By Andrew Schaller
JEFFERSON, WI (Saturday, June 25, 2011) Helenville’s Brandon Pendleton captured the 60 lap Mid-Season Championship Late Model feature presented by J&L Tire at Jefferson Speedway. Pendleton led every lap of the main event to mark his first career Late Model feature win at Wisconsin’s Action Track.
Pendleton and Bruce Lee paced the field of 20 competitors to the drop of the green. Pendleton grabbed control as they entered turn one with Lee falling in line behind for second. Lee began to pressure Pendleton on the point as the duo broke away from the pack while Roger Behlke and Scott Lindsay battled for third. Behlke gained possession of the third spot on lap eight bringing Chris Quam along for fourth. On lap 12, Quam got around Behlke for third with Doug Hahn in tow for fourth. Hahn went to work on Quam, stealing the third spot away on lap 18 as he started to reel in the two leaders. At the front, Lee continued to pressure Pendleton, looking for a way around the leader. Hahn closed on the pair of drivers lap after lap until he was on Lee’s rear bumper at the midway point of the race. Just as Hahn began to work on Lee for second, the sole caution of the race slowed his efforts on lap 36. As racing resumed, Hahn tried to work the low groove looking to move forward. When Hahn began to lose grip on the bottom, Luke Westenberg shot past into third, as well as Jason Erickson to fourth. On lap 47, Westenberg got loose entering turn three allowing Erickson and Casey Johnson to fire past. Pendleton continued to show the way with Lee filling his rear view mirror and Erickson battling with Johnson for third. Pendleton held off Lee in the closing laps as he crossed under the checkers to get the win. Lee came home second followed by Johnson, Erickson and Westenberg.
This article was posted to the website on June 26th, 2011