Chesmore clinches championship with win at Jefferson!
By Jeanne & Larry Starr
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September 2, 2000; Jefferson, WI.  - Dan Chesmore of Janesville claimed top honors in the, Custom Finishes of Sullivan, 50 lap main event. Starting from the outside of row 5 Chesmore started his drive to the front as Tom Dorn of Ft. Atkinson pulled out to the early lead. Caution came on lap 4, for a car leaking fuel (who did not seem to understand the black flag).

Dorn led the restart with Denny Stair of Sullivan close behind and Chesmore up to the 10th spot. Stair battled with Dorn until lap 15, when Dorn slipped just enough to give Stair an opening coming off the 2nd turn. As Stair pulled to the front, Ken Olson of Ft. Atkinson moved under Dorn battling for the 2nd spot. Olson claimed the 2nd spot by lap 19, as Chesmore moved under a "near" accident to claim the 3rd spot.

It only lasted for awhile! Denny Stair (#4) was holding off Ken Olson (#68) in the Custom Finishes 50, at the midway point.  A slip and a spin took both drivers out of contention a few laps later. 9200a.jpg (10304 bytes)

Olson’s bid for the lead ended, when he had a tire go down, in turn 3. The flat sent Olson into Stair, spinning stair and bringing the caution on lap 25. On the restart it was Chesmore at the point, with Jason Erickson of Cambridge running 2nd. On the restart Ron Bishofberger of Ft. Atkinson challenged Erickson, for 2nd. Erickson held of the former track champion until lap 31, when Bishofberger claimed 2nd and Roger Behlke of Jefferson joined the battle for 3rd. Caution came one more time, on lap 32, for a blown engine.

9200e.jpg (10117 bytes) Going for a spin! Randy Cusick (#25) goes high to avoid the wreck, above Tom Dorn (#2) and Duane Deppe (#52).   Cusick also lost a bit of sheet metal in the incident.

Chesmore guided the way from the final green to the checkered flag as Behlke again moved on Erickson. Behlke nosed ahead at the white flag, with Erickson fighting hard on the outside. At the stripe it was Chesmore for the win, followed by Bishofberger, Behlke, Erickson and Bill Leindecker of Janesville.

A salute to the crowd! Bill Leindecker (#7) pauses in victory lane, following the Custom Finishes Dash for Cash. Leindecker would later record a solid fifth place showing in the 50 lap Late Model main event. 9200d.jpg (19088 bytes)

Chesmore’s win moved him far enough out in the point standings to guarantee a season championship, with one night of racing remaining in the 2000 season point battle.

Behlke set the high mark in qualifying with a 15.021 second circuit of the quarter mile speed plant.

Leindecker claimed early honors in the Custom Finishes "Dash for Cash."

Claiming victories, in 10 lap heat races, were Butch Mierendorf of Waterloo, Scott Null of Lake Mills and Mike Taylor of Stoughton.

Moving to the feature lineup, from the 20 lap Last Chance race, were Don Matrisch of Whitewater, Randy Cusick of Ft. Atkinson, Ken Piotrowski of Milton and Rex Weston of Lake Mills.

9200b.jpg (11728 bytes) Missed it by this much!   Mike Drays (#48) crosses the line just ahead of the point leader Brent Nottestad (#25). 

In International Class action Mike Drays of Milton held off the current point leader, Justin Nottestad of Cambridge to notch the win in the 20 lap main event. Starting from the outside of row 5, Drays headed to the point, as Derek Bettenhausen of Cambridge grabbed the early lead. Challenging Bettenhausen in the early going was Bobby Moore of Edgerton, working the inside for 12 laps. Moore was working the inside on lap 11, when Drays moved up to make the battle 3 wide for the top spot.

Moore and Drays pulled ahead, with Moore holding a slight advantage on lap 12, before losing the point to Drays. As Drays pulled ahead, Nottestad moved under Moore for the 2nd spot, closing with Drays. Nottestad never let up, but neither did Drays as they flew toward the checkered. At the stripe it was Drays for the win followed by Nottestad, Aaron Rude of Cambridge, Ed Wolf III of Watertown and Moore.

