TARDY BREAKS THROUGH WITH SUPER STOCK WIN AT PROCTOR

By Jerry O’Brien 7-29-12

It was a full day Sunday at the Proctor Speedway. American Cancer Society

Relay For Life presented the annual Race Against Cancer and Fan Appreciation

night.

The day started with a free picnic at the speedway along with a show of race

cars capped off with a night of racing. 14 drivers took advantage of the offer of

free pit admission if they would bring their cars for display starting at noon, the

most that have ever taken the offer in the five year history of the event.

Feature action began with 20 laps for the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds. Dan

Doran started from the pole but it was Dan Larsen who grabbed the lead at the

outset. The caution flag flew right away as Doran went off turn one. The restart

saw Neil Balduc get the jump on Larsen but Larsen was back out in front across

the back stretch. Balduc retook the lead as Danny Vang raced up from the fourth

row to take second ahead of Deven VanHouse and Larsen. Vang got tipped around

in turn one by Justin Oestreich bringing out the caution flag. On the restart Balduc

was caught napping as Vang and VanHouse got by but the caution flag again flew

setting up another restart. This time Balduc was ready but VanHouse got the hole

shot but still another caution flag appeared. On this restart it was Vang out front

then VanHouse and Balduc. Larsen ran fourth but some distance back. The top

three battled amongst themselves as they pulled away from the rest. It came down

to a battle for the win between Vang and VanHouse side by side for several laps

before VanHouse surged ahead and went on to the win. Vang, Balduc and Larsen

followed by Bill Matzdorf were in the top five. Matzdorf had started tenth. It was

VanHouse’s second win of the season at the track.

Next the Pure Stocks were trotted out for their 15 lap feature. Matt Hammitt

surged to the lead for a brief time ahead of Glenn Dammer and Justin Bassa but it

was point leader Josh Loucks who captured the point followed by heat winner

Mike Sirois Dammer, Bassa and Esten Nelson. Sirois’ run ended with a flat tire as

Bassa again took second. Jon Hammitt and Jeff Engelmeier were also in the mix

up front. The only caution flag of the event flew when rookie Tyler Carlson went

off turn four. The restart was single file and Loucks expanded his lead as Jon

Hammitt, Bassa, Nelson and Engelmeier battled behind him. Loucks won and

padded his point lead as Bassa finished second Jon Hammitt third Nelson fourth

and Engelmeier fifth.

Ryan Aho got a great jump and sailed around the outside from row two to the

lead in the 20 lap Modified feature. Justin Jones, Paul Schultz, Nick Musel and Al

Uotinen ran just behind. Darrell Nelson was charging forward from last where

started due to a flat tire and DNF in his heat and was seventh in the early going.

Nelson’s charge continued and soon he was third behind Jones and Aho along

with Schultz, Musel and Jody Bellefeuille. Nelson put on a surge and took the

lead. The caution flag flew when Scott Miller broke a drive shaft. Aho was right

behind Nelson at the restart and took back the lead with a strong outside move in

the fourth turn and led the rest of the way. Nelson, Bellefeuille, Musel and Jeff

Tardy rounded out the top five.

Willie Johnsen got a strong start and took the lead but the caution appeared

when Mike Bellefeuille went off the top of turn two. Bellefeuille was out and

Johnsen kept the lead on the restart over Scott Lawrence, Ronnie Malecki, Scott

Lawrence, Jeff Tardy and Donnie Lofdahl. The caution flag flew when Pat

Heikkinen spun in turn four. Johnsen held the point as Brian Carl joined the top

five until Heikkinen grabbed the spot. Lawrence pulled up inside Johnsen but

couldn’t quite make the pass as the caution flag flew again as Carl and Heikkinen

continued their battle for fifth. At the green Tardy got a great run on Lawrence and

Johnsen, but couldn’t quite pull it off until the next time by. As Tardy pulled away

the order behind him stood at Johnsen, Lawrence, Lofdahl and Carl. Tardy raced

out to a big lead until Carl spun in turn four. There was a quick caution flag on the

restart when Johnsen spun on the back stretch. There were six laps remaining at

the green with Tardy out front, Lawrence now in second and Lofdahl third. Tardy

went on to take the win over Lawrence, and Lofdahl. Kevin Salin and Malecki

finished in the top five.

The final feature of the evening was 20 laps for the Late Models with Dave

Esse and Terry Lillo leading the way. Harry Hanson shot up off turn four to grab

the lead with Darrell Nelson to second. The caution flag flew and Lillo was out. At

the green it was Hanson, Nelson, Don Copp, Esse and Joey Ogston. Kyle Peterlin

was on the move and took over fifth after starting dead last. Nelson was closing on

Hanson as Peterlin slipped into fourth. Another caution flag flew when second

running Nelson spun by himself in turn two, a rare mistake for the veteran. There

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