September 18, 1999; Jefferson, WI. - A capacity crowd packed Jefferson Speedway
for the 19th Annual, Pepsi Wisconsin State Championships. Top racers from all over the
state, and some from out of state, became part of the 19 year tradition. The fans were
treated to some of the finest racing action ever seen in Southern Wisconsin.
Jim Jarlsberg powered to victory in the first, of two, 50 lap features. Starting from
the inside of row 6, Jarlsberg started his drive to the front, as Wayne Whitford of
Janesville pulled out to the early lead. As Jarlsberg wound his way to the front, 1999
track champion Ron Bishofberger of Ft. Atkinson, made several failed attempts to take over
the point. Jarlsberg pulled into the third spot by lap 10, closing with Bishofberger in
the battle for 2nd.
|The Twin 50 Late Model feature
winners! In the left photo, Jim Jarlsberg (#97)
makes a trip to Victory Lane, following his win in the first, of two, 50 lap features. In
the right photo, Roger Behlke (#44) visits Victory Lane, following his win, in the 2nd 50
Jarlsberg moved to the bottom on lap 12, claiming the 2nd spot on lap 13. The first
caution of the race came on lap 15, as three cars tangled in turn 2. On the restart
Jarlsberg powered under Whitford, taking over the top spot.
From there Jarlsberg guided the way to the checkered flag. The race slowed for one more
caution, when a brake failure sent a car hard into the turn 1 wall. At the stripe it was
Jarlsberg for the win, followed by Bishofberger, Andy Wendt of Watertown, Roger Behlke of
Jefferson and Jason Erickson of Cambridge.
||He got one! Jim
Jarlsberg (#97) moving past Wayne Whitford (#27) in the first 50 lap feature.
Jarlsberg is on his way to victory in the first feature, but came up one position short of
the overall championship in the second feature race.
Behlke parlayed his 4th place finish, in the first 50 lapper, into a victory in the
2nd. Starting from the pole, Behlke watched Bill Leindecker of Janesville pull out to the
early lead. The first caution came on lap 4, when a car spun in turn 1, collecting several
cars. On the restart Behlke made his move to the inside, battling for several laps, before
claiming the top spot, on lap 7.
In the photo above it was early in the first Late Model feature, Ron Bishofberger (#76),
Wayne Whitford (#27), Doug Drost (#19), Roger Behlke (#44) and Bill Leindecker (#7) jockey
|position. Bishofberger went on to
finish second in the event. In the left photo, Roger Behlke (left) and Ron Bishofberger
(right) walk off with their trophies, following the Second 50 lap feature.
Behlke won the race, with Bishofberger's second enought to win him the overall
Guiding the way to the checkered flag, Behlke was never in the clear, as Bishofberger
pulled into 2nd, keeping the pressure on all the way to the finish. Behind the point were
Leindecker, Jason Erickson of Cambridge and Jarlsberg, all within striking distance, as
they battled for the third spot. The overall championship rested in this battle, as
Jarlsberg made it around Erickson, battling with Leindecker for 3rd. At the finish a
blanket could have covered the top 5, with Behlke claiming the win, followed by
Bishofberger, Leindecker, Jarlsberg and Erickson.
|They're everywhere! Lap 4 in the second
50 lap feature, a spin collected much of the field. Pictured are Wayne Whitford
(#27), Randy Cusick (#25), Lyle Nowak (#32), Charlie Mierendorf (#1), Duane Deppe (#52),
Russ Goodwin (#11) and Jasper Gronert (#22).
Two second place finishes gave the overall championship to Bishofberger, placing him
ahead of Jarlsbergs 1st and 4th place finish. As Behlke pulled into victory lane for
his victory, Bishofberger pulled in to claim his overall trophy. In a show of
sportsmanship, Bishofberger gave Behlke a congratulatory kiss, we assume on the cheek, in
||He needed one more pass! Jim Jarlsberg (#97)
battles on the inside of Bill Leindecker (#7) in the second 50 lapper. Leindecker
finished third, ahead of Jarlsberg's 4th, dropping Jarlsberg to 2nd in the overall
In the International (Mini Stock) division Scott Nottestad of Cambridge claimed top
honors in the 40 lap main event. Starting from the outside of row 4, Nottestad started his
trip to the point, as Mike Bingham of Jefferson pulled out to the early lead. Scott
Nottestad moved to the second spot, on lap 7, with his brother, and 6 time track champion,
Justin Nottestad close behind in 4th.
|Scott Nottestad (#25) takes his vows, in Victory Lane, following his victory in the 40 lap Mini
Stock feature. Nottestad held off a late race charge by Pete Weston to take the big race.
