Aug 22 2016

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By Jerry O’Brien 8-21-16 Proctor, MN
Sunday August 21st was the final weekly WISSOTA PolyDome Dirt Track
Series event at the Proctor Speedway. The August 28th rain date would not have to
be used as it was a perfect day for some racing. Eighty-two cars in the six
WISSOTA divisions were on hand for Championship Sunday. Of the six divisions,
only two were close enough to call a points Race, all the others were pretty much
out of reach. The Hornet championship went to David Beckwith who had such a
huge lead, 84 points over Kaleb Dallmann, that he did not show up for the final
Championship feature events took to the track in the same order they ran their
qualifying heats so the first to hit the track was the WISSOTA Mdwest Modifieds
totaling a stout 25 car strong field. In this division the championship was still in
doubt as defending track champion Deven VanHouse of Silver Bay, MN has a
scant 15 point lead over Dan Kingsley who hales from Superior, WI.
This one started outwith great difficulty as five caution flags cluttered up the
first two laps! Kevin Eder led the pack to the green flag over Mack Estey, Marcus
Dunbar and Skeeter Estey but Jeremy Lindquist got battered about in turn two and
stalled at mid turn. The next try saw Eder again take the lead with Mack Estey,
Dunbar, Craig Lofdahl and Skeeter Estey in a fierce battle that ended when
Brandon Copp ended up stalled at the bottom of turn two. Another try, another
caution flag as Tanner Hicks, Copp, Tyler Vernon and Jared Stricker got tangled
up. Yet another try at a start still with 13 laps of 15 remaining resulted in still
another yellow flag for car parts on the track. Another try resulted in caution
period number five and this one was blamed on Wayne Stricker, the Dad.
Everyone gathered themselves together and the sixth try at lap three was a
success but it looked like the others as Eder led the Estey Brothers Mack and
Skeeter to the successful lap completion. Eder held onto the point over the Estey
brothers, Marcus Dunbar, Lofdahl, Dan Kingsley and Duane Dunbar. The top four
remained status quo for a number of laps with Eder out front, but behind those
four things were a little more fluid. Lofdahl. Kingsley, Duane Dunbar and Josh
Heavirland battled for position. Meanwhile, VanHouse who had taken the original
green flad in the 17th position was benefitting from all the caution flags as those
who were judged to have caused them had either retired or been put to the back.
Eder was on a roll as the Estey brothers squabbled amongst themselves and
Skeeter finally secured second place. Marcus Dunbar a first year Midwest
Modified racer was impossible to dislodge from fourth place no matter how hard
Kingsley tried. Meanwhile VanHouse hung around in the top ten. With Kingsley
stalled in fifth all he needed was to stay there and he would repeat as track
champion. Up front Eder found out that you cannot rule out Skeeter Estey as he
lost the lead to him with only a couple circuits remaining. Mack Estey, Marcus
Dunbar and Kingsley finished in the top five while VanHouse stuck in tenth place
to take the title by eight points. It was Skeeter Estey’s third win of the season at
the speedway, his fourth of the weekend and his 18th of the season on the Northern
Tier WISSOTA race tracks or “Tundra Tracks” as they are known by some.
The WISSOTA Super Stock 20 lap feature, by contrast, did not have a contest
for the track championship as veteran Hall of Fame racer Scott Lawrence had a 45
point bulge over the #30 of Kevin Burdick going into the final as he was looking
for his sixth straight Super Stock championship at the speedway.
The race started out raggedly with a caution on the first lap as there was a
heavy collision resulting in the #81A of Aaron Mashlin shedding a nunber of body
parts on the track. At the green flag on the next attempt, pole sitter and first time
visitor Tommy Richards vaulted to the lead with Ronnie Malecki second, another
first time visitor Kurt Becken, WISSOTA National point leader Curt Myers and
Pat Beeksma trailing. The second caution flag of three occurred when Pat
Heikkinen was bumped and knocked off the top of turn one. The next restart was a
good one with Richards staying on top an in the lead. Malecki was stout in second,
Myers jumped past Becken to third and eighth starting Scott Lawrence was fifth.
