By Andrew Schaller
JEFFERSON, WI (Saturday, July 23, 2011) Fort Atkinson’s Jason Erickson became the first Late Model pilot to win his second feature of the 2011 season on Saturday night at Jefferson Speedway. Erickson methodically picked his way to the front of the field and drove on to capture the Schmidt’s Auto 50 lap feature event.
Tommy Pecaro grabbed the initial lead as the green flag waved over the 18 car field. Roger Behlke followed into second on lap two with Noel Ramge and John Ovadal in tow for third and fourth respectively. The first of two caution periods came on lap ten when defending champion Casey Johnson spun in turn four. Ovadal snuck past Ramge for third on the restart with Pecaro still showing the way out front. Pecaro began to slip away from the field as Ovadal moved up to challenge Behlke for the runner up spot. His large lead was erased on lap 19 when Trent Erdman cut a tire and spun in turns one and two to bring out the second caution. As racing resumed, Dylan Schuyler slipped past Ovadal for third and proceeded to apply pressure to Behlke for second. Meanwhile, Erickson made his way into the top five by lap 32 as he continued to move forward. Erickson found himself in fourth on lap 36 as he charged under Schuyler looking for third. Erickson claimed the position a lap later and continued forward alongside Behlke. Erickson owned the second spot on lap 38 as he set his sights Pecaro at the point. Erickson motored under Pecaro on lap 39 as the duo raced wheel to wheel. Erickson finally cleared for the lead with eight circuits remaining as he began to check out from the pack. Schuyler made a late pass for second, but Erickson was well on his way to crossing under the checkers first for the win. Schuyler was second followed by Steve Dobbratz, Pecaro and Luke Westenberg.
This article was posted to the website on July 24th, 2011