Jun 30 2013

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By Jerry O’Brien 6-30-13

It was night number two at the Proctor Speedway on Sunday the 30th of June

and we have been accustomed to seeing Darrell Nelson take home a pair of feature

wins. But this time a different driver pulled it off as Deven VanHouse of Silver

Bay, MN drove to victory in the Midwest Modified feature and backed it up with a

win in the Modified feature.

The first feature to hit the track was 20 laps for the WISSOTA Super Stocks

with Kevin Salin and Andy LaBarge leading the 17 car field to the green flag.

Salin drove to the early lead in what would prove to be a caution filled event as the

yellow flag appeared six times. Salin led early but defending track champion Scott

Lawrence moved from row three to challenge for the lead. Salin was tenacious in

his hold on the lead as Willie Johnsen, Jr joined Lawrence in the quest for the top

spot. The caution flag flew for a tangle between Joe Oliver and Andy Grymala in

the first turn with six laps complete. At the green Salin held on to the point with

Lawrence, Johnsen, Donnie Lofdahl and DJ Keeler scrapping behind. Only a

single lap passed before the the caution flag flew for debris on both the front and

back stretch. On this restart Lawrence made a try and got by Salin with Johnsen

following by to take second. Keller ran fourth and Shawn McFadden was fifth.

Lawrence widened his lead but it disappeared when four cars tangled in the first

turn with McFadden being charged with the caution. This time Johnsen restarted

on the bottom with Lawrence running the high groove. Once again the action was

slowed with the fourth caution flag for a collision between Steve Stavenger and

Lofdahl. Stavenger was sent to the rear. The fifth restart didn’t last a lap before

Salin was turned around in turn four with Keeler tapped to take the fall. Once

more the caution flag would fly as John Toppozini would spin in turn four. The

restart was single file and Lawrence took the win over Johnsen, Kevin Burdick

who had started 14th, Lofdahl and LaBarge in the top five.

Ross Fuhrman got a good jump from the pole at the start of the 15 lap Midwest

Modified feature while Tyler Luger and Josh Heavirland battled for second.

Fourth starting Deven VanHouse put the #17 to the high side and took over the

lead the next time by. The caution flag came out for the stalled car of Cory Ziebol

as he rolled to a stop just off the front stretch. The caution flag put Luger back at

the front and he and VanHouse traded the lead for a lap until VanHouse finally

established a hold on the lead. Following VanHouse was Luger, Dan Kingsley,

Heavirland and Danny Vang. Kingsley and Luger battled for second until Norm

Anderson, Jr brought out the caution spinning off the front bumper of Adam Shinn

in turns one and two. VanHouse led the pack to the green as Kingsley ran second

ahead of Luger and Vang with Heavirland hanging around in fifth. VanHouse was

in control at this point and went on to take the win over Kingsley, Vang, Luger

and Heavirland in the top five.

Next up were the Pure Stocks with 20 on the ground for 15 times around. Mark

Korte snared the early lead from the second row dogged by Esten Nelson, Glenn

Dammer, opening night winner Craig Horak and Matt Hammitt in a bunch close

behind. Korte lost control in the first turn and spun into the deep ditch to the inside

bringing out the caution flag which would prove to be the only one of the event.

Nelson held the lead at the restart followed by Horak as the Grand Marais, MN

team rose to the top of the pack. Horak took his turn at the front but former track

champion Josh Loucks made his presence known as he split up the team duo.

Rookie driver Ryan Madsen lost the right rear wheel on his #27 and spun but kept

on moving into the infield avoiding a caution flag. Loucks got by Horak for the

lead and went on to take his first win of the season. Al Rapp hung around in the

top five and came out in second ahead of Nelson, Dammer and Horak.

The “Big Dogs” Late Models were up with Tim McMann sitting on the pole.

At the green flag Terry Lillo drove from the outside of the front row to the lead

with McMann following. McMann was not content to stay in second and raced

past Lillo and quickly opened up a ten car length lead. Aaron Lillo, Darrell Nelson

and Matt Sorenson ran in a tight pack looking for second. Aaron Lillo held off

Nelson as Terry Lillo slipped to fourth. Nelson got by Aaron Lillo into second and

set off to chase down McMann who still had a huge lead. Nelson was closing on

the lead but very slowly as the laps wound down. Aaron Lillo ran third with Terry

Lillo fourth ahead of Harry Hanson. As McMann began lapping the rear of the

field, the margin between he and Nelson began to narrow down to about four car

lengths but disappeared altogether when the only caution flag of the event flew

with four circuits remaining. McMann got a good restart and was able to steal

Nelson’s line to take the popular win. Nelson, Hanson, Kyle Peterlin and Aaron

Lillo were the top five finishers.

The night’s action ended with the 20 lap Modified feature led to the green flag

by pole sitter Brian Mikkonen alongside Deven VanHouse. VanHouse used the

momentum on the high side to take the lead on the first lap as E. J. Hietala, Jody

Bellefeuille and Darrell Nelson got by Mikkonen kicking him back to fifth.

