PETERLIN SWEEPS LATE MODELS AT PROCTOR

By Jerry O’Brien

7-1-12

Neil Balduc of Bessemer, MI won the Midwest Modified feature at the Proctor

Speedway Sunday night. Balduc started on the pole but got snookered by veteran

Bill Matzdorf at the start. Matzdorf bolted from the outside of the second row and

took the lead which he held until the white flag lap when Balduc who had been

dogging Matzdorf’‘s tire tracks since the restart after the caution for Dan Wilson’s

spin early in the 20 lap event, sailed by to the lead and took home his second

feature win of the season. Deven VanHouse and Loren Inman lurked in the top

five for the entire event but couldn’t muster enough steam to challenge the two

leaders. Balduc had his own battle for several laps as he had to let Matzdorf go

while he battled with Kingsley to keep second. Balduc finally broke away from

Kingsley, closed on Matzdorf and those two broke away to duke it out for the win.

In the closing laps the top five pulled away from the pack which was led by Josh

Heaviland.

Kevin Salin put in a stout run in the 20 lap Super Stock main event. Salin

started inside the second row and got a great run off turn two on the initial lap to

take the lead. Scott Lawrence charged through from the third row to join outside

pole sitter Donnie Lofdahl in persuit of Salin in the early going. Lawrence made a

move to the outside off turn four to take second and edge ahead but the veteran

Salin was up to the task and regained the point off turn two. A caution flag slowed

the action and, at the green, Salin led Lawrence, Lofdahl, Rick Simpson and Andy

Davey. Dave moved to third but the caution flew again for Simpson at the exit of

turn two and the veteran racer was out. This all happened in the first five laps and

with fifteen to go, Lawrence grabbed the lead at the restart and drove away from

the second place battle. The caution flag flew again for Roy Pumala. At the same

time Mike Bellefeuille suffered extensive damage in turn one and was also

through. Lawrence maintained the lead as Salin, Davey, Lofdahl and Pat

Heikkinen squabbled for second. Just before the mid point of the race a pair of

caution flags slowed the action and set up a single file restart. At the half way

mark Lawrence led Salin and Davey but the caution flag seemed to appear more

than the green flag. Davey finally secured the second spot and battled with

Lawrence for the win in the waning laps and was able to get close using the hight

side. The white flag appeared and Davey had one circuit to get it done but couldn’t

quite make it as Lawrence took the win. Davey had to settle for second, Salin hung

around got third Heikkinen was fourth and Lofdahl got back to fifth after being

one of the cautions.

It was 20 laps for the Modifieds and pole sitter E. J. Hietala took the lead with

Darrell Nelson hot on his heels along with Ryan Aho and Kevin Eder. Hietala lost

control in turn four and spun collecting Nelson in a minor collision. This left

Nelson in the catbird seat at the front as Eder shot forward into second surprising

Aho while Jody Bellefeuille ran in fourth. Aho recovered and pulled up to Eder

and they went wheel to wheel for second. Nelson was in command and was never

challenged until near the end when the caution flag appeared and Eder was tagged

setting up a green/white/checkered finish. Nelson easily held off Aho for the win.

Scott Heikkinen was third, Hietala made it back to fourth and Nick Musel hung

around and finished fifth. It was the first time in several years that Musel had been

behind the wheel of a race car.

Kyle Peterlin was on his game in the 25 lap WISSOTA Late Model feature as

he started in the third row. It eventually came down to a hare and hound race

between he and Darrell Nelson. At the green flag Joey Ogston took the lead with

Tim McMann second and Peterlin quickly into third. Nelson ran fourth as Peterlin

moved to the outside of McMann for second and made the pass. Peterlin then ran

down Ogston and made the move to the lead. Nelson soon disposed of Ogston and

set out after Peterlin trying everything he could to get around the young driver. It

looked as though a lapped car might play a part but they both navigated around it

and continued the cat and mouse game. Harry Hanson brought out the only caution

of the event with a spin in turn three. Nelson tried to get by Peterlin on the restart

but failed and Peterlin led the rest of the way though Nelson was never very far

away. After the race Peterlin said his inside tires had really gone away and he was

just hugging the marker tires in the corners and hoping for the best. It was a sweep

for Peterlin. Nelson was second, McMann held onto third,Ogston was fourth and

Aaron Lillo finished fifth.

The finale of the evening was 15 laps for the Proctor Pure Stocks. Former track

champion Josh Loucks won the event, or rather it fell into his lap. Eric Anderson

had planned to start the 7A at the back and just take the green flag but repairs were

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