by Andrew Schaller
JEFFERSON, WI (Saturday, July 07, 2012) Jefferson’s Kyle Jarlsberg topped a strong field of Late Model competitors to claim the Bill Collins Memorial 50 sponsored by Tired Iron Promotions on Saturday night at Jefferson Speedway. The win marked Jarlsberg’s second feature victory of the 2012 season, allowing him to close slightly on the leaders in the standings.
Stephen Scheel and Bruce Lee paced the field to green with Scheel taking early command entering turn one. Shaun Scheel followed into second as the two brothers made up the one-two punch at the front of the field. Shaun wasted little time behind his younger sibling, moving to the inside and challenging Stephen for the top spot on lap three. Two laps later, Shaun Scheel moved to the point with Noel Ramge trying to follow. Ramge made the pass for second on lap seven with Jarlsberg in tow for the third spot. Jarlsberg quickly moved to the low side of the speedway and took second from Ramge, setting his sights on Shaun Scheel at the front. On lap 12, Ramge got loose entering turn one allowing Jason Erickson and Doug Hahn to slip past for third and fourth respectively. The first of two cautions waved on lap 13 when the point leader entering the evening, Casey Johnson, connected with Brady Liddle entering turn one. The resulting wreck forced Johnson to retire from the event and sent Liddle to the rear for the restart. As racing resumed, Jarlsberg began to apply pressure to Scheel for the lead. On lap 17, Scheel got loose through turns one and two, opening the door for Jarlsberg to shoot past into the lead. Hahn followed Jarlsberg into second and immediately went to work on the new leader. The second and final caution waved on lap 24 for an incident in turn two involving Ramge and Lee. As the green flag waved again, Jarlsberg and Hahn broke away from the pack while Erickson and Scheel battled for third. Hahn stuck close to the rear bumper of Jarlsberg, waiting for him to make a mistake. But with 10 laps to go, Jarlsberg began to stretch his lead over Hahn slightly as he cruised to the checkers to get the win. Hahn finished second with Erickson, Scheel and Dale Nottestad rounding out the top five.
Mike Heelein of Evansville led flag to flag en route to picking up the win in a wild 30 lap Sportsman main event. Jeff Schultz and Heelein battled side by side to open up the racing while Steven Sauer watched from third. Heelein took control of the top spot on lap three after holding a slight advantage over the first two laps. Schultz dropped into line in second with Sauer third and Randy Bruenig in fourth. Bruenig charged under Sauer on lap five while the battle for fifth raged behind them. Bruenig claimed third and slid up alongside Schultz for second on lap seven. Bruenig moved into second a lap later and began to close on Heelein out front. On lap 17, Mark Deporter and Jim Tate Jr joined the top five as they looked to move forward. By lap 19 Deporter and Tate were fighting for third as Bruenig continued to close on Heelein. Tate moved past Deporter on lap 21 and set his sights on the two leaders. Bruenig finally caught Heelein with two laps remaining. Bruenig took a look on the low side of Heelein as they made slight contact. Tate joined the two as they flew past the white flag signaling one lap to go. Heelein kept Bruenig at bay on the final circuit, crossing the stripe first to get the win. Bruenig was second followed by Tate, Jason Thoma and Deporter.
Mike Lambert of Madison claimed his fifth feature of the season after winning the 20 lap International main event. Josh Kubicz led early from the pole with Mark English already up to second on lap one. Lambert joined the battle at front on lap three as he moved into third and used the outside line to pull up next to English for second. Lambert claimed the position on lap five as English began to lose steam. Lambert made his move on the race leader a lap later, stealing the top spot away from Kubicz on lap six. Lambert immediately began to check out from the rest of the field while James Bell and Kyle Stark tried to make their way forward. Bell worked his way up to second by lap 13, but Lambert was already long gone on his way to the checkers for the win. Bell was second with Kubicz, Stark and Peter Shelley completing the top five.
Travis Hancock of Mauston used a late restart to jump ahead of Bobby Selsing and claim the 25 lap Hobby Stock feature in his first to Jefferson Speedway this season. Chester Williams grabbed the early lead on lap one with Dustin Ward up to second. Ward charged to the outside of Williams as he looked to overtake the early leader. On lap six, Selsing found himself in third just before the first of three cautions slowed the action. As racing resumed Williams, Selsing and Ward raced three wide into turn three fighting for the lead. Selsing and Ward emerged door to door as Hancock slid up to third. Selsing claimed the top spot on lap 10 with Hancock following under Ward into second. After a brief caution on lap 13, Hancock began to size up Selsing at the front before the final caution waved on lap 17. The final eight lap shoot out started with Selsing out front and Hancock filling up his rear view mirror. As the green flew again, Hancock motored to the inside of Selsing entering turn one. A lap later, Hancock cleared for the lead with Selsing trying to fight back on the outside. But Hancock was up to the challenge as he held of Selsing to see the checkers first. Ward was third followed by Dave Trute and Williams.
Road Warrior point leader, Rob Lange of Jefferson, added to his advantage in the standings by winning the 15 lap feature event for his division. Chad Olds led lap one from the front row with Matt McKinney in second. Bill Reynolds charged past McKinney on lap three as he drew even with Olds for the lead. Lange moved up behind the duo at the front on lap four and quickly made his three way fight for first. Lange completed the pass for the top spot on lap five as he started to pull away from the pack. Tim Ellis made it up to second on lap eight, but Lange was cruising to the checkers to get the win. Ellis was second followed by Reynolds, Bill Sweeney and Rodger Stephenson.
