Oregon, WI- Defending champion Jeremy Miller won for the second time in 2010 in the Rockweiler Insulation Late Models by taking top honors in the Construction Labor Management 40 in front of a great crowd on a perfect night for racing at Madison International Speedway. Miller was not the only driver to return to victory lane as Bobby Wilberg (Ho Chunk Gaming Area Sportsman), Don Fassett (Club LaMark Hobby Stocks), Chester Ace (Roto Rooter Bandits), and Max McNamara (Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends) also picked up wins. Craig Jarvis won the Faster Pastor race.
Miller Holds Off Wilberg for Late Model Win
Jeremy Miller didn’t mind starting on the outside on a double file restart as he used it to his advantage to take the lead on lap 27 and hold off Bobby Wilberg to pick up his second feature win of the season. Following a fourteen car invert, the twenty-five car field was led to the green flag by Steve Rubeck and Kevin Knuese. Rubeck would show the most speed early on as he took the lead coming out of turn two with Scott Broughton moving by Knuese for second place.
Rubeck would continue to lead with Broughton and Knuese in tow as the three put some distance between themselves and the fourth and fifth place cars of Tyler Kelley and Miller. Broughton would begin closing the gap on lap 10 and would move to the
inside of Rubeck coming down the backstretch on lap 13 and take over the lead coming out of turn 3. Broughton would continue his leading ways until the caution flag came out for a spin on lap 18. The green flag would wave shortly thereafter with Miller able to work his way up to second before Dan Lensing made heavy contact with the outside wall in turn three on lap 19. Lensing would be ok, but his car would need the help of the flatbed to get back to the pit area.
After the restart Miller would try to get to the inside of Broughton on the backstretch but would be unsuccessful for the time being. Ryan Goldade and Wilberg would each move past Rubeck on lap 23 for third and fourth place respectively before the caution flag and eventually red flag would come out once more for an accident in turn four involving Cliff Rucks and Don Wickstrum.
Now it was time for another double file restart with Broughton on the inside and Miller on the outside. This time it would be Miller getting past Broughton coming out of turn two followed by Goldade and Wilberg. But things would only get worse for Broughton as he and John Baumeister Jr. would get together on lap 29 bringing out the caution and sending both drivers to the rear of the field. Miller would continue his lead following the restart with Wilberg following closely in second ahead of Goldade, Kelley, and Chad Wood. Even though it appeared that Wilberg might have enough to get by Miller, forty laps would not be enough as Miller held him off for the win. “I am happy for this win,” said Miller. Wood set fast time with a lap of 18.975 with Rucks, Broughton, and Knuese earning heat wins. Jeremy Miller leads the points race with a 383-355 advantage over Chad Wood. Bobby Wilberg is in third place with 351.
Rockweiler Insulation Late Models
Wilberg Runs Away With Area Sportsman Checkered Flag Bobby Wilberg picked up his third feature win of the season by winning the 15 lap feature. Tommy Wutke and Russ Nicholson brought the seven car field to the green flag and it would be Wutke who would show the most speed early on as he quickly got out front. On lap 3 Mike Taylor would move to the low side of the track coming out of turn two to take over the top spot with Wilberg right behind him. Taylor would only be able to hold off the hard charging Wilberg for another lap before surrendering the lead coming out of turn 3.
From this point on all it was all Wilberg who would build a solid advantage over the field. Taylor and Stephen Scheel would fight it out for second place with Scheel getting by on lap 6. But tonight nobody would catch Wilberg as the current point leader cruised to victory followed by Scheel, Taylor, Robert Hansberry, and Wutke. “This car has been real good. We were cruising tonight,” said Wilberg. Wilberg set fast time with a lap of 20.478 with the heat win going to Hansberry. Wilberg is the current points leader with a 468-411 advantage over Scheel. Taylor is in third with 401 points.
Ace Continues Dominance in Roto Rooter Bandits
Can anyone beat Chester Ace? For the fifth straight time he set fast time, started twelfth in the feature, and worked his way to the front by weaving his way through traffic to earn his way to victory lane. This time he had to hold off his brother in law Lee Haag for the win in the 23 lap feature held in memory of Kasey Baley of Madison (girlfriend of Bandits driver Joe Solem) who was killed in an automobile accident on June 11th. Rob Nuti and Darren Arndt led the fifteen car field to the green with the action
going three wide right from the start. Nuti would get a slight lead over Arndt and Haag before Haag would take the lead on lap 2 by getting by Nuti on the outside coming out of turn two.
Haag would quickly build a multi-car lead over the field, but the action behind him was very hot. On lap 6 Jon Coker would move up to second followed closely by Kyle Padfield, Nuti, and John Beale. By lap 7 Ace had broken into the top five as Haag continued to check away from the field. It looked like Haag had what it took to get to victory lane before the first caution flag of the night waved on lap 11 for a spin on the backstretch. Following the restart Haag would continue his lead with Padfield getting by Coker for second. On lap 12 Ace would work his way past Coker for third and three laps later overtake Padfield for second after running side by side for a lap.
