PETERLIN WINS AMSOIL SPEEDWAY LATE MODEL MAIN

 

Kyle Peterlin won his first ever Late Model feature at AMSOIL Speedway

becoming the 11th different Late Model feature winner of the season. Starting from

the outside of the front row for the 20 lap main event, Peterlin dogged leader Don

Copp for several laps before lunging past him to the point. Peterlin then held off a

persistent Darrell Nelson to the checkered flag.

At the initial green flag Copp drove to the front on the bottom but Chris Olson

spun in the middle groove in turn four scattering the field. T. J. Adams' #T-18

suffered heavy cosmetic damage but was able to continue. Copp led on the restart

with Peterlin, Darin Meierotto in one of Gregg Hill's cars, Darrell Nelson and

Todd Frank behind. The top four quickly put some distance on Frank in fifth.

Copp pulled out five car lengths on Peterlin who was busy holding off Meierotto

and Nelson. The caution flag again appeared when Adams spun in turn in turn

four. With the field tightened up at the restart, Peterlin got past Copp with Nelson

third. With seven laps remaining Nelson pulled off the pass on Copp for second

and set out after Peterlin. Nelson's charge over the last few circuits fell short and

Peterlin took the win. Copp and Meierotto finished third and fourth and Zach

Wohlers took the fifth spot.

It was a wild start to the 20 lap Modified feature as pole sitter Matt Leer, front

row mate Kelly Estey and Darrell Nelson tried a three wid scenario into the first

turn. Estey appeared to leap over Leer's wheel with an outside move next to the

wall and came out the other side with the lead. Leer and Nelson followed ahead of

Kevin Eder and Jamie Davis. The caution flag flew with five laps recorded when

Jeff Broking spun in turn one. Estey held on to the lead at the restart as Nelson got

by Leer for second as Estey drove off to half a straight away lead. At the half way

point it was Estey, Nelson, Leer, Eder and Jody Bellefeuille which proved to be

the top five at the end. It was Estey's second feature win of the season at the

speedway. It was also his 41st in a Modified and 45th over all. Al Uotinen has now

completed 630 consecutive Modified feature wins and needs ten more to tie

Darrell Nelson's 640 consecutive laps.

The WISSOTA Super Stock 20 lap feature got off to a rough start as

competitors attempted to make it through turns three and four four wide. They

nearly made it but didn't quite. The resulting tangle was pinned on Scott Lawrence

who was sent to the tail of the 20 car field. The restart saw pole sitter Andy

Grymala race to the lead and extend it over Andy Davey, Rick Simpson, Trevor

Wilson, Joe Oliver and Dave Flynn. The caution flag flew for an Ashley Smith

spin closing everyone up into a tight pack. At the restart Grymala maintained the

lead but not by such a big margin. As the laps ticked off and Grymala led Wilson,

Flynn, Davey and Mike Bellefeuille in that order. Once again the caution lights

blinked on as Keith Kern nosed into the back stretch wall with the help of Dan

Tocheri. There were seven laps remaining at the restart but Simpson spun himself

out off turn two bringing out the yellow flag immediately. Grymala had little

trouble keeping the lead over Wilson and Flynn but Simpson again brought out the

caution with five laps to go. Shawn Rivord's mount shed a rear wheel off turn four

setting up a green/white/checkered situation. Just after the green flag appeared

there was a multi-car tangle in turn one charged to Flynn. The restart order was

Grymala, Wilson, Oliver, Lawrence who had come from the back to fourth and

Davey in fifth in the green/white/checkered finish which saw no change in the

final laps. Simpson put on a surge from the rear to finish sixth. It was Grymala's

second feature win of the season at the speedway. Lawrence's rebound to fourth

coupled with Flynn's Did Not Finish and 15th place finish kept Lawrence as the

point leader with two weeks remaining of the regular season.

Deven VanHouse won his fifth feature of the season and widened his point lead

over Cody Wolkowski who finished third in the 15 lap feature. Patience and a fast

car worked to VanHouses advantage in the caution filled event.

VanHouse took the lead at the start of the event and kept it to the checkered

flag. Though there were several caution flags, VanHouse had little trouble pulling

away from whomever his challenger would be. Point rival Cody Wolkowski kept

pace throughout the event running in the top three but never threatening as the

laps went by. Neil Balduc put on a strong run from the fifth row to get past

Wolkowski into second as Brady Caul also had a strong run from row six to finish

fourth. Mack Estey the youngest of Modified veteran Kelly Estey's sons continued

his strong rookie season with a fifth place run.

Point leader Josh Johnson took the early lead in the 15 lap Pure Stock main

event shadowed by Justin Madsen and Gary Campbell. Madsen soon wrested the

lead from Johnson but a pack developed around the leader that included Travis

Zembo, Tim Baum and Steve Udeen. A third of the way in Annika Hammitt spun

in turn one bringing out the caution flag. Madsen had little trouble staying at the

point at the restart and at the half way point the order was Madsen, Johnson,

Zembo, Udeen, Gary Campbell and Baum. Madsen rolled along enjoying a huge

lead on the field with five to go and was set to take his second feature win of the

season. With two circuits remaining Gary Campbell got into trouble and did a big

flip into the light pole inside turn four. He was uninjured but the incident brought

out the red flag and set up the green/white/checkered finish to end the night. The

final top five included Madsen in victory lane, Steve Udeen, Johnson, Zembo and

Baum.

