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Bishofberger claims victory at Jefferson Speedway!
By Jeanne & Larry Starr

June 9, 2001; Jefferson, WI. A huge crowd, and over 140 race cars were on hand for the action, on Wisconsin's Action Track. Ron Bishofberger of Fort Atkinson claimed top honors, in the 35 lap main event, at Jefferson Speedway.

Photo Highlights

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The battle for the lead, Ron Bishofberger (#76), working the bottom, under Eric Gerlach (#55).   Nick Wendt (#18) and Scott Nottestad (#14) battle for 3rd close behind.  Bishofberger went on to win the race.
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So many cars, and so little track!   Feature racing action, in the middle of the pack, with Dan Chesmore (#27) working the low side, under Tom Dorn (#2), Jason Erickson (#1) and Roger Behlke (#44).   Chesmore would make it to 4th at the finish.
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Gee!  I really hate this rush hour traffic!  Mike Landers (#8), finds himself nose to nose with  Kevin Anderson (#42), in heat race action. 
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The first win is always sweet! Chad Lurvey (#74) stops in Victory Lane, following his first, ever, win in the Hobby Stock feature.
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The winning pass!  Dylan Schuyler (#33) going by Dan Schmidt (#19 in the Sportsman feature.  Bringing up the rear are Rich Titus (#21), Trent Erdman (#11) and Jeff Kohlhoff (#98).  Schuyler is on his way to his first career feature win.
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Traffic gets a little thick during the Hobby Stock main event at Jefferson Speedway!
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Coming through!  Brent Nottestad (#25) motors past Dennis Clapp (#16) in the International feature.  Nottestad is on his way to winning.
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If it looks like mayhem, it is!   This herd of compacts, on the soapy track, are looking for the Gauntlet car, in the Bubble Gauntlet.

Starting from the outside of row 3, Bishofberger started his trek to the checkered flag, as Beau Sanden of Janesville pulled out to the early lead. Eric Gerlach of Palmyra moved up to challenge Sanden for the top spot. Gerlach made his way past Sanden, just as the first caution appeared, on lap nine.

Reverting to the last completed lap, placed Gerlach back in the 2nd spot for the restart. Moving to the inside, on the restart, Gerlach battled all the way to lap 18 before claiming the point. As Gerlach claimed the top spot, Bishofberger followed for the 2nd spot. Closing with Gerlach, by lap 25, Bishofberger launched his bid for the lead. Battling side-by-side for 4 laps, Bishofberger managed the winning pass on lap 29, guiding the way to the checkered.

At the stripe it was Bishofberger for the win, followed by Nick Wendt of Watertown, Scott Nottestad of Stoughton, Dan Chesmore of Janesville and Gerlach.

Roger Behlke of Jefferson set the fast qualifying pace, with a 14.958 second orbit of the quarter mile speed plant.
Nick Wendt of Watertown claimed the cash, in the 8 lap Dash for Cash, while 10 lap heat race victories went to Ken Piotrowski of Milton, Jasper Gronert of Jefferson, Scott Bleeker of Jefferson and Ken Olson of Fort Atkinson.
Moving to the Last Chance race, from the 10 lap Consolation race, were Rick Coppernoll of Marshall, Scott Broughton of Stoughton, Scott Hatton of Waterloo and Brian Sonnenberg of Cambridge.

Joining the feature lineup, from the 20 lap Last Chance race were Tim Noble of Janesville, Russ Goodwin of Beloit, Randy Cusick of Ft. Atkinson and Brent Knight of Watertown.

In International Class action Brent Nottestad made anther trip to victory lane, in the 20 lap feature. Starting from the outside of row 6, Nottestad started his drive to the front, as Dennis Clapp of Madison pulled out to the early lead. Clapp opened up a healthy lead over the first 13 laps, only to see it vaporize as a stalled car brought out the first caution of the race.

On the restart it was Clapp at the point followed Chris Quam of Stoughton and Nottestad. A spin, in the back, on the restart, brought the final caution of the race, still on lap 13. When the green returned, Nottestad motored under Quam for 2nd, closing with Clapp. Nottestad battled under Clapp, for 2 laps, as Ed Wolff III of Clyman motored under Quam into the 3rd spot. Nottestad claimed the point on lap 16, with Wolff moving under Clapp for 2nd. Wolff closed with Nottestad over the closing laps, but was never able to find his way past. At the stripe it was Nottestad for the win, followed by Wolff, Clapp, Quam and Mike Bingham of Jefferson.

