by Andrew Schaller
JEFFERSON, WI (Saturday, July 07, 2012) Jefferson’s Kyle Jarlsberg topped a strong field of Late Model competitors to claim the Bill Collins Memorial 50 sponsored by Tired Iron Promotions on Saturday night at Jefferson Speedway. The win marked Jarlsberg’s second feature victory of the 2012 season, allowing him to close slightly on the leaders in the standings.
Stephen Scheel and Bruce Lee paced the field to green with Scheel taking early command entering turn one. Shaun Scheel followed into second as the two brothers made up the one-two punch at the front of the field. Shaun wasted little time behind his younger sibling, moving to the inside and challenging Stephen for the top spot on lap three. Two laps later, Shaun Scheel moved to the point with Noel Ramge trying to follow. Ramge made the pass for second on lap seven with Jarlsberg in tow for the third spot. Jarlsberg quickly moved to the low side of the speedway and took second from Ramge, setting his sights on Shaun Scheel at the front. On lap 12, Ramge got loose entering turn one allowing Jason Erickson and Doug Hahn to slip past for third and fourth respectively. The first of two cautions waved on lap 13 when the point leader entering the evening, Casey Johnson, connected with Brady Liddle entering turn one. The resulting wreck forced Johnson to retire from the event and sent Liddle to the rear for the restart. As racing resumed, Jarlsberg began to apply pressure to Scheel for the lead. On lap 17, Scheel got loose through turns one and two, opening the door for Jarlsberg to shoot past into the lead. Hahn followed Jarlsberg into second and immediately went to work on the new leader. The second and final caution waved on lap 24 for an incident in turn two involving Ramge and Lee. As the green flag waved again, Jarlsberg and Hahn broke away from the pack while Erickson and Scheel battled for third. Hahn stuck close to the rear bumper of Jarlsberg, waiting for him to make a mistake. But with 10 laps to go, Jarlsberg began to stretch his lead over Hahn slightly as he cruised to the checkers to get the win. Hahn finished second with Erickson, Scheel and Dale Nottestad rounding out the top five.
This article was posted to the website on July 8th, 2012