The front four stayed the same for several laps, but Lawrence had Beeksma and
the second Richards brother, Danny, to contend with. Burdick also made his
presence felt. Just before the mid point Myers got by Malecki to second and at the
ten lap mark it was T. Richards, Myers, Malecki, Becken, Lawrence, Burdick,
Beeksma and D. Richards in the top eight. With eight to go the final caution flag
flew as Matt Hammitt tried to exit the track but stalled in a dangerous place on pit
road. The restart saw T. Richards keep the lead over Myers, Malecki, Burdick and
Lawrence. Richards was too stout to be caught even by Myers and Lawrence got
by Malecki to fourth. Tommy Richards went on to take the win over Myers,
Burdick and Lawrence while Beeksma replaced Malecki in the top five with a late
race pass.
The Midwest Modifieds with 25 cars and the Super Stocks with 18 were the
two biggest classes of the night. Others did not provide stout numbers.
Next up was a 20 lap go for the WISSOTA Modifieds with only 10 cars set to
take the green flag.
The track was such that the outside front row was the best place to start and
Johnny Broking used it to his advantage as he led every lap to take his third win of
the season, second in a row at the speedway and second in a row for the weekend.
Darrell Nelson led Neil Balduc by 12 points going into the finale. With no caution
flags to slow the action, Broking kept several carlengths on Nelson the entire
distance, Balduc was stuck in third, Kevin Eder fourth and Jody Bellefeuille fifth.
Second heat winner Brian Mikkonen, Paul Niznik, Paul Schultz, Deven VanHouse
and Jeff Lien, Jr were the entire field of ten. Nelson would drop out as did Lien, Jr.
Nelson won the track Modified title by six points over Balduc.
The WISSOTA Late Models could only muster 11 cars for the night, and in this
division Darrell Nelson went into the night with the title wrapped up holding a 55
point bulge over Tim McMann.
Eagerness cost Jeff Massingill the initial start as he got too good a jump on the
field costing him the pole position. Aaron Lillo started from the outside front row
and took the early lead over Harry Hanson, Massingill, Travis Budisalovich and
McMann. Hanson tried to take the lead from Lillo and they clashed and spun at the
exit of turn two. Hanson was judged to be at fault and was sent to the back, which
in this case, was not too far. Nelson was right behind them, thried to slip by and
the damage to the right side of the #44 was extensive. All cars were able to restart
with Lillo in the lead over Budisalovich, Massingill, McMann and Terry Lillo.
Budisalovich wrestled the point away from Aaron Lillo and stayed out front while
Massingill moved to second. A lap later McMann made the pass on Lillo into
fourth. Nelson dropped off the pace and out of the race while Aaron Lillo
followed suit a couple of laps later. Making a big run into the top five was Kevin
Carlson who started 11th followed by Terry Lillo and Hanson on his way forward.
Massingill got a run on Budisalovich to the lead with McMann and Carlson
following ahead of Terry Lillo and Hanson. A lap past half way Carlson suddenly
slowed and dropped out as did Tim Lillo. Massingill was in control the rest of the
way, Budisalovich, Terry Lillo and Hanson were the top five and Scott Herrick
was the only other finisher. It was Massingill’s second feature win of the season at
the speedway. Nelson is the 2016 WISSOTA Late Model track champion.
Mike Blevins of Hibbing broke Dustin Follett’s stranglehold on the feature win
streak with a strong performance to win his fifth WISSOTA Pure Stock feature of
the season at the track. It was his first win since early June, however. Starting from
the pole Blevins weathered a pair of caution flags in the first three laps and held
off a persistent Follett for the win. Al Rapp, rookie Dylan Shelton and Andrew
Hanson finished in the top five. Follett was the track champion in the division as
he held a 40 point advantage over second place Jon Hammitt.
WISSOTA Hornet track champion Duluthian David Beckwith had a
commanding 84 point lead over Kaleb Dallmann and did not show up for the
championship event. Paul George of Princeton, MN swept the heat and feature for
his third main event win of the season. Dallmann, .Hunter McDougall, Ken Hapy
and Rick Hietala were the top five finishers.