Race Notes:

*Jeff Broking rolled the #5D WISSOTA Modified during heat one. He was

uninjured and was able to return for the feature where he finished 10th.

*Al Uotinen can tie Darrell Nelson for the most consecutive Modified feature laps

completed with ten more next week. Should he finish all 20 laps Uotinen will pass

Nelson by ten.

* Kyle Peterlin's first ever Late Model feature win at AMSOIL Speedway is the

11th different LM feature winner in 2012.

* Defending track Late Model champion Darin Meierotto drove a Gregg Hill car

to a fourth place finish in the feature event.

* Veteran driver Kelly Estey's Modified feature win was his 41st career win in that

division at the speedway and 45th over all.

* Midwest Modified 2012 point leader Deven VanHouse won his fifth main event

of the season at the speedway Friday 8-10.

* Veteran Harry Hanson and rookie Robbie Cooper were both eliminated from

Late Model competition after a collision in the first heat.

Results AMSOIL Speedway 8-10-12

WISSOTA Late Model (18 cars)

Feature (20 laps) Kyle Peterlin Hibbing; Darrell Nelson Hermantown; Don Copp

Brule; Darin Meierotto Superior; Zach Wohlers Kelly Lake; Gregg Hill Eveleth;

Todd Frank Mellen; Chris Olson Hibbing; Cory Jorgenson Hermantown; Riley

Mathews Thunder Bay; Aaron Lillo Duluth; Toddgehl Solon Springs; Dave Esse

Cloquet DNF Tim McMann Duluth; T. J. Adams Hayward DNS Harry Hanson

Eveleth. Robbie Cooper South range; Kevin Carlson Hermantown

Heat 1 (10 laps): Frank; Lillo; Peterlin; Adams; Esse DNF Matthews; Hanson;

Cooper; Carlson

Heat 2 (10 laps): Olson; Nelson; Meierotto; Copp; Wohlers; Gehl; Hill; Jorgenson

DNF McMann

WISSOTA Modified (18 cars)

Feature (20 laps) Kelly Estey kelly Lake; Darrell Nelson Hermantown; Matt Leer

Bruce; Kevin Eder Ashland; Jody Bellefeuille Duluth; Al Uotinen Superior; Jamie

Davis Devlin; Destin Lorimor Superior; Ross Lightner Washburn; Jeff Tardy

Hibbing; Jeff Hart Hibbing; Jeff Broking Grand Rapids; Pat Cook Washburn; Rick

Rivord Superior; Tony Croninger Watertown DNF Skeeter Estey Kelly Lake;

Scott Heikkinen Eveleth

WISSOTA Super Stock (20 cars)

Feature (20 laps) Andy Grymala Superior; Trevor Wilson Superior; Joe Oliver

Superior; Scott Lawrence Superior; Andy Davey Hibbing; Rick Simpson Thunder

Bay; Dan tocheri Thunder Bay; Jim Campbell Two Harbors; Pat Heikkinen

Eveleth; Keith Kern Superior; Ashley Smith Superior; Ronnie Malecki Superior;

Steve VanHouse Silver Bay; Mike Bellefeuille Duluth DNF Dave Flynn Superior;

Shawn Rivord South Range; Donnie Lofdahl Proctor; Guy Fortin Neebing; Joe

Olson Superior; Willie Johnsen Superior

Heat 1 (8 laps) Johnsen; Lawrence; Flynn; Simpson; Rivord; Heikkinen; Tocheri;

Malecki; VanHouse; Smith

Heat 2 (8 laps): Wilson; Oliver; Grymala; Davey; Bellefeuille; Kern; Campbell

DNF Lofdahl Olson; Fortin

WISSOTA Midwest Modified (22 cars)

Feature (20 laps) Deven VanHouse Silver Bay; Neil Balduc Bessemer; Cody

Wolkowski Thunder Bay; Brady Caul Fort Francis; Mack Estey Kelly Lake; Jamie

Davis Fort Francis; Jeff Davis Devlin; Dan Larsen Hermantown; David Simpson

Thunder Bay; John Kaiser Lake Norden; Cody Carlson Superior; Dale Suomala

Duluth; Tony Croninger Watertown; Chris Bretting Washburn; Brian Youderin

Superior; Norm Anderson, Jr. Duluth DNF Jake Gondik Foxboro; Tanner Byholm

Glidden; Jason Goldfine Superior DNS Don Craig Thunder Bay; Tyler luger Iron

River

Heat 1 (8 laps): VanHouse; Wolkowski; Larsen; Simpson; Carlson; Suomala DNF

Gondik; Luger

Heat 2 (8 laps): Kingsley; Jamie Davis; Balduc; Croninger; Youderin; Anderson

Pure Stock (21 cars)

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

Superior; Travis Zembo Superior; Tim Baum Superior; Chad Nikstad Superior;

Gary Campbell Duluth; Brody Zembo Superior; Joel Klintz Duluth; Shaina Rapp

Saginaw; Andy Udeen Superior; Annika Hammitt Cloquet; Rita Anderson

Superior; Gavin Campbell Duluth; Kodi Oliver Superior; Josh Overn Mahtowa

DNF Lucas Carlson Duluth; Gary Campbell Duluth; Erik Pederson Saginaw;

Justin Bassa Hermantown; Chad Carlson Superior


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