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by Greg Anderson
Hibbing, MN- With the end of the racing season at Hibbing and Labor Day Shootout now in sight, point battles coming down to the wire, and berths into the Amsoil Race of Champions in Huron, South Dakota on the line, race competitors locked in their focus for U.S. Steel Minnesota Ore Operations, Iron Mining Association of Minnesota Night.
In the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature, Mack Estey came out on top of a battle up front between himself, Devin Vanhouse, and Bill Matzdorf. Early on, Estey made it clear, he would be the car to beat and it would take a major effort to get past. Vanhouse had other ideas however and pulled up to the leader on several occasions. The battle lasted much of the race but in the end, Estey held strong however to win his fourth of the year in Hibbing.
While Estey celebrated his win, the WISSOTA Super Stocks rolled onto the grid and the battle for the lead was on from the get-go between several cars including Tyler Kintner, Andy Labarge, Trevor Arens, Kevin Salin and Kevin Burdick and it was Burdick who emerged as the leader. From there, Burdick and Kintner separated from the rest of the pack. Despite a late restart erasing Burdick’s large lead, Kintner was unable to keep pace as Burdick rolled to yet another win.
In what many would consider the race of the night, the outcome was in doubt until the checkered flag flew and when it did, Sam Skalsky had earned his first career WISSOTA Modified win. As the race got underway, Cory Sersha charged to the point and looked strong on the bottom while the field swapped grooves and positions behind him. By lap six, Sersha still led while Skalsky, Ken Hron, and a charging Kelly Estey raced behind. Skalsky began finding a liking to a groove higher than the lower running Sersha and raced to the lead. The battle for the lead was far from over as they raced side-by-side but it would ultimately end when they duo made contact which resulted in a Skalsky spin. All competitors were able to continue as Sersha tagged the tail. On the restart, Hron came to life as did 11th starting Jeff Wood. While Hron challenged the middle-running Skalsky high, Wood moved inside of Estey to take third and began working down by the infield tires. With laps winding down and any of the top three in contention for the win, Hron nearly slipped over the edge of the track to give Skalsky slight breathing room for one of the assaults but Wood continued to dig on the bottom. With Skalsky less than a lap away from the win, a caution appeared for a spin in front of the leaders to set up a green-white-checkered scenario. Both Wood and Hron gave their best shots in their respective grooves but Skalsky’s smooth line through the middle got the job done.
The WISSOTA Late Models continued their recent string of entertaining races and as the green flag dropped, first time visitor Todd Gehl charged to the outside of Jay Kintner to take the lead. The top two slightly separated from the rest of the field briefly but before long, last week’s winner Jeff Provinzino closed in and began to pressure for the second spot. Provinzino made the pass stick on Kintner and slowly began to reel in the higher running Gehl. Gehl was not about to go down without a fight and they spent several laps in close formation and side-by-side before Provinzino finally cleared the leader with a slide job through turn four. Once out front, Provinzino stretched his lead en route to the win while a late charging Harry Hanson tried to reel him late in traffic to no avail. In Victory Lane, Provinzino dedicated the win to his good friend and racing supporter Jacob Barnhill.
The Pure Stocks closed out the evening and while pole-sitter Margo Butcher led from flag to flag, the race had its own moments of excitement. Butcher set sail over Stephen Erickson and while she built her lead, contact between several cars brought out the caution. After a couple more short runs where Butcher continued to lead, Gary Ruzich and Victor Westerlund moved into the top three. With the two cars that have won a lion’s share of the features on her tail, Butcher had her work cut out for her but she was up to task as she raced to the win and took over second place in the standings in the process.
With several tight point battles taking place, Track Champions will be determined on Salute the Troops Night presented by Liquor Cabinet, Brickyard Sports Bar & Grill on Saturday, August 23. For more information on the final night of regular racing and the upcoming Labor Day Shootout, visit www.hibbingraceway.com or call (218) 262-2324
WISSOTA Late Models:
Feature- Jeff Provinzino, Harry Hanson, Terry Lillo, Todd Gehl, Zach Wohlers, Bobby Carlson, Jay Kintner, George Ledin, Roger Paolo, Jeff Massingill, Gregg Hill, Mike Vajdl, Tom Cianni, Steve Reini, Travis Budisalovich, Matt Maki
Feature- Sam Skalsky, Jeff Wood, Ken Hron, Kelly Estey, Jeff Tardy, Devin Vanhouse, Rick Cannata, Rick Cannata, Marc Damjanovich, Matt Anderson, Ken Mosteller, Rick Jacobson, Paul Schultz, Jeffery Wood, Jeff Broking, Cory Sersha
WISSOTA Super Stocks:
Feature- Kevin Burdick, Tyler Kintner, Andy Davey, Derek Vesel, Andy Labarge, Kevin Salin, Tristan Labarge, Trevor Arens, Bob Kintner, Jr Tardy, Mike Zasadini, Kenny Swart
WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds:
Feature- Mack Estey, Devin Vanhouse, Bill Matzdorf, Skeeter Estey, Brad Hanson, Willy Thompson, Nick DaRonco, Mark Kangas, Andy Davey, Dan Wilson, Dylan Miller, Keith Niemi, Jeff Forseen, Chad Vanduker, Mark Miller, Jarek Lamusga, Darrin Lawler, Patrick Bolden, Skyler Smith
Feature- Margo Butcher, Gary Ruzich, Victor Westerlund, Todd Lindstrom, Dave White, Shane Bilyeu, Kody Koski, Shauna Erickson, Lance Pete, Keith Koski, Anthony Cappo, Stephen Erickson, Jeremy Theisen
By Greg Anderson
Hibbing, MN- With the dog days of summer setting in for racers and fans and the Labor Day Shootout and Invitational season in the near distance, it was back to the grind at Hibbing Raceway presented by the City of Chisholm Merchants. With small town festivals taking place all over the Iron Range, action was swift and action packed.
