By Andrew Schaller
JEFFERSON, WI (Saturday, May 28, 2011) Fort Atkinson’s Jason Erickson capped a thrilling finish to the Netwurx 50 lap Late Model feature with a visit to victory lane. Erickson made a late race pass and held on to get the win, his first since 2009.
Scott Lindsay and Dylan Schuyler paced the strong field to competitors to the green with Schuyler grabbing control on lap one. Lindsay dropped back into a battle with Roger Behlke for the second spot with Luke Westenberg in fourth. Lindsay and Behlke touched slightly on lap three allowing Westenberg to emerge with Behlke in a fight for second as Lindsay fell back into the pack. Westenberg claimed the runner up position on lap six with John Ovadal in tow for third. After cautions on laps eight and eleven, Westenberg began to challenge Schuyler at the point as Ovadal watched from third. Westenberg tried to low groove to get past the leader, but eventually slipped back into a battle for second with Ovadal. Ovadal moved into sole possession of second on lap 16 and went right to work on Schuyler for the lead. Ovadal took his turn on the low side of the leader, but Schuyler hung tough on the outside lap after lap. While they fought at the front of the field, Jason Erickson was making his way into the top five. Erickson found himself in fifth on lap 30 as he continued to move forward. Erickson worked up to fourth by lap 32 and then third by lap 34. Ovadal got a good run as he nipped Schuyler at the line to lead lap 41. Ovadal cleared for the lead on lap 42, brining Erickson along for second. Erickson wasted little time as he dove under Ovadal a lap later and pulled even with the new leader. The duo battled door to door until Erickson poked his nose out front to lead at lap 46. Erickson cleared for the top spot with three laps remaining and held on to see the checkers first. Ovadal settled for second followed by Schuyler, Westenberg and Behlke.
Kurt Kleven of Cambridge captured his first career Sportsman feature win by claiming the 30 lap main event. Greg Staude lead lap one from the pole with Randy Breunig pulling into second and Brady Lilly in third. Staude continued to lead as Breunig and Lilly fought for second. Caution waved on lap ten for debris just as Lilly moved into the second spot. As racing resumed, Lilly dove under Staude entering turn one and pulled even with the early leader. Lilly grabbed the lead and quickly stretched his advantage as Kleven made his way to second past Staude. Jay Kalbus followed Kleven into third as they tried to cut into Lilly’s lead. Caution slowed the field on lap 22 setting up an eight lap shootout to the finish. As the green waved once again, Lilly showed the way with Kleven trying to hold of Kalbus for second. With six laps to go, Lilly experience mechanical difficulties and was forced to retire handing the lead to Kleven with Kalbus running a close second. Kalbus continued to pressure the new leader, but Kleven hung on to cross the stripe first for the win. Rounding out the top five were Kalbus, Jason Thoma, James Helmer and Mark DePorter.
Waterloo’s Kyle Stark continued his early season dominance in the International class by winning the 20 lap feature event. Keith Bell and Chris Gottschalk led the field to green with Bell taking the initial lead. Kenny Au crept up on the inside of Bell to steal the point away on lap two. Caution waved on lap three when Bell and Dale Smith made contact. Au restarted as the leader with Gottschalk and Mark English running second and third respectively. As the green waved once again, Gary and Kyle Stark made it a three way battle for third with English. Gary emerged with the position with Kyle right behind for third. Gary motored past Gottschalk for second on lap five and quickly moved up to challenge Au for the point, bringing brother Kyle along with him. Gary Stark claimed the top spot on lap seven as Kyle stayed in his rear view mirror for the second spot. Kyle began to apply heavy pressure to the new leader as he looked for a lane to get by. The second and final caution waved on lap 13 setting up a sprint to the finish. As racing resumed, Kyle looked to the low side, but couldn’t make it work. With two laps remaining, Kyle shot to the outside of his brother and pulled even as they flew under the white flag. Kyle held the advantage exiting turn four on the final lap and held it as they crossed the line for the checkers. Gary Stark finished second followed by Au, English and Neil Higgins.
Waterloo’s Dustin Ward made a late race pass for the lead and held off the challenges of Jim Tate to get the win in the 25 lap Hobby Stock main event. Chester Williams led lap one with Bill Bush in his tracks for second. Tate quickly moved into the top five, finding himself in fourth by lap three. Tate moved up one more position a lap later as he closed on the leaders. Tate fired past Bush for the second spot on lap five and pulled up to the rear bumper of Williams. Ward joined the party at the front as he watched Tate and Williams battle for the lead from third. Tate claimed the point on lap ten and Ward followed him past Williams for second. Ward immediately pulled up to challenge the new leader. On lap 14, Tate opened up the bottom lane and Ward filled the hole as he pulled even for the lead. Ward stuck his nose out front on lap16 as he cleared for sole possession of first a lap later. Two cautions in the final six laps slowed the field, but Ward remained out front as he saw the checkers first for the win. Tate, Williams, Steven Sauer and Sean Watters rounded out the top five.
