CAMBRIDGE — As the days begin to grow longer and the temperature begin to rise, it can mean only one thing … racing season is upon us.
A new season of weekly racing intensity is getting ready to kick off at Wisconsin’s Action Track, Jefferson Speedway. The Serenity Concepts season opener is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, with a full field of drivers in six divisions. Here’s a look at what this season has in store for anyone looking for a great night of entertainment, thrills and spills.
Jefferson Speedway’s premier division, the Late Models, returns a stout field of drivers once again in 2019. Last season’s title chase came down to the final night of points before getting settled. When the dust cleared, it was Dale Nottestad of Cambridge picking up his unprecedented fifth Late Model championship. Nottestad is the first competitor to capture that many crowns in the Late Model ranks in all the years the Speedway has been in operation.
Nottestad will be back to attempt adding to his legacy with a sixth championship. Standing in his way … a slew of pilots hungry for some gold of their own. Last season’s runner up, Michael Grueneberg of Wisconsin Dells, is as motivated as ever to notch his first championship after coming up just short in 2018. Lake Mills brothers, Shaun and Stephen Scheel, are back as they continue to strive for Late Model glory at the tricky quarter mile.
Four-time champion, Jason Erickson of Fort Atkinson, is looking to place his brand-new machine in victory lane once again in his quest to add his name to the Five Championship Club alongside Nottestad. And don’t forget other top drivers like Riley Stenjem, Dylan Schuyler and so many more.
The Sportsman division will once again captivate the fans with close, intense racing every time they hit the racing surface. Some familiar faces return to compete for the title along with a couple new faces added into the mix. Jay Kalbus and Steven Sauer return to Jefferson Speedway this season along with rookie and former three-time International champion, Mike Lambert.
Throw those top names in the mix with former champions Jason Thoma, Mark Deporter and Randy Breunig along with perennial contenders such as Dan Harris, Jim Taylor, Chris Jones and more.
The Hobby Stock class provides some of the best racing each week they pull into the Speedway. This season will be no different as a stacked field of drivers once again plan to compete on Wisconsin’s Action Track.
The list of favorites is a long one making the chances of a season long battle in the standings highly likely.
Watertown’s Scott Hoeft returns to defend his 2018 International championship.
As with the Late Models, the battle to crown last season’s champ came down to the final race of the season. Drivers such as multi-time champ, Mark English and others will be nipping at the heels of Hoeft in an effort to unseat the reigning title holder.
Road Warrior, Bandits, Legends and Bandoleros
The Road Warriors and Bandits will round out the field on opening night with the Legends and Bandoleros once again joining the weekly rotation of divisions in 2019.
Time trials get underway at 5 p.m. with the first green flag of the season at 7 p.m. sharp.
Jefferson Speedway is located halfway between Jefferson and Cambridge on Highway 18.
Visit jeffersonspeedway.com for more information.