September 8, 2001; Jefferson, WI. - Dan Chesmore of Janesville claimed top honors, in the Havill-Spoerl Automotive Family, 75 lap, season championship feature, notching his second, consecutive, track championship. Starting from the outside of row 8, Chesmore started his drive to the front, as Beau Sanden of Janesville pulled to the early lead.
Caution came, on lap 4, for a spin near the back of the field. Sanden led the restart with, rookie driver, Tim Noble of Janesville close behind. Sanden held off the challenge by Noble, as Wayne Whitford of Janesville made his way to 3rd, closing with Noble. Chesmore made his way to 6th by lap 23, before the battle for second led to contact between Noble and Whitford, resulting in a spin by Noble that brought the second caution of the race.
On the restart it was still Sanden at the point followed by Eric Gerlach of Palmyra and Roger Behlke of Jefferson, with Chesmore up to 4th. On the restart, Chesmore moved to the inside of Behlke, claiming 3rd by lap 27, before the 3rd caution, for a spin near the back of the pack. Chesmore made his move, on Gerlach, at the wave of the green, claiming 2nd by lap 28, and looking ahead to Sanden.
Closing with Sanden on lap 30, Chesmore battled, for 3 laps, claiming the point on lap 32. Once at the point Chesmore charged, unchallenged to the checkered flag, as Jason Erickson of Cambridge made his way to 2nd. The race slowed, for a final caution, on lap 60 for a single car spin. Chesmore handled the restart, pulling away from Erickson. At the stripe it was Chesmore for the win, by a quarter lap, over Erickson. Rounding out the top five were Gerlach, Ron Bishofberger of Fort Atkinson and Luke Westenberg of Palmyra.
Chesmore set the fast pace, in qualifying, with a 14.888 second tour, of the quarter mile speed plant. Behlke claimed the cash, in the Captain's Corner Dash for Cash. Claiming victories, in 10 lap heat races, were Ken Piotrowski of Milton, Jasper Gronert of Jefferson, Luke Westenberg of Palmyra and Noble.
Moving to the Last Chance race, from the 10 lap Consolation race, were Bob Cottam of Janesville and Paul Kisow of Marshall. Joining the feature lineup, via the 25 lap Last Chance race, were Steve Dobbratz of Rio, Randy Cusick of Fort Atkinson, Scott Bleeker of Jefferson and Cottam.
In International class action, Brent Nottestad capped another Championship season with a victory, in the Havill-Spoerl 30 lap main event. Starting from the outside of row 7, Nottestad started his trek to the checkered flag, as Scott Hoeft of Watertown pulled to the early lead. Hoeft led the way for a single lap, before turning the point over to Tory Adams of Madison. An, apparent, blown engine brought out the caution on lap 7, closing the field, behind Adams, for the restart. At the green flag, Nottestad moved under Mike Drays of Milton, claiming 2nd on lap 8, and closing with Adams. Moving to the bottom, on lap 9, Nottestad claimed the top spot on lap 10 and never looked back, as he guided the field to the checkered flag. At the stripe it was Nottestad for the win, and the championship, followed by Drays, Ed Wolff III of Clyman, Mike Dietzen of Milwaukee and Adams.
Nottestad set the high mark, in qualifying, with a 15.990 second circuit of the quarter mile. Claiming victories, in 10 lap heat races, were Ken Edmundson of Lima Center, Hoeft, and Mark English of Edgerton. Joining the feature lineup, from the 10 lap Last Chance race, were Edmundson, Scott Vaughn of Cottage Grove, Jason Uttech of Watertown and English.
In Sportsman Division action, Jason Thoma of Fort Atkinson claimed top honors in the 35 lap, Havill-Spoerl, feature. Starting from the outside of row 1, Thoma grabbed the early lead and never looked back. The first caution came, on lap 2, for a spring on the race track. On the restart it was Thoma at the point with Chad Reimer of Oconomowoc close behind. On lap 10, a bump and a spin, in turn 1, brought the second caution, closing the field for another restart. Lap 12 saw another caution, as a car spun, off turn 2, and wound up stuck in the mud.
