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DAY ONE OF 40TH WI STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS IN THE BOOKS

Jefferson Speedway

CAMBRIDGE, WI (Friday, September 18, 2020)    Day one of the 40th annual Wisconsin State Championships at Jefferson Speedway kicked off on Friday evening with seven divisions on track, including the Midwest Truck Series. Former Jefferson Late Model champion, John Ovadal Jr of Watertown, dominated the 50 lap Truck Series feature to get the win. Meanwhile, Lake Mills pilot, Stephen Scheel, scored the win in the Glassworks 50 lap Late Model main event.

Luke Westenberg and Kyle Smith led the 18 car Late Model field to green with Smith taking the early lead ahead of Westenberg and Jacob Nottestad. The sole caution of the race flew on lap three when Nottestad spun in turn four after contact with a fellow competitor. Smith and Luke Hoffman restarted the action with Smith once again grabbing the lead. On lap seven, Stephen Scheel dove under Smith, stealing the top spot away and bringing Dale Nottestad along for second. Shaun Scheel followed into third as the leaders lined up single file with Nottestad remaining on Scheel’s rear bumper. Casey Johnson joined the leaders as the laps began to dwindle, making his way up to second by lap 48. Johnson took a look under Scheel on the final circuit, but Scheel held him at bay to see the checkers first and get the win. Johnson settled for second with Nottestad, Shaun Scheel and Jordan DeVoy rounding out the top five.

The Midwest Truck Series returned to Jefferson Speedway for the second time in 2020 for a 50 lap feature event. Kevin Knuese took the early lead from the pole until a caution on lap two slowed the action. Knuese and John Ovadal Jr paced the field back to green with Ovadal firing into the lead on the restart. Knuese fell to second while Ovadal moved out to a comfortable advantage and began to cruise. Ovadal remained unchallenged at the point over the remainder of the race, crossing the stripe first to complete the win. Knuese hung on for second followed by Joe Valento, James Swan and Kenny Joosten.

Bobby Selsing Jr of Fort Atkinson took the lead of the 30 lap Sportsman feature and held off his father-in-law to secure the win. Chris Jones held the early lead until a caution on lap eight slowed the pace. Jones and Selsing led the field back to green with Selsing pouncing on the lead at the restart. Deporter moved up to the high side of Jones to challenge for second while Selsing continued to show the way. Deporter completed the pass for second before the second and final caution waved on lap 22. Selsing and Deporter paced the field back to green as they battled side by side for control while the laps ticked away. Selsing held the advantage on the final lap, holding his lead as they raced out of turn four and crossed the stripe. Deporter settled for second with Robert Hansberry Jr, Jones and Jason Thoma completing the top five.

Marshall’s Kyle Stark charged to the front of the 20 lap International feature to grab the win. Mark Dewey led lap one with John Handeland up to second and Stark already in third. Stark moved past Handeland on lap seven and drew even with Dewey at the front a lap later. After three cautions around the halfway point of the race, Stark assumed the top spot and began to separate himself from the pack. At the checkers, it was Stark for the win followed by Tyler Deschaine, Gary Stark, Dewey and Mark English.

Chester Williams of Waukesha claimed the 25 lap Hobby Stock feature event. Williams and Korey Bengsch battled from the front row as racing began with Bengsch taking the initial lead. Williams stuck close until a caution on lap 13 slowed the action. Bengsch and Williams led the pack back to green, this time with Williams grabbing control of the lead on the restart. Williams remained out front over the final laps to secure the win with Bengsch coming home second. Chris Flairty was third followed by Christian Janssen and Shane Radtke.

The Road Warrior division ran double features on Friday evening to determine the 2020 Wisconsin State Champion. Bill Sweeney of Lake Mills stole the lead from Bill Reynolds in the first feature event, holding him off over the final 13 laps to get the win. Reynolds was second with AJ Accardi in third. Accardi jumped out front in the second feature, pulling away from the pack while Sweeney and Reynolds moved up into the top three. Sweeney got to second while Accardi ran away to get the win. When the dust settled, Sweeney was crowned Road Warrior State Champion after a tie breaker situation with Accardi.

