Nottestad Triumphant at Jefferson Speedway
Defending Late Model champion Dale Nottestad, Cambridge won the PDL Waste Solutions 50 lap Late
Model Feature last Saturday night at Jefferson Speedway. Race fans were treated to an epic event with a
star studded field of the best Late Model racers in Wisconsin battling the Jefferson contingent. The finish
came down to a test of skill and will between two of the greatest racers in Jefferson Speedway history,
Jason Erickson, Jefferson and Nottestad. Nottestad won the contest by a scant foot at the finish line, but
the fans were the real winners!
Eighteen cars started the main event with Shane Radtke, Johnson Creek taking the early lead with
Michael Grueneberg, Wisconsin Dells and Dale Smith, Lake Mills in close pursuit. With intense battles
being waged throughout the field, Nottestad, Erickson, Casey Johnson, Edgerton, Jesse Bernhagen,
Willard, and Steven Scheel, Lake Mills began their march to the front. Nottestad was the first car to
breakout and challenge Radtke for the lead.
Radtke and Nottestad ran side by side for numerous laps before Nottestad took the lead on lap 22.
Erickson continued his march to the front and worked his way past Smith, Grueneberg, Scheel and in to
second place on lap 33. Erickson took off after Nottestad who had built up a 10 car length lead by this
time. Erickson was systematically cutting into Nottestads lead, but still appeared to be on his way to a
certain victory. Then fate intervened. A caution flag with five laps remaining placed Nottestad and
Erickson side by side for the restart. Nottestad, to the surprise of many chose the outside lane. With
Erickson on the inside the pair took the green and an historic battle ensued. For five heart stopping laps
the two past champions raced side by side with both taking the lead at times.
With the crowd on their feet the pair entered the first turn of the final lap dead even. Erickson pulled
ahead coming out of turn two but Nottestad rebounded going down the backstretch. The two entered turn
three nearly even but Nottestad had the momentum and was able to nip Erickson at the line by less than a
foot. Both drivers received great applause during their cool down lap. Smith finished third, Grueneberg
fourth, and Radtke fifth. Bruce Lee, Edgerton was sixth, Casey Johnson seventh, and Jesse Bernhagen
Jared Vike, Lannon won the Sportsman feature following an intense battle with Jim Taylor, Stoughton.
The pair raced side by side for the final four laps of the event. The two made contact coming out of turn
four heading for the checkered flag. Both cars spun out of control with Vike crossing the finish line
slightly ahead of Taylor. The rest of the closely bunched up field were able to avoid the melee with many
spinning through the infield to avoid contact. Mark DePorter, Fort Atkinson was third, Tim Coley, Sun
Prairie, fourth, and Kurt Kleven, Jefferson fifth.
Aytron Brockhouse, Minneapolis, MN, won the Legend feature following a spirited battle with Dillon
Schawanbeck, Poynette and Jacob Tiegen, Marion, IA. Schwanbeck finished seond with Tiegens third
and Adam Hanson, Pell Lake, fourth and Travis Rose, Hartford, fifth.
Trent Rueth, Johnson Creek won the Bandit feature, with Nick Schmidt, Watertown second, Landon
Peterson, Fort Atkinson, third, Josh Kienbaum, Janesville fourth, and Ryan Oetzel. Broadhead fifth.
Penn Sauter, Deforest, won the Bandolero feature with Jayden Johnson, Ixonia second, Lincoln Johnson,
Ixonia third, Easton Riedner, Waunakee, fourth and Kaeden Wangsness, Jefferson, fifth.
Feature 1. Dale Nottestad, Cambridge 2. Jason Erickson, Jefferson 3. Kyle Smith, Lake Mills 4. Michael
Grueneberg, Wisconsin Dells, 5. Shane Radtke, Johnson Creek 6. Bruce Lee, Edgerton, 7. Casey Johnson,
Edgerton, 8. Jesse Bernhagen, Willard 9. Tyler Peterson, Lake Geneva, 10. Schaun Scheel, Lake Mills 11.
Dylan Schuyler, Dousman 12. Michael Guderski, Manchester 13. Karter Stark, Waterloo 14. Ryan Weyer,
Hubertus 15. Luke Westenberg, Jefferson 16. Laney Osborne Janesville 17. Stephan Scheel, Lake Mills,
18. Alan Schierling, Waupun.
Heat Winners: First Heat: Tyler Peterson, Second Heat: Bruce Lee, Third Heat: Jason Erickson.
Fast Qualifier: Jason Erickson 14.088 sec.
Feature 1. Jared Vike, Lannon, 2. Jim Taylor, Stoughton 3. Mark DePorter, Fort Atkinson, 4. Tim Coley,
SunPrairie, 5. Curt Kleven, Jefferson 6. Christian Janssen, Richman Il, 7. Chris Jones, South Beloit, IL,
8. Nick Bruley, Johnson Creek 9. Jake Biever, Janesville 10. Jay Kalbus, Watertown
Heat winners : First, Sean Urick, Lodi, Second, Jake Biever Third, Tim Coley
Fast Qualifier Mark Deporter, 14.802 sec.
Feature 1. Aytron Brockhouse, Minneapolis MN. 2. Dillon Schawnbeck, Poynette 3. Jacob Tiegen,
Maarion IA. 4. Adam Hansen, Pell Lake 5. Lincoln Cain, Slinger 6. Andrew Borntreger,
Heat winners: First, Matthew Weber, Whitewater Second, Colin Stocker, Third Tiegen
Last Chance winner, Spencer Polacek
Fast Qualifier: Schwanbeck 15.415 sec.
Feature 1. Trent Rueth, Johnson Creeek 2. Nick Schmidt, Watertown 3. Landon Peterson, Fort Atkinson
4. Josh Kienbaum, Janesville 5. Ryan Otezel, Broadhead 6. Matt Krinke, Watertown.
Last Chance winner, Jordan Goecks
Heat Winners 1. Nick Newton, Jefferson 2. Scheen Marsh, Fort Atkinson 3. Chris Gottschalk, Fort
Fast Qualifier, Rueth 14.135 sec.
Feature: 1. Penn Sauter, Deforest 2. Jayden Johnson, Ixonia, 3. Lincoln Johnson, Ixonia, 4. Easton
Riedner, Waunakee, 5. Kaden Wangness, Jefferson 6. Riley Smith, Lake Mills
Last Chance Winner: Parker Searles
Consy Winner: Hunter Graham
Heat Winners: Ryder Robinson, Parker Searles, Chase Gronert, Teegan Wangsness
Fast Qualifier: Penn Sauter 16.477 sec. lap