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CHAMPIONS CROWNED AT JEFFERSON SPEEDWAY

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CHAMPIONS CROWNED AT JEFFERSON SPEEDWAY

CAMBRIDGE, WI (Sunday, September 13, 2020)  While Shaun Scheel was putting the finishing touches on the 2020 Late Model track championship; it was Cambridge driver, Dale Nottestad, who laid claim to the Griffin Ford Lincoln season championship 60 lap feature event. With Scheel’s third place finish in the main event, he wrapped up his second consecutive Late Model crown at Wisconsin’s Action Track.

Kyle Taylor and Lincoln Keeser paced the field to green as they battled for control in the opening laps. On lap four, contact between the two competitors resulted in the first caution period of the races, sending both to the rear of the field for the restart. Kyle Smith and Craig Phillips led the pack back to green with Phillips moving to the lead on the restart. Chris Chenoweth and Dylan Schuyler slipped by Smith for second and third with Schuyler quickly challenging Chenoweth for second. On lap nine, contact between Smith and Chenoweth forced another yellow as they also collected Jason Erickson. Phillips once again moved out front on the restart with Shaun Scheel sliding up to third. Two more quick cautions on lap 11 set up Phillips and Scheel on the front row for the restart. This time, it was Scheel getting the jump as he drove his machine into the lead. On lap 20, Dale Nottestad charged up alongside Phillips to grab the second position away and begin closing in on Scheel at the front. By lap 31, Nottestad was pressuring Scheel, getting under the leader as they entered turn one. A lap later, Nottestad cleared for the lead as the leaders raced toward the checkers. But a final yellow flag on lap 52 set up an eight lap shootout to the finish with Nottestad and Scheel restarting side by side. After a brief battle once racing resumed, Nottestad moved back into control while Scheel dropped back into a battle with Seth Reamer for second. Reamer took the position on lap 58, but Nottestad was already on his way to the checkers to collect the win. Reamer finished second ahead of Shaun Scheel, Stephen Scheel and Luke Westenberg.

Fort Atkinson’s Mike Lambert collected his first career Sportsman feature victory by leading every lap of the 35 lap affair. Starting on the pole, Lambert jumped into the lead as the green waved over the field. Craig Henning and Tytus Helgestad battled for second with Helgestad taking the spot on lap two. Jim Taylor followed into third and began to work on Helgestad for second. On lap nine, Taylor drove under Helgestad, grabbing the second spot a lap later and bringing Bobby Selsing Jr along for third. Selsing began to shadow Taylor while Lambert remained in control out front. On lap 30, contact between Selsing and Taylor forced Taylor to check up and allow Selsing to get by. Taylor crossed over in an attempt to reclaim the second position, but Selsing kept him at bay in the closing laps. At the checkers, it was Lambert for the convincing win with Selsing coming home second. A last lap altercation allowed Chris Jones to move up to third with Mark Deporter and Robert Hansberry Jr rounding out the top five. With his fourth place finish, Mark Deporter of Fort Atkinson laid claim to his second consecutive Sportsman championship as well as his fourth title overall.

Marshall’s Kyle Stark claimed the 25 lap International feature while Janesville’s Tyler Deschaine captured the 2020 track championship in the division. Josh Rusch led early from the front row. After an early caution, Mark English moved up to second with Stark quickly charging through the field toward the front. Stark drove to the high side of English on lap five, continuing forward alongside Rusch for the lead a lap later. By lap seven, Stark was out front alone with Rusch and English now fighting for the second spot. After another yellow on lap 15, Stark returned to the point with Tyler Deschaine up to battle English for second. Deschaine made the pass on lap 20, but ran out of laps to catch Stark at the front. At the checkers, it was Stark for the win followed by Deschaine, English, Josh Marx and Nick Schmidt.

