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Chesmore, Nottestad, Courtney, Pfeifer and Swerig Crowned Champions at Jefferson!
By Jeanne & Larry Starr

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.

Photo Highlights

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Dan Chesmore (#27), takes his bows, in Victory Lane, following his win, in the Havill-Spoerl Season Championship 75 lap feature. Chesmore has successfully defended his 2000 season championship, with a championship in 2001.
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Feature action! Dan Chesmore (#27), moves under John Ovadal Jr. (#07), on his way to the front of the Havill-Spoerl, 75 lap, Late Model Feature. Also shown are Luke Westenberg (#16), and Jason Erickson (#1). Chesmore went on to score the win.
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Ooops! I hate it when this happens! Don Mattrich (#56) and Scott Null (#62) collided, coming off turn 4, in the Late Model feature and ended in the infield sand barrier.
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Brent Nottestad (#25) takes his bows, in Victory Lane, following his victory in the International Feature, capping his 2001 Season Championship.
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Brent Nottestad (#25) missed a clean sweep by this much as he finished runner-up to Mark English in this International Class heat race.
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Sportsman division rookie driver, Jason Thoma (#95), makes his first trip to Victory Lane, following the 35 lap feature.
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Lost the handle! Tony Koepke (#32) loops it in turn 1, in the Sportsman feature, ahead of Jeff Kohlhoff (#98). Close behind are Trent Erdman (#11) and Jim Pankow (#32).
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Chad Lurvey (#74), notched the second feature win, of his rookie season, in the Hobby Stock feature.

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.
Moving to the Last Chance race, from the 8 lap Consolation race, were Chapman and Chris Matz of Watertown.
Joining the feature lineup, from the 12 lap Last Chance race, were Weir, Chapman, Russ Nicholson of Stoughton and Jason Ayers of Stoughton.

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.

Late Model Feature Finish:




27 Dan Chesmore (Janesville)


14 Scott Nottestad (Stoughton)


1 Jason Erickson (Cambridge)


2 Tom Dorn (Ft. Atkinson)


55 Eric Gerlack (Palmyra)


44 Roger Behlke (Jefferson)


76 Ron Bishofberger (Ft. Atkinson)


17 Wayne Whitford (Janesville)


16 Luke Westenberg (Palmyra)


98 Scott Bleeker (Jefferson)


76 Randy Breunig (Columbus)


07 John Ovadal Jr. (Hellenville)


68 Ken Olson (Ft. Atkinson)


22 jasper Gronert (Jefferson)


11 Beau Sanden (Janesville)


71 Tim Noble (Janesville)


52 Steve Dobbratz (Rio)


41 Mike Taylor (Stoughton)


25 Randy Cusick (Ft. Atkinson)


71 Bob Cottam (Janesville)

FAST QUALIFIER: #27 Dan Chesmore (Janesville): 14.888 seconds 60.45 MPH
FAST DASH: 8 Lap -  44 Roger Behlke (Jefferson)
CONSI: 10 Lap -  71 Bob Cottam (Janesville), 99 Paul Kisow (Marshall)
LAST CHANCE: 25 Lap  -   52 Steve Dobbratz (Rio), 25 Randy Cusick (Ft. Atkinson), 98 Scott Bleeker (Jefferson),
71 Bob Cottam (Janesville)
Heats: 10 lap: (Winners Only ) 1)     6 Ken Piotrowski (Milton)                 2)   22 Jasper Gronert (Jefferson)
                                                3)    16 Luke Westenberg (Palmyra)   4)    71 Tim Noble (Janesville)

International Feature:




25 Brent Nottestad (Cambridge)


28 Tory Adams (Madison)


48 Mike Drays (Milton)


21 Mike Dietzen (Milwaukee)


89 Ed Wolff III (Clyman)


17 Mike Bingham (Jefferson)

FAST QUALIFIER: #25 Brent Nottestad (Cambridge): 15.990 seconds 56.29 MPH
10 lap  - 59 Ken Edmundson (Lima Center), 53 Scott Vaughn (Cottage Grove), 36 Jason Uttech (Watertown),  41 John Froelich (Chippeawa Falls)
10 lap: (Winners Only)   1)   59 Ken Edmundson (Lima Center)  2)   00 Scott Hoeft (Watertown)
                                                  3)   57 Mark English (Edgerton)               

Sportsman Feature:




95 Jason Thoma (Ft. Atkinson)


27 Dale Padfield (Jefferson)


27 Jay Kalbus (Oconomowoc)


99 Kevin Thompson (Palmyra)


19 Chad Reimer (Oconomowoc)


19 Dan Schmidt (Watertown)

FAST QUALIFIER; #98 Jeff Kohlhoff (Watertown): 15.783 seconds  57.02 MPH
10 lap  - 2 Randy Padfield (Stoughton), 3 Bob Selsing (Ft. Atkinson)
LAST CHANCE: 15 lap  - 32 Tony Koepke (Ft. Atkinson), 17 Noel Ramge (Hellenville),  7 James Helmer (Fox Lake),
23 Jim Pankow (Oregon)

Heats: 10 lap: (Winners Only) 1)   13 Shane Radtke (Hellenville)           2)   2 Jordan McBride (Janesville)
                                               3)   27 Jay Kalbus (Oconomowoc)              4)   17 Noel Ramge (Hellenville)

Hobby Stock Feature:




74 Chad Lurvey (Dousman)


22 Chuck Egli (Waterloo)


22 Brent Moe (Deforest)


88 Roger Stephenson (Cambridge)


11 Jim Pfeifer (Ft. Atkinson)


99 Lincoln Keeser (Milton)

FAST QUALIFIER: #22 Chuck Egli (Waterloo): 16.973 seconds 53.03 MPH
8 lap  - 7 Gerald Chapman (Juneau), 72 Chris Matz (Watertown),
LAST CHANCE: 12 lap  - 68 Jenny Weir (Cottage Grove), 7 Gerald Chapman (Juneau),   67 Russ Nicholson (Stoughton), 57 Jason Ayers (Stoughton)
Heats: 8 lap: (Winners Only)   1)    29 Mike Manley (Ft. Atkinson)           2)   68 Jenny Weir (Cottage Grove)
                                               3)   18 Mike Cusick (Edgerton)                    4)   7 Gerald Chapman (Juneau)

Bandit Feature:




7 Dave Hundley (Rockton IL)


57 Tim Seitz (Edgerton)

Heats: 8 lap: 1)  38 Bill Reynolds (Watertown)