he set his sights on Deppe at the front. A lap later, Selsing was alongside Deppe, clearing for the lead through turns three and four. Helmer followed Selsing into second as he charged alongside on lap four. Helmer moved into sole possession of the lead on lap five as he immediately began to pull away from the field. Helmer’s lead grew lap after lap until he saw the checkers to get the win. Selsing came home second with Jimmy Robinson, Jeff LeFave and Buckingham rounding out the top five.
Rodger Stephenson of Cambridge claimed the win in the 15 lap Road Warrior feature event. John Handeland claimed the lead on lap one with Stephenson creeping up on the low side. Stephenson drew even with the early leader on lap two while Matt McKinney watched from third. Stephenson cleared for the lead on lap three bringing McKinney along with him for second. The top two began to break away from the field as Bill Reynolds pulled into third. Reynolds caught McKinney for second with five laps remaining, making the pass and trying to close on the leader. But Stephenson hung on over the final circuits to see the checkers first and get the win. Reynolds was second followed by McKinney, Tim Ellis and Bill Sweeney.
Mitch Brockway of Ixonia rounded out the evening’s festivities by winning the 20 lap Bandit main event. Brent Bergholz and Mike Heimann led the field to green with Bergholz taking the early lead on lap one. Brockway moved up to second a lap later with John Beale following into third Beale moved to the high side of Brockway as they surrounded Bergholz at the front. Brockway and Beale moved past Bergholz and they battled wheel to wheel for the top spot. On lap 12, Brockway got a little loose in turn two as Beale moved out into sole possession of the lead. Beale saw the checkers first, but following post-race inspection, was forced to vacate his finishing position. Brockway was credited with the win with Cory Jansen, Scott Dixon, Nick Schmidt and Dustin Yanke rounding out the top five.
Next Saturday, June 9, is a full program in all divisions sponsored by Rivers Edge Farm Market and Catering. Time trials begin at 5pm with racing 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
Pepsi 50 lap Feature Results- 1) Dale Nottestad, Cambridge 2) Casey Johnson, Stoughton 3) Jason Erickson, Fort Atkinson 4) Rusty Hanson, Deerfield 5) Trent Erdman, Fort Atkinson 6) Shaun Scheel, Lake Mills 7) John Ovadal Jr, Watertown 8) Doug Hahn, Whitewater 9) Dan Jung, Iron Ridge 10) Steve Dobbratz, Rio 11) Bruce Lee, Cambridge 12) Scott Lindsay, Dousman 13) Tommy Pecaro, Markesan 14) Bob Kahler, Caledonia (IL) 15) Stephen Scheel, Lake Mills 16) Kyle Jarlsberg, Jefferson 17) Rob Myers, Hartford 18) Roger Behlke, Jefferson
Fast Qualifier- Jason Erickson—14.345 seconds
Consi- Jay Kalbus, Mike Taylor
Last Chance- Scott Lindsay, Rob Myers, Bruce Lee, Roger Behlke, Stephen Scheel
Heat Winners- 1) Jay Kalbus 2) Scott Lindsay 3) Bob Kahler 4) Shaun Scheel
Feature Results- 1) Kyle Chwala, Lake Mills 2) Jim Tate Jr, Deforest 3) Jeff Schultz, Elkhorn 4) Kenny Au, Jefferson 5) Steven Sauer, Waterloo 6) Will Rece, Stoughton 7) Terry Wangsness, Jefferson 8) Kody Hubred, Cambridge 9) Jim Taylor, Stoughton 10) Jason Kubicz, Whitewater 11) Mark Deporter, Fort Atkinson 12) Jason Thoma, Jefferson 13) Tory Bagley, Stoughton
Fast Qualifier- Mark Deporter- 15.037 seconds
Heat Winners- 1) Kody Hubred 2) Jason Thoma
Feature Results- 1) Kyle Stark, Waterloo 2) Mike Lambert, Madison 3) James Bell, Brodhead 4) Mark English, Edgerton 5) Neil Higgins, Watertown 6) Devon Dixon, Janesville 7) Seth Reamer, Marshall 8) John Handeland, Belleville 9) Dan Birkett, Jefferson 10) Matt McKinney, Fort Atkinson 11) Josh Kubicz, Whitewater 12) Mike Storkson, Madison 13) Devin Wild, Jefferson 14) Dylan Buckingham, Whitewater 15) Peter Shelley, Edgerton 16) Darren Brown, Jefferson
Fast Qualifier- James Bell—16.359 seconds
Heat Winners- 1) Devin Wild 2) Devon Dixon
Feature Results- 1) James Helmer, Beaver Dam 2) Bobby Selsing, Edgerton 3) Jimmy Robinson, Orfordville 4) Jeff LeFave, Fort Atkinson 5) Lucas Buckingham, Whitewater 6) Jim Wolf, Watertown 7) Duane Deppe, Waterloo 8) Dale Werner, Whitewater 9) Mike Manley, Fort Atkinson 10) Tony Ciano, Janesville 11) Zack Schmidt, Johnson Creek
Fast Qualifier- James Helmer—16.122 seconds
Heat Winners- 1) Lucas Buckingham 2) James Helmer
Feature Results- 1) Rodger Stephenson, Cambridge 2) Bill Reynolds, Watertown 3) Matt McKinney, Fort Atkinson 4) Tim Ellis, S.Beloit (IL) 5) Bill Sweeney, Edgerton 6) Rob Lange, Jefferson 7) Travis Schneeberg, Cottage Grove 8) Chester Williams, Waukesha 9) Jared Larson, Jefferson 10) John Handeland, Belleville
Fast Qualifier- Bill Reynolds—17.156 seconds
Heat Winners- 1) Travis Schneeberg 2) Chester Williams
Feature Results- 1) Mitch Brockway, Ixonia 2) Cory Jansen, Lake Geneva 3) Scott Dixon, Janesville 4) Nick Schmidt, Oak Creek 5) Dustin Yanke, Fort Atkinson 6) Phil Wuesthoff, Beaver Dam 7) Mike Heimann, Waunakee 8) Josh Marx, Jefferson 9) Keith Erickson, Columbus 10) Josh Lenz, Lake Mills 11) Taylor Schmude, Cambridge 12) Brent Bergholz, Marshall 13) Brad Birzer, Ixonia 14) Brandon DeLacy, Stoughton 15) Jordan Lamb, Fort Atkinson 16) Tiffany Desjarlais, Columbus 17) Tad Douglas, Jefferson 18) John Beale, Verona
Fast Qualifier- Scott Dixon—14.270 seconds
Last Chance- Tad Douglas, Brandon DeLacy, Jordan Lamb, Brad Birzer
Heat Winners- 1) Erik Bennett 2) Ken Storkson 3) Scott Dixon