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By Jerry O'Brien 6-14-17 Proctor, MN 

It was quite cold Sunday night for the Proctor Speedway opener with a stiff breeze off Lake Superior. Nonetheless, surprisingly good crowd of hardy race fans were on hand. A fairly good field of 80 cars braved the bitter wind to put on a show for the assembled crowd.

Qualifying heats in the six WISSOTA classes were hurried through as officials moved the show along hoping to get the fans on the road as soon as possible. Feature events started at 7:12 p. m.

The first division to take to the well prepared three-eighths oval were the WISSOTA PolyDome Dirt Track Series. The 15 lap feature got off to a strong start which was flagged down when incidents occurred in in two spots on the track. The caution was for outside pole starter Brandon Copp as the sophomore driver spun at the exit of turn four. The complete restart lineup put Copp to the rear and moved Dan Kingsley to the spot. Pole sitter Skeeter Estey jumped into the lead followed by Kingsley, Craig Lofdahl, heat winner Cody Carlson and Tyler Vernon. Estey checked out on the pack followed by Kingsley and Lofdahl while Carlson and Vernon were joined by Deven VanHouse in the battle for fourth. For several laps the skirmish raged, the best race on the track, while in the top three the occupants each ran by themselves. The battle for fourth intensified as Dan Wheeler, Andrew Inman and Willy Thompson joined in. The second caution flag flew when the #112 of Brennan Gave spun in turn one. At the restart Estey maintained the lead and Carlson was able to capture the coveted fourth place. The next time by Kingsley took the second spot from Lofdahl while Vernon again challenge Carlson for fourth.

Estey went on to take his second feature win of the weekend with Kingsley and Lofdahl in the top three. Vernon bested Carlson for fourth and Wheeler finished sixth. 

Next up were the WISSOTA Super Stocks for their 20 lap main event. Dexton Koch took the point from the pole leading a dozen cars into the first turn. Andy LaBarge, Willie Johnsen, Kevin Burdick and Scott Lawrence rumbled in his wake. The race quickly settled into those five battling but no one was able to gain on Koch or pass one another. The caution flag slowed the action when Matt Hammitt spun in turn four. On the restart Koch maintained the lead but Johnsen was able to get past LaBarge to second while Lawrence made the move to fourth past Burdick. That position changed a lap later when Burdick regained the fourth spot. Another caution appeared when Lawrence spun in turn three and was sent to the back. Koch was uncatchable on the restart with eight laps complete with Johnsen, and LaBarge joined by Super
Stock rookie Matt Deragon in the fifth spot. The third yellow flag flew when Adam Shinn's #14 spun in turn three. Koch fought off any attempt to take the lead on the restart with the order the same behind him. A couple of laps later the fourth caution flag appeared. At the restart Koch never faltered maintaining the point but appearing in sixth was Lawrence back form the tail end of the pack. A lap later the caution flag was not done flying when Shinn again spun erupting in a
cloud of steam.

This was the fifth and final caution period and there was no catching Koch as he led every lap for his first win at the Proctor Speedway. Johnsen was second while Burdick got by LaBarge for third. Three laps from the finish, Deragon's good run ended when he slid high and lost positions finishing ninth. Lawrence also got by LaBarge finishing fourth after his charge from the rear while LaBarge rounded out the top five.

It was also 20 laps for the mighty WISSOTA Modifieds with Bob Broking leading the pack down to the green flanked by the RacerX of Paul Wrazidlo. The caution flag flew on the first attempt at a green flag lap when Kelly Estey who started fourth, slid off turn one. Wrazidlo got the jump on the field at the second try with Bob Broking second, Darrell Nelson third, Kevin Eder and Danny Vang in fifth. Jody Bellefeuille and Johnny Broking got by Vang but then the caution flag flew when Donnie Lofdahl, Estey, and E. J. Hietala tangled in turn three. Lofdahl was sent to the rear. The restart saw Nelson get by Bob Broking to second, then Bellefeuille captured third. Eder was fifth with Vang close by. Not much changed in the top three for the next few laps as Nelson tried in vain to run down Wrazidlo. Johnny Broking was able to work his way into the top five, then Bob Broking went high in turn four and Bellefeuille and Johnny Broking boiled past. In the waning circuits Bellefeuille concluded his frun from the tenth starting spot by edging past Nelson into second.

Wrazidlo led all 20 laps for his second feature win in 31 years. Nelson held onto third and the Broking family Johnny and Bob rounded out the top five. 

