Jr. Does the Mountain Dew 50 at Jefferson Speedway!
By Larry Starr
June 4, 2005; Jefferson, Wis. -
John Ovadal Jr. drove from a 13th place start, to finish first, in the
Mountain Dew 50, Late Model feature. Jasper Gronert, grabbed the point at the
green flag, as Ovadal began his trek to the checkers. The first caution came, on lap 6,
for a spin in turn 4, near the front of the field. Ovadal was running in the 9th spot for
the restart, and made his way to 8th before the second caution, on lap 11, when a car
spun, off turn 4, backing over the infield sand barrier.
Picking off cars, one by one, Ovadal made his way to 5th before the final
caution, on lap 23, for an apparent blown engine, and resulting fluid on the track. As the
green flag flew, Ovadal set his sights on the point, claiming 4th on lap 24, 2nd by lap 26
and closing with Gronert. Ovadal motored past Gronert on lap 29, to assume the point. As
they flew past the checkered flag it was Ovadal for the win, followed by Steve Dobbratz,
Dylan Schuyler, Jason Erickson and Chad Squirt Stevens.
In Sportsman division action, Jason Thoma claimed top honors in the 30 lap main event, for
the second week in a row. Starting 12th, Thoma headed toward the point, as Kyle Taylor
took the early lead. Taylor surrendered the point, to Larry Moen, on lap 2, with Thoma
already up to the 6th spot. Thoma made his way to 3rd, behind Luke Padfield, on lap 8.
Motoring under Padfield on lap 11, Thoma moved under Moen taking the lead on lap 12.
Caution cam on lap 25, when a car hit the back stretch wall. Thoma held the lead on the
restart, guiding the field to the checkers, with Trent Erdman close behind, looking for a
way to the front. At the stripe it was Thoma for the win, followed by Erdman, Padfield,
Scott Chico Riedner and Curt Thompson.
In International action Mark English took the drive to Victory Lane, following the 15 lap
feature. Starting 5th, English started his dash to the front, as Michelle Heimann took the
early lead. English was up to the 2nd spot, on the second circuit, when caution flew for a
car in the turn 3 wall. On the restart English motored past Heimann, claiming the point,
on lap 2, with Chris Nelson close behind. Nelson kept the pressure high, looking for a way
past English. At the checkers it was English for the win, followed by Nelson, Scotty
Hoeft, Chris Chenoweth and Brandon Kozak.
In Hobby Stock action, Russ Nicholson of Stoughton took top honors in the 20 lap feature.
Starting outside row 3, Nicholson started his drive to the point, as Randy Strasburg
claimed the early lead. Strasburg guided the way for 10 laps, as Nicholson worked his way
through traffic. Closing with Strasburg, on lap 9, Nicholson moved to the inside, making
the winning pass on lap 10. At the stripe it was Nicholson for the win, followed by Pete
Elgas, Jim Williams, Eaan Carson and Jesse Ayers.
In Bandit action Tom Bleecker of Watertown classed the field, in the 18 lap feature.
Starting inside row 5, Bleecker started his quest for the checkers, as Cody Hubred grabbed
the early lead. Hubred lost the point, on lap 2, to Nick Balis, with Bleecker up to 7th.
Balis gave up the point, to Kyle Stark, on lap 4. Caution came on lap 5, when a car hit
the front stretch wall. Bleecker was up to 5th for the restart, making his way to 4th by
lap 7, and 2nd by lap 10. Closing with Stark, Bleecker moved to the outside, making the
winning pass as they came to the white flag. As they took the checkered flag it was
Bleecker for the win followed by Brian Paulson, James Bell, Stark and Balis.
Next week at Jefferson Speedway its WSLD Night at the Races, featuring
the Bumper to Bumper 50." Gates Open at 2:00, qualifying begins at 4:30 and
racing starts at 7:00PM.
Jefferson Speedway is half way between Jefferson and Cambridge Wisconsin, on Highway 18.
Jefferson Speedway Race Summary - 06/04/2005 Mountain Dew 50
Late Model Division
1) 71 John Ovadal
2) 52 Steve Dobbratz (Rio)
3) 33 Dylan Schuyler
4) 94 Jason Erickson
5) 82 Chad Stevens (Orfordville)
Tim Noble (Janesville)
7) 16 Luke Westenberg (Watertown)
8) 4 Chris Quam (Stoughton)
9) 19 Chad Reimer
10) 44 Roger Behlke
11) 87 Kyle Jarlsberg (Cambridge)
12) 32 Tony Koepke
13) 22 Jasper Gronert (Ft. Atkinson) 14)
23 Chris Koepke (Jefferson)
15) 20 Bret Schmidt (watertown)
16) 2 Matt
17) 68 Ken Olson (Ft. Atkinson)
99 Doug Hahn (Whitewater)
19) 97 Jim Jarlsberg
20) 6 Ken Piotrowski (Janesville)
Fast Qualifier: 94 Jason Erickson
: 14.460 seconds
Last Chance: 20 Bret Schmidt, 2 Matt Frey, 87 Kyle Jarlsberg, 32 Tony Koepke
Heats: Dash) 52 Steve Dobbratz, Qual1) 82 Chad Stevens, Qual2) 44 Roger Behlke
1) 57 Mark English
2) 73 Chris Nelson (Cottage Grove)
3) 00 Scotty Hoeft (Watertown)
4) 97 Chris Chenoweth
5) 2 Brandon Kozak (Whitewater) 6)
42 Bill Sweeney (Janesville)
Fast Qualifier: 73 Chris Nelson (Cottage Grove)
: 16.792 seconds
Heats: Dash) 73 Chris Nelson, Qual1) 02 Michelle Heimann
1) 42 Jason Thoma
2) 11 Trent Erdman (Fort Atkinson)
3) 4 Luke Padfield (Jeffersonm)
4) 26 Scott
5) 3 Curt Thompson (Fort Atkinson) 6) 10 Larry Moen
Fast Qualifier: 42 Jason Thoma
: 15.172 seconds
Last Chance: 87 Ed Jackson, 53 Rick Rothwell, 19 John Handeland, 30 Scott Schuld
Heats: Dash) 11 Trent Erdman, Qual1) 14 Kyle Taylor, qual2) 19 Dan Schmidt
Hobby Stock Division
1) 67 Russ Nicholson (Stoughton) 2) 52
Pete Elgas (Janesville)
3) J10 Jim Williams (Milton)
4) 2 Eaan Carson
5) 44 Jesse Ayers (Stoughton)
6) 31 Ken Au
Fast Qualifier: 31 Ken Au (Jefferson)
: 16.860 seconds
Last Chance: 99 Lincoln Keeser, 88 William Stephenson, 41 Nick Newton, 22 Chester
Heats: Dash) 25 Jim Lampen, Qual1) 29 Mike Manley, qual2) 56 Randy Strasburg
1) 98 Tom Bleecker (Watertown)
2) 41 Brian Paulson (Edgerton)
3) 27 James Bell
4) 92 Kyle Stark (Waterloo)
5) 45 Nick Balis (Edgerton)
6) 27 Tom Schuette (Fort Atkinson)
Fast Qualifier: 8 Shaun Scheel (Johnson Creek)
: 15.219 seconds
Consi: 24 Tyler White, 29 Brad Knapp
Last Chance: 92 Marc W. Balis, 4D Brandon Riedner, 6 Zak Czeszynski, 21 Rodney
Heats: Dash) 27 Tom Schuette, Qual1) 42 Roger Munns, qual2) 22 Chris Hart