Eight Different Drivers Win Features at Madison

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Wilberg and Panitzke Take Home Late Model Wins

It was hot. It was humid. It was double features. And once again it was a great night of racing at Madison as a talented field of drivers in four divisions put on an exciting show for the fans on Fink’s Paving Kids’ Night.

When the final checkered flag waved after eight feature races, a total of eight different drivers picked up victories. Bobby Wilberg and Nick Panitzke (NASCAR Late Models), Dave Edwards and Rick Coppernoll (Dave’s White Rock MISfitz), Josh Rusch and Jeremy Bredeson (Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits), and Laney Osborne and Alex Hartwig (Bandoleros) all went home winners.

A special thanks to Kyle Taylor of Taylored Construction for his sponsorship and additional purse money.

Bobby Wilberg and Nick Panitzke Take Home Late Model Wins

Starting outside of the fourth row, Bobby Wilberg raced his way to the front and picked up his second win of the 2019 season in the NASCAR Late Models. He is the first driver to win two features this season in the division.

Brian Beale and Shane Morrissey led the nineteen car field to the green flag. Morrissey took a slight advantage from the outside after the first lap. On lap 3 Morrissey had built his lead to five car lengths over Beale and Pat Richgels.

On lap 5 John Baumeister Jr. moved to the inside of Richgels for third while Stephen and Shaun Scheel were battling it out for fifth. Two laps later the caution flag came out when the car of Colton Morgan made heavy contact with the turn one wall. Due to the clean up time required, the cars were sent to the pits and the Bandit feature brought out.

After the delay, Morrissey paced the field back to green and continued his lead followed by Beale, Baumeister Jr., Richgels, and Bobby Wilberg. On lap 9 Wilberg charged his way to fourth. On lap 12 Beale moved to the inside of Morrissey for the lead and were quickly joined by Baumeister Jr. and Wilberg.

Morrissey continued to lead from the outside while Beale and Wilberg were fighting it out for second. On lap 15 the top three were three wide with Wilberg, who was making the outside line work for him, coming out on top for the lead while Morrissey dropped three positions. On lap 18 Baumeister Jr. moved into second followed by Shaun Scheel. Baumeister Jr. was able to close the gap to two car lengths with one to go, but wasn’t going to have enough time to catch Wilberg. Baumeister Jr., Shaun Scheel, Beale, and Dale Nottestad rounded out the top five.

“I knew this car was going to be good on the outside. Everyone’s fighting for the bottom right now,” said Wilberg.

Nick Panitzke made his trip from Minnesota well worth it as he picked up the win in the second feature for the NASCAR Late Models.

In the second 25 lap feature, Pat Richgels jumped out to the early lead over Rusty Hansen with Zack Riddle up to second on lap 2. On lap 5 Riddle powered his way to the inside of Richgels to take the top spot as the top six broke away from the pack. On lap 7 Hansen muscled his way past Richgels for second with Shane Morrissey, Nick Panitzke, and Jacob Goede in the top five.

With ten laps in the books, Riddle’s lead over Hansen was five car lengths as the two pulled away from the field as Morrissey and Panitzke were fighting for third. On lap 13 Panitzke got past Morrissey for third shortly before a spin back in the pack brought out the caution flag.

Riddle chose the inside while Hansen took the outside for the restart with Panitzke and Goede comprising the second row. The race would not stay green for long as Hansen spun coming out of turn four bringing out the caution. Fortunately, the field was able to avoid the spinning Hansen.

Once again Riddle would line up on the inside with Panitzke taking the outside. The two raced side by side for two laps before Riddle gained the advantage. Goede joined the leaders as the top three broke from the pack. On lap 17 Panitzke moved to the inside of Riddle to take the lead and opened up a three car length lead over Goede and Riddle with Wilberg and Morrissey completing the top five.