For some reason the early WISSOTA Late Model car counts have been very small. That held true Sunday night when only seven cars showed up. In a nutshell, the 25 lap feature was an absolute runaway for Darrell Nelson. Jeff Massingill ran second for a lap before Harry Hanson got by and set off after Nelson. He was able to gradually make up ground until late in the race he made it to less than a car length from Nelson's bumper. Nelson realized Hanson was there and
turned on the jets pulling out several lengths. For a time near the end Massingill showed some speed also edging closer but Nelson just drove away leading the entire distance. Hanson, Massingill, Terry Lillo and Aaron Lillo driving his Uncle Tim's #42 finished sixth with Robbie Cooper dropping out of the event.

In the fifteen lap WISSOTA Pure Stock feature Mike Blevins of Hibbing wasted little time working his way past veteran Al Rapp on lap two and led the rest of the way for his second win of the weekend. Behind the leader, Rapp, Dylan Shelton, Tim Carlson driving brother Chad's car and Andrew Hanson put on a good show racing for position. Behind winner Blevins, Rapp captured second, Shelton finished third, Hanson forth and Blevins' brother Matt Cuhna rounded
out the top five. 

The season opener finished up with a ten lap feature for the WISSOTA sanctioned Hornet division with 16 cars in attendance which is the largest number of these cars to race since they were started, now going into their third season. Kyle House of Wrenshall, MN survived three caution flags as he drove through the field from the sixth row for the convincing win. Kaleb Dallman, Jake Smith, Derek Ament and Brittany Smith finished in the top five. 

5/14/2017 at Proctor

A Modifieds

A Feature 1: 1. RACX-Paul Wrazidlo[2]; 2. 11-Jody
Bellefeuille[10]; 3. 44-Darrell Nelson[5]; 4. 45J-Johnny Broking[9]; 5. 45-Bob
Broking[1]; 6. 47-Danny Vang[7]; 7. 37-Kelly Estey[4]; 8. 24JR-Jeffrey Lien
Jr.[14]; 9. 17-Deven VanHouse[13]; 10. 91-Andy Davey[8]; 11. 22-Tyler
Kintner[16]; 12. 1L-Donnie Lofdahl[6]; 13. 6-E.J. Hietala[11]; 14. 55W-Jeffrey
Wood[17]; 15. (DNF) 22E-Kevin Eder[3]; 16. (DNF) 14-Ryan Garson[18]; 17. (DNF)
0-Zack Drews[15]; 18. (DNF) 99-Neil Balduc[12]

Heat 1: 1. 45-Bob Broking[1]; 2. 91-Andy Davey[6]; 3. 22E-Kevin
Eder[8]; 4. RACX-Paul Wrazidlo[3]; 5. 45J-Johnny Broking[9]; 6. 6-E.J.
Hietala[2]; 7. 17-Deven VanHouse[5]; 8. 0-Zack Drews[7]; 9. 55W-Jeffrey Wood[4]

Heat 2: 1. 44-Darrell Nelson[3]; 2. 47-Danny Vang[1]; 3. 37-Kelly
Estey[4]; 4. 1L-Donnie Lofdahl[5]; 5. 11-Jody Bellefeuille[7]; 6. 99-Neil
Balduc[8]; 7. 24JR-Jeffrey Lien Jr.[6]; 8. 22-Tyler Kintner[2]; 9. 14-Ryan

B Modifieds

A Feature 1: 1. 37X-Skeeter Estey[1]; 2. 68K-Dan Kingsley[3]; 3.
C1-Craig Lofdahl[4]; 4. 40JR-Tyler Vernon[7]; 5. 32III-Cody Carlson[5]; 6.
RED1-Dan Wheeler[6]; 7. 17-Deven VanHouse[8]; 8. 11JR-Andrew Inman[9]; 9.
2X-Marcus Dunbar[11]; 10. 11T-Willy Thompson[10]; 11. 22-Brandon Copp[2]; 12.
2J-Josh Heavirland[14]; 13. 7-Jeffery Forseen[17]; 14. 112-Brennan Gave[16];
15. 12A-Alex O'Dell[13]; 16. (DNF) 5-Mike Jacques[12]; 17. (DNF) 12K-Jake
Kruzan[15]; (DNS) 04-Rick Peterson

Heat 1: 1. 32III-Cody Carlson[2]; 2. 40JR-Tyler Vernon[4]; 3.
C1-Craig Lofdahl[5]; 4. 37X-Skeeter Estey[8]; 5. 11JR-Andrew Inman[6]; 6.
2X-Marcus Dunbar[9]; 7. 12A-Alex O'Dell[7]; 8. 12K-Jake Kruzan[1]; 9. 7-Jeffery

Heat 2: 1. RED1-Dan Wheeler[4]; 2. 22-Brandon Copp[3]; 3. 17-Deven
VanHouse[6]; 4. 68K-Dan Kingsley[7]; 5. 11T-Willy Thompson[8]; 6. 5-Mike
Jacques[5]; 7. 2J-Josh Heavirland[9]; 8. 112-Brennan Gave[1]; 9. (DNF) 04-Rick
Dirt Late Models

