Nelson doubles up at AMSOIL Speedway

Racing started out Friday night at the AMSOIL Speedway with a pair of Midwest Modified heats that were for the scheduled program. Following was the Pure Stock feature left over from June 24.

Racing started out Friday night at the AMSOIL Speedway with a pair of Midwest Modified heats that were for the scheduled program. Following was the Pure Stock feature left over from June 24.

It was torture getting in the first five laps of the scheduled 15 as Austin Blom led restart after restart, three of them for debris on the speedway. The fourth caution flag saw Ashley Smith and Chad Nikstad facing the wrong way on the back stretch. The final 10 circuits went off without further stoppages as Blom clung to the lead with Steve Udeen close behind. Blom took the win ahead of Udeen, Dudtin Follett, Matt Madsen and Justin Madsen.

Blom's car failed the post race inspection giving the win to Udeen his second of the season. The disqualification moved Mark Korte into the fifth spot.

Next up on the program was the rest of the qualifying heats. When they were in the record book, it was time for the feature events.

The first feature to take to the AMSOIL Speedway was 15 laps for the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds.


Canadian Don Craig made the most of his pole position starting spot by grabbing the lead and led a lap, but the caution flag flew necessitating a restart. Skeeter Estey, who had blasted from the eighth starting spot to run second, jumped ahead of Craig at the green flag, but it wouldn't hold as Dan Kingsley stopped at the top of turn three.

Craig held the point at the restart as they were still trying to get the third lap complete and Estey spun off turn four bringing out yet another caution period. Craig still held the point, but without Estey on his tail, another Canadian visitor, Cody Walkowski, took over the lead as Craig dropped off the pace and went pit side. Neil Balduc took over second followed by Jeff Pohjonen, Deven Van House and George Dalbeck.

Jeff Lien Jr. found the wall in turn two bringing out the caution flag yet again and Dalbeck retired to the pits for some service on during the caution period.

Walkowski held on to the lead and Dalbeck roared back to take second after the pit stop and sailed by Walkowski into the lead. Estey was back up to third after his spin with five laps remaining with Pohjonen fourth and Balduc running fifth. Once again the yellow flag flew as Van House's No. 17 rolled to a halt. It was judged that Dalbeck jumped the restart putting Walkowski back in front with three laps left. Dalbeck's penalty left Estey in second and, with two to go, it was too close to call for the lead. Estey forged ahead to take the win as Pohjonen and Dalbeck crashed before the start/finish line.

Pohjonen was awarded third while Dalbeck was scored ninth the last car running. Balduc and Scott Herrick rounded out the top five.

"I didn't think that race was ever going to end. I didn't know what was going on back there," said WISSOTA Super Stock feature winner Mike Bellefeuille in the Benna Ford/Rousch victory circle following the race.

Bellefeuille started from the outside of the front row and jumped to the lead over Dave Flynn, Joe Olson, Jeff Tardy and Scott Lawrence. Bellefeuille extended his lead over Flynn and Tardy as Lawrence and Andy Grymala got by Olson into fourth and fifth.

Trevor Wilson got turned around in a pack of cars in turn one and as quick as a flash there were six plus cars in a wad. Joe Oliver, Al Rapp and Robbie Cooper were involved as well as some others. It took several minutes to pry apart the tangle and when racing resumed Bellefeuille still led with Lawrence and Flynn battling for second. Almost the entire field was strung out around the track as the top seven separated themselves from Olson in fifth and no one was making a move with five laps remaining.


Andy Davey turned around at the bottom of turn four bringing out the caution flag. Bellefeuille maintained the lead at the restart over Flynn who lost the spot to Tardy, all to no avail however as the caution lights again flashed on. Flynn was back in second with three to go and made a run at Bellefeuille but couldn't make the pass losing second to Tardy.

The caution flag again flew as Olson and Lawrence clashed. Lawrence limped to the work area with a flat right front tire, joined on to the rear to finish 12th. Bellefeuille held on for the win, Flynn took back second from Tardy who finished third. Kevin Burdick and Andy Grymala finished in the top five.

Next up it was two dozen plus one lap for the WISSOTA Late Models.

Pole sitter Todd Frank led for the first three quarters of the initial circuit before Harry Hanson got a run off turn four and grabbed the point. Darrell Nelson was third, Aaron Lillo fourth and Todd Gehl fifth. Nelson took second from Frank and set out after Hanson as Gehl and Cory Jorgensen battled for fifth and Darin Meierotto joined the mix. The top five at the mid-way point was Hanson, Nelson, Frank, Gehl and Meierotto.

