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Jun 02 2013

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NELSON DOUBLE SWEEPS LATE MODELS AND MODIFIEDS

By Jerry O’Brien 6-2-13

Proctor Speedway finally got opening night in the record books with 98 cars in

five divisions on hand along with a decent sized crowd of fans. Largest of the car

counts was provided by the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds with 27 followed by

the Proctor Pure Stocks with 25 on hand.

Qualifying heat races were run to set the feature fields along with a pair of B

Features. Midwest Modified heats went to Brainerd’s Hurly’s John Kalas; Dan

Kingsley of Superior, Cody Carlson also of Superior and Brainerd’s Danny Vang.

Dale Soumala of Hermantown was the B Feature winner. Neil Balduc of

Bessemer, MI and Darrell Nelson of Hermantown won Modified heats and Nelson

and Harry Hanson of Eveleth won the Late Model heats. Lucas Carlson Cloquet,

Dustin Follett also of Cloquet, Craig Horak of Grand Marais and Glenn Dammer,

Duluth won Pure Stock heats while Superior’s Chad Nikstad won the B Feature.

Dan Yranson of Carlton and Andy Davey of Hibbing won the super Stock

qualifying heats.

The first feature to roll onto the speedway was for the Midwest Modifieds with

Cody Carlson and Mark Kangas leading the 20 car field to the green for the 20 lap

event. Carlson surged into the lead as Vang took second ahead of Skeeter Estey

and Kangas. Vang showed why he won features at the speedway in years past as

he bolted to the lead and began to open up the lead over Carlson, Estey, Lance

Solem and Travis Nye. The caution flag appeared with five laps in the restart saw

Vang continue in the lead as Estey and Solem battled for second. Carlson dropped

back to fifth as Mack Estey took over fourth. At the mid point the order stood at

Vang, Solem, Skeeter Estey, Mack Estey and Carlson in the top five. Deven

VanHouse, Nye, Kangas and Chris Bretting ran in the top ten. Solem closed on

Vang while the Estey brothers battled for third. Solem fell off the pace and began

to drop back as Vang went on to record the sweep. Skeeter Estey, Mack Estey,

Carlson and VanHouse finished in the first five.

It was 20 Super Stocks fro 20 laps for the second feature event led to the stripe

by Andy Grymala. At the green Grymala got the jump over Nick Oreskovich

followed by Donnie Lofdahl, Willie Johnsen, Wayne Stricker and Andy Davey.

The caution flag flew for, amongst other things, a coil spring on the track with one

lap in. On the restart Grymala got the hole shot while Oreskovich and Lofdahl

battled for second. Lofdahl broke away and set out after Grymala leaving Johnsen

and Stricker to battle for third behind Oreskovich. Lofdahl slowed and stopped on

the front stretch, went to the pits and returned at the back of the fieldafter the

second caution flag. Meanwhile Scott Lawrence the defending track champion

was working his way forward from the 14th starting slot to line up in third for the

restart. From that spot it took him little time to make his way to the lead passing

Grymala a couple of laps after the restart off turn two. At the half way point

Lawrence led Davey, Grymala, Johnsen and Super Stock rookie Shawn

McFadden, Jr in the top five. Davey spent the rest of the race stalking Lawrence

through traffic but could never really get close enough to mount a serious

challenge. Lawrence went on to take the win over Davey as McFadden surged into

third past Grymala as Johnsen held down fifth. Lofdahl’s charge from the rear ran

out of laps in seventh place.

It would be 20 laps for the WISSOTA Late Models with defending track

champion Tim McMann holding down the pole. Outside pole sitter Kyle Peterlin

bolted to the point at the green flag as McMann fell in behind. Lurking in third

was Darrell Nelson ahead of Harry Hanson and Riley Matthews. McMann’s race

did not last long as he slowed and rolled to a stop and was pushed to the pits.

