JEFFERSON, WI (Saturday, June 25, 2016) Current Late Model point leader, Dale Nottestad of Cambridge, remained red hot at Wisconsin’s Action Track in 2016. Nottestad continued his streak of top two finishes by laying claim to the Cambridge Auto Repair and Sales 50 lap feature event on Saturday night. The two time champion has finished first or second in each feature event thus far in the 2016 campaign, a streak which has reached seven race nights.
Kody Hubred and Don Gaserude paced the field to the green flag as they battle side by side for control. Hubred eventually gained the momentum and cleared for the lead on lap four with Gaserude dropping to second. Kyle Smith and Shaun Scheel fought for third until lap six when Smith spun following contact with Stephen Scheel to force the first of six caution periods. Once racing resumed, Shaun Scheel worked past Gaserude for the second spot while Nottestad and Dylan Schuyler raced for fourth behind them. On lap 11, Nottestad slid past Schuyler and under Gaserude for third. As Nottestad cleared for third, Gaserude and Schuyler touched resulting in Schuyler spinning and the second yellow flag. When the green waved again, Nottestad quickly drove under Scheel for second and set his sights on Hubred at the point. On lap 15, Nottestad and Hubred were wheel to wheel with Nottestad inching forward. Nottestad cleared for the lead a lap later. Meanwhile, John Ovadal Jr and Michael Grueneberg were making their way through the top five. On lap 20, Hubred and Ovadal made contact sending Hubred spinning and forcing the third caution. Both drivers were relegated to the back of the pack on the restart with Grueneberg now up to second. But Nottestad ran the remainder of the event unchallenged to score the victory. Grueneberg finished second with Luke Westenberg, Scheel and Jason Erickson rounding out the top five.
Fort Atkinson’s Mark Deporter picked up his first feature win of the season by capturing the 30 lap Sportsman main event. Jim Taylor led lap one from the pole with Deporter quickly charging up to second. On lap three, Deporter began to peek to the low side of Taylor, drawing even a lap later. Deporter cleared for the top spot on lap six with Mike Rahn trying to follow under Taylor. Deporter began to stretch his advantage while Rahn and Taylor fought for second. Rahn eventually made the pass for the runner up position on lap 12. A caution following the pass erased Deporter’s large lead with 18 laps to go. As racing resumed, the top two began to break away from the rest of the pack while Taylor tried to hold off Chris Chenoweth for third. Chenoweth gained the position on lap 19, but Deporter was already well on his way to the checkers for the win. Rahn finished second followed by Chenoweth, Robert Hansberry Jr and Jay Kalbus.
Jamie Kohn of Madison got to the front of the 20 lap International feature and hung on to score the victory. Joe Cross led lap one with Kohn, Jason Uttech and Merek Pankow three wide behind him for second. Kohn emerged with the spot on lap two and pulled up behind Cross. On lap six, Kohn drove under Cross as they raced for the lead. Kohn cleared a lap later while Mark English moved up to challenge Cross for second. English grabbed second for himself on lap nine bringing Mike Lambert along for third. Lambert began to challenge English for second as they duo battled for the position the remainder of the race. But Kohn stayed strong out front to see the checkers first and get the win. English finished second followed by Lambert, James Bell and Seth Reamer.
In Hobby Stock action, Waterloo’s Dustin Ward scored the 25 lap feature win. After an early caution on lap one, Korey Bengsch took the early lead with Lucas Buckingham up to second. Buckingham quickly went to work on Bengsch, driving to the outside of the leader. Buckingham moved into possession of the lead on lap four with Terry Ciano trying to follow into second. Ciano made the pass with Phil Wuesthoff and Ward in his tracks. Ward drove to the high side of Wuesthoff on lap ten, stealing third and dropping to the low side of the racing surface on lap 15. Ward charged past Ciano for second and pulled up behind Buckingham at the front. Ward drove under Buckingham as they raced into turn three on lap 17. After a brief battle, Ward cleared for the lead on lap 20 and drove away to the checkers to get the win. Buckingham finished second with Wuesthoff, Ciano and Brandon Angileri completing the top five.
Fort Atkinson’s Chris Gottschalk picked up the clean sweep in the Road Warrior division by winning the 15 lap feature as well as his heat race and fast time through qualifying. Bill Reynolds powered past Rickie Nelson to grab the lead early on while Jason Uttech, Craig Henning and Gottschalk battled three wide for second behind him. Gottschalk emerged with the position on lap four and quickly began to close in on Reynolds at the point. On lap ten, Gottschalk dove under Reynolds, grabbing the lead for himself with Reynolds trying to stick close by. But Gottschalk kept Reynolds at bay to cross under the checkers first for the win. Reynolds was second followed by Kenny Storkson, Henning and Uttech.
