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Jul 14 2014

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PROCTOR FAIR RACES LATE MODEL FEATURE TO ZACH WOHLERS

By Jerry O’Brien
7-13-14 Proctor MN

The South St. Louis County Fair wrapped up Sunday July 13 and the final

act was a night of stock car racing. A total of 79 cars the best total of the

season were in competition and a good crowd of fans were in attendance.

The track turned into one where high groove momentum would rule the day,

a situation that can be dangerous as it forces drivers to run a line that can lead

to disaster with just a tiny error.

The first round of qualifying heats were complete by 6:30 and, after a

brief intermission for track grooming it was time for the five feature events to

begin.

First up were the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds with all 23 in attendance

ready to do battle for 20 laps. Brainerd, Minnesota’s Danny Vang was

looking for his fourth main event win at the speedway and went for the lead

at the green flag from the outside of the front row. Pole sitter Justin Bassa,

Mack Estey, Don Scholler and Carey LePage followed but Vang moved out

to an early three car length lead. Estey eased into second with Bassa third and

Scholler fourth. Further back LePage and Cody Carlson battled for fifth.

Carlson moved into the top five as Vang eased out to a five car length lead.

Carlson closed in on the third place battle as the half way point was reached.

On the 11th lap the first of four caution periods occurred as Jesse Ogston

slipped over the top of the third turn. On the restart with Vang out front, Jake

Gondik and Skeeter Estey banged together on the front stretch resulting in a

spin for Estey. Gondik was charged with the incident and there were still nine

laps remaining at the restart. Vang again led the pack to the green ahead of

Mack Estey while Scholler made his way to third ahead of Bassa and

Carlson. Skeeter Estey made a charge on the outside and got by Carlson into

fourth. The fourth and final caution flag gave Mack Estey the chance he

needed and he drove hard to the outside of Vang to grab the lead. Everyone

was using the top groove as the laps diminished but Skeeter Estey tried a

move on Vang for second but could not pull off the pass. Mack Estey took

the win his first feature win at the Proctor Speedway. Vang, Skeeter Estey,

Scholler and Bassa were the top five finishers.

The Super Stocks could only produce 10 cars and all started the 20 lap

feature. Ronnie Malecki and Dan Yrjanson led the field to the green and

Yrjanson took the point followed by Malecki, Willie Johnsen, Jr, Scott

Lawrence and Pat Heikkinen. Lawrence moved into third but it was Johnsen

who made the jump to outside into the lead off turn two. Lawrence was on

the move into second and closed on Johnsen and Kevin Burdick eased up into

third from the third row. Brian Carl turned his car around in turn two

bringing out the only caution flag of the event. The restart came with 15

circuits yet to be completed. Lawrence tried to make a move for the race lead

but Johnsen held him off while Burdick and Heikkinen battled for third.

Burdick took the position while Yrjanson was still in contention a ways back

from fourth place Heikkinen. Once again the race became a high side

momentum one as the ten lap point was reached. Johnsen, Lawrence,

Heikkinen, Burdick and Yrjanson were still the top five and stayed that way

for the rest of the race with little change behind them. Johnsen won his first

win at the speedway for the season. Johnsen also turned the fastest lap with

an 18.636 second lap at an average speed of 72.4 MPH.

A good field of 14 WISSOTA Late Models took to the track for 25 laps

but the initial start was waved off when someone hit the start cone in the first

turn. The next start was a good one and Zach Wohlers used the outside front

row starting spot to shoot into the lead. Aaron Lillo and Tim McMann dueled

for second and McMann tooked the spot. Harry Hanson and Kyle Peterlin

were in the top five when Cory Jorgenson looped in the first turn bringing

out the caution flag with three laps in the books. The restart saw Wohlers

keep the lead as Nelson shot past, battled with McMann and landed in

second. Jeff Provinzino was fourth and Hanson moved into fifth. Nelson

closed on Wohlers trying to make the bottom work but to no avail. Just as

the half way point was reached the caution flag again appeared as Hanson

spun off turn three. Nelson again tried to wrest the lead from Wohlers at the

green flag by using the low groove but the top side momentum allowed him

to keep the lead. Wohlers was the leader ahead of Nelson, McMann,

Provinzino and Aaron Lillo all on the high side. The only battle on the track

was between Terry Lillo and Dave Esse for seventh, one that was joined by

Harry Hanson as the final laps were run. Wohlers dominated the event for his

first feature win at the speedway. He also had the fastest lap turning the track

in 17.980 seconds for an average speed of 75.1MPH.

