JEFFERSON, WI (Saturday, July 06, 2013) Brandon Pendleton of Helenville got to the front of the field and flexed his muscle as he drove away to win the 60 lap River’s Edge Meat Market Late Model feature on Mid-Season Championship Night. While Pendleton was winning his first feature of the season, Brooklyn’s Zack Riddle solidified his place at the top of the point standings in his quest for the 2013 title.
Craig Phillips and Kyle Smith paced the field of 20 hot shoes to the drop of the green. After a side by side battle to open up the action, Smith grabbed control on lap two as Phillips dropped back into a fight for second with Tyler Peterson. The first of two cautions waved on lap three when Roger Behlke made very hard contact with the turn one wall. Smith led the field back to green with Peterson in second and Phillips riding in third. Pendleton began his charge to the front of the field once racing resumed as he moved past Phillips for third and quickly dove under Peterson to steal second. Pendleton drew in close to Smith on lap six, making his way into the lead just before the second and final caution slowed the field on lap eight. As racing resumed, Pendleton began to open up a large advantage over the pack while Chris Quam challenged Smith for second. Quam made the pass on lap 14 and was joined by Trent Erdman in third a couple laps later. Erdman took a turn in the second spot when he slipped by Quam on lap 24 while Pendleton’s lead continued to grow. Meanwhile, Kyle Jarlsberg and Zack Riddle were making their way into the top five as they claimed the fourth and fifth spots respectively just past the halfway point of the race. Jarlsberg moved up to third with Riddle in tow on lap 36. Ten laps later, Jarlsberg and Riddle got by Erdman for second and third with Pendleton now enjoying a half lap lead. Pendleton continued to cruise lap after lap until finally seeing the checkers to pick up the victory. Jarlsberg finished second with Riddle, Erdman and Dale Nottestad rounding out the top five.