Bishofberger Leads Late Models in Denny's Den 50
Kohloff scores first career Sportsman victory!

By Jeanne & Larry Starr

August 7, 1999; Jefferson, WI. Former track champion Ron Bishofberger of Ft. Atkinson claimed top honors in the Denny’s Den 50 lapper at Jefferson Speedway. Starting from the inside of row 5, Bishofberger began his trek to the front, as Randy Cusick of Ft. Atkinson claimed the early lead. Cusick’s turn at the point ended, on lap 2, when he lost the handle in turn 2, bringing out the first caution of the race and surrendering the lead to Dan Chesmore of Janesville.

The action up front!  Luke Westenberg (#16) trying to hold off Ron Bishofberger (#76) in the Denny's Den 50 lap  feature.   Bishofberger claimed the win, with Westenberg holding on for 3rd.

Chesmore guided the way through the second caution of the race, on lap 22, when a pair of cars tangled on the back stretch, disabling one and bringing out the yellow flag. On the restart Chesmore experienced car trouble, dropping from the race and handing the point to Luke Westenberg of Palmyra. Westenberg found Bishofberger on his tail, battling for the top spot.

Fighting hard, Westenberg held on for 4 laps, before Bishofberger found the opening he needed, on the bottom, motoring past into the lead. Once at the point, Bishofberger pulled ahead guiding the way to the checkered flag. Westenberg found himself in a battle for 2nd, with Nick Wendt of Watertown. As they flew past the checkered flag it was Bishofberger for the win followed by Wendt, Westenberg, Scott Null of Lake Mills and Roger Behlke of Jefferson.

Jason Erickson of Cambridge set the fast qualifying pace, with a 14.858 second tour of the quarter mile. Taking home the money, from the 8 lap Fast Dash was Bishofberger. Claiming victory, in 10 lap heat races, were Butch Mierendorf of Waterloo, Duane Deppe of Waterloo and Jasper Gronert of Jefferson. Moving through the 10 lap Consi. to the Last chance race were Ken Piotrowski of Janesville and Mierendorf. Joining the feature lineup, via the 20 lap Last Chance race, were Jim Sault Jr. of Sullivan, Jim Gleesing of Whitewater, Scott Bleeker of Jefferson, Beau Sanden of Janesville and Bart Reinen of Jefferson.

The Nottestad's are coming!!  Brent Nottestad (#25), in the low groove beside Mike Cusick (#28), with Justin Nottestad (#15) close behind.  Brent Nottestad went on to win, with Justin second while Cusick managed a fourth place finish.

In International class action Brent Nottestad of Cambridge claimed top honors in the 20 lap Denny’s Den main event. Starting from the outside of row 6 Nottestad started his drive to the front as Mike Hoppe of Milwaukee pulled out to the early lead. Hoppe fell to the charge of Jefferson’s Mike Bingham on lap 2, as Nottestad battled his way at mid-field.

A spin in turn 2 brought out the caution on lap 8, with Bingham still at the point and Mike Cusick of Edgerton running 2nd. On the restart Cusick moved to the inside, claiming the point by lap 10, as Nottestad battled with Bingham for 2nd. Nottestad made his way under Cusick on lap 13, leaving Cusick to battle with brother Justin Nottestad. Debris on the track brought the final caution on lap 15, with Cusick still holding 2nd. On the restart Justin Nottestad claimed the inside and, in 2 laps, the 2nd spot. At the stripe it was Brent Nottestad for the win, followed by Justin Nottestad, Aaron Rude of Cambridge, Cusick and Mike Drays of Milton.

Justin Nottestad set the fast mark in qualifying, with a 15.971 second orbit of the quarter mile speed plant. Claiming victory, in 10 lap heat races, were Todd Otis of Madison and Chris Quam of Stoughton. Filling the feature lineup, via the 10 lap Last Chance race were D. R. Moore of Madison, Todd Otis of Madison, Charles Dixon of Waukesha and Jason Uttech of Watertown.

In Sportsman division action, rookie driver Jeff Kohlhoff of Watertown notched his first feature victory in the 25 lap main event. Starting from the outside of row 5, Kohlhoff started his drive to the front, as Kevin Thompson of Palmyra drove out the early lead. Kohlhoff caught the leaders by lap 5, watching the battle between Thompson and Bob Selsing of Ft. Atkinson, for an opening.

A Meeting at the wall! Ben Hallock (#6) lost the handle going into turn 3.  Chad Reimer (#19) was collected while Rich Titus (#21) motors safely past.

The leaders tangled, on lap 9, spinning out of harms way as Kohlhoff powered past to take the point. By lap 18, Chris Purdy of Milton closed with Kohlhoff, launching his bid for the lead. The battle for the top spot caught lapped traffic, on lap 19, bringing the crowd to their feet for what looked like the making of a large wreck. There was no wreck, as Kohlhoff took the high line, going into one, powering to a large lead, as Purdy found himself diving to the dirt to avoid a lapped car. Purdy made it back tot he track, several positions back, as Kohlhoff cruised to the checkered flag. At the stripe it was Kohlhoff for the win, followed by defending track champion Dave Oswald of Cottage Grove, Kyle Munro of Ft. Atkinson, Chad “Squirt” Stevens of Beloit and Purdy.

Holding on for win number one!! Jeff Kohlhoff (#98) just ahead of Chris Purdy (#7) in the Sportsman division feature.  After a close call with lapped traffic, Kohlhoff went on to win the event, while Purdy managed a fifth place finish.