In Bandit action, Carson Phillips and Jon Pettit scored wins in twin 20 lap feature races. Phillips took control of the point in the first feature after an early caution. Phillips ran unchallenged from there to get the win with Nick Schmidt grabbing second on the final lap from Isaac Bray. Jon Petitt took the lead from Ashlynn Jarlsberg in the second feature on lap nine. Petitt maintained the lead through a caution on lap 12 and stayed out front to capture his first career feature win. Petitt combined finishes of first and seventh to claim the overall title for the Bandit division.

Night two of the 40th annual Wisconsin State Championships gets underway on Saturday, September 19, with the first green flag at 6pm. 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
15JCasey Johnson14.136
28SShaun Scheel14.139
394EJason Erickson14.188
477SRiley Stenjem14.201
54SCStephan Scheel14.207
651NDale Nottestad14.218
719HLuke Hoffman14.242
897NJacob Nottestad14.269
997SKyle Smith14.28
1016WLuke Westenberg14.281
119BBraison Bennett14.328
1238DJordan DeVoy14.329
131GMichael Gruenberg14.334
1417KMax Kahler14.365
1599WPhillip Wuesthoff14.392
1637RSeth Reamer14.396
1702HRayce Haase14.405
1891TCole Thomas14.429
1974SJoe Shelby14.452
2079PCraig Phillips14.474
218xTory Bagley14.477
2233SDylan Schuyler14.489
2380SDennis Smith Jr14.5
2461EJerry Eckhardt14.516
2517RNoel Ramge14.52
267Hunter Drefahl14.604
2721HCody Houseweart14.625
283HTyler Hromadka14.718
2999LKLincoln Keeser14.912
3016GRuss Grossen15.119

Qualifiers

PosStart NumberCompetitor
133SDylan Schuyler
27Hunter Drefahl
379PCraig Phillips
491TCole Thomas
537RSeth Reamer
699LKLincoln Keeser
761EJerry Eckhardt
PosStart NumberCompetitor
117RNoel Ramge
202HRayce Haase
399WPhillip Wuesthoff
43HTyler Hromadka
574SJoe Shelby
616GRuss Grossen
780SDennis Smith Jr
88xTory Bagley

Feature

PosStart NumberCompetitor
14SCStephan Scheel
25JCasey Johnson
351NDale Nottestad
48SShaun Scheel
538DJordan DeVoy
677SRiley Stenjem
71GMichael Gruenberg
897SKyle Smith
916WLuke Westenberg
1017KMax Kahler
119BBraison Bennett
1297NJacob Nottestad
1394EJason Erickson
1419HLuke Hoffman
1533SDylan Schuyler
1617RNoel Ramge
177Hunter Drefahl
1802HRayce Haase

Sportsman-

Qualifying

PosStart NumberCompetitorBest Lap
12DTyler Deporter14.695
228DMark Deporter14.755
37HRobert Hansberry Jr.14.814
442SBobby Selsing14.816
56TJason Thoma14.82
645BRandy Breunig14.836
797WChris Weber14.93
84TJim Taylor14.996
990HTytus Helgestad15.016
1022JChris Jones15.02
1150HDan Harris15.027
1227KJay Kalbus15.038
1303TJeff Thompson15.103
1494HCraig Henning15.109
1534BJake Biever15.181
169BDavid Borntreger15.198
178SAdam Schook15.318
1871FPatrick Featherston II15.606
1921SBill Schott15.779

Feature

PosStart NumberCompetitor
142SBobby Selsing
228DMark Deporter
37HRobert Hansberry Jr.
422JChris Jones
56TJason Thoma
645BRandy Breunig
727KJay Kalbus
897WChris Weber
903TJeff Thompson
108SAdam Schook
114TJim Taylor
1290HTytus Helgestad
1334BJake Biever
1494HCraig Henning
1550HDan Harris
1671FPatrick Featherston II
1721SBill Schott
189BDavid Borntreger
192DTyler Deporter

