JEFFERSON SPEEDWAY RACE REPORT
FROM JULY 8, 2023
SOME TIMES ORDINARY EVENTS IN SPORTS TURN OUT TO BE THE HARBINGER OF GREAT THINGS TO COME.
Hank Aaron’s first home run, Brett Favre’s first touchdown pass, and maybe, just maybe Karter Stark’s, Marshall, first Late Model Feature win at Jefferson Speedway. Stark became the youngest driver at age 15 years and 2 months to win a late model feature at Jefferson Speedway. Karter Stark did it the hard way, starting in go karts, moving into Bandoleros, Bandits, and winning the International Class rookie of the year in 2021. Moving into the Late Model class In 2022 few people questioned his talent or resolve. They were proved right with his impressive victory in the Jones Dairy Farm 50 lap feature event.
Steven Sauer, Marshall and Scott Patrick, Dousman, led the 18 car field to the green flag. Intense jockeying for position occurred throughout the field with Sauer finally taking the lead on lap 4. Stark, who started in the second row began battling with Sauer for the lead on lap 6. Stark took command on lap 8 but was unable to pull away from Michael Guderski, Markesan and Kyle Smith, Lake Mills. Smith passes Guderski on lap 12 and began to pressure Stark for the lead. Stark and Smith battled nose to tail until lap 40 when a caution caused a restart.
As the leader, Stark had lane choice and selected the outside line. As Smith and Stark came to the green many wondered if he had made the right choice. After an intense side by side battle Stark pulled ahead with Smith right on his rear bumper. With three laps to go in the event, Smith dove to the inside and made a final attempt at victory. Going thru turn three the two cars touched, both drivers masterfully saved their cars and Stark won by a few feet at the finish. Guderski finished third, Dylan Schuyler, Dousman, fourth, Steven Scheel, Lake Mills, fifth, Ryan Weyer, Hubertus, sixth.
Brandon Riedner, Waunkee displayed the never give up, never surrender attitude all great racers must have. On the second lap of his qualifying attempt his transmission exploded. He had a family member bring his spare to the track and the family put the spare in in time to race the feature event; and he won. Starting deep in the starting line up, Riedner, Jim Tate, Dolystown, Robbie Rucks, Deerfield, and Mathew Thoma, Jefferson worked their way through the pack. A last lap crash involving Jon Benniger, Deerfield, Tucker Bodendorfer, Muskego, and Chester Williams, Waukesha, saw the race end under caution. At the finish it was, Riedner, Tate, Rucks, Thoma, and Scott Riedner, Waunakee in fifth.
Scheen Marsh, Jefferson won the Bandit Feature by holding defending track champion Nick Schmidt, Watertown for most of the 20 lap event. Schmidt had the lead with four laps remaining but Marsh utilized the high groove and prevailed by inches at the finish. Nick Newton, Jefferson was fourth, Gavin Smothers, Watertown, finished fifth.
Jacob Tiegen, Marion Iowa, and Dillon Schawnbeck, Poynette, battled side by side and nose to tail for most of the 20 lap Legend Class feature event. While the action was hot and heavy from the start the pair worked their way to the front by the halfway mark and then the groves came off. Intense racing, occasional contact, superb recovery, resulting in a great contest between two of the best Legend drivers in the Midwest. Tiegen prevailed with Schwanbeck a close second, Benjamin, Massman, East Troy, third, Adam Hansen, West Salem, fourth, and Ryan Laatsch, Edgerton fifth.
Last Chance: 1. Bill Bush, Fort Atkinson
- Rob Retallick, Marshall
Last Chance race: 1. Bruce Lee, Edgerton
- Laney Osborne, Janesville
Heat winners: Rob Retallick
Logan Graham, Evansville
Shane Radtke, Johnson Creek
Kyle Smith, Lake Mills
Fast Qualifier Jason Erickson, Jefferson 14.313 seconds
Last Chance Race: 1. Michael Weissmann, Johnson Creek
Heat winners: 1. Chuck Egli, Waterloo
- Scott Riedner, Waunakee
- Bud Riedner, Waunakee
Fast Qualifier, Robbie Rucks, Deerfield 15.619
Heat Winners: 1. Tony Moyer, Allentown
- Jacob Tiegen, Marion, IA
Fast Qualifier: Jacob Tiegen 14.485
Last Chance: 1. Jorden Goecks, Janesville
Heat winneers: 1. Merek Pankow,Jefferson
- Landon Peterson, Fort Atkinson
- Mason Wilcott, Watertown
Fast Qualifier Chris Gottschalk, Fort Atkinson, 14.942
Roll Over Contest 1. Kenneth Becker, Watertown.