To start off feature racing action in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, Chad Vanduker charged out front early on but Brad Hanson moved in and worked his way around the outside for the lead. Hanson appeared to be en route to his first win of the year in the class while action behind him was hot and heavy. With less than five laps remaining, a caution appeared giving his closest competitors a shot for a last push. The last push was all Skeeter Estey needed to make a run on the high-side and race around Hanson for the lead. Hanson tried to rally back down low but Estey had the preferred line and raced to his fourth win of the year in Hibbing.
Early on in the WISSOTA Super Stock feature Andy Labarge charged to the point and led the first six laps before being overtaken by Bobby Kintner. Kintner looked strong out front, but Kevin Burdick was not far behind and began to close in on the leaders after some fierce panel bending battles in the pack. After six laps, Burdick baha’d his way to the front in the rough low-groove and set sail on the field while Kintner cruised smoothly up top. Andy Davey followed Burdick’s path in the lower part of the track and looked to hunt down the leader but it was to no avail as Burdick scored his fourth win of the year in Hibbing.
In a candidate for race of the night, the WISSOTA Modifieds put on a thrilling show for the fans in attendance. Jeff Wood and Rick Cannata got into an early slugfest running different grooves. Cannata raced the cushion while Wood dug on the bottom. The two raced in close proximity for much of the race with Cannata slightly in front lap after lap. Kelly Estey soon joined the party and it was a three-way tango for the race lead. Wood continued to work the bottom while Estey charged the middle and Cannata continued to work up top. As they continued that formation in the waning laps, Cannata held strong and scored his first win of 2014.
The other contender for race of the night occurred in the WISSOTA Late Model division. While the race appeared to be under control for Bobby Carlson, it would be decided on the final lap. In the early going, Carlson charged to the outside of George Ledin, and raced away to a large lead. While Carlson continued to build on his lead, positions were being swapped behind. Jeff Provinzino was the first to emerge for the battle with Harry Hanson in tow. While Carlson cruised through traffic, Provinzino began to close in on the leader and with two laps remaining; the race was on for the lead. Provinzino moved inside of Carlson but Carlson held strong for the first challenge. In the ensuing challenge on the last lap, Provinzino, raced to the inside of Carlson, and this time the challenge stuck as Provinzino raced ahead of Carlson to the finish line for the win.
The Pure Stocks finished out the night and Michael Haben raced to the lead at the onset while multiple cars raced to his inside. Haben continued to lead as the race reached its mid-stages but a hard-charging Gary Ruzich overpassed the leader to take control. From there, Ruzich sailed to the win while Margo Butcher charged hard into second after suffering a flat tire in the opening laps.
