SHAUN SCHEEL CHARGES TO B&M ELECTRIC FEATURE WIN
CAMBRIDGE, WI (Saturday, June 1, 2019) Another spectacular night of racing entertainment sought to warm up the fans on a cool, damp evening in south central Wisconsin. An exciting finish to the B&M Electric 50 lap Late Model main event ended with Lake Mills pilot, Shaun Scheel parked in victory lane. The win caps a strong start to the 2019 campaign for Scheel, who is looking to build towards his first championship in Jefferson Speedway’s premier division.
Craig Phillips and Stephen Scheel paced the field to green with Scheel grabbing the early lead on lap one as they raced into turn three. Phillips dropped in line behind Scheel while Will Rece slid into third. Rece moved past Phillips on lap five, bringing Riley Stenjem along for third. Shaun Scheel entered the top four on lap ten, getting by Phillips for the position. Two laps later, Stenjem made a move to get to second as he passed Rece. Stenjem completed the pass on lap 20, setting his sights on Stephen Scheel at the point. While Stenjem closed on the leader, Shaun Scheel slipped past Rece to claim third on lap 22. As the leaders approached the halfway point of the feature, lapped traffic entered the equation. The traffic aided Stenjem to get a good run on Stephen Scheel and take over the top spot. Shaun Scheel followed Stenjem to get past his brother, Stephen, and claim second. Stenjem began to attempt to pull away from the new runner up driver. Lapped traffic once again aided Stenjem as it briefly held up Shaun Scheel in his quest to catch the leader. By lap 34, Scheel was clear of the traffic and looking for a way to close the gap on the leader. His efforts were aided by a caution on lap 42 when Stephen Scheel spun into turn one after contact with Rece. The yellow erased Stenjem’s large advantage, as he paced the pack back to green with Shaun Scheel now filling up his rear view mirror. As racing resumed, Scheel went right to work searching for a lane to get by Stenjem. With seven laps to go, Scheel peeked under Stenjem through turns three and four. Scheel got a good run down the front stretch, drawing even with Stenjem as they flew into turn one. The duo raced wheel to wheel over the final laps with neither competitor giving an inch. On lap 48, Stenjem got loose entering turn one allowing Scheel to gain the advantage down the back stretch. Stenjem used a cross over move to dive under Scheel through turns three and four on the same circuit. The pair traded paint several times as they raced past the white flag to being the final lap. More bumping and banging filled the final tour of the quarter mile. At the stripe, it was Scheel holding a half car advantage to score the win. Stenjem settled for second with Dale Nottestad, Jason Erickson and Michael Grueneberg rounding out the top five.
Fort Atkinson’s Bobby Selsing Jr led every lap of the 30 lap Sportsman feature to capture the win. Leading the field to green alongside Josh Thiering, Selsing took control of the top spot on lap one. Jim Taylor moved up to challenge Thiering for second with Thiering holding him off. Taylor spun on lap nine after contact with Chris Jones to force the caution and slow the pace. Selsing led the field back to green with Jay Kalbus moving up to challenge Thiering for second. Selsing began to stretch his lead while Kalbus went work on Thiering. Kalbus cleared for the spot on lap 13 while Thiering stayed close. Thiering attempted to get back to second, but Kalbus rebuffed his advances to hold the position. Selsing cruised to the checkers to pick up the win with Kalbus coming home in second. Bryce Miller won a good battle for third, nipping Mark Deporter at the line for the spot. Jason Thoma completed the top five.
James Junget of Rio claimed the win in the 20 lap International feature event. Josh Rusch claimed the early lead on lap one with Jason Uttech quickly up to second. Todd Buckley motored by Uttech on lap seven and moved up behind the leader. Diving to the low side, Buckley slipped past Rusch on lap 11 to gain the lead. A lap later, contact between Rusch and Uttech forced Uttech to the infield while Rusch began to fall off the pace. The yellow eventually waved as Rusch slowed drastically on the backstretch. Buckley and Junget lead the field back to green with Junget moving ahead on the restart. Buckley fought back under Junget while Mark English watched intently from third. English got tired of waiting and three his machine on the low side to make it a three way battle for first. . Junget emerged with the spot with just four laps to go. Junget held his advantage through the checkers to score the win. English edged Buckley for second with George Sparkman and Scott Hoeft rounding out the top five.
