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Chesmore claims victory in Spring Sizzler 50
at Jefferson Speedway!
By Jeanne & Larry Starr

April 28, 2001; Jefferson, WI. Defending track champion Dan Chesmore of Janesville, came from an 11th place start to claim victory in the Towel City Racing Tires Spring Sizzler 50, on Wisconsin's action track. Scott Nottestad of Stoughton took the point, at the green flag, opening up strong lead over the first half of the race, as Chesmore battled his way through traffic.

Photo Highlights

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Dan Chesmore (#27) takes his bows, in victory lane, following the Towel City Racing Tire - Spring Sizzler 50.
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Dan Chesmore (#27) works the low side, under Mike Taylor (#41) on his way to the front.  Chesmore went on to win the event.
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Winning the first race of the season, Bill Leindecker (#7), holding off Ron Bishofberger (#76) and Andy Wendt (#18) in the Towel City Racing Tire - Dash for Cash.  Leindecker held on for the win!
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Todd Goldade (#9) holding off the defending track champion Dave Oswald (#31) in the Sportsman feature.  Oswald kept the pressure on, but Goldade was up to the challenge.  Goldade held on to win the event.42801e.jpg (16201 bytes)
Todd Goldade (#9) stops in victory lane following the Sportsman division feature.
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Aaron Rude (#9) poses for the camera, following his win, in the International class feature.
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Jim Pfeifer (#11) visits victory lane, following his win in the Hobby stock main.

Chesmore motored under Mike Taylor of Stoughton, to join the top 5, on lap 17, closing with Tom Dorn of Ft. Atkinson in the battle for 4th. Chesmore moved under Dorn and Beau Sanden of Janesville, on lap 23, claiming 3rd spot, behind Roger Behlke of Jefferson. Behlke held off Chesmore until lap 25 before falling to the 3rd spot. Moving under Nottestad on lap 30 Chesmore made the winning pass on lap 32.

Guiding the way to the checkered flag, Chesmore opened up a strong lead, with the battle for second falling in the distance. The only caution of the race came, for a spin on the front stretch on the white flag lap. At the finish it was Chesmore for the win, followed by Nottestad, Andy Wendt of Watertown, Jason Erickson of Cambridge and Ron Bishofberger of Ft. Atkinson.

Wendt set the fast qualifying pace with a 14.817 second orbit of the quarter mile speed plant. Bill Leindecker of Janesville claimed the win, in the 8 lap Dash-for-cash. Heat race victories when to Brian Sonnenberg of Cambridge, Bill Drefahl Jr. of Evansville, Nottestad and Wendt.

Moving to the 20 lap last chance race, from the 10 lap Consolation Race were Sonnenberg and Bart Reinen of Jefferson. Joining the feature lineup, via the 20 lap Last Chance Race, were Wayne Whitford of Janesville, John Ovadal Jr. of Johnson Creek, Reinen and Butch Mierendorf of Waterloo.

In International division action, Aaron Rude of Cambridge claimed top honors in the 20 lap main event. Starting from the outside of row 4, Rude started his move to the front, as Tim Woollen of Madison pulled out to the Early lead. Woolen held the point for 2 laps, as Bobby Moore of Edgerton moved past on lap 2. Caution came, on lap 8, for a spinning car, with Moore still at the point.

Rude motored past Mark English of Janesville to close with Moore on lap 9, and claim the lead on the tenth circuit. The race slowed for another caution on lap 12 when a car hit the back stretch wall, out of turn 2. At the restart Rude never looked back, as he guided the way to the checkered. At the stripe it was Rude for the win, followed by Moore, defending track champion Brent Nottestad of Cambridge, Ed Wolf III of Watertown and English.

Nottestad set the fast qualifying pace with a 15.872 second tour of the quarter mile. Claiming victories in 10 lap heat races were Moore and Chris Quam of Stoughton.

In Sportsman Division action Todd Goldade of Stoughton held off defending track champion Dave Oswald of Cottage Grove to claim the win, in the 25 lap main event. Starting from outside row 2, Goldade headed for the front, as Dan Schmidt of Watertown jumped out to the early lead. Goldade moved under Dale Padfield of Jefferson on lap 14, in his bid for 2nd. Moving past Padfield on lap 14, Goldade closed with Schmidt. Goldade claimed the lead, before the only caution of the race, on lap 15, for debris on the track.

As Goldade guided the way, Oswald claimed the 2nd spot on lap 16 closing with Goldade. Oswald made several, unsuccessful, moves on Goldade but was unable to find the opening he needed. At the stripe it was Goldade followed by Oswald, Trent Erdman of Ft. Atkinson, Josh Courtney of Janesville and Schmidt.

Oswald turned in the fast qualifying time, with a 15.814 second tour of the quarter mile. Claiming victory, in 10 lap heat races, were Nancy Olson of Ft. Atkinson, Jeremy Hayton of Whitewater and Goldade. Joining the Last Chance race, from the 10 lap Consolation race, were Noel Ramge of Hellenville and Jason Thoma of Jefferson. Moving to the feature lineup, via the 10 lap Last Chance race, were Josh Weir of Cottage Grove, Hayton, Bret Schmidt of Watertown and Ramge.