Fort Atkinson’s Tyler Deporter won the 15 lap Bandit feature event. Lap one saw the first of two cautions when Tara Belz made scary contact with the back stretch wall. Once racing resumed, Bill Kohn took control of the lead with Deporter up to second. Another caution at the midway point of the race set up a restart with Kohn and Deporter side by side. Contact on the restart resulted in Kohn experiencing a flat tire. Kohn was forced to retire from the event with Deporter and Peter Shelley leading the field back to green. Deporter shot out into the lead on the restart with Shelley now in second. Shelley drove to the high side, looking to get by Deporter for the lead. At the stripe, it was Deporter with the advantage and the win. Shelley settled for second followed by Ryan Ostenson, Bart Brockman and Kohn.
Next Saturday, July 2, is kids night at Jefferson Speedway sponsored by Culver’s and Midpoint Eatery and Sports Pub. There will be events for the kids including stock car rides beginning at 6pm. Time trials begin at 5pm with the first race at 7pm sharp. Then, Sunday, July 3, is round two of the Tournament of Destruction beginning at 7pm. Both nights include a fireworks display. 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) Michael Grueneberg, Madison 3) Luke Westenberg, Jefferson 4) Shaun Scheel, Lake Mills 5) Jason Erickson, Fort Atkinson 6) Bruce Lee, Cambridge 7) Jerry Eckhardt, Johnson Creek 8) John Ovadal Jr, Watertown 9) Stephen Scheel, Lake Mills 10) Dylan Schuyler, Jefferson 11) Kody Hubred, Cambridge 12) Don Gaserude, Fort Atkinson 13) Kyle Smith, Lake Mills 14) Ed Wolff III, Watertown 15) Brian Van Epps, Lomira 16) Chuck Duncan, Milwaukee 17) Ed Kubicz, Whitewater 18) David Malisch, Madison
Fast Qualifier- Jason Erickson—14.319 seconds
Heat Winners- 1) Jerry Eckhardt 2) Michael Grueneberg
Feature Results- 1) Mark Deporter, Fort Atkinson 2) Mike Rahn, DePere 3) Chris Chenoweth, Watertown 4) Robert Hansberry Jr, Beloit 5) Jay Kalbus, Watertown 6) Terry Wangsness, Jefferson 7) Jim Taylor, Stoughton 8) Jim Tate Jr, Deforest 9) Bobby Selsing, Johnson Creek 10) Michael Gilomen, Northfield (MN) 11) Shawn Evans, Kenyon (MN) 12) Josh Madell, Mayville 13) Tim Belz, Sun Prairie 14) Cody Houseweart, Machesney Park (IL) 15) Ed Jackson, Madison 16) Dan Schmidt, Farmington 17) Tim Coley, Madison
Fast Qualifier- Robert Hansberry Jr—15.099 seconds
Heat Winners- 1) Jim Tate Jr 2) Mark Deporter
Feature Results- 1) Jamie Kohn, Madison 2) Mark English, Edgerton 3) Mike Lambert, Fort Atkinson 4) James Bell, Janesville 5) Seth Reamer, Beaver Dam 6) Jason Uttech, Watertown 7) Josh Marx, Dousman 8) Seth Green, Janesville 9) Keith Bell, Brodhead 10) Merek Pankow, Jefferson 11) Joe Cross, Sun Prairie 12) Brent Nottestad, Cambridge 13) Kyle Stark, Marshall 14) Neil Higgins, Watertown 15) Adam Schook, Palmyra
Fast Qualifier- Kyle Stark—15.919 seconds
Heat Winners- 1) Seth Green 2) Kyle Stark
Feature Results- 1) Dustin Ward, Waterloo 2) Lucas Buckingham, Whitewater 3) Phil Wuesthoff, Beaver Dam 4) Terry Ciano, Janesville 5) Brandon Angileri, Beloit 6) Korey Bengsch, Fond du Lac 7) Cody Buchs, Mazomanie 8) Chester Williams, Waukesha 9) Mike Storkson, Evansville 10) Justin Kumbier, Watertown 11) Eric Bennett, Beloit 12) Chuck Egli, Waterloo
Fast Qualifier- Chester Williams—15.864 seconds
Heat Winners- 1) Lucas Buckingham 2) Chuck Egli
Feature Results- 1- Chris Gottschalk, Fort Atkinson 2) Bill Reynolds, Watertown 3) Kenny Storkson, Edgerton 4) Craig Henning, Helenville 5) Jason Uttech, Watertown 6) David Pautsch Jr, Roscoe (IL) 7) Jim Wolf, Watertown 8) Mark Dewey, Janesville 9) Todd Dillinder, Cross Plains 10) Rickie Nelson, Evansville
Fast Qualifier- Chris Gottschalk—16.795 seconds
Heat Winners- 1) David Pautsch Jr 2) Chris Gottschalk
Feature Results- 1) Tyler Deporter, Fort Atkinson 2) Peter Shelley, Edgerton 3) Ryan Ostenson, Beloit 4) Bart Brockman, Rockford (IL) 5) Bill Kohn, Madison 6) Grace Spencer, 7) Jared Pinnow, Jefferson 8) Tara Belz, Sun Prairie 9) Jeremy Bredeson, Deforest
Fast Qualifier- Jeremy Bredeson—14.442 seconds
Heat Winner- Ryan Ostenson