By Andrew Schaller
JEFFERSON, WI (Saturday, August 20, 2011) Steve Dobbratz motored to the front of the field and drove away to win the Miller Lite 50 lap Late Model feature event. The victory is the first on the season for the Rio pilot as he looks to close the gap in the standings between himself and point leader Jason Erickson.
Bruce Lee and Brandon Pendleton led the field to green with Lee sliding into command through turns one and two on the opening circuit. Shaun Scheel followed past Pendleton as he immediately began to pressure the early leader on lap two. The first of two caution periods came on lap five when Luke Westenberg backed his mount into the turn three wall. Once racing resumed, Scheel returned to work on Lee for the top spot while Dobbratz made his way into the top five. After the second caution on lap ten, Dobbratz started his charge to the front, moving into third on lap 11 and quickly driving under Scheel for the second spot. Dobbratz dove under Lee for the lead on lap 14, clearing for the top spot as they exited turn four. Dobbratz stretched his advantage while Lee continued to hold off Scheel for second. Scheel got loose on lap 27, opening the door for Chris Quam and Casey Johnson to slip past. Johnson mounted a late race charge to second, but Dobbratz was well on his way to capturing the win. Johnson settled for second with John Ovadal coming home third. Lee and Kyle Jarlsberg rounded out the top five finishers.
This article was posted to the website on August 21st, 2011