NOTTESTAD FINALLY VICTORIOUS IN BIG8 NSTC AT ROCKFORD

September 30, 2019


LOVES PARK, IL, September 28, 2019 – Always a perennial contender for the Big8 win when he comes to Rockford Speedway, Dale Nottestad finally broke through for his first ever National Short Track Championship win Saturday night at the Rockford Speedway.  Nottestad fended off all challengers to write his name in the history books including a final lap charge from Rockford Speedway veteran racer, Tom Gille and Austin Nason.
Jon Reynolds, Jr. raced to the lead around Tom Behrens and held the top spot through three restarts ahead of Nottestad and Michael Bilderback.  Nottestad used the restart on lap thirty-one to dive to the inside of Reynolds and wage a battle for the lead.  After three laps of side by side racing, the duo got together going into turn one and slid sideways with Nottestad grabbing the lead and Reynolds falling to fourth.
Nottestad still had seventy laps remaining with Bilderback, the 2019 Rockford Speedway champion, and Austin Nason, ARCA Midwest Tour point leader right behind.  Bilderback was able to race into second and challenge for command.  After Bilderback got by Nottestad, Nottestad shot Bilderback high in turns one and two and regained the lead out of turn four.  Like Reynolds earlier, Bilderback gathered it back up in fourth spot.
Nottestad clicked off the laps while Gille and Nason waged a paint swapping battle for second.  At each caution, the two swapped spots resulting in Gille taking a commanding second with a mere eight laps to go.  While Gille was finally able to chase down Nottestad, he came up less than a car length short at the checkers.
“We needed at least a five to six lap run for the car to really get going,” admitted Gille.  “If we had two more laps, we may have got it done.”
After prior wins in the Big8 Spring Classic at Rockford Speedway, Nottestad captured his first ever National Short Track Championship.  “Awesome.  Man, this car was awesome,” exclaimed Nottestad in victory lane.  “The deal with Mikey (Bilderback) was tough.  When he got inside me, I had to get after him.  If we wrecked, we wrecked.  This was an awesome group of cars and to win, was awesome.  After finishing in the top three in five of the last six years, we finally did it.”
Nason held on to finish third.  “We had a really good car.  We only have a few races with it, but it was good tonight.”  Brody Willet came home fourth with Bilderback rebounding for fifth.  With his fifth place finish, Bilderback retains the Big8 Series point lead heading in to the final event next week.
Other Saturday night winners included Kelly Evink in the Midwest Compact Dash Series.  Evink started deep in the field and caught early race leader Greg Blount in traffic.  Evink held on to win the caution free event.  “Traffic was a blast,” said Evink in victory lane.  “That was tough.  The traffic worked out to my benefit.”
Robert Hansberry earned his first Sportsmen NSTC win in a wild and accident marred thirty five lap feature event.  Hansberry also becomes a second generation NSTC winner.  “My dad got his name on the (records) board, and I wanted my name on it.  It’s cool we can share that.”  Hansberry squeezed into the lead on lap thirteen before early leader Josh Thiering and Trevor Robinson got together creating a huge maylay on the backstretch that ended with a head-on collision and Thiering briefly on his side.  Fast qualifier Chad Smith survived for second while Johnny Robinson claimed third.
Max McNamara raced to his first ever National Short Track Championships in the Legend Car National Short Track Championship.  Robby Robinson won the Roadrunner event after the on-track winner was disqualified.  Stephen Hillary picked up the Sixer NSTC eagle.Championship Sunday caps off the 54th NSTC tomorrow at Rockford Speedway.  Gates open at 11am with an on-track driver autograph and photo session at 12:05pm and first race at 1pm.  The super late model Crazy Times Pub & Grub NSTC 250 headlines the event tomorrow along with the Mid-American Stock Car Series 50 lap event and the Bandit 25 lap feature.  Times may be altered due to weather.  Get the most accurate updates by following Rockford Speedway on Facebook. 

