Two more AMSOIL Speedway champs crowned
AMSOIL Speedway Series Champions
WISSOTA Super Stock — Kevin Burdick, Proctor
WISSOTA Midwest Modified — Deven VanHouse, Silver Bay
WISSOTA Pure Stock — Justin Weinberger, Park Falls
WISSOTA Late Models — Travis Budisalovich, Minneapolis
WISSOTA Modifieds — Darrell Nelson , Hermantown
Three more champions were crowned in the final races of the season during the Head of the Lakes Fair Friday night at the AMSOIL Speedway.
Kevin Burdick of Proctor was named the WISSOTA Super Stock champ after finishing second in the Super Stock race.
Burdick won the title with a narrow four-point lead over former champion Nick Oreskovich.
Oreskovich won his third feature of the season on Friday, but Burdick’s second-place finish was enough to claim the track championship.
Deven VanHouse of Silver Bay took home the Midwest Modified title after a second-place finish in a race that was interrupted by a lengthy power outage.
VanHouse secured the championship when a seven-car crash left Skeeter Estey unable to finish.
Justin Weinberger was assured the WISSOTA PolyDome Dirt Track Series Pure Stock crown by just starting the race, as he held a 22-point lead entering the night.
Weinberger put an exclamation point on the title by finishing fourth.
The 20-lap WISSOTA PolyDome Dirt Track Series Midwest Modified feature was hit with a two-hour power outage that included the grandstands, scoring tower and some of the fairgrounds about 8:31 p.m.
All cars remained in the dark on the front stretch until the event was picked back up with eight laps remaining. If the race had ended when the lights went out, VanHouse would be champion by one point.
The remaining drivers were given five minutes to enter the pits for a tire pressure check before continuing. Drivers were not able to exit the cars during this time.
When it was all said and done, Mack Estey of Hibbing was the feature winner, followed by VanHouse and Dave Flynn of Superior.
AMSOIL Speedway Championship
Night Two — Friday, Aug. 26
WISSOTA Super Stock (17 cars)
Feature (20 laps): Nick Oreskovich, Mason; Kevin Burdick, Proctor; Willie Johnsen Jr., Superior; Shane Kisling, Park Falls; D.J. Keeler, Superior; Scott Lawrence, Superior; Keith Kern, Superior; Dave Flynn, Superior; Jim Campbell, Two Harbors; Don Muzz, Ironwood; Joe Oliver, Superior; Colton Vernon, Ashland; Austin McWilliams, Thunder Bay; Keith Corcilius, Phillips. DNF: Brian Carl, Duluth; Andy Grymala, Superior. DQ: Adam Shinn, Duluth.
Heat 1; Johnsen Jr.; Lawrence; Oliver; Muzzy; Flynn; Kern; McWilliams; Shinn; Vernon.
Heat 2: Kisling; Oreskovich; Campbell; Burdick; Grymala; Keeler; Carl; Corcilius.
WISSOTA Midwest Modified (24 cars)
Feature: Mack Estey, Hibbing; Deven VanHouse, Silver Bay; Dave Flynn, Superior; Shane Howell, Buffalo, Minn.; Dan Kingsley, Superior; Carey LePage, Culver, Minn.; Cody Carlson, Superior; Brandon Copp, Brule; Craig Lofdahl, Duluth; Nick Daronco, Mountain Iron, Minn.; Cole Chernosky, Thunder Bay; Don Craig, Thunder Bay; Mike Jacques, Thunder Bay; Dale Suomala Jr., Hermantown. DNF: Skeeter Estey, Kelly Lake; Donnie Lofdahl, Duluth; Tyler Vernon, Ashland; Tyler Hudack, Ashland; Mike Blevins, Hibbing; James Kannegiesser, Hayward; Alex Smith, Solon Springs; Jeff Forseen, Mountain Iron.
Heat 1: VanHouse; M. Estey; Suomala Jr.; Hudack; LePage Craig; Goldfine. DNF: Flynn.
Heat 2: S. Estey; Daronco; Simpson; D. Lofdahl; Blevins; Copp; Forseen; Jacques.
Heat 3: Carlson; Howell; Kingsley; Vernon; Kannegiesser; Chernosky. DNF: Smith; C. Lofdahl.
WISSOTA Pure Stocks (12 cars)
Feature (15 laps): Mike Blevins, Hibbing; Ryan Savoy, Superior; Jeff Christman, South Range; Justin Weinberger, Park Falls; Dylan Shelton, Wrenshall; Shaina Rapp, Saginaw; Kyle Copp, Brule; Justin Madsen, Foxboro; Andy Poll, Two Harbors; Travis Zembo, Superior. DNF: Tyler Keup, Superior; Matt Deragon, Ashland.
Heat 1; Blevins; Copp; Weinberger; Rapp; Poll. DNF: Keup.
Heat 2: Savoy; Deragon; Shelton; Christman; Madsen; Zembo.
Ashland rained out
It’s not the way the officials at the ABC Raceway wanted to end the 2016 regular racing season, but another day of rainy weather forced their hand into cancelling “Championship Saturday Night.”
With the cancellation of the final two race nights of the summer, the track champs end up being those drivers who led the points standings after the August 13 show.
Neil Balduc of Bessemer, Mich., won his first WISSOTA Modified title by six points over Ashland’s Steve Stuart.
Mason’s Nick Oreskovich won the WISSOTA Super Stock crown over Superior’s Scott Lawrence by 23 points. Oreskovich won this division’s points championship at AMSOIL Speedway in Superior in 2015, but this is his first title at his home track.
Paul Suzik defended his WISSOTA Midwest Modified title, finishing 23 points ahead of Tanner Hicks of Ashland.
Ashland’s Tiffany Hudack made ABC Raceway history in 2014 as the first female driver to win a division title here in the ABC Six-Cylinder class. Hudack’s 51-point advantage over Scott Ovaska of Marengo was the largest among the five divisional leaders after the Aug. 13 show.
Justin Weinberger of Park Falls raced to his first career WISSOTA Pure Stock championship Friday in Superior, but on Saturday the weather helped him nail down his second title.
Next up is the 41st annual Red Clay Classic on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.