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Aug 30 2012

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SMITH DEFENDS SILVER1000 LATE MODEL TITLE

By Jerry O’Brien 8-30-12 Proctor, MN

Brady Smith of Solon Springs, WI became the fifth driver in the 40 year history

of the Silver 1000 to win the Late Model feature back to back joining Jeff

Hinkemeyer (‘81, ‘82), Rick Aukland (‘88, ‘89), John Kaanta (‘02, ‘04) and Jeff

Provinzino (‘09, ‘10). Kaanta was the runner up in this years edition.

On hand were 33 WISSOTA Late Models matching the 2011 total along with

38 WISSOTA Modifieds. The stands were filled to bursting with race fans as were

the vehicle parking spots that ring half the track, one of the best crowds of the

races history.

It has become a tradition at the Silver 1000 which gets it’s name from the fact

that the early winners were paid with $1,000 silver dollars, that each participant is

introduced to the crowd and given a small trophy that contains a silver dollar.

After the opening ceremonies qualifying began with heat races for the

Modifieds which were won by Skeeter Estey, Ryan Aho, Dan Ebert and Brad

Hanson. Late Model heats went to Travis Budiaslovich, Brent Larson, Harry

Hanson and Jake Redetzke. Then there were a pair of B Features for the Modifieds

won by Rick Rivord and Jeff Hart. The Late Model B Feature went to veteran

racer Tim McMann. Following the B Features there were a pair of Dashes to

determine the starting spots of the first four rows in the respective features. Those

went to Ryan Aho in the Modifieds and Zach Wohlers in the Late Models. Then it

was time for the main events, the first of which was 30 laps for the Modifieds.

Jeff Broking who shared the front row with Aho, broke from the pack to the

lead at the green flag followed by Aho, Dan Ebert, Brent Larson and Brad Hanson.

The front four attempted a breakaway but the caution flag flew as Skeeter estey

got turned around in turn two. With two laps complete, Broking maintained the

lead at the green followed by the same players. Charging from the eighth starting

slot was Jody Bellefeuille who made his way to forth. Also on the move was Kelly

Estey up to fifth from 12th. Larson and Hanson slipped back to be challenged by

Tim McMann and Kevin Adams. Up front Aho got by Broking to the lead and the

pair began to put some distance between themselves and Ebert in third. Aho broke

away from Broking by ten car lengths as the half way point approached. At the

mid point was reached, it was Aho, Broking, Ebert, Estey and Bellefeuille in the

top five with Darrell Nelson, Hanson, Adams, McMann, Dave Cain and Justin

Jones in the top ten. Up front Aho began to lap cars at the back of the pack,

coming up on several cars racing for position. Aho finally made his way through

but Broking had closed to within five car lengths and Ebert was within sight of

him. Aho drove away from everyone in the waning laps to take the win and a

sweep of everything he entered. Broking ran a steady race to second while Ebert

finished third, Estey fourth and Bellefeuille fifth. Nelson, Adams, Larson, Hanson

and Jones rounded out he top ten. The win is Aho’s first in the event.

It would be 40 laps for the WISSOTA Late Models in the 40th edition of the

Silver 1000. At the green flag rookie Late Model driver Zach Wohlers got the

jump on Smith and Redetzke also got past. Smith gathered it back up and raced

past Redetzke back to second. Jeff Provinzino ran in fourth as Budiaslovich and

Hanson battled for fifth. Wohlers had six car lengths on Smith who had about

eight on Redetzke as the front runners strung out as Budiaslovich took fifth and

closed on Provinzino. Wohlers closed on the back of the field andSmith and

Redetzke caught up as the lapping process began. As expected, traffic became a

factor as the three front runners began to find their way through. Smith drew

alongside Wohlers with Redetzke right behind and the trio went three wide in an

exciting battle for the lead. At the half way point Redetzke had the lead by a

fender but traffic continued to be a problem. Smith gained the point over Redetzke

with Wohlers back to third. The fourth place skirmish between Provinzino and

Budislovich was three quarters of a straight away behind the leaders. Running in

sixt at this point was John Kaanta ahead Jeff Massingill, Tommy Waseleski, Jr and

Harry Hanson. Smith finally broke free of traffic as did Redetzke but the first

caution flag of the event flew when debris was spotted on the track. With fourteen

laps remaining, the green flag flew only to have the car of Terry Lillo become

hung up on the inside marker tires. The next try at a start proved to be the downfall

for Redetzke as a collision with another car caused him to run slowly off the back

stretch and roll to a halt in turn three. The next time wasa the charm and racing

resumed without incident. Smith now led Wohlers, Provinzino, Budiaslovich and

Kaanta with Waseleski close behind. Kaanta began a charge up to third behind

Wohlers, gassed it by into second and closed on Smith as the laps dwindled. The

gap between Smith and Kaanta was considerable and he needed a caution flag to

help make it up. He got one in the form of a breakdown by Provinzino who pulled

off the second turn into the infield with a silent engine. Smith now had to deal

with a very fast Kaanta with eight laps remaining. Kaanta tried his best in those

final laps, tried for his third win but Smith was too stout and became the fifth back

to back winner in the 40 year history of the event. Wohlers, Waseleski, Jr, and

Hanson rounded out the top five. Marshall Fegers as sixth, 2012 track champion

Kyle Peterlin drove from 17th to seventh, Darin Meierotto from 18th to eighth and

Darrell Nelson and Budiaslovich finished in the top ten.

