Oct 13 2015

2015 Racing Banquet

The Lakehead Racing Association and Proctor Speedway is pleased to announce that we will be having our Annual Racers Banquet for the 2015 season on January 30th, 2016. This will again be taking place at the Barkers Island Inn on beautiful Lake Superior. We will again be sending out information at the end of December or beginning of January so please mark the date now. If you would like to get your reservations in early please contact Tammy Lofdahl to reserve your space. Thank you and we look forward to honoring all of our racers accomplishments for the 2015 season.


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Oct 05 2015

LRA Annual Meeting

The Lakehead Racing Association would like to invite all of its members to the Annual Meeting on Wednesday October 7th at 7:00 PM at the Proctor Speedway Diner. We look forward to seeing everyone then.


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Sep 14 2015


By Jerry O’Brien Proctor, Minn 9-3-15
Elk Mound’s John Kaanta led all the way to capture the 40 lap Late Model
feature at the 43rd annual Silver 1000. Kaanta recorded the sweep for his third
Silver 1000 victory and his first in eleven years. Darrell Nelson of Hermantown,
Minn added to his all time Silver 1000 Modified win total capturing his sixth win
since the Modifieds became part of the event 27 years ago in 1988.
After qualifying set the fields for each division, the first main event was a 30
lap affair for the WISSOTA Modifieds starting 25 cars with the 25th position a
promoter’s provisional spot which went to Brian Mikkonen of Iron River Wisc.
All four former champions in attendance secured starting spots with three of
them lined up in the first two rows. Defending and back to back champion Kevin
Adams of Cameron, Wisc struggled in qualifying and flagged off in the19th
starting spot.
Starting from the pole position was Darrell Nelson who wasted little time
vaulting to the lead followed by Kelly Estey, Nick Musel, Jody Bellefeuille and Al
Uotinen. Next time around Musel was second and Uotinen fourth. Meantime
Nelson, a multi time champion at the track, extended the lead while Uotinen
grabbed second and set off to try and track him down. Nelson raced out to a fifteen
car length lead but, with just over a third of the distance complete, his lead
evaporated when the first of two caution flags flew for Kevin Eder’s trip off turn
four. At the green flag Nelson was able to retain the point but Jeff Tardy who had
worked his way into the top five from the fourth row blasted his way into second
past Uotinen, Estey and 2015 track champ Deven VanHouse. Further back Jody
Bellefeuille the 2010 winner and Matt Leer were in a skirmish for sixth.
At the mid point Nelson was in control leading Tardy by a substantial margin.
Tardy was pursued by Uotinen, VanHouse and Bellefeuille. Further back Leer was
in a battle with Jeff Broking and Johnny Broking until Johnny Broking took a wild
ride down the front stretch into the infield in turn one bringing out the final
caution flag. The restart came with thirteen laps to go with Nelson still on top.
Uotinen was alert this time and blew by Tardy to regain second. Estey also got a
good restart and regained a top five spot. Uotinen was able to stay within striking
distance of Nelson as the two veterans circled the speedway pulling away from
Estey who was forced to try to gain ground in the upper groove. Nelson went on to
take the win by about a car length over Uotinen. Estey held onto third while
VanHouse and Tardy rounded out the top five. Defending champion Adams
dropped out early in the competition ending any chance of a third straight victory.
