JEFFERSON, WI (Saturday, August 24, 2013) Shaun Scheel of Lake Mills survived a major melee at the midway point of the Papa Murphy’s Pizza 50 lap Late Model main event to pick up his first feature win of the season. The win made Scheel the tenth Late Model pilot to taste victory in 2013.
John Ovadal Jr and Bruce Lee paced the field to green with Lee taking the initial lead on lap one. Ovadal tried to fight back on the low side, but Lee held him off to maintain control of the top spot. After the first of four cautions, the leaders remained single file with defending champ, Casey Johnson quickly moving towards the front. But Johnson found the turn four wall, cutting a tire and bringing out the second caution on lap 14. As racing resumed, Ty James slipped by Ovadal to claim second with Trent Erdman in his tracks for third. Contact between James and Erdman on lap 23 ended with both cars into the turn three wall, collecting several competitors in the process. Included in the wreckage was point leader Dale Nottestad as well as several others who were forced to the pit area for repairs. Nottestad returned track side before the green flew again allowing him to remain on the lead lap. Lee restarted on the point, this time with Scheel in his rear view mirror with Ryan Goldade running third. On lap 25, Scheel got a good run on the low side of Lee as they raced out of turn two. Scheel cleared for the top spot a lap later as the top two began to separate themselves from the pack. Zack Riddle made his way to third with Chris Quam in tow and Nottestad already back up into the top five. On lap 36, Riddle drifted high in turn four allowing Quam and Nottestad to slip past for third and fourth respectively. Nottestad spent the remaining laps searching for a way around Quam while Scheel continued to stretch his advantage. A caution on lap 48 set up a green/white/checkered finish, but Scheel stayed strong out front to see the checkers first for the win. Lee finished second followed by Quam, Nottestad and Riddle.
This article was posted to the website on August 25th, 2013