JEFFERSON, WI (Saturday, April 27, 2013) Stoughton’s Casey Johnson opened the defense of his 2012 Jefferson Speedway Late Model crown in style after capturing the Ice Breaker 50 lap feature. The two time champ in Jefferson’s premier division kicked off the season by motoring to the front of the field and holding off a couple of hard chargers to grab the victory.
Ryan Zielski and Bruce Lee paced the pack as the green flag flew to get things underway. Zielski took the early lead on lap one as Dale Nottestad slid up to second past Lee. Lee continued to drop back after Dylan Schuyler and Johnson made their way into the top four. The first of four cautions waved on lap six when Chad Stevens got turned around. As racing resumed, Johnson slipped under Schuyler looking for third while Nottestad began to work over Zielski on the point. Nottestad pulled even with the leader on lap 13 as Johnson claimed the third position and pulled up behind the duo at the front. The second caution on lap 15 reset the field with Zielski out front and Nottestad lurking in second. Johnson made a move to the low side of Nottestad as the green flew again. The leaders bunched up in turn four allowing Johnson to get by Nottestad for second and draw even with Zielski for the lead. Johnson pulled alongside Zielski through turns one and two on lap 23. Johnson completed the pass for the lead exiting turn four on the same lap with Nottestad looking to follow into second. Johnson began to open up a large advantage while Nottestad and Zielski battled side by side. Nottestad grabbed control of second on lap 33 as Dan Jung moved up to challenge Zielski next. But contact between the two on lap 36 resulted in Zielski spinning to bring out caution number three and erase Johnson’s big lead. After the fourth and final caution two laps later, Nottestad set up to make his move on Johnson with Zack Riddle watching from third. Johnson maintained his advantage as the laps began to wind down with Riddle working on Nottestad for second. Riddle made the pass for the runner up position with eight laps remaining, but Johnson was in control on his way to the win. Riddle finished second with Nottestad, Schuyler and Shaun Scheel rounding out the top five.
This article was posted to the website on April 28th, 2013