Racing on Saturday, August 16 will be presented by U.S. Steel Minnesota Ore Operations, Iron Mining Association of Minnesota and will include all five classes and Amsoil Race of Champions Qualifiers. For more information, visit www.hibbingraceway.com or call (218) 262-2324
WISSOTA Late Models:
Feature- Jeff Provinzino, Bobby Carlson, Harry Hanson, Jeff Massingill, Kevin Carlson, George Ledin, Zach Wohlers, Roger Paolo, Terry Lillo, Jay Kintner, Mark Heinle, Steve Reini, Mike Vajdl, Matt Maki, Tom Cianni
Feature- Rick Cannata, Kelly Estey, Jeff Wood, Devin Vanhouse, Jeff Broking, Jeff Tardy, Sam Skalsky, Ken Hron, Matt Anderson, Rick Niemi, Cory Sersha, Marc Damjanovich, Ken Mosteller, Jeffery Wood, Paul Schultz
WISSOT A Super Stocks:
Feature- Kevin Burdick, Andy Davey, Bob Kintner, Andy Labarge, Tyler Kintner, Tristan Labarge, Trevor Arens, Kevin Salin, Dalton Carlson, Austin Mcwilliam, Derek Vesel
WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds:
Feature- Skeeter Estey, Brad Hanson, Mack Estey, Dylan Miller, Chad Vanduker, Mark Kangas, Bill Matzdorf, Jeff Forseen, Willy Thompson, Devin Vanhouse, Nick DaRonco, Dan Wilson, Josh Heavirland, Don Craig, Eric Pierzina, Pat Bolden, Mark Miller
Feature- Gary Ruzich, Margo Butchcer, Victor Westerlund, Jeremy Theisen, Tyler Chrylser, Gene Schultze, Cody Herrick, Anthony Cappo, Keith Koski, Michael Haben, Dave White, Robert Adair, Cody Koski, Shauna Erickson, Stephen Erickson
by Greg Anderson
Hibbing, MN- On a special night under the ever present threat of rain, Hibbing Raceway was able to complete their extended program in a timely fashion and also honor the 2014 Hall of Fame class. Six new racing legends were inducted during intermission ceremonies for all of their contributions to the sport and Hibbing Raceway and they included: Billy Nelson, Boris Andrican, Johnny Johnson, John Gargano, Don Mohawk, and Bob Reed. Other legends from previous Hall of Fame classes, family members and friends, and historian David Aho were on hand to help welcome the new members. You can learn more about the Hall of Fame and its deserving members as well as other historical information at www.racehibbing.com
The evening got off to a rough and tumble start in the make-up WISSOTA Late Model feature. Greg Ferris bolted to the initial lead and withstood pressure from Kyle Peterlin and four cautions over the first ten laps but the final one on lap 11 proved to be his undoing. With Peterlin and Harry Hanson applying pressure, Ferris spun in front of the field out of turn two and others were collected; ending Ferris’ race. On the restart, Peterlin raced away from Hanson and the rest of the pack and never looked back to score his first feature win of the year in Hibbing. While Peterlin cruised out front, more cars continued to drop off due to contact with each other and only four of the sixteen starters were running at the end.
The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were the first regular feature of the program and unlike the Late Models earlier; they were able to run cleanly for the most part. Former track champion Bill Matzdorf raced around fellow front row starter Dylan Miller in the early going to take the lead and it was one that Matzdorf would not give up. In his first visit of the year, Twin Ports driver Carey Lepage charged into second and at times appeared poised to challenge Matzdorf up front but was never able to make a serious bid as Matzdorf picked up the win.
While the Midwest Modified feature was somewhat in doubt to the finish, there was no question left by Kevin Burdick in the WISSOTA Super Stocks. In the most dominating performance of the year in any class, Burdick moved past early race leader Jr Tardy when Tardy slowed and eventually exited for the pit area for the second week in a row while leading. From there Burdick stretched his lead over last week’s winner Andy Davey and the rest of the field every lap. By the finish, Burdick had caught most of the field and was a half a lap ahead of his next closest competitor.
In one of the most competitive races of the night, Matt Anderson charged to the lead in the WISSOTA Modified feature and would lead the first four circuits before the lower running Sam Skalsky edged past to take over. Skalsky appeared ready to score his first career Modified victory in Hibbing while he maintained the lead over the next fifteen circuits. Behind him, first time visitor and seventh place starter Darrell Nelson was on the move and burst into second in the mid-stages of the race. Nelson then used a higher line through the middle to close in on the low running leader. By lap 18, Nelson began to pressure Skalsky but Skalsky held strong in his line. As they raced side by side for a couple circuits, Nelson made what would turn out to be the winning pass on lap 21. Over the final four laps, Nelson gave himself just the slightest breathing room on Sklaksy to score the win.
After the earlier altercations and damage, the second WISSOTA Late Model feature of the evening was somewhat slimmed down but even with some cars MIA, they were able to put on an exciting race for the fans in attendance. George Ledin got the jump on Late Model rookie Tom Cianni and looked strong out front while the rest of the field sliced and diced for position. Several cars were on the charge including Modified winner Nelson, Terry Lillo, and tenth starting Jeff Massingill. As Lillo and Nelson moved in to challenge Ledin, contact was made between Lillo and Ledin while resulted in a caution. Both cars headed pit-side and on the restart Greg Hill had been showing signs of life and he charged around Nelson to take over up front. Hill built his lead and Nelson tried to fight back but Hill was up to the task as he ran strong to the finish for his first win in Hibbing since his Labor Day Shootout triumph years back.
The Pure Stocks closed out the evening with a feature race that saw three different leaders over the course of the 20 laps. Matt Cunha led the first five circuits before giving way to Victor Westerlund. Westerlund appeared to be headed for his fourth feature win of the year as he built his lead and maintained a fairly comfortable advantage over a hard charging Mike Blevins. On the restart, Blevins slipped over the edge of the track which Gary Ruzich and Margo Butcher capitalized on to move into second and third respectively. Ruzich went on to battled past Westerlund and held on to the point to the finish as the rain began to fall as the race concluded.
Racing on Saturday, August 2 will be presented by Quad City Merchants and will also have the WISSOTA Modified and Midwest Modified make-up features. For more information, visit www.hibbingraceway.com or call (218) 262-2324.
