Thompson Scores First LM Feature --
Sparkman Sweeps International at Jefferson Speedway!
By Larry & Jeanne Starr
June 5, 2004; Jefferson, Wis. -
Fort Atkinsons Curt Thompson claimed top honors in the WSLD 35,"
notching his first feature win in a Late Model.
Starting from the outside of row 2, Thompson watched Jasper Gronert grab the
early lead. Closing with Gronert on lap 8, Thompson drove to the inside, making the
winning pass between turns 1 and 2, on lap 9. Caution came, on lap 20, when a couple of
cars tangled in turn 2. Thompson led the restart, guiding the field to the checkered flag.
At the stripe it was Thompson for the win, followed by Ken Olson, John Ovadal, Jason
Erickson and Dan Chesmore.
In International action B.J. Sparkman, of Machesney Park IL, won every event he
entered, starting with a new track record in qualifying and ending with the feature win.
Starting the feature from the inside of row 4, Sparkman claimed the lead on the first
lap, of the 15 lap feature, and never looked back, guiding the field to the checkers. At
the stripe it was Sparkman for the win, followed by Scotty Hoeft, Allen Petrie, Tim Seitz
and Steve Allman.
In Sportsman division action Dave Oswald of Cottage Grove edged out the competition to
claim top honors in the 30 lap main event. Starting from the outside of row 3, Oswald
motored under Mark English, for the lead, on lap 11. As Oswald guided the field to the
finish, Ryan Goldade and Mark Deporter closed with the leader. At the stripe it was
Oswald, by a quarter car length over Deporter, with Goldade a quarter car length back in
third. Rounding out the top 5 were Bobby Stough and English.
In Hobby Stock action Terry Wangsness of Delavan claimed top honors, in the 20 lap main
event. Starting from the inside of row 7, Wangsness headed through traffic as Johnny
Robinson jumped to the early lead. Robinson Surrendered the point to Bryon Grassl, on lap
14, with Wangsness close behind for 2nd. Wangsness took the low line, challenging Grassl
for 2 laps, before making the winning pass on lap 16. At the stripe it was Wangsness at
the front, followed by Grassl, Robinson, Eaan Carson and Jessie Ayers.
Next week at Jefferson Speedway, its round 2, of the Summer Rumble,
featuring the Papa Murphys Take & Bake Pizza 50 lap Late Model
feature. The Bandits will be racing.
Jefferson Speedway is half way between Cambridge and Jefferson Wisconsin, on highway
Jefferson Speedway - Date: June 5, 2004 - Event: WSLD Night at the Races
1.66 Curt Thompson (Ft. Atkinson) 10.16 Nick
2.68 Ken Olson (Ft. Atkinson)
Chad Reimer (Oconomowoc)
3.94 John Ovadal Jr. (Watertown)
12.44 Roger Behlke (Jefferson)
4.2 Jason Erickson (Cambridge)
13.11 Beau Sanden
5.27 Dan Chesmore (Janesville)
14.2 Matt Frey
6.22 Jasper Gronert (Jefferson)
7.52 Steve Dobbratz (Rio)
16.19 Randy Breunig (Columbus)
8.4 Jason Thoma (Jefferson)
17.46 Nick Wendt (Watertown)
9.82 Chad Squirt Stevens (Orfordville) 18.99 Doug Hahn (Whitewater)
FAST QUALIFIER : 2 Jason Erickson (Cambridge): 14.633 seconds
FAST DASH: 8 Lap : 4 Jason Thoma (Jefferson)
LAST CHANCE: 20 Lap : 99 Doug Hahn (Whitewater), 2 Matt Frey (Cambridge),
6 Ken Piotrowski (Janesville), 44 Roger Behlke (Jefferson)
Heats: 10 lap: 1) 6 Ken Piotrowski (Janesville) 2) 56 Don Matrisch (Ft. Atkinson) 3) 66
Curt Thompson (Ft. Atkinson)
1.70 B.J. Sparkman (Machesney PK IL) 4.57 Tim Seitz (Edgerton)
2.00 Scotty Hoeft (Watertown)
5.79 Steve Allman (Oconomowoc)
3.12 Allen Petrie Jr. (Sun Prairie)
6.67 Joe Cross
FAST QUALIFIER : 70 B.J. Sparkman (Machesney PK IL): 16.821 seconds (New Track Record)
FAST DASH: 4 Lap : 70 B.J. Sparkman
Heats: 10 lap: 1) 70 B. J. Sparkman
1.31 Dave Oswald (Cottage Grove) 4.27 Bobby
2.28 Mark Deporter (Ft. Atkinson) 5.57
Mark English (Janesville)
3.39 Ryan Goldade (Stoughton)
6.20 Bret Schmidt
FAST QUALIFIER : 28 Mark Deporter (Ft. Atkinson): 15.412 seconds
FAST DASH: 6 Lap : 39 Ryan Goldade (Stoughton)
LAST CHANCE: 15 Lap : 94 Craig Henning (Hellenville), 59 Judy Weir (Cottage Grove), 19 Dan
Schmidt (Watertown), 2 Kyle Padfield (Edgerton)
Heats: 10 lap: 1) 38 Brent Gergen (Jefferson) 2) 7 Jody Purdy (Milton) 3) 31 Dave
Oswald (Cottage Grove)
1.55 Terry Wangsness (Delavan) 4.2 Eaan Carson (Ft.
2.38 Bryon Grassl (Janesville)
5.44 Jessie Ayers (Stoughton)
3.99 Johnny Robinson II (Beloit) 6.31 Ken Au
FAST QUALIFIER : 55 Terry Wangsness (Delavan): 16.525 seconds (New Track Record)
FAST DASH: 6 Lap : 38 Bryon Grassl (Janesville)
LAST CHANCE: 12 Lap : 4 Chris Higgins (Watertown), 7 Scott Carson (Ft. Atkinson), 37 Chris
Jackson (Ft. Atkinson), 9 Bill Emmons (Jefferson)
Heats: 8 lap: 1) 14 Scott Snyder (Stoughton) 2) 4 Chris Higgins (Watertown) 3) 99 Johnny
Robinson II (Beloit)
One-on-One Street Drags:
Trucks: Clint Stark (Lake Mills)
Cars: Jeremy Keck (Waterloo)