JEFFERSON, WI (Saturday, August 17, 2013) Helenville’s Brandon Pendleton methodically worked past Rio’s Steve Dobbratz and stayed out front to get the win on Cost Cutters Back to School Night at Jefferson Speedway. The victory marked Pendleton’s second feature win of the 2013 season.
Dobbratz and Bruce Lee brought the field to green with Dobbratz taking command of the early lead on lap one. Pendleton followed into second with Dylan Schuyler taking over third. Pendleton began to pressure Dobbratz before a caution on lap six slowed his efforts. As racing resumed, Pendleton got back to work on the leader as he searched for a way past. On lap 15, Pendleton got a good run on the low side of Dobbratz as they raced out of turn two. Pendleton drew even on lap 17 as they waged war for the top spot. On lap 22, Pendleton cleared for the lead with Dobbratz now applying the pressure to the new leader. The top two began to break away from the pack while Tory Bagley challenged Schuyler for third. Bagley and Schuyler continued to battle for third while Pendleton took control out front. The leaders maneuvered through lapped traffic with Pendleton showing the way and Dobbratz trying to stay close. But Pendleton had the field covered over the final circuits as he cruised to the checkers for the win. Dobbratz came home second followed by Trent Erdman, Bagley and Stephen Scheel.
Jefferson’s Jason Thoma got to the front and held off the advances of point leader Jim Tate Jr to grab the win in the 30 lap Sportsman feature event. Terry Wangsness and Russ Nicholson paced the field to green as they raced side by side. Nicholson led lap one by a slim margin, but Wangsness fired past on lap two to take over sole possession of the top spot. Seth Lootans followed into second with Jason Dunn in his tracks for third. On lap five, Thoma charged into the top five with Tate shadowing his every move. Thoma quickly sliced up to third as he followed Dunn around Lootans. Thoma continued forward as he slipped by Dunn on lap nine. Tate followed into third while Thoma began to work on Wangsness on the point. Thoma claimed the lead for himself on lap 12 with Tate staying in his rear view mirror for second. Tate pulled up behind the new leader as he searched for a way around. Thoma kept him at bay despite Tate trying everything he could to get a run. Two cautions slowed the field in the closing laps, but Thoma stayed strong as he held off Tate to grab the win. Tate settled for second with Wangsness, Mark Deporter and Steven Sauer rounding out the top five.
Keith Bell of Brodhead picked up his first career International feature win as he claimed the 20 lap event. Josh Kubicz led lap one with Jamie Shelley up to second. The duo made contact on lap two resulting in a melee down the back stretch to force the caution. After the carnage was cleared, Bell was shown as the leader with Joe Cross riding in second and Dan Birkett in third. As racing resumed, Cross tried to make a move for the lead, but Bell kept him at bay as he continued to lead. On lap ten, Neil Higgins moved up to challenge Cross for second. Higgins drove under Cross and slid up alongside Bell looking to lead. The pair raced wheel to wheel with neither gaining much of an advantage. Bell owned the lead as they raced past the white flag to begin the final lap. Bell held the advantage all the way to the stripe to get the win with Higgins finishing second. Casey Strese was third followed by Chris Chenoweth and Cross.
Anthony Lloyd of Loves Park, IL, captured the win in a thrilling finish to the 25 lap Hobby Stock main event. Scott Riemer led early from the pole while Lloyd and Jim Wolf battled for second. Lloyd claimed the position on lap three with Phil Wuesthoff in tow for third. Lloyd began to pressure Riemer on lap six with Wuesthoff watching from third. Lloyd slipped by for the top spot on lap seven with Wuesthoff taking his turn alongside Riemer. On lap 14, the leaders scrambled to avoid lapped traffic allowing Lloyd to open up a good lead with Riemer emerging in second. A lap later, Chester Williams and Kyle Stark made it a three wide fight with Riemer for the second spot. Williams and Stark emerged side by side as they continued to battle for second. Stark tried lap after lap to clear as Lloyd’s lead continued to shrink. As they raced under the white flag, Stark cleared for second and looked to draw even with Lloyd out front. Stark pulled alongside the leader as they exited turn four the final time. But Lloyd nipped Stark at the line to get the exciting win. Stark finished second with Tony Ciano, Williams and Bobby Selsing Jr rounding out the top five.
In Road Warrior action, point leader Bill Sweeney of Edgerton increased his lead in the standings as he won the 20 lap feature event. Jordan Lamb and Kenny Storkson led the field to green with Lamb taking the initial lead. Rodger Stephenson drove up alongside Lamb before they completed the first circuit. Stephenson cleared for the top spot on lap three with Tim Ellis in tow for second. Ellis charged up next to Stephenson, claiming the lead on lap five with Sweeney following into second. Sweeney quickly drove under Ellis as they battled for the lead. Sweeney took command of the top spot on lap eight with Ellis dropping back into a battle with Bill Reynolds and Chris Gottschalk for second. Contact between Gottschalk and Ellis on lap 17 resulted in a caution with three laps remaining. Sweeney showed the way on the restart with Reynolds now running second and Rob Lange in third. Another quick caution on lap 18 set up a green-white-checkered finish. Sweeney hung on to see the checkers first for the win while Lange slipped by Reynolds to claim second. Chad Olds finished fourth with Tadd Douglas in fifth.
Trent Rueth dominated the Bandit feature, leading all 20 laps to gain the win. Rueth took control on the opening lap with 13 year old Noah Pankow up to second. The top two began to break away from the field while Dennis Wuesthoff and Dustin Yanke battled side by side for third. Pankow stayed in Rueth’s tracks lap after lap waiting for him to make a mistake so he could capitalize. Pankow closed in on the leader in the final laps, but Rueth kept him at bay to see the checkers first for the win. Pankow was second followed by Wuesthoff, Yanke and Nick Schmidt.