Midwest Truck Series-

Qualifying

PosStart NumberCompetitorBest Lap
111MBryce Miller13.969
247JKenny Joosten14.077
323VLevon Van Der Geest14.1
471OJohn Ovadal Jr.14.136
597SJames Swan14.163
693AChester Ace14.223
730VJoe Valento14.312
886KAJ Kreager14.343
933KKevin Knuese14.348
1038HJeff Holtz14.371
117PJoey Pontbriand14.389
1227EAlex Ertmann14.43
1374AJake Arneson14.479
1473WJerry Wood14.545
1528PCraig Phillips14.612
1639MGriffin McGrath14.858
1722GBrad Gajewski14.953

Heats

PosStart NumberCompetitor
128PCraig Phillips
273WJerry Wood
374AJake Arneson
427EAlex Ertmann
538HJeff Holtz
639MGriffin McGrath
722GBrad Gajewski
87PJoey Pontbriand
PosStart NumberCompetitor
133KKevin Knuese
286KAJ Kreager
393AChester Ace
497SJames Swan
511MBryce Miller
630VJoe Valento
723VLevon Van Der Geest
847JKenny Joosten
971OJohn Ovadal Jr.

Feature

PosStart NumberCompetitor
171OJohn Ovadal Jr.
233KKevin Knuese
330VJoe Valento
497SJames Swan
547JKenny Joosten
67PJoey Pontbriand
738HJeff Holtz
823VLevon Van Der Geest
993AChester Ace
1028PCraig Phillips
1186KAJ Kreager
1239MGriffin McGrath
1322GBrad Gajewski
1474AJake Arneson
1511MBryce Miller
1627EAlex Ertmann
1773WJerry Wood

International-

Qualifying

PosStart NumberCompetitorBest Lap
1192Kyle Stark15.505
2213MJosh Marx15.554
335SGary Stark15.58
411LMike Lambert15.68
533DTyler Deschaine15.704
657EMark English15.705
719hJohn Handeland15.749
820NRyan Nelson15.79
982DMark Dewey15.835
1009SNick Schmidt15.922
1166HNeil Higgins15.924
1292RJosh Rusch15.948
130BKeith Bell16.019
14119Brandon DeLacy16.029
1547PMerek Pankow16.051
169TJosh Tanguay16.095
1721ETyler Edmundson16.108
18192XBrent Nottestad16.176
1977HTimothy Higgins16.2
208SCarson Strese16.249
217MChris Matz16.514
2219ORonnie Osborne16.539
239DTaylor Dawson16.845
24111Devon Dixon0

Qualifiers

PosStart NumberCompetitor
147PMerek Pankow
277HTimothy Higgins
321ETyler Edmundson
47MChris Matz
59DTaylor Dawson
PosStart NumberCompetitor
1192XBrent Nottestad
2111Devon Dixon
39TJosh Tanguay
419ORonnie Osborne
58SCarson Strese

Feature

PosStart NumberCompetitor
1192Kyle Stark
233DTyler Deschaine
335SGary Stark
482DMark Dewey
557EMark English
620NRyan Nelson
792RJosh Rusch
866HNeil Higgins
919hJohn Handeland
1047PMerek Pankow
11119Brandon DeLacy
1277HTimothy Higgins
1311LMike Lambert
149TJosh Tanguay
1509SNick Schmidt
16213MJosh Marx
17192XBrent Nottestad
180BKeith Bell

