Jul 18 2016

JOHNSEN WINS SUPER STOCK CHALLENGE AT PROCTOR SUNDAY

JOHNSEN WINS SUPER STOCK CHALLENGE AT PROCTOR SUNDAY
By Jerry O’Brien 7-17-16 Proctor, MN
Sunday night the Northland Fast Lane Motorsport Super Stock Challenge Series
wrapped up with a 25 lap main event. On the line was a $500 payday for the
feature winner and a $900 plus bonus for sweeping all three features. In line for
the bonus was Mason WI’s Nick Oreskovich as the “Flyin’ Farmer” had won at
AMSOIL Speedway on Friday and backed it up with a narrow win over
Ironwood’s Patrick Beeksma. Going into the Sunday night action at the Proctor
Speedway Oreskovich looked to be the odds on favorite to emulate the inaugural
series’ feat. Curt Myers of Cameron, WI swept all three events. Oreskovich’s third
place in his heat saw him set to start the feature in ninth. As the 21 car field rolled
out onto the Proctor Speedway track surface, disaster struck down Oreskovich’s
high hopes as the 21F pulled up with a flat right front tire forcing him to the pits
for a change. Rules state that if you have to go back to the work area for any
reason you must return at the back of the field. Previous to this incident he had
only to finish seventh in the feature to win the championship. Now he was facing
the task of having to get close to Jeff Klopstein, Jr in order to win. Klopstein was
set to start on the outside pole.
So the field was set ang the green flag flew and so did Willie Johnsen, Jr from
the second row to the lead with Shawn McFadden and Kyle Oman trailing.
Johnsen raced off to a long lead but Adam Shinn’s #14s slid off the top of turn two
and backed into the ditch bringing out the caution flag. Johnsen led the pack to the
green while Oreskovich was in 16th. McFadden, Klopstein, Oman, Shane Kisling
and Keith Kern were in the mix. The caution flag quickly reappeared when Scott
Lawrence was booted off the top of turn two in nearly the same place as Shinn.
Lawrence was restored to his spot and Andy LaBarge was sent to the rear for
causing the yellow flag. The restart came with 22 laps remaining and the order was
Johnsen still in charge, McFadden, Oman, Kisling, Lawrence and Klopstein. The
caution flag again flew for debris in turn one as Lawrence’s right rear quarter
panel came adrift after being knocked loose in the previous incident. The green
light flashed on with 19 laps to go and Johnsen quickly raced away from the pack
as McFadden held onto second battling with Kisling. Johnsen was on cruise
control as Kisling went to second followed by Oman, McFadden, Lawrence and
Beeksma. If the race had ended at this point Klopstein and Beeksma would have
been tied. Johnsen’s superiority was such that he appeared to be in a different time
zone with more than a half lap bulge on the rest. With half the event complete
Johnsen led and began to encounter lapped traffic but the huge lead evaporated
when Kern and Beeksma tangled and Beeksma caught the ticket to the rear. The
restart came with eight laps to go and 16 cars still in competition. Kisling made an
attempt to take the lead on the restart but Johnsen was too strong and steadily
pulled away. Oman was third, Burdick fourth and Lawrence fifth. Lawrence
managed to get to third, Jim Campbell surged into fourth moving Oman back to
fifth. As the laps ticked off, Burdick got past Oman to fifth and the order remained
the same to the checkered flag. Oman finished sixth, a good run for a driver that
seldom races here and Klopstein finished seventh. The rest of the top ten included
Kern, Jared Zimpel and Andy LaBarge.
After all the tabulating was done, the surprise series winner was Scott
Lawrence of Superior who, incidently, is the defending Proctor Speedway
champion by one single point. Kevin Burdick picked up the hard charger award
for the race coming from 17th to fifth and also the over all hard charger for the
series. Johnsen dedicated the feature win to his father Willie Johnsen, Sr who
passed away in May of this year. Oreskovich dropped from competition late
finishing 20th and dropping to fifth in the final series point tabulation.