On lap 16 Haag and Ace were side by side and would remain that way for the next four lap before Ace made his move to the outside coming into turn two to take over the lead. But Haag was not about to let this one go as he fought valiantly but came
up just short of breaking Ace’s stranglehold on the Bandit field. Rounding out the top five behind Ace and Haag would be Padfield, Coker, and John Beale. Ace made it another clean sweep by setting fast time with a circuit of 15.360 and getting a heat win. Other heat winners were Jo Rupp and Haag. Rupp also was the winner in the 12 lap Last Chance Race. Ace leads the points chase with 484 followed by Padfield at 425 and Haag in third with 343.
Fassett Wins a Close One in Club LaMark Hobby Stocks
Don Fassett won for the second time in 2010 in a very competitive 12 lap feature for the Hobby Stocks. Chad Knaus and Terry Ciano Jr. brought the field of six cars to the green flag with Knaus jumping out to the lead. After the first circuit Fassett would move to second followed by Todd Ambrose and Ciano Jr. By lap 4 Fassett had closed the gap and made his move for the lead coming into turn one and eventually taking over the point coming out of turn 2. But Knaus, Ambrose, and Ciano Jr. were not about to give it up for Fassett as the four battled it out the rest of the way. In the end Fassett would be able to hold off the field with the tight battle for second won by Knaus with Ciano Jr. edging Ambrose for third. “This is my second win and it’s definitely harder than the first one especially after Todd (Ambrose) set a new track record,” said Fassett. Ambrose was best in qualifying with a new track record lap of 21.434 with Knaus winning the heat race. The team of Brad Luck and Todd Ambrose have a 438-424 points lead over Fassett with Ciano Jr. in third with 398.
Mad Max is On a Roll in the Legends
“I’m finally back on a roll. This is two in a row,” said two-time defending track champion Max McNamara after winning the 20 lap feature for the Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends. Tony Moyer and Steve Narr would have the honors of bringing the fourteen car field to the green flag with Narr getting out to the early advantage before the car of Josh Kreyer made heavy contact with the inside wall in turn four sending a tire flying and the caution flag waving. Once the field was reset Moyer would regain the lead followed by Dave Terrafino and Andy Jones. Moyer would continue to show the way out front before Adam Rawski would prove to be too quick and capture the lead on lap 5 when he dropped to the inside. Meanwhile, McNamara was working his way up through the field and was quickly applying heavy pressure to Rawski. Despite the cones taking away the low side coming out of turn four, McNamara was able to find room inside Rawski to take over the lead on lap 7. McNamara would waste no time building his lead and working his way through lapped traffic on his march to victory lane. The competition behind McNamara was putting
on a great show too as Tommy Jones, who moved up to second when McNamara took the lead, would hold off Brandon Heisler to finish second. Rounding out the top five would be Andy Jones and Daniel Ivaska.
It was a clean sweep for McNamara who won a heat race and was fastest in qualifying with a lap of 14.179. Also winning one of the two heat races was Steve Narr who was declared the winner after a last lap caution. McNamara has a one point lead over Tommy Jones (439-438) in the points race while Andy Jones sits in third place with 413.
Jarvis is the Fastest Pastor
“This was fun,” said Craig Jarvis of Verona after winning the 10 lap Faster Pastor race. “I guess I learned how to do this by driving the beltline.” Jarvis is the pastor of the Memorial Baptist Church in Verona who was participating in his first race. After winning his heat race, Jarvis started in the back row of the six car field and like his heat race, went right to the start on the first lap and never looked back. Other competitors and their finishing order in the feature were Terry Erickson of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Brandon Courts of High Point Church, Steve Cook of Capital Chaplains, Todd Christopherson of MIS and Team Jesus Racing Ministry, and Rob Knight of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.
Heat winners were Jarvis and defending champion Cook.
Doug Van Essen of Crossroads Church, Mike Tess of Good Shepherd Lutheran, Mickey Best of Point of Grace Church, Shell Goar of Capital Chaplains, and Jorge Hernandez of Capital Chaplains also competed. A big thank you to Steve Cook for helping organize this event which raised over $2,200 for the Oregon / Brooklyn Food Pantry.
Racing continues at Madison International Speedway on Tuesday, June 29th when theASA Midwest Tour comes to Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile as part of the Swiss Colony All Star Challenge featuring Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart. Practice is from Noon
- 3:30 with qualifying at 4:00 and the first race set for 7:00. The 100 lap All Star Challenge is slated for 8:00 PM. The ASA Midwest Sportsman will also be appearing. Then on Friday, July 2nd it will be the Gordie Boucher Fireworks Extravaganza featuring
the area’s best fireworks display from ThunderCat Fireworks. Highlighting the racing action will be the Big 8 Late Model Series, ASA Midwest Trucks, Club LaMark Hobby Stocks, and International Four Cylinders. Pit gates open at 3:30 with hot laps at
4:45, qualifying at 6:15, and racing at 7:30. Special event pricing applies to this event.
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