by Andrew Schaller
JEFFERSON, WI (Saturday, May 26, 2012) Steve Dobbratz grabbed control of the Veteran’s Memorial 75 lap Late Model feature just past the halfway point and hung on to get the big victory on Saturday night. The win marks the first of the season for the Rio pilot at Jefferson Speedway.
Dale Nottestad and Tim Sargent paced the field of stout competitors to the drop of the green flag with Nottestad moving into the early lead on lap one. Dobbratz quickly moved past Sargent into second on lap two with Casey Johnson in tow for third. The top three lined up single file as they broke away from the rest of the field. Johnson moved to the bottom of the racing surface as he looked to get past Dobbratz for second. But the first of two cautions slowed his efforts on lap 28 as Rob Summers spun in turn four. As racing resumed, Dobbratz got a good run to the low side of Nottestad entering turn one. They raced side by side until lap 31 when they touched through turns three and four allowing Nottestad to regain sole possession of the top spot. The leaders once again lined up single file with Nottestad showing the way followed by Dobbratz in second and Johnson in third. On lap 40, Dobbratz once again charged underneath Nottestad entering turn one. The pair of drivers leaned on eachother until Dobbratz gained the advantage, clearing for the lead on lap 43. Nottestad tried to come back strong, but Dobbratz held him off to stay out front. The second and final caution appeared on lap 67 for a spinning Rusty Hansen, setting up an eight lap shootout to the finish. On the restart, Nottestad charged under Dobbratz into turn one. The duo touched down the back stretch and into turn three. Dobbratz gained control of his mount as he took control of the point once again. Dobbratz managed to hold off Nottestad over the final laps to see the checkers first and collect the big payday for the win. Nottestad settled for second followed by Jason Erickson, Johnson and Sargent.
This article was posted to the website on May 27th, 2012