Hobby Stock-

Qualifying

PosStart NumberCompetitorBest Lap
12TDave Trute15.472
220VJared Vike15.529
323NBNick Bruley15.552
456GKolton Guralski15.566
543JChristian Janssen15.568
64DBud Riedner15.586
7114Chris Flairty15.649
852RShane Radtke Jr15.655
92WChester Williams15.658
1022BKorey Bengsch15.717
1122TJim Tate  Jr15.725
129WDustin Ward15.74
135ABrandon Angileri15.767
1426RChico Riedner15.81
1522EChuck Egli15.816
1623JBJessica  Breunig15.827
175RRobbie Rucks15.88
1810BJon Benniger15.896
1941LJordan Lamb15.906
2034MMatthew Melchiori15.921
2133RJimmy  Robinson Jr15.926
2201BMike Bollinger15.966
230KJordan Egli15.973
2439SKen Scott15.981
2514KChris Kern16.24
2671DJason Dunn16.287
2771TJamie Tate16.298
2834KMike Krueger16.31
2916SShane Strothman16.421
3042RAlex Rud16.826
3133SBill Schott17.047
3236BEric Bennett17.118
3318RRobby Robinson17.859
3400HDL Hatton18.009

Qualifiers

PosStart NumberCompetitor
139SKen Scott
271DJason Dunn
301BMike Bollinger
410BJon Benniger
534MMatthew Melchiori
623JBJessica  Breunig
771TJamie Tate
816SShane Strothman
933SBill Schott
1018RRobby Robinson
PosStart NumberCompetitor
15RRobbie Rucks
214KChris Kern
322EChuck Egli
441LJordan Lamb
533RJimmy  Robinson Jr
636BEric Bennett
742RAlex Rud
80KJordan Egli
934KMike Krueger
1000HDL Hatton

Feature

PosStart NumberCompetitor
12WChester Williams
222BKorey Bengsch
3114Chris Flairty
443JChristian Janssen
552RShane Radtke Jr
656GKolton Guralski
720VJared Vike
85ABrandon Angileri
922TJim Tate  Jr
109WDustin Ward
1139SKen Scott
1226RChico Riedner
134DBud Riedner
145RRobbie Rucks
1571DJason Dunn
1614KChris Kern
172TDave Trute
1823NBNick Bruley

Bandits-

Qualifying

PosStart NumberCompetitorBest Lap
1109SNick Schmidt14.196
2189Kyle Reidner14.284
370BBart  Brockmann14.321
450PJon Petitt14.533
55ORyan Oetzel14.535
610SDave Schmidt14.542
792SKarter  Stark14.551
87BIsaac Bray14.58
915PCarson Phillips14.602
1012JAshlynn Jarlsberg14.664
1118SGavin Smothers14.807
1218JBobby Frisch14.826
1341NNick Newton14.85
1432SPeter Shelley14.879
1517RJohnny Robinson14.963
1629KMatt Krinke15.112
1764RTrent Rueth15.157
18135Josh Finn15.182
19175Josh Dearborn15.325
202WMatt Weber15.38

Feature #1

PosStart NumberCompetitor
115PCarson Phillips
2109SNick Schmidt
37BIsaac Bray
410SDave Schmidt
55ORyan Oetzel
6189Kyle Reidner
750PJon Petitt
892SKarter  Stark
912JAshlynn Jarlsberg
1070BBart  Brockmann
1129KMatt Krinke
1217RJohnny Robinson
1341NNick Newton
1418SGavin Smothers
1532SPeter Shelley
16135Josh Finn
17175Josh Dearborn
182WMatt Weber
1918JBobby Frisch
2064RTrent Rueth

Feature #2

PosStart NumberCompetitor
150PJon Petitt
241NNick Newton
35ORyan Oetzel
432SPeter Shelley
518JBobby Frisch
612JAshlynn Jarlsberg
7109SNick Schmidt
892SKarter  Stark
9189Kyle Reidner
1018SGavin Smothers
1129KMatt Krinke
1270BBart  Brockmann
1315PCarson Phillips
142WMatt Weber
15135Josh Finn
16175Josh Dearborn
1764RTrent Rueth
187BIsaac Bray
1917RJohnny Robinson
2010SDave Schmidt

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