May 26 2014

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By Jerry O’Brien


Proctor, MN

The first really nice day of the summer saw a nice contingent of race cars

descend on the Proctor Speedway during the Memorial Day weekend.

Seventy-four cars competed on the three eighth oval before a good crowd of


Elk Mound’s John Kaanta decided to make a northern swing with the

number 85 WISSOTA Late Model. The results of his visit to the Hibbing

Raceway had him wondering if that had been the wisest decision. After his

Sunday visit to the Proctor Speedway his outlook took a turn for the positive.

A fourth place finish in his heat race placed him to the outside of the third

row for the 25 lap main event.

At the green flag Zach Wohlers bolted to the lead from the pole with

Darrell Nelson following him through to second. Wohlers raced out to a good

lead with Nelson trying to reel him in. With four laps complete a tangle

between Kyle Peterlin and Bobby Carlson in the third and fourth turns

brought out the first caution flag. Ast the restart Nelson got the jump on the

field as did Kaanta who sailed into second. Wohlers fought back against a

charging Harry Hanson with Tim McMann settling into fifth. Nelson was in

control as Kaanta was about ten car lengths back. Further back Kevin Carlson

who had started outside the front row, rebounded to take fifth from McMann.

As the laps began to wind down the wily Kaanta began to make his move

creeping ever closer closing to within a car length. With few laps remaining

the battle for the lead was on. Kaanta made a strong move and took over the

lead as the white flag flew and held off Nelson for the win. Hanson, McMann

and Wohlers finished in the top five.

Once again the WISSOTA Modified division numbers were strong with

17 cars set to take the green for 20 laps of feature action. Pole sitter E. J.

Hietala jumped to the lead followed by Scott Heikkinen, Kevin Eder Darrell

Nelson and Neil Balduc. Donnie Lofdahl brought out the caution flag as he

slid off the top of turn three. Hietala stayed in the lead on the restart while

Balduc and Eder battled for second. Nelson ran fourth while Heikkinen hung

onto fifth. Ninth starting Jody Bellefeuille skirmished with Heikkinen for

position while Kelly Estey ran seventh. At the half way point Bellefeuille

began to make his way forward into fourth. Hietala was still out front and

Balduc made a run on him for the lead. Nelson had his hands full with the

fleet Bellefeuille. Balduc edged into the lead as Nelson charge took him to

second towing Bellefeuille along past Hietala. Nelson and Bellefeuille

ganged up on Balduc and both got by but Bellefeuille took it one step further

taking over the top spot on the last lap to score the win over Nelson,

Bellefeuille, Balduc, Hietala and newcomer Zack Drews.

Ten of the 11 Super Stocks took to the track for their 20 lap run and pole

sitter Brian Carl tried to secure the lead in the first turn but slid up the track

causing a jam up which let Shawn McFadden through to the front. Kevin

Burdick moved to second ahead of Pat Heikkinen, Andy LaBarge and Andy

Grymala. Defending champion Scott Lawrence went off the track on the first

lap and was playing catch up. When the first of six caution flags appeared for

a Brian Carl spin. The restart came with six laps in the books. McFadden

maintained the lead but the caution flag again flew when Carl again lost

control. The next try was good with McFadden in control Burdick was

second, Grymala third and Lawrence was in fourth after passing Jim

Campbell. The halfway mark saw McFadden still in control over Burdick,

Grymala, Lawrence, Campbell, LaBarge and Ronnie Malecki. Caution

number three occurred when Heikkinen ended up backwards on the front

stretch. The restart produced another caution period as Campbell spun in turn

one collecting LaBarge. Lawrence dropped to the infield then went to the

work area where his crew clanged the flat left rear and he rejoined the race at

the rear of the field. The restart came with eight laps remaining. McFadden

was feeling pressure from Burdick and Grymala but it went wrong for

Burdick as he brought out the fifth caution flag with a spin out. McFadden

maintained his lead over Grymala while Lawrence was now in third. The

sixth and final caution flag flew when LaBarge spun in turn two setting up a

green white checkered finish. McFadden hung on to the lead for the win

while Lawrence fell short of the win in second. Grymala, Burdick and

LaBarge finished in the top five.

Dan Kingsley started the 20 lap Midwest Modified main event from the

pole and took the top spot early but a four car pileup in the first turn caused

by a spinning Skeeter Estey brought out the first caution. Two of the four

cars were too badly damaged to continue including the #4 of Carey LePage

and the #47 of defending track champion Danny Vang. Estey restarted in the

rear. With 18 laps still to go the try for a restart did not go well as Andy

Inman instigated a tangle. The next try at a start was successful and Mack

Estey drew alongside Kinsley in a side by side battle for the lead. Intense

racing also ensued for third between Deven VanHouse, Jake Gondik and

Willy Thompson. A lap before the mid point Kingsley finally shook loose of

Mack Estey to secure the top spot. The half way point saw Kingsley leading

Mack Estey, VanHouse, Gondik, a flying Skeeter Estey and Thompson in the

top five. Two more caution flags would fly one for a slowing Chris Bretting

and on the last lap for Josh Haverlind in the first turn. Kingsley held off

Mack Estey to the checkered flag. Gonndik, Skeeter Estey and VanHouse

were top five finishers.

