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GRUENEBERG GLIDES TO FEATURE WIN JEFFERSON SPEEDWAY

Jefferson Speedway
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Wisconsin Dells pilot, Michael Grueneberg, charged to the front of the field on Saturday night at Jefferson Speedway and held off a hard charging Casey Johnson in the closing laps to secure the CR Custom Construction 50 lap Late Model feature. It is Grueneberg’s first feature win in the young 2020 season, as he looks to stake an early claim to the championship that has eluded him thus far.

Noel Ramge and Jason Erickson paced the field to green as they battled side by side for early control of the top spot. Ramge slid out front alone on lap six as Erickson dropped back into a battle with Grueneberg for second. On lap eight, Grueneberg cleared Erickson for second and set his sights on the early leader. Stephen Scheel followed Grueneberg into third with his brother, Shaun, in tow as well as Johnson to round out the top five. Grueneberg began to pressure Ramge at the front, getting alongside on lap 11. One lap later, Grueneberg was out front alone and already increasing his advantage over the field. Stephen Scheel got around Ramge for second on lap 21, with Johnson now in his tracks. Johnson slid past Ramge as well for third as the leaders maneuvered through lapped traffic. Johnson drew in behind Scheel on lap 35 and began peeking to the high side. A lap later, Johnson was door to door with Scheel for second. After a three lap battle, Johnson was clear and trying to reel in Grueneberg. As the laps ticked away, Johnson cut the gap between himself and the leader. As they raced under the white flag, Johnson closed in on Grueneberg. But Grueneberg was not to be denied, holding off any chance Johnson had at making a pass. As the checkers flew, it was Grueneberg for the win with Johnson a close second. Stephen Scheel came home third with Ramge fourth and Shaun Scheel completing the top five.

A great side by side, race long battle between Tony Ciano and Randy Breunig ended with Breunig sitting in victory lane following the 30 lap Sportsman feature event. The duo led the field to green as the war was on. Racing on the low side, Ciano inched ahead of Breunig, clearing for the lead on lap six. But Breunig dropped to the bottom of the racing surface, drawing back to even on the inside of Ciano on lap nine.  The two competitors continued to jockey for position, seeming to never make contact the entire time. Jim Taylor watched from third while Mark Deporter closed in as well. Deporter used to high side to get by Taylor for third on lap 19 while the two leaders continued to battle. Deporter drew in behind them, taking a peek at a three wide fight for first. With just two laps remaining, Breunig got a good run on the low side, clearing for the lead and bringing Deporter along for second. But Breunig stayed strong out front, racing to the checkers unchallenged for the win. Mark Deporter was second followed by Tyler Deporter, Taylor and Ciano.

Watertown’s Jason Uttech claimed his first career feature victory after leading every lap of the 20 lap International feature event. Starting on the outside of row one, Uttech grabbed the lead from fellow front row starter Josh Rusch on lap one. Josh Marx followed Uttech into second with Mark English up to third. On lap six, Marx went to work on the early leader, working the low side of the speedway. After battling alongside eachother, Uttech reclaimed sole possession of the lead on lap ten. Marx settled into second ahead of English and Scott Hoeft. Hoeft got by English in the closing laps, while Uttech showed the way to the checkers. At the stripe, it was Uttech for the win with Marx, Hoeft, English ad Mark Dewey rounding out the top five.

Kolten Guralski of Wausau hung on to claim the 25 lap Hobby Stock main event. Starting on the pole, Guralski fired into the lead on the opening lap. Jim Tate Jr, Christian Janssen ad Jason Dunn drove three wide behind Guralski on lap one for second with Tate emerging for the position. After an early caution on lap three. Guralski and Tate led the field back to green. After a brief side by side battle, Guralski returned to the lead with Tate still working the high side of the leader. Tate settled in line behind Guralski on lap nine. Tate stuck close to Guralski’s rear bumper, waiting for the youngster to make a mistake. But Guralski failed to give Tate an opening, maintaining this lead throughout the race to pick up the win. Tate finished second followed by Jared Vike, Janssen and Chester Williams.