With four laps to go Goede cleared Riddle for second while Wilberg tried to take third from Riddle. With two laps to go Wilberg passed Riddle for third, but out front Panitzke was cruising his way to the win and a trip to victory lane. Rounding out the top five were Goede, Wilberg, Riddle, and Shaun Scheel.

“I thought it was a really clean race. This is a really tough group of guys here,” said Panitzke. “I love Madison Speedway and look forward to coming back.”

Fast time was set by Nick Panitzke with a trip of 18.720 (96.154 mph). Bobby Wilberg won the Dash.

Dave Edwards and Rick Coppernoll Pick Up MISfitz Checkered Flags

Dave Edwards won the first 20 lap feature for the Dave’s White Rock MISfitz.

Steve Anderson and Mike Taylor paced the eleven car field to the green flag in the first fifteen lap feature. Taylor took the early advantage with Robert Hansberry Jr. up to second. On lap 3 Dave Edwards pulled alongside Anderson for third. On lap 6 Edwards pulled to the outside of Taylor to take the lead with Rick Coppernoll moving outside of Taylor for second.

On lap 9 Ray Hellenbrand was up to challenge Coppernoll for second as the two were only a car length behind the leader Edwards. With two to go the two modifieds were out front racing for the lead with Edwards on the outside and Coppernoll on the inside. Coming out of turn four on the final the two were even with Edwards picking up the win by 0.061 seconds. Ray Hellenbrand finished third followed by Anderson and Gary Hellenbrand.

“Our strategy is to run the high side so we don’t break out,” said Edwards.

Rick Coppernoll came out on top of the second 15 lap feature for the Dave’s White Rock MISfitz.

Mike Taylor and Robert Hansberry Jr. paced the field to the green flag with Hansberry Jr. jumping out to the lead. Rick Coppernoll and Steve Anderson wasted no time moving up to second and third.

On lap 4 Coppernoll worked his way to the inside of Hansberry Jr. while coming out of turn two. Hansberry Jr. was able to maintain his lead while Dave Edwards was fighting it out for second with Coppernoll.

Coppernoll took the lead coming out of turn three on lap 7 just prior to the caution flag coming out for a front stretch spin.

Coppernoll and Edwards comprised the front row for the restart with Coppernoll gaining the advantage. Ray Hellenbrand moved up to third still five car lengths behind the leaders.

With three laps to go Coppernoll and Edwards were side by side at the line with Coppernoll regaining the lead with one lap to go. Coppernoll was able to hold off Edwards for the win with Ray Hellenbrand, Gary Hellenbrand and Hansberry Jr.

“The key is not to break out,” said Coppernoll from victory lane.

Ray Hellenbrand set fast time as well as a new track record with a lap of 20.011 (89.951 mph). The Dash was won by Dave Edwards.

Josh Rusch and Jeremy Bredeson are Bandit Winners

In his first appearance of the 2019 season, Josh Rusch won the first twelve lap feature for the Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits.

Ross Lamont and Dave Lembke brought the field to the green flag with Lembke leading the first lap before being passed by Josh Rusch on lap 2. As the leaders drifted up the track, Brandon Junget raced to the inside to take second on lap 5 with Ronnie Osborne up to third.

Out front Rusch was opening a sizeable lead over the field as Junget and Osborne were racing side by side for second. With sparks coming out of the back of his car due to a flat tire, Rusch was able to hold on to pick up his first-ever Madison win.

“It feels good. This is only my second time ever here,” said Rusch.

Jeremy Bredeson won the second 20 lap feature for the Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits. It was his second win in as many weeks and his third of the season.

Dave Lembke and Jeremy Bredeson ushered the field to the green flag in the second 20 lap feature for the Bandits. Bredeson jumped out to a multi-car length advantage over the field with Ronnie Osborne and Nick Schmidt up to second and third by lap 2.

On lap 7 Bredeson’s lead was down to a single car length over Osborne and two lengths over Nick Schmidt. But Bredeson rebuilt his lead and with seven laps to go it was up to four car lengths and growing as the best race on the track was for second where Schmidt held off Osborne as Bredeson comfortably raced to victory lane.

