By Jerry O’Brien


Proctor, Minn.

The 41st annual Silver 1000 at the Proctor Speedway is a long running special event which

started out as a Late Model Special back in 1973 and the Modifieds were added in 2000. This 41st

version had three races instead of two as the biggest race was against Mom Nature as officials

hustled to get the event in the books. The “Grand Daddy Of ‘Em All” drew 29 Modifieds and 30

Late Models as heavy rains and severe thunderstorm warnings plagued the area….except for the

City of Proctor and the Proctor Speedway. Though ominous clouds and a few sprinkles loomed,

the race went on and it was a good one. Weather concerns no doubt kept a number of traveling

racers and fans from making the trip which kept the car count on the low side. A pretty good

crowd did show to see the two division program.

Each division had four heat races and a B Feature. Pole dashes were scheduled to set the first

four rows in each main event, but, in order to finish the show in a timely manner, they were


It would be 30 laps for the WISSOTA Modifieds with Kevin Adams and Cory Jorgenson

sharing the front row. At the initial green flag Adams went for the lead and raced side by side

with Jorgenson on the lightning fast three eighths mile speedway. Trent Follmer, Al Uotinen and

Jeff Broking ran in the top five. A caution flag for debris on the front stretch with three laps

complete realigned the field. The restart saw Adams retain the lead as Follmer slipped into

second and they drew away from the Broking, Jorgenson duel for third by six car lengths.

Follmer battled with Adams in the low groove but Adams was able to stay slightly in the lead in

the upper groove. The field began to spread out leaving Broking alone in third ahead of Uotinen

and Jorgenson. Uotinen slipped by Jorgenson into fourth as the laps unwound and, up front,

Adams was eyeing up heavy traffic at the back of the pack at he half way point. Adams began to

work his way through traffic with Follmer closing up to try and make a move for the lead as more

laps unreeled. Broking was still unchallenged in third while Uotinen was joined by Jeff Hart in

the fourth place battle. The second caution flag thus far in the event served to change the

complexion of the race as now the traffic was gone and the end was in sight with seven circuits

remaining. The restart line up had Adams on point with Follmer, Broking, Uotinen and Hart in

the top five. Close behind this group were two time Silver 1000 Modified winner Darrell Nelson

and ‘03 winner Kelly Estey. At the green Broking went for second place and he and Follmer had

contact bringing out another caution flag and Follmer was tagged with the incident and sent to

the rear effectively ending a great run with six laps remaining. At this point there were 13 of the

original 25 cars still in action with Adams still in control over Broking, Nelson, Uotinen and ryan

Aho. Adams got a nice jump on the field at the green but yet another caution flag before a lap

was completed when Hart stopped in turn three. This time Broking made a move on Adams for

the lead but again the caution flag came out when Rick Cannata turned around in turn three. It

was to be a green/white/checkered finish but over in turn three several cars tangled and Cory

Sersha was deemed the cause. The final try went without incident and Kevin Adams became a

first time Silver 1000 Modified winner. Nelson came up short in his bid for a fourth Modified

crown, Broking Estey and Cannata finished in the top five while 2012 winner Ryan Aho was

sixth and Uotinen limped home in seventh completing the final two laps with a flat left front tire.

The evening’s Late Model finale then rolled onto the speedway, 40 laps for a possible $3300

and a years bragging rights as a Silver 1000 champion. 25 cars took the green flag which did not

go well as Jake redetzke spun off turn two into the infield. Whereas the Modified feature took

multiple times to finish, the Late Models took some time getting started. The next try at a first lap

came to a grinding halt with a multi-car accident in turn one and outside pole sitter Kevin

Carlson was charged. The third time was indeed the charm as a lap was completed with pole

Sitter Brent Larson out to the early lead over Robby Bunkelman, Tim McMann, Darrell Nelson,

Zach Wohlers and Jeff Provinzino. Larson moved off to a three car length lead over Bunkelman

while McMann and Nelson battled for third. Larson and Bunkelman raced away from the pack as

Provinzino charged into fourth and Pat Doar was headed toward the front from his 11th starting

spot. Also making a move forward was 2012 and two time winner Brady Smith from the 13th

starting slot. As Larson began to dive into lapped traffic, Nelson made a run on Bunkelman for

second after breaking free of the third place skirmish with McMann and Doar. Nelson then mad a

strong run and got by both Larson and Bunkelman to the lead as Smith eased into fourth ahead of

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