Watertown’s Bill Reynolds dominated the 15 lap Road Warrior feature to get the victory. Jasper Gronert lead lap one with Reynolds quickly up to second. Reynolds immediately looked to the low side of Gronert, drawing even on lap two. By lap three, Reynolds was out front and pulling away. Bill Sweeney got by for second, but was unable to close the gap on Reynolds. At the checkers, it was Reynolds for the win followed by Sweeney, Mark Dewey, Jordan Lamb and AJ Accardi.
Bryan Gottschalk of Fort Atkinson claimed the win in the 20 lap Bandit feature event. Rianne Remsik and Mike Kinney led the field to green with Kinney taking the initial lead. James Bell followed up to second on lap two and immediately went to work on Kinney. Bell took over the lead on lap four while Josh Lenz moved into second. After the first of two cautions on lap nine, Bell returned to the lead with Gottschalk now up to challenge for the top spot. Gottschalk flew by Bell to grab the lead with Lenz in his tracks for second. With two laps to go, the final yellow waved setting up a green/white/checkered finish. As racing resumed, Gottschalk reclaimed the lead while Matt Urban charged up to second. Gottschalk held the advantage to the checkers with Urban finishing second. Lenz was third followed by Nick Newton and Chris Matz.
Wausau’s Jevin Guralksi claimed another Bandolero feature event at Jefferson Speedway after winning the 15 lap feature on Saturday night. After early cautions, Karter Stark took control at the front while Logan Taylor charged up to second. After another yellow on lap three, Stark continued to show the way with Taylor trying to challenge. On lap five, while racing side by side, contact between Stark and Taylor resulted in Taylor moving out front as Stark began to fall off the pace. Guralski rocketed up to second and began to challenge Taylor. Guralski motored under Taylor after another caution on lap ten. Guralski claimed the lead, holding it through two more yellows to secure the win. Taylor came home in second followed by Michael Guderski, Chase Wangsness and Robbie Rucks.
Next Saturday, June 8, 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.
Erickson Claims Serenity Concepts Season Opener
CAMBRIDGE, WI (Saturday, May 4, 2019) On a beautiful Saturday evening in Southern Wisconsin, the roar of race engines filled the air as Jefferson Speedway kicked off the 2019 season. The season opener presented by Serenity Concepts marked the beginning of another year of intense racing action. When the dust settled, Jason Erickson parked his new machine in victory lane following a very entertaining 50 lap Late Model main event. The win ended a drought for the Yelk Motorsports team which has lasted since 2016. But a return to the form that led to 4 track championships appeared to aid the Fort Atkinson pilot as he sliced his way toward the front of the field on the way to the victory.
Dylan Schuyler and Riley Stenjem paced the field to 18 drivers to the drop of the green flag with Stenjem rocketing out into the lead on the opening lap. Jesse Bernhagen followed into the second position with Shaun Scheel in his tracks for third. Scheel dove under Bernhagen on lap three, stealing the second spot away two laps later as the leaders began to break away from the pack slightly. Jacob Nottestad drove up to fourth on lap 13 with Erickson in tow. A caution on lap 20 for a spinning Seth Reamer closed up the top five on the restart. As racing resumed, Nottestad made his move for third, getting past Bernhagen and bringing Erickson along. While Stenjem continued to show the way ahead of Scheel, the battle to watch was for third between Nottestad and Erickson. On lap 37, Erickson slipped under Nottestad on the exit of turn two. After a brief side by side fight, Erickson eased past Nottestad for third. On lap 44, Scheel experienced a problem, forcing him to slow and eventually stop in turn one to force a caution. The yellow closed up the leaders with seven laps remaining. On the restart, Nottestad powered by Erickson to claim the second spot. As Nottestad began to pressure Stenjem, contact between the duo resulting in Stenjem spinning off turn two to force the third and final caution of the race. Both drivers were forced to restart in the rear, handing the lead to Erickson with Casey Johnson in second and Michael Grueneberg third. But Erickson stayed strong on the point in the final circuits while Johnson tried to hold off the advances of Grueneberg. At the checkers, it was Erickson for the big win followed by Johnson, Grueneberg, Schuyler and Bernhagen.