In other action, Aaron Lillo ran away from Darrell Nelson in the WISSOTA
Late Model 25 lap feature for his first feature win of the season. Terry Lillo, Harry
Hanson and Jason Schill finished in the top five. Danny Vang led from the green
flag in the WISSOTA Modified main event for his first feature win since
switching from the Midwest Modified ranks this season. Neil Balduc passed
Darrell Nelson for second, Paul Wrazidlo and Deven VanHouse rounded out the
top five. Dan Kingsley of Superior passed Skeeter Estey in the late going to take
his first feature of the season. Finishing in the top five were Deven VanHouse,
Craig Lofdahl and Josh Heavirland. Devin Reynolds won his first career Pure
Stock feature over Sterling Knaeble. The win broke Dustin Follett’s stranglehold
on the Pure Stock division. Jon Hammitt was fourth and Cory Jorgenson fifth. The
Casey Hartshorn car has been sold and former Late Model competitor Jorgenson
was helping in setup work. Derek Ament won his second WISSOTA Hornet
feature of the season.
Results Proctor Speedway 7-17-16
Championship round of the Northland Fast Lane Motorsports Super Stock
Challenge Series.
Feature (25 laps)
Willie Johnsen Jr. Superior; Shane Kisling Park Falls; Scott Lawrence Superior;
Jim Campbell Two harbors; Kevin Burdick Proctor; Kyle Oman Chisolm; Jeff
Klopstein, Jr. Tomahawk, WI; Keith Kern Superior; Jared Zimpel Isle, MN; Andy
LaBarge Keewatin; Keith Koski Chisholm; Josh Zimpel Isle; Pat Heikkinen
Elevelth; Ronnie Malecki Superior DNF: Matt Hammitt; Kevin Salin Iron; Shawn
McFadden, Jr. Ashland; Mike Vajdal Chisolm; Brian Carl Duluth; Nick
Oreskovich Mason; Adam Shinn Hermantown
Heat 1: Kisling; Kern; Oreskovich; Vajdal; J Zempel; Koski DNF: Shinn; Salin
Heat 2: Johnsen, Jr; Oman; Klopstein Jr; Burdick; M. Hammitt
Heat 3: Lawrence; Josh Zimpfel; McFadden; LaBarge; Malecki DNF: Carl;
Heikkinen
WISSOTA Late Model
Feature (25 laps)
Aaron Lillo Proctor; Darrell Nelson Hermantown; Terry Lillo Duluth; Harry
Hanson Eveleth; Jason Schill Centuria, WI; Tim McMann Duluth; Kevin Carlson
Hermantown; Trevor Wilson Superior; Robbie Cooper South Range; Scott Herrick
Proctor DNF: Tim Lillo Superior
Heat 1: T. Lillo; Nelson; A. Lillo; Carlson; Cooper; Tim Lillo
Heat 2: Hanson; Schill; McMann; Herrick; Wilson
WISSOTA Modified
Feature (20 laps)
Danny Vang Deerwood, MN; Neil Balduc Bessemer; Darrell Nelson Hermantown;
Paul Wrazidlo Duluth; Deven VanHouse Silver Bay; Scott Heikkinen Eveleth
DNF: Johnny Broking Grand Rapids; Bob Broking Grand Rapids; Jody
Bellefeuille Duluth; Zach Jackson Bemidji
Heat 1: Bellefeuille; Nelson; Balduc; Wrazidlo; Jackson
Heat 2: J. Broking; B. Broking; Vang; VanHouse; Heikkinen
WISSOTTA Midwest Modified
Feature (15 laps)
Dan Kingsley Superior; Skeeter Estey Kelly Lake; Deven VanHouse Silver Bay;
Craig Lofdahl Duluth; Josh Heavirland Cloquet; Jeremy Lindquist Ashland; John
Kallas Hurley; Andrew Inman Hermantown DNF: Brandon Copp Brule; David
Kivi Thunder Bay; Ross Siiter Cloquet; Eric Anderson Chisholm
Heat 1: VanHouse; Inman; Kallas; Lindquist; Kivi
Heat 2; S. Estey; Kingsley; Lofdahl; Siiter; Anderson; Copp
WISSOTA Pure Stock
Feature (15 laps)
Devin Reynolds Cloquet (First career win); Sterling Knaeble Bemidji; Dustin
Follett Cloquet; Jon Hammitt Cloquet; Josh Berg Bemidji; Justin Weinberger Park
Falls; Dylan Shelton Wrenshall; Annika Hammitt Cloquet; Kevin Baumgarner
Deer River; Tyler Carlson Cloquet; Andy Poll Two Harbors; Carter Nelson
Hermantown DNF: Mike Blevins Hibbing; Andrew Hanson Iron River; Al Rapp
Saginaw
Heat 1: Blevins; Knaeble; Baumgarner; J. Hammitt; A. Hammitt; Follett; Nelson
DQ: Shelton
Heat 2: Berg; Jorgenson; Hanson; Reynolds; Rapp; Carlson; Poll; Weinberger
WISSOTA Hornets
Feature (10 laps)
Derek Ament Barnum; Paul George Princeton; David Beckwith Duluth; Hunter
McDougall Duluth; Kaleb Dallmann Brookston; Tate Niehaus Alborn DNF: Wally
Ament Carlton; Don Popoe Superior DNS: Ken Hapy Duluth
Heat: D. Ament; Dallmann; George; W. Ament; Beckwith; McDougall; Niehaus
DNF: Hapy

