JEFFERSON, WI (Saturday, July 9, 2016) Current Jefferson Speedway Late Model point leader, Dale Nottestad of Cambridge, claimed top honors in the Tired Iron Promotions 50 lap feature event on Saturday night. With his victory, Nottestad maintains his streak of top two finishes in Jefferson Speedway’s premier division. The two time Late Model champion has finished first or second in every feature event at Wisconsin’s Action Track in the 2016 racing season, including visiting victory lane a division leading three times.
Eddie May and Tony Koepke led the field to 18 hot shoes to the drop of the green flag. May took control of the point on lap one while Koepke dropped back into a battle for second with Tyler Peterson. May began to open up a sizable advantage while Koepke and Peterson fought for the second position. Peterson eventually gained the spot with Koepke lining up in third. By lap nine, Nottestad was already shadowing the top five in sixth behind Stephen Scheel. Nottestad motored past Scheel for fifth on lap 11 as he continued to move towards the front of the field. By lap 16, Nottestad was past Kody Hubred for fourth and closing in on Koepke for third. Nottestad grabbed third on lap 20, and stole second from Peterson a lap later. By the halfway point of the feature race, Nottestad was in second trying to close the ten car length lead that May was enjoying. Lap after lap, Nottestad picked away at May’s advantage. Nottestad zeroed in on May’s rear bumper, catching the leader on lap 36. Nottestad began to peek to the low side of May on lap 37, drawing even with the leader with eleven laps to go. After a brief battle, Nottestad cleared for the top spot on lap 43 and quickly sped away. From there, the point leader cruised to the checkers to score the win. May finished second with Michael Grueneberg in third. Casey Johnson and John Ovadal Jr slammed their way to fourth and fifth respectively as they made heavy contact crossing the stripe to finish the race.
Jefferson’s Jason Thoma picked up the win in a very exciting 30 lap Sportsman feature event. Ed Jackson and Dan Schmidt battled door to door to open the action with Thoma watching from third. Schmidt eventually moved out in front on lap seven while Thoma followed him past Jackson for second. Thoma quickly drove under Schmidt, claiming the lead for himself on lap eight. Tony Ciano stayed in Thoma’s tracks for second as the top two began to separate themselves from the pack. On lap ten, Ciano began to peek under Thoma looking to grab the lead. A lap later, Ciano drew even with Thoma as they raced off of turn two. The duo began to wage a battle for the top spot that would last the remainder of the event. Lap after lap, they swapped the lead without either gaining complete control. Every time Ciano would gain the advantage through turns one and two, Thoma would power back alongside through turns three and four. Without ever barely touching, the pair of drivers flew past the white flag to signal one final lap to decide the winner. Thoma gained a slight advantage as they raced down the backstretch. Thoma held the advantage out of turn four and through the stripe to get the win by inches over Ciano. Robert Hansberry Jr was third followed by Terry Wangsness and Bobby Selsing.
Kyle Stark of Marshall scored the win in the 20 lap International feature event. Joe Cross grabbed the early lead from the outside of row one with Noah Pankow and Jason Uttech fighting for second. Uttech moved up to second on lap four while Stark moved alongside Pankow for third. On lap 11, Stark slid up next to Uttech for second with Pankow looking to Uttech’s outside. But Uttech and Pankow made contact as they raced down the backstretch resulting in both making hard contact with the outside wall to force a caution. Cross and Stark lined up side by side as they brought the field back to green. Stark moved out front for good on lap 13 with Cross dropping back into a three wide fight for second with Jamie Kohn and Mark English. English emerged with second while Stark remained well out front. At the checkers, it was Stark for the win with English coming home in second. Kohn was third followed by Mike Lambert and Cross.
