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Taylor pilots Thunderbird to victory lane at Jefferson Speedway!
By Jeanne & Larry Starr

May 5, 2001; Jefferson, WI. Mike Taylor of Stoughton claimed top honors in the 35 lap main event on Wisconsin's Action Track. Starting from the inside of row 3, Taylor was up to the 3rd spot when the first caution came, on lap 2, when a pair of cars slid into the turn 1 wall. On the restart Taylor moved under Eric Gerlach of Palmyra to close with the early leader, Matt Frey of Cambridge.

Photo Highlights

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It was time for the Jefferson Speedway's Best Appearing Car contest, here Luke Westenberg (#16) stands beside his "Best Looking" Late Model.
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Brent Nottestad (#25) in his "Best Looking" International class car.
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Faye Riedner (#26) beside her "Best Looking" Sportsman.
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Jim Pfeifer (#11) beside his "Best Looking" Hobby Stock.
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Mike Taylor (#41), holding off Scott Nottestad (#14), in the Late Model feature.  Taylor went on to win the event.
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Hot & heavy Late Model action, early in the evening.  Don Mattrish (#56), is hung on the outside of Bob Taylor (#52), with Brent Knight (#79) on the inside and Ken Piotrowski (#6) looking through the middle.
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Trent Erdman (#11) battles under Josh Weir (#52) in the Sportsman feature.  Weir was up to the challenge, going on to win the event.  Erdman crossed the line second.
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Dennis Gaserude (#18) leading the way, with Bill Bush (#11) and Jim Pfeifer (#11) battling for second, in the Hobby Stock main.   Gaserude went on to win the race, with Pfeifer finishing second.

After a 2 lap battle, Taylor moved his Thunderbird to the point, and never looked back, guiding the field to the checkered flag. The race slowed for a second caution, on lap 23, for a brief rain shower. After drying the track, Taylor resumed his journey to the checkered flag, with Scott Nottestad of Stoughton close behind. At the stripe it was Taylor for the win followed by Nottestad, Randy Breunig of Columbus, Roger Behlke of Jefferson and Ron Bishofberger of Ft. Atkinson.

Jason Erickson of Cambridge set the fast qualifying pace, with a 14.850 second tour of the quarter mile. Luke Westenberg of Palmyra, again, won the "Best Looking Car" contest. Breunig claimed victory in the 8 lap Dash-for-Cash. Claiming victories, in 10 lap heat races were Bill Drefahl of Evansville, Butch Mierendorf of Waterloo and Jerry Parker of Palmyra.
Joining the feature lineup, from the 20 lap Last Chance Race were Wayne Whitford of Janesville, Ken Piotrowski of Milton, Tim Noble of Janesville and Parker.

In International class action Mark English of Janesville brought home the gold, in the 20 lap feature. Starting from the outside of row 2, English headed for the point as Tory Adams of Madison pulled out to the early lead. Adams held off English for 6 laps before surrendering the spot. As English drove under Adams for the lead, Mike Bingham of Jefferson followed to claim the 2nd spot. Bingham kept the pressure on English all the way to the checkered flag, racing side by side over the final laps. Although Bingham was able to get a nose ahead several times, he was unable to complete the pass. At the stripe it was English, by inches, over Bingham followed by Brent Nottestad of Cambridge, Ed Wolff III of Clyman and Darnell Mepham of Ft. Atkinson.

Nottestad set the high mark in qualifying, with a 15.927 second circuit of the quarter mile, and won bragging rights in the "Best Looking Car" contest. Claiming victories, in 10 lap heat races, were Adams and English.

In Sportsman division action Josh Weir of Cottage Grove notched his first career feature win, in the 25 lap main event. Starting from the outside of row 1, Weir grabbed the point at the wave of the green flag and never looked back. Weir opened up a strong lead, in the early going as the top runners worked their way through traffic, seeking the front. A spin, in turn 4, brought the first caution of the race, on lap 20, closing the field for the restart.

On the restart Weir held off Mark Deporter of Ft. Atkinson, only to see the final caution, one lap later, for debris on the track. On the final restart Trent Erdman of Ft. Atkinson motored under Deporter, for 2nd, moving up to challenge Weir. Weir was up to the challenge taking the checkered just ahead of Erdman. Rounding out the top five were Dave Oswald of Cottage Grove, Deporter and Dale Padfield of Jefferson.

Oswald set the fast mark in qualifying, with a 15.735 second orbit of the quarter mile speed plant. Faye Riedner of Waunakee won the "Best Looking Car" award, with the Riedner family wagon. Claiming victories, in 10 lap heat races, were Brian Ells of Janesville, Weir and Tod Goldade Of Stoughton. Moving to the Last Chance Race, from the 10 lap Consolation Race, were James Helmer of Fox Lake and Ells. Joining the feature lineup, from the 15 lap Last Chance race, were Jason Thoma of Jefferson, Judy Weir of Cottage Grove, Dustin Ward of Beaver Dam and Helmer.

In Hobby Stock Action, Dennis Gaserude of Arena claimed victory in the 20 lap feature. Starting from the inside of row 2, Gaserude started toward the front, as Bill Bush of Johnson Creek pulled ahead to the early lead. Bush guided the field for 4 laps, before surrendering the point to Gaserude. The field slowed for a caution, on lap 6, for debris on the track and again on lap 11 for fire in a race car.

