Chesmore Ices Championship with a Win in Season Championship 75 Lapper at Jefferson Speedway!
By Jeanne & Larry Starr
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September 10, 2000; Jefferson, WI.  - Dan Chesmore of Janesville ended his championship season with a victory in the Havill-Spoerl Automotive Family 75 lap feature on Wisconsin’s Action Track. Starting from the outside of row 7 Chesmore started his drive to the front as Randy Cusick of Ft. Atkinson pulled out to the early lead.

9900a.jpg (13400 bytes) The champ! Dan Chesmore (#27) poses with the trophy and the traditional bottle of Champaign as he is crowned 2000 Late Model Champion at Jefferson Speedway.

The race saw a single caution, on lap 11, for a spin in the first turn, involving 2 cars. Cusick led the restart with Chesmore up to 7th. On lap 17 Chris Purdy of Milton motored past Ken Olson of Ft. Atkinson for 3rd, with Chesmore close behind for the 4th spot. Chesmore went to work on Purdy, claiming the 3rd spot by lap 22.

One spot at a time! Mike Taylor (#41) looses a spot to Dan Chesmore (#27).  Chesmore was first at the checkered flag, Taylor finished 7th. 9900c.jpg (9664 bytes)

Mike Taylor of Stoughton surrendered the 2nd spot to Chesmore, following a 2 lap battle, and Chesmore started closing with Cusick on lap 24. Moving to the inside of Cusick on lap 26, Chesmore claimed the point on lap 27, guiding the field from there to the checkered flag.

9900b.jpg (13481 bytes) Just dodged that bullet!   Dan Chesmore (#27) narrowly avoids being caught up in the wreck, as Scott Bleecker (#98) and Roger Behlke (#44) end up against the wall.  Many others slip by unharmed.

As Chesmore led the way, Ron Bishofberger of Ft. Atkinson moved through the field, claiming the 2nd spot from Cusick on lap 58. At the stripe it was Chesmore by a half lap over Bishofberger followed by Cusick, Olson and Russ Goodwin of Beloit.

Chesmore entered the evening ensured of the 2000 championship, but the feature win was icing on the cake.

Chesmore set the fast mark in qualifying with a 14.906 second tour of the quarter mile.

Scott Nottestad of Cambridge claimed victory in the 8 lap Dash for Cash.

Claiming victories, in 10 lap heat races, were Don Mattrisch of Whitewater, Olson and Beau Sanden of Janesville.

Moving to the feature lineup, from the 20 lap Last Chance race were Denny Stair of Sullivan, Jason Erickson of Cambridge, Ryan Ley of Rome and Scott Nottestad of Cambridge. I should note that, for the championships, the top 14 in the point standings were locked into the feature lineup and everyone else had to come through the Last Chance race.

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International Class celebrations! In the left photo, Brent Nottestad (#25) collects the hardware, and Champaign for his 2000 season International division championship. Shown to the right, Ed Wolf III (#89) took the win, in the in the championship feature, and is shown here in victory lane.

In International class action Brent (yes "Brent", the rumors of Justin’s return have been greatly exaggerated) Nottestad ended his championship season with a third place finish in the 30 lap main event, while Ed Wolf III of Watertown claimed top honors in the feature. Starting from the outside of row 5, Wolf headed for the front, as Charles Dixon of Waukesha pulled out to the early lead. Caution came on lap 1, for a spin out of turn 2 that collected several cars.

Dixon led the restart with Wolf up to 5th. Scott Uttech of Beaver Dam moved up to challenge Dixon on lap 3, claiming the top spot on lap 8. As Uttech claimed the point Wolf rolled to the second spot, launching his bid for the lead. Wolf and Uttech battled for two laps, before Wolf claimed the top spot. By lap 21 Mike Drays of Milton was challenging Uttech of the 2nd spot, with Nottestad close behind. Drays Claimed 2nd, on lap 23, with Nottestad moving to 3rd on lap 24. As the flew past the checkered flag it was Wolf for the win, followed by Drays, Nottestad, Uttech and Aaron Rude of Cambridge.

Nottestad entered the evening with and insurmountable lead in the point standings and was crowned 2000 season champion.

Nottestad set the fast qualifying pace with a 15.885 second circuit of the quarter mile.

Claiming victories, in 8 lap heat races, were Rick Neerland of Ft. Atkinson and Uttech.

