May 19 2014

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By Jerry O’Brien
Proctor, MN

It was a nice day on the tundra as the Proctor Speedway opened the 2014

season with a full five class program of four WISSOTA Sanctioned divisions

plus the Proctor Pure Stocks. 65 cars were on hand to welcome the first

crowd of the season.

Racing began with heat races in all divisions. A pair of veterans won Late

Model heats, Terry Lillo the first and Tim McMann the second. Kelly Estey

and Jody Bellefeuille won the pair of Modified heats while defending track

champion Scott Lawrence and Proctor’s Kevin Burdick won heats in the

Super Stock division. The Estey brothers added to the family haul as each

won a Midwest Modified heat and Josh Loucks and Matt Deragon won Pure

Stock qualifiers.

After a short intermission to massage the already smooth racing surface, it

was time to trot out the first feature of the night, the Super Stock A Main hit

the track at 8:41 p.m. Scott Lawrence drew the pole position and made it

count as he ran away with the 20 lap event to record his first sweep of the

season in his quest for another track championship. Lawrence grabbed the

point at the start but a spin by outside front row starter DJ Keeler collecting

Pat Heikkinen reset the field with Keeler sent to the rear of the 10 car field.

Triatan LaBarge moved to the front row after the field was realigned.

Lawrence took the lead at the green and quickly began to extend it over

LaBarge, Shawn McFadden, Andy Davey and Kevin Burdick. McFadden had

a run at LaBarge but couldn’t make the pass. The event quickly progressed

and as the half way point was reached Lawrence continued in command

cruising out front by three quarters of a straight away. Labarge broke away

from the third fourth fifth place scrum by a third of a straight away. The

defending Super Stock track champion made it look easy with the dominating

win. LaBarge, Davey, Burdick and McFadden finished in the top five.

Next up it was 20 laps for the always exciting Midwest Modifieds with

2013 track champion Danny Vang of Brainerd starting from the pole. Vang

jumped to the point and led a six pack of cars including Carey LePage, Dan

Kingsley, the Estey Brothers Mack and Skeeter and Cody Carlson away from

the next six cars running in a two and three wide pack for seventh position.

Vang was tooling along with a commanding lead but a call for debris on the

track slowed the action and eroded Vang’s lead. On the restart there was

another caution flag as Carlson spun off the top of turn one. At the next try at

a restart Skeeter Estey who had annexed second spot had a try to the inside of

vang in turn one but could not make the pass. Vang drove away from Skeeter

and Mack Estey with LePage fourth and Willy Thompson fifth. Dan

Kingsley, Deven VanHouse, John Kallas and 2013 Rookie of the Year Justin

Bassa scuffled for sixth. Vang pulled off the win in his quest for his second

consecutive track championship. The top four behind Vang finished the way

they were previously running.

Next the WISSOTA Late Models took to the track with the veteran Tim

McMann holding the point flanked by Kyle Peterlin. At the green peterlin

jumped to the lead followed by McMann, Harry Hnason, Aaron Lillo, Jeff

Massingill and defending champ Darrell Nelson. The field was pretty much

on the high side, but seventh starting Nelson tried to get something going

dive bombing the inside of the turns in an effort to gain ground. The field

was strung out with Peterlin firmly at the helm at the half way point ahead of

McMann, Hanson, Aaron and Terry Lillo. Nelson was making up ground and

slipped past the Lillos up into fourth and set about trying to take third from

Hanson. Peterlin was victorious, McMann held onto second and Nelson ran

out of time to take third from Hanson. Aaron Lillo rounded out the top five.

The rumble heard from the pit area produced a 13 car field of WISSOTA

Modifieds led onto the track by Kevin Eder and Deven VanHouse. VanHouse

led the first of 20 laps ahead of Eder and Kelly Estey. The trio soon separated

themselves from defending track champion Darrell Nelson and Jeff Broking.

Eder held a slight lead while Estey and VanHouse battled for second. The

caution flag flew when E.J. Hietala and Cory Jorgenson tangled and spun in

turn three. Jorgenson departed the for the pits with an apparent fuel leak.

VanHouse led on the restart with six of 20 in the books. Nelson made a push

for the third spot but couldn’t hold it. The lap before the half way Estey and

VanHouse scuffled for the lead and Estey came out on top. At the mid point

it was estey, VanHouse, Nelson, Eder and Broking in the top five. First time

visitor Andy Jones was sixth after starting ninth. Nelson made his way to

second using the low line through the corners to try and overtake Estey with

limited results. A last ditch effort by Nelson fell short as Estey took the win.