Fort Atkinson’s Tyler Deporter made a late race pass to net the lead of the 30 lap Sportsman feature event on his way to victory lane with the win. Chris Jones grabbed the early lead on lap one from the front row with Tytus Helgestad back to second. Deporter moved up to third and began to pressure Helgestad for second. Deporter made the pass on lap nine and immediately set his sights on Jones at the front. Deporter reeled in the leader each lap, catching Jones as the entered heavy lapped traffic on lap 17. The pair of drivers tiptoed through the traffic, finally clearing it all with less than ten laps to go. On lap 25, Deporter slipped under Jones as they raced door to door for control of the top spot. Deporter cleared into turn one on the final lap and despite slight contact, maintained the lead through the checkered flag to score the win. Jones settled for second followed by Bryce Miller, Mark Deporter and Bobby Selsing Jr.
Multi-time International track champion, Mark English of Edgerton, picked up another feature win after claiming the 20 lap affair. Jason Uttech took the initial lead on lap one until an early caution slowed the pace. Weston Strese grabbed the lead on the restart with English firing up to second on lap five. A lap later, English drove under Strese through turns one and two. English took over possession of the top spot on lap seven and began to pull away. Scott Hoeft charged up to second on lap 13, but mechanical issues forced him to retire from the event with five laps remaining. Neil Higgins attempted to close in on English in the final laps, but English remained in control to pick up the win. Higgins was second with James Junget, Keith Bell and Strese rounding out the top five.
Whitewater’s Lucas Buckingham led every lap of the 25 lap Hobby Stock feature event to score the win. Buckingham held the slight advantage on the opening lap as he raced alongside Dan Snyder. Buckingham took control of the lead on lap three with Snyder back to second. Snyder took another shot at the top spot, drawing even with Buckingham on lap eight. A caution just past halfway of the event slowed the pace, setting up a restart with Buckingham out front followed by Snyder, Bud Riedner and Scott Riedner. As racing resumed, Bud Riedner took to the high groove, eventually working past Snyder for second. But Buckingham remained in control on the point to see the checkers first and pick up the win. Bud Riedner finished second followed by Brandon Angileri, Jim Tate Jr and Kolton Guralski.
Dillon Schwanbeck of Poynette picked up his first feature win at Wisconsin’s Action Track after claiming the 25 lap Legends feature event. Noah Eisenhower lead lap one from the pole with Ryan Braseth up to second. After an early caution on lap three. Eisenhower returned to the point, this time with James Lynch moving into second. On lap six, Schwanbeck charged past Lynch for second, setting his sights on Eisenhower. A lap later, Schwanbeck was alongside the early leader, clearing for the top spot exiting turn two. Schwanbeck began to stretch his advantage with Aaron Moyer was making his way toward the front. Moyer moved into second on lap ten as he looked to close on Schwanbeck. But a caution on lap 17 erased Schwanbeck’s advantage, placing both drivers on the front row for the restart. As the green waved once again, Schwanbeck fired back into control. Austin Jahr tried to follow into second, but Moyer held him off to retake the position. At the checkers, it was Schwanbeck for the win with Moyer coming home second. Jahr finished third followed by Ethan Ross and Alex Braseth.
The 20 lap Bandolero feature event ended with defending champion, Jevin Guralski of Wausau sitting in victory lane. Anna Price and Cohen Henze led the field to green as Henze took the early lead on lap one. Tucker Bodendorfer moved up to challenge Henze on lap two. Michael Guderski joined the battle as they raced three wide off turn four. Lap three saw the first of two cautions, setting Guderski and Henze on the front row for the restart. Guderski moved out front as racing resumed with Bodendorfer up to second. On lap six, Guralski moved up to third and began to look to the outside of Bodendorfer. On lap eight, Guralksi took over the second spot and began to close in on Guderski. Just as Guralski began to challenge the leader, the second yellow waved with five laps to go. Guderski and Guralski led the field back to green. Guralski fired into the lead with Guderski back to second. Guralski cruised to the checkers from there to pick up the win with Guderski coming home second. Robbie Rucks was third followed by Bodendorfer and Karter Stark.
Next Saturday, May 11, is a full program of racing presented by Papa Murphy’s Pizza. Time trials begin at 5pm with racing at 7pm. Jefferson Speedway is located halfway between Jefferson and Cambridge on Hwy 18. Please visit jeffersonspeedway.com for more information.