WISSOTA Late Models:
Feature- Greg Hill, Darrell Nelson, Jeff Massingill, Kyle Peterlin, Zach Wohlers, Jay Kintner, Tom Cianni, Roger Paolo, Mark Heinle, George Ledin, Mike Vajdl, Steve Reini, Terry Lillo, Greg Ferris, Matt Maki, Jeff Provinzino, Jerry Vesel, Don Frider, Bobby Carlson, Chris Olson, Harry Hanson
Make Up Feature- Kyle Peterlin, Harry Hanson, Terry Lillo, Roger Paolo, Jay Kintner, Zach Wohlers, Jeff Massingill, Don Frider, Jeff Provinzino, Steve Reini, Tom Cianni, Greg Ferris, Bobby Carlson, Mike Vajdl, Chris Olson, Jerry Vesel, Travis Budisalovich
Feature- Darrell Nelson, Sam Skalsky, Devin Vanhouse, Jeff Tardy, Jeff Broking, Rick Niemi, Marc Damjanovich, Nick Musel, Matt Anderson, Ken Mosteller, Cory Sersha, Jerry Vesel, Jeff Wood, Jeffery Wood
WISSOTA Super Stocks:
Feature- Kevin Burdick, Andy Davey, Bob Kintner, Derek Vesel, Kevin Salin, Andy Labarge, Tristan Labarge, Kyle Oman, Mike Zasadini, Jr Tardy, Tyler Kintner
WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds:
Feature- Bill Matzdorf, Carey Lepage, Devin Vanhouse, Dylan Miller, Nick DaRonco, Mark Kangas, Brad Hanson, Jesse Ogston, Jeff Forseen, Chad Vanduker, Dan Wilson, Keith Niemi, John Kallas, Jerry Vesel, Darrin Lawler
Feature- Gary Ruzich, Victor Westerlund, Margo Butcher, Tyler Chrysler, Mike Blevins, Matt Cunha, Jeremy Theisen, Dave White, Michael Haben, Keith Koski, Robert Adair, Shauna Erickson, Stephen Erickson
by Greg Anderson
Hibbing, MN- With a high still lingering following the massively successful World of Outlaws show, it was back to business at Hibbing Raceway as all five classes returned for American Cancer Society “Pack the Stands Night” presented by Cliffs Natural Resources, Triumph Twist Drill, MTD Real Estate, General Waste, Tom & Jerry's Bar, and Portable John . Not only was it back to business, there was some past business that needed to be attended to in the form of two make-up features from a previous rainout.
The first make-up feature on the card was the WISSOTA Super Stocks and it was survival of the fittest in the rough and tumble event. Andy Davey raced ahead of the trouble and stayed there en route to his first win of the year in Hibbing. Davey was followed to the stripe by the previous week’s runner up Kevin Burdick.
The make-up feature for the Pure Stocks was also a war of attrition and when it was all said and done, Victor Westerlund emerged as the victor. After Matt Cunha and Cody Herrick swapped the lead in the opening laps, Westerlund moved past and worked his way through traffic to build a large lead that was too much to overcome for second finishing Mike Blevins and the rest of the field.
The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds kicked off regular feature racing action and they provided the fans with a memorable and surprising outcome. Veteran racer Bill Matdorf held command over the first half of the race before Skeeter Estey took control. Estey appeared to be headed to victory lane when a battle behind him between Matzdorf and Don Scholler ended up with Matzdorf coming to a stop. On the restart, Scholler blasted to the outside of Estey and raced around the leader to take over up front. Scholler continued his mission straight to the checkered flag for his first career feature win in Hibbing. Skeeter’s brother Mack also slipped past to take second after starting sixteenth.
Two Grand Rapids drivers paced the field in the WISSOTA Modified feature and both took turns leading. Paul Schultz led the initial circuit before Bob Broking raced around him to the point. From there, Broking started to pull away while a scramble ensued behind him. Jeff Tardy emerged and took his shot before having issues and Kelly Estey then found his way through traffic into the runner up spot but ultimately, Broking held strong and raced to his first win of the year in Hibbing after a several week absence.
The WISSOTA Late Models picked up the momentum from last week and provided excellent racing action once again. Former track champion Terry Lillo charged ahead of Greg Ferris at the onset and that ended up to be the move of the race as Lillo led all 30 laps. Kyle Peterlin outlasted Ferris and Jeff Provinzino in sometimes three-wide fashion and closed on the leader at times but Lillo was up to the task as he raced to his first win of the year.
The Pure Stocks concluded the long evening of racing and after coming up short in the make-up feature, there was no denying Mike Blevins a second time as he cruised to the win. Blevins overtook Jeremy Theisen early on and fought off Thursday’s winner Gary Ruzich through traffic to grab the checkered flag.