“I enjoy coming out here and having fun,” said Bredeson.

Ronnie Osborne was quickest in qualifying with a lap of 15.043 (59.828 mph). Brandon Junget won the Dash.

Laney Osborne and Alex Hartwig Best of the Bandoleros

Laney Osborne won the first twelve lap feature for the Bandoleros.

Avery Linnerud and Tucker Bodendorfer brought the seventeen car field to the green flag in the first feature. Laney Osborne jumped out to the lead followed closely by Anna Price. On the move was Michael Guderski and Carter Nilson who jumped up to third and fourth. Nilson passed Guderski for third on lap 3.

Osborne quickly caught the tail end of the field and worked her way through traffic. Nilson moved up to second followed by Alex Hartwig. Osborne’s lead was 10 car lengths with five laps and she made sure nobody was going to catch her as she picked up the win. Nilson and Hartwig finished second and third followed by Guderski and Jevin Guralski.

It was Osborne’s first ever feature win in the Bandoleros.

Alex Hartwig won the second twelve lap feature. It was his second win of the season at Madison.

In the second feature, Chase Wangsness and Avery Linnerud brought the field to the green flag. Robbie Rucks took the lead after one lap with Jevin Guralski and Carter Nilson up to second and third. On lap 4 Nilson took the lead followed closely by Guralski.

On lap 7 Guralski was able to use lapped traffic to work by Nilson for the lead. Up to challenge Guralski on lap 8 was Alex Hartwig who took the lead and opened up a ten car length lead over Guralski and Nilson and never looked back on his way to victory lane. Guralski, Nilson, Michael Guderski, and Rucks completed the top five.

Hartwig set fast time with a lap of 14.839 (60.651 mph)

Next Friday night it’s Toys for Tots Christmas in July at Madison International Speedway with adult admission just $5.00 with the donation of a new toy. Highlighting the racing program will be the Midwest Truck Series who will be back for their second visit of the 2019 season. Also in action will be the Roto Rooter 6Shooters, the Hobby Stocks, Illini Midgets, and the first ever event for the 602 Late Models.


NASCAR Late Models
A Feature 1 25 laps
1. 28W-Bobby Wilberg, [8]; 2. 19B-John Baumeister, [4]; 3. 8S-Shaun Scheel, [7]; 4. 18B-Brian Beale, [1]; 5. 51N-Dale Nottestad, [9]; 6. 72G-Jacob Goede, [10]; 7. 4S-Stephen Scheel, [5]; 8. 21M-Shane Morrissey, [2]; 9. 22P-Nick Panitzke, [11]; 10. 14R-Zack Riddle, [12]; 11. 7H-Rusty Hansen, [6]; 12. 15R-Pat Richgels, [3]; 13. 38W-Jeff Watters, [14]; 14. 37R-Seth Reamer, [13]; 15. 97S-Kyle Smith, [16]; 16. 14T-Kyle Taylor, [15]; 17. 79P-Craig Phillips, [19]; 18. 99D-Hunter Drefahl, [18]; 19. 39M-Colton Morgan, [17] A Feature 2 25 laps
1. 22P-Nick Panitzke, [4]; 2. 72G-Jacob Goede, [7]; 3. 28W-Bobby Wilberg, [12]; 4. 14R-Zack Riddle, [3]; 5. 8S-Shaun Scheel, [10]; 6. 19B-John Baumeister, [11]; 7. 21M-Shane Morrissey, [5]; 8. 51N-Dale Nottestad, [8]; 9. 4S-Stephen Scheel, [6]; 10. 15R-Pat Richgels, [1]; 11. 18B-Brian Beale, [9]; 12. 38W-Jeff Watters, [13]; 13. 7H-Rusty Hansen, [2]; 14. 37R-Seth Reamer, [14]; 15. 97S-Kyle Smith, [15]; 16. 79P-Craig Phillips, [17]; 17. 14T-Kyle Taylor, [16]; 18. 99D-Hunter Drefahl, [18] Dash
1. 28W-Bobby Wilberg, [2]; 2. 51N-Dale Nottestad, [3]; 3. 14R-Zack Riddle, [1]; 4. 72G-Jacob Goede, [4]; 5. 8S-Shaun Scheel, [5]; 6. 22P-Nick Panitzke, [6] Qualifying
1. 22P-Nick Panitzke, [13]; 2. 72G-Jacob Goede, [1]; 3. 51N-Dale Nottestad, [18]; 4. 28W-Bobby Wilberg, [14]; 5. 14R-Zack Riddle, [7]; 6. 8S-Shaun Scheel, [6]; 7. 7H-Rusty Hansen, [5]; 8. 4S-Stephen Scheel, [4]; 9. 19B-John Baumeister, [11]; 10. 15R-Pat Richgels, [9]; 11. 21M-Shane Morrissey, [12]; 12. 18B-Brian Beale, [10]; 13. 37R-Seth Reamer, [15]; 14. 38W-Jeff Watters, [16]; 15. 14T-Kyle Taylor, [8]; 16. 97S-Kyle Smith, [2]; 17. 39M-Colton Morgan, [17]; 18. 99D-Hunter Drefahl, [3]

