Pendleton Powers to Victory
JEFFERSON, WI (Saturday, May 23, 2015) Photography by Mark Melchiori and available online at mdmracepix.com
Helenville’s Brandon Pendleton took control of the Newville Auto Salvage 50 lap Late Model main event on lap one and hung on to seal the win, his first of 2015. Pendleton led every lap but had to hold off a hard charging Casey Johnson in the closing circuits to claim the victory.
Pendleton and Tyler Peterson led the pack to green with Pendleton grabbing the lead down the back stretch on the opening lap. Peterson dropped into second with Kyle Taylor and Craig Phillips battling for third. Phillips took over the third spot on lap four with Chris Quam in tow for fourth. Pendleton began to stretch his lead while Quam slipped past Phillips for third on lap 15. Quam continued to move forward, racing up alongside Peterson for second on lap 18. Quam claimed the position a lap later with Shaun Scheel in his tracks for third. Quam began to try to close on Pendleton who was now enjoying a large advantage. Meanwhile, Alex Papini and Casey Johnson were slicing their way into the top five. Papini moved into fourth on lap 22 with Johnson right behind in fifth. On lap 30, Johnson slipped past Papini as they swapped positions. Pendleton refused to give up any ground to the rest of the top five as they raced nose to tail. On lap 36, Johnson got around Scheel to claim third with Papini in tow. Johnson also managed to wrestle the second spot from Quam on lap 39 as he set his sights on Pendleton out front. Papini followed into third as Johnson began to chip away at Pendleton’s advantage. As the laps ticked away, Johnson moved closer to the lead. Johnson caught Pendleton on the final lap, but ran out of time to make a move. At the checkers, it was Pendleton for win followed closely by Johnson. Papini finished third with Quam and Scheel rounding out the top five.
Chris Chenoweth of Watertown captured his first career Sportsman feature, as the rookie won the 30 lap feature event. Scott Hoeft and Tim Coley brought the field to green with Hoeft taking the early lead on lap one. Tom Schuette moved up to battle Coley for second with Mike Winters and Dan Schmidt racing for fourth. On lap three, Coley pulled off the pace as he was forced to retire from the event. Winters grabbed third on lap five with Chenoweth in tow for fourth. On lap nine, Schuette moved under Hoeft as he launched his bid for the lead. After a good side by side battle, Schuette took control of the top spot on lap 14 with Chenoweth in his tracks for second. Chenoweth quickly went to work on the new leader, drawing even on lap 17. The duo raced wheel to wheel until Chenoweth gained the advantage and took over the top spot on lap 21. Tony Ciano got to second after a late caution on lap 22, but Chenoweth stayed strong on the point to get his first win. Ciano was second followed by Michael Giloman, Schuette and Winters.
Waupun’s Seth Reamer charged to the front of the 20 lap International feature and drove away to claim the win. Keith Bell took the initial lead on lap one from the pole with Trent Rueth in second. Rueth slammed the front stretch wall on lap three to force the sole caution of the race. Bell and Joe Cross brought the field back to green, this time with Cross grabbing the lead on the restart. Brandon DeLacy followed into second with Reamer in tow for third. On lap six, Reamer drove to the outside of DeLacy, stealing second and charging alongside Cross at the front. After a brief battle, Reamer moved into possession of the top spot and immediately began to pull away. Reamer cruised over the final ten laps to pick up the win. Cross hung on for second with Mike Lambert, Bell and Jason Uttech completing the top five.
An exciting finish to the 25 lap Hobby Stock feature event saw AJ Lloyd of Machesney Park, IL, end up in victory lane. Boyd Eichelkraut and Jeff LeFave led the field to green with Eichelkraut grabbing the lead on lap one. LeFave tried to fight back on the inside, but Eichelkraut hung on the top spot while Wayne Buchs moved up to fight for second. Buchs took the second spot from LeFave on lap five as he began to shadow Eichelkraut. Buchs finally got a good run on the leader, pulling up next to Eichelkraut on lap 15 while Cody Buchs watched from third. Wayne Buchs moved into the lead on lap 18 as Lloyd and Dustin Ward joined the leaders in the top five. On lap 19, Lloyd used a three wide maneuver to move from fifth to third behind Cody Buchs in second. Lloyd drove to the high side of Cody Buchs for second on lap 20. Lloyd continued to move forward, drawing even with Wayne Buchs at the front with three laps to go. Lloyd inched forward, eventually clearing for the lead as they raced down the backstretch on the final lap. Lloyd maintained his lead through the checkers to take the win with Dustin Ward nipping Wayne Buchs for second. Cody Buchs was fourth with Bobby Selsing Jr in fifth.
Helenville’s Craig Henning owned the 20 lap Road Warrior feature event. After a caution on the opening lap, Nick Newton took the early lead with Don Mattrisch up to second. On lap four, Henning drove under Mattrisch to claim the runner up spot and slide forward alongside Newton for the lead. Henning cleared on lap five and immediately began to pull away. Bryan Gottschalk got past Newton for second on lap eight with Kenny Storkson up to third. Henning continued to show the way while Bill Sweeney made his way through the top five. Sweeney took over second on lap 19, but Henning was already well on his way to the win. Sweeney finished second followed by Bryan Gottschalk, Storkson and Chris Gottschalk.