Gaserude guided the way from the final restart to the checkered. Utter confusion struck, on the final lap. A pair of cars, near the rear of the field, tangled coming to the white flag, causing one to spread fluid around the racing groove in turns 3 & 4. As the leaders were charging to the wire, they found the fluid slipping and sliding their way around. A final lap incident, in which none of the victims are at fault, results in scoring the white flag lap as final. As the adding machines stopped clicking, it was Gaserude for the win, followed by Jim Pfeifer of Ft. Atkinson, Bush, Chuck Egli of Waterloo and Nick Golich of Hebron.
Pfeifer set the fast qualifying pace, with a 16.735 second lap on the quarter mile, and claimed the "Best Looking Car" award
Claiming Victories, in 8 lap heat races, were Rick Kehoe of Lake Mills, Jeremy Hartwig of Cottage Grove and Chris Matz of Watertown.

Joining the feature lineup, via the 12 lap Last Chance race, were Hartwig, Chad Lurvey of Dousman, Mike Manley of Ft. Atkinson and Jay Finnegan of Milton.

The new Bandits division ran 2 exhibition heat races. The counter-clockwise (Turn Left) race went to Tim Seitz of Edgerton while the clockwise (Turn Right) race was won by Tade Swerig.

Next week Jefferson Speedway hosts the first round of the One-on-One Street drags, along with a full racing program in all divisions. 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:




41 Mike Taylor (Stoughton)


68 Kenny Olson (Ft. Atkinson)


14 Scott Nottestad (Stoughton)


2 Tom Dorn (Ft. Atkinson)


76 Randy Breunig (Columbus)


2 Jerry Parker (Palmyra)


44 Roger Behlke (Jefferson)


17 Wayne Whitford (Janesville)


76 Ron Bishofberger (Ft. Atkinson)


6 Ken Piotrowski (Milton)


1 Jason Erickson (Cambridge)


07 John Ovadal Jr. (Johnson Creek)


27 Dan Chesmore (Janesville)


71 Tim Noble (Janesville)


55 Eric Gerlach (Palmyra)


2 Matt Frey (Cambridge)


16 Luke Westenberg (Palmyra)


11 Beau Sanden (Janesville)

FAST QUALIFIER:  #1 Jason Erickson (Cambridge): 14.850 Seconds
Best Looking Car :  #16 Luke Westenberg (Palmyra)
FAST DASH: 8 Lap -  76 Randy Breunig (Columbus)
20 Lap  -   17 Wayne Whitford (Janesville), 6 Ken Piotrowski (Milton), 71 Tim Noble (Janesville), 2 Jerry Parker (Palmyra)
Heats: 10 lap: (WINNERS ONLY) 1)    70 Bill Drefahl (Evansville)       2)   12 Butch Mierendorf (Waterloo)
                                                   3)    2 Jerry Parker (Palmyra)        

International Feature:




57 Mark English (Janesville)


89 Ed Wolff III (Clyman)


17 Mike Bingham (Jefferson)


12 Darnell Mepham (Ft. Atkinson)


25 Brent Nottestad (Cambridge)


28 Tory Adams (Madison)

FAST QUALIFIER:  #25 Brent Nottestad (Cambridge): 15.927 Seconds
Best Looking Car:  #25 Brent Nottestad (Cambridge)
10 lap: (WINNERS ONLY)   1)   28 Tory Adams (Madison)          2)   57 Mark English (Janesville)  

Sportsman Feature:




52 Josh Weir (Cottage Grove)


28 Mark Deporter (Ft. Atkinson)


11 Trent Erdman (Ft. Atkinson)


27 Dale Padfield (Jefferson)


31 Dave Oswald (Cottage Grove)


33 Dylan Schuyler (Dousman)

FAST QUALIFIER: #31 Dave Oswald (Cottage Grove): 15.735 Seconds
Best Looking Car: #26 Faye Riedner (Waunakee)
10 lap  - 7 James Helmer (Fox Lake), 80 Brian Ells (Janesville)
LAST CHANCE: 15 lap  - 95 Jason Thoma (Jefferson), 59 Judy Weir (Cottage Grove), 9 Dustin Ward (Beaver Dam), 7 James Helmer (Fox Lake)
10 lap: (WINNERS ONLY) 1)   80 Brian Ells (Janesville)            2)   52 Josh Weir (Cottage Grove)
                                                     3)   9 Tod Goldade (Stoughton)         

Hobby Stock Feature:




18 Dennis Gaserude (Arena)


22 Chuck Egli (Waterloo)


11 Jim Pfeifer (Ft. Atkinson)


66 Nick Golich (Hebron)


17 Bill Bush (Johnson Creek)


22 Brent Moe (Deforest)

FAST QUALIFIER: #11 Jim Pfeifer (Ft. Atkinson): 16.735 Seconds
Best Looking Car: #11 Jim Pfeifer (Ft. Atkinson)
LAST CHANCE: 12 lap  - 6 Jeremy Hartwig (Cottage Grove), 74 Chad Lurvey (Dousman), 29 Mike Manley (Ft. Atkinson), 8 Jay Finnegan (Milton)
Heats: 8 lap: (WINNERS ONLY)   1)   70 Rick Kehoe (Lake Mills)          2)   6 Jeremy Hartwig (Cottage Grove)
                                                   3)  72 Chris Matz (Watertown)   

Bandit Heats 5 laps: (WINNERS ONLY)



1) Tim Seitz (Edgerton)                                    2)   3 Tade Swerig