Stevens set the fast qualifying pace, with a 15.777 second loop of the quarter mile. Claiming victory, in 10 lap heat races, were Rich Titus of Jefferson, Dylan Schuyler of Dousman and Ryan Ley of Rome. Moving to the feature lineup, from the 10 lap Last Chance race, were Shane Radtke of Rome Chris Ehrhart of Deerfield, Schuyler and Rick Stenli of Stoughton.

In Hobby Stock action Chris Matz of Watertown took home top honors in the 20 lap feature. Starting from the outside of the front row, Matz the early lead and never looked back, as he guided the field to the checkered flag. Jim Williams of Milton ran second to Matz for most of the race. At the stripe it was Matz for the win, followed by Williams, Dennis Gaserude of Oregon, Jim Schultz of Ft. Atkinson and Chuck Egli of Waterloo. Gaserude set the fast pace in qualifying with a 17.085 second orbit of the quarter mile. Claiming victory, in 8 lap heat races, were Trent Erdman of Ft. Atkinson and Nick Golich of Hebron.

One fast bartender!!   Larry Haumschild (#19) of Moe’s Place in Lake Mills claimed victory in the first Annual, 10 lap "Great Bartender's Race".   He takes his bows here with the traveling trophy in Victory Lane.

In the “Great American Bartender’s Race," Larry Haumschild of Moe’s Pub in Lake Mills claimed victory in the 10 lap event. Randy Padfield of Stoughton claimed victory in the “Great Trailer Race” being the first across the line with his trailer still attached.

Next week Jefferson Speedway presents the Watertown Bowl 50 and the Demolition Derby. Gates open at 3:30 p.m., qualifying at 5:30 p.m. and racing at 7:30 p.m. sharp. Jefferson Speedway is located between Cambridge and Jefferson on highway 18.

Late Model Division
"Denny's Den 50" - 50 Lap Feature Event
1. #76 Ron Bishofberger Fort Atkinson 11. #88 Jim Gleesing Whitewater
2. #46 Nick Wendt Watertown 12. #25 Randy Cusick Fort Atkinson
3. #16 Luke Westenberg Palmyra 13. # 4 Jim Sault Jr. Sullivan
4. #62 Scott Null Lake Mills 14. #27 Dan Chesmore Janesville
5. #44 Roger Behlke Jefferson 15. #18 Andy Wendt Watertown
6. #43 Denny Stair Sullivan 16. #76 Randy Breunig Columbus
7. # 7 Bill Leindecker Janesville 17. #11 Beau Sanden Janesville
8. #11 Russ Goodwin Beloit 18. #96 Jason Erickson Cambridge 
9. # 6 Bart Reinen Jefferson
10. #98 Scott Bleeker Jefferson

20 Lap Last Chance: 1.) Jim Sault Jr; 2.) Jim Gleesing; 3.) Scott Bleeker; 4.) Beau Sanden; 5.) Bart Reinen
10 Lap Last Consolation: 1.) Ken Piotrowski; 2.) Butch Mierendorf
First 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Butch Mierendorf
Second 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Duane Deppe
Third 10 Lap Heat
1.) Jasper Gronert
Dash: 1.) Ron Bishofberger
Fast Qualifier:  #96 Jason Erickson,........14.858 Seconds

20 Lap  Feature Event
1. #25 Brent Nottestad  Cambridge
2. #15 Justin Nottestad Cambridge
3. # 9 Aaron Rude Cambridge
4. #28 Mike Cusick Edgerton
5. #48 Mike Drays Milton
6. # 4 Chris Quam Stoughton

10 Lap Last Chance: 1.) D.R. Moore; 2.) Todd Otis; 3.) Charles Dixon; 4.) Jason Uttech
First 10 Lap Heat: 
1.) Todd Otis
Second 10 Lap Heat:  1.) Chris Quam
Fast Qualifier:
#15 Justin Nottestad, Cambridge,.........15.971 Seconds

25 Lap Feature Event
1. #98 Jeff Kohloff Watertown
2. #31 Dave Oswald Cottage Grove
3. #30 Kyle Munro Fort Atkinson
4. #82 Chad Stevens Beloit
5. # 7 Chris Purdy Milton
6. #21 Josh Courtney  Janesville

15 Lap Last Chance: 1.) Shane Radtke; 2.) Chris Ehrhart; 3.) Dylan Schuyler; 4.) Rick Stenli
First 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Rich Titus
Second 10 Lap Heat:  1.) Dylan Schuyler
Third 10 Lap Heat:  1.) Ryan Ley
Fast Qualifier:
#82 Chad Stevens, Beloit, WI,.......15.777 Seconds

Hobby Stocks
20 Lap Feature Event
1. #72 Chris Matz Watertown
2. #J10 Jim Williams Milton
3. #18 Dennis Gaserude Oregon
4. #76 Jim Schultz Fort Atkinson
5. #22 Chuck Egli Waterloo
6. #99 Lincoln Keeser Milton

First 8 Lap Heat: 1.) Trent Erdman
Second 8 Lap Heat:  1.) Nick Golich
Fast Qualifier:
#18 Dennis Gaserude, Oregon,...........17.085 Seconds

Great American Bartenders Race:  Larry Haumschild, (Moe's Place Lake Mills)
Great Trailer Race: Randy Padfield, Stoughton