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PORTAGE, Wis. (July 10, 2021) – The name Nottestad carries a lot of weight in the state of Wisconsin, especially at Jefferson Speedway. When the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series visits the quarter mile next Saturday July 17 for Transport Services LLC Round Three, there will be a new, up-and-coming Nottestad in contention.
Jacob Nottestad has been one of the hottest Late Model racers in the Upper Midwest over the last three seasons. He won the last two Slinger Speedway track Championships and is a top contender at many facilities around the area. What may be lost in how good he has been around the area, is how tough he is at his home track.
Appearances at the track have been limited this season at Nottestad has been choosing different events and tracks in 2021. In the season opener at Jefferson Nottestad was able to capture the checkered flag. He always seems to be able to find the fast way around a track in a hurry – Jefferson being no exception.
“Being able to roll the center of the corner off the brake is key there for speed,” Nottestad said. “If we can do that as well as the Late Model I think we’ll be competitive for sure.”
With confidence and experience, Nottestad and his team are ready to take on the challenge of facing off against the TUNDRA travelers at Wisconsin’s Action Track. There will be some differences, but when it comes down to it
It may seem like a tall task to make the move to Super Late Model racing, but it’s not something that is unfamiliar for Nottestad. Last season at Slinger he took the reigns of John DeAngelis’ machine and wheeled it to victory. The biggest difference on that night was the same thing he’ll be looking forward to next week – the extra grip provided by the 10 inch tires Super Late Models utilize.
“When I was lucky enough to race DeAngelis’ Super Late, I was blown away with how much harder I could drive the car with just the tire grip alone,” Nottestad recalled.
If history is any indication, Nottestad’s extra experience at the facility should come in very handy. Since TUNDRA first raced at Jefferson in 2013 many locals have tried and found success against the series travelers. Casey Johnson appeared to be heading for a battle with Frank Kreyer, Nick Panitzke, and Dalton Zehr when rain shortened the race the first time the series visited Jefferson. Last season Riley Stenjem was able to take a podium finish in his debut.
Knowing that, Nottestad believes he can repeat history.
“I believe a top 5 would be a very reasonable goal for our first Super Late race in our own car,” he said.
Beyond a solid performance, there is always something special about making noise in front of the home town crowd.
“I’m hoping to have a good fan base for the race and to run good would be awesome for them and our sponsors,” Nottestad concluded.
The TUNDRA Super Late Model Series head to Jefferson for Transport Services LLC Round Three next Saturday, July 17. TUNDRA will be joined by the Hobby Stocks, Bandits, and Road Warriors. Qualifying is at 5 pm with racing beginning at 7 pm. Jefferson Speedway is located on US Hwy 18 between Jefferson and Cambridge, Wis. For more information visit http://www.jeffersonspeedway.com