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Chesmore, Nottestad, Courtney and Keeser Victorious at Jefferson Speedway!
By Jeanne & Larry Starr

May 12, 2001; Jefferson, WI. Defending track champion, Dan Chesmore of Janesville, claimed top honors in the 35 lap main event at Jefferson Speedway. Starting from the outside of row 4, Chesmore started the long drive to the front as Scott Nottestad of Stoughton drove to the early lead. Nottestad was locked in battle, from the start, with Randy Breunig of Columbus. Chesmore freed moved past Matt Frey of Cambridge, for third, on lap 6, working to close the gap with the leaders. Catching the lead draft, by lap 11 Chesmore made it a 3 way battle for the top spot.

Photo Highlights

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The Winning Pass, Dan Chesmore (#14) makes his way under Scott Nottestad (#14), in the Late Model feature.  Chesmore went on to win the race, making it two out of three for the season.
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Close racing in the Dash-for-Cash.   Jason Erickson (#1), keeping the pressure on Andy Wendt (#18), in the dash.   Wendt held on for the victory.
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Is that Tony Stewart?  Well, no, but it is his car!   One of Stewart's short track cars was on hand to turn some "hot laps" on Saturday night.
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First Late Model win.  Rookie driver Tim Noble (#71) takes a turn in victory lane after his first Late Model win.   Noble was last year's Rookie of the Year in the Hobby Stock division.
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Lincoln Keeser (#99) took the checkered flag in the Hobby Stock division.  Shown here making a stop in victory lane.
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Josh Courtney (#21) stops by victory lane, after a hard fought win in the Sportsman division.
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Aaron Rude (#9) making his way under Troy Adams (#28), in the International feature.  Nottestad was awarded the win, following post race technical inspections.
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"Missed it by this much!"   Ken Piotrowski (#6) outside, coming to the line beside Rick Coppernoll (#75) in the 2nd Late Model heat race.  Can you guess the winner?  It was Coppernoll, by about 6 inches.

Everything came to a stop, on lap 15, when a 3 car incident, on the back stretch, brought the first caution. On the restart it was Nottestad at the point with Chesmore running 2nd. Chesmore led lap 17, by a nose, pulling ahead by lap 18. From there it was Chesmore guiding the way to the checkered flag, with Nottestad and Breunig fighting for 2nd. The field closed for another caution, on lap 27, for a spin in turn 1. Chesmore showed the way from the final green to the checkered, followed by Nottestad, Breunig, Ron Bishofberger of Ft. Atkinson and Andy Wendt of Watertown.
Bishofberger set the fast qualifying pace, with a 14.906 second tour of the quarter mile.

Wendt crossed the line first in the 8 lap Dash-for-Cash. Claiming victories in 10 lap heat races were Jon Minor of Stoughton, Rick Coppernoll of Marshall, Brent Knight of Watertown and Tim Noble of Janesville. Entering the Last Chance race from the 12 lap Consolation race were Randy Cusick of Ft. Atkinson, Don Mattrisch of Whitewater and Minor. Joining the feature lineup, from the 20 lap Last Chance race were Coppernoll, Jasper Gronert of Jefferson, Wayne Whitford of Janesville and Russ Goodwin of Beloit.

In International class action, Aaron Rude of Cambridge led the field in the 20 lap feature. Starting from the inside or row 5, Rude headed to the front, as Tory Adams of Madison jumped to the early lead. Rude was up to the 3rd spot, behind Chris Quam of Stoughton, when a wreck between turns 3 and 4 brought the only caution of the race. On the restart Rude started his move on Quam, claiming the 2nd spot on lap 10, and closing with Adams.

Adams held off the attack for 5 more laps, before surrendering the point, on lap 15. As Rude guided the field toward the checkered flag, defending track champion Brent Nottestad of Cambridge made his way to the 2nd spot, closing with Rude. At the finish it was Rude for the win, followed by Nottestad, Adams, Ed Wolff III of Clyman, Quam and Mike Bingham of Jefferson.

Appearant winner Rude and Wolff subsequently failed the post-race technical inspection, moving Bingham to a fourth place finish and awarding the victory to Nottestad. Wolff set the high mark in qualifying with a 15.987 second loop of the quarter mile. Claiming victories, in 10 lap heat races were Adams and Mark English of Janesville.

In Sportsman Division action Josh Courtney of Janesville won a hard fought victory, in the 25 lap main event. Starting from the outside of row 4, Courtney started the long drive to the front, as Bret Schmidt of Watertown took the early lead. Rich Titus of Jefferson battled Schmidt for the top spot, as Courtney fought his way through traffic. By lap 20, Courtney made his way past Jason Thoma of Jefferson for the 3rd spot, closing with Titus.

Moving under Titus, on lap 21, Courtney closed the gap with the leader. Moving under Schmidt on lap 22, Courtney took the point, guiding the way to the checkered. At the stripe it was Courtney for the win, followed by Curt Thompson for Palmyra, Schmidt, Titus and Thoma.

Jeff Kohlhoff of Watertown set the fast qualifying time, with a 15.760 second orbit of the quarter mile speed plant.
Claiming victories, in 10 lap heat races, were Joe Wendorf of Jefferson, Shane Radtke of Hellenville, Tod Goldade of Stoughton and Dylan Schuyler of Dousman. Moving to the Last Chance race, from the 10 lap Consolation race, were Faye Riedner of Waunakee and Joe Wendorf of Jefferson. Entering the feature lineup from the 15 lap Last Chance race were Judy Weir of Cottage Grove, Shane Radtke of Hellenville, Chad Reimer of Oconomowoc and Goldade.

