Speedway: Fort’s Deporter wins Bandit
JEFFERSON — After a few weeks off from racing at Wisconsin’s Action Track, Edgerton’s Casey Johnson returned to action and parked his familiar #5 Late Model in victory lane. The three time track champion has raced at Jefferson Speedway three times in 2017 and has two wins and runner up to show for his efforts.
The Culver’s of Johnson Creek 50 lap Late Model main event began with Kyle Smith and Dylan Schuyler pacing the stacked field of drivers to the green flag.
Schuyler took control of the point as they exited turn four to complete lap number one. Smith fell in line behind Schuyler with Stephen Scheel racing up to third.
The first of three yellow flag periods appeared on lap eight when Stephen Sauer spun off turn two. Schuyler led the field back to green as they raced single file at the front.
The second caution came on lap 14 when Shaun Scheel spun in turn four after contact with Luke Westenberg. While still under the yellow, the leader began to leak fluid onto the racing surface. Schuyler was forced to retire for the evening, handing the lead to Smith with Stephen Scheel in second.
As racing got back underway, Scheel quickly tried to make his move on the new leader.
On lap 16, the two made contact racing off turn two. They slid up the track, collecting Ovadal and ending with all three drivers in the backstretch wall. After the cleanup, it was now Casey Johnson at the front of the pack with Steve Dobbratz in his rear view mirror.
Johnson began to stretch his advantage once the green waved over the field again. Michael Grueneberg sliced his way up to second as he looked to cut into Johnson’s already large lead. But Johnson remained in control as he cruised to the checkers to score the win. Grueneberg was second with Dale Nottestad, Jason Erickson and Kody Hubred rounding out the top five.
Round two of the Sportsman Challenge went solidly to Robert Hansberry Jr. of Beloit. Hansberry won both of the twin 25 lap feature events to claim the overall title.
Jake Biever and Bryce Miller led the field to green for the first feature with Miller taking the early lead. After an early caution on lap two, Jim Tate Jr. drove to the high side of Miller to take away the lead.
On lap six, contact between Bobby Selsing and Jay Kalbus ended when both wrecked into turn three collecting several other drivers. After the caution, Mark Deporter slipped by Miller for second with Terry Wangsness in his tracks for third. Wangsness continued forward, passing Deporter on lap nine to take over second with Hansberry in tow for third.
Hansberry went to work on Wangsness as the two battled for the second position. After two attempts, Hansberry completed the pass on lap 17 and began to close the gap on Tate at the front.
On lap 21, Deporter began to slow with problems as the caution waved once again. Tate led the field on the restart with Hansberry now right on his rear bumper. Hansberry quickly drove to the high side of Tate as the duo raced side by side for the lead. They flew past the white flag with nothing settled to begin the final lap. As they crossed the stripe to complete the race, it was Hansberry with a half car advantage to get the win. Tate settled for second followed by Wangsness, Tony Ciano and Selsing.
The second feature saw Ed Jackson take the initial lead on lap one until a caution slowed the pace. Jackson led the field back to green with Jake Biever in second.
On lap five, Biever drew even with Jackson while Josh Madell and Bobby Selsing raced for third behind them. One lap later, the leaders raced four wide off turn two. The result was a multi car melee down the back stretch that ended with Jackson and Wangsness paying the biggest price and forcing another yellow.
Racing restarted with Madell on the point and Hansberry already up to second. The two leaders began to separate themselves from the pack as Hansberry sized up Madell.
On lap nine, Hansberry got under Madell as they entered turn one. A lap later, Hansberry was out front alone and checking out on his way to the win. Madell finished second with Tony Ciano, Jay Kalbus and Jim Tate Jr. completing the top five.
Sun Prairie’s Joe Cross was awarded the win in the 20 lap International feature event.
Chris Jackson and Dillon Scott raced for control on lap one. Ashley Gottschalk joined the battle as they raced three wide on lap two for the top spot. Gottschalk got clear on lap three just before Scott got crossed up and spun to force the caution.
Gottschalk and Cross led the field back to green, this time with Cross gaining the advantage. Chris Gottschalk raced up to third and began to challenge his wife, Ashley, for the second position. But Chris began to fade giving second back to Ashley until the caution flew on lap 12.
Cross and Ashley Gottschalk led the field back to green with Cross once again taking the lead. Jamie Kohn fired up next to Gottschalk to steal second on lap 15. With two laps remaining, Kohn peeked to the low side of Cross looking to lead. Kohn drew even with Cross on the final lap.
As they raced to the checkers, it was Kohn with the very slight advantage. But following post-race inspection, Kohn was forced to vacate his finishing position, handing the win to Cross. Noah Pankow was second followed by Ashley Gottschalk, Josh Marx and Neil Higgins.
In Hobby Stock action, it was Jared Vike from Sussex who led every lap and held off a challenge to get the win in the 25 lap feature.
Vike led lap one from the pole as the field began to stack up behind him. This forced the sole caution of the race. Vike led the field back to green with Lucas Buckingham in second.
Meanwhile, AJ Lloyd was charging his way through the field and into the top five by lap six. Lloyd got himself to third by lap seven as he went to work on Buckingham for second. Lloyd drove to the high side of Buckingham, taking away the second position on lap nine.
Lloyd began reeling in Vike at the front, catching the leader and beginning to search for a way by. Lloyd made several attempts to get a good run, but Vike fended off his challenge each time.
At the checkers, it was Vike for the win with Lloyd settling for a close second. Chester Williams came home in third followed by Buckingham and Bud Riedner.
Fort Atkinson’s Tyler Deporter captured the 20 lap Bandit feature event.
Barrett Hummelmaier took the early lead on lap one with Josh Lenz up to second. On lap four, the duo made contact allowing Deporter to fire past into the lead.
Lenz tried to come back strong on the low side, but Deporter moved out into control. Chad Olds raced his way up to second as he tried to close in on Deporter. But Deporter was already on his way to the checkers to get the win. Olds was second followed by Jeremy Bredeson, Lenz and DJ Hill.
West Bend’s Aaron Moyer grabbed another win in the 20 lap Legends feature event. David McCalla took the lead on lap one with Mark Ritger in second.
At the halfway point of the race, Moyer dove under the leader, grabbing control of the top spot on lap 11. But Fox-Rhode used the crossover move to get back past Moyer a lap later. Not to be outdone, Moyer used the same crossover move to retake possession of the lead, this time for good.
Moyer flew to the checkers while Fox-Rhode held off Riley Stenjem to finish in second. Rounding out the top five were Max McNamara and Schwanbeck.
Next Saturday, July 15, is O’Reilly Auto Parts night as well as the Toys for Tots event. Bring a new toy or game to donate and receive vouchers for Jefferson Speedway concessions. Jefferson Speedway is located halfway between Jefferson and Cambridge on Hwy. 18. Please visit jeffersonspeedway.com for more information.