Christian Janssen of Lake Geneva claimed the 30 lap Hobby Stock feature event. Shane Radtke grabbed the early lead on lap one as he began to stretch his advantage over Chuck Egli and Scott Riedner, who were battling for second. A caution on lap four slowed the pace, pitting Radtke and Egli on the front row for the restart. Radtke moved back out front while Janssen began working the high side in an attempt to move forward. Janssen pulled into second just before the second caution waved over the field. Radtke and Janssen paced the field back to green. Radtke returned to the top spot with Janssen trying to mount a charge back alongside the leader. On lap 14, Radtke got out of shape in turn two, allowing Janssen to slip by for the lead. Jared Vike followed a few laps later with Brandon Riedner in his tracks. Vike and Riedner waged war for the second position in the closing laps with Riedner getting the spot. But Janssen crossed the stripe first to secure the win. Riedner was second followed by Vike, Radtke and Jim Tate Jr. With his third place finish, Jared Vike of Lannon claimed the 2020 Hobby Stock track championship.

In Road Warrior action, Watertown’s Bill Reynolds came out on top after the 15 lap feature event. Reynolds grabbed the lead on lap one with Bill Sweeney quickly up to challenge. Sweeney got a look under Reynolds on lap five, but was unable to complete a pass, falling back into second with AJ Accardi up to third. The top three ran single file over the remaining laps with Reynolds crossing under the checkers first for the win. Sweeney was second with Alex Noel, Jim Ronspiez and Accardi rounding out the top five. Lake Mills pilot, Bill Sweeney claimed his third Road Warrior track championship by capturing the 2020 title.

While Nick Schmidt was laying claim to the 25 lap Bandit feature event, it was Fort Atkinson’s Chris Gottschalk picking up his first career Bandit track championship. Jon Petit led early with Ashlynn Jarlsberg up to challenge for the lead on lap seven. Jarlsberg made her way into the lead, maintaining her advantage after a caution on lap 13. Karter Stark and Schmidt began to pressure Jarlsberg on lap 18, as Schmidt drove to the outside of the leader. Schmidt cleared for the top spot on lap 19 with Stark also making it by for the second spot. At the checkers, it was Schmidt for the win followed by Stark, Jarlsberg, Petit and Gaven Smothers.

Next weekend, September 18-19, is the 40th annual Wisconsin State Championships with a full slate of racing on both nights. Please check out jeffersonspeedway.com for more information. Jefferson Speedway is located halfway between Jefferson and Cambridge on Hwy 18.

JEFFERSON SPEEDWAY RACE SUMMARY

Late Model-

Qualifying

PosStart NumberCompetitorBest Lap
194EJason Erickson14.294
21GMichael Gruenberg14.316
351NDale Nottestad14.366
48SShaun Scheel14.381
519HLuke Hoffman14.388
64SCStephan Scheel14.397
737RSeth Reamer14.457
816WLuke Westenberg14.567
921HCody Houseweart14.568
1097CChris Chenoweth14.629
1133SDylan Schuyler14.655
1212BBilly Baumeister14.71
1379PCraig Phillips14.738
1497SKyle Smith14.739
1540PScott Patrick14.826
1614TKyle Taylor14.86
1799LKLincoln Keeser14.939
1813STerry Sauer15.086
1916GRuss Grossen15.106
207KEd Kubicz15.125

Heat Races

PosStart NumberCompetitor
17KEd Kubicz
299LKLincoln Keeser
340PScott Patrick
414TKyle Taylor
597SKyle Smith
679PCraig Phillips
716GRuss Grossen
813STerry Sauer
PosStart NumberCompetitor
11GMichael Gruenberg
24SCStephan Scheel
38SShaun Scheel
416WLuke Westenberg
597CChris Chenoweth
612BBilly Baumeister
PosStart NumberCompetitor
121HCody Houseweart
251NDale Nottestad
394EJason Erickson
433SDylan Schuyler
537RSeth Reamer
619HLuke Hoffman

Feature

PosStart NumberCompetitor
151NDale Nottestad
237RSeth Reamer
38SShaun Scheel
44SCStephan Scheel
516WLuke Westenberg
694EJason Erickson
779PCraig Phillips
833SDylan Schuyler
999LKLincoln Keeser
1040PScott Patrick
1119HLuke Hoffman
1221HCody Houseweart
137KEd Kubicz
141GMichael Gruenberg
1512BBilly Baumeister
1614TKyle Taylor
1797CChris Chenoweth
1897SKyle Smith
1916GRuss Grossen

