2012 PROCTOR SPEEDWAY TRACK CHAMPIONS CROWNED
By Jerry O’Brien
8-19-12 Proctor, MN
The final weekly event of the 2012 racing season is in the books and the track
champions have been named.
On the WISSOTA Late Model side, Kyle Peterlin of Hibbing, MN took home
the Late Model championship for the season. Peterlin entered the final feature
event with a four point lead over fellow Iron Ranger Harry Hanson of Eveleth.
Peterlin’s second place finish behind winner Todd Gehl coupled with Hanson’s
fifth place finish was enough to insure the track title for him.
Despite a Did Not Finish for Darrell Nelson in the 20 lap WISSOTA Modfiied
feature, his point lead was enough to ensure the Modified title for the veteran
driver at the Proctor Speedway for 2012.
Scott Lawrence of Superior, WI won his Super Stock heat race and drove to a
second place finish in the 20 lap feature which was more than enough to make
sure the 2012 Super Stock crown would be his.
Deven VanHouse’s heat race win along with a third place finish in the 15 lap
main event was enough to lock down his Midwest Modified track title at the
Proctor Speedway Sunday night.
Esten Nelson held enough of an edge in the Pure Stock point standings that a
DNF and 17th place finish in the evening’s 15 lap feature was not enough to cost
the Grand Marais resident his first track title at the Proctor Speedway.
Dale Suomala made a strong move at the start of the Midwest Modified feature
and took the lead, but some slipping and sliding cost him the lead before he could
cross the stripe to finish t he first lap. It was national points hunter Cory Crapser
that came out at the head of the pack and sailed off to the big lead. Danny Vang,
who had started inside the fourth row soon vaulted into second and gave chase.
Dan Kingsley ran third and point leader Deven VanHouse slid into fourth past
Andrew Inman. Meanwhile, as the event progressed without a caution flag,
Crapser and Vang did battle way ahead of the second and third place runners and
found themselves in a tight pack of cars doing battle for position. Vang and
Crapser found themselves behind a car soon to be lapped and each chose a side to
pass. Vang came out on top with Crapser stymied and suddenly five car lengths
behind the new leader. Vang went on to take his fourth feature win at Proctor
Speedway. Crapser finished second with VanHouse in third one place ahead of
Kingsley who had been his closest competitor for the track title.
Darrell Nelson just needed to take the green flag in the 20 lap WISSOTA
Modified feature to nail down the track crown in the division. Rick Cannata drove
out to the early lead from outside of the front row. Nelson made his way into the
second spot and began to cut into Cannata’s big lead. He quickly tracked him
down and raced out front bent on putting an exclamation point on his 2012 track
title. But those plans went by the wayside as he suddenly dived into the infield out
of the event. Cannata was left at the head of the field with a huge lead again. At
the half way point Cannata was cruising along well out in front of Brad Hanson,
Scott Heikkinen, Nick Musel, E. J Hietala and Ken Hron all running in a pack.
Cannata continued to cruise along and Hanson was unable to cut into the lead
despite his best efforts. Hron burst out of the pack to finish third ahead of Jody
Bellefeuille and Musel.
Scott Lawrence didn’t need to take the green flag in the 20 lap WISSOTA
Super Stock feature in order to win the 2012 crown. It was Mike Bellefeuille who
jumped out to the lead at the green flag with Kevin Salin, Jeremy Fink, Nick
Oreskovich and Tom Cianni trailing. Bellefeuille was cruising in the high groove
and pulling away when Bob Preble took a spin in turn four. Bellefeuille
maintained his lead at the restart with 14 laps remaining and Lawrence up to
fourth. Another caution flag appeared when Ashley Smith spun in turn three.
Bellefeuille got a good restart as the half way point was reached with Fink, Cianni,
Salin and Lawrence following. With nine laps remaining another caution period
occurred when Salin found the front stretch wall. Now it was Bellefeuille hoping
to hold back the charge of Lawrence who had advanced to second. Bellefeuille
was up to the task and went on to take his first feature win at the speedway.
Lawrence, Fink, Slin and Pat Heikkinen finished in the top five.
Kyle Peterlin entered the final regular season WISSOTA Late Model main
event with a four point lead on Harry Hanson. Todd Gehl, who was racing in his
eighth feature of the season after recovering from an illness that kept him out of
the car for most of the season, took the lead at the outset and was determined not
to give it up. Peterlin ran in second as Hanson was stuck in ninth. Gehl pulled out
five car lengths on Peterlin who was just ahead of Tim McMann, Darrell Nelson
and Zach Wohlers. Meanwhile further back Hanson was struggling as he was
boxed in by Dave Esse and Kevin Carlson as the three raced for position. The
caution flag flew when Wohlers turned around in turn three. Gehl was up to the
task on the restart and kept the lead as Hanson made his way to fifth at the half
way point. The top five positions did not change the remainder of the event with
Peterlin’s second place finish enough to take the track title from Hanson. Gehl,
Peterlin, McMann, Nelson and Hanson rounded out the top five.