Hietala was the first to attempt to run down VanHouse but soon found himself

concerned with staying out of the clutches of Nelson and Bellefeuille. The front

four moved out to a 15 plus car length bulge over Mikkonen in fifth. Hietala and

Nelson’s battling actually got them closer to VanHouse, Nelson couldn’t get by

Hietala and Hietala couldn’t catch VanHouse. The pair did manage to narrow the

gap but VanHouse had too much of a lead to be caught in the laps left as he went

on to take his second win of the night. Hietala, Nelson, Bellefeuille and Mikkonen

ended the night in that order.

Results Proctor Speedway 6-30-13

WISSOTA Late Model (9 cars)

Feature (20 laps) Tim McMann Duluth; Darrell Nelson Hermantown; Harry

Hanson Eveleth; Kyle Peterlin Hibbing, MN: Aaron Lillo Duluth; Zach Wohlers

Hibbing; Travis Budiaslovich Cottage Grove, MN; Terry Lillo Duluth; Dave Esse

Cloquet; Scott Herrick Proctor; Matt Sorenson Duluth; Dustin lunde Proctor;

Robbie Cooper South Range, WI

Heat 1 (8 laps)

A. Lillo; McMann; Hanson; T. Lillo; Peterlin; Lunde; Cooper

Heat 2 (8 laps)

Sorenson; Esse; Nelson; Budiaslovich; Wohlers; Herrick

Feature (20 laps) Deven VanHouse Sillver Bay, MN; E. J. Hietala Cloquet, MN;

Darrell Nelson Hermantown, MN; Jody Bellefeuille Duluth, MN; Brian Mikkonen

Iron River, WI; Paul Schultz Grand Rapids, MN; Corey Horgenson Hermantown;

Neil Balduc Bessemer, MI; Scott Heikkinen Eveleth, MN

Heat (8 laps)

Nelson; Hietala; VanHouse; Mikkonen; Schultz; Bellefeuille; Heikkinen;

Jorgenson; Balduc

WISSOTA Super Stock (17 cars)

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

Burdick Proctor; Donnie Lofdahl Duluth; Andy LaBarge Keewatin, MN; Andy

Davey Hibing; Kevin Salin Iron, MN; Andy Grymala Superior; Dan Yrjanson

Carlton, MN; Ronnie Malecki Superior; Brian Carl Duluth; John Toppozini

Thunder Bay, Ont.; Steve Stavenger Gilbert, MN DNF: DJ Keeler Superior; Joe

Oliver Superior; Shawn McFadden Ashland, WI; Pat Heikkinen Eveleth

Heat 1 (8 laps)

Johnsen, Jr.;Grymala; Davey; Lawrence; Keeler; Carl; Toppozini; Stavenger DNF:


Heat 2 (8 laps)

Salin; Lofdahl; LaBarge; McFadden; Malecki; Yrjanson; Burdick DNF Heikkinen

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds (18 cars)

Feature (15 laps) Deven VanHouse Silver bay; Dan Kingsley Superior; Danny

Vang Brainerd, MN; Tyler Luger Iron River; Josh heavirland cloquet; Dae

Soumala Hermantown; Justin Bassa Hermantown; Jesse Ogston Duluth; Ross

Fuhrman Ashland; Jori Hughes Tower, MN; Chris Bretting Washburn, WI; Jason

Goldfine Superior; Norm Anderson, Jr. Duluth; Jake Gondik Foxboro, WI DNF:

Andrew Inman Hermantown; Adam Shinn Duluth; Cody Carlson Superior; Cory

Ziebol Cloquet

Heat 1 (8 laps)

Vang; Kingsley; Fuhrman; Carlson; Soumala; Hughes; Bassa; Shinn DNF: Ogston

Heat 2 (8 laps)

Luger; Heavirland; Inman; VanHouse; Bretting; Anderson, Jr.; Ziebol DNF

Goldfine; Gondik

Proctor Pure Stocks (27 cars)

Feature (15 laps) Josh Loucks Carlton; Al Rapp Saginaw, MN; Esten nelson

Grand Marais, MN; Glenn Dammer Duluth; Craig Horak Grand Marais; Chad

Nikstad Superior; Dfustin Follett Cloquet; Jon Hammitt Cloquet; Mike Siros

Hermantown; Annika Hammitt Cloquet; Brett Leino Moose Lake, MN; Rita

Anderson South Range; Zene Anderson Superior; Devin Reynolds cloquet; Andy

Leino Barnum, MN DNF: Lucas Carlson Cloquet; Jeff Engelmeier Saginaw; Matt

Hammitt Cloquet; Ryan Madsen South range; Mark Korte Duluth

B Feature A. Leino; B. Leino; Derek Ament Barnum; Brandle Pupp Ashland;

Maurice Campbell Duluth DNF: Jason Calhoun Barnum; Branden Westerbeerg

Barnum DNS: Jim Cooper Superior; Gavin Campbell Duluth

Heat 1 (8 laps)

Follett; L. Carlson; Korte; Nikstad; Reynolds; J. Hammitt; A. Leino; Ament DNS


Heat 2 (8 laps)

Horak; M. Hammitt; Dammer; Engelmeier; A. Hammitt; Siros; B. Leino; Calhoun;

M. Campbell

Heat 3 (8 laps)

Loucks; Nelson; Rapp; Z. Anderson; R. Anderson; Madsen; Westerberg DNF:

Pupp DNS G. Campbell



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