Broking, VanHouse and Jones finished in the top five.

The final feature of opening night was 15 laps for the Proctor Pure Stocks.

Matt Deragon and Josh Loucks brought the 13 car field to the start. Deragon

grabbed the lead over Loucks, Jeremy Theisen and Mike Blevins while

further back Glenn Dammer headed a pack of seven battling for fifth. Blevins

made a run and edged ahead of Deragon and Loucks. With no caution flags

the half way point was reached with Blevins in command over Deragon,

Loucks Thiesen and Dammer. The tight battle up front became a trio as

Theisen lost touch with them and ran alone in fourth. Blevins was the winner

over Loucks, Deragon and Theisen as Mike Sirois got by Dammer for fifth in

an event that went flag to flag without a caution period.

Summary Proctor Speedway 5-18-14

WISSOTA Late Model (12 cars)

Feature (25 laps) Kyle Peterlin Hibbing; Tim McMann Duluth; Harry Hanson

Eveleth; Darrell Nelson Hermantown; Aaron Lillo Proctor; Jeff Massingill

Keewatin; Kevin Carlson Hermantown; Scott Herrick Proctor DNF: Zach

Wohlers Hibbing; Robbie Cooper South Range; T.J. Adams Hayward

Heat 1 (10 Laps) T. Lillo; A. Lillo; Nelson; Massingill; Cooper DNS


Heat 2 (10 laps) McMann; Hanson; Peterlin; Carlson; Adams; Herrick

WISSOTA Modifieds (13 cars)

Feature (20 laps) Kelly Estey Kelly Lake; Darrell Nelson; Jeff broking Grand

Rapids; Deven VanHouse Silver Bay; Andy Jones Princeton; Kevin Eder

Ashland; Brian Mikkonen Iron River; Neil Balduc Bessemer; Jody

Bellefeuille Duluth; E. J. Hietala Cloquet; Cory Jorgenson Hermantown;

Nikki Wrazidlo Duluth DNF: Scott Heikkinen Eveleth

Heat 1(10 laps) Estey; Nelson; VanHouse; Broking; Jones; Balduc; Wrazidlo

Heat 2 (10 laps) Bellefeuille; Mikkonen; Eder; Heikkinen; Jorgenson DNF:


WISSOTA Super Stock (10 cars)

Feature (20 laps) Scott Lawrence Superior; Tristan LaBarge KellY Lake;

Andy Davey Hibbing; Kevin Burdick Proctor; Shawn McFadden Ashland;

Pat Heikkinen Eveleth; Ronnie malecki Superior; Dan Yrjanson Carlton;

Brian Carl Duluth DNF: DJ Keeler Superior

Heat 1 (10 laps) Lawrence; Davey; Labarge; Heikkinen; Carl

Heat 2 (10 laps) Burdick; McFadden; Keeler; Malecki; Yrjanson

WISSOTA Midwest Modified (17 cars)

Feature (20 laps) Danny Vang Brainerd; Skeeter Estey Kelly Lake; Mack

Estey Kelly Lake; Carey LePage Culver; Willy thompson Hibbing; John

Kallas Hurley; Deven vanHouse Silver Bay; Justin Bassa Hermantown; Cody

Carlson Superior; Andrew Inman Hermantown; Dan Kingsley Superior;

Tyler Luger Iron River; Chad VanDuker Medowlands; Chris Bretting

Washburn; Josh Overn Mahtowa DNF: Dan Doran DNS: Don Craig

Heat 1 (10 laps) M. Estey; LePage; Carlson; VanHouse; Bretting; Kallas;

VanDuker DNF: Doran DNS: Craig

Heat 2 (10 laps) S. Estey; Vang; Kingsley; Bassa; Inman; Luger; Thompson;


Pure Stock (13 cars)

Feature (15 laps) Mike Blevins Hibbing; Josh Loucks Carlton; Matt deragon

Ashland; Jeremy Theisen; Mike Sirois Hermantown; Glenn Dammer duluth;

Mark Korte Duluth; Jon Hammitt Cloquet; Lucas Carlson Cloquet; Shaina

Rapp Saginaw; Derek Ament Barnum DNS Dustin Follett; Matt Hammitt

Heat 1 (8 laps) Loucks; Theisen; J. Hammit; Dammer; Rapp; Ament; Carlson

Heat 2 (8 laps) Deragon; Blevins; Sirois; Korte; Follett DNS: M. Hammitt.


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