Next Saturday, August 24, Papa Murphy’s Pizza night with a full program in all six divisions highlighted by a 50 lap Late Model feature. It is also Fan Appreciation Night with discounted food prices from 5-7pm. Time trials begin at 5pm with racing at 7pm sharp. Jefferson Speedway is located halfway between Jefferson and Cambridge on Hwy 18. Please visit www.jeffersonspeedway.com for more information.
Jefferson Speedway Race Summary
Cost Cutters 50 lap Feature Results- 1) Brandon Pendleton, Helenville 2) Steve Dobbratz, Rio 3) Trent Erdman, Fort Atkinson 4) Tory Bagley, Stoughton 5) Stephen Scheel, Lake Mills 6) Dylan Schuyler, Jefferson 7) Bruce Lee, Cambridge 8) Dale Nottestad, Cambridge 9) Shaun Scheel, Lake Mills 10) Noel Ramge, Helenville 11) Chris Quam, Stoughton 12) Tim Sargent, S.Beloit (IL) 13) Jesse Bernhagen, Markesan 14) Zack Riddle, Brooklyn 15) John Ovadal Jr, Watertown 16) Mike Ehde, Prairie du Chein 17) Chad Stevens, Orfordville 18) Casey Johnson, Stoughton
Fast Qualifier- Zack Riddle—14.581 seconds
Consi- Shawn Gunsolus, Andy Brinkmann, Andy Welter
Last Chance- Tim Sargent, Chad Stevens, Chris Quam, Mike Ehde
Heat Winners- 1) Lincoln Keeser 2) Brady Liddle 3) Kyle Smith 4) Tim Sargent
Feature Results- 1) Jason Thoma, Jefferson 2) Jim Tate Jr, Deforest 3) Terry Wangsness, Jefferson 4) Mark Deporter, Fort Atkinson 5) Steven Sauer, Waterloo 6) Robert Hansberry, Beloit 7) Jason Dunn, Sun Prairie 8) Seth Lootans, Kenosha 9) Tim Coley, Madison 10) Chad Smith, Machesney Park (IL) 11) Russ Nicholson, Stoughton 12) Jim Taylor, Stoughton 13) Matt Lundberg, Rockford 14) Ricky Sanwick, Janesville 15) Ken Hoff Jr, Jefferson 16) Randy Rahn, Brillion
Fast Qualifier- Jim Tate Jr—15.233 seconds
Heat Winners- 1) Jason Dunn 2) Steven Sauer
Feature Results- 1) Keith Bell, Brodhead 2) Neil Higgins, Watertown 3) Casey Strese, Jefferson 4) Chris Chenoweth, Watertown 5) Joe Cross, Sun Prairie 6) Mike Lambert, Madison 7) Seth Reamer, Waupun 8) Dan Birkett, Jefferson 9) Matt McKinney, Fort Atkinson 10) Dylan Buckingham, Whitewater 11) Brandon Wachal, Jefferson 12) Jamie Shelley, Edgerton 13) Josh Kubicz, Whitewater 14) Merek Pankow, Jefferson
Fast Qualifier- Chris Chenoweth—16.485 seconds
Heat Winners- 1) Jamie Shelley 2) Joe Cross
Feature Results- 1) Anthony Lloyd, Loves Park (IL) 2) Kyle Stark, Waterloo 3) Tony Ciano, Janesville 4) Chester Williams, Waukesha 5) Bobby Selsing Jr, Edgerton 6) Dustin Ward, Columbus 7) Cody Buchs, Mazomanie 8) Phil Wuesthoff, Beaver Dam 9) Lucas Buckingham, Whitewater 10) Scott Riemer, Brookfield 11) Jim Wolf, Watertown 12) Jeff LeFave, Fort Atkinson 13) Mike Manley, Fort Atkinson 14) Crystal O’Gorman, Lake In The Hills (IL) 15) Kevin Henderson, Waterford 16) Al Kuphal, Franklin 17) Randy Strasburg, Fort Atkinson 18) Peter Shelley, Edgerton
Fast Qualifier- Kyle Stark—15.901 seconds
Heat Winners- 1) Jim Wolf 2) Phil Wuesthoff
Feature Results- 1) Bill Sweeney, Edgerton 2) Rob Lange, Jefferson 3) Bill Reynolds, Watertown 4) Chad Olds, Whitewater 5) Tadd Douglas, Jefferson 6) Rodger Stephenson, Cambridge 7) Jared Larson, Jefferson 8) Jordan Lamb, Fort Atkinson 9) Travis Schneeberg, Cottage Grove 10) Tim Ellis, S.Beloit (IL) 11) Chris Gottschalk, Jefferson 12) Kenny Storkson, Evansville
Fast Qualifier- Chris Gottschalk—16.643 seconds
Heat Winners- 1) Rodger Stephenson 2) Bill Reynolds
Feature Results- 1) Trent Rueth, Jefferson 2) Noah Pankow, Jefferson 3) Dennis Wuesthoff, Beaver Dam 4) Dustin Yanke, Fort
Atkinson 5) Nick Schmidt, Oak Creek 6) Josh Marx, Dousman 7) Brandon DeLacy, Fort Atkinson 8) Adam Schook, Palmyra 9) Josh Rusch, Fort Atkinson 10) Tiffany Desjarlais, Columbus 11) Tyler Deporter, Fort Atkinson 12) Matt Rusch, Fort Atkinson 13) Kelsey Dobbs, Harrison (IL)
Fast Qualifier- Josh Marx—14.262 seconds
Heat Winners- 1) Trent Rueth 2) Brandon DeLacy