by Larry & Jeanne Starr
July 15, 2006; Jefferson WI – Noel Ramge of Helenville claimed top honors in the “Newville Auto Salvage” 50 lap Late model feature. Starting outside the front row, Ramge grabbed the early lead and never looked back, showing the way to the checkered flag. Behind Ramge the action was hot and heavy, as driver battled for position, but Ramge never faced a serious challenge. The field slowed for 2 caution flags, for a crash on lap 35 and a spin on lap 40. Ramge pulled ahead on each restart. At the stripe it was Ramge for the win, followed by Ken Olson, John Ovadal Jr., Doug Hahn and Roger Behlke.
In Sportsman action Dave Oswald of Cottage Grove came out on top of a monumental battle, to claim the 30 lap feature win. Starting outside row 3, Oswald headed toward the point, as James Helmer grabbed the early lead. Caution came on lap 16, for a spin in turn 2, giving the fans a chance to breathe. Helmer was still at the point, with Oswald 2nd and a whole pack of fast cars at the front, all wanting the top spot.
On the restart Helmer held the point, with Oswald working the inside. Another spin, on lap 19, brought the final caution of the race. At the green, Oswald went back to work on the inside, as Mark Deporter, Chico Riedner, and Jay Kalbus all looked for a way past. Oswald worked under Helmer, lap after lap, finally Edging ahead as they came to the White flag. As they flew past the finish it was Oswald for the win, followed by Helmer, Riedner, Kalbus and Deporter. At this point the crowd began to breathe again!
In International action Brandon Riedner of Waunakee claimed top honors in the 20 lap feature. Starting outside row 3, Riedner headed for the front as Keryn Hopwood drove to the early lead. Hopwood led the way for 5 laps, before surrendering the point to Riedner. Once at the point Riedner pulled ahead, as Hopwood battled with Scotty Hoeft to hang on to the 2nd spot. As they took the checkers it was Riedner for the win followed by Hopwood, Hoeft, Mark Joyner and Chris Chenoweth.
In Hobby Stock action Bret Carson of Johnson Creek notched the win, in the 25 lap main event. Starting outside row 4, Carson started to the front, as Alan Dorn took the early lead. Dorn led the way for 14 laps, as Carson made his way to the front. An, apparent, blown engine and fluid on the track brought the only caution of the race, on lap 10. Dorn led the restart, with Carson battling for the 2nd spot. Claiming 2nd on lap 11, Carson closed with Dorn. Moving to the inside on lap 14, Carson made the winning pass. At the stripe it was Carson for the win, followed by Dorn, Larry Moen, Kyle Stark and Dennis Schmidt.
In Bandit action Rodney Mundt won the 20 lap feature. Starting inside row 5, Mundt caught Steve Priuett, the early leader, on lap 7. Mundt motored to the lead on lap 8, guiding the way from there to the checkers. At the finish it was Mundt for the win followed by Sean Watters, Casey Johnson, Steve Scheel and Kyle Watters.
Next week Citizens Bank presents the 50 lap Late Model feature plus it’s “Bring a Buddy to the Races Night” at Jefferson Speedway. Fill up the car and save at the gate, buy 3 General Admission Tickets and get the 4th, of equal or lesser value, for free. Added to the end of the program is “Team Bump Drafting” 2 cars teamed up, one runs the other doesn’t! Push your partner across the finish line first to win. This should be guaranteed mayhem!
Gates open at 3:00, qualifying at 5:00 and racing at 7:00 sharp.
Jefferson Speedway is half way between Cambridge and Jefferson Wisconsin on highway 18. Visit us on the World Wide Web at www.jeffersonspeedway.com.
Jefferson Speedway Race Summary – 07/15/2006 Newville Auto Salvage 50
Late Model Division Feature Finish
1) 17 Noel Ramge (Helenville) 2) 68 Ken Olson (Fort Atkinson)
3) 71 John Ovadal Jr (Watertown) 4) 53 Doug Hahn (Whitewater)
5) 44 Roger Behlke (Jefferson) 6) 97 Jason Schuler
7) 33 Dylan Schuyler (Jefferson) 8) 87 Kyle Jarlsberg
9) 52 Steve Dobbratz 10) 66 Curt Thompson
11) 22 Jasper Gronert (Jefferson) 12) 70 Rick Kehoe (Jefferson)
13) 57 Mark English 14) 16 Luke Westenberg (Watertown)
15) 32 Tony Koepke (Fort Atkinson) 16) 27 Dan Chesmore
Fast Qualifier: 27 Dan Chesmore : 14.634 seconds
Fast Dash: 97 Jason Schuler
LastChance: 57 Mark English, 70 Rick Kehoe, 87 Kyle Jarlsberg, 32 Tony Koepke
Heats: Qual1) 41 Mike Taylor, Qual3) 17 Noel Ramge, Qual2) 16 Luke Westenberg
International Division Feature Finish
1) 4D Brandon Riedner (Waunakee) 2) 99 Keryn Hopwood (Madison)
3) 00 Scotty Hoeft (Watertown) 4) 4 Mark Joyner (Elkhorn)
5) 97 Chris Chenoweth (Watertown) 6) 61 Chris Gottschalk (Jefferson)
Fast Qualifier: 77 Mike Winters (Sun Prairie) : 17.002 seconds
Fast Dash: 4 Mark Joyner (Elkhorn)
Heats: Qual1) 99 Keryn Hopwood, qual2) 4D Brandon Riedner
Sportsman Division Feature Finish
1) 31 David Oswald (Cottage Grove) 2) 7 James Helmer (Oconomowoc)
3) 26 Scott Riedner (Waunakee) 4) 27 Jay Kalbus (Watertown)
5) 28 Mark DePorter 6) 4 Luke Padfield (Jefferwson)
Fast Qualifier: 26 Scott Riedner (Waunakee) : 15.407 seconds
Fast Dash: 26 Scott Riedner (Waunakee)
LastChance: 6 Chris Ehrhart, 19 Dan Schmidt, 19 John Handeland, 82 Mike Acheson
Heats: Qual1) 8 Shaun Scheel, qual3) 6 Chris Ehrhart, qual2) 55 Terry Wangsness
Hobby Stock Division Feature Finish
1) 62 Bret Carson (Johnson Creek) 2) 96 Alan Dorn (Waterloo)
3) 10 Larry Moen (Madison) 4) 92 Kyle Stark (Waterloo)
5) 19 Dennis Schmidt 6) 96 Tim Lange (Dousman)
Fast Qualifier: 31 Ken Au (Jefferson) : 16.675 seconds
Fast Dash: 62 Bret Carson (Johnson Creek)
LastChance: 56 Randy Strasburg, 29 Mike Manley, 41 Nick Newton, 1 Levi Cloute
Heats: Qual1) 45 Nick Balis, qual3) 92 Kyle Stark, qual2) 7 Scott Carson
Bandit Division Feature Finish
1) 21 Rodney Mundt 2) 77 Sean Watters (Sun Prairie)
3) 5 Casey Johnson (Stoughton) 4) 4 Stephen Scheel (Lake Mills)
5) 7 Kyle Watters (Stoughton) 6) 42 Bobby Selsing
Fast Qualifier: 42 Bobby Selsing : 14.723 seconds
Fast Dash: 21 Rodney Mundt
Consi: 16 James Bowlin, 22 Brady Lilly
LastChance: 24 Tyler White, 25 Darren Brown, 89 Chad Olds, 92 Marc Balis
Heats: Qual1) 24 Tyler White, qual2) 92 Andy Bauler; qual3) 48 Steve Priuett, qual4) 7 Kyle Watters,