Eighteen Modifieds rolled out onto the speedway for 20 laps of feature

action led by Cory Sersha and Nick Musel. The first attempt at a start went

awry when Musel was forced up high in the first turn and spun out into the

pit entrance. It was the original lineup for the next try and Sersha bolted to

the lead as Musel fell into second followed by Kelly Estey Dustin Nelson and

two time winner E. J. Hietala. Sersha held the early lead pressured by Musel

in the high line and Estey working the middle of the track. They were joined

by Hietala and the battle for the lead was on. Jeff Broking moved up into the

fifth spot and Musel slipped over the line at the top of turns three and four

losing positions back to eighth by the time he regained control. Estey took

the lead over Sersha, Broking, Hietala and Dustin Nelson as the half way

point was quickly reached. Darrell Nelson, Deven VanHouse, Musel, Sam

Skalsky and Jody Bellefeuille were in the back half of the top ten at this

point. Hietala surged into second and he and leader Estey raced away from

third place Broking with Dustin Nelson fourth and Sersha in fifth. Estey

began to lap cars at the back of the pack but Hietala got caught by the narrow

area in the high groove and slipped back as Broking shot by into second. Just

as the white flag appeared Phil Gavel spun in turn three setting up a two lap

dash to the checkers. Estey was equal to the task and went on to win his

second feature of the season. He was followed by Broking, Hietala, Darrell

Nelson and Sersha. All 18 starters were running at the end and Hietala turned

the fastest circuit with a time of 19.040 for an average speed of 70.9 MPH.

It was 14 Pure Stocks for 15 laps to wrap up the 2014 South St. Louis

County Fair races. The Hammitt brothers Matt on the pole and Jon on his

right shoulder led the field to the green flag. The brother duo at the front was

broken up when Lucas Carlson wedged his way between to take second

behind Matt. Glenn Dammer, Mike Sirois, Josh Loucks and Matt Deragon

raced in a tight pack and, after much close racing, the top five were Carlson,

Loucks, Dammer, Matt Hammitt and Sirois. Further back there was contact

between Dustin Follett and Deragon resulting in a Deragon spin. Follett was

charged with the foul just a third of the way through. The restart saw the

order in the top five stay the same except Sirois had gotten by Matt Hammitt.

The mid point was quickly reached with the order essentially the same except

Carlson, Loucks and Dammer had put some distance on the fourth place car

of Mike Blevins. Carlson led Loucks as the checkered flag neared. Then

Loucks put on a charge and he and Carlson raced the white flag lap like they

were welded together. Loucks was able to edge ahead at the checkered flag to

take the narrow win. Carlson, Dammer, Blevins were the top four and Matt

Hammitt edged brother Jon for fifth.

Proctor Speedway 7-13-14 So. St. Louis Co. Fair Races (79 cars)

WISSOTA Late Model (18 cars)

Feature (25 laps) Zach Wohlers Kelly Lake; Darrell Hermantown; Tim

McMann Duluth; Jeff Provinzino Hibbing; Aaron Lillo Proctor; Kyle

Peterlin Hibbing; Harry Hanson Eveleth; Terry Lillo duluth; Dave Esse

Cloquet; Todd Gehl Solon Springs; Scott herrick Proctor; Dustin lunde

Saginaw DNF: Robbie Cooper South Range; Cory Jorgenson Hermantown

Heat 1: Hanson; Wohlers; Gehl; McMann; Esse; Cooper DNF: T. Lillo

Heat 2: Nelson; Provinzino; Peterlin; A. Lillo; Jorgenson; Herrick; Lunde

Fastest Late Model Lap: Zach Wohler 17.980 seconds Ave MPH 75.1

WISSOTA Modified (18 cars)

Feature (20 laps) Kelly Estey Kelly Lake; Jeff Broking Grand Rapids; E. J.