In Hobby Stock action Jim Pfeifer of Ft. Atkinson came from the outside of row 7 to claim victory in the 20 lap main feature. Chuck Egli pulled ahead at the green flag guiding the way until lap 19, with Pfeifer claiming the lead on the white flag lap. At the stripe it was Pfeifer for the win followed by Egli, Terry Wangsness of Delavan, Lincoln Keeser of Milton and Ernie Witte of Watertown.

Pfeifer set the fast qualifying pace with a 16.995 second loop of the quarter mile. Claiming victories, in 8 lap heat races, were John Duessler of Marshall, Dennis Gaserude of Arena and Lincoln Keeser of Milton. Moving to the Last Chance Race, from the 8 lap Consolation race, were Kyle Genz of Hellenville and Bill Bush of Jefferson. Making their way to the feature lineup, from the 8 lap Last Chance, were Gaserude, Tom O'rourke of Poynette, Lonny Wilson of Janesville and Mike Manley of Ft. Atkinson.

Next Saturday night is Autograph and Picture night at Jefferson Speedway.

Gates open at 3:00, qualifying at 5:00 and racing at 7:00 sharp. Jefferson Speedway is on Highway 18 between Cambridge and Jefferson Wisconsin.

Late Model Feature Finish:




27 Dan Chesmore (Janesville)


41 Mike Taylor (Stoughton)


14 Scott Nottestad (Stoughton)


97 Jim Jarlsberg (Cambridge)


18 Andy Wendt (Watertown)


16 Luke Westenberg (Palmyra)


1 Jason Erickson (Cambridge)


07 John Ovadal Jr. (Johnson Creek)


76 Ron Bishofberger (Ft. Atkinson)


12 Butch Mierendorf (Waterloo)


44 Roger Behlke (Jefferson)


55 Eric Gerlach (Palmyra)


76 Randy Breunig (Columbus)


17 Wayne Whitford (Janesville)


2 Tom Dorn (Ft. Atkinson)


11 Beau Sanden (Janesville)


7 Bill Leindecker (Janesville)


6 Bart Reinen (Jefferson)

FAST QUALIFIER            -   18 - Andy Wendt (Watertown): 16.995 Seconds
FAST DASH: 8 Lap           -   7 - Bill Leindecker (Janesville)
CONSI: 10 Lap  -   10 Brian Sonnenberg (Cambridge), 6 Bart Reinen (Jefferson)
20 Lap  - 17 Wayne Whitford (Janesville),  07 John Ovadal Jr. (Johnson Creek),  6 Bart Reinen (Jefferson), 12 Butch Mierendorf (Waterloo)
Heats: 10 lap (Winners Only) : 1)    10 Brian Sonnenberg (Cambridge)       2)   70 Bill Drefahl Jr. (Evansville)
                                                3)    14 Scott Nottestad (Stoughton)  4)   18 Andy Wendt (Watertown)

International Feature:




9 Aaron Rude (Cambridge)


89 Ed Wolf III (Watertown)


28 Bobby Moore (Edgerton)


57 Mark English (Janesville)


25 Brent Nottestad (Cambridge)


48 Mike Drays (Milton)

FAST QUALIFIER - 25 - Brent Nottestad (Cambridge): 15.872 Seconds
10 lap: 1)    28 Bobby Moore (Edgerton)      2)   4 Chris Quam (Stoughton) 

Sportsman Feature:




9 Todd Goldade (Stoughton)


21 Josh Courtney (Janesville)


31 Dave Oswald (Cottage Grove)


19 Dennis Schmidt (Watertown)


11 Trent Erdman (Ft. Atkinson)


28 Mark Deporter (Ft. Atkinson)

FAST QUALIFIER          - 31 - Dave Oswald (Cottage Grove): 15.814 Seconds
10 lap   - 17 Noel Ramge (Hellenville), 95 Jason Thoma (Jefferson)
10 lap   - 52 Josh Weir (Cottage Grove), 81 Jeremy Hayton (Whitewater), 20 Bret Schmidt (Watertown), 17 Noel Ramge (Hellenville)
10 lap: ( Winners Only) 1)    24 Nancy Olsen (Ft. Atkinson)  2)   81 Jeremy Hayton (Whitewater)   3)   9 - Todd Goldade (Stoughton)     

Hobby Stock Feature:




11 Jim Pfeifer (Ft. Atkinson)


99 Lincoln Keeser (Milton)


22 Chuck Egli (Waterloo)


02 Ernie Witte (Watertown)


55 Terry Wangsness (Delavan)


88 Roger Stephenson (Cambridge)

FAST QUALIFIER        - 11 - Jim Pfeifer (Ft. Atkinson): 16.995 Seconds
10 lap   - 82 Kyle Genz (Hellenville), 17 Bill Bush (Jefferson)
8 lap   - 18 Dennis Gaserude (Arena), 20 Tom O’Rourke (Poynette), 40 Lonny Wilson (Janesville), 29 Mike Manley (Ft. Atkinson)
Heats: 8 lap: 1)   24 John Duessler (Marshall)         2)    18 Dennis Gaserude (Arena)   3)   99 Lincoln Keeser (Milton)

Bandit Class: Dave Swerg