Aug 27 2013

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By Jerry O’Brien
8-25-13 Proctor, MN

Sunday night August 25th was not supposed to be on the Proctor Speedway Schedule as they
rarely race the Sunday prior to Thursday’s Silver 1000 which, this year, is the 41st edition.
Officials in cooperation with United Midwest Sprint Series scheduled the UMSS rained out event
for that open date. Also racing Sunday for no track or national points were the Super Stocks,
Midwest Modified and Pure Stock division. Track championships had been wrapped up the
previous Sunday. Consequently, the three divisions were sparsely populated. UMSS brought two
divisions, their “Traditional” non winged sprints and the Winged Sprints. A total of 21 sprints
were in attendance on a sweltering late August afternoon where the thermometer flirted with the
90 degree mark.
There were a pair of heat races in the Pure Stocks as well as the Midwest Modifieds while the
Super Stocks could muster only enough cars for a single heat. The UMSS Traditional sprints ran
a pair of heats, the same eight cars in each while the Winged Sprints, as is their procedure ran
two heat races then ran two of what are called Challenge races. Their feature lineups are set by
Passing Points while the rest of the divisions adhered to the usual point average lineups.
The Midwest Modifeds began the feature action with 13 cars taking the green flag. Deven
VanHouse went for the lead at the green with Jake Gondik, 2013 track champion Danny Vang
and Dan kingsley in his wake. With one lap in the caution flag flew for Ross Siiter who had slid
off turn three. The restart boiled down to a three car battle between VanHouse, Gondik and Vang
as Skeeter Estey raced forward to join in the fun. Kingsley fell back to fifth as VanHouse and
Vang moved to the high groove and got past Gondik. Estey got past Gondik into third as the laps
flew by. At the mid point VanHouse and Vang were side by side for the lead and Vang got past
as Estey moved to second. VanHouse slipped back to fourth while Gondik was fifth. A bit later
the caution flag flew when Josh Overn spun off turn two. On the restart VanHouse slowed on the
back stretch bringing out another caution. VanHouse stayed in the race for another circuit but
then left the track. Vang held the point ahead of Estey and Kingsley in a three car battle for the
lead which lasted for a couple of laps before Vang took control. Estey began to make up come
ground on Vang but ran out of laps. Vang was the winner over Estey, Kingsley, Gondik and jesse
Ogston in the top five.
Next it was the Super Stock feature and, at the green flag Joe Oliver surprisedĀ  everyone with
a strong run off turn two on the high side to take a commanding lead. 2013 track champion Scott
Lawrence broke free and set out in pursuit of Oliver. The race went flag to flag and Lawrence
spent the entire time trying to gain ground on the leader. In the final laps he had a run but could
get no closer than a car length. Oliver won his second main event at the speedway this season.
Donnie Lofdahl, Dan Yrjanson, Ronnie Malecki and Ronnie Malecki finished in the top five.
The Traditional Sprints took to the track for their 20 lap feature with Brian VanMevern
leading the way from the pole. Outside pole sitter Johnny Parsons the third quickly raced to the
front while VanMevern fell into the clutcjes of Rob Caho, Jr in a skirmish for second. The
caution flag flew with five laps in when Jesse Tripp spun in turn one. The green flag flew and
Parsons now had Caho to contend with. Barely a lap had gone by when another caution flag
appeared when Lucas Milz took a spin off turn one. The restart saw Caho take a big lead over
Parsons who then led the rest of the way for his sixth feature win of the season. Caho was the
2012 UMSS champion and cemented his claim on the 2013 crown with the win. Parsons, Rookie
of the year Mike Mueller, Milz and Katrina Sautbine rounded out the top five.
Next the Winged Sprints moved onto the track for 20 laps of competition. A false start was