Esten Nelson had a good enough point lead in the Pure Stock standings that an
early caution flag charged to the Grand Marais, MN driver and a subsequent 17th
place feature finish still wasn’t enough to take the 2012 track title away from him.
Fellow Grand Marais driver and good friend Craig Horak took over the lead in the
15 lap event and drove the green #26H Station Wagon to the win. Meanwhile
Nelson was making a charge through the field and had made it up to sixth when a
flat right front tire sidelined the #77. Despite the trials and tribulations, Nelson
was crowned the 2012 Pure Stock champion.
Results “Championship Sunday” Proctor Speedway 8-19-12
2012 Track Champions
WISSOTA Late Model Kyle Peterlin Hibbing, MN
WISSOTA Modified Darrell Nelson hermantown, MN
WISSOTA Super Stock Scott Lawrence Superior, WI
WISSOTA Midwest Modified Deven VanHouse Silver Bay, MN
Pure Stock Esten Nelson Grand Marais, MN
WISSOTA Late Model (11 cars)
Feature (20 laps) Todd Gehl Solon Springs; Kyle Peterlin Hibbing; Tim McMann
Duluth; Darrell Duluth; Harry Hanson Eveleth; Dave Esse Cloquet; Kevin Carlson
Hermantown; Zach Wohlers Hibbing; Robbie Cooper South Range; Joey Ogston
Duluth; Aaron Lillo Duluth
Heat 1 (8 laps): McMann; Gehl; Esse; Ogston; A. Lillo; Cooper
Heat 2 (8 laps): Nelson; Carlson; Peterlin; Wohlers; Hanson
WISSOTA Modified (11 cars)
Feature (20 laps) Rick Cannata Hibbing; Brad Hanson Mt. Iron; Ken Hron
Nashwauk; Jody Bellefeuille Duluth; Nick Musel Duluth; Scott Heikkinen
Eveleth; Destin Lorimor Superior; E. J. Hietala Cloquet; Paul Schultz Grand
Rapids; Chris Bretting Washburn; Darrell Nelson hermantown
Heat 1 (8 laps): Nelson; Heikkinen; Bellefeuille; Musel; Lorimor; Bretting
Heat 2 (8 laps): Hanson; Schultz; Cannata; Hietala; Hron
WISSOTA Super Stock (13 cars)
Feature (20 laps) Mike Bellefeuille Duluth; Scott Lawrence Superior; Jeremy Fink
Hibbing; Kevin Salin Iron; Pat Heikkinen Eveleth; Tom Cianni Chisholm; Al
Rapp Saginaw; Ronnie Malecki Superior; Ashley Smith Superior; Bob Preble
Grand Rapids; Brian Carl Duluth; Nick Oreskovich Mason; Eric Pierzina chisholm
Heat 1 (8 laps): Lawrence; Oreskovich; Salin; Pierzina; Heikkinen; Preble;
Heat 2 (8 laps): Bellefeuille; Cianni; Fink; Smith; Rapp; Carl
WISSOTA Midwest Modified (20 cars)
Feature (15 laps) Danny Vang Brainerd; Cory Crapser Chippewa Falls; Deven
VanHouse Silver Bay; Dan Kingsley Superior; Andrew Inman Hermantown; Mark
Kangas Eveleth; Neil Balduc Bessemer; Dan Larsen Hermantown; Josh
Heavirland Cloquet; Dale Suomala Hermantown; Dan Doran Hermantown; Chris
Bretting Washburn; Adam Shinn Duluth; Norm Anderson, Jr.; Duluth; Ross Siiter
Duluth; Cory Ziebol Cloquet; Jim Inman Duluth; Cody Carlson Superior; David
Simpson Thunder Bay; Jeff Forseen Mt. Iron
Heat 1 (8 laps): VanHouse; Kingsley; A. Inman; Carlson; Simpson; Heavirland;
Larsen; Anderson; Balduc; Kangas
Heat 2 (8 laps): Crapser; Vang; Suomala; Siiter; Shinn; Bretting; Ziebol; J. Inman;
Pure Stock (18 cars)
Feature (15 laps) Craig Horak Grand Marais; Dustin Follett Cloquet; Justin Bassa
Hermantown; Jeff Engelmeier Saginaw; Lucas carlson Cloquet; Jon Hammitt
Cloquet; Tyler Carlson Cloquet; Glenn Dammer Duluth; Matt Hammitt Cloquet;
Rita Anderson South Range; Shaina Rapp Saginaw; Erik Pederson Saginaw; Jon
Tichy Hibbing; Dale Reynolds Cloquet; Brett Leino Moose Lake; Annika
Hammitt Cloquet; Esten Nelson Grand Marais; Nick Olson Chisholm
Heat 1 (8 laps): Follett; Engelmeier; Bassa; Rapp; T. Carlson; Reynolds; J.
Hammitt; Olson; Leino
Heat 2 (8 laps): Horak; Nelson; Anderson; L. Carlson; M. Hammitt; A. Hammitt;
Tichy; Dammer; Pederson