Rodger Stephenson of Cambridge led flag to flag to capture the 15 lap Road Warrior feature event. Starting from the pole, Stephenson took control on lap one with Michael White moving up to second. Stephenson began to open up a large lead while Bill Reynolds made his way to third. Reynolds got past White for the second spot on lap six and began to reel in the early leader. Reynolds chipped away at the lead Stephenson was enjoying, but eventually ran out of laps. Stephenson crossed the stripe first to get the win followed by Reynolds, Rob Lange, White and Tim Ellis.
Rounding out the evening’s events was the 20 lap Bandit feature which was won by Heather Stark of Waterloo. Josh Lenz led on lap one with Bryan Gottschalk in second and Dave Schmidt in third. On lap five, contact amongst the leaders led to Gottschalk getting shuffled back in the pack and Schmidt moved up to second. Stark took advantage to make her way to third as she flew to the outside of Schmidt looking for second. Stark claimed the position on lap six and continued to ride the momentum forward alongside Lenz. Stark cleared for the lead on lap seven and immediately began to pull away. Phil Wuesthoff sliced his way up to second just before a caution on lap 14 erased Stark’s large lead. But as racing resumed, Stark stayed strong on the point as she cruised to the checkers for the win. Wuesthoff was second with Kyle Riedner, Keith Erickson and Mitch Brockway completing the top five.
Next Saturday, June 4, is a full program of racing brought to you by the UAW Teamsters 200. Time trials begin at 5pm with racing at 7pm sharp. Jefferson Speedway is located halfway between Jefferson and Cambridge on Hwy 18. Please visit www.jeffersonspeedway.com for more information.
Jefferson Speedway Race Summary
Netwurx 50 lap Feature Results- 1) 94 Jason Erickson, Fort Atkinson 2) 71 John Ovadal, Watertown 3) 33 Dylan Schuyler, Jefferson 4) 16 Luke Westenberg, Jefferson 5) 44 Roger Behlke, Jefferson 6) 4 Chris Quam, Stoughton 7) 87 Kyle Jarlsberg, Jefferson 8) 61 Jerry Eckhardt, Johnson Creek 9) 5 Casey Johnson, Stoughton 10) 21 Ryan Zielski, Oconomowoc 11) 52 Steve Dobbratz, Rio 12) 68 Dan Jung, Hartford 13) 29 Scott Lindsay, Dousman 14) 13 Rob Myers, Hartford 15) 21 Brandon Pendleton, Helenville 16) 16 Tyler Peterson, Lake Geneva 17) 51 Dale Nottestad, Cambridge 18) 27 Ty James, Oconomowoc
Fast Qualifier- 52 Steve Dobbratz—14.246 seconds
Last Chance- 21 Ryan Zielski, 13 Rob Myers, 16 Tyler Peterson, 27 Ty James
Consy- 1 Jody Krueger, 41 Mike Taylor
Heat Winners- 1) 7 Ed Kubicz 2) 27 Dan Chesmore 3) 51 Dale Nottestad 4) 94 Jason Erickson
Best Appearing- 52 Steve Dobbratz
Feature Results- 1) 51 Kurt Kleven, Cambridge 2) 27 Jay Kalbus, Watertown 3) 6 Jason Thoma, Jefferson 4) 7 James Helmer, Beaver Dam 5) 2 Mark DePorter, Fort Atkinson 6) 66 Curt Thompson, Jefferson 7) 26 Scott Riedner, Waunakee 8) 20 Kody Hubred, Utica 9) 23 Randy Breunig, Columbus 10) 32 Greg Staude, Helenville 11) 11 Adam Bleskan, Menomonee Falls 12) 31 Alex Lee, Cambridge 13) 19 John Handeland, Belleville 14) 4 Jim Taylor, Stoughton 15) 71 Jason Dunn, Sun Prairie 16) 22 Brady Lilly, Milton