Wolf set the high mark in qualifying with a 16.025 second lap. vCharles Dixon of Waukesha and Nottestad claimed victories, in 10 lap heat races.

In Sportsman Division action, Dylan Schuyler of Dousman claimed his first Career feature in the 25 lap main event. Starting from the outside of row 2, Schuyler avoided problems in the first lap caution, and moved to 2nd for the restart. Dan Schmidt of Watertown led the first restart with Schuyler close behind. The 2nd caution came, on lap 9, for a spin and collision on the back stretch. Schuyler went back to work on Schmidt, on the restart, taking 7 more laps to find his way to the front. Moving to the inside, on lap 13, Schuyler claimed the point on lap 16, guiding the field to the checkers. At the stripe it was Schuyler for the win, followed by Trent Erdman of Ft. Atkinson, Jeff Kohlhoff of Watertown, Schmidt and Rich Titus of Jefferson.

Dave Oswald of Cottage Grove led the field in qualifying, with a 15.780 second loop of the quarter mile.
Luke Padfield of Jefferson, Kurt Kleven of Cambridge, Noel Ramge of Hellenville, Josh Weir of Cottage Grove and Curt Thompson of Palmyra each won a, 10 lap, heat race. Jay Kalbus of Oconomowoc and Mike Landers of Lake Mills joined the Last Chance race, from the first Consolation race, while Bob Jacobs of Deforest and Jason Gilberts of Milton came through the second. Joining the feature lineup, from the Last Chance race, were Curt Thompson of Palmyra, Joe Wendorf of Jefferson, Kalbus and Jason Thoma of Jefferson.

In Hobby Stock action Chad Lurvey of Dousman ran flag to flag, claiming his first career feature win. Starting from the pole Lurvey was well ahead of the first lap caution, when a pair of cars collided on the start. Lurvey had his lead shortened, on lap 6, when the caution was thrown to removed a leaking car from the field. On the restart, Lurvey opened a strong lead, guiding the way to the checkers. At the stripe it was Lurvey for the win, followed by Dennis Gaserude of Arena, Nick Golich of Hebron, Jim Pfeifer of Ft. Atkinson and Jeremy Hartwig of Cottage Grove.

Pfeifer set the pace in qualifying, with a 17.081 second drive around the quarter mile. Claiming victories, in 8 lap heat races, were Mike Manley of Ft. Atkinson, Scott Bush of Ft. Atkinson, Lonny Wilson of Janesville and Roger Stephenson of Cambridge. Joining the Last Chance race, from the Consolation race, were Jenny Weir of Cottage Grove and John Duessler of Marshall. Moving to the feature, from the Last Chance race, were Rick Kehoe of Jefferson, Jason Thom of Ft. Atkinson, Wilson and Kyle Genz of Hellenville.

In Bandit Division racing Tade Swerig of Stoughton moved from a 3rd place start to win the (clockwise) main event, followed by Tim Seitz of Edgerton. Jason Dunn of Sun Prairie won the 6 lap, (counter-clockwise) heat race.

Rounding out the night's action was the Bubble Gauntlet with Roger (Mr. Excitement) Stephenson piloting the Gauntlet car, with Lucas Vinje as copilot/gunner. The Gauntlet car succumbed to the herd of sub-compacts before completing the race.
Next week Jefferson Speedway hosts the Papa Murphy's 50. This is the second half of racing action that begins at Columbus 151 Speedway on Friday night.

There are bonuses to the overall winners in Late Model, Sportsman and Hobby Stock divisions. The racing action includes full programs for the Late Model, International, Sportsman and Hobby Stocks. With One-on-One Street Drags to round out the nights racing action.

Gates open at 3:00 pm, qualifying at 5:00 pm and racing at 7:00 pm sharp.
Jefferson Speedway is on highway 18 between Cambridge and Jefferson Wisconsin. 