In Legends action, West Bend’s Aaron Moyer picked up right where he left of last season, claiming the 25 lap feature event. Chad Olds and Moyer made up the front row at the start. As the green flag flew, James Lynch dropped low to make it a three wide affair for the top spot on lap one. Lynch and Moyer emerged side by side with Lynch taking the lead on lap two. But Moyer used a crossover to charge back under Lynch and claim the top spot for himself on lap three. Tristan Swanson followed Moyer into second just as the first of several cautions slowed the pace. Moyer and Swanson led the field back to green, this time Swanson taking command on the restart. But another caution pitted the duo side by side for the restart. Swanson retook the lead as racing resumed. But Moyer dove low, drawing even with Swanson on lap ten and shooting past to take the lead. Moyer survived a restart after the third caution on lap 12, moving back out front with Austin Jahr now challenging for second. Jahr moved past Swanson on lap 14 and zeroed in on Moyer out front. The fourth and final caution waved on lap 18, setting up shootout to the finish between Moyer and Jahr. But Moyer charged back out front on the restart, fending off Jahr through the checkered flag to score the win. Jahr spun exiting turn four as they raced to the checkers, allowing Swanson to claim second. Ethan Ross was third followed by Lynch and Frank Beutel.

Defending Bandolero champion, Jevin Guralski of Wausau, laid claim to the 15 lap feature event as he looks to claim another title in the division. Tucker Bodendorfer took the early lead on lap one with Laney Osborne up to second. On lap three, Alex Hartwig used the high line to charge up alongside Osborne. A lap later, Hartwig was in second behind Bodendorfer. After an early caution, Bodendorfer and Hartwig restarted side by side as they began to dice for position. By lap five, Hartwig was out front with Guralski charging toward the leaders. Guralski got to second just before the second caution slowed the action. This time it was Hartwig and Guralski on the front row to restart the race. Hartwig moved back out front with Bodendorfer back up to challenge Guralski for second. Guralski recleared Bodendorfer and went work on Hartwig at the front. But another yellow flag slowed the pace, setting up another restart. This time, it was Guralski getting the jump as racing resumed. The defending champ claimed the lead and drove off to score the victory. Hartwig settled for second with Osborne, Bodendorfer and Ayrton Brockhouse completing the top five.

Next Saturday, June 13, is a full program of racing with time trials at 5pm and racing at 7pm. Jefferson Speedway is located halfway between Jefferson and Cambridge on Hwy 18. Please visit jeffersonspeedway.com for more information.

JEFFERSON SPEEDWAY RACE SUMMARY

Late Model-

Qualifying

PosStart NumberCompetitorBest Lap
151NDale Nottestad14.176
277SRiley Stenjem14.257
38SShaun Scheel14.314
45JCasey  Johnson14.319
51GMichael Gruenberg14.347
633SDylan Schuyler14.36
74SCStephan Scheel14.369
894EJason Erickson14.372
917RNoel Ramge14.396
1037RSeth Reamer14.425
1116WLuke Westenberg14.46
1299PKPaul Kisow14.572
1347MDavid Malisch14.616
1415PRPatrick Richgels14.658
1561EJerry Eckhardt14.665
1697CChris Chenoweth14.667
1797SKyle Smith14.681
1879PCraig Phillips14.743
197KEd Kubicz15.082

Heat Races

PosStart NumberCompetitor
197SKyle Smith
261EJerry Eckhardt
397CChris Chenoweth
415PRPatrick Richgels
547MDavid Malisch
67KEd Kubicz
779PCraig Phillips
PosStart NumberCompetitor
15JCasey  Johnson
277SRiley Stenjem
337RSeth Reamer
494EJason Erickson
599PKPaul Kisow
633SDylan Schuyler
PosStart NumberCompetitor
11GMichael Gruenberg
217RNoel Ramge
351NDale Nottestad
44SCStephan Scheel
516WLuke Westenberg
68SShaun Scheel

