Nelson and Blevins sweep races at Head of the Lakes FairNight two of the fair races are Friday night.
By: By Jerry O'Brien, For The Telegram, Superior Telegram
The first night at the 2013 Head of the Lakes Fair was “Sneak a Peak” with no gate admission to the grounds on Tuesday. The night featured stock car racing on the AMSOIL Speedway with three divisions including WISSOTA Late Models, WISSOTA Modifieds and Pure Stocks.
Mike Blevins of Hibbing wasted little time forging to the front from the third row in the 15-lap pure stock feature. Blevins passed early leader Ryan Savoy with five laps remaining to complete the division sweep as he had also won his heat.
Hermantown’s Darrell Nelson also started in the third row in the 20-lap modified main event and worked his way forward into second place behind race-long leader Deven VanHouse of Silver Bay. Just past half way with nine laps remaining, Nelson and VanHouse Battled side by side with Nelson finally gaining the advantage for the win and the sweep.
Zach Wohlers of Pengilly, Minn., got the jump from the pole in the 25-lap WISSOTA Late Model feature and kept the point as the race went non-stop to just past the mid-point when a caution flag for debris on the back stretch erased Wohlers’ huge lead.
On the restart, Wohlers was overwhelmed as Kyle Peterlin and Todd Gehl got by followed by Darrell Nelson dropping him back to fourth. Nelson and Peterlin then put on a stirring battle for the lead with Peterlin edging ahead. Peterlin held off Nelson for the win becoming the first repeat winner in the division in the 2013 season.
Night two of the fair races are Friday night.
Tuesday, Aug. 13
WISSOTA Late Models (18 Cars)
A-Feature: Kyle Peterlin, Hibbing; Darrel Nelson, Hermantown; Todd Gehl, Solon Springs; Zach Wohlers, Kelly Lake; Gregg Hill, Eveleth; Pat Doar, New Richmond; Chris Olson, Hibbing; Riley Matthews, Thunder Bay; Aaron Lillo, Duluth; Gregg Hill, Eveleth; Trevor Wilson, Superior; T.J. Adams, Hayward; Cory Jorgensen, Hermantown; Tim Lillo, Duluth. DNF: Don Copp, Brule; Dave Esse, Cloquet; Kevin Carlson, Hermantown; Robbie Cooper, South Range.
Heat 1: Doar, Gehl, Peterlin, Matthews, Wilson. DNF: A. Lillo.
Heat 2: Copp, Wohlers, Adams, Jorgensen, Esse, Tim Lillo.
Heat 3: Nelson, Olson, Hill, K. Carlson, Cooper. DNS: Terry Lillo.
WISSOTA Modifieds (18 Cars)
A-Feature: Darrel Nelson, Hermantown; Deven VanHouse, Silver Bay; Al Uotinen, Superior; Destin Lorimor, Superior; Kelly Estey, Kelly Lake; Matt Lear, Bruce; Curt Meyers, Cameron; Jeff Broking, Grand Rapids; Scott Hudak, Ashland; Cory Jorgensen, Hermantown; Brian Mikkonen, Iron River; Scott Heikkinen, Eveleth; Paul Niznik, Medford; Rick Rivord, Superior; Pat Cook, Washburn; Rick Cannata, Hibbing. DNF: Jody Bellefeuille, Duluth; Neil Balduc, Bessemer.
Heat 1: Nelson, Estey, Leer, Rivord, Balduc, Bellefeuille.
Heat 2: Hudak, Jorgensen, Uotinen, Cannata, Broking, Cook.
Heat 3: Mikkonen, Lorimor, VanHouse, Heikkinen, Niznik. DNF: Meyers.
AMSOIL Pure Stocks (17 Cars)
Feature: Michael Blevins, Hibbing; Ryan Savoy; Superior; Steve Udeen; Superior; Justin Madsen, Foxboro; Chad Nikstad, Superior; Lucas Carlson, Cloquet; Josh Johnson, Superior; Gavin Campbell, Duluth; Ryan Madsen, South Range; Jim Cooper, Superior; Shaina Rapp, Saginaw; Maurice Campbell, Duluth. DNF: Andy Udeen, Superior; Kodi Oliver, Superior; Gary Campbell, Duluth; Glenn Dammer, Duluth. DNS: Caitlyn Carlson, Superior
Heat 1: S. Udeen, J. Madsen, J. Johnson, Cooper, R. Madsen, McDougall.
Heat 2: Blevins, Nikstad, Maurice Campbell, Rapp. DNF: Gary Campbell, K. Carlson.
Heat 3: A. Udeen, L. Carlson, Savoy, Gavin Campbell, Dammer.