Peterlin, Vang, Aho and Follett sweep Proctor actionLofdahl nabs Super Stock feature on grandparent's wedding anniversary
By: By Jerry O’Brien, For The Telegram, Superior Telegram
PROCTOR — The big broom was out Sunday night at the Proctor Speedway as four of five divisions saw clean sweeps.
Chisholm’s Ryan Aho had the measure of the WISSOTA Modified division as he won the heat and led all the way in the 15-lap feature.
The event went flag to flag without a caution flag as Aho had a big lead by the time Darrell Nelson shook free of the pack. Nelson made up ground but not enough to reel in Aho, who stayed the course for the dominant win. Jody Bellefeuille finished third, E.J. Hietala fourth, and Scott Heikkinen was fifth.
It was 20 laps for the WISSOTA Super Stocks and Donnie Lofdahl of Proctor fended off all challenges to win the feature on his hometown track.
Seven caution flags kept the challengers close to Lofdahl after his initial lead was erased with the first one. After the fourth slowdown, Lofdahl went high in turn one on the restart and Mike Bellefeuille and Scott Lawrence got by leaving him third, but Lofdahl’s luck held out and before a lap could be completed Ashley Smith spun in turn four.
The realignment put Lofdahl back in front and he didn’t make the same mistake again. Two more caution flags slowed the action before the checkered flag was shown, one for a Brian Carl spin in turn four and the final one for debris. The final caution came with six laps remaining and Lofdahl saw to it that Bellefeuille and Lawrence didn’t get close enough to mount a challenge. Finishing fourth was Andy Davey who was charged with the foul in a third turn tangle with Lawrence and came from the back to challenge the three front runners. Al Rapp finished fifth.
Kyle Peterlin dominated the action in the 25-lap Fon-Du-Luth Casino WISSOTA Late Model feature.
Tim McMann jumped out to the early lead, but Peterlin sailed by on the back stretch and was never seriously challenged. With no caution flags the field began to spread out and there was not much movement for position. The half-way point was quickly reached and the order stood at Peterlin, McMann, Darrell Nelson, Harry Hanson and Todd Gehl in the top five. At the checkered flag Peterlin was the winner with Nelson second, McMann third Todd Gehl fourth and Todd Frank in the top five. Hanson pulled off and did not finish.
It was Mack Estey off to the early lead in the 15-lap Midwest Modified feature but it didn’t take much time for Danny Vang to make his move from the third row as he quickly closed on Estey and zipped by on the bottom into the lead.
A caution flag slowed the action and at the restart Vang continued in the lead and pulled away from Estey. Dan Kingsley moved into third followed by Loren Inman and Neil Balduc. At the midway point the top five was the same with the exception that Deven VanHouse had gotten by Balduc into fifth. Vang drove to an easy win and was never challenged. The only change in the top five was VanHouse got by Inman into fourth.
In the 15-lap Pure Stock feature Dustin Follett moved up from the third row on the first lap and took the lead with Esten Nelson to second. Josh Loucks on the move from the fourth row and slipped into third. A caution flag flew for Craig Horak, but after that stoppage the event went to the end with no more caution flags.
There was some close racing for the lead for a time as the top three broke away from the rest, but Follett was in command and was never seriously challenged as the final checkered flag flew at 8:28.
Proctor Speedway Results
Sunday, June 10
WISSOTA Late Model
Feature (25 laps): Kyle Peterlin, Hibbing; Darrell Nelson, Hermantown; Tim McMann, Duluth; Todd Gehl, Solon Springs; Todd Frank, Mellen; Joey Ogston, Duluth; Aaron Lillo, Duluth; Scott Herrick, Proctor. DNF: Harry Hanson, Eveleth.
Heat (10 laps): Peterlin; McMann; Hanson; Nelson; Ogston; A. Lillo; Gehl; Frank; Herrick.
Feature (15 laps): Ryan Aho, Chisholm; Darrell Nelson, Hermantown; Jody Bellefeuille, Duluth; E.J. Hietala, Cloquet; Scott Heikkinen, Eveleth; Nikki Wrazidlo, Duluth. DNS: Cory Sersha; Kelly Estey.
Heat (8 laps): Aho; Nelson; Estey; Hietala; Sersha; Bellefeuille; Wrazidla; Heikkinen.
WISSOTA Super Stock (10 cars)
Feature (20 laps): Donnie Lofdahl, Proctor; Mike Bellefeuille, Duluth; Scott Lawrence, Superior; Andy Davey, Hibbing; Al Rapp, Saginaw; Kevin Salin, Iron; Pat Heikkinen, Eveleth; Ronnie Malecki, Superior; Brian Carl, Duluth; Ashley Smith, South Range.
Heat 1 (8 laps): Lawrence; Davey; Bellefeuille; Lofdahl; Carl.
Heat 2 (8 laps): Salin; Heikkinen; Rapp; Smith; Malecki.
WISSOTA Midwest Modified (15 cars)
Feature (15 laps): Danny Vang, Brainerd; Dan Kingsley, Superior; Mack Estey, Kelly Lake; Deven VanHouse, Silver Bay; Loren Inman, Proctor; Neil Balduc, Bessemer; Dan Larsen, Hermantown; Andrew Inman, Hermantown; Josh Heavirland, Cloquet; Jason Goldfine, Superior; David Simpson, Thunder Bay; Dan Doran, Hermantown; Adam Shinn, Duluth; Skeeter Estey, Kelly Lake; Bruce Johnson, Duluth.
Heat 1 (8 laps): L. Inman; Kingsley; VanHouse; Balduc; A. Inman; Larsen; Simpson; Johnson.
Heat 2 (8 laps): Vang; M. Estey; S. Estey; Heavirland; Goldfine; Doran; Shinn.
Pure Stock (20 cars)
(Results Unofficial pending post-race inspection)
Feature (15 laps): Dan Follett, Cloquet; Esten Nelson, Silver Bay; Josh Loucks, Carlton; Matt Hammitt, Cloquett; Jon Hammitt, Cloquet; Justin Bassa, Hermantown; Josh Danielson, Carlton; Derek Ament, Barnum; Josh Overn, Mahotwa; Dale Reynolds, Cloquet; Annika Hammitt, Cloquet; Shania Rapp, Saginaw. DNF: Corey Lonetto, Duluth; Rita Anderson, South Range; Brett Lieno, Moose Lake; Andy Lieno, Moose Lake; Mark Korte, Duluth; Craig Horak, Grand Marais; Jeff Engelmeier, Saginaw; Erik Pederson, Saginaw.
Heat 1 (8 laps): J. Hammitt; Daniels; A. Lieno; A. Hammitt. DNF: Korte; Horak.
Heat 2 (8 laps): Follett; Engelmeier; Lonetto; Pederson; Overen; S. Rapp. DNF: Reynolds.
Heat 3 (8laps): M. Hammitt; Loucks; E. Nelson; Bassa; Ament. DNF: R. Anderson.