Four of the five former Late Model champions on hand raced their way into the
starting line up for the 40 lap feature. 2008 Silver 1000 champion and 2015 track
champion Harry Hanson was named the the 25th starting spot as a promoter’s
At the green flag John Kaanta of Elk Mound, Wisc jumped to the lead from the
outside pole with Jeff Massingill close behind. Travis Budiaslovich, Darrell
Nelson and Jake Redetzke ran in the top five. Don Shaw, Kevin Carlson, Terry
Lillo, Zach Wohlers and Kyle Peterlin were in a tight a little further back when an
incident occurred in turn one and Peterlin was tagged with the caution flag. At the
opposite end of the speedway Nelson appeared to spin by himself but retained his
position since the caution was called on Peterlin. The restart came with only five
laps completed and Kaanta pulled out by a couple of lengths but Nelson split
Budiaslovich and Massingill to take second. Shaw also got a nice restart and hit
the top five in fifth. Kaanta had five car lengths on Nelson who was in a tight
battle with Massingill. Of note was the progress by Harry Hanson who had started
in the 25th spot and, at this point, had worked his way to just outside the top ten in
eleventh. Kaanta had reached the back of the pack and began the task of working
his way by traffic. At this point Redetzke had worked his way back into third spot
and was battling with Shaw when the second caution flag flew for a slowing Jeff
Provinzino. The restart did not go well as, reportedly, Kevin Carlson who was
running a strong sixth lost his brakes and slid off the first turn scattering several
cars and bringing the caution flag back out with twenty-one laps still remaining.
The next try at a restart was successful with Kaanta still holding the lead by a
couple of car lengths over Redetzke, Shaw, Massingill and Nelson. Shaw drove by
redetzke on the outside and began stalking Kaanta with eighteen cars still running.
Shaw was unable to make up any ground on Kaanta as the laps wound down to the
finish. At this point the track seemed to lock down with everyone on the bottom
and no one able to pass. Kaanta came up on the slower car of Cory Jorgenson
which let the contenders close up nose to tail. Kaanta won his third Silver 1000
over Redetzke, Shaw, Massingill and Nelson. Hanson’s charge to the front
resulted in a seventh place finish.
Results 43rd Annual Silver 1000 Proctor Speedway
WISSOTA Late Model (29 cars)
Feature (40 laps) John Kaanta Elk Mound; Jake Redetzke Eau Claire; Don Shaw
Ham Lake; Jeff Massingill Keewatin; Darrell Nelson Hermantown; Terry Lillo
Duluth; Pat Doar New Richmond, Wisc.; Harry Hanson Eveleth; Aaron Lillo
Proctor; Travis Budiaslovich Minneapolis; Tommy Waseleski, Jr. Pengilly, Minn;
Jay Kintner Hibbing; Riley Matthews Murillo, ON; Dave Esse Cloquet; Gregg
Hill Eveleth; Cory Jorgenson Hermantown DNF: john Toppozini Thunder Bay;
Tim McMann Duluth; Chad Mahder Eau Claire; Zach Wohlers Kelly Lake; Kevin
Carlson Hermantown; Jeff Provinzino Hibbing; Kyle Peterlin Hermantown; Caley
Emerson Grand Rapids; Adam Hensel Baldwin, Wisc
Heat 1: T. Lillo; Matthews; Emerson; Provinzino; McMann; Waseleski, Jr.;
Kintner; Toppozini; Herrick
Heat 2: Redetzke; Nelson; Carlson; Wohlers; Doar; Jorgenson; Mahder; Hill;
Cooper; T. Lillo
Heat 3: Kaanta; Massingill; Shaw; Peterlin; A. Lillo; Hensel; Hanson; Esse;
B Feature (15 laps) Waseleski, Jr; Mahder; Hill; Esse; Toppozini; Scott Herrick
Proctor; John Meed Spooner, Wis; Robbie Cooper South Range; Tim Lillo
Superior DNF: Hanson
Pole Dash (8 laps) Massingill; Kaanta; Budiaslovich; Nelson; Redetzke; Carlson;
