Jefferson Speedway Race Report:

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Racin’ Jason Schuler Dominates Wisconsin Challenge Series at Jefferson Speedway!
By Larry  & Jeanne Starr

June 6, 2004; Jefferson, Wis. - Cambridge native Jason Schuler had a good day, on his return to Jefferson Speedway, claiming top honors in the “First Supply 100,” Wisconsin Challenge Series (WCS) race.

Photo Highlights

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Jason Schuler (#37) returned to the track where he began his racing career.  The NASCAR Busch Series regular, made his WCS debut and went to victory in the First Supply 100 at Jefferson Speedway.
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In front of a home town crowd, Jason Schuler (#37) accepts the checkered flag winning the First Supply 100 at Jefferson Speedway.
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The top three finishers in the First Supply 100.  Winner Jason Schuler (center), runner-up Adam Royle (left) and third place finisher Mark Eswein (right).
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For the first time since the early 1990's Jefferson Speedway saw Super Late Models take to the quarter-mile oval.
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Local fans had plenty to cheer about as John Ovadal Jr. (#47) took the lead from Ken Reiser and set the pace of the contest until near the halfway mark.
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A strong run for John Ovadal Jr. (#47) came to an unfortunate end as he had something break on his car while leading the First Supply 100.  He then hit the wall in turn four, but fortunately was unhurt.
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Current WCS point leader Mark Eswein (#71) did battle with eventual winner Jason Schuler during the mid portions of the race..
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Fast qualifier Bobby Wilberg (#28) established a new all-time track record at Jefferson Speedway with a lap of 14.040 seconds.

Starting 5th in the field, Schuler slipped to 7th on the start and began patiently working his way forward, as Ken Reiser drove to the early lead. Reiser led the pack for 10 laps before John Ovadal Jr. claimed the point.

Ovadal opened a strong lead, for a time, looking like he had a lock on the race. On lap 47, Ovadal suffered mechanical problems that sent him spinning into the turn 4 wall, to end his day.

Schuler was running third on the restart and, as they entered the first turn, the 2nd place car of Jeff Kendall slipped up the track, leaving an opening on the bottom. Schuler seized the opportunity, streaking past Kendall and Jeremy Lepak to claim the lead. From there he paced the field for the remaining 52 laps.

At the stripe it was Schuler for the win, followed by Adam Royale, Mark Eswein, Jeff Storm and Kendall.

Three of Jefferson Speedway’s regular divisions were on hand to round out the racing program.

In Sportsman Division action Craig Henning, of Hellenville, came from a 4th place start to over take the early leader, Noel Ramge, on lap 12, of the 15 lap feature. At the finish it was Henning followed by Ramge, Tom Reents, Mark English and Jody Purdy.

In Hobby Stock action Terry Wangsness of Delavan came from 16th to claim top honors in the 20 lap main event. At the green flag, Nick Newton jumped to the lead, only to lose the point to Lincoln Keeser, on lap 3. Keeser was joined by Larry Moen, and the two traded the lead several times, as Wangsness made his way from the rear. Moving past Moen, on lap 13, Wangsness closed with Keeser, claiming the point on lap 15. At the stripe it was Wangsness followed by Keeser, Moen, Jesse Ayers and Dennis Schmidt.

Troy Yohn of Waterloo came from 17th to claim top honors in the Bandit division’s 18 lap feature. Avoiding the mayhem between him and the front, Yohn drove to 4th by lap 8, and claimed the point by lap 12. At the stripe it was Yohn for the win, followed by Rory Padfield, Bobby Selsing, Jody Krueger and Nick Klettre.

MEDIA SUMMARY -- Wisconsin Challenge Division

Event Information -- 06/06/2004  First Supply 100
Report Date: Sunday June 6, 2004   9:55:10 p.m.

* * * QUALIFYING RESULTS * * *
Plce   Car #          Driver               Home Town         Model     Fast
----   -----   -------------------- -------------------- ---------- -------
  1    28      Wilberg, Bobby        Orfordville                       14.040
  2    00      Kendall, Jeff         Montello                          14.089
  3    52      Dobbratz, Steve       Rio                               14.097
  4    44      Zimmerman, John       Markesan                          14.102
  5    71      Eswein, Mark          Wisconsin Rapids                  14.110
Number of Cars Qualified : 30
Average time of all qualifiers :   14.271


* * * Heat A RESULTS * * *
Place Start Car #       Driver           Event    Home Town           Model
----- ----- ----- --------------------- -----  -------------------- ----------
   1     6  76     Weinkauf, Jason       Qual   Merrill                        
   2     7  12     Strupp, Tony          Qual   West Bend                      
   3     5  7      Turner, Don           Qual   LaCrosse                       
   4     9  22     Gajewski, M.G.        Qual   Wausau                         
   5    12  14     Nottestad, Scott      Qual   Stoughton                      
   6    14  34     Shultz, Dean          Qual   Juneau                         