Racing on Saturday, July 26 will be presented by Rodney’s Radiator, AEOA, and Arrowhead Transit and Hall of Fame Inductions will take place at intermission. For more information, visit www.hibbingraceway.com or call (218) 262-2324
WISSOTA Late Models:
Feature- Terry Lillo, Kyle Peterlin, Jeff Provinzino, Greg Ferris, Harry Hanson, Jeff Massingill, Zach Wohlers, Chris Olson, Jay Kintner, Mark Heinle, George Ledin, Jay Kintner, Greg Hill, Tom Cianni, Steve Reini, Matt Maki, Bobby Carlson, Roger Paolo, Travis Budisalovich
Feature- Bob Broking, Kelly Estey, Devin Vanhouse, Jeff Broking, Cory Sersha, Jeff Wood, Rick Cannata, Marcus Damjanovich, Jeff Tardy, Matt Anderson, Ken Mosteller, Sam Skalsky, Phil Gavel, Mike Bader, Paul Schultz, Nikki Wrazidlo, Jeffery Wood, Johnny Broking
WISSOTA Super Stocks:
Feature- Andy Davey, Kevin Burdick, Derek Vesel, Tyler Kintner, Dalton Carlson, Tristan Labarge, Bob Kintner, Kyle Oman, Trevor Arens, Kevin Salin, Mike Zasadini, Jr Tardy, Butch Butcher, Eric Pierzina, Andy Labarge
WISSOTA Super Stocks:
Feature- Andy Davey, Derek Vesel, Tyler Kintner, JR Tardy, Kevin Burdick Bob Kintner, Trevor Arens, Butch Butcher, Andy Labarge, Eric Pierzina, Dalton Carlson, Kevin Salin, Tristan Labarge, Kenny Swart
WISSOT A Midwest Modifids:
Feature- Don Scholler, Mack Estey, Skeeter Estey, Nick DaRonco, Devin Vanhouse, Dan Wilson, Jesse Ogston, Willy Thompson, Jeff Forseen, Don Craig, Mark Kangas, Dylan Miller, Chad Vanduker, Jarek Lamusga, Bill Matzdorf, Patrick Bolden, Mark Miller, Brad Hanson, David Simpson, Keith Niemi
Feature- Mike Blevins, Gary Ruzich, Margo Butcher, Victor Westerlund, Jeremy Theisen, Tyler Chrysler, Cody Herrick, Dave White, Nick Cimermancic, Keith Koski, Shauna Erickson, Robert Adair, Lee Ruzich, Matt Cunha, Vinzent Anderson, Anthony Cappo, Stephen Erickson
Feature- Victory Westerlund, Michael Blevins, Jeremy Theisen, Margo Butcher, Matt Cuhna, Keith Koski, Anthony Cappo, Dave White, Robert Adair, Shauna Erickson, Vinzent Anderson, Cody Herrick, Brad Farmer, Gene Schultz, Kristy Bailey
By Greg Anderson
Hibbing, MN- With the Annual visit of the UMSS Sprint Cars, a popular theme formed for the “2014 Rumble on the Range”; fresh faces. Four first time winners of sorts emerged over the course of the evening which included late race battles that left the crowd on the edge of their seat.
With only four classes in competition and only one WISSOTA class on hand, the Pure Stocks kicked off feature racing action and after a lap one caution for a skirmish mid-pack, Margo Butcher charged to the lead with Gary Ruzich in tow. The lead duo pulled away in the early going with Ruzich applying heavy pressure to Butcher at times. Butcher fought off all of Ruzich’s advances and soon Mike Blevins joined the mix to make it a three car race through traffic. Blevins raced around Ruzich to grab second and closed in on Butcher and made a couple bids for the lead himself but again Butcher was up to the task as they worked through traffic. A last lap move between two lap cars gave Butcher the breathing room she needed to seal the win. It was her first career victory in Hibbing.
The WISSOTA Midwest Modifeds were next up and a couple drivers in search of their first wins of the year sat on the front row. Willy Thompson and Jeff Forseen paced the field and it was Thompson who got the early jump. With Thompson out front, the scramble for second behind him ensued and Brad Hanson emerged from the fourth row to take over the spot. While the scramble was going on behind him, Thompson was able to build up a lead but over the second half of the race, Hanson closed in with Jesse Ogston staying a few lengths behind him over the majority of the green flag stretch. As Hanson was beginning to pressure the leader, the caution came out with three laps remaining. On the restart, Hanson went back to work on Thompson but Thompson denied the challenges by holding his line on the bottom. With the top three working the lower side of the track, Devin Vanhouse used the open top groove to charge forward. Thompson held Hanson at bay to the finish line while Vanhouse snuck around both Ogston and Hanson at the line to steal second.
In UMSS action, Chase Viebrock captured his first ever Traditional Sprint Car feature with a daring last corner pass of leader Jake Kouba that brought the excited crowd to their feet. The Winged Sprint Cars saw three different leaders in their main event but it was Cody Hahn who led the most important lap as he raced past Jerry Richert Jr. with three laps remaining to win his first of the year in his first outing of the year.