A Feature1: 1. 44-Darrell Nelson[2]; 2. 7-Harry Hanson[3]; 3.
6M-Jeffery Massingill[1]; 4. 11D-Tim McMann[4]; 5. UPI-Terry Lillo[5]; 6.
42-Aaron Lillo[6]; 7. (DNF) 7C-Robbie Cooper[7]

Heat 1: 1. 6M-Jeffery Massingill[2]; 2. 7-Harry Hanson[3]; 3.
44-Darrell Nelson[6]; 4. 11D-Tim McMann[5]; 5. UPI-Terry Lillo[1]; 6. 42-Aaron
Lillo[4]; 7. 7C-Robbie Cooper[7

Pure Stock

A Feature 1: 1. 10-Michael Blevins[4]; 2. 33R-Allen Rapp[1]; 3.
21-Tim Carlson[2]; 4. 11E-Dylan Shelton[3]; 5. 20-Andrew Hanson[8]; 6.
10X-Matthew Cunha[7]; 7. 17-Aaron Bernick[9]; 8. 17B-Mackenzie Bjorklund[5]; 9.
(DNF) 44-Brett Leino[6]; 10. (DNF) 68-Chad Nikstad[10]; (DNS) 116-Cory

Heat 1: 1. 10-Michael Blevins[3]; 2. 33R-Allen Rapp[1]; 3.
20-Andrew Hanson[6]; 4. 10X-Matthew Cunha[2]; 5. 17-Aaron Bernick[4]; 6.
68-Chad Nikstad[5]

Heat 2: 1. 11E-Dylan Shelton[4]; 2. 21-Tim Carlson[5]; 3. 44-Brett
Leino[2]; 4. 17B-Mackenzie Bjorklund[1]; 5. (DNF) 116-Cory Jorgensen[3]

Sport Compact

A Feature 1: 1. 28-Kyle House[11]; 2. 444-Kaleb Dallman[5]; 3.
21-Jake Smith[6]; 4. 00-Derek Ament[2]; 5. 5-Brittany Smith[7]; 6. 6-Rick
Hietala[16]; 7. 71TN-Tate Niehaus[1]; 8. 1-Hunter McDougall[9]; 9. 933-Cordell
Kylven[14]; 10. 08-Rick Andrews Jr.[13]; 11. 06-Andy Leino[3]; 12. 11X-Kasimir
Tonnar[15]; 13. 007-Wally Ament[4]; 14. 28A-Allen House[12]; 15. (DNF) 11-Paul
Ripley[10]; 16. (DNF) 29-Josh Rowe[8]

Heat 1: 1. 5-Brittany Smith[3]; 2. 29-Josh Rowe[1]; 3. 71TN-Tate
Niehaus[5]; 4. 11-Paul Ripley[6]; 5. (DNF) 11X-Kasimir Tonnar[2]; 6. (DNF)
6-Rick Hietala[4]

Heat 2: 1. 00-Derek Ament[3]; 2. 21-Jake Smith[5]; 3. 007-Wally
Ament[4]; 4. 28-Kyle House[2]; 5. 08-Rick Andrews Jr.[1]

Heat 3: 1. 444-Kaleb Dallman[3]; 2. 1-Hunter McDougall[4]; 3.
06-Andy Leino[1]; 4. 28A-Allen House[2]; 5. 933-Cordell Kylven[5]
Super Stocks

A Feature 1: 1. 78K-Dexton Koch[2]; 2. 18-Willie Johnsen[4]; 3.
30-Kevin Burdick[6]; 4. 77-Scott Lawrence[3]; 5. 79A-Andy LaBarge[1]; 6.
9-Ronnie Malecki[5]; 7. 13-Kyle Oman[8]; 8. 32H-Matthew Hammitt[9]; 9. 27-Matt
Deragon[7]; 10. (DNF) 14S-Adam Shinn[12]; 11. (DNF) 54-Dan Yrjanson[10]; 12.
(DNF) 32F-Brian Carl[11]

Heat 1: 1. 78K-Dexton Koch[3]; 2. 79A-Andy LaBarge[1]; 3. 30-Kevin
Burdick[6]; 4. 9-Ronnie Malecki[2]; 5. 32H-Matthew Hammitt[4]; 6. (DNF)
32F-Brian Carl[5]

Heat 2: 1. 18-Willie Johnsen[1]; 2. 77-Scott Lawrence[3]; 3.
13-Kyle Oman[2]; 4. 27-Matt Deragon[5]; 5. 54-Dan Yrjanson[6]; 6. (DNF)
14S-Adam Shinn[4]