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Westenberg Notches First Late Model feature win, in Mid-Season Championships at Jefferson
By Jeanne & Larry Starr

July 7, 2001; Jefferson, WI. Luke "The Duke" Westenberg of Palmyra claimed the first feature win of his Late Model racing career, in the Smith Motors 60, Midseason Championships. Starting from the inside of row 2, Westenberg moved quickly to 2nd, behind the early leader, John Ovadal Jr. of Johnson Creek.

Photo Highlights

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First trip to Victory Lane.  Luke Westenberg (#16), takes his bows following his first Late Model win, in the Smith Motors 60 Mid- season Championship.
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The winning pass!  Luke Westenberg (#16) moves under John Ovadal Jr. (#07) for the lead, in the 60 lap Mid-season Champ- ionship race.
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Josh Courtney (#21), working past Bobby Stough (#27) in the Sportsman feature.  Courtney went on to win the race, with Stough finishing second.
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Bill Bush (#17) stops by Victory Lane following his win in the Hobby Stock Feature.
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Hard racing, in the Hobby Stocks.   Dennis Gaserude (#18) works his way through traffic, in the Hobby Stock feature.   Gaserude would make it as far as second place.
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Jeff Jesberger (#67) takes his bows following his win in the Bandit feature.

Westenberg closed in on Ovadal on lap 9, moving to the inside on lap 10. On lap 11 Westenberg motored under Ovadal for the top spot guiding the field from there to the checkered flag. Debris on the track brought the first caution, on lap 30, slowing the field for the restart. By lap 35 Ovadal was battling Ken Olson of Ft. Atkinson, for the 2nd spot, as Westenberg extended his lead. Olson claimed the 2nd spot by lap 37, with Tim Noble of Janesville close behind for 3rd. Noble moved to the inside of Olson by lap 46, battling for the 2nd spot.

That battle ended when Noble lost the handle, spinning the car in turn 4 and bringing out the final caution on lap 48. On the restart Westenberg pulled ahead, building a healthy lead on his way to the checkered flag. At the stripe it was Westenberg by a half straight away, followed by Olson, Mike Taylor of Stoughton, Ron Bishofberger of Ft. Atkinson and Jason Erickson of Cambridge.

Erickson set the quick pace in qualifying, with a 14.970 second tour of the quarter mile. Scott Nottestad of Stoughton claimed the cash, in the 8 lap Dash for Cash. Claiming victory, in 10 lap heat races were Matt Frey of Cambridge, Tom Dorn of Fort Atkinson and Jasper Gronert of Jefferson. Joining the feature lineup, from the 20 lap Last Chance race, were Beau Sanden of Janesville, Steve Dobbratz of Rio, Don Mattrisch of Whitewater and Gronert.

In International class action Brent Nottestad of Cambridge claimed top honors in the 30 lap, Midseason Championship, feature. Starting from the outside of row 6 Nottestad began his trek to the checkered flag, as Dennis Clapp of Madison pulled out to the early lead. By lap 8, Nottestad was in a 4 way battle for the 2nd spot, with Mike Dietzen of Milwaukee running 2nd, Darnell Mepham of Fort Atkinson running 3rd, and Mark English of Edgerton running 4th. As Nottestad forged ahead, he found himself in a 3 wide battle for 2nd, with English and Mepham. Claiming the 2nd spot by lap 13, Nottestad closed with Clapp, making his way to the point on lap 17. Once at the point, Nottestad opened the gap, as he guided the field to the checkered flag. At the stripe it was Nottestad followed by English, Aaron Rude of Edgerton, Mepham and Clapp.

Nottestad set the high mark in qualifying, with a 15.958 second orbit of the quarter mile speed plant. Claiming victories, in 10 lap heat races, were Jason Uttech of Watertown, Mike Dietzen of Milwaukee and Mike Bingham of Jefferson.
Joining the feature lineup, via the 15 lap Last Chance race, were Charles Dixon of Waukesha, Steve Drays of Milton, Tim Woollen of Sun Prairie and Doug Taylor of Stoughton.

