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September 3, 2005; Jefferson WI - Tony Koepke of Fort Atkinson claimed top honors in the, 50 lap, Late Model feature at Jefferson Speedway. Starting outside row 2, Koepke headed to the point, as Mike Taylor claimed the early lead. Taylor led the way for 7 laps, with Koepke searching for an opening.
Driving to the inside, on lap 6, Koepke made the winning pass on lap 7, guiding the way from there to the checkers. Koepke opened a strong lead as the battle raged far behind, with Jason Erickson and Tim Noble, the top 2 in the point standings, fighting their way through the field. At the stripe it was Koepke for the win, followed by Luke Westenberg, Dylan Schuyler, Erickson and Noble.
Tonight was the night of the Iron Man Races for those drivers who have made every race in the 2005 season. Roger Behlke of Jefferson won the Iron Man for the Late Models.
In International action Mark English of Janesville notched another win, in the 15 lap main event, stretching his point lead over Chris Nelson. Starting inside row 3, English headed toward the front as Keryn Hopwood jumped to the early lead. Chris Gottschalk relieved Hopwood at the point, on lap 3, with English close behind for 2nd. English challenged Gottschalk, for 3 laps, claiming the lead on lap 6. At the stripe it was English for the win, followed by Gottschalk, Scotty Hoeft, Mark Joyner and Bill Sweeney. Nelson developed, apparent, engine trouble at the start of the race, dropping out early.
Chris Gottschalk won the Iron Man for the International division.
In Sportsman action Jason Thoma drove from a 13th place start to victory lane, in the 30 lap feature event. Chris Ehrhart took the lead at the green flag, showing the way for 5 laps before being overtaken by Dan Schmidt. Schmidts turn at the point lasted 2 laps, as Dave Oswald drove to the front on lap 9. As Oswald pulled ahead, Mark DePorter made his bid for the 2nd spot, dropping Schmidt to 3rd by lap 12. DePorter moved to the inside of Oswald, pulling even many times, but was never able to complete the pass. By lap 14, Thoma made his way to 3rd, looking for a way past both of the top 2. DePorters bid ended on lap 21, with a spin, to the infield, off the 2nd turn. Thoma moved to the inside of Oswald, launching his bid for the top spot. The pair battled side-by-side for 7 laps, with Oswald working the high groove and Thoma digging on the bottom. Thoma edged ahead on lap 28, claiming the point before the white flag. At the finish it was Thoma for the win, followed by Oswald, Trent Erdman, Schmidt and Curt Thompson.
Dan Schmidt won the Iron Man for the Sportsman division.
In Hobby Stock action Scott Carson claimed top honors in the 20 lap feature. Starting outside row 3, Carson headed to the front, as Nick Newton grabbed the early lead. Newton led the way for 7 laps before surrendering the point to Carson. Once at the front, Carson led all the way to the finish. At the stripe it was Scott Carson for the win followed by Pete Elgas, Brett Carson, Jesse Ayers and Dennis Schmidt.
Lincoln Keeser won the Iron Man for the Hobby Stocks.
In Bandit action Brandon Bud Riedner of Waunakee won the 20 lap feature. Starting inside row 6, Riedner started toward the front as Darren Brown claimed the early lead. Brown led the way for 14 laps as Riedner battled through traffic. Claiming the 2nd spot, on lap 10, Riedner moved up behind Brown, looking for an opening. Trying the inside on lap 13 Riedner came up short, so he tried the outside on lap 14, claiming the point by lap 15. At the stripe it was Riedner for the win, followed by Brown, Sean Watters, Chris Hart and James Bell.
Tyler White won the Iron Man for the Bandits.
The Great American Bartenders Race was won by Doug Muggsy
Madison of Muggs Bar in Hellenville.
Next week at Jefferson Speedway Havill-Spoerl Automotive Family presents the Season Championships, with a 60 lap Late Model feature and extended features in all divisions. This is the final night in the 2005 points chase. Champions will be determined in all racing divisions.
Gates open at 2:00, Qualifying at 4:30 and racing starts at 7:00 sharp.
Jefferson Speedways 2005 season closes, in 2 weeks, with the, 2 day, 25th annual
Wisconsin State Championships."
Jefferson Speedway Race Summary - 09/03/2005 Labor Day Special