Feature

PosStart NumberCompetitor
11GMichael Gruenberg
25JCasey  Johnson
34SCStephan Scheel
417RNoel Ramge
58SShaun Scheel
677SRiley Stenjem
737RSeth Reamer
894EJason Erickson
916WLuke Westenberg
1099PKPaul Kisow
1115PRPatrick Richgels
1261EJerry Eckhardt
1347MDavid Malisch
1497SKyle Smith
1579PCraig Phillips
1697CChris Chenoweth
1751NDale Nottestad
1833SDylan Schuyler
197KEd Kubicz

Sportsman-

Qualifying

PosStart NumberCompetitorBest Lap
12DTyler Deporter14.912
228DMark Deporter14.925
36TJason Thoma14.93
44TJim Taylor14.984
571MJosh Madell14.998
645BRandy Breunig15
786CTony Ciano15.06
822JChris Jones15.077
934BJake Biever15.08
1024TCollin Tomlinson15.118
1142SBobby Selsing15.217
1294HCraig Henning15.245
1390HTytus Helgestad15.291
1421HCody  Houseweart15.346
1598BMike Bleeker15.366
168SAdam Schook15.366
1726LMike Lambert15.366
185SDan Silberhorn15.453
1991CTim Coley15.892

Heat Races

PosStart NumberCompetitor
121HCody  Houseweart
226LMike Lambert
35SDan Silberhorn
48SAdam Schook
590HTytus Helgestad
698BMike Bleeker
PosStart NumberCompetitor
145BRandy Breunig
224TCollin Tomlinson
328DMark Deporter
44TJim Taylor
594HCraig Henning
622JChris Jones
PosStart NumberCompetitor
186CTony Ciano
22DTyler Deporter
371MJosh Madell
46TJason Thoma
534BJake Biever
642SBobby Selsing

Last Chance

PosStart NumberCompetitor
190HTytus Helgestad
221HCody  Houseweart
38SAdam Schook
426LMike Lambert
55SDan Silberhorn
698BMike Bleeker
791CTim Coley

Feature

PosStart NumberCompetitor
145BRandy Breunig
228DMark Deporter
32DTyler Deporter
44TJim Taylor
586CTony Ciano
66TJason Thoma
771MJosh Madell
842SBobby Selsing
922JChris Jones
1090HTytus Helgestad
118SAdam Schook
1224TCollin Tomlinson
1326LMike Lambert
1494HCraig Henning
1534BJake Biever
1621HCody  Houseweart

International-

Qualifying

PosStart NumberCompetitorBest Lap
157EMark English15.782
233DTyler Deschaine15.793
300HScott Hoeft15.828
4213MJosh Marx15.84
582DMark Dewey15.923
636UJason Uttech15.951
792RJosh Rusch16.052
85SGeorge Sparkman16.132
90BJames Bell16.143
1011SWeston Strese16.149
1127JJames Junget16.156
1266HNeil Higgins16.289
1377HTimothy Higgins16.6
148SCarson Strese16.716
1521ETyler Edmundson16.888

Heat Races

PosStart NumberCompetitor
15SGeorge Sparkman
266HNeil Higgins
311SWeston Strese
427JJames Junget
50BJames Bell
677HTimothy Higgins
78SCarson Strese
821ETyler Edmundson
PosStart NumberCompetitor
136UJason Uttech
2213MJosh Marx
300HScott Hoeft
457EMark English
582DMark Dewey
692RJosh Rusch
733DTyler Deschaine

Feature

PosStart NumberCompetitor
136UJason Uttech
2213MJosh Marx
300HScott Hoeft
457EMark English
582DMark Dewey
65SGeorge Sparkman
733DTyler Deschaine
892RJosh Rusch
927JJames Junget
100BJames Bell
1111SWeston Strese
1266HNeil Higgins
1377HTimothy Higgins
1421ETyler Edmundson
158SCarson Strese

