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 Season Half Opened at Jefferson Speedway - Mother Nature Postponed Day 2!
By Larry  & Jeanne Starr

April 25, 2004; Jefferson, Wis. - The “Spring Sizzler Shoot-Out," 2-day season opener started on Friday evening, with the finale scheduled Saturday evening. Friday evening went well, but it started raining during practice on Saturday, washing out the second half of the program.

Photo Highlights

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Late in the event, Dan Chesmore (27) dove to the inside of early feature
race leader Kyle Jarlsberg on his way to winning the late model feature race
Friday at Jefferson Speedway.
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Pete Elgas (#52) stops in Victory Lane, following his win, in the Hobby Stock preview Feature.
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Pete Elgas (#52) pulls ahead of Bret Carson (#94) for the lead in the Hobby Stock preview feature. Jim Williams (#J10)
is close behind in 3rd.
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Tim Seitz (#57) closing in on B.J. Sparkman (#70), in the International preview feature. Seitz went on to win the race, with Sparkman 2nd. 42801a.jpg (14062 bytes)
Dave Oswald (#31) moving around the outside of Bret Schmidt (#20), with Trent Erdman (#11) close behind, in the Sportsman preview feature. Oswald and Erdman finished 1 and 2, with Schmidt 3rd.
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Safety workers prepare to upright the bandit class car of rookie Tyler White
of Ft. Atkinson after he took a wild flip on lap one of the bandit class feature Friday night at Jefferson Speedway. White was not injured.
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Bill Sweeney (#42) closing in on Peter Shelley (#5) in the Bandit preview feature. Sween won the race, with Shelly finishing 3rd.
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Brandon Kozak (#02) ahead of Peter Shelley (#5) and Bill Sweeney (#42) in the Bandit preview feature. Sweeney moved
to the front, winning the race, with Shelley 3rd and Kozak 4th.
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Dave Oswald (#31) takes his turn in Victory lane, following his win, in the Sportsman preview feature.
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Tim Seitz (#57) stops in Victory Lane, following his preview feature win, in the International division. 42801a.jpg (14062 bytes)
Bill Sweeney (#42) takes his bows, in Victory Lane, following his win, in the Bandit preview feature.

In Friday night action Dan Chesmore of Janesville claimed top honors in the 35 lap Late Model preview feature. Chesmore came from the rear of the field, overtaking the early leader, Kyle Jarlsberg, on lap 32. From there to the checkered flag it was Chesmore for the win, followed by John Ovadal Jr., Scott Nottestad and Jarlsberg.

In International preview feature action it was Tim Seitz claimed the point from B.J. Sparkman on lap 11, guiding the way from there to the finish. At the stripe it was Seitz for the win, followed by Sparkman, Steve Allman and Scotty Hoeft.

Sportsman preview feature action saw Dave Oswald of Cottage Grove, claim the top spot on lap 5, guiding the way to the checkered flag. At the stripe it was Oswald for the win, followed by Trent Erdman, Bret Schmidt and Judy Weir.

In Hobby Stock preview feature action Pete Elgas of Janesville motored past Denis Schmidt, on lap 4, guiding the way from there to the checkered flag. At the finish it was Elgas, followed by Bret Carson, Terry Wangsness and Jim Williams.

The Bandit preview feature started with a lap 1 rollover, by rookie driver Tyler White of Fort Atkinson. White was unhurt but his night of racing ended. On the restart Bill Sweeney of Janesville headed toward the front as Sean Watters claimed the early lead. Watters surrendered the point to Brandon Kozak on lap 8, as Sweeney closed in on the point. Claiming the lead, on lap 11, Sweeney guided the way to the checkered flag followed by Troy Yohn, Peter Shelley and Kozak.

The second half of the program has been scheduled to run May 8.

Next week Jefferson Speedway Berres Brothers Coffee Roasters hosts Autograph and Picture Day, along with a full racing program.

Gates open at 3:00PM, qualifying at 5:00PM and racing at 7:00 sharp. Jefferson Speedway is half way between Cambridge and Jefferson on Highway 18.