called on the field on the first try and the pack formed up for another try. This one was successful
and Chris Graf bolted from the pole to the lead over Josh Tostenson, Tony Norem, Cody Hahn
and Brooke Tatnell. Most of the 13 car field went to the top shelf looking for that elusive Proctor
cushion. Graf held a huge lead as Tostenson, Jerry Richert, Jr and Tatnell went at it for position.
Ten laps went by quickly and the half way point was reached. The caution flag flew for the first
time just past the mid point when Norem was turned around in turn four. The restart saw Graf
able to hold onto the lead over Tostenson, Tatnell, Richert and Hahn in the top five. Rick kobe,
Leigh Thomas, Mike young, Neil Matuska and Norem ran in the top ten. Tatnell moved into
second as the caution flag flew again when Young spun in turn two. The caution flag came with
13 of 20 circuits complete. Tatnell had Graf right where he wanted him on the restart and blew
by him off the bottom of turn two. After that move the race became a run for second place as
Tatnell set sail for the checkered flag. Tostenson and Hahn also went by Graf in the waning laps
kicking him back to fourth at the finish. Richert, Jr rounded out the top five. It was Tatnell’s 24th
feature win the all time best in UMSS’ short history. It was also his sixth feature win of the
The program finished with 15 laps for the Pure Stocks who also managed to go from flag to
flag without a caution. Mike Sirois got out in front early but 2013 track champion Mike Blevins
was in the field and wasted no time racing up to pressure Sirois for the lead. Blevins soon
disposed of Sirois leaving him to fall into the clutches Craig Horak for second. At the half way
point Blevins had a commanding lead on Sirois and Horak who were, in turn, being pressured by
Al Rapp. Blevins went on to take another win and record the sweep. Rapp got by Sirois into third
at the end as Matt Hammitt rounded out the top ten.
Results Proctor Speedway 8-25-13
WISSOTA Super Stock (8 cars)
Feature: Joe Oliver Superior; Scott Lawrence Superior; Donnie lofdahl Duluth; Dan Yrjanson
Carlton, MN; Ronnie Malecki Superior; Pat Heikkinen Eveleth, MN; Brian Carl Duluth
Heat: Oliver; Lawrence; Lofdahl; Heikkinen; Carl; Malecki; Yrjanson
WISSOTA Midwest Modified (13 cars)
Feature: Danny Vang Braineerd, MN; Skeeter Estey Kelly Lake, MN; Dan Kingsley Superior;
Jake Gondik Foxboro, WI; Jesse Ogston Duluth; Andrew Inman Hermantown, MN; Adam Shinn
Duluth; Norm Anderson, Jr. Duluth; Josh Overn Mahtowa, MN DNF Deven VanHouse Silver
Bay, MN; Ross Siiter Duluth; Chris Bretting Washburn, WI; Josh Heavirland Cloquet, MN
Heat 1: Kingsley; Gondik; Anderson, Jr; Inman; Bretting; Overn DNF: Heavirland
Heat 2: Estey; Vang; Ogston; VanHouse; Shinn; Siiter
Pure Stocks (10 cars)
Feature: Mike Blevins Hibbing; Craig Horak Grand Marais, MN; Al Rapp Saginaw, MN; Mike
Sirois Cloquet; Matt Hammitt Cloquet; Gary Campbell, Sr. Duluth; Annika Hammitt Cloquet;
Mark Korte Duluth; Ember Cadotte Duluth; Ken Deragon Ashland
UMSS Traditional Sprints (8 cars)
Feature: Rob Caho, Jr. Wyoming MN; Johnny Parsons III Owatonna, MN; Mike Mueller Stacey,
MN; Lucas Milz Cambridge, MN; Katrina Sautbine Superior; Jesse Tripp Spooner, WI; Jake
Kouba Minneapolis, MN; Brian VanMevern St. Paul, MN
Heat 1: VanMervern; Jake Kouba; Parsons; Mueller; Caho, Jr; Sautbine; Milz; Tripp
Heat 2: Milz; Caho, Jr; Parsons; VanMervern; Mueller; Sautbine; Kouba DNF: Tripp
UMSS Winged Sprints ( 13 cars)
Feature: Brooke Tatnell Forest Lake, MN; Josh Tostenson Glencoe, MN; Cory Hahn Oak Grove,
MN; Chris Graf Glencoe; Jerry Richert, Jr. Forest Lake; Rick Kobs Deer Park, WI; Leigh
Thomas Duluth Neil Matuska Prior Lake, MN; Mike Young Hartford, SD DNF: Tony Norem
Dassel, MN; Sye Anderson Brainerd; Joe Kouba Lino Lakes, MN; Ryan Wilson Superior
Heat 1: Tostenson; Tatnell; Graf; Young; Matuska; Kouba DNF: Wilsdon
Heat 2: Hahn; Kobs; Thomas; Norem; Anderson
Challenge Race #1: Reichert, Jr; Kobs; Thomas; Tostenson; Matuska; Anderson DNS: Wilson
Challenge Race #2: Norem; Tatnell; Hahn; Thomas; Young; Kouba

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