JEFFERSON, WI (Saturday, May 03, 2014) Starting from the outside of the front row, Stoughton’s Chris Quam survived several challenges for the top spot en route to earning the victory in the Newville Auto Salvage 50 lap Late Model feature on Saturday night.
Quam grabbed control of the lead on lap one with fellow front row starter Jerry Eckhardt falling in line for second and Brandon Pendleton up to third. Two early cautions passed with Quam continuing to show the way and Eckhardt right behind. Stephen Scheel and Dylan Schuyler joined the leaders in the top five following the second caution on lap seven. The leaders ran nose to tail until the yellow waved once again on lap 18. Following the restart, the action at the front began to intensify as Eckhardt tried to hold off Pendleton for second. On lap 23, the duo made contact entering turn one resulting in Eckhardt going around to force another caution. Both drivers were forced to the rear of the field for the restart handing second to Schuyler with Zack Riddle up to third. As racing resumed, Schuyler launched his bid to overtake Quam for the top spot. Schuyler got a good run on the low side of the leader on lap 26. The pair of drivers raced side by side until the field was slowed again by the yellow flag. As the green flag returned, Dale Nottestad joined the top three while Schuyler went back to work on Quam. Quam held Schuyler at bay until lap 44 when Schuyler got a good run once again under the leader. This time Schuyler inched ahead until the yellow made another appearance with five laps to go. Quam was scored the leader with Schuyler still second and Nottestad riding in third. Schuyler charged under Quam one more time as the yellow was lifted with just five laps remaining. But a final caution with two laps to go set up a green/white/checkered finish with Quam trying to hang on and secure the win. Schuyler had his hands full with Nottestad as the racing resumed for the final time allowing Quam to slip away and pick up the hard fought victory. Schuyler finished second followed by Nottestad, Riddle and Tory Bagley.
This article was posted to the website on May 4th, 2014