June 16, 2001; Jefferson, WI. - Rookie driver Tim Noble of Janesville held off the defending track champion, Dan Chesmore of Janesville, to claim the Papa Murphy's Take & Bake Pizza 50.
Starting from the outside of the front row, Noble took the early lead, guiding the field flag-to-flag, in the final night of the Summer Rumble. Caution came, on lap 8, for a stalled car on the front stretch. On the restart Noble stayed on top of a 6 way battle for the top spot. A spin, in turn 4, brought the next caution, on lap 14. Noble once again handled the restart as defending track champion battled his way from 5th place. Chesmore made his way around Mike Taylor of Stoughton, for 2nd place, on lap 25, looking ahead to Noble.
Lap 27 saw another caution, for a spin in turn 2. Closing the field for another restart, with Chesmore on Noble's back bumper. Chesmore looked to the inside, lap after lap, but Noble never missed his marks, holding off the veteran. The final caution came, on lap 42, for a 3 car incident in turn 4. Noble pulled ahead on the restart as Randy Breunig of Columbus closed with Chesmore in the battle for 2nd. At the stripe it was Noble for the win, followed by Chesmore, Breunig, Taylor and Ken Olson of Ft. Atkinson. Olson's 5th place finish was enough to earn him the top money, in Summer Rumble Bonus.
Roger Behlke of Jefferson set the fast qualifying pace, with a 14.988 second circuit of the quarter mile. Eric Gerlach of Palmyra claimed top honors in the 8 lap Dash for Cash. Claiming victory, in 10 lap heat races, were Scott Hatton of Waterloo, Beau Sanden of Janesville, Noble and Olson. Moving to the Last Chance race, from the 12 lap Consolation race, were Butch Mierendorf of Waterloo and Brent Knight of Watertown. Joining the feature lineup, via the 20 lap Last Chance Race, were Bart Reinen of Jefferson, Don Mattrisch of Whitewater, Luke Westenberg of Palmyra and Scott Patrick of Dousman.
In International class action Ed Wolff III notched top honors in the 20 lap main event. Starting from the outside of row 6, Wolff started his trek to the checkered flag as Steve Drays of Milton pulled out to the early lead. The only caution of the race came on lap 2, when 4 cars tangled between turns 1 and 2. Drays lead the restart, with Aaron Rude of Cambridge challenging for the top spot. Rude found his way to the point, on lap 4, as Wolff was locked in a 3 way battle for the 3rd spot.
Wolff claimed 3rd by lap 7, closing with Drays for 2nd. Wolff claimed the 2nd spot by lap 10 looking ahead to Rude. Closing with Rude on lap 15, Wolff started looking to the inside. Wolf made his way alongside Rude on lap 16, but did not lead a lap until the white flag. Pulling ahead on the final lap, Wolff held off a comeback attempt, by Rude, on the final turn. At the stripe it was Wolff for the win followed by Rude, Brent Nottestad of Cambridge, Mark English of Edgerton and Darnell Mepham of Ft. Atkinson.
Wolff set the fast qualifying pace, with a 15.951 second tour of the quarter mile. Claiming victories, in 10 lap heat races, were Steve Drays of Milton and Mike Drays of Milton. Moving to the feature, from the 12 lap Last Chance race were Mepham, Mike Dixon of Kellner, Tory Addams of Madison and Charles Dixon of Waukesha.
In Sportsman division action Dylan Schuyler of Dousman made it tow in a row, claiming top honors in the 25 lap main event. Starting from the pole, Schuyler took the early lead and never looked back, guiding the field all the way to the checkered flag. Schuyler was well ahead of the first lap wreck, that collected 3 cars. Schuyler's drive to the checkered was interrupted again, on lap 16, when a blown engine brought the final caution. At the stripe it was Schuyler for the sin, followed by Rich Titus of Jefferson, Curt Thompson of Palmyra, Kevin Thompson of Palmyra and Bret Schmidt of Watertown. Curt Thompson's 3rd place finish, tonight, placed him first on the overall, Summer Rumble, bonus list.
Jeff Kohlhoff of Watertown set the high mark in qualifying with a 17.005 second orbit of the quarter mile. Claiming victories, in 10 lap heat races, were Luke Padfield of Jefferson, Cliff Rucks of Edgerton, Dustin Ward of Beaver Dam, Dale Padfield of Jefferson and Jim Pankow of Oregon. Moving to the Last Chance race from 2, 10 lap Consolation races, were Noel Ramge of Hellenville, Judy Weir of Cottage Grove, Nick Berge of Janesville and Luke Padfield of Jefferson. Joining the feature lineup, from the 15 lap Last Chance race, were Ward, Jason Thoma of Jefferson, Brett Schmidt of Watertown and Todd Goldade of Stoughton.
In Hobby Stock action Jim Pfeifer of Ft. Atkinson notched the win in the 20 lap feature. Starting from the inside of row 5, Pfeifer started his journey to the checkered flag as Brent Moe of Deforest pulled out to the early lead. The only caution of the race came, on lap 8, when a car wound up in the front stretch sand barrier. On the restart Pfeifer moved under Chad Lurvey of Dousman, in his bid for the 2nd spot. Claiming 2nd by lap 10 Pfeifer closed with Moe. A 3 lap battle ended when Pfeifer pulled ahead on lap 13.
After the tail of the field took the white flag, mayhem broke out in turns 1 and 2, collecting 4 cars coming out of the 2nd turn and into the back stretch. As the Checkered (and yellow) flew it was Pfeifer for the win followed by Moe, Nick Golich of Hebron, Dennis Schmidt of Watertown and Jason Thom of Ft. Atkinson. Chuck Egli of Waterloo, amassed sufficient credits, over the two nights, to claim the top bonus money for the Summer Rumble.
Egli set the fast qualifying pace, with a 15.927 second loop of the quarter mile. Claiming victory, in 8 lap heat races, were Mike Manley of Ft. Atkinson, Mike Cusick of Edgerton, Thom and Dennis Gaserude of Arena. Moving to the Last Chance race, from the 10 lap consolation race, were Jesse Cowell of Poynette and Manley. Advancing to the feature lineup, from the 12 lap Last Chance race, were John Remsik of Sun Prairie, Thom, Scott Bush of Fort Atkinson and Terry Wangsness of Delavan.
Rounding out the nights racing program were the One-on-One Street Drags. Mike Jarlsberg of Cambridge won the 8 cylinder auto division. Craig Phillips won the 8 cylinder truck division. Clint Starks won the 6 cylinder division and Janie Thom won the 4 cylinder division.
Next week Jefferson Speedway presents the Kearns Motor Car Co. 50 lap Late Model feature and WJJO Night at the Races.
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 Jefferson and Cambridge Wisconsin.
Summer Rumble Overall Champion: #68 Ken Olson (Ft. Atkinson)
FAST QUALIFIER; #89 Ed
Wolff III (Watertown): 15.951
LAST CHANCE: 12 lap -
12 Darnell Mepham (Ft. Atkinson), 77 Mike Dixon (Kellner),
Summer Rumble Overall Champion: #6 Curt Thompson (Palmyra)
FAST QUALIFIER; #98 Jeff
Kohlhoff (Watertown): 17.005 seconds
Summer Rumble Overall Champion: #22 Chick Egli
FAST QUALIFIER; #22 Chuck
Egli (Waterloo): 15.927 seconds