When action resumed with one circuit recorded, Peterlin maintained the lead over

Hanson, Nelson, Matthews and Zach Wohlers. Nelson raced to second after a brief

battle with Hanson and pressured Peterlin for the lead. Peterlin held him off for a

couple of laps but Nelson was not to be denied and went in front. Peterlin fell to

second while Matthews and Wohlers got by Hanson into third and fourth. Aaron

Lillo brought out the second caution period with 14 laps remaining. Nelson was in

control of the event from that point and raced out to a big lead. At the half way

point it was Nelson with the lead followed by Peterlin, Wohlers, Matthews,

Hanson and Todd Frank in the top five. Nelson was cruising at the head of the

field when Terry Lillo brought out the caution flag for the third time. With seven

laps remaining Peterlin went for it but fell short of making the pass. After that

attempt Nelson remained in control the rest of the way for the Late Model Sweep.

Peterlin, Wohlers, Matthews and Frank finished in the top five.

Next the WISSOTA Modifieds rolled onto the track for 20 laps of action.

Deven VanHouse grabbed the lead at the initial green flag with Darrell Nelson and

Cory Jorgenson close behind. VanHouse, Nelson and Jorgenson battled briefly but

it was Nelson who popped out of the pack to the lead. Kelly Estey was on his way

forward from the third row, battled past VanHouse and Jorgenson into second and

attempted to track down his old rival. He was unable to make up ground on the

fleeing Nelson who’s lead kept expanding until it was more than a straight away

over Estey. At the ten lap half way mark Nelson was off in another world over

Estey, Jorgenson, Balduc, Jeff Wood and the rest. It was cruise control again for

Nelson as only a caution flag or a breakdown could break his rhythm. Sure

enough, the caution flag appeared on a safety call when Balduc’s #99 stalled on

the pit exit road. Nelsons huge lead was gone and Estey was right there for the

green/white/checkered restart. Nelson was equal to the task and held Estey at bay

for the win and the sweep of the division, his second sweep of the night. Estey,

Jorgenson, Wood and E. J. Hietala rounded out the top five.

The final event of the evening was 15 laps for the Proctor Pure Stocks. Craig

Horak started on the outside pole with the #26 Station Wagon, took the lead at the

second try at a start, stubbornly holding off any challengers to lead every lap for

the win and his very own sweep of the action. Two caution flags at the beginning

of the event, one on the first lap when the power left the #71 of Lucas Carlson and

the second when the #18 of Tim Carlson (no relation) went up in smoke. The only

pressure Horak felt was from Dustin Follett who dogged his tracks until a near

miss at a roll over and a nice save by Follett lost him several positions. Follett

charged back up through the pack but it was too little too late as Horak had control

of the lead and went on to the win. Former track champion Josh Loucks finished

second ahead of Follett while AMSOIL Speedway 2012 champion Josh Johnson

was fourth and Glenn Dammer finished fifth.

Results Proctor Speedway Opening Night June 2

WISSOTA Late Model (12 cars)

Feature (20 Laps) Darrell Nelson Hermantown; Kyle Peterlin Hibbing; Zach

Wohlers Hibbing; Riley Matthews Thunder Bay; Todd Frank Mellen; Aaron Lillo

Duluth; Matt Sorenson Duluth; Harry Hanson Eveleth; Terry Lillo Duluth; Tim

McMann Duluth; Tim Lillo Superior; Robbie Cooper South Range

Heat 1: Nelson; Peterlin; Matthews; Wohlers; Terry Lillo; Tim Lillo

Heat 2: Hanson; Frank; McMann; Sorenson; A. Lillo; Cooper

WISSOTA Modified (14 cars)

Feature (20 laps) Darrell Nelson Hermantown; Kelly Estey Kelly Lake; Cory

Jorgenson Hermantown; Jeff Wood Chisholm; E. J. Hietala Cloquet; Deven

VanHouse Silver Bay; Brian Mikkonen Iron River; Paul Wrazidlo Duluth; Cory

Sersha Eveleth; Neil Balduc Bessemer; Scott Heikkinen Eveleth; jody Bellefeuille

Duluth; Kevin Eder Ashland; Jeff Broking Grand Rapids

Heat 1: Balduc; Wood; Estey; Bellefeuille; Broking; Mikkonen; Heikkinen

Heat 2: Nelson; Hietala; Jorgenson; VanHouse; Eder; Sersha; Wrazidlo

WISSOTA Super Stock (20 cars)

