Larson, Laursen top Twin Ports Twin 25s features
By: By Jerry O’Brien, For The Telegram, Superior Telegram
In a rare Sunday night race event at AMSOIL Speedway, the annual Twin Ports Twin 25s Late Model event was presented. The event was moved from the Proctor Speedway a couple of seasons ago to take advantage of the larger venue since both tracks are operated by the same entity.
The event features a pair of Late Model main events each paying $1,500 to win and $200 to start each of the 25-lap races. The format then has the winner of the first race pick a number that determines the inversion in the second 25-lap race that will be at least 10 cars and not more than 18 cars.
There is a $500 bonus for the driver with the best average finish in the two races, and, if a driver should win both races the bonus would double to $1,000. During Sunday’s event Troy Powers of Powers & Associates upped the $1,000 bonus to $2,000.
The stage was thus set for a wild night of racing on the big five-eighths high banked speedway with 31 WISSOTA Late Models in attendance. Also on the card as support classes were the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds and Pure Stocks, with 24 Pure Stocks and 29 Midwest Modifieds on hand.
Four Late Model heat races and a B feature set the 24-car field for the first 25-lap feature with the top eight in passing points redrawing for positions in the first four rows of the race. Eight drivers would advance from the 15-lap B Feature.
Brent Larson of Lake Elmo, Minn., won the WISSOTA Late Model A-Feature, Steve Laursen of Cumberland won the second A-Feature, and Mark Rose of Elcho, Wis., won the B-Feature.
Darrell Nelson’s second-place finish, coupled with his third place in the first feature, won him the $500 bonus, making his effort worth $2,400 for the night.
Skeeter Estey of Kelly Lake, Minn., won the WISSOTA Midwest Modified A-Feature, and Cloquet’s Josh Heavirland won the B-Feature.
Hibbing’s Michael Blevins won the Pure Stock feature. It was his third feature win of the season in Superior and 11th overall.
Twin Ports Twin 25s
Sunday, Aug. 4
WISSOTA Late Models (31 Cars)
A-Feature No. 1: Brent Larson, Lake Elmo; Jake Redetzke, Eau Claire; Darrel Nelson, Hermantown; Rick Hanestad, Boyceville; Adam Hensel, Baldwin; Kyle Peterlin, Hibbing; Jeff Provinzino, Hibbing; John Kaanta, Elk Mound; Don Shaw, Ham Lake; Darin Meierotto, Superior; Harry Hanson, Eveleth; Greg Hill, Eveleth; Travis Budisalovich, Minneapolis; Robby Bunkelman, Abbotsford; Jeff Massingill, Keewatin; Dave Esse, Cloquet; Steve Laursen, Cumberland; Mark Rose, Elcho, Wis.; Kyle Gavel, Fort Francis, Ont. DNF: Zach Wohlers, Pengilly, Todd Frank, Mellen; Todd Gehl, Solon Springs; Aaron Lillo, Duluth.
A-Feature No. 2: Laursen, Nelson, Budisalovich, Redetzke, Rose, Hanson, Kaanta, Esse, Provinzino, Bunkelman, Hill, Hensel, Shaw, Hanestad, Peterlin, Meierotto, Massingill, Gavel, A. Lillo. DNF: Frank, Larson. DNS: T. Lillo, Gehl, Wohlers.
B-Feature: Rose, Laursen, Esse, T. Lillo, Gehl, Shaw, Gavel, Hill, Jerry Bloom, Rochester, Minn.; Robbie Cooper, South Range. DNF: Tim McMann, Duluth; Scott Herrick, Proctor; Tim Lillo, Duluth. DNS: Cory Jorgensen, Hermantown; Chad Mahder, Eau Claire.
Heat 1: Hanestad, H. Hanson, Redetzke, A. Lillo, Kaanta, Shaw, Herrick, Bloom.
Heat 2: B. Larson, Wohlers, Massingill, Rose, Frank, Cooper, T. Lillo. DNS: Mahder.
Heat 3: Nelson, Hensel, Bunkelman, Esse, Peterlin, T. Lillo, Jorgensen, Gavel.
Heat 4: Provinzino, Budisalovich, Meierotto, Laursen, McMann, Gehl, Hill.
WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds (29 Cars)
A-Feature: Skeeter Estey, Kelly Lake, Minn.; Mack Estey, Kelly Lake; Cody Wolkowski, Thunder Bay; Dan Kingsley, Superior; Tyler Luger, Iron River; Lance Solem, Duluth; Dan Wilson, Hibbing; Ricky Davis, Bruno; Ross Fuhrman, Ashland; Kevin Monteith, Rossly, Ont.; Rick Rivord, Superior; Bill Batzdorf, Grand Rapids; David Simpson, Thunder Bay, Ont.; Dale Suomala, Hermantown; Justin Bassa, Hermantown; Jake Gondik, Foxboro; Josh Heavirland, Cloquet; Don Craig, Thunder Bay; Tanner Hicks, Ashland. DNF: Jason Goldfine, Superior; Danny Vang, Brainerd; Deven VanHouse, Silver Bay; Kyle Mutuska, Stacy; Jesse Ogston, Duluth.
B-Feature: Heavirland, Davis, Wilson, Fuhrman, Ogston, Matuska, Chris Bretting, Washburn; Adam Shinn, Duluth; Jamie Smart, Kakabeka Falls; Norm Anderson Jr., Duluth. DNF: Glen Godin, Murillo, Ont.
Heat 1: Monteith, Luger, Matzdorf, Bassa, Hicks, Rivord, Heavirland, Wilson. DNF: Fuhrman, Ogston.
Heat 2: Vang, M. Estey, VanHouse, Craig, Gondik, Goldfine, Bretting, Smart. DNF: Godin. DNS: Shinn.
Heat 3: S. Estey, Kingsley, Wolkowski, Suomala, Solem, Simpson, Davis, N. Anderson. DNS: Matuska.
AMSOIL Speedway Pure Stocks (24 Cars)
Feature: Michael Blevins, Hibbing; Dustin Follett, Cloquet; Lucas Carlson, Cloquet; Mike Sirois, Hermantown; Chad Nikstad, Superior; Glenn Dammer; Gary Campbell, Duluth; Shaina Rapp, Saginaw; Justin Madsen, Superior; Jeff Engelmeier, Saginaw; Keith Koski, Chisholm; Travis Zembo, Superior; Jim Cooper, Superior; Gavin Campbell, Duluth; Rita Anderson, Superior; Zene Anderson, Superior. DNF: Andy Udeen, Superior; Matt Hammitt, Cloquet; Steve Udeen, Superior; Josh Johnson, Superior; Tim Carlson, Superior; Jon Hammitt, Cloquet.
Heat 1: Blevins, Dammer, J. Hammitt, Engelmeier, M. Hammitt, Cooper, Z. Anderson, R. Anderson.
Heat 2: Savoy, Madsen, A. Udeen, Sirois, S. Udeen, Gary Campbell, M. Campbell. DNF: T. Carlson.
Heat 3: Follett, L. Carlson, Rapp, Koski, J. Johnson, Nikstad, Zembo, Gavin Campbell.