Madison’s Jamie Kohn claimed the 20 lap Bandit feature event. Sueter Bennett took the initial lead on lap one with Josh Marx and Tyler Deporter battling for second. Marx and Deporter split Bennett as they drove three wide into turn one on lap three. Bennett was contacted from behind forcing him around to bring out the caution. Marx and Deporter led the field back to green with Marx taking control on the restart. Dustin Yanke moved up to second and began to challenge Marx for the point on lap five. A lap later, Yanke was out front with Kohn following into second. Kohn began to shadow the new leader, waiting to make his move until lap 15. The duo raced side by side as they drove between lapped traffic exiting turn four. A lap later, Kohn was out front with Yanke back to second. Kohn cruised to the stripe from there to grab the win with Yanke settling for second. Chad Olds, Adam Schook and Marx rounded out the top five.
Next Saturday, May 30, is a full program of racing sponsored by River’s Edge 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
Feature Results- 1) Brandon Pendleton, Helenville 2) Casey Johnson, Edgerton 3) Alex Papini, Machesney Park (IL) 4) Chris Quam, Stoughton 5) Shaun Scheel, Lake Mills 6) Dylan Schuyler, Jefferson 7) Michael Grueneberg, Madison 8) Trent Erdman, Fort Atkinson 9) Craig Phillips, Edgerton 10) Stephen Scheel, Lake Mills 11) Jason Erickson, Fort Atkinson 12) Luke Westenberg, Jefferson 13) Tyler Peterson, Lake Geneva 14) Bruce Lee, Cambridge 15) Kyle Taylor, Deerfield 16) Jerry Eckhardt, Johnson Creek 17) Andrew Kiedrowski, Union Grove 18) Kyle Smith, Lake Mills
Fast Qualifier- Trent Erdman—14.213 seconds
Last Chance- Jerry Eckhardt, Andrew Kiedrowski, Kyle Smith, Stephen Scheel
Heat Winners- 1) Jerry Eckhardt 2) Tyler Peterson 3) Stephen Scheel
Feature Results- 1) Chris Chenoweth, Watertown 2) Tony Ciano, Janesville 3) Michael Giloman, Nerstrand (MN) 4) Tom Schuette, Fort Atkinson 5) Mike Winters, Sun Prairie 6) Mark Deporter, Fort Atkinson 7) Jim Taylor, Stoughton 8) Dan Schmidt, Farmington 9) Jay Kalbus, Whitewater 10) Russ Nicholson, Madison 11) Mike Storkson, Evansville 12) Ed Jackson, Madison 13) Scott Hoeft, Watertown 14) Jason Kubicz, Whitewater 15) Tim Coley, Madison
Fast Qualifier- Michael Giloman—15.040 seconds
Heat Winners- 1) Jason Kubicz 2) Tom Schuette
Feature Results- 1) Seth Reamer, Waupun 2) Joe Cross, Sun Prairie 3) Mike Lambert, Madison 4) Keith Bell, Brodhead 5) Jason Uttech, Watertown 6) Dan Birkett, Jefferson 7) Brandon DeLacy, Fort Atkinson 8) Merek Pankow, Jefferson 9) Neil Higgins, Watertown 10) Noah Pankow, Jefferson 11) Trent Rueth, Fort Atkinson 12) Tim Petrie, Whitewater
Fast Qualifier- Seth Reamer—16.392 seconds
Heat Winners- 1) Trent Rueth 2) Tim Petrie
Feature Results- 1) AJ Lloyd, Machesney Park (IL) 2) Dustin Ward, Waterloo 3) Wayne Buchs, Mazomanie 4) Cody Buchs, Mazomanie 5) Bobby Selsing Jr, Johnson Creek 6) Boyd Eichelkraut, Stoughton 7) Lucas Buckingham, Whitewater 8) Jared Vike, Columbus 9) Jeff LeFave, Fort Atkinson 10) Jim Wolf, Watertown 11) Dylan Buckingham, Whitewater 12) Jon Benninger, Sun Prairie 13) Phil Wuesthoff, Beaver Dam
Fast Qualifier- Bobby Selsing Jr—15.829 seconds
Heat Winners- 1) Jeff LeFave 2) Dustin Ward
Feature Results- 1) Craig Henning, Helenville 2) Bill Sweeney, Aztalan 3) Bryan Gottschalk, Jefferson 4) Kenny Storkson, Evansville 5) Chris Gottschalk, Jefferson 6) Bill Reynolds, Watertown 7) Don Mattrisch, Fort Atkinson 8) Jonathan Stanelle, Janesville 9) Nick Newton, Lake Mills 10) Mike Storkson, Evansville 11) Charles Novotney, Fort Atkinson 12) Lucas Stevenson, Beloit 13) Jim Wolf, Watertown
Fast Qualifier- Bill Sweeney—16.697 seconds
Heat Winners- 1) Jim Wolf 2) Bill Reynolds
Feature Results- 1) Jamie Kohn, Madison 2) Dustin Yanke, Fort Atkinson 3) Chad Olds, Whitewater 4) Adam Schook, Whitewater 5) Josh Marx, Dousman 6) Tyler Deporter, Fort Atkinson 7) Jeremy Bredeson, Columbus 8) Nick Schmidt, Watertown 9) Lyle Phillips, Edgerton 10) Bill Kohn, Madison 11) Brody Chilvers, Milton 12) Tara Belz, Sun Prairie 13) Tytus Helgestad, 14) Sueter Bennett, Franksville 15) DJ Hill, Fort Atkinson
Fast Qualifier- Chad Olds—17.229 seconds
Heat Winners- 1) Bill Kohn 2) Josh Marx