In Sportsman division action, Josh Courtney of Janesville won the 30 lap, Midseason Championship, feature. Starting from the inside of row 5, Courtney headed toward the front as Bobby Stough of Waunakee pulled out to the early lead. The only caution of the race came on lap 4, for a crash on the front stretch. On the restart it was Stough at the point with Courtney up to the 5th spot. By lap 5 Courtney had moved under Josh Weir of Cottage Grove for 4th and was working the inside of Mark Deporter of Fort Atkinson for 3rd.

By lap 6, Courtney had motored past Dan Schmidt of Watertown for the 2nd spot and was closing with Stough. Courtney made his way past Stough on lap 11, taking over at point and guiding the field to the finish. At the finish it was Courtney for the win, followed by Stough, Jay Kalbus of Oconomowoc, Trent Erdman of Fort Atkinson and Schmidt.

Jeff Kohlhoff of Watertown set the fast qualifying pace with a 15.752 second circuit of the quarter mile. Claiming victories, in 10 lap heat races, were Luke Padfield of Jefferson, Jim Pankow of Oregon, Mark Deporter of Fort Atkinson and Bret Schmidt of Watertown. Joining the Last Chance race, via the 12 lap Consolation race, were Jeremy Hayton of Whitewater and Mike Landers of Johnson Creek. Moving to the feature lineup, from the 15 lap Last Chance race, were Dustin Ward of Beaver Dam, Jim Pankow of Oregon, Rory Padfield of Stoughton and Joe Wendorf of Jefferson.

In Hobby Stock action, Bill Bush of Fort Atkinson piloted his, recently wrecked, race car to victory lane, in the 25 lap Midseason Championship feature. Starting from the inside of row 2, Bush started his drive to the front, as Jason Thom of Fort Atkinson pulled out to the early lead.

Bush claimed the 3rd spot by lap 3, watching the battle for the lead, just ahead. The battle for the top spot ended with a spin, removed both first and second from the front and handing Bush the lead. As Bush guided the field to the checkers, he opened up a healthy lead over Dennis Gaserude of Arena. At the stripe it was Bush by 10 car lengths over Gaserude, followed by Roger Stephenson of Cambridge, Lincoln Keeser of Milton and Chuck Egli of Waterloo.

Jim Pfeifer of Fort Atkinson set the fast qualifying pace with a 17.065 second loop of the quarter mile. Winning, 8 lap, heat races were Mike Cusick of Edgerton, Randy Strasburg of Jefferson and Bruce Havel of Deerfield. Joining the feature lineup, from the 15 lap Last Chance race, were Ernie Witte of Johnson Creek, Havel, James Rohrbeck of Portage and Paul Edmundson of Whitewater.

In Bandit class action Jeff Jesberger of Sun Prairie claimed top honors, in the 12 lap main event, followed by Tade Swerig of Stoughton, Scott Chico Riedner if Waunakee and John Remsik of Sun Prairie. Riedner won the 8 lap Heat race.

A crowd of smiling kids, 8 and under, scrambled for coins, during the coin toss, and there was stiff competition, in all age groups, for the Big Wheel races.

ext week at Jefferson Speedway it's Q106 Night at the races, with a full racing program and One on One Street Drags.
Gates open at 3:00, Qualifying at 5:00 and racing at 7:00 sharp. Jefferson Speedway is on Highway 18, between Jefferson and Cambridge Wisconsin.