 ROCKFORD SPEEDWAY 54th NATIONAL SHORT TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPSATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2019 OFFICIAL RESULTS Big 8 Late Model NSTC 108 lap Feature —  1. Dale Nottestad, Cambridge, Wis; 2. Tom Gille, Winnebago; 3. Austin Nason, Roscoe; 4. Brody Willett, Alburnett, Iowa; 5. Michael Bilderback, South Beloit; 6. Jacob Vanoskey, Hartford, Wis; 7. Tom Berens, Slinger, Wis; 8. Dennis Smith, Jr, South Beloit; 9. Max Kahler, Caledonia; 10. Jerry Stafford II, South Beloit; 11. John Beinlich, Prairie View; 12. RJ Braun (r), Wales, Wis; 13. Patrick Featherston II, Byron; 14. Jon Reynolds, Jr., Loves Park; 15. Jerry Mueller, Richfield, Wis; 16. Chad Walen, Prior Lake, Minn.; 17. Jeff Wakeman, Streator; 18. Jacob Nottestad, Stoughton, Wis; 19. Bobby Wilberg, Beloit, Wis; 20. Casey Johnson, Edgerton, Wis; 21. Tyler Kingery (r), Prior Lake, Minn.; 22. Hunter Drefahl, Evansville, Wis; 23. David Thomason (R), Poplar Grove.Time Trial —  1. Jacob Nottestad, Stoughton, Wis; 2. Max Kahler, Caledonia; 3. Dale Nottestad, Cambridge, Wis; 4. Bobby Wilberg, Beloit, Wis; 5. Tom Gille, Winnebago; 6. Michael Bilderback, South Beloit; 7. Jon Reynolds, Jr., Loves Park; 8. Chad Walen, Prior Lake, Minn.; 9. Tom Berens, Slinger, Wis; 10. Austin Nason, Roscoe; 11. John Beinlich, Prairie View; 12. Jacob Vanoskey, Hartford, Wis; 13. Brody Willett, Alburnett, Iowa; 14. Casey Johnson, Edgerton, Wis; 15. Dennis Smith, Jr, South Beloit; 16. RJ Braun (r), Wales, Wis; 17. Jerry Mueller, Richfield, Wis; 18. Jerry Stafford II, South Beloit; 19. Tyler Kingery (r), Prior Lake, Minn.; 20. Patrick Featherston II, Byron; 21. Jeff Wakeman, Streator; 22. David Thomason (R), Poplar Grove; 23. Hunter Drefahl, Evansville, Wis. Sportsmen NSTC 35 lap Feature —  1. Robert Hansberry, Jr, Beloit, Wis; 2. Chad Smith, Davis Junction; 3. Trevor Robinson, Beloit, Wis; 4. Jon Reynolds, Jr., Loves Park; 5. Adam Cartwright, Rockford; 6. Rich Schinderling, Jr, Winnebago; 7. Joshua Lundy, Roscoe; 8. Chad Lounsbury, Beloit, Wis; 9. Austin Fowler, Loves Park; 10. John Logan, Jr., Loves Park; 11. Adam Leonard, Machesney Park; 12. John Featherston, Roscoe; 13. Josh Thiering, South Beloit; 14. Cody Houseweart, Machesney Park; 15. Johnny Robinson, II, Beloit, Wis; 16. Howie Ware, South Beloit; 17. Jeremy Wolff, Chaska, Minn.; 18. Terrance Robinson, Beloit, Wis; 19. Kevin Memoli (r), Belvidere.Time Trial —  1. Chad Smith, Davis Junction; 2. Robert Hansberry, Jr, Beloit, Wis; 3. Rich Schinderling, Jr,Winnebago; 4. Howie Ware, South Beloit; 5. Jon Reynolds, Jr., Loves Park; 6. Johnny Robinson, II, Beloit, Wis; 7. Jeremy Wolff, Chaska, Minn.; 8. Trevor Robinson, Beloit, Wis; 9. Cody Houseweart, Machesney Park; 10. Josh Thiering, South Beloit; 11. John Logan, Jr., Loves Park; 12. Terrance Robinson, Beloit, Wis; 13. Chad Lounsbury, Beloit, Wis; 14. Adam Cartwright, Rockford; 15. Kevin Memoli (r), Belvidere; 16. Joshua Lundy, Roscoe; 17. John Featherston, Roscoe; 18. Austin Fowler, Loves Park; 19. Adam Leonard, Machesney Park. Midwest Dash Series NSTC 40 lap Feature —  1. Kelly Evink, Machesney Park; 2. Brandon DeLacy, Stoughton, Wis; 3. Aaron Rude, Cambridge, Wis; 