Hobby Stock-

Qualifying

PosStart NumberCompetitorBest Lap
14DBud Riedner15.677
220VJared Vike15.698
323NBNick Bruley15.822
42WChester Williams15.838
59WDustin Ward15.841
643JChristian Janssen15.847
727TJim Tate  Jr15.848
8114Chris Flairty15.867
971DJason Dunn15.952
1056GKolton Guralski15.96
1126RChico Riedner15.971
1223JBJessica  Breunig15.972
13OKJordan Egli15.974
1410BJon Benniger16.014
1522EChuck Egli16.018
165RRobbie Rucks16.049
1739SKen Scott16.082
1871TJamie Tate16.163
1941LJordan Lamb16.199
2001BMike Bollinger16.201
2111SDylan Scott16.252
2252RShane Radtke Jr16.257
2332AJeff Allendorf17.046
2499BChris Kern17.088
2516SShane Strothman17.151

Heat Races

PosStart NumberCompetitor
111SDylan Scott
252RShane Radtke Jr
339SKen Scott
441LJordan Lamb
571TJamie Tate
601BMike Bollinger
799BChris Kern
832AJeff Allendorf
916SShane Strothman
PosStart NumberCompetitor
110BJon Benniger
22WChester Williams
343JChristian Janssen
420VJared Vike
556GKolton Guralski
65RRobbie Rucks
7114Chris Flairty
823JBJessica  Breunig
PosStart NumberCompetitor
122EChuck Egli
223NBNick Bruley
326RChico Riedner
49WDustin Ward
5OKJordan Egli
671DJason Dunn
727TJim Tate  Jr
84DBud Riedner

Last Chance

PosStart NumberCompetitor
152RShane Radtke Jr
239SKen Scott
341LJordan Lamb
45RRobbie Rucks
571TJamie Tate
699BChris Kern
711SDylan Scott
832AJeff Allendorf
916SShane Strothman
1001BMike Bollinger

Feature

PosStart NumberCompetitor
156GKolton Guralski
227TJim Tate  Jr
320VJared Vike
443JChristian Janssen
52WChester Williams
69WDustin Ward
7114Chris Flairty
823NBNick Bruley
926RChico Riedner
1022EChuck Egli
114DBud Riedner
1239SKen Scott
135RRobbie Rucks
1423JBJessica  Breunig
15OKJordan Egli
1652RShane Radtke Jr
1741LJordan Lamb
1871DJason Dunn
1910BJon Benniger

Legends-

Qualifying

PosStart NumberCompetitorBest Lap
113BTim Brockhouse15.629
247JAustin Jahr15.729
31REthan Ross15.845
491STristan Swanson15.949
554SKenny Storkson15.95
657SMike Storkson15.951
776LJames Lynch15.995
8140Aaron Moyer16.02
989OChad Olds16.03
10100Aaron Marthaler16.056
1143SWilliam Sawalich16.08
1278DJared Deming16.126
1327SDillon Schwanbeck16.14
1476STravis Sabatka16.195
1541MTony Moyer16.264
1622BFrank Beutel16.321
1743KConnor Kosowski16.357
1890GMichael Guderski16.48
194TLogan Taylor16.761
207HEmma Hunstiger16.776
2118BAmanda Brockhouse16.788
2223HMichael Hoffman17.309
237MDave  Maynard17.521

Heat Races

PosStart NumberCompetitor
118BAmanda Brockhouse
241MTony Moyer
322BFrank Beutel
490GMichael Guderski
54TLogan Taylor
67HEmma Hunstiger
743KConnor Kosowski
823HMichael Hoffman
97MDave  Maynard
PosStart NumberCompetitor
1140Aaron Moyer
247JAustin Jahr
391STristan Swanson
4100Aaron Marthaler
578DJared Deming
657SMike Storkson
776STravis Sabatka
PosStart NumberCompetitor
176LJames Lynch
227SDillon Schwanbeck
313BTim Brockhouse
41REthan Ross
554SKenny Storkson
689OChad Olds
743SWilliam Sawalich