Shaw; Matthews; T. Lillo
WISSOTA Modified (35 cars)
Feature (30 laps) Darrell Nelson Hermantown; Al Uotinen Superior; Kelly Estey
Kelly Lake; Deven VanHouse Silver Bay; Jeff Tardy Hibbing; Matt Leer Bruce;
Jeff Broking Grand Rapids; Rick Rivord Superior; Jody Bellefeuille Duluth; Greg
Chesley Duluth; Nick Musel Duluth; Jeff Wood Chisholm; Marcus Damjanovich
Hibbing; Paul Schultz Grand Rapids; Bill Byholm Glidden; Bob Broking Grand
Rapids; Rick Niemi Eveleth; Ken Hron Nashwauk DNF: Brian Mikkonen Iron
River; Kevin Eder Ashland; Cody Wolkowski Thunder Bay; Johnny Broking
Grand Rapids; Tim McMann Duluth; Kevin Adams Cameron; Rick cannata
Heat 1: Bellefeuille; Estey; Schultz; Hron; Jeff Broking; B. Broking;
Chesley;Hallquist; Paull
Heat 2: Tardy; Cannata; Johnny Broking; McMann; Eder; Wolkowski; Balduc;
Mosteller; Gavel
Heat 3: Uotinen; Nelson; VanHouse; Damjanovich; Adams; Byholm; Wrazidlo;
Davis; Tourville
Heat 4: Leer; Musel; Wood; Niemi; Rivord; Anderson; DePieero; Mikkonen
B Feature (15 laps) Byholm; B. Broking; Chesley; Wolkowski; Neil Balduc
Bessemer; Keith Tourville Webster, Wis; Nikki Wrazidlo Duluth; Gavin Paull Ft.
Francis, ON; Steve Hallquist Eau Claire; Jeff Davis Devlin, ON; Mikkonen; Matt
DePiero Ft. Francis DNF: Mosteller DNS: Mike Anderson Colfax
Pole Dash (8 laps) Nelson; Estey; Musel; Bellefeuille; Uotinen; Leer; Tardy;
Silver 1000 Fast Facts: *
*Five former Silver 1000 late Model champions were on hand, all made the
feature though Harry Hanson did so through a Promoter’s provisional.
*Four former Silver 1000 Modified champions were also on hand, all made the
feature with three starting in the first two rows.
*Darrell Nelson of Hermantown Minn is the only driver in the history of the Silver
1000 to win both the Modified and Late Model feature on the same night. Nelson
did it in 2006.
*Darrell Nelson is the all time leader in Modified Silver 1000 wins with six (1992,
‘94, ‘05, ‘06′, ‘08 & ‘15) The retired Ron Jones is next with three wins and holds
the record with three consecutive wins (1988-1990)
*John Kaanta’s win is his third tying him with Rick Aukland, Rick Egersdorf, Jeff
Provinzino and Brady Smith. Aukland, Egersdorf and Smith are retired.
*WISSOTA Modifieds joined the Late Models on the program 27 years ago in
*The first Silver 1000 was held in 1973 and was won by Dave Bjorge of Austin,
*Five drivers in the 43 years of the Silver 1000 have won consecutive Late Model
features: Jeff Hinkemeyer, St. Cloud (1981-1982); Rick Aukland, Fargo,
ND(1988-1989); John Kaanta Elk Mound (2003-2004); Jeff Provinzino Hibbing
(2009-2010) and Brady Smith (2011-2012)
* Rick Popovich, Duluth was the first local driver to win the Silver 1000 (1987), it
took 15 years for it to happen.

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Aug 31 2015

Are you ready for the 43rd Annual Silver 1000?


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Aug 17 2015


By Jerry O’Brien
8-16-15 Proctor, MN

Sunday night at the Proctor Speedway was the wrap up of the initial AMSOIL
WISSOTA Midwest Modified Summer Nationals presented by Tim’s Automotive
& Machine. The 40 lap feature paying the winner an unheard of $5000 to win was
the culmination of the three day four track event covering AMSOIL Speedway,
Hibbing Raceway, Ashland’s ABC Raceway and the Proctor Speedway. Over
$40,000 was available in purses and a point fund.
A nice total of 53 WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds filled the speedway pits. Also
on the card were the Proctor Pure Stocks and Hornets for a total car count of
around 75 cars. Read the rest of this entry »

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