Korey Bengsch of Fond du Lac followed up a career best third place finish last week by capturing his first career feature win in the 25 lap Hobby Stock main event. Jamie Tate took the early lead on lap one with Bengsch quickly up to second. Bengsch immediately began to challenge Tate, driving under her and clearing for the lead on lap four. After a caution on lap eight, Bengsch began to stretch his advantage over the field while Brandon DeLacy worked over Tate for second. DeLacy claimed the position on lap 16 with Kenny Storkson in tow for third. With five laps remaining, Cody Buchs drew even with Storkson as they battled for second. But out front, it was all Bengsch on his way to the checkers for the win. Storkson nipped Buchs as the stripe to finish second with Lucas Buckingham in fourth and Chester Williams fifth.
Another side by side battle in the Bandit division ended with Brody Chilvers of Milton claiming the 20 lap feature event. Chilvers took the lead on lap one from the pole with DJ Hill dropping into second. Chad Olds took to the high side to motor into third on lap two. Olds continued forward next to Hill, grabbing second on lap six. Olds stayed to the high side as they pulled even with Chilvers on lap nine. Chilvers and Olds raced wheel to wheel for the remainder of the race without either taking complete control. As they exited turn four on the final circuit, Olds drifted high allowing Chilvers to drive to the stripe for the win. Ryan Ostenson also slipped past Olds to pick up second. Rounding out the top five were Bill Kohn and Nick Schmidt.
The Legends cars made their return to Jefferson Speedway as a great two car battle in the 25 lap feature ended with Jacob Nottestad of Cambridge in victory lane. Mark Ritger led early with Derek Mueller up to second. On lap three, Ritger and Mueller got together entering turn three resulting in both drivers sliding into the outside wall to force a caution. Frank Bertel and Anthony Metallo led the field back to green. On the restart, Aaron Moyer made it a three wide fight for first entering turn three. Moyer emerged with the lead while Nottestad stayed in his tracks for second. Moyer and Nottestad broke away from the rest of the field with Nottestad searching for an opening. On lap eight, Nottestad got a good run under Moyer to take the lead. Moyer remained close by until taking his turn on the low side of the leader on lap 13. Moyer moved back out front when Nottestad got boxed in by lapped traffic on lap 14. The duo swapped the lead after a second caution period on lap 15. Moyer made one last attempt to regaining control with two laps to go. But Nottestad kept him at bay to cross under the checkers first for the win. Moyer settled for second followed by Riley Stenjem, Blaise Watters and Metallo.
Deerfield’s Robbie Rucks claimed the 10 lap Bandolero feature event after a great battle with Karter Stark. Rucks took the initial lead on lap one with Stark quickly up to second. Stark drew even with Rucks on lap two, moving out front while Rucks tried to make the high groove work in his favor. The pair of youngsters waged a side by side battle that lasted the remainder of the race. The see saw battle ended with Rucks holding the slight advantage as they flew past the checkered flag. Stark finished second followed by Chase Wangsness and Emma Huntstiger.
Next Saturday, July 16, is a full program of racing in all division sponsored by Teamsters Local 200 with time trials at 5pm and 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