With no racing on Saturday, July 12, the Hibbing Raceway will be back in action for the first ever visit from the World of Outlaws Late Models on Thursday, July 10. WISSOTA Super Stocks and Pure Stocks will also be in action. For more information, visit www.hibbingraceway.com or call (218) 262-2324
WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds:
Feature- Willy Thompson, Devin Vanhouse, Brad Hanson, Jesse Ogston, Dan Wilson, Jerry Vesel, Dylan Miller, Keith Niemi, David Mastell, Mark Miller, Nick Daronco, Patrick Bolden, Jeff Forseen, Chad Vanduker, Bill Matzdorf
Feature- Margo Butcher, Mike Blevins, Gary Ruzich, Victor Westerlund, Stephen Erickson, Jeremy Theisen, Michael Haben, Matthew Cunha, Robert Adair, Dave White, Shauna Erickson, Keith Koski, Mike Vajdl, Gene Schultze, Tim Carlson, Jerry Ramey, Vinzent Anderson
By Greg Anderson
Hibbing, MN- After being forced to cancel for weather related issues in recent weeks, Mother Nature gave Hibbing Raceway a reprieve for the JoJo Terzich/Martin Maki NLRA Late Model Invitational and Lisa Vajdl Pure Stock Memorial Race and it paid off for fans and racers alike. After preliminary races were completed, four exciting feature races took place with two being decided in the final corner.
Andy Davey charged to the lead at the onset before giving way to Willy Thompson and Dan Wilson. By lap 6, Devin Vanhouse slipped between Vajdl and Wilson to take over second and soon after, Thompson exited with a broken mount handing the lead to Wilson but Vanhouse saw the opportunity to ramp up their efforts and swapped the lead as fourteenth starting Skeeter Estey joined the fray to make it a four car battle before debris on the front stretch brought out the caution flag. On the restart, Wilson charged ahead of Vanhouse while Estey moved into third. Vanhouse and Estey both slipped past Wilson on the same lap but a skirmish between fourth running Bill Matzdorf and Davey halted action once again. When the race resumed, Estey used an inside move to vault past Vanhouse into the lead. Vanhouse began to rally back on the high-side before another spin in the back of the field slowed action. On the restart, Estey powered out front and Vanhouse was unable to find the same groove prior to the caution and Estey completed his charge from the back of the pack for the victory.
The WISSOTA Modifieds took two tries to get started in their main event and when they did, it was a wild scramble at the front of the pack with Marcus Damjanoich and Paul Schultz swapping the lead over the first five circuits while Cory Sersha raced right behind looking for an opening. After a few more cautions, Sersha blasted from third to first in one corner and began to pull away from the field. Behind him, Kelly Estey was on the move as he raced around Damjanovich into second before several more cautions marred action. When the race regained green momentum Jeff Broking charged into second and put a brief challenge on Sersha before slipping over the edge of the race track which gave Sersha some breathing room on the rest of the field. With two laps remaining another spin in the back of the field set up a green-white-checkered scenario. Sersha led Estey coming to the white flag and the duo headed down the backstretch in similar formation with Sersha holding a one car length lead. Going into the final corner, Estey dove low and slid across the track in front of the higher running Sersha coming out of turn four. The two made minor contact but raced cleanly to the line in nose-to-tail formation with Estey serving as the nose for the win.
The WISSOTA Late Model field rolled to the grid 26 strong and following pre-race ceremonies they rumbled to life for 42 laps in remembrance of the number former racer Martin Maki sported for many years at Hibbing Raceway. Brad Seng took immediate control while Dustin Strand charged into second. Pat Doar was on the move as well and took second away from Strand. Behind them, ninth starting Zach Wohlers was coming to life and moved past Bobby Carlson who had recently charged into third from sixth himself. Seng pulled away from Doar in the early stages but as the Seng approached heavy lap traffic that was racing side-by-side and three-wide, the battle for the lead started to heat up. Wohlers made a bold four-wide move with Doar and two lap cars to take over second and began chasing Seng through the back and middle of the pack. Mired in deep traffic and trying to find openings, Seng continued to patiently pick his way through but Wohlers closed the gap and appeared ready to pounce when another caution slowed the race. In open traffic, Seng turned up the wick and raced away once again but after building the lead, Wohlers regained his rhythm on the high-side and closed back in. With time running out, Wohlers slid over the edge of the track and it appeared Seng had the race in the bag but a caution came out to bunch up the field for one last dash to the checkers. Seng wasn’t about to let it slip away as he left the rest to battle for second in the two lap dash. Doar muscled second from Wohlers and Carlson charged in to take third back as well to round out the podium. The win for NLRA points leading Seng was worth $2500.
