September 15, 2001; Jefferson, WI. - When you're hot, you're hot! Jim Jarlsberg of Cambridge started his weekend with a victory, in the Miller Lite 50, on Friday night, setting the tone for his weekend.
Jarlsberg came back Saturday night to claim victories, in both of the Pepsi Twin 65's and the overall Championship, earning a $2,520 payday in the 21st annual Pepsi Wisconsin State Championships.
Starting the from the outside of row 3, in the first 65 lap feature, Jarlsberg started his drive to the front, as Tim Noble of Janesville pulled to the early lead. Noble guided the way over 39 laps, and two caution periods, on laps 1 and 16, as Jarlsberg worked his way to the front. Jarlsberg claimed the 2nd spot, from Rick Coppernoll of Marshall on lap 33, closing with Noble.
Moving under Noble on lap 39, Jarlsberg claimed the point on lap 40 and never looked back, as he guided the way to the checkered flag. Dan Chesmore of Janesville, the 2001 track champion, made his way to 2nd by lap 54, but was unable to make his way around Jarlsberg. At the finish it was Jarlsberg for the win, followed by Chesmore, Ron Bishofberger of Fort Atkinson, Jason Erickson of Cambridge and Noble.
Jarlsberg began the 2nd 65 lap feature from the inside of row 6, managing to avoid the chaos, that struck at the green flag, collecting much of the field on the front stretch. On the restart, Mike Taylor of Stoughton claimed the point, guiding the way for 37 laps, with Roger Behlke of Jefferson moving up to 2nd, looking for a way to the front. On lap 37, Taylor and Behlke tangled coming out of turn 4, spinning to the inside. Both cars continued, without bringing out the caution, but the lead was handed to Luke Westenberg of Palmyra.
As Westenberg claimed the point, Randy Breunig of Columbus was battling his way from 2nd. Breunig moved to the inside, as the pair battled, side by side, for the top spot. The battle for the lead, once again, resulted in a spin, and a caution, as Westenberg and Breunig spun, in turn 2, on lap 51. On the restart it was Jarlsberg at the point, with 13 laps to go.
At the green, Jarlsberg pulled ahead, of the challenge by Bishofberger, guiding the way to the checkered. At the stripe it was Jarlsberg, by 5 car lengths, over Bishofberger, followed by Jason Erickson of Cambridge, Scott Null of Lake Mills and Behlke. Jarlsberg's wins, in both races, gave him the overall championship. Behlke won the, 8 lap, "Whitewater Auto Supply" Dash for Cash.
Joining the feature lineups, from the 2, 30 lap, last chance races, were Randy Breunig of Columbus, Andy Tomlinson of Pardeeville, Charlie Mierendorf of Lake Mills, Mike Beyer of Rockford IL, Russ Goodwin of South Beloit IL and Tom Dorn of Fort Atkinson.
In International, (4 cylinder), action, Mark English of Edgerton claimed top honors in the, 45 lap, main event. Starting from the inside of row 5, English headed for the front, as Mike Bingham of Jefferson pulled to the early lead. Bingham guided the way, for 7 laps, and 3 cautions, before surrendering the point.
On lap 8, Brett McCoy of Belvidere IL claimed the top spot, showing the way as English moved as English battled his way to 2nd. English claimed the point on lap 14, followed by Mike Drays of Milton for 2nd. As English and Drays battled for the top spot, George Sparkman of Loves Park IL made his way, from the rear of the field, to the 3rd spot, by lap 32.
Sparkman claimed the 2nd spot, from Drays, on lap 44, making a serious bid for the top spot. At the stripe it was English for the win, followed by Sparkman, Drays, Bingham and Rich Hinerichsen of Rockton IL.
Ron Young of Rockford, Paul Berg of Eau Claire and Scott Vaughn of Cottage Grove moved to the feature lineup, from the 15 lap Last Chance race.
In Sportsman division action Jay Kalbus of Oconomowoc claimed victory, in the 45 lap main event. Starting from the pole position, Kalbus surrendered the early lead to Tony Koepke of Fort Atkinson, only to reclaim it on lap 5. As Kalbus showed the way to the checkered flag, through, 4 caution periods, Dave Oswald of Cottage Grove made his way to the 2nd spot.
Oswald made his bid for the top spot, but Kalbus proved up to the challenge. At the finish it was Kalbus for the win, followed by Oswald, Trent Erdman of Fort Atkinson, Jason Thoma of Fort Atkinson and Curt Thompson of Palmyra.
Moving to the feature lineup, from 2, 20 lap, last chance races were, Jerry Faust of Wausau, Bill Falk of Poynette, Jim Pankow of Oregon and Bobby Stough of Waunakee.
In Hobby Stock action, Dennis Gaserude of Arena won the, 45 lap, feature. Starting from the outside of row 4, Gaserude started his drive to the point, as Lincoln Keeser of Milton grabbed the early lead. Keeser and Roger Stephenson of Cambridge spun, out of the battle for the lead, on lap 17, moving Brent Moe of Deforest to the point, with Gaserude running 2nd.
Gaserude looked for the way under Moe, until lap 31, when he managed the winning pass. At the stripe it was Gaserude for the win, followed by Jim Pfeifer of Fort Atkinson, Moe, John Remsik of Middleton and Jim Williams of Milton.
Coming through, 15 lap, last chance races, to join the feature, were Brett Carson of Hebron, Roy Pfeifer of Fort Atkinson, Mike Bachaus of Whitewater and Ernie Witte of Johnson Creek.
The Bandit division concluded the nights racing action, with Alan Petrie of Sun Prairie claiming top honors, in the, 25 lap, feature. Starting from the inside of the back row, Petrie motored to the top spot by the finish, followed by Eric Rucks of Rockdale, Bill Reynolds of Rockdale, Dave Hundley of Rockton IL and Peter Shelly of Edgerton.
This is the final racing event, of the 2001 season, at Wisconsin's Action Track.
The management and staff of Jefferson Speedway wish to thank the drivers, crew members and especially the thousands of loyal race fans that have made this a great racing season. We will see you in the spring of 2002.
OVERALL WINNER - 97 Jim Jarlsberg (Cambridge)
FAST DASH: 8 Lap - 44 Roger Behlke (Jefferson)
LAST CHANCE #1: 30 Lap - 76 Randy Breunig (Columbus), 31 Andy Tomlinson
(Pardeeville), 1 Charlie Mierendorf (Lake Mills).
LAST CHANCE: 15 lap - 01 Ron Young (Rockford), 94 Paul Berg (Eau Claire), Scott Vaughn (Cottage Grove): Promoters Choice: 71 Charles Dixon (Waukesha)
LAST CHANCE #1: 20 lap -
27 Jerry Faust (Wausau), 29 Bill Falk (Poynette)
LAST CHANCE #1: 15 lap -
1 Brett Carson (Hebron), 98 Roy Pfeifer Jr. (Ft. Atkinson)