JEFFERSON, WI (Saturday, August 01, 2015) Two time defending Late Model track champion, Dale Nottestad of Cambridge, charged to the front of the field on Saturday night to capture the Pepsi 50 lap main event. The win marks Nottestad’s first feature victory at Wisconsin’s Action Track during the 2015 racing season.
Kyle Smith and Bruce Lee led the field to the green flag. Contact between the pair of drivers resulted in Lee spinning in turn two to force the sole caution period of the race. Both drivers were relegated to the rear of the field on the restart. Craig Phillips and Don Gaserude made up the front row as racing got underway. Gaserude took the early lead as Phillips dropped back into a three way battle for second along with Shaun Scheel and Chris Quam. Scheel grabbed the position and continued forward alongside Gaserude on lap two. Scheel cleared for the top spot with Quam following under Gaserude as he looked for second. Quam grabbed second on lap six with Jason Erickson in tow for third. Meanwhile, Nottestad and point leader, Casey Johnson, were making their way into the top five as well. Nottestad stole the third spot from Erickson on lap ten with Johnson in his tracks for fourth. Three laps later, Nottestad slipped by Quam for second with Johnson still in his mirror in third. On lap 17, Nottestad began to pressure Scheel at the front of the pack. Nottestad drew even with Scheel on lap 18, clearing for the lead a lap later. While Nottestad began to stretch his advantage, Johnson began to work over Scheel for the second position. Johnson finally moved past Scheel on lap 27 as he looked to close the gap on Nottestad who was safely out front. But even as they maneuvered lapped traffic, Johnson was unable to close in on the leader, Nottestad as the laps ticked away. At the checkers, it was Nottestad for the win with Johnson, Scheel, Michael Grueneberg and Dylan Schuyler rounding out the top five.
Jefferson’s Terry Wangsness hung on despite heavy pressure in the closing laps to secure the win in the 30 lap Sportsman feature event. Scott Hoeft took the initial lead from the outside of row one at the start. After an early caution on lap two, Hoeft restarted out front with Josh Madell in second and Mike Winters riding in third. As racing resumed, a three wide battle ensued between Madell, Winters and Wangsness. Wangsness emerged with the second position as he pulled up behind Hoeft. Chris Chenoweth followed into third as Wangsness went to work on the leader. A second caution period slowed the pace on lap ten. Once the racing restarted, Wangsness again began to pressure Hoeft for the top spot. Wangsness got a good run under Hoeft on lap 14, clearing a lap later for the lead. A final caution flew on lap 16. On the restart, Jay Kalbus charged to the bottom of the speedway as he slid all the way up to second by lap 17. Kalbus pulled up behind the leader, Wangsness, looking for a way around. With five laps remaining, Kalbus got under Wangsness as they raced into turn one. Wangsness held the advantage on the high side as Kalbus tried to chip away on the bottom. But Wangsness kept Kalbus at bay to see the checkers first and grab the win. Kalbus settled for second followed by Mark Deporter, Tony Ciano and Chenoweth.
Seth Reamer of Beaver Dam captured the 20 lap International feature race. Noah Pankow and Mat Cooper brought the field to green with Pankow holding a slight lead to complete lap one. Mark English, Brandon DeLacy and Keith Bell raced three wide for third behind Pankow and Cooper with English winning out for the position on lap two. Pankow cleared for the lead briefly on lap three while English charged up on the low side. After drawing even with Pankow on lap four, English took over the point an began to pull away. Reamer grabbed the second spot from Pankow on lap six with Mike Lambert following into third a couple laps later. Reamer spent the next 12 laps trying to reel in English at the front. Reamer chipped away at the lead lap after lap until finally catching English with just two laps to go. Reamer drew even with English as they raced into turn one on lap 18. After racing side by side past the white flag, Reamer held the momentum on the final lap as he crossed the stripe first for the win. English settled for second followed by Lambert, Neil Higgins and DeLacy.
Cody Buchs of Mazomanie claimed the 25 lap Hobby Stock feature event. Jim Wolf and Jeff LeFave brought the field to green with LeFave taking the initial lead. Wolf fell back into a battle for second with Dylan Buckingham. Wolf and Buckingham raced wheel to wheel as they drove under LeFave on lap four to kick off a three way fight for first. After swapping positions for four laps, Buckingham and Wolf emerged side by side for the lead. Wolf appeared to clear for the top spot several times, but each time Buckingham would return to his inside. Buckingham finally grabbed control of the lead on lap 12 bringing Buchs along for second. On lap 15, Buchs motored under Buckingham, stealing the top spot for himself on lap 17. Dustin Ward followed in his tracks to take over second and begin to challenge the new leader. Ward tried the high side to get a run on Buchs who was protecting the bottom lane. Ward tried lap after lap to get a run with Buchs holding him off each time. At the checkers, it was Buchs for the win with Ward, Buckingham, Wolf and AJ Lloyd completing the top five.
Jefferson’s Chris Gottschalk used an early restart to grab the lead and run away with the 20 lap Road Warrior feature. Anthony Accardi led lap one from the pole with Bill Reynolds up to second. On lap two, Accardi got loose in turn two allowing Reynolds to fire past into the lead. Accardi fell back into a battle for second with Nick Newton and Bill Sweeney. On lap three, contact between the trio of drivers sent Newton and Accardi into the turn three wall and force the caution. Reynolds and Gottschalk restarted on the front row as racing resumed. Gottschalk moved past Reynolds to claim the lead on the restart as he immediately pulled away from the pack. Craig Henning moved up to challenge Reynolds for second. Henning drew even with Reynolds on lap 12. After a good side by side battle, contact between the two forced Reynolds to check up handing second to Henning. Sweeney also slid past Reynolds as he charged up alongside Henning. Sweeney cleared for second on lap 17, but Gottschalk was already well on his way to the checkers for the win. Sweeney finished second followed by Henning, Bryan Gottschalk and Kenny Storkson.