NASCAR Dave’s White Rock MISfitz
A Feature 1 15 laps
1. 5E-Dave Edwards, [7]; 2. 7C-Rick Coppernoll, [10]; 3. 78H-Ray Hellenbrand, [8]; 4. 1A-Steve Anderson, [2]; 5. 45H-Gary Hellenbrand, [6]; 6. 95H-Robert Hansberry, [5]; 7. 4T-Mike Taylor, [3]; 8. 33H-Bryan Hellenbrand, [4]; 9. 84W-Tim Wondrash, [9]; 10. 10P-Merek Pankow, [11]; 11. 31W-Chris Wangrow, [1] A Feature 2 15 laps
1. 7C-Rick Coppernoll, [6]; 2. 5E-Dave Edwards, [7]; 3. 78H-Ray Hellenbrand, [5]; 4. 45H-Gary Hellenbrand, [3]; 5. 95H-Robert Hansberry, [2]; 6. 33H-Bryan Hellenbrand, [8]; 7. 1A-Steve Anderson, [4]; 8. 10P-Merek Pankow, [10]; 9. 84W-Tim Wondrash, [9]; 10. 4T-Mike Taylor, [1]; 11. 31W-Chris Wangrow, [11] Dash
1. 5E-Dave Edwards, [4]; 2. 95H-Robert Hansberry, [2]; 3. 45H-Gary Hellenbrand, [3]; 4. 4T-Mike Taylor, [5]; 5. 33H-Bryan Hellenbrand, [1]; 6. 78H-Ray Hellenbrand, [6] Qualifying
1. 78H-Ray Hellenbrand, [1]; 2. 5E-Dave Edwards, [5]; 3. 45H-Gary Hellenbrand, [10]; 4. 95H-Robert Hansberry, [2]; 5. 33H-Bryan Hellenbrand, [9]; 6. 4T-Mike Taylor, [4]; 7. 1A-Steve Anderson, [3]; 8. 31W-Chris Wangrow, [8]; 9. 84W-Tim Wondrash, [11]; 10. 7C-Rick Coppernoll, [6]; (DNS) 10P-Merek Pankow,

