By Jerry O’Brien
It was night number three for the Proctor Speedway as the 2014 season
has finally gotten under way as we head for the first day of summer. A total
of 73 cars were in action. Preliminary qualifying heats set the feature lineups.
There were three heats in the Midwest Modified division with Mack Estey,
Mark Kangas and Deven VanHouse posting wins. Single heats for the Super
Stocks and Late Models were won by Scott Lawrence and Tim McMann
respectively while Dustin Follett and Austin Blom took the Pure Stock heats.
With heat action complete and after the Kid’s Bike Races the Midwest
Modified 20 lap feature moved into starting position. The first attempt at a
start did not go well as John Kallas and Andy Inman tangled in the first turn
causing several cars to pile up behind them. The crash eliminated Justin
Madsen and Mack Estey. Kallas was tagged with the incident. The second try
at a start went better and Mark Kangas rolled into the lead. Cody Carlson,
Deven VanHouse, Inman and Danny Vang followed. Vang vaulted to third
and the top four pulled out a lead on Dan Kingsley who had moved into the
top five. Vang, who runs very well at Proctor was on the charge and soon ran
second. He closed on Kangas and moved past to the point at the half way
mark. Vang was the leader over Kangas, VanHouse, Carlson and Kingsley in
the top five. Bill Matzdorf, Jake Gondik, Inman, Kallas and Tyler Luger ran
in the top ten. Vang was in control and drove off into the distance as
VanHouse took second from Kangas. A pitched battle took place behind the
leaders and Gondik won that one holding off Matzdorf for sixth. Kallas,
Inman and Chris Bretting rounded out the top ten.