Nick Schmidt of Watertown captured the 20 lap Bandit feature event. Jeremy Bredeson led lap one with Bill Kohn back to second and Nick Schmidt in third. Schmidt got past Kohn on lap three and quickly pulled up behind Bredeson. A single caution slowed the pace on lap four setting up a restart with Bredeson and Schmidt side by side. As racing resumed, Schmidt got the jump on Bredeson to take over the top spot. Josh Marx drove up on the outside of Bredeson on lap eight looking for second. Marx cleared for the position on lap ten and began to pressure Schmidt at the front. Finally, with two laps remaining, Marx got a run under Schmidt as they raced into turn one. The duo flew door to door under the white flag to signify the final lap. As they raced towards the checkers, it was Schmidt by inches over Marx to get the win. Adam Schook was third followed by Brody Chilvers and Bredeson.
Next Friday, August 7, is round four of the Jefferson Speedway Track Attack. Saturday, August 8, is a full program of racing in all six divisions with time trials at 5pm and racing at 7pm sharp. 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) Casey Johnson, Edgerton 3) Shaun Scheel, Lake Mills 4) Michael Grueneberg, Madison 5) Dylan Schuyler, Jefferson 6) Chris Quam, Stoughton 7) Jason Erickson, Fort Atkinson 8) Brandon Pendleton, Helenville 9) Don Gaserude, Fort Atkinson 10) Stephen Scheel, Lake Mills 11) Craig Phillips, Edgerton 12) Kyle Taylor, Deerfield 13) Bruce Lee, Cambridge 14) Eddie May, Crystal Lake (IL) 15) Kyle Smith, Lake Mills 16) Andrew Brocker, Jefferson 17) Trent Erdman, Fort Atkinson 18) Luke Westenberg, Jefferson
Fast Qualifier- Casey Johnson—14.241 seconds
Last Chance- Kyle Taylor, Luke Westenberg, Andrew Brocker, Eddie May
Heat Winners- 1) Jerry Eckhardt 2) Stephen Scheel 3) Shaun Scheel
Feature Results- 1) Terry Wangsness, Jefferson 2) Jay Kalbus, Whitewater 3) Mark Deporter, Fort Atkinson 4) Tony Ciano, Janesville 5) Chris Chenoweth, Watertown 6) Mike Rahn, DePere 7) Mike Winters, Sun Prairie 8) Scott Hoeft, Watertown 9) Jason Thoma, Jefferson 10) Jim Taylor, Stoughton 11) Ed Jackson, Madison 12) Brian Mayer, Machesney Park (IL) 13) Russ Nicholson, Stoughton 14) Josh Madell, Mayville 15) Dan Silberhorn, Fond du Lac 16) Brett Carson, Johnson Creek 17) Tim Coley, Madison 18) Tim Belz, Sun Prairie
Fast Qualifier- Jason Thoma—15.101 seconds
Heat Winners- 1) Scott Hoeft 2) Terry Wangsness
Feature Results- 1) Seth Reamer, Beaver Dam 2) Mark English, Edgerton 3) Mike Lambert, Fort Atkinson 4) Neil Higgins, Watertown 5) Brandon DeLacy, Fort Atkinson 6) Merek Pankow, Jefferson 7) Noah Pankow, Jefferson 8) Jason Uttech, Watertown 9) Joe Cross, Sun Prairie 10) Matt Cooper, Milton 11) Keith Bell, Brodhead
Fast Qualifier- Seth Reamer—16.407 seconds
Heat Winners- 1) Joe Cross 2) Neil Higgins
Feature Results- 1) Cody Buchs, Mazomanie 2) Dustin Ward, Waterloo 3) Dylan Buckingham, Whitewater 4) Jim Wolf, Watertown 5) AJ Lloyd, Machesney Park (IL) 6) Gary Paulick, Union Grove 7) Jared Vike, Deforest 8) Boyd Eichelkraut, Stoughton 9) Lucas Buckingham, Whitewater 10) Jeff LeFave, Fort Atkinson 11) Korey Bengsch, Sun Prairie 12) Wayne Buchs, Mazomanie 13) Mike Manley, Fort Atkinson
Fast Qualifier- Dustin Ward—15.832 seconds
Heat Winners- 1) Jeff LeFave 2) Cody Buchs
Feature Results- 1) Chris Gottschalk, Jefferson 2) Bill Sweeney, Aztalan 3) Craig Henning, Helenville 4) Bryan Gottschalk, Jefferson 5) Kenny Storkson, Indianford 6) Bill Reynolds, Watertown 7) Keith Erickson, Columbus 8) Charles Novotney, Fort Atkinson 9) Anthony Accardi, Watertown 10) Nick Newton, Lake Mills
Fast Qualifier- Craig Henning—16.595 seconds
Heat Winners- 1) Bill Reynolds 2) Chris Gottschalk
Feature Results- 1) Nick Schmidt, Watertown 2) Josh Marx, Dousman 3) Adam Schook, Palmyra 4) Brody Chilvers, Milton 5) Jeremy Bredeson, Deforest 6) Dustin Yanke, Fort Atkinson 7) Chad Olds, Whitewater 8) Paul Reagles, Colgate 9) Bill Kohn, Madison 10) Jayden Buckley, Slinger 11) Steve Zoromski, Slinger 12) DJ Hill, Watertown 13) Tara Belz, Sun Prairie 14) Dale Kiley-Schaefer, Hartford 15) Dylan Brown, Jefferson
Fast Qualifier- Brody Chilvers—17.079 seconds
Heat Winners- 1) Nick Schmidt 2) Adam Schook