Michael Heimann of Waunakee led from start to finish to claim victory in the 20 lap Bandit feature event. Starting on the pole, Heimann moved into the lead on lap one with Josh Marx running in second. The two leaders ran nose to tail for the majority of the contest until Marx made a move to the outside of Heimann on lap 16. Marx tried to pull alongside the leader, but was unable to do so as he fell back in line with two laps to go. Marx gave it one last try on the final circuit, but Heimann hung on to see the checkers first and claim the win. Marx was second followed by Dustin Yanke, Phil Wuesthoff and Josh Lenz.
Next Saturday, July 14, is a full program of racing in all six divisions. 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
Feature Results- 1) Kyle Jarlsberg, Jefferson 2) Doug Hahn, Whitewater 3) Jason Erickson, Fort Atkinson 4) Shaun Scheel, Lake Mills 5) Dale Nottestad, Cambridge 6) Dylan Schuyler, Jefferson 7) Trent Erdman, Fort Atkinson 8) John Ovadal Jr, Watertown 9) Jerry Eckhardt, Johnson Creek 10) Chris Quam, Stoughton 11) Dan Lensing, Roscoe (IL) 12) Brady Liddle, Oregon 13) Stephen Scheel, Lake Mills 14) Noel Ramge, Helenville 15) Bruce Lee, Cambridge 16) Tyler Peterson, Woodstock (IL) 17) Roger Behlke, Jefferson 18) Casey Johnson, Stoughton
Fast Qualifier- Casey Johnson—14.294 seconds
Consi- Joe Wendorf, Jody Krueger
Last Chance- Jerry Eckhardt, Roger Behlke, Tyler Peterson, Chris Quam
Heat Winners- 1) Ed Kubicz 2) Stephen Scheel 3) Bruce Lee
Feature Results- 1) Mike Heelein, Evansville 2) Randy Bruenig, Columbus 3) Jim Tate Jr, Deforest 4) Jason Thoma, Jefferson 5) Mark Deporter, Fort Atkinson 6) Jim Taylor, Stoughton 7) Kody Hubred, Cambridge 8) Steven Sauer, Waterloo 9) Kyle Chwala, Lake Mills 10) Jeff Schultz, Elkhorn 11) Tory Bagley, Stoughton 12) Seth Lootans, Kenosha 13) Ken Scott, Rio 14) Josh Bilicki, Richfield 15) Dan Schmidt, Farmington 16) Scott Lawver, Roscoe (IL)
Fast Qualifier- Kyle Chwala—15.043 seconds
Last Chance- Ken Scott, Josh Bilicki, Dan Schmidt, Scott Lawver
Heat Winners- 1) Ken Scott 2) Jeff Schultz 3) Steven Sauer
Feature Results- 1) Mike Lambert, Madison 2) James Bell, Brodhead 3) Josh Kubicz, Whitewater 4) Kyle Stark, Waterloo 5) Peter Shelley, Edgerton 6) Neil Higgins, Watertown 7) Ashley Gottschalk, Jefferson 8) Keith Bell, Brodhead 9) Mike Storkson, Evansville 10) Dylan Buckingham, Whitewater 11) Gerry Junget, Columbus 12) Ed Klug, Oregon 13) Mark English, Edgerton 14) Matt McKinney, Fort Atkinson 15) Devin Wild, Jefferson 16) John Handeland, Belleville
Fast Qualifier- Mike Lambert—16.329 seconds
Heat Winners- 1) Josh Kubicz 2) Mark English
Feature Results- 1) Travis Hancock, Mauston 2) Bobby Selsing, Edgerton 3) Dustin Ward, Waterloo 4) Dave Trute, New Lisbon 5) Chester Williams, Waukesha 6) James Helmer, Beaver Dam 7) Tony Ciano, Janesville 8) Jeff LeFave, Fort Atkinson 9) Jim Wolf, Watertown 10) Tony Chase, Fall River 11) Duane Deppe, Waterloo 12) Rob Hildebrandt 13) Crystal O’Gorman, Lake In The Hills (IL) 14) Wayne Buchs, Mazomanie 15) Jason Deppe, Waterloo 16) Dale Werner, Whitewater
Fast Qualifier- James Helmer—16.009 seconds NEW TRACK RECORD
Heat Winners- 1) Dustin Ward 2) Travis Hancock
Feature Results- 1) Rob Lange, Jefferson 2) Tim Ellis, S.Beloit (IL) 3) Bill Reynolds, Watertown 4) Bill Sweeney, Edgerton 5) Rodger Stephenson, Cambridge 6) Chad Olds, Whitewater 7) Matt McKinney, Fort Atkinson 8) Jared Larson, Jefferson 9) Chester Williams, Waukesha 10) Travis Schneeberg, Cottage Grove
Fast Qualifier- Rob Lange—16.77 seconds NEW TRACK RECORD
Heat Winners- 1) Rodger Stephenson 2) Bill Reynolds
Feature Results- 1) Michael Heimann, Waunakee 2) Josh Marx, Jefferson 3) Dustin Yanke, Fort Atkinson 4) Phil Wuesthoff, Beaver Dam 5) Josh Lenz, Lake Mills 6) Keith Erickson, Columbus 7) Taylor Schmude, Cambridge 8) Erik Bennett, Beloit 9) Tiffany Desjarlais, Columbus 10) Brad Birzer, Ixonia 11) Brent Bergholz, Marshall 12) Dave Lembke 13) Nick Schmidt, Oak Creek 14) Tadd Douglas, Jefferson 15) Brian Beale, Verona 16) John Beale, Verona 17) Devon Dixon, Janesville 18) Cory Jansen, Lake Geneva
Fast Qualifier- Devon Dixon—14.254 seconds
Last Chance- Dave Lembke, Brent Bergholz, Brad Birzer, Erik Bennett
Heat Winners- 1) Tom Olson 2) Erik Bennett 3) Brad Birzer
This article was posted to the website on July 8th, 2012