Proctor Speedway Championship Sunday Results 8-21-16
WISSOTA PolyDome Dirt track Series Track Champions: WISSOTA Late Model
Darrell Nelson Hermantown; WISSOTA Modified Darrell Nelson; WISSOTA
Super Stock Champion Scott Lawrence Superior (6th straight Super Stock
Championship @ speedway); WISSOTA Midwest Modified Champion Deven
VanHouse Silver Bay (Defended 2015 Championship) Dustin Follett Cloquet
(Defended 2015 Championship) David Beckwith Duluth WISSOTA Hornet
Champion (1st championship)
Championship Sunday Results
WISSOTA Late Model (11 cars)
Feature (25 laps)
Jeff Massingill Keewatin; Travis Budisalovich Minneapolis; Terry Lillo Duluth;
Tim McMann Rice Lake MN; Harry Hanson Eveleth; Scott Herrick Proctor DNF:
Tim Lillo Superior; Kevin Carlson Hermantown; Aaron Lillo Proctor; Darrell
Nelson hermantown; Robbie Cooper South range
Heat 1: Massingill; Nelson; Hanson; T. Lillo; Cooper; im Lillo
Heat 2: A. Lillo; Budisalovich; Herrick; McMann DNF: Carlson
WISSOTA Modified (10 cars)
Feature (20 laps)
Johnny Broking Grand Rapids; Neil Balduc Bessemer; Jody Bellefeuille Duluth;
Kevin Eder Ashland; Brian Mikkonen Iron River; Paul Niznik Medford; Paul
Schultz Grand Rapids; Deven VanHouse Silver bay DNF: Darrell Nelson
Hermantown; Jeff Lien, Jr. Mora
Heat 1: Nelson; Bellefeuille; Eder; Lien, Jr DNS VanHouse
Heat 2: Mikkonen; Balducl Broking; Niznik DNF: Schultz
WISSOTA Super Stock (18 cars)
Feature (20 laps)
Tommy Richards Mondovi; Curt Myers Cameron; Kevin Burdick Proctor; Scott
Lawrence Superior; Pat Beeksma Ironwood; Ronnie Malecki Superior; Kurt
Becken Otsego, MN; Pat Heikkinen Eveleth; Danny Richards Mondovi; Brian carl
Duluth; Keith Koski Chisholm; Andy Grymala Superior; Lary Both Thunder bay;
Adam Shinn Duluth DNF: Matt Hammitt Cloquet; Aaron Mashlin Ashland; Kyle
Oman Chisholm DNS: Willie Johnsen, Jr. Superior
Heat 1; Beeksma; Myers; Malecki; D. Richards; Oman; Hammitt DNF: Mashlin;
Shinn; Johnsen, Jr
Heat 2: Lawrence; T. Richards; Burdick; Becken; Carl; Koski; Grymala; Both
DNF: Heikkinen
WISSOTA Midwest Modified (25 cars)
Feature (15 laps)
Skeeter Estey Kelly Lake; kevin Eder Ashland; Mack Estey Hibbing; Marcus
Dunbar Marenisco, MI; Dan Kingsley Superior; Craig Lofdahl Duluth; Josh
Heavirland Cloquet; Brady Jokinen Mellen; Duane Dunbar Marenisco; Deven
VanHouse Silver Bay; Tanner Hicks Ashland; Jeff Forseen Mt. Iron; Carey
LePage Culver; Mike Blevins Hibbing; Josh Danielson Carlton; Robert Hyde
Ashland DNF: Wayne Stricker Highbridge; Jared Stricker Highbridge; Tyler
Vernon Ashland; Alex Smith Solon Springs; Branden Copp Brule; John Kallas
Hurley; Gunner Peterson cable; Jeremy Lindquist Ashland; Pat Kelley Columbus,
Heat 1: Eder; S. Estey; W. Stricker; Hyde; Forseen; Danielson DNF Hicks;
Peterson; Smith
Heat 2: M. Estey; Kingsley; M. Dunba; Blevins; Copp; VanHouse; Kelley; J.
Heat 3; Jokinen; D. Dunbar; Lofdahl; Heavirland; Kallas; LePage; Vernon DNF:
WISSOTA Pure Stock (11 cars)
Feature (15 laps)
Mike Blevins Hibbing; Dustin Follett Cloquet; Al Rapp Saginaw; Dylan Shelton
Wrenshall; Andrew Hanson Iron River; Cory Jorgenson Hermantown; Don
Livingston Bayfield; James Clausen Rice lake, WI; Andy Poll Two Harbors;
Carter Nelson Hermantown DNS: Joh Hammitt Cloquet
Heat 1; Blevins; Shelton; Rapp; Livingston; Poll; Clausen
Heat 2: Follett; Hammitt; Hanson; Jorgenson; Nelson
WISSOTA Hornets (7 cars)
Feature (10 laps)
Paul George Princeton; Kaleb Dallmann Brookston; Hunter McDougall Duluth;
Ken hapy Duluth; Rick Hietala Cloquet; Don Popoe Superior; Jace Podgorik
Heat: George; McDougall; Dallmann; Hapy; Hietala; Popoe; Podgorik

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