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 Chesmore, Pankow, Ward, Robinson and Sweeney Victorious at Jefferson Speedway!
By Larry & Jeanne Starr

May 17, 2003; Jefferson, Wis. --Former track champion, Dan Chesmore of Janesville, drove from the outside of row 3, to victory lane in the 35 lap feature at Jefferson Speedway. Overtaking Chad “Squirt” Stevens, on lap 4, Chesmore motored to the top spot, and never looked back.

Photo Highlights

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Dan Chesmore (#27) visits Victory Lane, following the, regularly scheduled, 35 lap Late Model feature.42801a.jpg (14062 bytes)
Moving to the point! Dan Chesmore (#27) moves under Chad "Squirt" Stevens, into first place, in the 35 lap Late Model feature.42801a.jpg (14062 bytes)
Battling for the transfer spot! Russ Goodwin (#11) holding off Dylan Schuyler (#33), in the Late Model "Last Chance" race. Goodwin made his way to the transfer spot.
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Sometimes things just go the wrong way! Steve Dobbratz (#52) finds himself looking the wrong way, into turn 2, early in the 35 lap Late Model feature. Don Mattrish (#56) suffers some damage, on the rear of Andy Wendt (#18), in the aftermath, while Scott Nottestad (#14) make they way by, unscathed.
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Trouble! Turn number 2! Paul Seber (#28) smokes the tires, on his way around collection Ken Olson (#68), and Russ
Goodwin (#11), while Shane Radtke (#13) makes his way around the outside.
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Jimmy Pankow (#16), coming to the checkered flag, in the final International feature, of the night.42801a.jpg (14062 bytes)
The battle for the top spot, Jim Pankow (#16) leads Pete Seitz (#57) and Chris Quam (#4) in International featrue action. Pankow went on to win the race, with Quam finishing 2nd.
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Sure Could Use Directions! Steve Drays (#84) goes around in one of the, many, cautions in the International feature.42801a.jpg (14062 bytes)
Dustin Ward (#9) battles Mark English (#57) for the top spot in the final Sportsman feature. Ward went on to win the event.42801a.jpg (14062 bytes)
Jim Robinson (#33),edges Paul Edmundson (#00), in the final Hobby Stock feature.
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Bill Sweeney (#42) made his way to Victory Lane, in the final Bandit division feature.

At Chesmore guided the field to the checkered flag, Stevens was locked in battled, with Scott Nottestad, for the 2nd spot. The battle lasted until lap 27, when Nottestad captured 2nd, trying to close the gap with Chesmore. As they flew past the checkered flag it was Chesmore for the win, followed by Nottestad, Stevens, Andy Wendt and Ron Bishofberger.

In International action Jim Pankow of Oregon claimed top honors, I the “action packed” 20 lap main event. Starting on the outside of row 3, Pankow claimed the lead, from Pete Seitz on lap 7. Ahead of the mayhem, Pankow showed the way to the checkered flag. At the stripe it was Pankow, notching his 1st International feature win, followed by Chris Quam Scotty Hoeft, Mike Drays and Seitz. The race was slowed by 5 cautions, on lap 1, 3, 5, 6 and 8.

In Sportsman action, Dustin Ward of Beaver Dam motored his way to victory, in the 30 lap feature. Starting from the outside of row 2, Ward quickly moved to 2nd, behind Mark English. English led the way for 17 laps before Ward found his way to the inside, and past, on lap 18. As Ward pulled to the lead, Trent Erdman was fighting his way, from the rear of the field, to the 2nd spot. At the finish it was Ward for the win, followed by Erdman, Dave Oswald, Jason Thoma and James Helmer.

In Hobby Stock action Orfordville’s Jimmy Robinson III, led flag to flag, in the 20 lap main event. Paul Edmundson made his way from 7th to 2nd by lap 14, closing with Robinson. The pair battled side by side, over the closing 4 lap, with Robinson edging Edmundson, by inches, at the checkered flag. Rounding out the top 5 were Jim Tate, Ken Au and Johnny Robinson.
In Bandit action Bill Sweeney of Janesville powered from 5th to first, in the 18 lap feature. Starting from the inside of row 3, Sweeney headed toward the front as Paula Seitz pulled to the early lead. Seitz surrendered the point to Keith Bell, on lap 5, and Bell, in turn, turned the point over to Sweeney on lap 10. At the stripe it was Sweeney for the win, followed by Bell, Tim Seitz, Paula Seitz and Brian Paulson.

Next week at Jefferson Speedway it’s the Mountain Dew 50, on Saturday night, with a full racing program in all 5 divisions, followed by One on one Street drags, for 4, 6 and 8 cylinder cars. Gates open at 3:00, Qualifying at 5:00 and racing at 7:00 sharp.

Next Sunday night will see the first Tournament of Destruction, of the 2003 season, an action packed night of automotive mayhem, guaranteed to thrill kids, of all ages.