Nottestad set the fast pace in qualifying with a 16.046 second orbit of the quarter mile.

Ken Edmundson of Lima Center and Moore each claimed victory, in 10 lap heat races.

First win for a rookie driver.  Rookie driver Faye Riedner (#26)  celebrates in victory lane, after winning her first heat race Saturday night. 9200f.jpg (16437 bytes)

In Sportsman Division action Jay Kalbus of Oconomowoc claimed top honors in the 25 lap feature. Starting from the pole Kalbus grabbed the early lead and never looked back, guiding the field to the checkered flag. The race was interrupted by a single caution, on lap 12. As Kalbus guided the field to the checkered, Josh Courtney of Janesville fought his way through the field, followed by the current point leader Dave Oswald of Cottage Grove. Courtney motored by Bob Selsing of Ft. Atkinson, for 3rd, on lap 14, closing with Rich Titus of Jefferson for the 2nd spot. At the stripe it was Kalbus for the win, followed by Courtney, Oswald, Jeff Kohlhoff of Watertown and Selsing.

9200h.jpg (11271 bytes) Sportsman action! Early in the feature.  Pictured, on the inside row are, Dustin Ward (#9), Pete Olsen (#24) and Dan Schmidt (#19).  Schmidt went on to win the race.

Claiming victories, in 10 lap heat races, were rookie driver Faye Riedner of Waunakee, Jason Elliott of Stoughton and Josh Weir of Cottage Grove.

Joining the feature lineup, from the 15 lap Last Chance race, were Randy Padfield of Stoughton, Mike Acheson of Watertown, Elliott and Joe Wendorf of Jefferson.

Dennis Schmidt (#19) collects the hardware, from Dennis Stair of Custom Finishes, following his win in the Sportsman feature. 9200g.jpg (15553 bytes)

In Hobby Stock action Dennis Schmidt of Watertown claimed top honors in the 20 lap main event. Starting from the outside of row 1, Schmidt pulled ahead at the start and guided the field to the checkered.

9200c.jpg (9808 bytes) Hobby Stock action shows Ernie Witte (#02) holding off Brett Carson (#1), Jerald Chapman (#7) and Bret Schmidt (#9).  Witte was second at the checkered flag.

Ernie Witte of Johnson Creek moved up to challenge Schmidt by lap 11, making may attempts, to the inside, but always coming up a little short. At the stripe it was Schmidt for the win, followed by Witte, Gerald Chapman of Juneau, Jim Pfeifer of Ft. Atkinson and Tim Noble of Janesville.

Just a bit loose! Kevin Quale (#76) works to save the car, coming low under Jason Ayers (#57) and Roger Stephenson (#88). 9200i.jpg (12433 bytes)

Noble set the fast qualifying pace, with 17.009 second tour of the quarter mile.

Claiming victories, in 8 lap heat races, were John Duessler of Marshall, Lincoln Keeser of Milton and Schmidt.

Joining the feature lineup, via the 12 lap Last Chance race, were Jeremy Hartwig of Cottage Grove, Chuck Egli of Waterloo, Terry Wangsness of Whitewater and Jay Finnegan of Milton.

Rounding out the nights racing action was the final round of the Great American Trailer Race with John Remsik of Middleton claiming the win.

9200j.jpg (12259 bytes) John Remsik (#83) takes his bows, following the win in the "Great American Trailer Race".

The racing action continues next week with the Havill-Spoerl Season Championships. The program includes a 75 lap Late Model feature and extended features in all divisions. This will close the regular racing season at Jefferson Speedway.

Gates open at 4:00, qualifying at 5:30 and racing at 7:30 sharp.

Jefferson Speedway is on highway 18 between Cambridge and Jefferson Wisconsin.