Feature Results- 1) Dale Nottestad, Cambridge 2) Eddie May, Crystal Lake (IL) 3) Michael Grueneberg, Madison 4) Casey Johnson, Edgerton 5) John Ovadal Jr, Watertown 6) Tyler Peterson, Lake Geneva 7) Tony Koepke, Watertown 8) Dylan Schuyler, Jefferson 9) Kody Hubred, Cambridge 10) Stephen Scheel, Lake Mills 11) Luke Westenberg, Jefferson 12) Jerry Eckhardt, Johnson Creek 13) Jason Erickson, Fort Atkinson 14) Shaun Scheel, Lake Mills 15) Don Gaserude, Fort Atkinson 16) Kyle Taylor, Deerfield 17) Bruce Lee, Cambridge 18) Chuck Duncan, Milwaukee
Fast Qualifier- Jason Erickson—14.281 seconds
Last Chance- Chuck Duncan, Kyle Taylor, Jerry Eckhardt, Shaun Scheel
Heat Winners- 1) Chuck Duncan 2) Dylan Schuyler 3) Eddie May
Feature Results- 1) Jason Thoma, Jefferson 2) Tony Ciano, Janesville 3) Robert Hansberry Jr, Beloit 4) Terry Wangsness, Jefferson 5) Bobby Selsing, Johnson Creek 6) Jim Tate Jr, Doylestown 7) Chris Chenoweth, Watertown 8) Jim Taylor, Stoughton 9) Jay Kalbus, Watertown 10) Mark Deporter, Fort Atkinson 11) Dan Schmidt, Farmington 12) Ed Jackson, Madison 13) Boyd Eichelkraut, Stoughton
Fast Qualifier- Robert Hansberry Jr—15.078 seconds
Heat Winners- 1) Tony Ciano 2) Jay Kalbus
Feature Results- 1) Kyle Stark, Marshall 2) Mark English, Edgerton 3) Jamie Kohn, Madison 4) Mike Lambert, Fort Atkinson 5) Joe Cross, Sun Prairie 6) James Bell, Janesville 7) Josh Marx, Dousman 8) Neil Higgins, Watertown 9) Merek Pankow, Jefferson 10) Jamie Shelley, Edgerton 11) Keith Bell, Brodhead 12) Peter Shelley, Edgerton 13) Seth Reamer, Beaver Dam 14) Jason Uttech, Watertown 15) Noah Pankow, Jefferson
Fast Qualifier- Kyle Stark—15.929 seconds
Heat Winners- 1) Keith Bell 2) Joe Cross
Feature Results- 1) Korey Bengsch, Fond du Lac 2) Kenny Storkson, Edgerton 3) Cody Buchs, Mazomanie 4) Lucas Buckingham, Whitewater 5) Chester Williams, Waukesha 6) Terry Ciano, Janesville 7) Brandon DeLacy, Fort Atkinson 8) Jamie Tate, Doylestown 9) Chuck Egli, Stoughton 10) Justin Kumbier, Watertown 11) Jared Vike, Sussex 12) Gary Paulick, Union Grove 13) Ricky Sanwick, Janesville 14) Mike Manley, Fort Atkinson 15) Austin Stitz, Watertown 16) Jon Benninger, Windsor 17) Dustin Ward, Waterloo
Fast Qualifier- Dustin Ward—15.815 seconds
Heat Winners- 1) Mike Manley 2) Korey Bengsch
Feature Results- 1) Brody Chilvers, Milton 2) Ryan Ostenson, Beloit 3) Chad Olds, Whitewater 4) Bill Kohn, Madison 5) Nick Schmidt, Watertown 6) Jeremy Bredeson, Deforest 7) Tyler Deporter, Fort Atkinson 8) DJ Hill, Watertown 9) Cade Watters, Sun Prairie 10) Scott Gagen, Roselle (IL) 11) Andrew Bjornson, Sugar Grove (IL) 12) Terry Candella, Roselle (IL)
Fast Qualifier- Chad Olds—14.299 seconds
Heat Winners- 1) DJ Hill 2) Nick Schmidt
Feature Results- 1) Jacob Nottestad, Cambridge 2) Aaron Moyer, Allenton 3) Riley Stenjem, Utica 4) Blaise Watters, Mineral Point 5) Anthony Metallo, S.Elgin (IL) 6) Ryan Weyer, Hubertus 7) Frank Bertel, Racine 8) Jim Bucher, Richfield 9) Tony Moyer, Allenton 10) Aryn Wilson, S.Beloit (IL) 11) Kyle Hatton, Crown Point (IN) 12) Mark Ritger, Elkhart Lake 13) Derek Mueller, Verona
Fast Qualifier—Jacob Nottestad—15.638 seconds NEW TRACK RECORD
Heat Winners- 1) Mark Ritger 2) Aaron Moyer
Feature Results- 1) Robbie Rucks, Deerfield 2) Karter Stark, Marshall 3) Chase Wangsness, Jefferson 4) Emma Hunstiger, Sullivan
Fast Qualifier- Karter Stark—16.042 seconds
Heat Winner- Robbie Rucks