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Jul 05 2016

Proctor Speedway Hornet Heat Race 5/8/16

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Jun 27 2016

Memberships / Point Funds

Just a reminder to everyone. Track Memberships must be in to Tammy or postmarked by July 10th 2016 for membership for this year. Your membership allows you a voting right at our annual membership meeting and elections October 5th at 7:00 and your voice to be heard one who you would like to have represent you for the upcoming year. Please contact Tammy at 218-428-6116 or mail your $10 membership to

Lakehead Racing Association
PO Box 1069
Proctor MN 55810

Also for drivers the deadline for Point Fund Membership was extended because of the weather in June to July 10th. This will be the final day you are able to join the point fund for this year. Point fund is only $20 and also includes your track membership. So please get a hold of Tammy for this also or have them postmarked prior to July 10th. Thank you all for making Proctor Speedway your place to be on Sunday Nights!!

Dennis McCauley

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Jun 27 2016

NELSON REBOUNDS FOR PROCTOR LATE MODEL VICTORY

By Jerry O’Brien

6-26-16 Proctor, Minn
After an hour’s rain delay, racers found a completely different race track when feature events
finally hit the track. The track was headed toward it’s usual hard, dryslick surface when the brief
shower left the track tacky. Further acerbating things, one of the Northern Vintage Stockcar
Racers full bodied division cars had gone off the third turn and hit the guard rail knocking loose a
section resulting in a lengthy repair. The driver was unhurt and the car was slightly damage.
With the rain gone, a number of workers with help from a goodly number of drivers whipped
the track into shape and racing continued.

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Jun 14 2016

MONSTER TRUCK RACING LEAGUE INVADES PROCTOR SPEEDWAY!!

Get outta the way!!! The MONSTER TRUCKS are coming….and the ground’s already shaking!! It’s the Monster Truck Summer Nationals and Thrill Show…Friday and Saturday, June 17th and 18th at the Proctor Speedway!! …Featuring the one and only BIGFOOT – the king of the monster trucks!. PLUS – see world champ Equilizer…the legendary Heavy Hitter…everyone’s favorite Red Solo Truck…the large-and-in-charge Dawg Pound…and the 4-wheelin’ Midnight Rider – all in one place. …Even the Top Dog Mini Monster Truck will be on hand!! Gates open at 5…meet and greets at 6…and the ground shakes at 7-30 both nights. Get your tickets today to save BIG!!! …Just 15 in advance…20 the nights of the show. Kids 5 to eleven at ten-dollars. Look for Monster Truck Summer Nationals and Thrill Show tickets at Beaner’s Central…NAPA Auto Stores…Benna Ford…and online at TwinPortsNightLife.com. Don’t miss the Monster Truck Summer Nationals and Thrill Show – rain or shine June 17th and 18th. …Presented by the South Saint Louis County Fair and the Proctor Speedway – don’t miss it!

Gates Open 5:00
Meet & Greet 6:00-7:00
Show Starts 7:30

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