Jefferson Speedway - Date: April 23, 2004 - Event: Spring Sizzler Shoot-out (Day 1)
Late Model Preview Feature Finish:
Laps:    35
1.        27 Dan Chesmore (Janesville)         10.         33 Dylan Schuyler (Dousman)
2.        94 John Ovadal Jr. (Watertown)       11.        76 Ron Bishofberger (Ft. Atkinson)
3.        14 Scott Nottestad (Stoughton)          12.         52 Steve Dobbratz (Rio)
4.        87 Kyle Jarlsberg (Cambridge)        13.        44 Roger Behlke (Jefferson)
5.        11 Beau Sanden (Janesville)           14.         26 Scott Riedner (Waunakee)
6.        19 Randy Breunig (Columbus)        15.         82 Chad Stevens (Orfordville)
7.        2 Jason Erickson (Cambridge)         16.        97 Jim Jarlsberg (Cambridge)
8.        41 Mike Taylor (Stoughton)              17.         62 Jeff Steenbergen (Waupaun)
9.        21 Mike Lloyd                                    18.         4 Jason Thoma (Jefferson)
FAST QUALIFIER : 19 Randy Breunig (Columbus): 14.662 seconds
FAST DASH (One): 8 Lap : 11 Beau Sanden (Janesville)
FAST DASH (two): 8 Lap : 26 Scott “Chico” Riedner (Waunakee)
Qualifier (2 Xfer): 10 lap: 33 Dylan Schuyler (Dousman), 44 Roger Behlke (Jefferson)
Qualifier (2 Xfer): 10 lap: 4 Jason Thoma (Jefferson), 76 Ron Bishofberger (Ft. Atkinson)

International Preview Feature:    Laps:    15
1.        57 Tim Seitz (Edgerton)                                4.         00 Scotty Hoeft (Watertown)
2.        70 B.J. Sparkman (Machesney Park, IL)     5.        12 Allen Petrie Jr. (Sun Prairie)
3.        79 Steve Allman (Oconomowoc)                   6.         48 Steve Privett
FAST QUALIFIER : 79 Steve Allman (Oconomowoc) 17.509 seconds
FAST DASH (One): 5 Lap : 70 B.J. Sparkman (Machesney Park, IL)

Sportsman Preview Feature:
Laps:    30
1.        31 Dave Oswald (Cottage Grove)      4.        59 Judy Weir (Cottage Grove)
2.        11 Trent Erdman (Ft. Atkinson)           5.         4 Luke Padfield (Jefferson)
3.        20 Bret Schmidt (Watertown)               6.         77 Casey Burns (Edgerton)
FAST QUALIFIER : 11 Trent Erdman (Ft. Atkinson)
FAST DASH (One): 6 Lap : 59 Judy Weir (Cottage Grove)
FAST DASH (two): 6 Lap : 31 Dave Oswald (Cottage Grove)
Qualifier (2 Xfer): 15 lap: 94 Craig Henning, 57 Mark English (Edgerton)

Hobby Stock Preview Feature:
Laps:    20
1.        52 Pete Elgas (Janesville)                  4.         J10 Jim Williams (Milton)
2.        94 Bret Carson (Ft. Atkinson)            5.         19 Dennis Schmidt (Johnson Creek)
3.        55 Terry Wangsness (Delavan)        6.        27 Jim Tate (Watertown)
FAST QUALIFIER : 31 Ken Au (Jefferson)
FAST DASH (One): 6 Lap : 19 Dennis Schmidt (Johnson Creek)
FAST DASH (two): 6 Lap : 31 Ken Au (Jefferson)
Qualifier (2 Xfer): 15 lap: 08 Dennis Smith Jr. , 99 Lincoln Keeser (Watertown)

Bandit Preview Feature:
Laps:    15
1.        42 Bill Sweeney (Janesville)      4.        02 Brandon Kozak (Whitewater
2.        X/10 Troy Yohn (Waterloo)        5.        75 Paula Seitz (Edgerton)
3.        5 Peter Shelley (Edgerton)         6.        3 Rory Padfield (Stoughton)
FAST QUALIFIER : 42 Bill Sweeney (Janesville) 15.079 seconds
FAST DASH (One): 5 Lap : 3 Rory Padfield (Stoughton)
FAST DASH (two): 5 Lap : 42 Bill Sweeney (Janesville)
Qualifier (3 Xfer): 12 lap: 94 Mike Storkson (Madison), 6 Zak Czeszynski (Oconomowoc), 22 Daren Brown