Late Model Feature Finish: Laps: 50
1. 27 Dan Chesmore (Janesville) 10. 68 Ken Olson (Ft. Atkinson)
2. 76 Ron Bishofberger (Ft. Atkinson) 11. 25 Randy Cusick (Ft. Atkinson)
3. 44 Roger Behlke (Jefferson) 12. 6 Ken Piotrowski (Milton)
4. 14 Jason Erickson (Cambridge) 13. 52 Duane Deppe (Waterloo)
5. 7 Bill Leindecker (Janesville) 14. 2 Tom Dorn (Ft. Atkinson)
6. 62 Scott Null (Lake Mills) 15. 35 Rex Weston (Lake Mills)
7. 82 Chad "Squirt" Stevens (Beloit) 16. 4 Denny Stair (Sullivan)
8. 98 Scott Bleecker (Jefferson) 17. 56 Don Matrisch (Whitewater)
9. 16 Luke Westenberg (Palmyra) 18. 4 Jim Sault Jr. (Rome)

FAST QUALIFIER - #44 Roger Behlke (Jefferson): 15.021 seconds
FAST DASH: 8 Lap - 7 Bill Leindecker (Janesville)
LAST CHANCE: 20 Laps - 56 Don Matrisch (Whitewater), 25 Randy Cusick (Ft. Atkinson),
                                        6 Ken Piotrowski (Milton), 35 Rex Weston (Lake Mills)
Heats: 10 lap(Winners Only)
: 1) 12 Butch Mierendorf (Waterloo) 2) 62 Scott Null (Lake Mills)
                                              3) 41 Mike Taylor (Stoughton)

International Feature: Laps: 20
1. 48 Mike Drays (Milton) 4. 89 Ed Wolf III (Watertown)
2. 25 Brent Nottestad (Cambridge) 5. 28 Bobby Moore (Edgerton)
3. 9 Aaron Rude (Cambridge) 6. 12 Darnell Mepham (Ft. Atkinson)

FAST QUALIFIER - #25 Brent Nottestad (Cambridge): 16.046 seconds
Heats: 10 laps
(Winners Only) : 1) 59 Ken Edmundson (Lima Center) 2) 28 Bobby Moore (Edgerton)

Sportsman Feature: Laps: 25
1. 27 Jay Kalbus (Oconomowoc) 4. 98 Jeff Kohlhoff (Watertown)
2. 21 Josh Courtney (Janesville) 5. 42 Bob Selsing (Ft. Atkinson)
3. 31 Dave Oswald (Cottage Grove) 6. 21 Rich Titus (Jefferson)

FAST QUALIFIER - #31 Dave Oswald (Cottage Grove): 15.764 seconds
- 2 Randy Padfield (Stoughton), 82 Mike Acheson (Watertown),
                                     8 Jason Elliott (Stoughton), 3 Joe Wendorf (Jefferson)
10 laps: (Winners Only)  1) 26 Faye Riedner (Waunakee) 2) 8 Jason Elliott (Stoughton)
                                                 3) 62 Josh Weir (Cottage Grove)

Hobby Stock Feature: Laps: 20
1. 19 Denis Schmidt (Watertown) 4. 11 Jim Pfeifer (Ft. Atkinson)
2. 02 Ernie Witte (Johnson Creek) 5. 71 Tim Noble (Janesville)
3. 7 Gerald Chapman (Juneau) 6. 9 Bret Schmidt (Farmington)

FAST QUALIFIER - #71 Tim Noble (Janesville): 17.009 seconds
LAST CHANCE: 12 lap - 6 Jeremy Hartwig (Cottage Grove), 22 Chuck Egli (Waterloo)
                                   55 Terry Wangsness (Whitewater), 98 Jay Finnegan (Milton)
Heats: 8 lap:
(Winners Only) 1) 24 John Duessler (Marshall) 2) 99 Lincoln Keeser (Milton)
                                              3) 19 Denis Schmidt (Watertown)

Trailer Race: John Remsik (Middleton)