In Hobby Stock action, Lincoln Keeser of Milton led the field, flag to flag, claiming top honors in the 20 lap feature. Starting from the outside of the front row, Keeser took the early lead and never looked back. The field slowed, on lap 7, for the only caution of the race. Keeser held off Roger Stephenson of Cambridge, over the closing laps. At the finish it was Keeser for the win, followed by Stephenson, Ernie Witte of Watertown, Jim Pfeifer of Ft. Atkinson and Chuck Egli of Waterloo.
Pfeifer set the fast qualifying pace, with a 16.881 second lap of the quarter mile.

Claiming victories, in 10 lap heat races, were Jason Thom of Ft. Atkinson, Keeser and Stephenson. Joining the feature, from the 12 lap Last Chance race, were Rick Kehoe of Jefferson, Mike Cusick of Edgerton, Thom and Eaan Carson of Ft. Atkinson. The new Bandit division ran 2 Exhibition heats. The first won by Tade Swerig of Stoughton and the second by Tim Seitz of Edgerton.

Rounding out the nights racing action were the One-on-One Street Drags. Jamie Thom won the 4 cylinder division. Cory Corvette won the 6 cylinder division. Mike Jarlsberg won the 8 cylinder cars and Craig Phillips won the 8 cylinder trucks.

Next week is Armed Forces night at Jefferson Speedway. Active duty and veteran servicemen and women will be admitted for half price.

Also on tap is the Rollover Contest. 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:




27 Dan Chesmore (Janesville)


75 Rick Coppernoll (Marshall)


14 Scott Nottestad (Stoughton)


16 Luke Westenberg (Palmyra)


76 Randy Breunig (Columbus)


2 Tom Dorn (Ft. Atkinson)


76 Ron Bishofberger (Ft. Atkinson)


44 Roger Behlke (Jefferson)


18 Andy Wendt (Watertown)


55 Eric Gerlach (Palmyra)


2 Jerry Parker (Palmyra)


68 Ken Olson (Ft. Atkinson)


41 Mike Taylor (Stoughton)


11 Russ Goodwin (Beloit)


1 Jason Erickson (Cambridge)


22 Jasper Gronert (Jefferson)


2 Matt Frey (Cambridge)


17 Wayne Whitford (Janesville)

FAST QUALIFIER:  #76 Ron Bishofberger (Ft. Atkinson): 14.906 seconds
FAST DASH: 8 Lap#18 Andy Wendt   (Watertown)
CONSI: 12 Lap25 Randy Cusick (Ft. Atkinson), 56 Don Mattrisch (Whitewater), 11 Jon Minor (Stoughton)
20 Lap75 Rick Coppernoll (Marshall), 22 Jasper Gronert (Jefferson), 17 Wayne Whitford (Janesville), 11 Russ Goodwin (Beloit)
Heats: ( Winners Only) 10 lap: 1)    11 Jon Minor (Stoughton)          2)    75 Rick Coppernoll (Marshall)
                                                3)    79 Brent Knight (Watertown) 4)   71 Tim Noble (Janesville)

International Feature:




25 Brent Nottestad (Cambridge)


17 Mike Bingham (Jefferson)


28 Tory Adams (Madison)



4 Chris Quam (Stoughton)


FAST QUALIFIER:  #89 Ed Wolff III (Clyman): 15.987 seconds.
Heats: (Winners Only)
10 lap: 1)    28 Tory Adams (Madison)          2)   57 Mark English (Janesville)

Sportsman Feature:




21 Josh Courtney (Janesville)


21 Rich Titus (Jefferson)


6 Curt Thompson (Palmyra)


95 Jason Thoma (Jefferson)


20 Bret Schmidt (Watertown)


11 Trent Erdman (Ft. Atkinson)

FAST QUALIFIER:  #98 Jeff Kohlhoff (Watertown): 15.760 seconds
10 lap:  26 Faye Riedner (Waunakee), 3 Joe Wendorf (Jefferson)
LAST CHANCE: 15 lap: 59 Judy Weir (Cottage Grove), 18 Shane Radtke (Hellenville), 19 Chad Reimer (Oconomowoc), 9 Tod Goldade (Stoughton)
Heats: (Winners Only)
10 lap: 1)    3 Joe Wendorf (Jefferson)         2)   18 Shane Radtke (Hellenville)
                                               3)   9 Tod Goldade (Stoughton)           4)   33 Dylan Schuyler (Dousman)

Hobby Stock Feature:




99 Lincoln Keeser (Milton)


11 Jim Pfeifer (Ft. Atkinson)


88 Roger Stephenson (Cambridge)


22 Chuck Egli (Waterloo)


02 Ernie Witte (Watertown)


22 Brent Moe (Deforest)

FAST QUALIFIER: #11 Jim Pfeifer (Ft. Atkinson): 16.881 seconds
LAST CHANCE: 12 lap:  70 Rick Kehoe (Jefferson), 18 Mike Cusick (Edgerton), 1 Jason Thom (Ft. Atkinson),
7 Eaan Carson (Ft. Atkinson)
Heats: (Winners Only) 10 lap: 1)   1 Jason Thom (Ft. Atkinson)     2)   99 Lincoln Keeser (Milton)
                                               3)   88 Roger Stephenson (Cambridge)            

Bandit Exhibition Heats:




3 Tade Swerig (Stoughton)


57 Tim Seitz (Edgerton)

 Street Drags:  4 Cyl) Jamie Thom
                       6 Cyl) Cory Corvette
                       8 Cyl Car) Mike Jarlsberg (Cambridge) 
                       8 Cyl Trk) Craig Phillips