Sportsman-

Qualifying

PosStart NumberCompetitorBest Lap
128DMark Deporter14.819
245BRandy Breunig14.854
32DTyler Deporter14.88
442SBobby Selsing14.934
56TJason Thoma14.951
690HTytus Helgestad14.97
722JChris Jones15.08
87HRobert Hansberry Jr.15.124
926LMike Lambert15.184
1034BJake Biever15.219
1194HCraig Henning15.224
124TJim Taylor15.259
135SDan Silberhorn15.262
1421SBill Schott15.668

Heat Races

PosStart NumberCompetitor
14TJim Taylor
234BJake Biever
37HRobert Hansberry Jr.
426LMike Lambert
55SDan Silberhorn
694HCraig Henning
721SBill Schott
PosStart NumberCompetitor
142SBobby Selsing
228DMark Deporter
322JChris Jones
445BRandy Breunig
56TJason Thoma
690HTytus Helgestad

Feature

PosStart NumberCompetitor
126LMike Lambert
242SBobby Selsing
328DMark Deporter
422JChris Jones
57HRobert Hansberry Jr.
62DTyler Deporter
76TJason Thoma
890HTytus Helgestad
994HCraig Henning
1034BJake Biever
1145BRandy Breunig
124TJim Taylor
1321SBill Schott
145SDan Silberhorn

International-

Qualifying

PosStart NumberCompetitorBest Lap
1192Kyle Stark15.615
257EMark English15.63
333DTyler Deschaine15.655
4213MJosh Marx15.683
592RJosh Rusch15.774
636UJason  Uttech15.797
727JJames Junget15.813
882DMark Dewey15.834
966HNeil Higgins15.856
1009SNick Schmidt16.034
1121ETyler Edmundson16.134
1220NRyan Nelson16.152
1377HTimothy Higgins16.213
1416BJames Bohling16.279
157MChris Matz16.358
1647PMerek Pankow16.373
179TJosh Tanguay16.659
187BJeremy Bredeson16.795
1906LDave Lembke17.348

Heat Races

PosStart NumberCompetitor
147PMerek Pankow
277HTimothy Higgins
39TJosh Tanguay
47MChris Matz
516BJames Bohling
67BJeremy Bredeson
706LDave Lembke
PosStart NumberCompetitor
109SNick Schmidt
2213MJosh Marx
320NRyan Nelson
457EMark English
582DMark Dewey
636UJason  Uttech
PosStart NumberCompetitor
133DTyler Deschaine
227JJames Junget
3192Kyle Stark
421ETyler Edmundson
592RJosh Rusch
666HNeil Higgins

Feature

PosStart NumberCompetitor
1192Kyle Stark
233DTyler Deschaine
357EMark English
4213MJosh Marx
509SNick Schmidt
666HNeil Higgins
792RJosh Rusch
836UJason  Uttech
977HTimothy Higgins
1047PMerek Pankow
117BJeremy Bredeson
127MChris Matz
1321ETyler Edmundson
1406LDave Lembke
1520NRyan Nelson
1616BJames Bohling
1782DMark Dewey
1827JJames Junget
199TJosh Tanguay

Hobby Stock-

Qualifying

PosStart NumberCompetitorBest Lap
14DBud Riedner15.691
220VJared Vike15.693
30KJordan Egli15.704
423NBNick Bruley15.716
543JChristian Janssen15.75
62WChester Williams15.754
79WDustin Ward15.821
822TJim Tate  Jr15.834
926RChico Riedner15.837
1052RShane Radtke Jr15.844
1122EChuck Egli15.92
125RRobbie Rucks15.92
1301BMike Bollinger15.947
1423JBJessica  Breunig15.976
1541LJordan Lamb16.015
1671DJason Dunn16.037
1734MMatthew Melchiori16.242
1871TJamie Tate16.333