With 14 laps to go the No. 24D of Dustin Lunde erupted in a huge cloud of what appeared to be steam bringing out the first caution flag. The restart was just what Nelson needed. He worked on Hanson for the point but Hanson pulled away as Meierotto moved to third, Franks was fourth and Gehl in fifth.

Nelson continued to work on Hanson but couldn't make the pass until, with three laps remaining, he was able to snake past and take the lead and the win. Meierotto was third ahead of Frank and Gehl in the top five. Aaron Lillo was sixth, Kyle Peterlin who started in the ninth row was seventh, Jorgensen eighth, Chris Olson ninth and Travis Budisalovich rounded out the top 10.

Nelson hustled to climb into his Modified as the 20-lap main event was about to start. At the green Kevin Eder took the point and Kelly Estey blasted up from outside row three to second and Nelson did some blasting of his own to third from the inside of row four. Estey and Nelson overwhelmed Eder and the rookie fell back to third where Scott Hudack was on his tail in fourth and was, in turn receiving pressure from Ryan Aho who ran fifth. Hudack, Aho and most recent winner Joey Jensen battled for fifth. Nelson was stuck about four car lengths behind Estey but closed up, dived under the No. 37 and made the pass in turn one.

Estey began to slide back and came by with the engine making that awful flat sound signifying serious trouble. Estey pulled off subsequently leaving Eder third, Hudack fourth and Aho fifth. Nelson began lapping cars and Aho made a push past Eder for second. Eder, Jensen and Al Uotinen rounded out the top five. Nelson won back to back features in the Late Models and Modifieds.


The final scheduled feature belonged to the Pure Stocks.

Chad Carlson led early on over Matt Madsen, Ed Dammer, Justin Bassa and Justin Madsen. Once again getting that first lap in was difficult as two more caution flags appeared before a complete lap could be run. When they began clicking off laps, Carlson ran into mechanical difficulties and pulled off leaving Matt Madsen in charge. Matt Madsen led brother Justin by several car lengths and was on cruise control as little passing was going on and the final circuit of 15 was looming. The brothers Madsen Matt and Justin finished first and second ahead of D J Keeler, and a pair of No. 15s Jeff Engelmeier and Mark Korte in the top five.

AMSOIL Speedway

Hall of Fame Race results

Friday, July 8

WISSOTA Late Model (19 cars)

Feature (25 laps): Darrell Nelson, Hermantown (1st Feature win of 2011); Harry Hanson, Eveleth; Darin Meierotto, Superior; Todd Frank, Seymour, Wis.; Todd Gehl, Solon Springs; Aaron Lillo, Duluth; Kyle Peterlin, Hibbing; Cory Jorgensen, Hermantown; Chris Olson, Hibbing; Travis Budiaslovich, Cottage Grove, Minn.; Tim McMann, Duluth; Terry Lillo, Duluth; Gregg Hill Eveleth; Jeff Provinzino Hibbing. DNF: Caley Emerson, Forest Lake, Minn.; Kevin Carlson, Hermantown; Danny Young, Thunder Bay, Ont.; Dustin Lunde, Proctor; Tom O'Brien, Webster.

Heat 1 (10 laps): Young (1st heat win of 2011), Frank, Jorgensen, Hanson, McMann, Emerson, Budiaslovich, Hill. DNF: O'Brien, Peterlin.

Heat 2 (10 laps): Gehl (2nd heat win of 2011), Nelson, A. Lillo, Meierotto, Carlson Olson, T. Lillo, Lunde. DNF: Provinzino.

WISSOTA Modified (17 cars)

Feature (20 laps): Darrell Nelson (1st Feature win of 2011); Ryan Aho, Chisholm; Kevin Eder, Ashland; Joey Jensen, Forest Lake; Al Uotinen, Superior; Alan Hartel, Superior; Destin Lorimor, Superior; Rick Rivord, Superior; Scott Heikkinen, Eveleth; E.J. Hietala, Cloquet; Nick Lavato, Superior; Pat Cook, Washburn. DNF: Scott Hudack, Ashland; Steve Lavasseur, River Falls; Jayme Lautigar, Gilbert, Minn.; Jacob Morinville, Duluth; Kelly Estey, Kelly Lake, Minn.

Heat 1 (8 laps): Estey (4th Heat win of 2011), Jensen, Uotinen, Hudack, Hietala, Lavato, Cook, Hartel. DNF: Lautigar.

Heat 2 (8 laps): Nelson (3rd Heat win of 2011), Aho, Eder, Heikkinen, Rivord, Lorimor, Morinville. DNF: Lavasseur.