NASCAR Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits
A Feature 1 20 laps
1. 92R-Josh Rusch, [4]; 2. 11J-Brandon Junget, [3]; 3. 19O-Ronnie Osborne, [7]; 4. 09S-Nick Schmidt, [5]; 5. 7B-Jeremy Bredeson, [6]; 6. 06L-Dave Lembke, [2]; 7. 12L-Ross Lamont, [1]; 8. 15K-Matthew Karr, [8] A Feature 2 20 laps
1. 7B-Jeremy Bredeson, [2]; 2. 09S-Nick Schmidt, [3]; 3. 19O-Ronnie Osborne, [4]; 4. 11J-Brandon Junget, [5]; 5. 92R-Josh Rusch, [6]; 6. 06L-Dave Lembke, [1]; 7. 12L-Ross Lamont, [7] Dash
1. 11J-Brandon Junget, [1]; 2. 09S-Nick Schmidt, [3]; 3. 19O-Ronnie Osborne, [5]; 4. 7B-Jeremy Bredeson, [4]; 5. 92R-Josh Rusch, [2]; 6. 06L-Dave Lembke, [6] Qualifying
1. 19O-Ronnie Osborne, [6]; 2. 7B-Jeremy Bredeson, [2]; 3. 09S-Nick Schmidt, [3]; 4. 92R-Josh Rusch, [1]; 5. 11J-Brandon Junget, [4]; 6. 06L-Dave Lembke, [7]; 7. 12L-Ross Lamont, [5] 7/20/2019 7:10AM CST
A Feature 1 12 laps
1. 3O-Laney Osborne, [4]; 2. 4N-Carter Nilson, [9]; 3. 901H-Alex Hartwig, [10]; 4. 90G-Michael Guderski, [8]; 5. 20G-Jevin Guralski, [5]; 6. 92S-Karter Stark, [7]; 7. 5R-Robbie Rucks, [18]; 8. 88H-Cohen Henze, [13]; 9. 52L-Avery Linnerud, [1]; 10. 8W-Chase Wangsness, [14]; 11. 05B-Tucker Bodendorfer, [2]; 12. 78M-Tyler Muller, [3]; 13. 11W-Kaeden Wangsness, [11]; 14. 17B-Keagen Benz, [12]; 15. 64PM-Anna Price, [6]; 16. 5B-Paxton Benz, [17]; 17. 64B-Cooper Bodendorfer, [16]; 18. 9M-Collin Murphy, [15] A Feature 2 12 laps
1. 901H-Alex Hartwig, [8]; 2. 20G-Jevin Guralski, [6]; 3. 4N-Carter Nilson, [9]; 4. 90G-Michael Guderski, [7]; 5. 5R-Robbie Rucks, [4]; 6. 3O-Laney Osborne, [10]; 7. 92S-Karter Stark, [5]; 8. 64PM-Anna Price, [15]; 9. 05B-Tucker Bodendorfer, [11]; 10. 88H-Cohen Henze, [3]; 11. 8W-Chase Wangsness, [1]; 12. 52L-Avery Linnerud, [2]; 13. 78M-Tyler Muller, [12]; 14. 11W-Kaeden Wangsness, [13]; 15. 17B-Keagen Benz, [14]; 16. 64B-Cooper Bodendorfer, [17]; 17. 5B-Paxton Benz, [16]; 18. 9M-Collin Murphy, [18] Qualifying
1. 901H-Alex Hartwig, [5]; 2. 4N-Carter Nilson, [7]; 3. 90G-Michael Guderski, [17]; 4. 92S-Karter Stark, [4]; 5. 64PM-Anna Price, [2]; 6. 20G-Jevin Guralski, [15]; 7. 3O-Laney Osborne, [6]; 8. 78M-Tyler Muller, [18]; 9. 05B-Tucker Bodendorfer, [8]; 10. 52L-Avery Linnerud, [16]; 11. 11W-Kaeden Wangsness, [13]; 12. 17B-Keagen Benz, [14]; 13. 88H-Cohen Henze, [3]; 14. 8W-Chase Wangsness, [11]; 15. 9M-Collin Murphy, [12]; 16. 64B-Cooper Bodendorfer, [1]; 17. 5B-Paxton Benz, [9]; 18. 5R-Robbie Rucks, [10]