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.
This article was posted to the website on July 1st, 2012