Nottestad Notches Mid-Season Championship Feature

by Andrew Schaller
JEFFERSON, WI (Saturday, June 30, 2012) One week after point leader Casey Johnson doubled his feature win total for the 2012 racing season, Dale Nottestad of Cambridge followed suit and picked up his second main event victory as well. Nottestad got to the front of the field and hung on to win the Mid-Season Championship 65 lap Late Model feature on Saturday at Wisconsin’s Action Track, Jefferson Speedway.

Stephen Scheel and Tyler Peterson paced the field of competitors to the drop of the green flag with Scheel taking control of the point on lap one. Jerry Eckhardt followed him into second as Peterson dropped back into the pack. Shaun Scheel followed Eckhardt into third as the leaders lined up single file with Steve Dobbratz and Nottestad joining them in the top five. Nottestad slipped by Dobbratz for third just before a caution slowed the field on lap 12 when Kyle Jarlsberg spun by himself in turn four. Once racing got back underway, Nottestad resumed his trek to the front as he motored under Eckhardt and stole away the second position. A lap later, Nottestad was challenging Stephen Scheel for the lead as he drove underneath him in turns three and four. Nottestad cleared for the lead as they raced down the front stretch to complete lap 20. As Nottestad’s new lead grew, Casey Johnson was making his way through the top five as well. Every other lap, Johnson found himself another position closer to the front until he was riding at the midway point of the race. Johnson looked to close in on Nottestad who was enjoying a healthy advantage, but another caution on lap 35 aided his cause and closed up the leaders for the final 30 laps. Two more cautions before lap 40 slowed the field, but not Nottestad as he remained on the point. A final yellow with ten laps to go set up a shootout to the finish. Johnson did his best to apply heavy pressure, but Nottestad stayed strong out front on his way to the victory. Johnson settled for second followed by Dylan Schuyler, Jason Erickson and Stephen Scheel.

Jefferson Jason Thoma continued his recent success by picking up the win in the 35 lap Sportsman feature event. Ryan Oldenhoff grabbed the early lead on lap one with Jeff Schultz slipping back to second and Terry Wangsness running in third. Steven Sauer slipped past Wangsness for the third spot on lap five with Mark Deporter close behind. Thoma joined the battle at the front of the field just before the sole caution of the race waved on lap 12. On the restart, Thoma took to the high side as he tried to move forward. On lap 14, Thoma drew even with Sauer for third, claiming the spot and continuing forward alongside Schultz in second. Thoma completed the pass on lap 15, diving to the inside as they entered turn one and pulling up next to Oldenhoff out front. After a brief battle, Thoma claimed the lead as he began to pull away from the pack. Jim Tate Jr made a charge up to second by lap 24 as he looked to close the gap on Thoma. But Thoma was already well on his way to the checkers to pick up the feature win. Tate was second with Deporter, Kyle Chwala and Kody Hubred rounding out the top five.

Kyle Stark of Waterloo returned to his winning ways in the International division by picking up the victory in the 25 lap feature event. Josh Kubicz took the initial lead on lap one with Peter Shelley up to second. Neil Higgins charged up on the low side to grab second as he continued forward under Kubicz as well. Higgins cleared for the top spot on lap five, bringing Mark English and Stark along for second and third respectively. English wasted little time in second as he slipped by Higgins to take over the lead with Stark in tow for second and Mike Lambert lining up behind them in third. The top three pulled away from the rest of the pack as they all raced under a blanket with Stark looking for a way around English while Lambert watched. On lap 16, Stark got a good run on the low side of English, drawing even and claimed the lead a lap later. Lambert followed under English for second as he began to fall off the pace. English retired from the event on lap 20 as Lambert began to apply heavy pressure to Stark. A caution for debris set up a green-white-checkered scenario as Stark looked to hang on for the win. Lambert took a shot at the winning pass once racing resumed, but Stark held him at bay to claim the win. Lambert was second followed by Higgins, Seth Reamer and Shelley.

