Opening Night 2011

Qualifying heats were run to set the starting spots for the features ineach of the five divisions. Heats in the Late Models were won by Steve Laursen Cumberland, Pat Doar New Richmond and Darrell Nelson Hermantown. Modified heats went to Joey Jensen Forest Lake and Kelly Estey Kelly Lake. Three heats of Super Stocks were won by Donnie Lofdahl Proctor, Dave Read Brainerd and Scott Lawrence Superior while the Midwest Modified heats went to Skeeter Estey and Neil Balduc. The three heats of Pure Stocks went to Matt Madsen Superior, Ken Tody, Jr Ashland and Austin Blom Saginaw.

photo by Ken Johnson

The first feature to roll onto the track was for the Midwest Modifieds.At the green flag Dan Kingsley wedged his green #68 between pole sitter Deven Van House and the #99 of Neil Bolduc to take the early lead. Skeeter Estey followed him through to second with Bolduc and Scott Herrick third and fourth. Jeff Pohjonen driving for Brian Youderin slipped through into fifth. Estey closed on Kingsley and used the outside lane to grab the lead off of turn two. Pohjonen and Bolduc ran side by side for third and Pohjonen won that skirmish. Estey extended his lead to nearly a straight away for an easy win. Kingsley, Herrick, Pohjonen and Balduc finished in the top five.

photo by Ken Johnson

Next up was 20 laps for the WISSOTA Super Stocks. Andy Grymala and Donnie Lofdahl led the 24 car field to the green flag. Lofdahl nipped Grymala for the lead as Dave read and Grymala went wheel to wheel for second. Scott Lawrence and Willie Johnsen also battled side by side for third. Five laps in Read looped in turn two bringing out the caution flag. Lofdahl maintained the lead on the restart ahead of Lawrence, Johnsen and Dave Flynn while Read headed for the back of the pack. Lawrence tried for the lead but the caution flag reappeared when Brian Carl and Read tangled in turn two. The re start saw Lofdahl still at the point over Lawrence, Grymala, Johnsen and newcomer to the top five, Brian Mikkonen. A four car battle for fourth ensued involving Johnsen, Flynn, Mikkonen and Jeff Tardy which was broken up when the caution flag appeared yet again for a Joe Olson spin in the infamous turn two. At the restart Grymala got a run to the outside of Lofdahl who moved up the track a bit leaving the bottom wide open for the opportunistic Lawrence who scooted through to the lead. Lofdahl slipped to third with Flynn fourth and Tardy fifth. Once again the caution flag flew, this time for Flynn who turned around in turn two. Mike Bellefeuille was also involved. Earlier in the event Kevin Burdick had taken his #30 to the pits and returned to work his way up to eighth at this point with eight circuits remaining. Lawrence, Lofdahl, Grymala, Tardy and Corey Casari now ran in the top five and Mikkonen had taken the #11x to the pits. Bellefeuille headed to the pits with fire trailing from under the #21bringing out what would prove to be the final slow down. Lawrence completed the sweep with the win over Lofdahl, Grymala, Tardy and Read who drove a great race from the back of the pack after the trip to the pits.

photo by Ken Johnson

Darrell Nelson and Jody Bellefeuille led the scheduled 17 car field to the green flag. Nelson slipped into the lead followed by Bellefeuille,Joey Jensen, Kelly Estey and Rick Rivord in the lead five. Estey and Bellefeuille went at it for third and Estey was able to take the spot. Estey closed on Jensen for second but Jensen was able to stave him off with five of 20 laps in the books. Further back Rivord and Bill Byholm waged battle for fifth and Rivord was able to hold him off. Nelson maintained a five car length lead over Jensen as the duo began to put some distance on third place Estey. With 13 laps complete the leaders became embroiled in lapped traffic allowing Jensen to close in on Nelson's back bumper. Jensen took the lead as Nelson was stymied by a lapped car. He went on to take the win and also completed the sweep.Nelson, Estey, Bellefeuille and Rivord finished in the top five. The event went flag to flag without a caution flag.

photo by Ken Johnson

Next to roll onto the speedway were the ground pounding WISSOTA Late Models starting 20 strong. Cumberland WI's Steve Laursen started on the pole with Chris Olsen to his outside. Laursen got the jump at the green flag and Harry Hanson slipped into second ahead of Olson, Darrel lNelson and Jeff Provinzino. Nelson raced by Olson into third as ninth starting Pat Doar moved into sixth. Hanson, Nelson Laursen, Olson and Kyle Peterlin were in the leading group of five with ten circuits complete. Nelson closed up on Hanson as Peterlin and Laursen battled and Doar joined them and got past Peterlin into fourth. He then took third from Laursen and set out for the lead duo. With seven laps remaining the leaders were in traffic but Hanson held on the rest of the way for the win. Nelson, Doar, Peterlin and Darin Meierotto finished in the top five in the event which went 25 laps without a caution flag.

photo by Ken Johnson

The final event of the evening was the 15 lap Pure Stock feature which was scheduled to start 26 cars. Only Jeff Christman failed to start leaving 25 to take the green flag. Dustin Follett grabbed the point from the outside of the front row over Ken Tody, Jr., Matt Madsen and Austin Blom in the early going. The caution appeared when Chad Carlson spun in turn two. At the green flag Follett maintained the lead as Justin Madsen picked off the second position. Blom ran third and the three put some distance on the pack. With a dozen laps left a caution flag for a spin in turn two brought the leaders back to the pack. Almost unnoticed the only female racer on the track had been working her way forward from her 13th starting spot. Despite being caught up in a couple of incidents not of her making, Ashley Smith had taken the pink #23 forward and was running fifth. Follett again maintained the lead over a pair of Madsens, Matt and Justin in second and third respectively. The caution flag again flew for the about to be lapped #10 of Josh Johnson.No damage occurred to the leaders and Follett continued to lead the final circuits for the win over Madsen, Matt, Madsen Justin, Andy Udeen and Ashley Smith.

