by Andrew Schaller
JEFFERSON, WI (Saturday, June 16, 2012) Johnson Creek’s Jerry Eckhardt made his triumphant return to Jefferson Speedway victory lane after a several year absence on Saturday night. The over 40 year racing veteran led flag to flag to became the seventh different Late Model feature winner in as many weeks after capturing the Ken Olson’s Used Cars 50 lap main event.
Starting alongside Chris Quam, Eckhardt led lap one by a slight margin as they crossed the stripe. On the second circuit, Eckhardt claimed sole possession of the point as they exited turn two with Dylan Schuyler trying to follow around the high side of Quam for second. Schuyler completed the pass on lap three as he pulled up behind Eckhardt with Doug Hahn moving into third. Eckhardt and Schuyler began to pull away from the rest of the pack as the field sorted itself out behind them. By the midway point of the race, the pair of drivers were enjoying a large lead that continued to grow lap after lap. With the laps beginning to tick away, Schuyler mounted a charge to challenge Eckhardt for the top spot. Schuyler searched for a way to get past the leader, but Eckhardt maintained his advantage despite the pressure. Schuyler and Eckhardt made contact one time in the closing laps, but Eckhardt hung on and held him off to see the checkers first for the win. Schuyler settled for second with Casey Johnson finishing a distant third. Hahn and Trent Erdman rounded out the top five finishers.
This article was posted to the website on June 16th, 2012