With 42 years of racing under his belt Harry has been around the local race tracks on a weekly basis. Harry is one of the few drivers who races four nights a week, Thursday in Grand Rapids, Friday at AMSOIL Speedway in Superior, Saturday in Hibbing, and Sunday in Proctor in his familiar #7 Late Model. With his commitment to racing and all the local tracks as you can imagine Harry has built himself quite a resume including 26Track Championships, with over 250 Feature wins. Always a Fan favorite some of Harry's major accomplishments are being named Sportsmans of the year four times, Driver of the year, Three Labor Day Shootouts, and Minnesota State Champion just to name a few.
As you can imagine Harry is looking forward to having his car on display for you Fans scheduled for June 13th. Harry and Vickie are sure to have some goodies for the kids and enjoy talking to the older fans as well. So come on out to AMSOIL Speedway and talk to Harry, get your pictures taken and root on a legend in Northland Racing.
By Jerry O'Brien
Jody Bellefeuille was the high side hustler, Scott Lawrence returned to
form and Dan Kingsley broke the Estey strangle hold on the Midwest
Modified division Friday night at AMSOIL Speedway. Don Shaw made
another trip from Ham Lake, MN and won again, this time with the Late
Model and Dustin Follett tightened his hold on the Pure Stock class with his
third straight feature win. All of this occurred on a rare 80 degree day in
The crowd was good and the car count continues to edge upward each
week up six with 86 cars in competition.
AMSOIL Speedway is proud to announce that Al Uotinen will be taking part in our 3rd installment of “Meet A Driver”
Al began racing in the Street Stock class, as he says “Too many years ago to count”! A Superior resident has seen Al at the AMSOIL Speedway for all those years. One of Al’s major accomplishments was winning the Modified Track Championship at ABC Raceway in Ashland three years in a row (04-05-06). Al may have made a run for four in a row but with 07 being his daughters senior year in High School Al chose to attend her Graduation instead of race. The following year in 08 found Al winning the COMO Modified Touring Series cementing his place into one of the best Modified drivers in the area. Al is a consistent top runner at AMSOIL speedway and can always give the “Big Dogs” a run for their money when the touring series cruze through town. Al contributes his success to his wife Brenda and supporting children, along with his longtime pit crew help, some who have been with him for 30+ years.
By Jerry O'Brien
Don Shaw of Ham Lake, MN made a rare appearance at AMSOIL
Speedway as officials lifted the lid on the 2014 racing season. Shaw started
the 20 lap Modified main in the fifth starting slot and quickly disposed of the
four cars in front of him taking the lead on the fifth lap. From there it became
a shootout between Shaw and defending track champion Darrell Nelson. The
two battled back and forth exchanging the lead several times for the next ten
laps until Shaw took over for good with five remaining. Nelson was several
car lengths ahead of pole sitter Deven VanHouse whom he battled with in the
first couple of laps. AL Uotinen and Jeff Broking had early skirmishes with
Shaw before he broke to second and set out after Nelson. The only caution of
the event flew on lap six for a Cory Jorgenson spin in turns one and two.
Steve Stuart finished fourth despite an encounter with the first turn wall on
the first lap setting up a complete restart, and Neil Balduc raced to fifth after
starting 15th. Rick Niemi, Kelly Estey, Uotinen, Cory Sersha and Nikki
Wrazidlo rounded out the top ten. A race note: Al Uotinen added to his
record feature laps competed total with another 20. The record now stands at
810 consecutive feature laps completed at the speedway.
Travis Budiaslovich seemed to have the 20 lap Late Model feature well in
hand but with two laps remaining the #31 showed smoke and shuddered to a
halt at the entrance to turn one setting a three lap sprint to the checkered flag.
This incident left the lead to defending track champion Darrell Nelson.
Budiaslovich had plenty of suitors looking to take the lead from the green
flag as he had Harry Hanson and Tim McMann looking to move past. The
caution flag flew with five circuits in when Trevor Wilson looped in turns
one and two. Showing great speed was the #18 of Chris Olson as he slipped
past Kyle Peterlin who had been left in second with the demise of
Budiaslovich's ride. Olson finished second and in the process turned the
fastest lap of the feature with a 17.471 lap at an average speed of over 78
MPH. Aaron Lillo in fourth and McMann rounded out the top five. Hanson
dropped back to sixth and Wilson was the last car running in the small field