Heat Races

PosStart NumberCompetitor
134MMatthew Melchiori
271DJason Dunn
341LJordan Lamb
423JBJessica  Breunig
501BMike Bollinger
6114Chris Flairty
PosStart NumberCompetitor
152RShane Radtke Jr
223NBNick Bruley
322TJim Tate  Jr
45RRobbie Rucks
520VJared Vike
62WChester Williams
PosStart NumberCompetitor
126RChico Riedner
243JChristian Janssen
34DBud Riedner
49WDustin Ward
50KJordan Egli
622EChuck Egli

Feature

PosStart NumberCompetitor
143JChristian Janssen
24DBud Riedner
320VJared Vike
452RShane Radtke Jr
522TJim Tate  Jr
626RChico Riedner
79WDustin Ward
822EChuck Egli
9114Chris Flairty
1023NBNick Bruley
110KJordan Egli
1241LJordan Lamb
1301BMike Bollinger
145RRobbie Rucks
1523JBJessica  Breunig
1634MMatthew Melchiori
1771DJason Dunn

Road Warrior-

Qualifying

PosStart NumberCompetitorBest Lap
114AAnthony Accardi16.35
242SBill Sweeney16.412
38RBill Reynolds16.469
49TMatthew Thoma16.698
524NAlec Noel16.962
616SRodger Stevenson17.13
758ZKevin Zimmerman18.264
82SJasper Gronert18.293
917GAaron Genske18.429
1029xBrian Russ18.605
1151RJim Ronspiez19.273

Heat Races

PosStart NumberCompetitor
151RJim Ronspiez
216SRodger Stevenson
358ZKevin Zimmerman
429xBrian Russ
517GAaron Genske
PosStart NumberCompetitor
18RBill Reynolds
242SBill Sweeney
314AAnthony Accardi
49TMatthew Thoma
524NAlec Noel

Feature

PosStart NumberCompetitor
18RBill Reynolds
242SBill Sweeney
324NAlec Noel
451RJim Ronspiez
514AAnthony Accardi
62SJasper Gronert
729xBrian Russ
817GAaron Genske
958ZKevin Zimmerman

Bandit-

Qualifying

PosStart NumberCompetitorBest Lap
1109SNick Schmidt14.269
292SKarter  Stark14.297
3189Kyle Riedner14.425
412JAshlynn Jarlsberg14.498
518SGavin Smothers14.603
661GChris Gottschalk14.646
75ORyan Oetzel14.782
850PJon Petitt14.847
964RTrent Rueth14.951
1018JBrandon Johnson15.007
1129KMatt Krinke15.028
1241NNick Newton15.035
13175Josh Dearborn15.349
1435PLyle Phillips15.407
152WMatt Weber15.476
1615PCarson Phillips15.646

Heat Races

PosStart NumberCompetitor
129KMatt Krinke
241NNick Newton
32WMatt Weber
415PCarson Phillips
5175Josh Dearborn
618JBrandon Johnson
735PLyle Phillips
PosStart NumberCompetitor
15ORyan Oetzel
261GChris Gottschalk
350PJon Petitt
4189Kyle Riedner
5109SNick Schmidt
612JAshlynn Jarlsberg
792SKarter  Stark
818SGavin Smothers

Feature

PosStart NumberCompetitor
1109SNick Schmidt
292SKarter  Stark
312JAshlynn Jarlsberg
418JBrandon Johnson
550PJon Petitt
618SGavin Smothers
761GChris Gottschalk
8189Kyle Riedner
95ORyan Oetzel
1029KMatt Krinke
1164RTrent Rueth
1241NNick Newton
1335PLyle Phillips
1415PCarson Phillips
15175Josh Dearborn
162WMatt Weber

Next weekend, September 18-19, is the 40th annual Wisconsin State Championships with a full slate of racing on both nights. Please check out jeffersonspeedway.com for more information. Jefferson Speedway is located halfway between Jefferson and Cambridge on Hwy 18.

PC Kayle Marie Photography

JEFFERSON SPEEDWAY RACE SUMMARY

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