By Andrew Schaller
JEFFERSON, WI (Saturday, July 9, 2011) Ryan Zielski of Oconomowoc used a late race pass to capture the lead and charge to the checkers on Saturday night at Jefferson Speedway. Zielski’s victory in the B&M Electric 65 lap Late Model feature marked his first of the 2011 campaign at Wisconsin’s Action Track.
The Goodyear Summer Rumble Late Model main event kicked off with Shaun Scheel and Brandon Pendleton leading the way to the drop of the green flag. Scheel grabbed control on lap one with Pendleton falling in line behind him. On lap two, the outside line began to check up as they entered turn three resulting in John Ovadal spinning and collecting several competitors towards the back of the pack. After another brief caution on lap six, Bruce Lee moved around Pendleton to claim the second spot with Scheel still leading the field. Zielski moved up to challenge Pendleton for third, claiming the position a lap later and setting his sights on Lee in second. While Zielski and Lee battled for the runner up position, Scheel opened up a healthy advantage over the duo. Zielski eventually cleared for second on lap 20 with Steve Dobbratz in his tracks for third. Another caution for debris slowed the field and erased Scheel’s big lead on lap 22. As racing resumed, Zielski launched a bid for the lead as he moved to the low side of Scheel entering turn one. After battling for several laps, door to door, Scheel regained the top spot while Zielski fell back into a fight for second with Dobbratz. Scheel began to slip away from the field again while Zielski and Dobbratz waged war for second. As the laps began to wind down, Zielski claimed sole possession of second once again and moved up to challenge Scheel for the lead. With four laps remaining, Zielski and Scheel touched entering turn one forcing Scheel to drift through the corner. Zielski pounced on the opening as he drew even with the leader. A lap later, Zielski motored into the lead with Dobbratz following past Scheel for second. Zielski saw the checkers first to claim the win with Dobbratz finishing second. Jason Erickson nipped Scheel at the line for third with Luke Westenberg rounding out the top five.
This article was posted to the website on July 10th, 2011