As Scott claimed the point, on lap 8, Justin was right there in the 2nd spot, moving to
the inside to make his bid. Debris on the track brought out the second caution of the
race, the first for a spin on lap 1, closing up the field for the restart. Scott Nottestad
continued his journey to the checkered as Justin looked for a way around. Slowed by a
final caution on lap 18, the final restart saw Pete Weston of Ft. Atkinson make the move
to 3rd, closing with Justin Nottestad in the battle for 2nd.
||The brothers battle! Scott Nottestad (#25) and
Justin Nottestad (#15) battle for position in the Mini Stock 40 lap main. Scott went
on to win the event, with Justin dropping to 3rd.
The pair race side by side, until lap 32, when Justin Nottestad slipped just enough to
leave an opening for Weston. Justin Nottestad recovered trying to make his way back around
Weston, but it was not to be. At the stripe it was Scott Nottestad for the win, followed
by Weston, Justin Nottestad, Aaron Rude of Cambridge and Chris Quam of Stoughton.
||The champ wins! Dave Oswald (#31) visits
Victory Lane following his win, in the Sportsman 40 lap main. Oswald warped up the 1999
Sportsman championship at Jefferson Speedway last week giving him back to back titles on
the quarter-mile paved oval.
In Sportsman Division action Dave Oswald of Cottage Grove claimed top honors in the 40
lap Main event. Starting from the outside of row 4, Oswald started his move to the front,
as Randy Padfield of Stoughton pulled out to the early lead. As Padfield guided the early
going, Jeff Kohlhoff or Watertown was close behind, making several failed attempts to
claim the point. Oswald moved into the 3rd spot, bin lap 5, looking for an opening.
|Not enough speed! Jeff Kohlhoff (#98) tries to
hold off Dave Oswald (#31) in the Sportsman division 40 lap feature. Oswald went on
to win the event. Kohloff would settle for third in the race.
By lap 12 the race had developed into a 4 way battle for the top spot, with Padfield at
the front, followed by Kohlhoff, Oswald and Bob Selsing of Ft. Atkinson. Oswald claimed
2nd on lap 15, just one lap before the first caution of the race, for a car spinning out
of turn 2. On the restart Oswald moved to the inside, claiming the top spot on lap 18, as
Chad "Squirt" Stevens moved around Selsing into the 4th spot. Stevens moved
under Kohlhoff on lap 22, closing with Padfield for the 2nd spot.
Claiming 2nd, on lap 24, Stevens set his sights on Oswald, trying to close the gap. The
final caution of the race came, on lap 38, when a lapped car collected Padfield, disabling
his car. On the restart Stevens made his bid for the lead, over the two remaining laps. At
the checkered flag it was Oswald for the win, followed by Stevens, Kohlhoff, Kyle Munro of
Ft. Atkinson and Tony Koepke of Ft. Atkinson.
||A Liddle victory! Brady Liddle (#18) accepts
his awards, in Victory Lane, following the 40 lap Super Stock Feature.
In Super-Stock action, Brady Liddle of Oregon guided the field, flag-to-flag in the 40
lap feature event. Starting from the pole, Liddle pulled ahead at the green flag and never
looked back, guiding the way to the checkered. Liddle was slowed on his journey by two
cautions, one on lap 5, for a collision on the back stretch and once on lap 14, for a
loose wheel in turn 4. Liddle was challenged from mid-race, by Donnie Fowler of Tomahawk.
Fowler was coming on strong, for many laps, but was eventually black flagged, due to a
brake fire, on lap 30. Liddle guided the rest of the race, virtually unchallenged. At the
stripe it was Liddle for the win, followed by Bill Slavlik of West Bend, Jason Dunn of Sun
Prairie, Scott Ascher of Sussex and Roger Schmid of Stone Bank.
|Back on track! Jeff Kohloff (#98)
who moved into the Sportsman division at Jefferson Speedway after winning the Hobby Stock
championship in 1997, brought out his old car and ran two divisions this weekend. Kohlhoff
would take his turn in Victory Lane, after claiming top honors in the Hobby Stock 40 lap
In Hobby Stock action, the 1998 track champion, Jeff Kohlhoff of Watertown, brought his
Hobby Stock out of moth balls, to claim top honors in the 1999 State Championships.
Starting from the pole position, Kohlhoff jumped to the early lead and never looked back,
as he guided the way to the checkered flag.
As Kohlhoff held the point, the second spot was hotly contested, as Dan Schmidt of
Watertown, Lincoln Keeser of Milton and James Rohrbeck of Portage all battled for the
spot. Slowed by a single caution, on lap 24, Kohlhoff brought the field to the checkered
flag, followed by Keeser, Rohrbeck, Dennis Gaserude of Oregon and Trent Erdman of Ft.
This two-day racing extravaganza brings to a close the 1999 racing season at Jefferson
Speedway. The management and staff at Jefferson Speedway offer a heart felt thank you to
all the drivers, crews and, especially, the fans who have made 1999 one of our best
We look forward to a couple of weeks of rest and then we will all be waiting for the
2000 racing season to open. See you in the spring!