by Andrew Schaller
JEFFERSON, WI (Saturday, June 02, 2012) Dale Nottestad of Cambridge captured the Pepsi 50 lap Late Model main event at Jefferson Speedway on Saturday night. Nottestad took control of the race just past the halfway point and never looked back on the way to his first feature victory of the season at Wisconsin’s Action Track.
Trent Erdman and Rusty Hanson paced the pack to the drop of the green flag. After a side by side battle to open the action, Hanson claimed the top spot on lap two with Shaun Scheel trying to follow him into second. A lap later, Scheel made the pass on Erdman to claim the second spot with Nottestad moving up to take his turn next to Erdman. The top two began to separate themselves from the rest of the field while Nottestad and Erdman battled for third. On lap 13, Erdman got loose entering turn allowing Nottestad to move past as well as Kyle Jarlsberg. At the same time, Scheel began to apply pressure to Hanson at the front while Nottestad and Jarlsberg tried to close on the leaders. The top four ran single file until lap 25 when Scheel got a good run on the low side of Hanson. The two drivers touched forcing them to check up and allowing Nottestad to fire past Scheel into second. A lap later, Nottestad charged under Hanson as he pulled even with the leader. A lap later, Nottestad cleared for the point as they exited turn two. Jarlsberg followed past Hanson into second on lap 30 with point leader Jason Erickson trying to follow as well. The sole caution of the race waved on lap 34 when Tommy Pecaro spun in turn four. As racing resumed, Jarlsberg fell off the pace and pulled his car to the infield handing second back to Hanson. Erickson and Casey Johnson spent the remainder of the race searching for a way past Hanson while Nottestad enjoyed a healthy lead over the field. Johnson and Erickson managed to slip past Hanson in the closing laps, but Nottestad was well on his way to picking up the victory. Johnson finished second followed by Erickson, Hanson and Erdman.
This article was posted to the website on June 3rd, 2012