Jr. takes thriller at Jefferson Speedway!
July 28, 2001; Jefferson, WI. - John Ovadal Jr., Johnson Creek, won his first
career late model feature Saturday night at Jefferson Speedway. Ovadal's victory came
after a race full of unexpected twists and turns. Beau Sanden, Janesville, took the
initial lead after a torrid battle with Randy Cusick, Fort Atkinson. Sanden, Cusick,
Ovadal, and Tim Noble, Janesville, battled for the lead until lap 18 when the ignition on
Sanden's car failed dropping him from the lead.
Cusick continued to hold off Ovadal's challenge while Randy Breunig, Columbus,
and Dan Chesmore, Janesville, moved in behind Ovadal. Breunig moved past Ovadal for second
on lap 19 with Chesmore in close pursuit. Breunig had just begun to battle for the lead
when a lapped car caused Cusick to lift the throttle. Breunig dove low to pass Cusick just
as Chesmore was closing in on the low groove. Breunig and Chesmore collided bringing out
the yellow. With the restart, Ovadal continued to pressure Cusick with Roger Behlke,
Jefferson, Ron Bishofberger, Fort Atkinson, and Jason Erickson, Cambridge, now in the lead
Ovadal tried repeatedly to overtake Cusick, the two cars making light contact on a
couple of occasions. The Ovadal-Cusick battle came to an abrupt end on lap 24 when
Cusick's left rear tire was cut down while the cars raced
side-by-side through turns one and two. As Cusick limped to the infield, Bishofberger and
Erickson moved up to challenge Ovadal.
Bishofberger pulled alongside Ovadal repeatedly during the final ten laps of the race.
Erickson spent the next five laps looking for a way to get around Bishofberger. The trio
continued to race in formation until the white flag when Bishofberger made one final
charge. Going into turn one on the last lap the two lead cars touched, but Ovadal was able
to power through the contact and retain the lead going down the backstretch. Bishofberger,
with Erickson right behind, made a final charge coming out of turn four only to fall a car
length short at the finish.
Following, Ovadal, Bishofberger, and Erickson, were Mike Taylor, Stoughton, Tim Noble,
Janesville, Scott Nottestad, Stoughton, Erick Gerlach, Palmyra, Luke Westenberg, Palmyra,
Randy Breunig, and Dan Chesmore.
Brent Nottestad, Cambridge, continued his winning ways as he took the 20-lap International
Class feature after a spirited battle with Chris Quam, Stoughton. The race was stopped on
lap 6 due to a three-car crash that left Arron Rude on its side into the front
straightaway wall. Rude was not injured. Following Nottestad and Quam were Steve Drays,
Milton, Ed Wolff III, Watertown, and Charles Dixon, Waukesha.
Richard Titus, Jefferson, won the 25-lap Sportsman feature following a race long battle
with Tony Koeptke, Johnson Creek, and Curt Thompson, Palmyra. A late race caution bunched
up the field, but Titus was up to the challenge and took the win. Following Titus,
Koeptke, and Thompson were Josh Courtney, Janesville, and Jeff Kohlhoff, Watertown.
Jim Pfeifer, Fort Atkinson, took the lead on lap 14 and went on to win the Hobby Stock
feature. Chuck Egli, Waterloo, was second followed by Dan Schmidt, Farmington, and Scott
Bush, Johnson Creek.
Next Saturday the Jefferson Speedway presents the Bumper-to-Bumper 50 and WIBA night at
the races. The evening will feature a 50-lap late model main event and a gigantic
fireworks display. Jefferson Speedway is located six miles west of Jefferson or five miles
east of Cambridge on Highway 18. Gates open at 3:00 pm, time trials begin at 5:00 pm, with
the first race at 7:00 pm sharp.
Feature: 1. John Ovadal Jr., Johnson Creek 2. Ron Bishofberger, Fort
Atkinson 3. Jason Erickson, Cambridge 4. Mike Taylor, Stoughton 5. Tim Noble, Janesville
6. Scott Nottestad, Stoughton 7. Eric Gerlach, Palmyra 8. Luke Westenberg, Palmyra 9.
Randy Breunig, Columbus 10. Dan Chesmore, Janesville
Last Chance: 1. Gregg Bowers, Columbus 2. Steve Dobbratz, Rio 3. Jason
Dunn, Sun Prairie
Consy: 1. Brent Knight, Watertown 2. Butch Mierendorf, Waterloo
Heat 1: Matt Frey, Cambridge
Heat 2: Scott Bleeker, Jefferson
Heat 3: Luke Westenberg
Heat 4: Dan Chesmore, Janseville
Fast Dash: Roger Behlke, Jefferson
Fast Qualifier: Erich Gerlach, Palmyra
Feature: 1. Brent Nottestad, Cambridge 2. Chrish Quam, Stoughton 3. Steve
Drays, Milton 4. Ed Wolff, III, Watertown 5. Charles Dixon, Waukesha 6. John Froelich,
Chippewa Falls 7. Lucas Vinge, Cambridge 8. Scott Brydon, Durand IL 9. Derrick
Bettenhausen, Lima Center 10. Ken Edmundson, Whitewater
Heat 1: Scott Brydon, Durand, IL
Heat 2: Brent Nottestad, Cambridge
Fast Qualifier: Brent Nottestad
Feature: 1. Richard Titus, Jefferson 2. Tony Koeptke, Johnson Creek
3.Curt Thompson, Palmyra 4. Josh Courtney, Janesville 5. Jeff Kohlhoff, Watertown 6. Jay
Kalbus, Oconomowoc 7. Bobby Stough Jr., Waunakee 8. Dylan Schuyler, Dousman 9. Trent
Erdman, Fort Atkinson 10. Kevin Thompson, Palmyra
Heat 1: Judy Weir, Cottage Grove
Heat 2: Tom Collins, Lake Mills
Heat 3: Jason Thoma, Jefferson
Heat 4: Dan Schmidt, Watertown
Fast Qualifier: Jeff Kohlhoff, Watertown
Feature: 1. Jim Pfeifer, Fort Atkinson 2. Chuck Egli, Waterloo 3. Dennis
Schmidt, Watertown 4. Scott Bush, Fort Atkinson 5. Dennis Gaserude 6. Jim Williams, Milton
7. Brent Moe, DeForest 8. Chad Lurvey, Dousman 9. Mike Cusick, Edgerton 10. Lonny Wilson,
Heat 1: Chris Schoonover
Heat 2: T.J. Rivera, Edgerton
Heat 3: John Remsik
Fast Qualifier: Roger Stevenson, Cambridge
Gauntlet Event: Won by the Gauntlet car
driven by Rick Coppernol and Lucas Vinge.