Number of Drivers in Heat A Races:   14


* * * Main RESULTS * * *
Place Start Car #       Driver           Event    Home Town           Model
----- ----- ----- --------------------- -----  -------------------- ----------
   1     5  37     Schuler, Jason        Feat   Cambridge                      
   2     1  89     Royale, Adam          Feat   Farmington, MN                 
   3     7  71     Eswein, Mark          Feat   Wisconsin Rapids               
   4    13  25     Storm, Jeff           Feat   Waterford                      
   5    10  00     Kendall, Jeff         Feat   Montello                       
   6    20  22     Gajewski, M.G.        Feat   Wausau                         
   7    11  28     Wilberg, Bobby        Feat   Orfordville                    
   8     2  2R     Reiser, Ken           Feat   Waukon, IA                     
   9    17  76     Weinkauf, Jason       Feat   Merrill                        
  10    21  14     Nottestad, Scott      Feat   Stoughton                      
  11    19  7      Turner, Don           Feat   LaCrosse                       
  12     9  52     Dobbratz, Steve       Feat   Rio                            
  13    14  75     Weinkauf, Chris       Feat   Merrill                        
  14     6  40L    Lepak, Jeremy         Feat   Wausau                         
  15    16  2T     Tunks, Kevin          Feat   Edgerton                       
  16     3  47     Ovadal, John          Feat   Watertown                      
  17     8  44     Zimmerman, John       Feat   Markesan                       
  18    22  34     Shultz, Dean          Feat   Juneau                         
  19     4  97J    Jarlsberg, Jimmy      Feat   Cambridge                      
  20    12  40V    Van Roy, Terry        Feat   Appleton                       
  21    15  97B    Broughton, Scott      Feat   Stoughton                      
  22    18  12     Strupp, Tony          Feat   West Bend                      

Number of Drivers in Main Races:   22


MEDIA SUMMARY -- Sportsman Division
Event Information -- 06/06/2004  First Supply 100 WCS
Report Date: Sunday June 6, 2004   9:56:45 p.m.

* * * QUALIFYING RESULTS * * *
Plce   Car #          Driver               Home Town         Model     Fast
----   -----   -------------------- -------------------- ---------- -------
  1    42      Reents, Tom           Janesville                        15.894
Number of Cars Qualified :  8
Average time of all qualifiers :   16.182


* * * Heat A RESULTS * * *
Place Start Car #       Driver           Event    Home Town           Model
----- ----- ----- --------------------- -----  -------------------- ----------
   1     4  94     Henning, Craig        heat1  Helenville                     

Number of Drivers in Heat A Races:    8


* * * Main RESULTS * * *
Place Start Car #       Driver           Event    Home Town           Model
----- ----- ----- --------------------- -----  -------------------- ----------
   1     4  94     Henning, Craig        feat   Helenville                     
   2     2  17R    Ramge, Noel           feat   Hellenville                    
   3     8  42     Reents, Tom           feat   Janesville                     
   4     5  57     English, Mark         feat   Janesville                     
   5     6  7      Purdy, Jody           feat   Milton                         

Number of Drivers in Main Races:    8

MEDIA SUMMARY -- Hobby Stock Division
Event Information -- 06/06/2004  First Supply 100 WCS
Report Date: Sunday June 6, 2004  10:01:34 p.m.

* * * QUALIFYING RESULTS * * *
Plce   Car #          Driver               Home Town         Model     Fast
----   -----   -------------------- -------------------- ---------- -------
  1    55      Wangsness, Terry      Delavan                           16.568
Number of Cars Qualified : 18
Average time of all qualifiers :   17.382


* * * Heat A RESULTS * * *
Place Start Car #       Driver           Event    Home Town           Model
----- ----- ----- --------------------- -----  -------------------- ----------
   1     8  99K    Keeser, Lincoln       heat1  Whitewater                     

   1     1  19     Schmidt, Dennis       heat2  Johnson Creek                  

Number of Drivers in Heat A Races:   17


* * * Main RESULTS * * *
Place Start Car #       Driver           Event    Home Town           Model
----- ----- ----- --------------------- -----  -------------------- ----------
   1    16  55     Wangsness, Terry      Feat   Delavan                        
   2     7  99K    Keeser, Lincoln       Feat   Whitewater                     
   3     6  10M    Moen, Larry           Feat   Madison                        
   4    10  44     Ayers, Jesse          Feat   Stoughton                      
   5     8  19     Schmidt, Dennis       Feat   Johnson Creek                  

Number of Drivers in Main Races:   17

MEDIA SUMMARY -- Bandit Division
Event Information -- 06/06/2004  First Supply 100 WCS
Report Date: Sunday June 6, 2004  10:02:51 p.m.

* * * QUALIFYING RESULTS * * *
Plce   Car #          Driver               Home Town         Model     Fast
----   -----   -------------------- -------------------- ---------- -------
  1    X       Yohn, Troy            Waterloo                          15.350
Number of Cars Qualified : 18
Average time of all qualifiers :   16.270


* * * Heat A RESULTS * * *
Place Start Car #       Driver           Event    Home Town           Model
----- ----- ----- --------------------- -----  -------------------- ----------
   1     3  15     Bell, Keith           heat1  Brodhead                       

   1     2  42SE   Selsing, Bobby        heat2  Fort Atkinson                  

Number of Drivers in Heat A Races:   17


* * * Main RESULTS * * *
Place Start Car #       Driver           Event    Home Town           Model
----- ----- ----- --------------------- -----  -------------------- ----------
   1    17  X      Yohn, Troy            Feat   Waterloo                       
   2    14  3      Padfield, Rory        Feat   Stoughton                      
   3    11  42SE   Selsing, Bobby        Feat   Fort Atkinson                  
   4    16  Z/28   Krueger, Jody         Feat   Edgerton                       
   5     4  18K    Nick, Klettre         Feat                                  

Number of Drivers in Main Races:   17