Hermantown stock car driver Darrell Nelson has mastered Proctor Speedway about as well as any driver, and he showed it again on Thursday night, driving to victory in the showcase Silver 1000 Late Model race.
Nelson bested a field of 30 cars, winning his heat to put himself in position to capture his second Silver 1000 Late Model title. He nearly pulled off a feature sweep, taking second to Kevin Adams of Cameron, Wis., in the Modified final.
Nelson swept the Late Model and Modified titles at the Silver 1000 in 2006. He has five Silver 1000 Modified titles. Nelson dominated the dirt track racing scene this summer, taking both the Late Model and Modified points titles at Proctor and AMSOIL Speedway in Superior.
2013 41st Black Bear Resort Casino Silver 1000
Thursday, Aug. 29
WISSOTA LATE MODELS (30 Cars)
A-FEATURE: Darrell Nelson, Hermantown; Robby Bunkelman, Abbotsford; Pat Doar, New Richmond; Brent Larson, Lake Elmo; Brady Smith, Solon Springs; Trent Follmer, Princeton; Harry Hanson, Eveleth; John Kaanta, Elk Mound; Steve Laursen, Cumberland; Jeff Provinzino, Hibbing; Tim McMann, Duluth; Scott Herrick, Proctor; Gregg Hill, Eveleth; Dave Esse, Cloquet. DNF: Cory Jorgensen, Hermantown; Kevin Carlson, Hermantown; Aaron Lillo, Duluth; Don Copp, Brule; Zach Wohlers, Kelly Lake; Jeff Massingill, Keewatin; Travis Budisalovich, Minneapolis; Kyle Peterlin, Hibbing; Todd Frank, Mellen; Robbie Cooper, South Range; Jake Redetzke, Eau Claire.
HEAT 1: McMann, Larson, Redetzke, Smith, Follmer, Peterlin, Jorgensen. DNF: Hanson.
HEAT 2: Wohlers, Carlson, Hill, Esse, Budisalovich, Tim Lillo, Terry Lillo. DNF: Frider.
HEAT 3: Provinzino, Bunkelman, Doar, Frank, Cooper, A. Lillo, Gehl.
HEAT 4: Nelson, Copp, Massingill, Kaanta, Laursen, Herrick, Gavel.
WISSOTA LATE MODEL B-FEATURE: A. Lillo, Peterlin, Hanson, Jorgensen, Herrick DNF: Don Frider, Hibbing; Tim Lillo, Superior; Todd Gehl, Solon Springs; Kyle Gavel, Fort Francis; Terry Lillo, Duluth.
WISSOTA MODIFIEDS (29 Cars)
A-FEATURE: Kevin Adams, Cameron; Darrell Nelson, Hermantown; Jeff Broking, Grand Rapids; Kelly Estey, Kelly Lake; Rick Cannata, Hibbing; Ryan Aho, Chisholm; Al Uotinen, Superior; Cory Sersha, Eveleth; Scott Heikkinen, Eveleth; Neil Balduc, Bessemer; Nick Musel, Duluth. DNF: Jeff Hart, Hibbing; Brian Mikkonen, Iron River; E.J. Hietala, Cloquet; Mike Anderson, Colfax; Jeff Spacek, Phillips; Trent Follmer, Princeton; Cory Jorgensen, Hermantown; Pau Niznik, Medford; Ashley Anderson, Elk Mound; Gavin Paull, Fort Francis; Tim McMann, Duluth; Kevin Eder, Ashland; Deven VanHouse, Silver Bay.
B-FEATURE: M. Anderson, Sersha, McMann, Lorimor, Rick Niemi, Eveleth; Nick Musel, Duluth. DNF: Paul Schultz, Grand Rapids; Jeff Wood, Chisholm; Jayme Lautigar, Gilbert.
HEAT 1: Jorgensen, Adams, Aho, Paull, Hietala, McMann, Sersha. DNF: Musel.
HEAT 2: Hart, Uotinen, Mikkonen, Estey, Heikkinen. DNF: Lorimor, Wood.
HEAT 3: A. Anderson, Follmer, Nelson, Spacek, Balduc, M. Anderson, Niemi.
HEAT 4: Niznik, Broking, Cannata, VanHouse, Eder, Schultz, Lautigar.