John Baumeister Jr. Wins Season Opener at Madison

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Hellenbrand and Grancorvitz Also Pick Up Wins

John Baumeister Jr. got his season off to a great start by winning the 30 lap feature for the NASCAR Late Models as part of the Whelen All American Season Opener. Gary Hellenbrand (MISfitz) and Randy Grancorvitz (6Shooters) also took home checkered flags. The Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits feature was rained out and will be made up on May 31st.

Baumeister Jr. Best of the Late Models

John Baumeister Jr. took the lead with seven laps to go just before the rains hit the track ending the Late Model feature.

Rusty Hansen and Brent Edmunds led the field to the green flag with Edmunds grabbing the top spot followed by Hansen, Zack Riddle, Jon Reynolds Jr., and John Baumeister Jr. Back in the pack a spirited battle was taking place between Bobby Wilberg and Dale Nottestad.

Out front the top five were distancing themselves from the sixth place car of Wilberg. On lap 11 Hansen looked to the inside of Edmunds going into turn three and eventually took the top spot coming out of turn two on lap 12. Meanwhile both Wilberg and Nottestad had caught the top five. At the halfway mark Hansen was stepping away out front with a six car length lead over Edmunds. Hansen’s lead was nearly ten car lengths with ten laps to go before the caution flag came out when Zack Riddle spun on the backstretch. As a result, both Riddle and Edmunds would go to the tail of the field.

For the restart the cone came out with Hansen choosing the inside and Reynolds Jr. the outside with Baumeister Jr. and Nottestad lining up in the second row. Hansen and Reynolds Jr. would stay doubled up with Baumeister Jr. up to join the mix. With seven laps to go Baumeister Jr. powered his way past Hansen after several attempts to take the lead followed by Wilberg and Nottestad. One lap later Hansen spun coming out of turn four bringing out the race’s second caution.

Baumeister Jr. chose the inside with Nottestad lining up outside followed by Wilberg and Jerry Mueller. The caution flag quickly came out when Stephen Scheel slowed on the backstretch. At this time strong storms closed in on the track bringing the race to an end and giving the victory to Baumeister Jr. Wilberg, Nottestad, Mueller, and Reynolds Jr. rounded out the top five.

Dale Nottestad was quickest in qualifying with a lap of 18.598 (96.785 mph). Heat races were won by Zack Riddle and Bobby Wilberg.

Gary Hellenbrand Wins First Ever MISfitz Feature

Gary Hellenbrand took the lead with four laps to go and hung on to win the 20 lap feature for the Dave’s White Rock MISfitz. It was the debut of the new division at Madison.

Rick Coppernoll and Bryan Hellenbrand brought the field to the green flag with Coppernoll quickly jumping out to the point. Scott Riedner, Bobby Frisch, and Dave Edwards were up to join the leader. On lap 3 Frisch worked his way past Coppernoll to take the lead with Riedner overtaking Coppernoll one lap later. On lap 9 the car of Coppernoll slowed on the backstretch bringing out the caution flag.

Frisch continued to lead on the restart followed by Riedner and Edwards as the trio closed in on the twenty second mark. With eight laps to go both Frisch and Riedner went under the breakout time for the first time and were both black flagged one lap later when they did it again giving the lead to Edwards.

With four laps to go Gary Hellenbrand pulled to the inside of Edwards to take the lead. Hellenbrand would hold off Edwards to pick up the win followed by Edwards, Ray Hellenbrand, Mike Taylor, and Brian Hellenbrand.

Fast time was set by Ray Hellenbrand with a trip of 20.122 (89.454 mph). Bobby Frisch won the eight lap heat race.

Bandits Feature Rained Out

Due to a weather system that was approaching the speedway, the Bandits feature was postponed until May 31st when the division will run double features.

Brandon Junget set his first-ever fast time at Madison with a lap of 14.746 (61.03 mph). Winners in the heat race were Steve Dickson and Dave Schmidt.

First Win at Madison for Grancorvitz

Randy Grancorvitz won the 15 lap feature for the Roto Rooter 6Shooter feature.

A dozen cars took the green flag for the Roto Rooter 6Shooter feature with Grancorvitz and Sean Worman pacing the field. The pair ran side by side for the first five laps which allowed Chad Niday and Steve Buna to join the front pack. Grancorvitz continued to hold a slight advantage our front with Worman and Niday side by side for second. With three laps to go Buna moved up to third as Grancorvitz increased his lead to two car lengths. But this race belonged to Grancorvitz who picked up his first-ever win at Madison. Niday finished second followed by Buna, Ken Morris, and Worman.

6Shooter heat races were won by Chad Niday and Trevor Chilson.

Next up at Madison is the Bandit Big Rig Series on Friday, May 24th.

