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Sanders, Purdy & Carson Notch First Time Wins at Jefferson!
By Larry & Jeanne Starr

August 24, 2002; Jefferson, Wis. --  Jesse Saunders of New Glarus claimed the first feature victory, of his rookie year, in the UAW Local 95, 50 lap Late Model feature.

Photo Highlights

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Rookie driver Jesse Saunders (#8), stops in victory lane, following his first feature win, in the UAW Local 95, 50 lapper.  42801a.jpg (14062 bytes)
Jesse Saunders (#8), pulling ahead of Doug Hahn (#99) and Gene Olson Jr. (#37), on his way to winning the Late Model feature. 42801a.jpg (14062 bytes)
Jesse Saunders (#8) pulls ahead of Curt Thompson (#66). Saunders is headed for the first feature win, of his rookie season.
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Brent Nottestad (#25) stops by victory lane, following his win, in the International feature.
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Steve Drays (#84) runs inside Derek Bettenhausen (#10), just ahead of Brent Nottestad (#25) and Mike Drays (#48). Nottestad is on his way to winning this International feature.
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Hard racing in the International feature, Mike Bingham (#17) leads the way, with Aaron Rude (#9), Mark English (#57) and Mike Drays (#48) battling for 2nd and Brent Nottestad (#25) looking for a way past all of this. Nottestad is on his way to the front, and the win.
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A bit of mayhem, in the International feature. Charles Dixon (#71) looking the wrong way at Scott Hoeft (#00) and Lucas Vinje (#27).
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Jody Purdy (#k106) made his first visit to victory lane, following the Sportsman feature.

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Pulling ahead, Jody Purdy (#k106) pulls ahead of Bret Schmit (#20), in the Sportsman feature.
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Eaan Carson (#2), takes his bows in victory lane, following his win, in the Hobby Stock feature.
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Eaan Carson (#2) holding off Lincoln Keeser (#99) and Chris Matz (#72) in the Hobby Stock feature. Carson is on his way to the win.
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What's that song? "You picked a fine time to leave me loose wheels?". The lone wheel, traveling down the back stretch, may have something to do with the collision between Dennis Schmidt (#19) and Gerald Chapman (#7), in the Hobby Stock feature.
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David Jurczyk (#18) stops by Victory lane, following his win, in the Bandit feature.
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David Jurzcyk (#18), moves around Rick Boyce (#19), getting ready to challenge Brian Paulson (#41), for the lead, in the Bandit feature. Alan Petrie (#12) brings up the rear. Jurzcyk is on his way to winning the race.

Starting from the outside of the front row, Saunders grabbed the early lead, and never looked back, guiding the field all the way to the checkered flag. Mike Beyer was closing fast, late in the race, but Saunders maintained a lead of several car lengths. At the stripe it was Saunders for the win, followed by Beyer, Ron Bishofberger, Dan Chesmore and Doug Hahn.

In International class action Brent Nottestad of Cambridge came from a 10th place start, to score the win, in the 20 lap main event. Scott Uttech claimed the early lead, hanging on for 10 laps before surrendering the point to Steve Drays.

Drays guided the way until lap 17, when a spin on the back stretch brought the final caution. On the restart, Nottestad blazed from 3rd, past Mike Drays and moved under Steve Drays, claiming the lead before the white flag. At the finish it was Nottestad for the win, followed by Steve Drays, Mike Drays, Aaron Rude and Chris Quam.

In Sportsman division action Jody Purdy of Milton claimed his first feature win, in a the 30 lap main event. Starting from pole, Purdy capitalized on the early lead, pulling well ahead of the field by lap 8.

The only caution of the race came, for a 3 car incident in turn 1, closing the gap, behind Purdy, for the restart. Purdy handled the restart, pulling ahead on his way to the checkered flag. At the stripe it was Purdy for the win, followed by Bret Schmidt, Jason Thoma, Dan Schmidt and Trent Erdman.

In Hobby Stock action Eaan Carson claimed his first career feature win, in the 20 lap main event. Starting from the outside of row 2, Carson watched as Jim Tate claimed the early lead. Tate guided the way for 15 laps, ahead of Jesse Ayers, with Carson running 3rd.

The battle for the top spot, led to a spin on the back stretch, sending Tate and Ayers to the rear, for the restart. Finding himself at the point, with 4 laps remaining, Carson held off all challengers, to claim the victory. At they took the checkered flag it was Carson for the win, followed by Jim Williams, Bill Bush, Lincoln Keeser and Chris Matz.

In Bandit action Jefferson's David Jurczyk claimed top honors in the 20 lap feature. Starting from the outside of row 3, Jurczyk headed toward the front, as Brian Paulson claimed the early lead. Paulson's lead was cut short, on lap 5, when he erupted into a ball of fire on the back stretch, from an apparent blown engine.

he fire went out, almost as quick as it started, but Paulson was finished for the night. Jurczyk led the restart, guiding the field all the way to the checkers. At the midway point, a new twist was added to bandit racing, as the a caution was thrown, to reverse the field, running the opposite direction for the last half of the race. This seemed to agree with Jurczyk, who finished with nearly a quarter lap advantage. Rounding out the top 5 were Tim Seitz, Bill Reynolds, Brandon Riedner and Allen Petrie.

Next Saturday Jefferson Speedway hosts UPN-57 night at the races, with a full racing program, in all 5 division.
Gates open at 3:00, Qualifying at 5:00 and racing at 7:00 sharp.