9900f.jpg (13504 bytes) The king and the cow car! Mooo-ve over here and take this picture.  Dave Oswald (#31) claimed his third, consecutive, track championship in the Sportsman division.   Shown here with his championship trophy and champaign

In Sportsman division action Trent Erdman of Ft. Atkinson claimed top honors in the final 35 lap main event of the season. Starting from the inside of row 6, Erdman started his trek to the checkered flag, with Dave Oswald of Cottage Grove close behind, as Joe Wendorf of Jefferson pulled out to the early lead.

Heading to the front, Trent Erdman (#11) works his way under Joe Wendorf (#3) as Dave Oswald (#31) follows, under Kevin Thompson (#99), in the Sportsman division feature.   Erdman went on to win the race, with Oswald finishing second. 9900g.jpg (11234 bytes)

Caution came on lap 9, for a spin on the back stretch, with Wendorf still at the point and Erdman up to the 4th spot. By lap 11, Erdman moved to the inside of Noel Ramge of Hellenville looking for the 3rd spot, with Jeff Kohlhoff of Watertown joining the battle. Kohlhoff suffered a flat tire, pulling from the track, as Erdman claimed 3rd. Erdman moved under Kevin Thompson of Palmyra, for 2nd, on lap 16 with Oswald running 4th. Motoring under Wendorf, on lap 18, Erdman made the winning pass, with Oswald right behind for the 2nd spot.

9900h.jpg (14814 bytes) Trent Erdman (#11) takes his bows in victory lane, following his win in the Sportsman division championship feature.

Oswald stayed with Erdman all the way to the finish but was never able to find a way around for the win. At the checkered flag it was Erdman for the win, followed by Oswald, Thompson, Josh Courtney of Janesville and Ramge.

Oswald claimed his third Sportsman division championship, in three years.

Kohlhoff set the fast qualifying pace, with a 15.734 second circuit of the quarter mile.

Claiming victories, in 10 lap heat races, were Randy Padfield of Stoughton, Todd Goldade of Stoughton and jay Kalbus of Oconomowoc.

Moving to the Last Chance race, from the 10 lap Consolation race were Ken Scott of Rio and Tim NawRocki of Wausau.

Moving to the feature lineup via the 15 lap Last Chance race were Rich Rothwell of Madison, Pete Olsen of Ft. Atkinson, Todd Goldade and Kyle Munro of Ft. Atkinson.

Bret Schmidt (#9) takes his bows in victory lane, following his win in the Hobby Stock championship feature. 9900i.jpg (13542 bytes)

In Hobby Stock Action, Bret Schmidt of Watertown claimed top honors in the 30 lap main event. Starting from the inside of row 3, Schmidt headed for the front as John Remsik of Middleton pulled out to the early lead. Caution came on lap 1, for a spin out of the 2nd turn, closing the field for the restart, with Remsik at the point and Schmidt running 3rd, behind Chris Matz of Watertown. Schmidt claimed 2nd on lap 11, with 3 and 4 wide racing going on behind him.

9900j.jpg (12663 bytes) Jim Pfeifer (#11) poses with the trophy and champaign in honor of his championship in the Hobby Stock divsision.

Caution came on lap 17, when on of the heated battles ended in the turn 1 wall. On the restart it was Remsik at the point followed by Schmidt and the point leader, Jim Pfeifer of Ft. Atkinson up to 4th. Pfeifer went to work on Chris Matz for 3rd, as Schmidt launched his bid for the lead. Schmidt claimed the top spot on lap 24, with Pfeifer joining the battle for 2nd, with Remsik. Pfeifer pulled ahead, into 2nd, on lap 28 closing with Schmidt. As they flew past the checkered flag it was Schmidt for the win followed by Pfeifer, Remsik, Matz and Ernie Witte of Johnson Creek.

Pfeifer claimed the championship, before the final race started.

Chuck Egli of Waterloo set the fast qualifying pace, with a 16.995 second orbit of the quarter mile.

Claiming victories in 8 lap heat races, were Terry Wangsness of Whitewater, Lincoln Keeser of Milton, and Matz.

Joining the feature lineup, from the 12 lap Last Chance race, were Brett Carson of Ft. Atkinson, Jeremy Hartwig of Cottage Grove, Chuck Egli of Waterloo and Jay Finnegan of Milton.

This closes the regular racing season at Jefferson Speedway for the year 2000, but there is still more to come! Next weekend Jefferson Speedway hosts the 20th annual Pepsi Wisconsin State Championships, on Friday and Saturday, September 15 and 16. Top drivers from all over the state will compete for $27,000 in price money.