The fast moving show finished with 15 laps for the Proctor Pure Stocks.

Dustin Follett driving the former Craig Horak station wagon started the 15

lap event from the pole but with one lap complete Austin Blom’s car stalled

bringing out the first of three caution flags. Follett led on the restart but Mike

Blevins had his number ten cooking flying up through the field to second

past the battle for third between Lucas Carlson, Matt Deragon, Glenn

Dammer and Josh Loucks. Blevins moved to the high groove moved along

side Follett and the race was on. Blevins and Follett were soon joined by

Loucks on the half way mark which saw another caution for a tangle between

Dammer and Matt Hammitt. The restart saw Blevins take the lead over Follett

and Loucks as Mike Sirois found himself in fourth with Carlson in fifth.

Blevins outlasted the rest to take his first win of the season at the speedway

and complete the sweep.

Results Proctor Speedway 5-25-14

WISSOTA Late Model (13 cars)

Feature (25 laps) John Kaanta Elk Mound, WI; Darrell Nelson Hermantown;

Harry Hanson Eveleth; Tim McMann Duluth; Zach Wohlers Hibbing; Kevin

Carlson Hermantown; Bobby Carlson Hibbing; Terry Lillo Duluth; Aaron

Lillo Proctor; Scott Herrick Proctor DNF: Kyle Peterlin; Mike Vajdl

Chisholm DNS: Tim Lillo Superior

Heat 1: (8 laps) McMann; Peterlin; K. Carlson; T. Lillo; Herrick DNF: Vajdl;

T. Lillo

Heat 2: (8 laps) Nelson; Wohlers; Hanson; Kaanta; A. Lillo; B. Carlson

WISSOTA Modified (17 cars)

Feature (20 laps) Jody Bellsfeuille Duluth; Darrell Nelson Hermantown; Neil

Balduc Bessemer, MI; E. J. Hietala Cloquet; Zack Drews Duluth; Kevin Eder

Ashland; Kelley Estey Kelly Lake; Jeff Broking Grand Rapids; Deven

VanHouse Silver Bay; Brian Mikkonen Iron River; Donnie Lofdahl Duluth;

Scott Heikkinen Eveleth; Nick Musel Duluth; Cory Jorgenson Hermantown;

Nikki Wrazidlo Duluth; Ken Mostoller Warba, MN; Jeff Lien, Jr Mora, MN

Heat 1: (8 laps) Estey; Nelson; Heikkinen; Drews; Bellefeuille; VanHouse;

Mikkonen; Musel; Lien, Jr

Heat 2: (8 laps) Eder; broking; Hietala; Balduc; Jorgenson; Mostoller;

Wrazidlo DNF: Lofdahl

WISSOTA Super Stock (11 cars)

Feature (20 laps) Shawn McFadden Ashland; Scott Lawrence Superior; Andy

Grymala Superior; Kevin Burdick Proctor; Andy LaBarge Keewatin, MN;

Jim Campbell Two Harbors; Ronnie Malecki Superior; Kevin Salin Iron, MN

DNF: Pat Heikkinen Eveleth; Brian carl Duluth; Dan Yrjanson Carlton, MN

Heat 1: (8 laps) Lawrence; mcFadden; Malecki; Carl; Salin DNF:Yrjanson

Heat 2: (8 laps) Heikkinen; Grymala; Campbell; Burdick; LaBarge

Midwest Modified (18 cars)

Feature (20 laps) Dan Kingsley Superior; Mack Estey Kelly lake; Jakr

Gondik Foxboro, WI; Skeeter Estey Kelly Lake; Deven VanHouse Silver

bay; cody Carlson Superior; Justin Bassa Hermantown; Tyler Luger Iron

River; Andy Inman Hermantown; Josh Overn Mahtowa; Chad VanDuker

Medowlands, MN DNF: Josh Heaverland Cloquet; Chris Bretting Washburn;

Willy Thompson Hibbing; Matk Kangas Eveleth; Danny Vang Brainerd,

MN; Carey LePage Culver, MN; Lance Solem Duluth.

Heat 1: (8 laps) Vang; S. Estey; M. Estey; Kangas; LePage; Carlson; Luger;

VanDuker; Overn

Heat 2: (8 Laps) Thompson; Gondik; Inman; Kingsley; VanHouse; Bretting;

Bassa; Heavirland DNF: Solem

Proctor Pure Stock (15 cars)

Feature (15 laps) Mike Blevins hibbing; Dustin Follett Claoquet; Josh loucks

Carlton; Mike Sirois Hermantown; Matt Deragon Ashland; Glenn Dammer

Duluth; Lucas Carlson Cloquet; Matt Hammitt Cloquet; Shaina Rapp

Saginaw; Jason Calhoun Barnum, MN; Annika Hammitt Cloquet; Andrew

Hanson Iron River DNF: Jeremy Thiesen; Austin Blom Saginaw DNS: Mark

Korte Duluth

Heat 1: (8 laps) Theisen; Loucks; Blom; Deragon; Sirois; Calhoun; Hannson

DNF Korte

Heat 2: (8 laps) Blevins; Follett; Carlson; Dammer; Hammitt; Rapp DNF: A.


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