|Jefferson Speedway Race Report:|
April 28, 2007; Jefferson WI -- Great weather and 112 cars in the pits, brought a large crowd to Jefferson Speedway to kick off the 2007 Racing Season, with the "Goodyear Racing Tire" Spring Sizzler 50.
In Late Model Action Doug Hahn of Whitewater claimed top honors, in the 50 lap main event. Starting outside row 4 Hahn headed to the front as Jason Deppe grabbed the early lead. Deppe’s turn at the point lasted 12 laps as Hahn closed in. Moving under Deppe Hahn made the winning pass on lap 13 and never looked back, showing the way from there to the checkers. The race slowed for 2 cautions, on laps 7 and 38. As the flew past the checkers it was Hahn for the win followed by Deppe, Dylan Schuyler, Kyle Jarlsberg and Roger Behlke.
In Sportsman action Chris Erhardt of Deerfield notched the win, in the 25 lap feature. Starting outside row 4, Erhardt started the drive to the point as B.J. Erickson took the early lead. Erickson led for a lap before surrendering the point to Scott Scholl who, in turn, turned the point over to Ken Scott 2 laps later. The first caution came, on lap 3, when Erickson lost the handle between turns 1 and 2, collecting another car in the process. Scott led the restart, guiding the way for 6 more laps as Scott "Chico" Riedner made his way through the field.
iedner claimed the 2nd spot on lap 8, closing with Scott on lap 9. Powering to the inside Riedner claimed the point on lap 10. Once at the point, Riedner pulled ahead, leaving the battle for 2nd far behind. That lead vaporized, on lap 20, as Riedner spun coming around turn 4 to bring out the 3rd caution. Erhardt inherited the lead, on the restart, with Dave Oswald running 2nd. Erhardt led the way to the checkers, with Oswald close behind, looking for an opening. As the laps ticked off, Riedner made his way back to the 3rd spot closing with the leaders. At the stripe it was Erhardt for the win followed by Oswald, Riedner, Scott and Tom Reents.
In International action 63 year old, Pete Seitz, came out of retirement to claim top honors in the 20 lap feature. Starting outside the front row Seitz took the lead at the green flag and never looked back showing the way to the checkers. At the stripe it was Seitz for the win followed by Ashley Smith, Kyle Smith, Chris Gottschalk and Mike Winters.
In Hobby Stock action Jim Tate Jr. of Watertown clamed victory in the 25 lap main event. Starting outside the 2nd row Tate headed to the front as Mike Manley jumped to the early lead. Manley held the point for 7 laps before succumbing to the charge of Tate. Claiming the top spot on lap 7, Tate led from there to the finish. The race stopped for a single caution, on lap 8, for a spin in the 4th turn, collecting another car, resulting in fluid on the track. Tate led the restart guiding the way to the checkers. At the finish it was Tate for the win followed by Pete Elgas, Manley, Dustin Ward and Dennis Schmidt.
In Bandit action Stephen Scheel of Lake Mills notched the win, in the 20 lap feature. Starting outside the 2nd row, Scheel headed toward the point as Brent Bergholz claimed the early lead. Bergholz led the way for 9 laps, as Scheel looked for an opening. The opening came, on the 10th circuit, with Scheel claiming the top spot. At the stripe it was Scheel for the win, followed by Kyle Watters, Sean Watters, Brandon Riedner and Robert Lange.
Next week the action continues at Jefferson Speedway with the Tee’s T’s 50 lap Late Model feature. Also on tap is the "Best Appearing Car" contest and the International division will run an extended feature.
Gates open at 3:00PM, Qualifying at 5:00PM and the first green flag drops
at 7:00PM sharp. Jefferson Speedway is half way between Cambridge and
Jefferson Wisconsin, on Highway 18.
Jefferson Speedway Race Summary - 04/28/2007 Spring Sizzler 50