Friday night: Gates open at 2:00, Track opens at 3:00, qualifying at 5:30 and racing at 8:00.

Saturday night gates open at 3:00, Track opens at 3:30 and racing at 7:00.

Jefferson Speedway is on highway 18 between Jefferson and Cambridge Wisconsin.


Late Model Feature Finish: Laps:75
1. 27 Dan Chesmore (Janesville) (TC) 10. 14 Scott Nottestad (Cambridge)
2. 76 Ron Bishofberger (Ft. Atkinson) 11. 98 Scott Bleecker (Jefferson)
3. 25 Randy Cusick (Ft. Atkinson) 12. 44 Roger Behlke (Jefferson)
4. 68 Ken Olson (Ft. Atkinson) 13. 82 Chad "Squirt" Stevens (Beloit)
5. 11 Russ Goodwin (Beloit) 14. 16 Luke Westenberg (Palmyra)
6. 62 Scott Null (Lake Mills) 15. 77 Ryan Ley (Rome)
7. 41 Mike Taylor (Stoughton) 16. 11 Beau Sanden (Janesville)
8. 14 Jason Erickson (Cambridge) 17. 52 Duane Deppe (Waterloo)
9. 106 Chris Purdy (Milton) 18. 4 Denny Stair (Sullivan)

FAST QUALIFIER - #27 Dan Chesmore (Janesville): 14.906 seconds
FAST DASH: 8 Lap - 14 Scott Nottestad (Cambridge)
LAST CHANCE: 20 Lap - 4 Denny Stair (Sullivan), 14 Jason Erickson (Cambridge),
                                77 Ryan Ley (Rome), 14 Scott Nottestad (Cambridge)
Heats: 10 lap: (Winners Only) 1) 56 Don Mattrisch (Whitewater) 2) 68 Ken Olson (Ft. Atkinson)
                                               3) 11 Beau Sanden (Janesville)

International Feature: Laps: 30
1. 89 Ed Wolf III (Watertown) 4. 74 Scott Uttech (Beaver Dam)
2. 48 Mike Drays (Milton) 5. 9 Aaron Rude (Cambridge)
3. 25 Brent Nottestad (Cambridge) (TC) 6. 71 Charles Dixon (Waukesha)

FAST QUALIFIER - #25 Brent Nottestad (Cambridge): 15.885 Seconds
10 lap: (Winners Only) 1) 24 Rick Neerland (Ft. Atkinson) 2) 74 Scott Uttech (Beaver Dam)

Sportsman Feature: Laps: 35
1. 11 Trent Erdman (Ft. Atkinson) 4. 21 Josh Courtney (Janesville)
2. 31 Dave Oswald (Cottage Grove) (TC) 5. 17 Noel Ramge (Hellenville)
3. 99 Kevin Thompson (Palmyra) 6. 18 Shane Radtke (Hellenville)

FAST QUALIFIER - #98 Jeff Kohlhoff (Watertown): 15.734 seconds
LAST CHANCE: 15 laps - 53 Rich Rothwell (Madison), 24 Pete Olsen (Ft. Atkinson),
                                       9 Todd Goldade (Stoughton), 30 Kyle Munro (Ft. Atkinson)
CONSI: 10 laps
- 39 Ken Scott (Rio), 2T Tim NawRocki (Wausau)
Heats: 10 laps:
(Winners Only)  1) 2 Randy Padfield (Stoughton) 2) 9 Todd Goldade (Stoughton)
                                                 3) 27 Jay Kalbus (Oconomowoc)

Hobby Stock Feature: Laps: 30
1. 9 Bret Schmidt (Watertown) 4. 72 Chris Matz (Watertown)
2. 11 Jim Pfeifer (Ft. Atkinson) (TC) 5. 02 Ernie Witte (Johnson Creek)
3. 83 John Remsik (Middleton) 6. 22 Chuck Egli (Waterloo)

FAST QUALIFIER - #22 Chuck Egli (Waterloo): 16.995 seconds
LAST CHANCE: 12 laps - 1 Brett Carson (Ft. Atkinson), 6 Jeremy Hartwig (Cottage Grove),
                                       22 Chuck Egli (Waterloo), 98 Jay Finnegan (Milton)
Heats: 8 lap: 1) 55 Terry Wangsness (Whitewater) 2) 99 Lincoln Keeser (Milton)
                     3) 72 Chris Matz (Watertown)