Results, 40th Annual Silver 1000 8-30-12 Proctor Speedway

WISSOTA Late Models (38 cars)

Feature (40 laps) Brady Smith Solon Springs WI; John Kaanta Elk Mound, WI;

Zach Wohlers Pengilly, MN; Tommy Waseleski, Jr Pengilly; Harry Hanson

Eveleth, MN; Mrshall Fegers Mound, MN; Kyle Peterlin Hibbing, MN; Darin

Meierotto Superior, WI; Darrell Nelson Hermantown, MN: Travis Budiaslovich

Cottage Grove, MN: Lance Matthees Winona, MN; Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN;

Terry Lillo Duluth, MN: Todd Gehl Solon Springs; Kevin Carlson Hermantown;

Kerry Hanson Baldwin, WI; Jeff Massingill Keewatin, MN; Robby Bunkelman

Abbotsford, WI; Greg Ferris Emo Ontario DNF: Jeff Provinzino Hibbing; Jake

Redetzke Eau Claire, WI: Joey Ogston Duluth; Todd Frank Mellen, WI; Tim

McMann Duluth; Kyle Gavel Ft. Francis, Ontario

B Feature (12 laps) McMann; Bunkelman; K. Hanson; Frank; Cory Jorgenson

Hermantown; Dave Esse Cloquet, MN; Matt Sorenson Duluth; Gregg Hill

Eveleth; Justin Fegers Minnetonka, MN; Scott Herrick Duluth DNF Ogston DNS

Steve Laursen Cumberland, WI; Aaron Lillo Duluth

Heat 1 (10 laps): Budiaslovich; Carlson; Waseleski, Jr; Nelson; Peterlin;

Bunkelman; Ogston; Herrick; Esse

Heat 2 (10 laps): Larson; Wohlers; Matthees; Kaanta; Meierotto; McMann; Frank

DNF K. Hanson

Heat 3 (10 laps): H. Hanson; Provinzino; Massingill; Ferris; Gavel DNF Laursen;

Jorgenson; J. Fegers

Heat 4 (10 laps): Redetzke; Gehl; M. Fegers; T. Lillo DNF Sorenson DQ Hill

Dash (8 laps) Wohlers; Smith; Provinzino; Redetzke; H. Hanson; Budiaslovich;

Larson; Carlson

WISSOTA Modifieds (38 cars)

Feature (30 laps) Ryan Aho Chisholm, MN: Jeff Broking Grand Rapids, MN; Dan

Ebert Lake Shore, MN; Kelly Estey Kelly Lake, MN; Jody Bellefeuille Duluth;

Darrell Nelson Hermantown; Kevin Adams Cameron, WI: Brent Larson Lake

Elmo; Brad Hanson Mountain Iron, MN; Justin Jones Bemidji, MN; Dave Cain

Corcoran, MN; Jeff Spacek Phillips, WI; Jeff Hart Hibbing; Tim McMann Duluth;

Mike Anderson Colfax, WI; Robby Bunkelman Abbotsford; Steve Stuart Ashland,

WI; Bill Byholm Glidden, WI; Gavin Paull Ft. Francis Ont; Cory Sersha Eveleth;

Jeff Tardy Hibbing; Rick Cannata Hibbing; Rick Rivord Superior; Scott

Heikkinen Eveleth DNF Skeeter Estey Kelly Lake

B Feature #1 (12 laps) Rivord; Sersha; Destin Lorimor Superior; Nick Musel

Duluth; Ken Hron Nashwauk, MN; Heikkinen; Jeff Lien, Jr. Mora, MN; Ron

Korpi Ft. Francis DNF Paul Schultz Grand Rapids

B Feature #2 (12 laps) Hart; Cannata; Glen Strachan Emo; Jeff Wood Chisholm;

E. J. Hietala Cloquet; Ricky Roche International Falls, MN; Denny Trimble

Devlin, Ont. DNF Rick Niemi Eveleth DNS Kevin Eder Ashland

Pole Dash (8 laps) Aho; Broking; Larson; Ebert; S. Estey; Hanson; Bellefeuille;

McMann

Heat 1 (10 laps): S, Estey; Bellefeuille; Stuart; Nelson; Sersha; Hron; Trimble

DNF Eder DNS Hietala

Heat 2 (8 laps): Aho Larson; Adams; Cain; Spacek; Hart; Cannata; Heikkinen;

Roche DNS Schultz

Heat 3 (8 laps): Ebert; Broking; Bunkelman; Byholm; Anderson; Lorimor; Korpi

DNF Rivord; Niemi

Heat 4 (8 laps): Hanson; McMann; K. Estey; Jones; Tardy; Strachan DNF Musel;

Lein, jr.; Wood.

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