NASCAR Late Models

A Feature
1. 19B-John Baumeister, [6]; 2. 28W-Bobby Wilberg, [7]; 3. 51N-Dale Nottestad, [8]; 4. 49M-Jerry Mueller, [5]; 5. X-Jon Reynolds Jr, [4]; 6. 13E-Nick Egan, [9]; 7. 15R-Pat Richgels, [12]; 8. 87E-Brent Edmunds, [2]; 9. 8S-Shaun Scheel, [11]; 10. 14R-Zack Riddle, [3]; 11. 39M-Colton Morgan, [14]; 12. 14T-Kyle Taylor, [13]; 13. 7H-Rusty Hansen, [1]; 14. 4S-Stephen Scheel, [10]; 15. 38W-Joe Wendorf, [15] Casey Johnson- DNS, Brian Beale- DNS
Heat 1
1. 14R-Zack Riddle, [2]; 2. 7H-Rusty Hansen, [1]; 3. 19B-John Baumeister, [4]; 4. 51N-Dale Nottestad, [5]; 5. 4S-Stephen Scheel, [6]; 6. 15R-Pat Richgels, [7]; 7. 49M-Jerry Mueller, [3]; 8. 39M-Colton Morgan, [8] Heat 2
1. 28W-Bobby Wilberg, [5]; 2. 13E-Nick Egan, [1]; 3. 87E-Brent Edmunds, [2]; 4. 8S-Shaun Scheel, [6]; 5. 14T-Kyle Taylor, [7]; 6. 38W-Joe Wendorf, [8]; 7. 5J-Casey Johnson, [4]; (DNS) X-Jon Reynolds Jr,
1. 51N-Dale Nottestad, [9]; 2. 28W-Bobby Wilberg, [17]; 3. 19B-John Baumeister, [1]; 4. 5J-Casey Johnson, [6]; 5. 49M-Jerry Mueller, [8]; 6. X-Jon Reynolds Jr, [10]; 7. 14R-Zack Riddle, [12]; 8. 87E-Brent Edmunds, [3]; 9. 7H-Rusty Hansen, [5]; 10. 13E-Nick Egan, [4]; 11. 4S-Stephen Scheel, [14]; 12. 8S-Shaun Scheel, [13]; 13. 15R-Pat Richgels, [11]; 14. 14T-Kyle Taylor, [15]; 15. 39M-Colton Morgan, [7]; 16. 38W-Joe Wendorf, [16]

Dave’s White Rock MisFitz

A Feature
1. 45H-Gary Hellenbrand, [4]; 2. 5E-Dave Edwards, [5]; 3. 78H-Ray Hellenbrand, [7]; 4. 4T-Mike Taylor, [6]; 5. 33H-Bryan Hellenbrand, [2]; 6. 7C-Rick Coppernoll, [1]; 7. 92F-Bobby Frisch, [8]; 8. 4R-Scott Riedner, [3]

Heat 1
1. 92F-Bobby Frisch, [8]; 2. 7C-Rick Coppernoll, [1]; 3. 4R-Scott Riedner, [3]; 4. 5E-Dave Edwards, [5]; 5. 45H-Gary Hellenbrand, [4]; 6. 78H-Ray Hellenbrand, [7]; 7. 4T-Mike Taylor, [6]; 8. 33H-Bryan Hellenbrand, [2]

Qualifying 1
1. 78H-Ray Hellenbrand, [7]; 2. 4T-Mike Taylor, [9]; 3. 5E-Dave Edwards, [2]; 4. 45H-Gary Hellenbrand, [6]; 5. 4R-Scott Riedner, [8]; 6. 33H-Bryan Hellenbrand, [5]; 7. 7C-Rick Coppernoll, [1]; 8. 92F-Bobby Frisch, [3]; (DNS) 2H-Tyler Hansen,

NASCAR Bandits

Heat 1
1. 10D-Steve Dickson, [4]; 2. 35P-Lyle Phillips, [2]; 3. 11J-Brandon Junget, [5]; 4. 7B-Jeremy Bredeson, [3]; 5. 70B-Bart Brockman, [1]; 6. 4T-Roger Thigpen, [6]

Heat 2
1. 10S-Dave Schmidt, [4]; 2. 78S-Rich Schinderling, [3]; 3. 09S-Nick Schmidt, [5]; 4. 19O-Ronnie Osborne, [2]; 5. 5S-Josh Smith, [1]

1. 11J-Brandon Junget, [10]; 2. 09S-Nick Schmidt, [7]; 3. 10D-Steve Dickson, [9]; 4. 10S-Dave Schmidt, [8]; 5. 7B-Jeremy Bredeson, [6]; 6. 78S-Rich Schinderling, [3]; 7. 35P-Lyle Phillips, [1]; 8. 19O-Ronnie Osborne, [11]; 9. 70B-Bart Brockman, [2]; 10. 5S-Josh Smith, [5]; 11. 4T-Roger Thigpen, [4]

Roto Rooter 6Shooters

15 Lap A Feature 1

1. 03G-Randy Grancorvitz, [1]; 2. 55N-Chad Niday, [7]; 3. 16B-Steve Buna, [6]; 4. 6M-Ken Morris, [4]; 5. 51W-Sean Worman, [2]; 6. 101C-Trevor Chilson, [8]; 7. 19B-Kevin Beyer, [5]; 8. 55SN-Seth Niday, [9]; 9. 8H-Todd Holerud, [11]; 10. 00H-Joe Hunter, [10]; 11. 78Z-Kevin Zemp, [12]; 12. 28M-Vanessa Morales, [3]

Heat 1
1. 55N-Chad Niday, [1]; 2. 19B-Kevin Beyer, [2]; 3. 28M-Vanessa Morales, [4]; 4. 03G-Randy Grancorvitz, [5]; 5. 55SN-Seth Niday, [6]; 6. 8H-Todd Holerud, [3]

Heat 2
1. 101C-Trevor Chilson, [3]; 2. 16B-Steve Buna, [5]; 3. 6M-Ken Morris, [1]; 4. 51W-Sean Worman, [6]; 5. 00H-Joe Hunter, [2]; 6. 78Z-Kevin Zemp, [4]