By Andrew Schaller
JEFFERSON, WI (Saturday, July 30, 2011) Fort Atkinson’s Jason Erickson charged to the front of the field on Saturday night to win the Pepsi 50 lap Late Model feature. The win marked Erickson’s second straight victory and third of the season. Erickson is the only Late Model pilot to garner more than one feature win to this point in the 2011 campaign.
Scott Lindsay and Brandon Pendleton led the field to green with Lindsay taking the initial lead on lap one. Pendleton fell in line for second with Roger Behlke running third. Behlke moved to the low side as he pulled alongside Pendleton on lap two. Behlke cleared for second on lap three with Trent Erdman trying to follow. The first of two cautions waved on lap nine for a spinning Steve Dobbratz. Erdman made the pass for third as racing resumed and just before the second caution on lap 11. Once racing got back underway, Erdman was shown the black flag for leaking fluid handing third to John Ovadal. On lap 18, Behlke began to take a look to the inside of Lindsay at the point. Behlke drew even with Lindsay as they duo battled for the lead. Behlke drifted a little high entering turn one on lap 20. Behlke and Lindsay made contact forcing Lindsay to check up as Behlke rocketed into the lead with Ovadal in tow for second. Two laps later, Ovadal took a look to the inside of the new leader as Erickson ran the two drivers down. Erickson joined the two leaders as he pulled up behind Behlke with Ovadal to the inside. Ovadal continued to work the low side as he tried to make the pass for the lead. On lap 34, Ovadal began to lose grip as he slid back allowing Erickson to dive under Behlke. Erickson completed the winning pass with ten circuits remaining. Erickson cruised through the final laps to see the checkers first for the win. Rounding out the top five were Behlke, Casey Johnson, Dylan Schuyler and Ovadal.
This article was posted to the website on July 31st, 2011