By Jerry O’Brien 8-12-12 Proctor, MN
Darrell Nelson of Hermantown, MN won Race of Champions qualifying
features Sunday August 12 at the Proctor Speedway. The wins qualify him for the
Races of Champions in each division at the 2012 WISSOTA 100 in September
held at the South Dakota State Fair Speedway in Huron, SD should he choose to
make the trip.
Scott Lawrence, Superior, Deven VanHouse and Glenn Dammer won the other
Donnie Lofdahl led the first three laps of the 20 lap Super Stock Main event
until the caution flag flew for the stalled car of pat Heikkinen that rolled to a stop
in turn three. Point leader Scott Lawrence took advantage of the restart as he
jumped to the front at the green flag with a good run off turn two. Lawrence led
Lofdahl, Kevin Salin, Andy Davey and Ashley Smith and raced out to an eight car
length lead. The only change in the top five before the mid point came when
Davey got the better of Salin and went to third. Lawrence increased his lead to
three quarters of a straight away while Lofdahl held a like amount of distance over
Davey. A caution flag flew with seven laps remaining which closed up the pack.
Lawrence went on to take the win, his fifth of the season, ahead of Lofdahl,
Davey, Salin and Brian Carl. Lawrence has qualified for the 2012 Pace of
The field for the WISSOTA Modified feature was a tiny one and, as a result,
only ran a ten lap feature. At the start Nelson was gone and Nick Musel, Jody
Bellefeuille and Scott Heikkinen duked it out briefly for second. Nelson raced out
to almost a half lap lead and won literally going away. Bellefeuille, Musel and
Heikkinen finished in that order. It was Nelson’s forth Modified win of the season
at the speedway.
Jeff Engelmeier led early and often in the 15 lap Pure Stock feature, Glenn
Dammer, Esten Nelson, Dustin Follett and Craig Horak battled in a pack for
second. A pair of caution flags slowed the action, the first for a Lucas Carlson spin
in the first turn, the second for a tangle between Andy Leino and Annika Hammitt.
Leino’s number 06 suffered a broken drive shaft. At the restart Engelmeier held
onto the lead over Dammer but some rubbing in the pack resulted in the front
bumper being partially ripped off the front of the #3D. The caution flag was
shown so the errant part could be removed. Unfortunately racing without a bumper
on either end is not allowed and Follett was disqualified. Engelmeier led off at the
restart with Nelson second and Dammer third. Dammer got by to the lead and went
on to win his first feature in some time driving his father’s car.
The start in the 20 lap Midwest Modified feature was called off when the car of
Jim Inman rolled to a stop on the back stretch. The next try was successful and
Dan Kingsley took the lead ahead of Danny Vang, Josh Heavirland, John Kaiser
and point leader Deven Vanhouse. Kingsley drove away to a good lead while
Vang, Heavirland and Kaiser battled for second and were soon joined by
VanHouse. Kaiser surged to second and began to track down Kingsley. The
caution flag appeared for a tangle between Heavirland and Dan Larsen in turn one.
At the green Vang made run on Kaiser and took the lead as VanHouse got by
Kingsley and Neil Balduc joined the action. VanHouse got past Vang and saw
daylight at the front but again the yellow flag flew when Kingsley, Kaiser and
Kyle Matuska tangled in turn one. On the restart Vang was overwhelmed by
Balduc and Kingsley inside and out falling back to fourth. VanHouse was cruising
out ahead of the pack and went on to take his third feature win of the season.
Kingsley, Balduc, Vang and Kaiser finished in the top five.
Harry Hanson led Tim McMann at the start of the 20 lap Late Model feature
followed by Joey Ogston, Kyle Peterlin and Aaron Lillo. A caution flag flew when
Dave Esse and Lillo tangled on the front stretch with a pair of laps concluded.
Hanson held onto the lead at the restart and Darrell Nelson appeared in third.
Hanson continued in control as the laps slipped by. Hanson then made a slip at the
top of turn two and Nelson shot by leaving Hanson to fend off Peterlin. Nelson led
the rest of the way for his fourth Late Model win of the season. Peterlin, Hanson,
McMann and Ogston rounded out the top five.
Results Proctor Speedway 8-12-12
WISSOTA Late Model
Feature ( 20 laps) Darrell Nelson Hermantown; Kyle Peterlun Hibbing; Harry
Hanson Eveleth; Tim McMann Duluth; Joey Ogston Duluth; Todd Frank Mellen;
Aaron Lillo Duluth; Dave Esse Cloquet
Heat ( 8 laps): Peterlin; Hanson; Ogston; McMann; Lillo; Esse; Frank; Nelson
Feature (10 laps) Darrell Nelson Hermantown; Jody Bellefeuille Duluth; Nick
Musel Duluth; Scott Heikkinen Eveleth
Heat (8 laps): Nelson; Musel; Heikkinen; Bellefeuille
WISSOTA Super Stock
Feature (20 laps) Scott Lawrence Superior; Donnie Lofdahl Proctor; Andy Davey
Hibbing; Kevin Salin Iron; Brian Carl Duluth; Ronnie Malecki Superior; Mike
Bellefeuille Duluth; Ashley Smith Superior; Pat Heikkinen Eveleth; Al Rapp
Heat (8 laps): Lofdahl; lawrence; Davey; Salin; Smith; Rapp; Carl; Heikkinen;
WISSOTA Midwest Modified ( 17 cars)
Feature (20 laps) Deven VanHouse Silver Bay; Dan Kingsley Superior; Neil
Balduc Bessemer; Danny vAng Brainerd; John Kaiser Lake Norden, SD; Adam
Shinn Duluth; Andrew Inman Hermantown; Dan Doran Hermantown; Chris
Bretting Washburn; Tom mackey Hermantown; Cory Ziebol Cloquet; Dan Larsen
Hermantown; Kyle Matuska Stacy; Josh Heavirland Cloquet; Tony Croninger
Watertown, SD; Dale Suomala Hermantown; Jim Inman Duluth
Heat 1 (8 laps): Vang; Heavirland; Matuska; Croninger; Suomala; Mackey;
Bretting; Ziebol; Shinn
Heat 2 (8 laps): Kingsley; VanHouse; Larsen; kaiser; Balduc; A. Inman; Doran; J.
Pure Stock (16 cars)
Feature (15 laps) Glenn Dammer Duluth; Jeff Engelmeier Saginaw; Craig Horak
Grand Marais; Esten nelson Grand Marais; Matt Hammitt Cloquet; Dale Reynolds
Cloquet; Rita Anderson South Range; Shaina Rapp Saginaw; Justin Bassa
Hermantown; Lucas Carlson Cloquet; Jon Hammitt Cloquet; Dustin Follett
Cloquet; Andy Leino Barnum; Annika Hammitt Cloquet; Brett Leino Moose Lake;
Josh Loucks Carlton
Heat 1 (8 laps): Follett; J. Hammitt; M. Hammitt; Horak; Carlson; Reynolds; A.
Hammitt; B. Leino; Loucks
Heat 2 (8 laps): Nelson; Engelmeier; Dammer; Anderson; Rapp; Bassa; B. Leino;