FRANK TOPS PROCTOR SPEEDWAY LATE MODELS

By Jerry O’Brien

6-24-12

Proctor, MN

Due to the rain out of all but one feature event on June 17, the four remaining

events were run prior to the 6-24 program. Each was a full length feature. Darrell

Nelson won both the WISSOTA Late Model and Modified main events. In the 25

Late Model event Nelson tracked down Aaron Lillo from the seventh starting

position. Lillo started from the outside of the front row and it took Nelson until the

21st lap to make the pass after the first caution flag of the race. Earlier there had

been a red flag situation as the cars of Gregg Hill and Late Model rookie Scott

Herrick tangled off turn two and crashed into the ditch along the back stretch.

Herrick’s #00 did a side over roll and landed on its wheels while Hill’s #8 finished

partially on one of the huge tractor tires that are in front of the guard rail. Hill was

soon out and walking about but it took rescue workers several minutes to extract

Herrick who was seen walking to the ambulance. Word came later that he was

taken to St. Mary’s Essentia Health in Duluth where he was admitted to the I.C. U.

There was no other word on his condition by the end of the race program.

Nelson was the winner while Lillo held off a charging Kyle Peterlin for

second. Harry Hanson finished fourth and Todd Frank rounded out the top five.

Nelson also pulled off the win in the WISSOTA Modified makeup feature as

he roared to the front from his fourth starting spot. Once he got to the front there

was no catching him despite three caution flags that kept the pack close. The final

caution came on the white flag lap setting up a green/white/checkered finish.

Nelson held off Ryan Aho and Jody Bellefeuille for the win. Justin Jones and Paul

Schultz finished in the top five.

Nick Oreskovich bested Mike Bellefeuille in the Super Stock makeup feature

as the third row made their way to the front and battled for the win. Oreskovich

chased Bellefeuille throughout most of the 20 lap race but couldn’t quite make the

pass until a caution flag with six laps remaining in which Bellefeuille tangled with

a lapped car. Shortly after the restart Oreskovich made the pass and went on to

take the win. Bellefeuille hung on for second ahead of kevin Salin, Pat Heikkinen

and Al Rapp.

Dustin Follett held off Josh Loucks for the win in the 15 lap makeup Pure

Stock feature. It was a mad scramble at the front of the field at the start. Mark

Korte grabbed the lead from the pole at the green flag as Chad Nikstad, Jon

Hammitt, Follett and Esten Nelson skirmished for the lead. It was three wide for

second which turned into a five car battle for the lead which went to Follett. The

caution flag flew as Nikstad lost the right rear wheel. Follett held on to the lead at

the restart with tn laps remaining over Loucks, Jeff Engelmeier ansd Esten Nelson.

By the half way mark Glenn Dammer had taken over third and Follett was in

control. Dammer and Loucks battled back and forth for second with Loucks finally

nailing down the spot. Follett went on to take the win over Loucks, Dammer,

Craig Horak who had started 23rd and Engelmeier in the top five.

After heat races determined who started where in the scheduled portion of the

Sunday night races, the first to the track was the Midwest Modfiieds. Rookie Paul

Suzik led early from the pole over Chris Bretting, but it was Neil Balduc who

moved from the third row to pressure Suzik. Suzik made a mistake and slipped off

the back stretch leaving room for Balduc to sail by into the lead. Shortly thereafter

the 45Jr of Loren Inman stopped in turn four as a foreign object struck and broke

his helmet face shield. Inman was able to drive himself to the pits and racing

resumed with Balduc still leading. Deven VanHouse moved into second with

Andrew Inman third and last week’s winner Dan Kingsley up from 14th to fourth.

Balduc was able to pull away from the pack but Dan Larsen brought out the

caution flag. Then, after the restart, Kingsley slid off turn three bringing out the

caution flag again. The green flag flew with five laps remaining, this time for a

Suzik spin. After the green flag flew, Suzik spun again ending the first year

driver’s run. It was another green/white/checkered finish and Balduc had little

trouble taking the win. VanHous, Ross Fuhrman, Kingsley and Bretting finished in

the top five.

Next up it was 20 laps for the Super Stocks. Kevin Salin bolted into the lead off

the front row at the green flag but Scott Lawrence wasn’t going to let him get too

far away. Andy Davey had the same idea, Brian Carl looked racy in the early

going and Mike Bellefeuille was also within striking distance. Salin, Lawrence

and Davey got the bit in their collective teeth and the three streaked away.

Lawrence set his sights on Salin and edged past on the back stretch to the lead.

Lawrence then set sail. Bellefeuille was charging forward and got by Davey into

second. Trevor Wilson was headed forward from his eighth starting spot and

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