Hietala Cloquet; Cory Sersha Eveleth; Dustin Nelson Ogilvie; Deven

VanHouse Silver Bay; Nick Musel Duluth; Sam Skalsky Hibbing; Jody

Bellefeuille Duluth; Destin Lorimor Superior; Gavin Paull Ft. Francis; Paul

Schultz Grand Rapids; Brian Mikkonen Iron River; Cory Jorgenson

Hermantown; Scott Heikkinen Eveleth; Nikki Wrazidlo Duluth; Phil Gavel

Ft. Francis

Heat 1: Bellefeuille; Mikkonen; Hietala; Skalsky; Schultz; Wrazidlo

Heat 2: Dustin Nelson; Sersha; Darrell Nelson; VanHouse DNF: Heikkinen

Heat 3: Estey; Broking; Musel; Paull; Lorimor DNF: Gavel

Fastest Modified Lap: E. J. Hietala 19.040 70.9 MPH

WISSOTA Super Stock (10 cars)

Feature (20 laps) Willie Johnsen, Jr. Superior; Scott Lawrence Superior;

Kevin Burdick Proctor; Pat Heikkinen Eveleth; Dan Yrjanson Carlton;

Shawn McFadden Ashland; Ronnie Malecki Superior; Mark Smith Solon

Springs; DJ Keeler Superior DNF: Brian Carl Duluth

Heat 1: Johnsen, Jr.; Burdick; Smith; Maleck DNF: Carl

Heat 2: Lawrence; McFadden; Heikkinen; Yrjanson; Keeler

Fastest Super Stock Lap: Willie Johnsen, Jr.: 18.636 seconds 72.4 MPH

WISSOTA Midwest Modified (23 cars)

Feature (20 laps) Mack Estey Kelly Lake; Danny Vang Brainerd; Skeeter

Estey Kelly lake; Don Scholler Statesville, NC; Justin Bassa Hermantown;

Deven VanHouse Silver Bay; Cody Carlson Superior; Mark Kangas Eveleth;

Andy Inman Hermantown; John Kallas Hurley; Dale Soumala Hermantown;

Dan Kingsley Superior; Carey LePage Culver; Jesse Ogston Duluth; Tyler

Vernon Ashland; Chris Bretting Washburn; Paul Suzik Ironwood; Ross Siiter

Duluth; David Simpson Thunder Bay; Dan Doran Hermantown DNF: Josh

Overn Barnum; Josh Heavirland; Jake Gondik Foxboro

Heat 1: S. Estey; LePage; Scholler; Kingsley; Inman; Vernon; Soumala DNF:

Bretting

Heat 2: Carlson; Suzik; Bassa; Ogston; VanHouse; Kallas; Siiter; Overn

Heat 3: Vang; M. Estey; Kangas; Simpson; Gondik; Heavirland; Doran

Proctor Pure Stock (14 cars)

Feature (15 laps) Josh Loucks Carlton; Lucas Carlson Cloquet; Glenn

Dammer Hermantown; Mike Blevins Hibbing; Matt Hammitt Cloquet; Jon

Hammitt Cloquett; Dustin Follett Cloquet; Chad Nikstad Superior; Mike

Sirois Herman town; Shiana Rapp Saginaw; Annika Hammitt Cloquet; Matt

Cunha Hibbing DNF: Matt Deragon Ashland; Devin Reynolds Cloquet

Heat 1: loucks; Sirois; Carlson; J. Hammitt; Rapp; Cunha DQ: Follett

Heat 2: Dammer; Blevins; M. Hammitt; Deragon; Nikstad; A. Hammitt;

Reynolds

Next Sunday it is Meet The Drivers Night

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