TIM McMANN WINS LATE MODEL FEATURE AT AMSOIL SPEEDWAY

 

Lance Solem of Duluth made his return to AMSOIL Speedway a triumphant

one as he was able hold onto the lead for the entire 15 lap distance despite a

couple of caution flags one of which came close to upsetting his chance for the

win. At the initial green flag Solem jumped to a nice lead only to have the start

negated. At the next try for a start the caution lights blinked on for a tangle

between Rob Weber and Cody Carlson in turn four which put Carlson's car on the

trailer still with no laps complete. Solem again drove to the lead hounded by

Canadian driver Cody Wolkowski. The pair were followed by Neil Balduc, Loren

Inman and Weber. Solem moved out to a ten car length lead over Wolkowski who

them began to cut into that lead. Wolkowski caught up to Solem in turn one and

tried an inside move for the lead instead he hit Solem in the left quarter panel and

spun himself out bringing out the caution flag once again. At the restart Solem was

able to maintain a three car length gap over Inman who had inherited second.

Solem went on to secure his first career feature win at AMSOIL Speedway.

Balduc and Weber finished third and fourth while Wolklowski charged from the

back of the pack to finish fifth.

Many time track champion Scott Lawrence found his ticket back to the victory

train with a hard fought win in the 20 lap WISSOTA Super Stock feature.

Canadian veteran Shawn Polonoski raced out to a big lead at the green flag. Pat

Heikkinen clung to the second spot as a determined Lawrence quickly moved from

his eighth starting spot to battle for second with Heikkinen. The caution flag soon

flew as Riley Mathews spun in turn four. At the green flag Polonoski led and

Lawrence found himself in a battle for second with Trevor Wilson, Heikkinen and

Andy Grymala. Shortly thereafter a wreck in turn three involving at least four

cars brought out yet another caution flag. After the incident was cleaned up and

racing resumed, Polonoski retained the lead with pressure from Wilson and

Lawrence but the caution flag appeared for debris on the racing surface. The

restart saw Polonoski hounded by Lawrence who got a run in turn two and took

the point at the turn exit. He then quickly moved to a fifteen car length bulge over

the battle between Wilson and Polonoski for second. Moving into contention was

Dave Flynn who had started all the way back in 12th. With five laps remaining a

caution flag for an Ashley Smith spin evaporated the Lawrence lead. The final five

circuits turned out to be a duel between Flynn and Lawrence, something that has

happened frequently thus far in the early season. This time it was Lawrence who

won out in the thrilling five lap sprint to the checkered flag. Wilson, Polonoski

and Donnie Lofdahl finished in the top five.

The 20 laps for the WISSOTA Modifieds started with Ashland's Kevin Eder

taking off like he was on fire to a huge lead leaving Destin Lorimor, Scott

Heikkinen and Jeff Tardy far behind. Eder sprinted out to a full straight away lead

while, in the distance, Tardy closed up on Lorimor for second and Jody

Bellefeuille was also right in this pack and sailed by Tardy in turn four taking over

third. Ninth starting Al Uotinen battled with Heikkinen and slipped into the top

five. Meanwhile Eder was sailing along way out in front with seemingly not a care

in the world. But that all changed when Rick rivord and Nikki Wrazidlo tangled

on the back stretch. Rivord was charged with the foul and just like that Eder's free

ride ended. At the green Eder was able to move out to a few car lengths lead as

Bellefeuille got by Lorimor into second while Tardy and Uotinen battled for third.

Uotinen secured third as Bellefeuille redoubled his efforts to reel in Eder. With

two laps remaining the caution flag again appeared for Rivord in turn two. Setting

up a shootout. Eder was able to outrun Bellefeuille for his first win at the

speedway. Uotinen, Lorimor and Ross Lightner rounded out the top five while

Tardy was forced to pull pit side when debris broke his helmet face shield severely

limiting his vision.

It was another full field of Pure Stocks and fifteen laps to settle who would be

the feature winner. In the scheduled 26 car field was last week's winner Chad

Carlson who had already suffered a roll over in one of the heat races. This would

prove to be another rugged pure stock feature as the second try for a start resulted

in a red flag when Ed Dammer rolled his #43 numerous times in turn four.

Dammer was extracted from the car and was seen walking around on the track.

The caution flew on the third try for a start and Dustin Follett drew the call for

intentionally stopping the action and was disqualified. The next try to complete

laps was successful and saw Steve Udeen lead some laps. Justin Bassa Josh

Johnson, Chad Nikstad and Mark Korte ran in the lead pack. Nikstad took the lead

but Dave Clark turned sideways off the exit of turn two right in the path of Steve

Udeen who broadsided him sending him like a pocket pool shot caroming into

Nikstad who promptly rolled over. At the restart the action settled down and there

was a good battle up front. With seven circuits remaining, Johnson led Steve

Udeen, Bassa, Justin Madsen, Josh Loucks and Andy Udeen. At the checkered

flag Josh Johnson won his first career Pure Stock feature over Steve Udeen,

Madsen, Bassa and Loucks. At the end of fifteen laps, 13 of 25 actial starters were

running at the finish.