WISSOTA Super Stock (22 cars)

Feature (20 laps): Mike Bellefeuille, Duluth(2nd Feature win of 2011); Dave Flynn, Superior; Jeff Tardy, Hibbing; Kevin Burdick, Hibbing; Andy Grymala, Superior; Donnie Lofdahl, Proctor; Keith Kern, Superior; Robbie Cooper, South Range; Justin Iverson, Saginaw, Minn.; Ronnie Malecki, Superior; Cody Carlson, Superior; Scott Lawrence, Superior; Pat Heikkinen, Eveleth. DNF: Trevor Arens, Hibbing; Joe Oliver, Superior; Andy Davey, Hibbing; Shawn Rivord, South Range; Jim Campbell, Two Harbors; Trevor Wilson, Superior; Al Rapp, Saginaw; Willie Johnsen, Superior; Joe Oliver, Superior.

Heat 1 (8 laps): Burdick (1st Heat win of 2011), Olson, Bellefeuille, Kern, Johnsen, Rapp, Rivord. DNF: Malecki.

Heat 2 (8 laps): Flynn (3rd Heat win of 2011); Tardy, Grymala, Cooper, Lofdahl, Carlson, Heikkinen.

Heat 3 (8 laps): Lawrence (4thHeat win of 2011), Campbell, Wilson, Oliver, Davey, Arens, Iverson.

WISSOTA Midwest Modified (14 cars)

Feature (15 laps): Skeeter Estey, Kelly Lake (3rd Feature Win of 2011); Cody Walkowski, Thunder Bay; Jeff Pohjonen, Duluth; Neil Balduc, Bessemer, Mich.; Scott Herrick, Proctor; Rick Przbylski, Ashland; Dan Larsen, Hermantown; Glenn Godin, Murillo, Ont.; George Dalbeck, Ironwood, Mich. DNF: Dan Kingsley, Superior; Deven Van House, Grand Marais, Minn.; Jeff Lien Jr., Mora, Minn.; Lance Solem, Duluth; Don Craig, Thunder Bay.

Heat 1 (8 laps): Estey (3rd Heat win of 2011), Larsen, Balduc, Kingsley, Van House, Lien. DNF: Herrick.

Heat 2 (8 laps): Walkowski(1stHeat win of 2011), Craig, Solem, Pohjonen, Przbylski, Dalbeck, Godin.

Pure Stock (25 cars)

Feature (15 laps): Matt Madsen, Superior (2nd Feature win of 2011); Justin Madsen, Foxboro; DJ Keeler, Superior; Jeff Engelmeier, Saginaw; Mark Korte, Duluth; Jeff Christman, Superior; Steve Udeen, Superior; Ashley Smith, South Range; Jon Hammitt, Cloquet; Chad Nikstad, Superior; Tim Oswskey, Superior; Ed Dammer, Hermantown; Brody Zembo, Superior; Zene Anderson, Superior; Travis Zembo, Superior; Rita Anderson, South Range. DNF: Cory Lonetto, Duluth; Chad Carlson, Superior; Dustin Follett, Cloquet; Justin Bassa, Hermantown; Joe Pajtash, Bennett; Brent Good, Superior; Austin Blom, Superior; Dale Soumala, Duluth; Josh Johnson, Superior.

Heat 1 (8 laps): Korte (2nd Heat win of 2011); M. Madsen; Carlson; Anderson. DNF: Soumala; Good; Nikstad. DQ: Pajtash; Z. Anderson.

Heat 2 (8 laps): Follett (2nd Heat win of 2011); Bassa; Smith; Jeff Christman; B. Zembo; T. Zembo. DQ: Johnson; Lonetto.

Heat 3 (8 laps): J. Madsen (2nd Heat win of 2011); Engelmeier; Dammer; Blom; Oswskey; S. Udeen. DNF: J. Hammitt. DQ: Androsky; Keeler.

Pure Stock make-up feature from June 24

Feature (15 laps) S. Udeen (2nd Feature win of 2011); Follett; M. Madsen; J. Madsen; Korte; Androsky; Christman; Smith; J. Hammitt; Johnson; Lonetto; B. Zembo; Pajtash; T. Zembo. DNF: Nikstad; Bassa; Z. Anderson; C. Carlson; Soumala; Good; Oswskey; Keeler. DNS: A. Udeen; T. Carlson. DQ: Blom.

Steve Rivord Sr. Memorial Super Stock Feature

Feature (9 laps reverse direction): Lawrence; Olson; Cooper; Flynn; Kern; Iverson; Heikkinen; Malecki; Carlson. DNF: Oliver; Rivord; Bellefeuille; Grymala; Burdick; Wilson; Lofdahl.

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