Following an action packed NLRA Late Model Main Event, the Pure Stocks provided some excitement of their own for the 25 lap Lisa Vajdl Memorial Race. Gary Ruzich and Mike Blevins began the race side by side and they stayed that way for several laps while Jake Barsness raced right on their tails. On lap seven, Ruzich took sole possession of the lead when Blevins slipped up but there was time to relax for Ruzich as Barsness assumed Blevins spot as the challenger. With the lead duo still swapping positions, Basness officially took the lead near the midway point in the race only to break loose and hand it right back to Ruzich. The battle was far from over though as Barsness recomposed and the lead duo slightly separated from Blevins in traffic. With laps winding down, it appeared to be a two car race for the win but a late caution bunched up the field and gave Blevins, Margo Butcher, and others a shot at the leaders. On the restart, Blevins charged hard to the outside of Barsness and was able to pull alongside of Ruzich. A lap later, Blevins used his momentum to retake the lead he had held early on. Coming to the white flag, Ruzich closed back in on Blevins and made one last bonsai attempt in the final turn as the duo raced to the line with Blevins winning by half a car.
With the first ever visit of the World of Outlaw Late Model Series looming in the horizon, regular racing will resume on Saturday, June 28 for J.M. Auto Service, Broking's Transport Night. All five regular classes will be in action. For more information, visit www.hibbingraceway.com or call (218) 262-2324
WISSOTA Late Models: Feature- Brad Seng, Pat Doar, Bobby Carlson, Zach Wohlers, Ricky Weiss, Shane Edginton, Dustin Strand, Harry Hanson, Chris Olson, Mike Balcaen, Aaron Lillo, Jay Kintner, Mark Rose, Dusty Peterson, David Smith, Steve Anderson, Cole Schill, Greg Ferris, Don Frider, Steve Reini, Cory Jorgenson, Terry Lillo, Bill Mooney, Jeff Massingill, Jeff Hapala, Kyle Peterlin
WISSOTA Modifieds: Feature-Kelly Estey, Cory Sersha, Devin Vanhouse, Sam Skalsky, Rick Niemi, Jeff Tardy, Jeff Wood, Rick Cannata, Matt Anderson, Jeff Broking, Marcus Damjanovich, Paul Schultz, Ken Mosteller, Jeff Davis, Cory Jorgensen, Jeffery Wood, Josh Martin
WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds: Feature-Skeeter Estey, Devin Vanhouse, Mack Estey, Mark Kangas, Brad Hanson, Dan Wilson, Andy Labarge, Jesse Ogston, Chad Vanduker, Don Craig, Andy Davey, Matt Depeiro, Nick DaRonco, Keith Niemi, Darrin Lawler, Jarek Lamusga, Kenny Perry, Pat Bolden, Bill Matzdorf, Dylan Miller, Willy Thompson, Mark Miller
Pure Stocks: Feature-Mike Blevins, Jacob Barsness, Al Rapp, Margo Butcher, Stephen Erickson, Andy Davey, Jeremy Theisen, Ryan Anderson, Annika Hammitt, Keith Koski, Matt Cunha, John Hammitt, Cody Herrick, Dave White, Vic Westerlund, Anthony Cappo, Lee Ruzich, Jim Morris, Robert Adair, Gene Schultze, Mike Haben, Lance Pete, Robert Galovich, Gary Ruzich
By Greg Anderson
Hibbing, MN - After a one week hiatus due to rain, it was back to action at Hibbing Raceway for Iron Mining Association of Minnesota and ArcelorMittal Minorca Iron Mining Night at Hibbing Raceway. Heading into the night, there had yet to be a repeat winner on the year but that would all change by night’s end.
Devin Vanhouse of Silver Bay already had a WISSOTA Modified feature win under his belt but on Saturday, he added a WISSOTA Midwest Modified victory but out-dueling the previous week’s winner Mack Estey. Derek Vesel of Hibbing wasted little time establishing himself as the car to beat in the WISSOTA Super Stocks. Vesel moved from the third row to the lead on the second lap and never looked en route to the win. Kelly Estey of Kelly Lake used to bottom groove to overtake a slowing rookie Matt Anderson nearing the mid-point of the WISSOTA Modified feature and went on to win by a solid margin over infrequent visitor Al Uotinen. Harry Hanson of Eveleth continued his strong start to 2014 but cruising to a dominating victory in the WISSOTA Late Model main event. Victor Westerlund of Hibbing closed out the evening by winning his second straight Pure Stock feature. Westerlund was able to overcome a stiff challenge from Gene Schultze and ultimately roll to the checkered flag.
