Solon Springs’ 14-year-old wins first career feature

By Jerry O'Brien For The Telegram Alex Smith, a 14-year-old from Solon Springs, took home the checkered flag Friday in the final race on the final night of weekly racing at AMSOIL Speedway in Superior, winning the 15-lap, 19-car Pure Stocks event...

Alex Smith
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By Jerry O'Brien

For The Telegram

Alex Smith, a 14-year-old from Solon Springs, took home the checkered flag Friday in the final race on the final night of weekly racing at AMSOIL Speedway in Superior, winning the 15-lap, 19-car Pure Stocks event for his first win in the classification.

Also earning wins ahead of championship week were Zach Wohlers of Kelly Lake in the Late Models, Ashland’s Kevin Eder in the Modifieds, Superior’s Scott Lawrence in the Super Stocks and Devan VanHouse of Silver Bay in the Midwest Modifieds. For VanHouse, Friday’s win was also his first at AMSOIL Speedway.


Lawrence’s second win of the season at the speedway gave him an 18-point lead over Shane Kisling. He also turned a lap of 18.447 seconds for the fastest of the event.

Wohlers led the entire 25-lap Late Model feature and set the fast time along the way with a lap of 17.069 seconds.

Smith took his first lead of the pure stock feature just before a caution flag came with two laps remaining.

After the restart things got ugly resulting in a red flag when Justin Weinberger, a rookie who has already a couple of feature wins this season, was squeezed into the front stretch wall and ended up barrel rolling down the front stretch a reported seven times. He was reported to not be injured and climbed out of the car quickly.

When racing resumed Smith was able to hold on for the win.

Championship week at the speedway begins tonight at the Head of the Lakes Fair with final points for Late Models and Modifieds. Final points will take place Friday for super stocks and Midwest Modifieds. Pure stocks will be in action both nights.

NOTES: Ninty-three cars were on hand Friday. … Dave Flynn turned in the fastest lap for Midwest Modifieds at 18.542 seconds. … Jody Bellefeuille, Jeff Klopstein, Michael Truscott, Dale Coddington and Matt Deragon won features Saturday at the ABC Raceway in Ashland.



AMSOIL Speedway

Friday, Aug. 21

WISSOTA Late Model (21 cars)

Feature (25 laps): Zach Wohlers, Kelly Lake; Kyle Peterlin, Hibbing; Darrell Nelson, Hermantown; Harry Hanson, Eveleth; Aaron Lillo, Proctor; Jeff Provinzino, Hibbing; Jeff Massingill, Keewatin; Dave Esse, Cloquet; Tim McMann, Duluth; Terry Lillo, Duluth; T.J. Adams, Hayward; Kevin Carlson, Hermantown; John Meeds, Spooner; Trevor Wilson, Superior; Robbie Cooper, South Range; Tim Lillo, Duluth.

DNF: Cory Jorgenson, Hermantown; Steve Laursen, Cumberland; John Toppozini, Thunder Bay; Gregg Hill, Eveleth; Riley Matthews, Murillo, ONT.

Heat 1: Peterlin; Hill; Hanson; Meeds; T. Lillo. DNF: Esse.

Heat 2: McMann; A. Lillo; Laursen; Jorgenson; Matthews; Carlson; Cooper.

Heat 3: Nelson; Wohlers; Terry Lillo; Adams DNF: Massingill; Toppozini; Wilson


WISSOTA Modified (18 cars)

Feature (20 laps): Kevin Eder, Ashland; Darrell Nelson, Hermantown; Kelly Estey, Kelly Lake; Jody Bellefeuille, Duluth; Al Uotinen, Superior; Jeffery Lien Jr., Mora; Destin Lorimor, Superior; Neil Baldic, Bessemer; Deven VanHouse, Silver Bay; Rick Rivord, Superior; Joey Jensen, Harris; Cody Wolkowski, Thunder Bay; Brian Mikkonen, Iron River; Nick Musel, Duluth; Nikki Wrazidlo, Duluth; Jared Loos, Loyal; Pat Hoffman, Rice Lake. DNF: Bobby Houston, Siren.

Heat 1: Estey; Baldic; Lorimor; Nelson; Loos; Rivord. DNF: Houston; Jensen; Musel.

Heat 2: Bellefeuille; Eder; Wolkowski; Uotinen; Lien Jr.; VanHouse; Mikkonen; Hoffman; Wrazidlo.