4. Steve Erickson, Jr, Machesney Park; 5. Greg Blount, Marathon, Wis; 6. Franc Beldowski (r), Rockford; 7. Gary Stark, Fort Atkinson, Wis; 8. Phil Malouf, Manitowish Waters, Wis; 9. George Sparkman, Loves Park; 10. Shawn Rickelman, Argyle, Wis; 11. George Seliger, Wausau, Wis; 12. Ryan Nelson, Rockton; 13. Tim Finstad, Poynette, Wis; 14. Lyle Phillips, Edgerton, Wis; 15. Amanda Bohn, Machesney Park; 16. David Russell, Jr, Rockford; 17. Shawn Bowar, Roscoe; 18. Tyler Deschaine, Loves Park; 19. Todd Snow, Rockford; 20. Chris Jackson, South Beloit; 21. Melody Boyle, Kirkland; 22. Kyle Lapier, Belvidere; 23. Mark English, Edgerton, Wis.Last Chance —  1. Tim Finstad, Poynette, Wis; 2. Shawn Rickelman, Argyle, Wis; 3. Todd Bridges,Winnebago; 4. William Stephenson, Cambridge, Wis; 5. Shawn Rudolph, Rockton; 6. Chris Jackson, South Beloit; 7. Bart Brockmann, Rockford; 8. Rich Schinderling, Jr, Winnebago.Heat 01 —  1. Phil Malouf, Manitowish Waters, Wis; 2. Gary Stark, Fort Atkinson, Wis; 3. Franc Beldowski (r), Rockford; 4. Kelly Evink, Machesney Park; 5. Brandon DeLacy, Stoughton, Wis; 6. Steve Erickson, Jr, Machesney Park; 7. Melody Boyle, Kirkland; 8. Greg Blount, Marathon, Wis; 9. Aaron Rude, Cambridge, Wis; 10. George Sparkman, Loves Park.Heat 02 —  1. George Seliger, Wausau, Wis; 2. Kyle Lapier, Belvidere; 3. Lyle Phillips, Edgerton, Wis; 4. David Russell, Jr, Rockford; 5. Mark English, Edgerton, Wis; 6. Bart Brockmann, Rockford; 7. Todd Bridges, Winnebago; 8. Shawn Rudolph, Rockton; 9. Tim Finstad, Poynette, Wis.Heat 03 —  1. Ryan Nelson, Rockton; 2. Todd Snow, Rockford; 3. Amanda Bohn, Machesney Park; 4. Shawn Bowar, Roscoe; 5. Tyler Deschaine, Loves Park; 6. Chris Jackson, South Beloit; 7. William Stephenson, Cambridge, Wis; 8. Shawn Rickelman, Argyle, Wis; 9. Rich Schinderling, Jr, Winnebago.Time Trial —  1. Brandon DeLacy, Stoughton, Wis; 2. Kelly Evink, Machesney Park; 3. Steve Erickson, Jr,Machesney Park; 4. Franc Beldowski (r), Rockford; 5. George Sparkman, Loves Park; 6. Aaron Rude, Cambridge, Wis; 7. Gary Stark, Fort Atkinson, Wis; 8. Greg Blount, Marathon, Wis; 9. Melody Boyle, Kirkland; 10. Phil Malouf, Manitowish Waters, Wis; 11. Shawn Rickelman, Argyle, Wis; 12. Todd Bridges, Winnebago; 13. Rich Schinderling, Jr, Winnebago; 14. George Seliger, Wausau, Wis; 15. Todd Snow, Rockford; 16. Lyle Phillips, Edgerton, Wis; 17. Amanda Bohn, Machesney Park; 18. Tim Finstad, Poynette, Wis; 19. Ryan Nelson, Rockton; 20. David Russell, Jr, Rockford; 21. Shawn Bowar, Roscoe; 22. Bart Brockmann, Rockford; 23. Tyler Deschaine, Loves Park; 24. Destiny Genore, Beloit, Wis; 25. Chris Jackson, South Beloit; 26. Shawn Rudolph, Rockton; 27. William Stephenson, Cambridge, Wis; 28. Kyle Lapier, Belvidere. Legends NSTC 25 lap Feature —  1. Max McNamara, McHenry; 2. Aaron Moyer, Allenton, Wis; 3. Jacob Nottestad, Stoughton, Wis; 4. Noah Eisenhower, Freeport; 5. James Lynch, Palos Park; 6. Dan Snyder, Cottage Grove, Wis; 7. Mike Storkson, Evansville, Wis; 8. Travis Savatka, Genoa City, Wis; 9. Dave Maynard, Twin Lakes, Wis; 10. Trystion LeFave, Fort Atkinson, Wis; 11. Kenny Storkson, Deerfield, Wis; 12. Jeff Senty, Evansville, Wis; 13. Lucas Stevenson, Janesville, Wis.Time