As the 2019 season hits the home stretch, the battles in the standings are as hot as ever. This holds true in the Late Model division as no fewer than five pilots still hope to stake a claim for the championship. One of those drivers is Kody Hubred of Deerfield. Hubred placed his name atop the list of feature winners in 2019 after hanging on to secure the win in the Associated Bank 50 lap main event on Saturday night. With his victory, Hubred becomes the only driver to accumulate 4 feature wins on the season, with only three more nights of point racing left.
David Malisch and Jerry Eckhardt paced the field to green with Eckhardt firing into the lead on lap one. Lap two saw Luke Westenberg move up to second behind Eckhardt with Kody Hubred in tow for third. On lap six, Hubred got under Westenberg, taking away the runner up spot a lap later. Jason Erickson followed under Westenberg. On lap nine, Hubred dove under the leader, drawing even with Eckhardt as they raced off turn two. A lap later, Hubred was out front and pulling away. Meanwhile, Erickson got by Westenberg for third on lap 11 and quickly moved up alongside Eckhardt. By lap 19, Erickson was alone in second and looking to close the gap on Hubred. Lap after lap, Erickson chipped away slowly at Hubred advantage. Finally, with only seven laps remaining, Erickson drew in behind the leader, looking to make a pass. On lap 44, Erickson peeked under Hubred as they entered turn three. Hubred held off that attempt, returning to the point alone. Erickson regrouped his effort as the laps ticked away. On lap 48, Erickson made one last attempt to get out front. He stuck his nose under Hubred as they flew off turn two and down the backstretch. Erickson drew even with the leader as they raced through turns three and four and headed toward the white flag. They remained wheel to wheel over the final circuit, with neither driver willing to give an inch. As they approached the stripe for the final time, it was Hubred owning the advantage by inches to secure the win by a margin of .025 seconds. Erickson was forced to settle for second with Michael Grueneberg, Casey Johnson and Shaun Scheel rounding out the top five.
Mark Deporter of Fort Atkinson powered his way to the front of the 30 lap Sportsman feature en route to picking up the win and extending his lead in the point standings. Jake Biever grabbed the early lead on lap one with Mike Lambert and Steven Sauer side by side for second behind him. After an early caution on lap six, Biever led the pack back to green with Sauer in his rear view mirror. Sauer immediately began to challenge for the top spot on the restart, looking under Biever. On lap nine, Sauer drew even with Biever, eventually stealing the lead for himself on lap 11. Jason Thoma moved up to challenge Biever next, but another yellow on lap 14 slowed his efforts. As racing resumed, Thoma once again began to apply pressure to Biever for second while Deporter closed in on the duo. As Thoma and Biever battled for second, Deporter joined the fight, diving low down the backstretch and making it a three wide race for second. Deporter and Biever emerged on lap 22, with Deporter claiming the spot a lap later. Three cautions slowed the action within the final seven laps of the race. After the first, Deporter shot to the high side of Sauer as they entered turn three. The second yellow on lap 24 ended the battle for the lead, with Deporter owning the advantage and restarting out front. Deporter hung on in the closing laps to collect the win with Sauer coming home in second. Biever was third followed by Thoma and Chris Jones.
Beloit’s Jimmy Robinson hung on to pick up the win in the 25 lap Hobby Stock feature event. Robinson and Chuck Egli led the field to green with Robinson leading lap one by a nose. Robinson cleared for the top spot on lap two with Nick Bruley moving up to challenge Egli for second a couple laps later. On lap seven, slight contact with Egli led to Bruley sliding through turns one and two. Bruley emerged on the backstretch in sole possession of second just before the caution waved on lap eight. Chester Williams moved up to third on the restart as the top three began to separate themselves from the rest of the field. As the laps wound to a close, Bruley made his move on the leader. The pair of competitors made contact entering turn one on the final lap. They continued to trade paint down the backstretch and through the final turns. As they came to the checkers, it was Robinson with the advantage to secure the win and Bruley finishing in second. Williams was third followed by Kolton Guralski and Brandon Riedner.
Fort Atkinson’s Chris Gottschalk got the win in the 15 lap Road Warrior feature event. RJ Nicholson lead lap one from the pole with Bill Reynolds up to second. Reynolds moved by Nicholson on lap three with Jasper Gronert trying to follow. The caution waved on lap five when Gronert spun in turns one and two. That placed Reynolds and Gottschalk on the front row for the restart with ten laps to go. As racing resumed, Reynolds moved out front briefly with Gottschalk not going away. On lap six, Gottschalk drove under Reynolds with Jordan Lamb joining the battle as well. Gottschalk and Reynolds emerged side by side with Gottschalk taking over the top spot on lap eight. Lamb moved up to challenge Reynolds for second a lap later, taking the position for himself on lap nine. But Gottschalk cruised to the checkers from there to secure the with Lamb, Reynolds, Bill Sweeney and Mark Dewey rounding out the top five.
Legends point leader, Aaron Moyer of West Bend, extending his lead in the standings after winning the 30 lap INEX Regional Qualifying feature event. Alex Braseth moved out front at the drop of the green flag with Dillon Schwanbeck moving into second on lap two. Schwanbeck quickly began to pressure the early leader, with Braseth keeping Schwanbeck at bay until the yellow waved on lap four. The duo led the field back to green, this time with Schwanbeck sliding into the lead. Meanwhile, Moyer was slicing his way toward the front, moving up to third and beginning to challenge Braseth for second on lap eight. Moyer slipped into second on lap nine and charged under Schwanbeck a lap later. Moyer cleared for the lead as they raced through turns three and four and drove away to grab the win. Schwanbeck was second followed by Alex Braseth, Ryan Braseth and Frank Beutel.
Alex Hartwig of Portage hung on to pick up the win in the INEX Regional Qualifier 20 lap feature event for the Bandoleros. Tucker Bodendorfer led lap one from the outside of the front row with Hartwig already up to second on lap two. Karter Stark followed into third as Hartwig quickly went to work on the early leader, Bodendorfer. Hartwig secured the point on lap four with Stark in his tracks for second and Jevin Guralski up to third. Guralski slipped by Stark for second on lap eight just before the sole caution of the event slowed the pace on lap nine. Hartwig and Guralski led the pack back to green with Hartwig regaining possession of the lead on the restart. Lap after lap, Guralski tried to dive under the leader through the corners. Each time, Hartwig used his momentum to stay out front as Guralski tucked in behind him on he straightaways. On lap 17, Guralski used a slide job to move ahead of Hartwig, but Hartwig used the crossover move to regain the point. Guralski tried the same move on final time as the raced toward the white flag. Once again, Hartwig used the crossover move to on the final lap to get his machine back out front and charge to the checkers to grab the win. Guralski settled for second followed by Stark, Michael Guderski and Logan Taylor.
This Saturday, Aug. 24, 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.