Last Chance

PosStart NumberCompetitor
122BFrank Beutel
241MTony Moyer
390GMichael Guderski
47HEmma Hunstiger
543KConnor Kosowski
64TLogan Taylor
718BAmanda Brockhouse
87MDave  Maynard
923HMichael Hoffman

Feature

1140Aaron Moyer
291STristan Swanson
31REthan Ross
476LJames Lynch
522BFrank Beutel
627SDillon Schwanbeck
754SKenny Storkson
841MTony Moyer
989OChad Olds
1057SMike Storkson
11100Aaron Marthaler
1247JAustin Jahr
1343SWilliam Sawalich
1478DJared Deming
157HEmma Hunstiger
1613BTim Brockhouse
1776STravis Sabatka
1890GMichael Guderski

Bandoleros-

Qualifying

PosStart NumberCompetitorBest Lap
1901HAlex Hartwig16.389
220GJevin Guralski16.453
313XAyrton Brockhouse16.758
464PAnna Price16.763
53OLaney Osborne16.782
65BPaxton Benz16.894
705BTucker Bodendorfer16.9
817BKeagn Benz17.004
9111KMarianna Kubicz17.149
1052LAvery Linnerud17.185
1188HCohen Henze17.318
1278MTyler Muller17.322
1311WKaeden Wangsness17.593
1470KKeegan Kehoe17.676
158WChase Wangsness17.69
1613BAyden Brockhouse17.705
177REaston Riedner17.84
1854.3Riley Smith17.857
1929OAxel Oldenhoff17.877
209MCollinh Murphy18.153
2164BCooper Bodendorfer18.354
2216GKooper Gurlaski18.392
2317WTeegan Wangsness18.583
2422GChase Gronert19.674
25114Peyton Kubicz21.331

Heat Races

PosStart NumberCompetitor
19MCollinh Murphy
229OAxel Oldenhoff
317WTeegan Wangsness
464BCooper Bodendorfer
516GKooper Gurlaski
622GChase Gronert
754.3Riley Smith
8114Peyton Kubicz
97REaston Riedner
PosStart NumberCompetitor
188HCohen Henze
252LAvery Linnerud
313BAyden Brockhouse
4111KMarianna Kubicz
58WChase Wangsness
670KKeegan Kehoe
778MTyler Muller
811WKaeden Wangsness
PosStart NumberCompetitor
105BTucker Bodendorfer
2901HAlex Hartwig
320GJevin Guralski
43OLaney Osborne
564PAnna Price
65BPaxton Benz
713XAyrton Brockhouse
817BKeagn Benz

Consy

PosStart NumberCompetitor
129OAxel Oldenhoff
264BCooper Bodendorfer
39MCollinh Murphy
417WTeegan Wangsness
522GChase Gronert
6114Peyton Kubicz

Last Chance

PosStart NumberCompetitor
188HCohen Henze
264BCooper Bodendorfer
313BAyden Brockhouse
47REaston Riedner
529OAxel Oldenhoff
654.3Riley Smith
778MTyler Muller
811WKaeden Wangsness
98WChase Wangsness
1070KKeegan Kehoe

Feature

PosStart NumberCompetitor
120GJevin Guralski
2901HAlex Hartwig
33OLaney Osborne
405BTucker Bodendorfer
513XAyrton Brockhouse
617BKeagn Benz
752LAvery Linnerud
85BPaxton Benz
988HCohen Henze
10111KMarianna Kubicz
1113BAyden Brockhouse
1264PAnna Price
1364BCooper Bodendorfer
147REaston Riedner