Fast Qualifier- 7 James Helmer—14.988 seconds
Last Chance- 20 Kody Hubred, 31 Alex Lee, 11 Adam Bleskan, 19 John Handeland
Heat Winners- 1) 3 Ken Hoff 2) 11 Adam Bleskan 3) 32 Greg Staude
Best Appearing- 2 Mark DePorter
Feature Results- 1) 92 Kyle Stark, Waterloo 2) 35 Gary Stark, Sun Prairie 3) 31 Ken Au, Jefferson 4) 57 Mark English, Edgerton 5) 66 Neil Higgins, Watertown 6) 26 Mike Lambert, Madison 7) 95 Matt McKinney, Fort Atkinson 8) 23 Casey Strese, Jefferson 9) 61 Chris Gottschalk, Jefferson 10) 111 Devon Dixon, Janesville 11) 29 Waylin Willman, Janesville 12) 75 Travis Schneeberg, Cottage Grove 13) 90 Tytus Helgestad, Edgerton 14) ONO Keith Bell, Brodhead 15) 41 Nick Newton, Jefferson 16) 6 Dale Smith, Lake Mills 17) 11 Jason Kubicz, Whitewater 18) 90 Kyle Smith, Lake Mills
Fast Qualifier- 35 Gary Stark—16.255 seconds
Last Chance- 11 Jason Kubicz, 41 Nick Newton, 111 Devon Dixon, 90 Tytus Helgestad
Heat Winners- 1) 11 Jason Kubicz 2) 90 Kyle Smith 3) 92 Kyle Smith
Best Appearing- 57 Mark English
Feature Results- 1) 9 Dustin Ward, Waterloo 2) 27 Jim Tate, Watertown 3) 22 Chester Williams, Waukesha 4) 11 Steven Sauer, Waterloo 5) 77 Sean Watters, Jefferson 6) 72 Gary Paulick, Waukesha 7) 55 Lucas Buckingham, Whitewater 8) 22 Kyle Chwala, Lake Mills 9) 17 Bill Bush, Watertown 10) 81 Jeff LeFave, Fort Atkinson 11) 71 Jamie Dunn, Sun Prairie 12) 2 Brent Gergen, Jefferson 13) 86 Tony Ciano, Janesville 14) 7 Jim Wolf, Watertown 15) 39 Ken Scott, Rio 16) 39 Justin Kumbier, Watertown 17) 19 Zack Schmidt, Johnson Creek 18) 56 Randy Strasburg, Jefferson
Fast Qualifier- 9 Dustin Ward—16.378 seconds
Heat Winners- 1) 19 Zach Schmidt
Best Appearing- 17 Bill Bush
Feature Results- 1) 88 Rodger Stephenson, Cambridge 2) 6 Bill Reynolds, Watertown 3) 135 Rob Lange, Jefferson 4) 33 Michael White, Janesville 5) 01 Tim Ellis, Loves Park (IL) 6) 42 Bill Sweeney, Janesville 7) 78 Kevin Pauls, McFarland 8) 71 Scott Bush 9) 88 Tina Stephenson, Cambridge 10) 51 Rory Hardy 11) 18 Scott Pauls, Deerfield 12) 17 Kyle Dopkins
Fast Qualifier- 18 Scott Pauls—17.042 seconds
Heat Winners- 1) 88 Rodger Stephenson 2) 6 Bill Reynolds
Best Appearing- 135 Rob Lange
Feature Results- 1) 93 Heather Stark, Waterloo 2) 99 Phil Wuesthoff, Beaver Dam 3) 1 Kyle Riedner, Waunakee 4) 03 Keith Erickson, Columbus 5) 43 Mitch Brockway, Ixonia 6) 17 Tadd Douglas, Jefferson 7) 18 Robby Robinson, Orfordville 8) 37 Seth Reamer, Janesville 9) 10 Dave Schmidt, Menomonee 10) 98 Felicia Dewey, Janesville 11) 34 Dustin Yanke, Fort Atkinson 12) 13 Taylor Schmude, Cambridge 13) 02 Michelle Kriegel, Janesville 14) 09 Nick Schmidt, Menomonee 15) 16 Josh Lenz, Lake Mills 16) 53 Dylan Buckingham, Whitewater 17) 31 Bryan Gottschalk, Jefferson 18) 31 Michael Heimann, Waunakee
Fast Qualifier- 37 Seth Reamer—14.347 seconds
Last Chance- 18 Robby Robinson, 98 Felicia Dewey, 13 Taylor Schmude, 17 Tadd Douglas
Consy- 69 Adam Faherty, 13 Taylor Schmude
Heat Winners- 1) 36 Erik Bennett 2) 11 Cory Jansen 3) 16 Josh Lenz
Best Appearing- 69 Adam Faherty
This article was posted to the website on May 29th, 2011