Results AMSOIL Speedway Opening Night 5-20-11 (96 Cars)

WISSOTA AMSOIL Dirt Track Series Late Models

Feature 25 laps, 20 cars: Harry Hanson Eveleth; Darrell Nelson

Hermantown; Pat Doar New Richmond, Kyle Peterlin Hibbing; Darin

Meierotto Superior; Steve Laursen Cumberland; Jeff Provinzino

Hibbing; Joel Cryderman Thunder Bay; Caley Emerson Forest Lake;

Todd Seymour; Chris Olson Hibbing; Todd Gehl Solon Springs; Joey

Ogston Duluth; T. J. Adams Hayward; Cory Jorgensen Hermantown;

Gregg Hill Eveleth; Aaron Lillo Duluth; Dustin Lunde Proctor; DNF

Travis Budisalovich Cottage Grove; DNF Tim McMann.

Heat 1: Laursen, Provinzino, Meierotto, Jorgensen, A. Lillo; Ogston,

Adams 10 laps

Heat 2: Doar, Hanson, Gehl, Cryderman, Emerson, Hill, DNF Lunde 10


Heat 3: Nelson; Peterlin; Olson; Frank; McMann; Budisalovich 10 laps

WISSOTA AMSOIL Dirt Track Series Modified Feature 20 laps 17

cars: Joey Jensen Forest Lake; Darrell Nelson Hermantown; Kelly Estey

Kelly Lake; Jody Bellefeuille Duluth; Rick Rivord Superior; Bill

Byholm Glidden; Jayme Lautigar Gilbert; Ryan Aho chisholm; Steve

Lavasseur River Falls; Kevin Eder Ashland; Al Uotinen Superior; Alan

Hartel South Range; Mark Blood Mora; Pat Cook Washburn DNF Nick

Lavato Superior; DNS Scott Hudak Ashland

Heat 1: Jensen; Nelson; Rivord, Bellefeuille, Byholm, Lavasseur; Blood,

DNS Destin Lorimor 10 laps

Heat 2: Kelly Estey, Lautigar; Uotinen; Eder; Hudak, Cook, Hartel 10


WISSOTA AMSOIL Dirt Track Series Super Stock feature 24 cars, 20

laps: Scott Lawrence Superior; Donnie Lofdahl Proctor; Andy Grymala

Superior; Jeff Tardy Hibbing; Dave Read Brainerd; Cory Casari; Kevin

Burdick Hibbing; Trevor Wilson Superior; Robbie Cooper Superior; Joe

Olson Superior; Kevin Hager Kellog; Keith Kern Superior; Shawn

Rivord South Range; Al Rapp Saginaw; Cody Carlson Superior; Ronnie

Malecki Superior; Jim Campbell Two Harbors; Brian Carl Duluth; DNF

Dave Flynn Superior; DNF Brian Mikkonen Iron River; DNF Mike

Bellefeuille DNS Brad Kisling Rice Lake

Heat 1: Lofdahl; S. Kisling; Kern; Bellefeuille; Wilson; Carl DNF

Rivord 8 laps

Heat 2: Read; Flynn; Grymala; Casari; Burdick; Carlson; Malecki; DNF

Rapp 8 laps

Heat 3: Lawrence; Mikkonen; Johnsen; Cooper; Hagar; Olson; Campbell

DNS B Kisling 8 laps

WISSOTA AMSOIL Dirt Track Series Midwest Modified Feature: 10

cars 15 laps: Skeeter Estey Kelly Lake; Dan Kingsley Superior; Scott

Herrick Proctor; Jeff Pohjonen Duluth; Neil Balduc Bessemer; Rick

Pryzbylski Ashland; Travis Nye Ashland; Deven Van House Two

Harbors; Dan Larsen Hermantown; DNS Jeffery Lien, Jr Mora

Heat 1: Estey; Herrick; Nye; Van House; DNS Lein 8 laps

Heat 2: Balduc; Kingsley; Przybylski; Pohjonen; Larsen

Pure Stock Feature 26 cars 15 laps: Dustin Follett Cloquet; Matt Madsen

Superior; Justin Madsen Foxboro; Ashley Smith South range; Austin

Blom Saginaw; Alex hart Poplar; Corey Lonetto Duluth; David

Androsky Superior; Matt Hammitt Cloquet; Tim Carlson Superior; Dale

Soumala Duluth; Travis Zembo Superior; Steve Udeen Superior; Chad

Carlson Superior; Jack Sigafus South Range; Jon Hammitt Cloquet; Ed

Dammer Hermantown; Zene Anderson Superior; Ken Tody, Jr Ashland;

DNF Brady Zembo Superior; DNFJosh Johnson Superior; DNF D. J.

Keeler Superior; DNF Justin Bassa Hermantown; DNF Chad Nikstad

Superior; DNS Jeff Christman Superior

Heat 1: M Madsen; J. Madsen; Hart; C. Carlson; Smith; Johnson; M

Hammitt; DNF S. Udeen; DNF B. Zembo 6 laps

Heat 2: Tody, Jr; Follett; Androsky; Dammer; Nikstad; Sigafus; T.

Zembo; Soumala 6 laps

Heat 3: Blom; A. Udeen; Lonetto; Keeler; J. Hammitt; Anderson; DNF

Bassa; DNS Christman 6 laps