Gondik Law Speedway
Laursen tops AMSOIL opener at Superior
By Jerry O'BrienDirtonDirt.com correspondent
SUPERIOR, Wis. (May 23) — Three-time series champion Steve Laursen of Cumberland, Wis., started on the pole and led all 35 laps at Superior Speedway to capture the series opener on the WISSOTA-sanctioned AMSOIL Late Model Series. Laursen earned $2,000 for his fourth career series victory and first since last Aug. 17 at Superior's half-mile oval.
Joey Jensen of Forest Lake, Minn., grabbed second from Nesbitt after an early restart and finished in the runner-up slot while A.J. Diemel of Navarino, Wis., who started eighth, charged into the top five in the final 10 laps and ended up third. Fifty-year driver Tom Nesbitt of Thunder Bay, Ontario, who started outside the front row, was fourth ahead third-row starter Jeff Broking of Grand Rapids, Minn. Jake Redetzke of Eau Claire, Wis., rallied from 22nd to finish seventh.
Notes: Laursen's MasterSbilt from Mars is sponsored by Dean's Motorsports, Victory Custom Design Apparel, A1 Homes and J.J.S Auto Body. ... It took three starts to get the race rolling. On the first one, a three-car tangle involving Aaron Lillo and Bob Slater brought out a caution. The next time, Jeff Provinzino spun, collecting Jake Redetzke, Kyle Peterlin, Darrell Nelson and Tim McMann. ... John Massingill's turn-four spin brought out an early caution. ... The next AMSOIL event is June 10 at Hibbing (Minn.) Raceway.
AMSOIL @ Superior: (1) Steve Laursen, (2) Joey Jensen, (3) A.J. Diemel, (4) Tom Nesbitt, (5)ï¿½ Jeff Broking, (6) Brent Larson, (7) Jake Redetzke, (8) Steve Vesel, (9) Eric Breeschoten, (10) Pat Doar, (11) Harry Hanson, (12) Doug Herrick, (13) Jeff Provinzino, (14) Darrell Nelson, (15) Joel Cryderman, (16) Don Copp, (17) Kyle Peterlin, (18) John Massingill, (19) Tim McMann, (20) Kevin Carlson, (21) Bob Slater, (22) Matt Sorenson, (23) Kelly Estey, (24) Aaron Lillo, (25) Bob Richardson. Heat race winners (among 34 cars): Broking, Laursen, Jensen, Nesbitt, Vesel. Consolation winners: Richardson, Redetzke.