Results AMSOIL Speedway 6-1-12

WISSOTA Late Model (10 cars)

Feature (20 laps) Tim McMann Duluth; Harry Hanson Eveleth; Kyle Peterlin

Hibbing; Travis Budisalovich Cottage Grove, MN; Todd Frank Mellen, WI;

Chriss Olson Hibbing; Scott Herrick Proctor DNF Gregg Hill Eveleth; Terry Lillo

Duluth; Aaron Lillo Duluth.

Heat 1 (10 laps): Peterlin; McMann; Herrick; Olson; Budisalovich

Heat 2 (10 laps): Hill; Hanson; T. Lillo; Frank DNF A. Lillo

WISSOTA Modified (11 cars)

Feature (20 laps) Kevin Eder Ashland; Jody Bellefeuille Duluth; Al Uotinen

Superior; Destin Lorimor Superior; Ross Lightner Washburn; Pat Cook

Washburn; Scot Heikkinen Eveleth DNF Jeff Tardy Hibbing; Rick Rivord; Nikki

Wrazidlo DNS Rick Niemi Eveleth

Heat 1 (10 laps): Eder; Bellefeuille; Tardy; Heikkinen; Uotinen DNS Rivord

Heat 2 (10 laps): Cook; Wrazidlo; Lorimor; Lightner; DNF Niemi

WISSOTA Super Stock (19 cars)

Feature (20 laps) Scott Lawrence Superior; Dave Flynn Superior; Trevor Wilson

Superior; Shawn Polonoski Thunder Bay; Donnie Lofdahl Duluth; Nick

Oreskovich Mason, WI; Andy Grymala Superior; Keith Kern Superior; Matt

Madsen Superior; Al Rapp Saginaw; Ashley Smith South Range DNF Pat

Heikkinen; Willie Johnsen, Jr; Riley Matthews Thunder Bay; Shawn Rivord South

Range; Dan Tocheri Thunder Bay; Joe Olson; Ronnie Malecki; Mike Bellefeuille

Heat 1(10 laps): Johnsen; Heikkinen; Lofdahl; Rapp; Tocheri; Matthews; Rivord;

M. Madsen; Smith DNF: Oreskovich

Heat 2 (10 laps): Polonoski; Grymala; Lawrence; Wilson; Olson; Flyn; Kern;

Malecki; Bellefeuille

WISSOTA Midwest Modified (17 cars)

Feature (15 laps) Lance Solem Duluth; Koren Inman Proctor; Neil Balduc

Bessemer, MI; Rob Weber Ashland; Cody Wolkowski Thunder Bay; Dan Larsen

Hermantown; Don Craig Thunder Bay; Tyler Luger Iron River; Deven Van House

Silver Bay; Chris Bretting Washburn; Jake Gondik Foxboro; Scott Bruce Thunder

Bay; Norm Anderson, Jr.;Duluth; Adam Shinn Duluth; Brian Youderin Superior

DNF Cody Carlson Superior; Dan Kingsley Superior; Jeff Pohjonen Duluth

Heat 1 (8 Laps): Solem; Weber; Inman; Bruce; Larsen; Anderson; Luger;

Youderin DQ Gondik

Heat 2 (8 laps): Carlson; Wolkowski; Balduc; Kingsley; VanHouse; Pohjonen;

Craig; Bretting; Shinn

Pure Stocks (26 cars)

Feature (15 laps) Josh Johnson Superior: Steve Udeen Superior; Justin Madsen

Superior; Justin Bassa Hermantown; Josh Loucks Carlton; Andy Udeen Superior;

Gary Campbell Duluth; Travis Zembo Superior; Gary Campbell, Jr. Duluth; Josh

Overn Mahtowa; Joel Klints Duluth; Scott Shober Wrenshall; Jack Sigafus South

Range DNF Mark Korte Duluth; Corey lonetto Duluth; Tim Carlson Superior;

Kodi Oliver Superior; Chad Nikstad Superior; Dave Clark Highland, Ill; Shiana

Rapp Saginaw; Kayla Anderson Superior; Jeff Engelmeier Saginaw; Ed Dammer

Hermantown; Rita Anderson South Range DNS Gavin Campbell DQ Dustin

Follett

Heat 1 (8 laps): A. Udeen; Johnson; Nikstad; Campbell, Jr. T. Carlson; Shober;

Clark; Overen DNF Klints

Heat 2 (8 laps): Korte; Engelmeier; G. Campbell; Lonetto; Dammer; k. Anderson

DNF Sigafus; K. Oliver DNS Follett

Heat 3 (8 laps): S. Udeen; Madsen; Bassa; Loucks; Zembo; R. Anderson DNF

Rapp; C. Carlson DQ G. Campbell


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