Late Model Feature Finish:




76 Ron Bishofberger (Ft. Atkinson)


2 Tom Dorn (Ft. Atkinson)


18 Nick Wendt (Watertown)


11 Beau Sanden (Janesville)


14 Scott Nottestad (Stoughton)


2 Craig Olver (Deforest)


27 Dan Chesmore (Janesville)


1 Jason Erickson (Cambridge)


55 Eric Gerlach (Palmyra)


2 Matt Frey (Cambridge)


62 Scott Null (Lake Mills)


71 Tim Noble (Janesville)


44 Roger  Behlke (Jefferson)


79 Brent Knight (Watertown)


97 Jim Jarlsberg (Cambridge)


25 Randy Cusick (Ft. Atkinson)


16 Luke Westenberg (Palmyra)


52 Steve Dobbratz (Rio)

FAST QUALIFIER: #44 Roger Behlke (Jefferson): 14.958 seconds

FAST DASH: 8 Lap #18 Nick Wendt (Watertown)

CONSI: 10 Lap  -   75 Rick Coppernoll (Marshall),  97 Scott Broughton (Stoughton), 51 Scott Hatton (Waterloo), 
10 Brian Sonnenberg (Cambridge)
20 Lap  -   71 Tim Noble (Janesville), 11 Russ Goodwin (Beloit), 25 Randy Cusick (Ft. Atkinson), 79 Brent Knight (Watertown)
Heats: 10 lap: (Winners Only)   1)    6 Ken Piotrowski (Milton)               2)   22 Jasper Gronert (Jefferson)                                                 3)    98 Scott Bleeker (Jefferson)           4)   68 Ken Olson (Ft. Atkinson)

International Feature:




25 Brent Nottestad (Cambridge)


4 Chris Quam (Stoughton)


89 Ed Wolff III (Clyman)


17 Mike Bingham (Jefferson)


16 Dennis Clapp (Madison)


57 Mark English (Edgerton)

FAST QUALIFIER; # 89 Ed Wolff III (Clyman): 16.025 seconds
10 lap: (Winners Only)   1)  71 Charles Dixon (Waukesha)  2)   25 Brent Nottestad (Cambridge)

Sportsman Feature:




33 Dylan Schuyler (Dousman)


19 Dan Schmidt (Watertown)


11 Trent Erdman (Ft. Atkinson)


21 Rich Titus (Jefferson)


98 Jeff Kohlhoff (Watertown)


20 Bret Schmidt (Watertown)

FAST QUALIFIER: #31 Dave Oswald (Cottage Grove): 15.780 seconds
CONSI: 8 lap  - 27 Jay Kalbus (Oconomowoc),  8 Mike Landers (Lake Mills)
CONSI: 8 lap  -  23 Bob Jacobs (Deforest), 5 Jason Gilberts (Milton)
10 lap  - 6 Curt Thompson (Palmyra), 3 Joe Wendorf (Jefferson), 27  Jay Kalbus (Oconomowoc), 
95 Jason Thoma (Jefferson)
10 lap: (Winners Only)   1)   4 Luke Padfield (Jefferson)              2)   15 Kurt Kleven (Cambridge)
                                                  3)  17 Noel Ramge (Hellenville)             4)   52 Josh Weir (Cottage Grove)
                                                  5)    6 Curt Thompson (Palmyra)

Hobby Stock Feature:




74 Chad Lurvey (Dousman)


11 Jim Pfeifer (Ft. Atkinson)


18 Dennis Gaserude (Arena)


6 Jeremy Hartwig (Cottage Grove)


66 Nick Golich (Hebron)


22 Chuck Egli (Waterloo)

FAST QUALIFIER: #11 Jim Pfeifer (Ft. Atkinson): 17.081 seconds.
8 lap  - 68 Jenny Weir (Cottage Grove), 24 John Duessler (Marshall)
LAST CHANCE: 12 lap  - 70 Rick Kehoe (Jefferson), 1 Jason Thom (Ft. Atkinson), 40 Lonny Wilson (Janesville),
82 Kyle Genz (Hellenville)
Heats: 8 lap: (Winners Only)   1)   29 Mike Manley (Ft. Atkinson)   2)   43 Scott Bush (Ft. Atkinson)
                                               3)   40 Lonny Wilson (Janesville)    4)   88 Roger Stephenson (Cambridge)

Bandits Feature:




3 Tade Swerig (Stoughton)


57 Tim Seitz (Edgerton)

Heats: 6 lap: 1)   71 Jason Dunn (Sun Prairie)