Trial —  1. Jacob Nottestad, Stoughton, Wis; 2. Aaron Moyer, Allenton, Wis; 3. Max McNamara, McHenry; 4. Dan Snyder, Cottage Grove, Wis; 5. Noah Eisenhower, Freeport; 6. James Lynch, Palos Park; 7. Mike Storkson, Evansville, Wis; 8. Dave Maynard, Twin Lakes, Wis; 9. Travis Savatka, Genoa City, Wis; 10. Kenny Storkson, Deerfield, Wis; 11. Trystion LeFave, Fort Atkinson, Wis; 12. Lucas Stevenson, Janesville, Wis; 13. Jeff Senty,Road Runners NSTC 25 lap Feature —  1. Robby Robinson, Orfordville, Wis; 2. Justin Wagner, Beloit, Wis; 3. William Balmes, Rockford; 4. Wally Thiering, South Beloit; 5. Donovan Opsahl, Rockford; 6. Chris Page, Rockford; 7. Curt Nighswonger, Machesney Park; 8. Tyler Stuber, LaCrosse, Wis; 9. Dominick Lundy, Roscoe; 10. Joshua Cavin, Clinton, Wis; 11. Bill Schott, LaCrosse, Wis.Time Trial —  1. Justin Wagner, Beloit, Wis; 2. Robby Robinson, Orfordville, Wis; 3. William Balmes, Rockford; 4. Wally Thiering, South Beloit; 5. Chris Page, Rockford; 6. Tyler Stuber, LaCrosse, Wis; 7. Donovan Opsahl, Rockford; 8. Dominick Lundy, Roscoe; 9. Curt Nighswonger, Machesney Park; 10. Joshua Cavin, Clinton, Wis; 11. Bill Schott, LaCrosse, Wis.Original Sixers NSTC 20 lap Feature —  1. Stephen Hillary, Rockton; 2. Robert Stoltz, Rockford; 3. Bradley Lounsbury, Beloit, Wis; 4. David Cavin, Rockford; 5. Sean Worman, Roscoe; 6. Greg Whitt, Beloit, Wis; 7. James Ronspiez, Wisconsin Dells, Wis; 8. Seth Hanson, Beloit, Wis; 9. Kevin Collins, Machesney Park; 10. Johnathan Wirebaugh, Machesney Park; 11. Jeff Watson, Jr, Machesney Park; 12. Julie Hinrichs, Rockton; 13. Jack Williams, Rockford; 14. Mike Shipman, Rockford; 15. Justin Tyler, Beloit, Wis; 16. Dallas Conniff, Beloit, Wis; 17. Justin Hawkins, Machesney Park; 18. James Amundrud, Beloit, Wis.Heat 01 —  1. Sean Worman, Roscoe; 2. Robert Stoltz, Rockford; 3. Seth Hanson, Beloit, Wis; 4. James Ronspiez, Wisconsin Dells, Wis; 5. David Cavin, Rockford; 6. Greg Whitt, Beloit, Wis; 7. Danny Kvistad, Janesville, Wis; 8. Jack Williams, Rockford.Heat 02 —  1. Bradley Lounsbury, Beloit, Wis; 2. James Amundrud, Beloit, Wis; 3. Justin Tyler, Beloit, Wis; 4. Johnathan Wirebaugh, Machesney Park; 5. Mike Shipman, Rockford; 6. Douglas Nighswonger, Machesney Park. Heat 03 —  1. Dallas Conniff, Beloit, Wis; 2. Justin Hawkins, Machesney Park; 3. Stephen Hillary, Rockton; 4. Julie Hinrichs, Rockton; 5. Kevin Collins, Machesney Park; 6. Matthew Walters, Poplar Grove; 7. Jeff Watson, Jr, Machesney Park.Super Late Models Time Trial —  1. Michael Bilderback, South Beloit; 2. Ty Majeski, Seymour, Wis; 3. Jon Reynolds, Jr., Loves Park; 4. Jacob Gille, Winnebago; 5. Austin Nason, Roscoe; 6. Brad Mueller, Random Lake, Wis; 7. Max Kahler, Caledonia; 8. Alex Prunty, Kewaskum, Wis; 9. Steve Apel, West Bend, Wis; 10. John DeAngelis, Jr, Hubertus, Wis; 11. Rich Bickle Jr, Sun Prairie, Wis; 12. Matt Berger, Loves Park; 13. Rob Braun, Wales, Wis; 14. Jacob Vanoskey, Hartford, Wis; 15. Dennis Prunty, Lomira, Wis; 16. James Swan, Genoa City, Wis; 17. Josh Nelms, Lockport; 18. Tim Lampman, Oak Creek, Wis; 19. Jim Olson, Harvard; 20. Josh Wallace, Genoa City, Wis; 21. Clay Curts, Alsip; 22. Danny Church, Delavan, Wis.