Feature (20 laps)

Scott Lawrence Superior; Andy Dave Hibbing; Shawn McFadden Ashland; Andy

Grymala Superior; Willie Johnsen Superior; Tristan LaBarge Kelly Lake; Donnie

Lofdahl Duluth; Kevin Burdick Proctor; Brian Carl Duluth; Andy LaBarge

Keewatin; Dan Yranson Carlton; Norman Heiskanen Grand Prairie, AB; Pat

Heikkinen Eveleth; Wayne Stricker Highbridge; Michael Zasadni Thunder Bay;

John Toppozini Thunder Bay; Ronnie Malecki Superior; HJ Keeler Superior; Nick

Oreskovich Mason; Kevin Salin Iron

Heat 1: Davey; Grymala; Stricker; Lofdahl; Salin; A. LaBarge; Heiskanen;

Zasadni; Malecki; Toppozini

Heat 2: Yrjanson; Johnsen; McFadden; Oreskovich; Burdick; t. LaBarge;

Lawrence; Carl; Keeler; Heikkinen

WISSOTA Midwest Modified (27 cars)

Feature (20 laps)

Danny Vang Brainerd; Skeeter Estey Kelly Lake; Mack Estey Kelly Lake; Cody

Carlson Superior; Deven VanHouse Silver Bay; Dan Kingsley Superior; Dale

Soumala Hermantown; Lance Solem Duluth; Ricky Davis Bruno; Bill Matzdorf

Grand Rapids; Chris Bretting Ashland; Tyler Luger Iron River; Mark Kangas

Eveleth; Jason Goldfine Superior; Travis Nye Ashland; Nick DaRonco Mountain

Iron; Dan Doran Hermantown; Josh Heavirland Cloquet; Willy Thompson

Hibbing; John Kallas Hurley

B Feature: Dale Soumala; Ricky Davis; Willy Thompson; Dan Doran; Adam

Shinn Duluth; Jori Hughes Tower; Ross Fuhrman Ashland; Norman Anderson

Duluth; Tanner Hicks Ashland; Ross Siiter Duluth

Heat 1: Kallas; S. Estey; Goldfine; Heavirland; Justin Bassa Hermantown; Doran;

Shinn

Heat 2: Kingsley; Nye; VanHouse; Soumala; Davis; Siiter

Heat 3: C. Carlson; Kangas; Luger; Bretting; Hughes; Hicks; Fuhrman

Heat 4: Vang; Solem; DaRonco; Matzdorf; Thompson; Anderson

Proctor Pure Stocks

Feature (15 laps)

Craig Horak Grand Marais; Josh Loucks Carlton; Dustin Follett cloquet; Josh

Johnson Superior; Glenn Dammer Duluth; Ken tody, Jr Ashland; Esten Nelson

Grand Marais; Justin Madsen Foxboro; Al Rapp Saginaw; Jon Hammitt Cloquet;

Matt Deragon Ashland; Andy Leino Barnum; Mike Sirois Hermantown; Matt

Hammitt Cloquet; Mark Korte Duluth; Keith Koski Chisholm; Chad Nikstad

Superior; Tim Carlson Superior; Brandle Pupp Ashland; Lucas Carlson Cloquet

B Feature

Nikstad; Pupp; Rapp; J. Hammitt; Derek Ament; Barnum; A. Hammitt Cloquet;

Jason Calhoun; Barnum Chris Johnson; South Range Jim Cooper Superior

Heat 1: L. Carlson; Loucks; Sirois; Leino; Nikstad; Calhoun; C. Johnson

Heat 2: Follett; J. Johnson; Nelson; M. Hammitt; Pupp; Ament

Heat 3: Horak; Madsen; Koski; Deragon; Cooper; J. Hammitt

Heat 4: Dammer; T. Carlson; Korte; Tody, Jr; Rapp; A. Hammitt

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