WISSOTA Super Stock (13 cars)

Feature (20 laps): Scott Lawrence, Superior; Donnie Lofdahl, Duluth; Dave Flynn, Superior; D.J. Keeler, Superior; Shane Kisling, Sarona; Tristan LaBarge, Kelly Lake; Willie Johnsen Jr., Superior; Mike Bellefeuille, Duluth. DNF: Keith Kern, Superior; Jim Campbell, Two harbors; Nick Oreskovich, Mason; Don Muzzy, Ironwood; Spencer Sorenson, Duluth.

Heat 1: Lawrence; Oreskovich; Keeler; Kern; LaBarge; Bellefeuille; Kisling.

Heat 2: Johnsen Jr.; Flynn; Campbell; Lofdahl; Sorenson; Muzzy.


WISSOTA Midwest Modified (21cars)

Feature (15 laps): Deven VanHouse, Silver Bay; Dave Flynn, Superior; Dan Kingsley, Superior; Skeeter Estey, Kelly Lake; Dale Soumala, Hermantown; Shane Howell, Buffalo; Nick Daronco, Mountain Iron; Tyler Luger, Iron River; Jake Gondik, Foxboro; Ricky Davis, Bruno; Mike Jacques, Thunder Bay; Eric Gadach, Deer Park; David Simpson, Thunder Bay; Greg Arnt, North Branch; Don Craig, Thunder Bay.

DNF: Brady Caul, Fort Francis; James Kannegiesser, Hayward; Lance Solem, Duluth; Tyler Kintner, Hibbing. DNS: Scott Herrick, Proctor; Chris Bretting, Washburn.

Heat 1; Flynn; Caul; Howell; Kintner; Jacques; Kannegiesser; Davis.

Heat 2; VanHouse; Daronco; Estey; Solem; Craig; Arnt. DNF: Herrick.

Heat 3: Gondik; Kingsley; Soumala; Luger; Simpson. DNF: Gadach; Bretting.

Pure Stock (19 cars)

Feature (15 laps): Alex Smith, Solon Springs (14 years old); Aaron Olson, Kelly Lake; Annika Hammitt, Cloquet; Chad Carlson, Superior; Ryan Savoy, Superior; Tim Carlson, Superior; Chris Johnson, Superior; Carter Nelson, Hermantown; Jason Simonson, Superior; Andy Poll, Two harbors; Chad Nikstad, Superior. DNF: Josh Loucks, Carlton; Justin Weinberger, Park Falls; Nick Ziegler, Cloquet; Cole Provinzino, Hibbing; Jon Hammitt, Cloquet; Shaina Rapp, Saginaw; Justin Madsen, Foxboro. DNS: Josh Clark, Zim.      


Heat 1: Loucks; J. Hammitt; Olson; T. Carlson; Nikstad; Poll; Ziegler; Simonson; Nelson. DNF: A. Hammitt.

Heat 2: Weinberger; C. Carlson; Smith; Johnson; Madsen; Savoy; Provinzino. DNF: Rapp. DNS: Clark.


ABC Raceway

Saturday, Aug. 22

WISSOTA Modifieds

Feature: Jody Bellefeuille, Duluth; Al Uotinen, Superior; Kevin Eder, Ashland; Jeff Spacek, Phillips; Destin Lorimor, Superior; Joey Jensen, Forest Lake, Minn.; Paul Niznik, Medford; Rick Rivord, Superior; Steve Stuart, Ashland; Brian Mikkonen, Iron River; Neil Balduc, Bessemer, Mich.; Scott Hudack, Ashland; Jared Loos, Loyal; Pat Hoffman, Rice Lake; Pat Cook, Washburn; Jake Hiatt, New Richmond; Dustin Hudack, Ashland; Paul Knauf, Marshfield; Bill Byholm, Glidden.

Heat 1: Uotinen; Lorimor; Niznik; Mikkonen; Stuart; Loos; Balduc; Cook; Hiatt; Knauf.


Heat 2: Eder; Bellefeuille; S. Hudack; Spacek; Byholm; Rivord; Jensen; D. Hudack; Hoffman.