A great battle lasting the majority of the 25 lap Hobby Stock feature ended with Jimmy Robinson of Orfordville standing in victory lane with the win. As racing got underway, Duane Deppe took the lead with Robinson already up to second and Kale Peterman in third. On lap three, Robinson motored past Deppe to claim the point with Peterman and Bobby Selsing in tow. Peterman quickly moved to the low side as he pulled alongside Robinson at the front. The pair of drivers battle door to door over the next several laps with Robinson owning a slight advantage. On lap 12, Robinson regained sole possession of the lead with Selsing up to challenge Peterman for second. Selsing made the pass on lap 15 and began to search for a way around Robinson out front. A caution on lap 19 set up a six lap shootout to the finish with Robinson still showing the way and Selsing directly behind him in second. As racing resumed, Selsing tried everything he could to get a run past the leader, but Robinson held on to see the checkers first and cross the stripe for the win. Selsing came home second followed by Dustin Ward, Peterman and Lucas Buckingham.

Bill Sweeney of Edgerton took control of the lead early in the 20 lap Road Warrior feature and drove off to pick up the victory. Jason Haas and Chad Olds led the field to green with Haas taking the early lead on lap one. Sweeney moved to the bottom of the speedway as he began to creep up inside Haas. Sweeney drew even on lap three as they raced wheel to wheel for the lead. Sweeney cleared for first on lap six and immediately began to stretch his advantage. Tim Ellis moved up to challenge Haas for second as Sweeney lead grew larger. Ellis eventually made the pass for second, but Sweeney was already long gone on his way to the win. Ellis finished second with Haas, Rodger Stephenson and Chester Williams rounding out the top five.

The final event of the evening, the 25 lap Bandit feature, ended with Erik Bennett of Beloit taking home the trophy. Bennett led lap one with Michael Heimann in second. Taylor Schmude moved to the outside groove as he began to make his way to the front. On lap four, Schmude pulled up next to Heimann for second, clearing for the position and continuing forward next to Bennett. A lap later, Schmude was out front with Nick Schmidt in his tracks for second. Schmidt proceeded to close in on Schmude until a caution on lap 15 slowed his efforts. On the restart, Schmude opened the door on the bottom allowing Schmidt to draw even. The pair of drivers battled side by side until Schmude gained the advantage on the final lap. Schmude crossed under the checkers first followed by Schmidt in second and Josh Marx third. Following post-race inspection, the top three finishers were all forced to vacate their position handing the win to Bennett. Dustin Yanke was second followed by Mitch Brockway, Phil Wuesthoff and Tadd Douglas.

Next Saturday, July 7, is a full program sponsored by Tired Iron Promotions. Time trials begin at 5pm with racing at 7pm. Jefferson Speedway is located halfway between Jefferson and Cambridge on Hwy 18. Please visit www.jeffersonspeedway.com for more information.

Jefferson Speedway Race Summary

Late Model-

Feature Results- 1) Dale Nottestad, Cambridge 2) Casey Johnson, Stoughton 3) Dylan Schuyler, Jefferson 4) Jason Erickson, Fort Atkinson 5) Stephen Scheel, Lake Mills 6) Jerry Eckhardt, Johnson Creek 7) Shaun Scheel, Lake Mills 8) Brady Liddle, Oregon 9) John Ovadal Jr, Watertown 10) Bruce Lee, Cambridge 11) Chris Quam, Stoughton 12) Roger Behlke, Jefferson 13) Tim Lange, Dousman 14) Rusty Hansen, Cottage Grove 15) Doug Hahn, Whitewater 16) Jay Kalbus, Whitewater 17) Ty James, Oconomowoc 18) Kyle Jarlsberg, Jefferson 19) Steve Dobbratz, Rio 20) Tyler Peterson, Lake Geneva