Racing on Saturday, June 14 will be presented by Radko Iron and Supply and Lakehead Constructors and in addition to all five classes being in action, drivers will display their race cars on the front stretch to meet the fans and provide autographs and photos. For more information, visit www.hibbingraceway.com or call (218) 262-2324
WISSOTA Late Models:
Feature- Harry Hanson, Terry Lillo, Jay Kintner, Kyle Peterlin, Greg Ferris, Greg Hill, Caley Emerson, Mike Vajdl, Don Frider, Steve Reini, Jeff Massingill, Roger Paolo
Feature- Kelly Estey, Al Uotinen, Jeff Tardy, Bob Broking, Rick Cannata, Cory Sersha, Jeff Wood, Jody Bellefeuille, Devin Vanhouse, Rick Niemi, Johnny Broking, Marc Damjanovich, Jeff Wood, Sam Skalsky, Paul Schultz, Matt Anderson, Kyle Gavel, John Baltich, Ken Mosteller
WISSOTA Super Stocks:
Feature- Derek Vesel, Tristan Labarge, Tyler Kintner, Kevin Burdick, Scott Lawrence, Andy Labarge, Kevin Salin, Dalton Carlson, Andy Davey, Bob Kintner, Jr Tardy, Trevor Arens, Mike Zasadini, Butch Butcher
WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds:
Feature- Devin Vanhouse, Mack Estey, Nick DaRonco, Brad Hanson, Dan Wilson, Bill Matzdorf, Mark Kangas, Jeff Forseen, John Kallas, Don Scholler, Andy Davey, Dylan Miller, Chad Vanduker, Darrin Lawler, Jarek Lamusga, Keith Niemi, Willy Thompson, Patrick Bolden, Skeeter Estey, Andy Lubovich
Feature- Victor Westerlund, Jerry Ramey, Gary Ruzich, Gene Schultze, Jeremy Theisen, Margo Butcher, Tyler Chrysler, Keith Koski, Anthony Cappo, Dave White, Stephen Erickson, Matt Cunha, Robert Adair, Shauna Erickson, Cody Herrick, Vinzent Anderson, Michael Ryan
by Greg Anderson
Hibbing, MN- After a smooth and successful opening night at Hibbing Raceway, it was back to business for Bud Light, Sunny Hill Distributors, and Hardees Night. A few new competitors joined the fray on the second night of racing and five new drivers stood in victory lane.
The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds had a rocky first ten laps of their feature event that included six cautions but the final ten laps were run clean and green and Mack Estey of Kelly Lake overcame early challenges from Devin Vanhouse and later his brother Skeeter to drive away to victory. Butch Butcher of Buhl led the first 15 laps of the WISSOTA Super Stock feature but saw his high side run begin to wane and was ultimately overtaken by the low-riding Kevin Burdick of Hibbing who went on to score the victory. Rick Niemi of Eveleth made it known early on that he intended on winning his first career feature at Hibbing Raceway; building a large lead in the early going. Kelly Estey had other ideas as he moved in to challenge Niemi in the mid-stages of the race but Niemi was more than up to the task as he motored away as was never challenged again en route to the checkered flag.
Harry Hanson of Eveleth only led one lap of the 30 lap WISSOTA Late Model feature but it was the most important one as he beat race-long leader Jay Kintner to the finish line with a thrilling last corner pass. The race featured a lead battle that lasted nearly half of the race. The Pure Stocks provided excitement for the fans in a different form as carnage and contact was the theme throughout their main event. The race featured several spins and wrecks near the front of the field, including a skirmish between the top two running cars under caution. In the end, Victor Westerlund of Hibbing outlasted the competition to pick up the win in the war of attrition.
Northeastern Minnesota's Hibbing Raceway to Kick Off World of Outlaws Late Model Series 'Wild West Tour' in July
World of Outlaws Late Model Series 'Wild West Tour' in July
CONCORD, N.C. - April 29, 2014 - The World of Outlaws Late Model Series will race for the first time in history at Hibbing (Minn.) Raceway on Thursday, July 10, kicking off the series' Wild West Tour through the upper Midwest.
The event will feature the Outlaws battling many of the WISSOTA stars in a $10,000-to-win, 50-lap race at the 3/8-mile dirt oval in northeastern Minnesota.
"It's all people are talking about," said enthusiastic promoter Rudy Aho. "We have a big late model following, this is going to be huge."
Aho is looking forward to seeing Wisconsin's Brady Smith, a winner earlier this year against the Outlaws in Florida and a frequent competitor at Hibbing, use his knowledge of the track to thrill the crowd.
"There are great late model drivers in the upper Midwest and we're looking forward to racing with them at Hibbing," said series director Tim Christman. "Rudy is definitely excited to see how they stack up at his track against Darrell Lanigan, Rick Eckert, Tim McCreadie, Shane Clanton and all the guys."
The race at Hibbing will launch the Wild West Tour, which also includes races at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn. (July 12), Brown County Speedway in Aberdeen, S.D. (July 15), and River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D. (July 18).
For more information on Hibbing Raceway, click www.HibbingRaceway.com. For more on the World of Outlaws Late Model Series, go to www.WorldofOutlaws.com, follow on Twitter@WoOLateModels or like the series on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WorldofOutlaws.
The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: American Racing Custom Wheel (Official Custom Wheel), Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), Lincoln Welders (Official Welder), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), VP Racing Fuel (Official Racing Fuel), DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award) and McCarthy's One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (Raye Vest Memorial Pill Draw Award); in addition to contingency sponsors: Butlerbuilt, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, MSD, Ohlins Shocks, Penske Shocks, QuarterMaster, Roush Yates Performance Parts, Superflow Dynos and Wrisco Aluminum; along with manufacturer sponsors Capital Race Cars, Integra Shocks, Jake's Carts, Racing Electronics, Rocket Chassis and TNT Rescue.