Thoma led the restart, with Reimer still close behind. Lap 22 saw another caution for a spin in turn 2. Thoma led the restart with Reimer still running 2nd and Jay Kalbus of Oconomowoc up to 4th. The point leader, Josh Courtney of Janesville, developed a severe smoking problem, pulling from the race on lap 25. This set up the possibility of the championship going to Kalbus, if he could win the race. Caution came again, on lap 29, when a pair of cars collided, and spun, on the back stretch. On the restart it was Thoma at the point with Reimer running 2nd and Kalbus up to 3rd. Kalbus moved under Reimer, claiming the 2nd spot by lap 30, but was unable to close the gap with Thoma. At the stripe it was Thoma for the win, followed by Kalbus, Reimer, Dale Padfield of Jefferson and Kevin Thompson of Palmyra.
Courtney was crowned 2001 champion, by a narrow margin. Jeff Kohlhoff of Watertown set the fast qualifying time, with a 15.783 second orbit of the quarter mile. Claiming victories, in 10 lap heat races, were Shane Radtke of Hellenville, Jordan McBride of Janesville, Kalbus and Noel Ramge of Hellenville.
Moving to the Last Chance race, from the 10 lap Consolation race, were Randy Padfield of Stoughton and Bob Selsing of Fort Atkinson. Joining the feature lineup, from the 15 lap Last Chance race, were Tony Koepke of Fort Atkinson, Ramge, James Helmer of Fox Lake and Jim Pankow of Oregon.
In Hobby Stock action, Chad Lurvey of Dousman claimed top honors, in the 30 lap, Havill-Spoerl, feature. Starting from the outside of row 2, Lurvey headed for the front as Chris Schoonover of Janesville grabbed the early lead. Schoonover guided the way, for 2 laps, before surrendering the point to Lurvey, on lap 3. Once at the front, Lurvey led the way to the checkered flag, uninterrupted by cautions. At the stripe it was Lurvey for the win, followed by Brent Moe of Deforest, Jim Pfeifer of Fort Atkinson, Chuck Egli of Waterloo and Roger Stephenson of Cambridge. Pfeifer claimed the 2001 championship, in the Hobby Stock division.
Egli set the fast qualifying pace, with a 16.973 second lap, of the quarter mile.
Claiming victories, in 10 lap heat races, were Mike Manley of Fort Atkinson, Jenny Weir of
Cottage Grove, Mike Cusick of Edgerton and Gerald Chapman of Juneau.
In Bandit division action, Dave Hundley of Rockton IL, drove from a 5th place start, to a feature win, in the 15 lap main event. Tim Seitz of Edgerton finished 2nd. Tade Swerig of Stoughton was crowned, the inaugural season champion, in the Bandit division. Bill Reynolds of Watertown claimed victory, in the 8 lap heat race.
Next week, is the 21st annual Pepsi Wisconsin State Championships, at Jefferson Speedway. Featuring 2 days of action packed racing, as the top drivers from the Midwest compete for $30,000 in price money. Friday night, gates open at 2:00 p.m., qualifying at 5:30 p.m. and racing at 8:00 p.m. Saturday night gates open at 3:00 p.m., with racing at 7:00 p.m.
Jefferson Speedway is on highway 18, between Cambridge and Jefferson Wisconsin.
FAST QUALIFIER: #27 Dan Chesmore (Janesville): 14.888 seconds 60.45
FAST QUALIFIER: #25 Brent
Nottestad (Cambridge): 15.990 seconds 56.29 MPH
FAST QUALIFIER; #98 Jeff
Kohlhoff (Watertown): 15.783 seconds 57.02
FAST QUALIFIER: #22 Chuck
Egli (Waterloo): 16.973 seconds 53.03 MPH
Heats: 8 lap: 1) 38 Bill Reynolds (Watertown)