Next Sunday night, Sept. 1, is round 3 of the "Tournament of Destruction." Ask at the track for advance entries, and tickets.
Jefferson Speedway is half way between Cambridge and Jefferson Wisconsin, on highway 18.

Jefferson Speedway - Date: August 24, 2002 - Event: UAW Local 95 - 50

Late Model Feature Finish:

Laps:

50

1.         

8 Jesse Saunders (New Glarus) (First Win)

10.      

4 Randy Breunig (Columbus)

2.         

75 Mike Beyer (Machesney Park IL)

11.      

41 Mike Taylor (Stoughton)

3.         

76 Ron Bishofberger (Ft. Atkinson)

12.      

2 Tom Dorn (Ft. Atkinson)

4.         

27 Dan Chesmore (Janesville)

13.      

66 Curt Thompson (Ft. Atkinson)

5.         

99 Doug Hahn (Whitewater)

14.      

55 Eric Gerlach (Palmyra)

6.         

37 Gene Olson Jr. (Jefferson)

15.      

2 Matt Frey (Cambridge)

7.         

14 Scott Nottestad (Stoughton)

16.      

68 Ken Olson (Ft. Atkinson)

8.         

18 Andy Wendt (Watertown)

17.      

22 Jasper Gronert (Jefferson)

9.         

52 Steve Dobbratz (Rio)

18.      

12 Greg Bowers (Waterloo)

FAST QUALIFIER  :   27 Dan Chesmore (Janesville): 14.890 seconds
FAST DASH: (Willie Sucholic & Friends): 8 Lap :    68 Ken Olson (Ft. Atkinson)
LAST CHANCE:
20 Lap :   2 Matt Frey (Cambridge), 22 Jasper Gronert (Jefferson), 66 Curt Thompson (Ft. Atkinson), 1 Greg Bowers (Waterloo)
Heats: 10 lap: 1)    6 Ken Piotrowski (Milton)                   2)   18 Andy Wendt (Watertown)                        3)    11 Beau Sanden (Janesville)                

International Feature:

Laps:

20

1.       

25 Brent Nottestad (Cambridge)

4.         

9 Aaron Rude (Cambridge)

2.         

84 Steve Drays (Milton)

5.         

4 Chris Quam (Stoughton)

3.         

48 Mike Drays (Milton)

6.         

74 Scott Uttech (Watertown)

FAST QUALIFIER  :   25 Brent Nottestad (Cambridge): 15.974 seconds
LAST CHANCE:
20 Lap :   16 Dennis Clapp (Madison), 27 Lucas Vinje (Edgerton), 11 Mike Dixon (Omro), 28 Mike Cusick  (Edgerton),
Heats: 10 lap: 1)    0 Scott Dolphin (Marshall)                  2)   84 Steve Drays (Milton)

Sportsman Feature:

Laps:

30

1.         

106 Jody Purdy (Milton) (First Win)

4.         

19 Dan Schmidt (Watertown)

2.         

20 Bret Schmidt (Watertown)

5.         

11 Trent Erdman (Ft. Atkinson)

3.         

95 Jason Thoma (Jefferson)

6.         

2 Randy Padfield (Stoughton)

FAST QUALIFIER  :   26 Scott “Chico” Riedner (Waunakee): 15.845 seconds
CONSI: 10 Lap :   36 R.C. Coppernoll (Marshall), 55 Carey Hensel (Stoughton)
LAST CHANCE: 15 Lap :   17 Noel Ramge (Hellenville), 81 Jeramy Hayton (Lake Geneva), 32 Tony Koepke (Ft. Atkinson), 23 Chris Koepke (Ft. Atkinson)
Heats: 10 lap: 1)    55 Carey Hensel (Stoughton)              2)   14 Kyle Taylor (Stoughton)
                         3)    2 Randy Padfield (Stoughton)               4)   27 Jay Kalbus (Oconomowoc)

Hobby Stock Feature:

Laps:

20

1.         

2 Eaan Carson (Ft. Atkinson) (First Win)

4.         

99 Lincoln Keeser (Milton)

2.         

J10 Jim Williams (Milton)

5.         

72 Chris Matz (Watertown)

3.         

17 Bill Bush (Jefferson)

6.         

55 Terry Wangsness (Delavan)

FAST QUALIFIER  :   55 Terry Wangsness (Delavan): 16.913 seconds
LAST CHANCE: 12 Lap :   88 Roger Stephenson (Cambridge), 8 Rick Schoonover (Janesville),   8 Chris Purdy (Milton), 67 Russ Nicholson (Stoughton)
Heats:  8 lap: 1)    71 Jason Deppe (Waterloo)                   2)   88 Roger Stephenson (Cambridge)              3)       72 Chris Matz (Watertown)                
     

Bandit Feature:

Laps:

15

1.         

18 David Jurczyk (Jefferson)

4.         

4D Brandon Riedner (Waunakee)

2.         

57 Tim Seitz (Edgerton)

5.         

12 Alan Petrie (Sun Prairie)

3.         

38 Bill Reynolds (Watertown)

6.         

5 Peter Shelley (Edgerton)

FAST QUALIFIER  :   38 Bill Reynolds (Watertown): 15.512 seconds
LAST CHANCE: 12 Lap :   42 Bill Sweeney (Janesville), 51 Mark Sweitzer (Jefferson), 39 Jim Clark (Watertown), 78 Mike Spors (Janesville), 75 Paula Seitz (Edgerton), 1 Tade Swerig (Stoughton)
Heats:  8 lap: 1)    51 Mark Sweitzer (Jefferson)              2)   19 Rick Boyce (Marshall)