WISSOTA Super Stocks

Feature: Jeff Klopstein, Tomahawk; Willie Johnsen Jr., Superior; Kevin Eder, Ashland; Cole Spacek, Phillips; Terran Spacek, Phillips; Shane Kisling, Sarona; Nick Oreskovich, Mason; Scott Lawrence, Superior; Randy Spacek, Phillips; Tristan LaBarge, Kelly Lake, Minn.; Pat Beeksma, Ironwood, Mich.; Charlie Anderson, Ironwood; Cory Casari, Montreal; Michael Truscott, Chippewa Falls; Donnie Lofdahl, Duluth; Peter Jokinen, Mellen; Dave Elliott, Minocqua; Myron Basina, Washburn; Shawn McFadden Jr., Ashland; Keith Corcilius, Phillips; Mike Hince, Medford; Andy Grymala, Superior; Kyle Oman, Cloquet.

Heat 1: Kisling; T. Spacek; Oreskovich; C. Spacek; Jokinen; McFadden; Elliott; Hince.

Heat 2: Eder; Klopstein; Johnsen; Anderson; Grymala; Lofdahl; Oman; Corcilius.

Heat 3: R. Spacek; LaBarge; Beeksma; Lawrence; Casari; Truscott; Basina; Wayne Stricker, Highbridge.

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds

Feature: Michael Truscott, Chippewa Falls; Tyler Luger, Iron River; Dan Kingsley, Superior; Tanner Hicks, Ashland; Paul Suzik, Ironwood; Jeff Lien Jr, Mora; Kevin Eder, Ashland; Ryan Adamzak, Ashland; Mickey Nosser, Phillips; Tyler Vernon, Ashland; Paul Niznik, Medford; Rob Weber, Ashland; Duane Dunbar, Marenisco, Mich.; George Dalbeck, Ironwood; Tad Bretting, Ashland; Jeremy Lindquist, Ashland; Ricky Davis, Bruno, Minn.; Peter Jokinen, Mellen; Jordan Barningham, Bayfield; Bill Muhlig, Bessemer, Mich.; Tanner Byholm, Glidden; Chris Bretting, Washburn; Ross Fuhrman, Ashland.

Semi-Feature: Niznik; Jokinen; Lindquist; Davis; Howell; Passuello; R. Barningham; Hyde; Jacques.

Heat 1: Suzik; Luger; Lien; Dalbeck; Fuhrman; Jokinen; Clay Passuello, Ironwood; Niznik.

Heat 2: Truscott; Kingsley; Vernon; Josh Wahlstrom, Rice Lake; Dunbar; Lindquist; Davis; Mike Jacques, Thunder Bay, Ont.

Heat 3: Hicks; Byholm; Eder; Nosser; C Bretting; Robert Hyde, Ashland; Shane Howell, Buffalo, Minn.

Heat 4: Weber; Adamzak; T. Bretting; Muhlig; J. Barningham; John Kallas, Hurley; Ryan Barningham, Bayfield.


Feature: Dale Coddington, Hayward; Tiffany Hudack, Ashland; Bubba Anderson, Trego; Tyler Hudack, Ashland; Neil Adamzak, Ashland; Forrest Schultz, Ashland; DeJay Mihalek, Ashland; Colten Vernon, Ashland; Travis Swanson, Washburn; Tyler Vernon, Ashland; Jonathan Popp, Iron River; Ken Tyykila, Iron River; Adam Traaholt, Ashland; Brendon Ottman, Ashland; Aaron Mashlan, Ashland; Olivia Bretting, Washburn; Ron Hmielewski, Marengo.

Heat 1: Tiffany Hudack; Adamzak; Schultz; Tyler Hudack; Mihalek; Popp; Mashlan; O. Bretting; Hmielewski.

Heat 2: Coddington; T. Vernon; Anderson; C. Vernon; Traaholt; Swanson; Ottman; Tyykila .

Pure Stocks

Feature: Matt Deragon, Ashland; Randy Graham, Trego; Brandle Pupp, Ashland; Tim Carbon, Highbridge; Glenn Dammer, Duluth; Randy Conner, Hayward; Andrew Hanson, Iron River; Erik Pederson, Alborn, Minn.; Andy Poll, Two Harbors; Bob Skrobot, Manitowish Waters; Rita Anderson, South Range; Charles Jahn, Mellen; Justin Weinberger, Park Falls; Jake Nevala, Ashland; Nick Paoli, Ironwood, MI; Nick Ziegler, Cloquet.

Heat 1: Deragon; Pupp; Skrobot; Poll; Nevala; Pederson; Weinberger; Anderson.

Heat 2: Hanson; Conner; Graham; Dammer; Carbon; Paoli; John; Ziegler.

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