Jefferson Speedway is on highway 18, half way between Cambridge and Jefferson Wisconsin.

Jefferson Speedway -May 17, 2003 Event:
Full Saturday Night Racing Program

Late Model Feature Finish:




27 Dan Chesmore (Janesville)


52 Steve Dobbratz (Rio)


14 Scott Nottestad ( Stoughton)


100 Curt Thompson (Ft. Atkinson)


82 Chad “Squirt” Stevens (Beloit)


41 Mike Taylor (Stoughton)


18 Andy Wendt (Watertown)


11 Russ Goodwin (Beloit)


76 Ron Bishofberger (Ft. Atkinson)


44 Roger Behlke (Jefferson)


11 Beau Sanden (Janesville)


6 Ken Piotrowski (Janesville)


4 Randy Breunig (Columbus)


56 Don Mattrisch (Whitewater)


94 Nick Wendt (Watertown)


68 Ken Olson (Ft. Atkinson)


71 John Ovadal Jr (Watertown)


16 Luke Westenberg (Watertown)

FAST QUALIFIER  :   4 Randy Breunig (Columbus): 14.791 seconds

FAST DASH: 8 Lap (PEPSI):   94 Nick Wendt (Watertown)

CONSI: 12 Lap :   13 Shane Radtke (Watertown), 52 Bob Taylor (Watertown)

LAST CHANCE: 20 Lap :   6 Ken Piotrowski (Janesville), 52 Don Mattrisch (Ft. Atkinson), 68 Ken Olson (Ft. Atkinson), 11 Russ Goodwin (Beloit)

Heats: 10 lap: 1)    2 Matt Frey (Cambridge)                    2)   56 Don Mattrisch (Ft. Atkinson)
                      3)    41 Mike Taylor (Stoughton)                 4)   16 Luke Westenberg (Watertown)


International Feature:




16 Jim Pankow (Oregon)


48 Mike Drays (Milton)


4 Chris Quam (Stoughton)


57 Pete Seitz (Edgerton)


00 Scotty Hoeft (Watertown)


10 Derek Bettenhausen (Milton)

FAST QUALIFIER  :   4 Chris Quam (Stoughton): 15.829 seconds

Heats: 10 lap: 1)   57 Pete Seitz (Edgerton)         2)   84 Steve Drays (Milton)


Sportsman Feature:




9 Dustin Ward (Beaver Dam)


95 Jason Thoma (Jefferson)


11 Trent Erdman (Ft. Atkinson)


7 James Helmer (Fox Lake)


3 Dave Oswald (Cottage Grove)


19 Chad Reimer (Oconomowoc)

FAST QUALIFIER  :   95 Jason Thoma (Jefferson): 15.680 seconds

LAST CHANCE: 15 Lap :   17 Noel Ramge (Hellenville)j, 23 Chris Koepke (Ft. Atkinson), 4 Luke Padfield (Jefferson), 39 Ryan Goldade (Stoughton)

Heats: 10 lap: 1)    23 Chris Koepke (Ft. Atkinson)         2)   26 Brent Moe (Deforest)
                       3)    32 Tony Koepke (Ft. Atkinson)           


Hobby Stock Feature:




33 Jimmy Robinson (Orfordville)


31 Ken Au (Jefferson)


00 Paul Edmundson (Whitewater)


99 Johnny Robinson (Orfordville)


27 Jim Tate (Watertown)


2 Eaan Carson (Ft. Atkinson)

FAST QUALIFIER  :   99 Johnny Robinson (Orfordville): 16.803 seconds

LAST CHANCE: 12 Lap :   26 Mike Bretl (Ft. Atkinson), 52 Pete Elgas (Janesville), 67 Russ Nicholson (Stoughton), 8 Chris Schoonover (Janesville)

Heats:  8 lap: 1)    26 Mike Bretl (Ft. Atkinson)               2)   8 Chris Schoonover (Janesville)
  33 Jimmy Robinson (Orfordville)     


Bandit Feature:




42 Bill Sweeney (Janesville)


75 Paula Seitz (Edgerton)


73 Keith Bell (Brodhead)


41 Brian Paulson (Edgerton)


57 Tim Seitz (Edgerton)


67 Joe Cross (Sun Prairie)

FAST QUALIFIER  :   4D Brandon “Bud” Riedner (Waunakee): 15.164 seconds

CONSI: 8  Lap :   98 John Remsik (Watertown), 8 Jay Williams (Janesville)

LAST CHANCE: 12 Lap :   15 Keith Higgins (Watertown),  98 John Remsik (Watertown), 02 Brandon Kozak (Whitewater), 20 Rikki Bishofberger (Ft. Atkinson)

Heats:  8 lap: 1)    15 Keith Bell (Brodhead)                     2)   29 Mark Joyner (Whitewater)
                      3)    4 Chris Higgins (Watertown)               4)   57 Tim Seitz (Edgerton)