Late Model Feature Finish:




15 Luke Westenberg (Palmyra)


17 Wayne Whitford (Janesville)


68 Ken Olson (Ft. Atkinson)


27 Dan Chesmore (Janesville)


41 Mike Taylor (Stoughton)


11 Beau Sanden (Janesville)


76 Ron Bishofberger (Ft. Atkinson)


56 Don Mattrisch (Whitewater)


1 Jason Erickson (Cambridge)


71 Tim Noble (Janesville)


18 Andy Wendt (Watertown)


2 Matt Frey (Cambridge)


44 Roger Behlke (Jefferson)


52 Steve Dobbratz (Rio)


14 Scott Nottestad (Stoughton)


2 Tom Dorn (Ft. Atkinson)


55 Eric Gerlach (Palmyra)


22 Jasper Gronert (Jefferson)


07 John Ovadal Jr. (Johnson Creek)


76 Randy Breunig (Columbus)

FAST QUALIFIER: #1 Jason Erickson (Cambridge): 14.970 seconds

FAST DASH: 8 Lap - 14 Scott Nottestad (Stoughton)

LAST CHANCE: 20 Lap -  11 Beau Sanden (Janesville), 52 Steve Dobbratz (Rio),  56 Don Mattrisch (Whitewater),
22 Jasper Gronert (Jefferson)
Heats: 10 lap: (Winnrs Only)    1)    2 Matt Frey (Cambridge)            2)   2 Tom Dorn (Ft. Atkinson)
                                                3)    22 Jasper Gronert (Jefferson)    

International Feature:




25 Brent Nottestad (Cambridge)


12 Darnell Mepham (Ft. Atkinson)


57 Mark English (Edgerton)


16 Dennis Clapp (Madison)


9 Aaron Rude (Cambridge)


4 Chris Quam (Stoughton)

FAST QUALIFIER: #25 Brent Nottestad (Cambridge): 15.958 seconds

LAST CHANCE: 15 lap  - 71 Charles Dixon (Waukesha), 84 Steve Drays (Milton),  39 Tim Woollen (Sun Prairie),
2 Doug Taylor (Stoughton)
10 lap:   (Winners Only)      1)    36 Jason Uttech (Watertown)  2)   21 Mike Dietzen (Milwaukee)
                                                     3)   17 Mike Bingham (Jefferson)          

Sportsman Feature:




21 Josh Courtney (Janesville)


11 Trent Erdman (Ft. Atkinson)


27 Bobby Stough (Waunakee)


19 Dan Schmidt (Watertown)


27 Jay Kalbus (Oconomowoc)


28 Mark Deporter (Ft. Atkinson)

FAST QUALIFIER: #98 Jeff Kohlhoff (Watertown): 15.752 seconds

CONSI: 12 lap:   81 Jeremy Hayton (Whitewater), 8 Mike Landers (Johnson Creek)
LAST CHANCE: 15 lap  - 9 Dustin Ward (Beaver Dam), 23 Jim Pankow (Oregon),
                                       3 Rory Padfield (Stoughton), 3 Joe Wendorf (Jefferson)
10 lap:   (Winners Only)      1)    4 Luke Padfield (Jefferson)             2)   23 Jim Pankow (Oregon)
                                                     3)   28 Mark Deporter (Ft. Atkinson)       4)   20 Bret Schmidt (Watertown)

Hobby Stock Feature:




17 Bill Bush (Ft. Atkinson)


99 Lincoln Keeser (Milton)


18 Dennis Gaserude (Arena)


22 Chuck Egli (Waterloo)


88 Roger Stephenson (Cambridge)


J10 Jim Williams (Milton)

FAST QUALIFIER: #11 Jim Pfeifer (Ft. Atkinson): 17.065 seconds

LAST CHANCE: 15 lap  - 02 Ernie Witte (Johnson Creek), 83 Bruce Havel (Deerfield),
                                      99 James Rohrbeck (Portage), 00 Paul Edmundson (Whitewater)
Heats: 8 lap: (Winners Only )   1)   18 Mike Cusick (Edgerton)            2)   56 Randy Strasburg (Jefferson)                                                   3)   83 Bruce Havel (Deerfield)             

Bandit Feature:




67 Jeff Jesberger (Sun Prairie)


4D Scott “Chico” Riedner (Waunakee)


3 Tade Swerig (Stoughton)


00 John Remsik (Sun Prairie)

Heats: 8 lap: 1)   4D Scott “Chico” Riedner (Waunakee)