Fast Qualifier- Jason Erickson—14.527 seconds

Last Chance- Rusty Hansen, Tim Lange, Roger Behlke, Jay Kalbus

Heat Winners- 1) Mike Taylor 2) Stephen Scheel 3) Tom Schuette

Sportsman-

Feature Results- 1) Jason Thoma, Jefferson 2) Jim Tate Jr, Deforest 3) Mark Deporter, Fort Atkinson 4) Kyle Chwala, Lake Mills 5) Kody Hubred, Cambridge 6) Tory Bagley, Stoughton 7) Ryan Oldenhoff, Fort Atkinson 8) Jeff Schultz, Elkhorn 9) Will Rece, Stoughton 10) Jim Taylor, Stoughton 11) Terry Wangsness, Jefferson 12) Ken Scott, Rio 13) Josh Bilicki 14) Mike Heelein, Jefferson 15) Steven Sauer, Waterloo 16) Jason Kubicz, Whitewater 17) Kenny Au, Jefferson

Fast Qualifier- Mark Deporter—15.266 seconds

Heat Winners- 1) Kody Hubred 2) Tory Bagley

International-

Feature Results- 1) Kyle Stark, Waterloo 2) Mike Lambert, Madison 3) Neil Higgins, Watertown 4) Seth Reamer, Marshall 5) Peter Shelley, Edgerton 6) John Handeland, Belleville 7) Dylan Buckingham, Whitewater 8) Dan Birkett, Jefferson 9) Josh Kubicz, Whitewater 10) Darren Brown, Jefferson 11) Devin Wild, Jefferson 12) Mark English, Edgerton 13) Matt McKinney, Fort Atkinson 14) Mike Storkson, Evansville

Fast Qualifier- Kyle Stark—16.548 seconds

Heat Winners- 1) Neil Higgins 2) Mark English

Hobby Stock-

Feature Results- 1) Jimmy Robinson, Orfordville 2) Bobby Selsing, Edgerton 3) Dustin Ward, Waterloo 4) Kale Peterman, Iron Ridge 5) Lucas Buckingham, Whitewater 6) Tony Ciano, Janesville 7) Jim Wolf, Watertown 8) Duane Deppe, Waterloo 9) James Helmer, Beaver Dam 10) Dale Werner, Whitewater 11) Mike Manley, Fort Atkinson 12) Eric Will 13) Crystal O’Gorman, Lake In The Hills (IL)

Fast Qualifier- James Helmer—16.167 seconds

Heat Winners- 1) Lucas Buckingham 2) Dustin Ward

Road Warrior-

Feature Results- 1) Bill Sweeney, Edgerton 2) Tim Ellis, S.Beloit (IL) 3) Jason Haas, Jefferson 4) Rodger Stephenson, Cambridge 5) Chester Williams, Waukesha 6) Bill Reynolds, Watertown 7) Chad Olds, Whitewater 8) Travis Schneeberg, Cottage Grove 9) Rob Lange, Jefferson

Fast Qualifier- Rob Lange—17.000 seconds

Heat Winners- 1) Bill Reynolds 2) Rob Lange

Bandit-

Feature Results- 1) Erik Bennett, Beloit 2) Dustin Yanke, Fort Atkinson 3) Mitch Brockway, Ixonia 4) Phil Wuesthoff, Beaver Dam 5) Tadd Douglas, Jefferson 6) Cory Jansen, Lake Geneva 7) Tiffany Desjarlais, Columbus 8) Michael Heimann, Waunakee 9) Brad Birzer, Ixonia 10) Brandon DeLacy, Fort Atkinson 11) Eric Pearsal, 12) Jordan Lamb, Fort Atkinson 13) Garrett Goulder, Fort Atkinson 14) Robby Robinson, Orfordville 15) Josh Lenz, Lake Mills 16) Michelle Kriigel, Sun Prairie 17) Devon Dixon, Janesville 18) Taylor Schmude, Cambridge 19) Nick Schmidt, Oak Creek 20) Josh Marx, Jefferson

Fast Qualifier- Taylor Schmude—14.327 seconds

Heat Winners- 1) Michelle Kriigel 2) Tiffany Desjarlais 3) Taylor Schmude


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