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Hill and Peterlin Score Late Model Mains on Hall of Fame Night (7-26-14)

posted Jul 28, 2014, 2:48 PM by janice daronco

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 

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 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

WISSOTA Modifieds:

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

Pure Stocks:

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

Davey Doubles in Hibbing (7-19-14)

posted Jul 22, 2014, 6:48 AM by janice daronco

 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 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


WISSOTA Modifieds:

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


Pure Stocks:

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


Pure Stocks:

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

Mars & Mass Triumphant Returns (7-10-14)

posted Jul 16, 2014, 3:31 PM by janice daronco   [ updated Jul 16, 2014, 3:34 PM ]

By Greg Anderson 

 Hibbing, MN- In front of a near capacity crowd at Hibbing Raceway, the World of Outlaws Late Models made their first ever visit and it was a night to remember for Jimmy Mars of Menomonie, Wisconsin and the massive crowd on hand. Mars, making his laps around the Hibbing Raceway since 1996, fell back to fourth in the early going of the 50 lap $10,000 to win event but found his groove in the mid-stages to charge forward and overtake series point leader Darrell Lanigan of Union, Kentucky. From there, Mars managed traffic expertly and never looked back en route to an emotional win that was dedicated to a fallen friend. Mars was followed to the finish line by Tim McCreadie of Watertown, New York and early leader Lanigan.

While the World of Outlaws Late Models may have been the main draw Thursday in Hibbing, the WISSOTA Super Stocks and Pure Stocks also raced for increased stakes in front of the near capacity crowd. Following occasional WISSOTA racer and past Labor Day Shootout Champion Jimmy Mars' victory celebration, the Super Stocks took to the track and provided their own bit of excitement. Kevin Burdick and Derek Vesel paced the field and it didn't take long for Burdick to take over the top spot. While several drivers scrambled behind Dave Mass was on the move as he snuck forward from the third row. Behind Mass, Tyler Kintner also raced froward from the fifth row and after mid-race cautions, Mass turned up the heat on the leader Burdick. Burdick fended off Mass's advances and he maintined his low line. On the final lap however, that all changed when Mass surged around the outside of the race long leader and beat Burdick back to the line for the dramatic win. The win for the former Labor Day Shootout Champion was his first in Hibbing in his first visit of the year. 

The Pure Stocks closed out the historic evening Jeremy Theisen and Gary Ruzich holding down the front row. Early on, Ruzich jumped in front of Theisen while Margo Butcher and Steve Udeen raced closely behind. Ruzich continued to lead and after an early caution, he was able to stretch his lead while Mike Blevins charged into contention. After winning a battle for second with Theisen, Blevins looked to the leader who had built his cushion but was entering traffic. In traffic, Blevins was able to close the gap but his last lap bid came up short as Ruzich cruised to the win. 

Racing on Saturday, July 19 for American Cancer Society Pack the Stands Night will be presented by Cliffs Natural Resources, Triumph Twist Drill, MTD Real Estate, General Waste, Tom & Jerry's Bar, and Portable John. For more information, visit or call (218) 262=2324 


World of Outlaws Late Models:
Feature- Jimmy Mars, Tim McCreadie, Darrell Lanigan, Morgan Bagley, Chub Frank, Rick Eckert, Brady Smith, Donny Schatz, Shane Clanton, Frankie Heckanast Jr, Chase Junghans, Lance Matthees, Jeff Provinzino, Harry Hanson, John Kaanta, Clint Smith, Eric Wells, Boom Briggs, Pat Doar, Brent Larson, Jordan Yaggy, Tim Fuller, Jeff Massingill, Jason Krohn

WISSOTA Super Stocks: 
Feature- Dave Mass, Kevin Burdick, Tyler Kintner, Andy Davey, Butch Butcher, Tristan Labarge, Bob Kintner, Curt Myers, Kyle Oman, Mike Zasadini, Dan Severson, Steve Stavenger, Wayne Stricker, Kevin Salin, Andy Labarge, Trevor Arens, Kenny Swart 

Pure Stocks: 
Feature- Gary Ruzich, Mike Blevins, Jeremy Theisen, Dylan Miller, Steve Udeen, Michael Haben, Cody Herrick, Matthew Cunha, Nick Cimmermancic, Ryan Anderson, Pete Travica, Robert Adair, Dave White, Shauna Erickson, Stephen Erickson, Keith Koski, Chad Carlson, Patrick Jerry, Margo Butcher, Victor Westerlund 

Fresh Faces Find "Paydirt" (7-5-14)

posted Jul 8, 2014, 11:02 AM by janice daronco

 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 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

Pure Stocks:

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

Seng Captures Terzich/Maki Invitational (6-21-14)

posted Jun 24, 2014, 3:35 PM by janice daronco   [ updated Jun 24, 2014, 3:36 PM ]

 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 or call (218) 262-2324


WISSOTA Late ModelsFeature- 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

Repeat Winners Emerge in Hibbing (6-7-14)

posted Jun 10, 2014, 4:50 PM by janice daronco   [ updated Jun 10, 2014, 4:52 PM ]

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 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

WISSOTA Modifieds:

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

Pure Stocks:

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

Five New Winners Highlight Night Two

posted Jun 5, 2014, 8:59 AM by janice daronco

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

posted Apr 30, 2014, 12:30 PM by Jaimie Niska   [ updated Apr 30, 2014, 12:31 PM ]

Northeastern Minnesota's Hibbing Raceway to Kick Off
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 For more on the World of Outlaws Late Model Series, go to, follow on Twitter@WoOLateModels or like the series on Facebook at

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), (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.

Track Championships Settled in Hibbing

posted Aug 27, 2013, 8:14 AM by Jaimie Niska   [ updated Aug 27, 2013, 8:14 AM ]

By Greg Anderson

Hibbing, MN- With the Annual Labor Day Shootout just off in the horizon, it would be easy for competitors to lose focus on the remaining night of regular racing action but there was still plenty of business to take care of on “Salute the Troops Night” presented by Liquor Cabinet and the Brickyard Bar and Grill. In addition, the Pure Stocks closed out their season with a special event after concluding point racing last week.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds pick up where they left off the previous week and featured a four car and sometimes four wide battle for the lead in the early going. Dylan Miller led the first several circuits fending off Nick Daronoco, and the Estey brothers Mack and Skeeter. While Miller held true to his bottom groove, Mack Estey ventured up top and began to pick up steam eventually racing around the leader. A couple laps later, Mack’s brother Skeeter slipped through as well. Mack however had already built a commanding lead and never looked back to pick up his second feature win of the year. By virtue of his second place finish, Skeeter Estey clinched the track title for the second time.

Due to the Powder Puff races later in the evening and the fact the Pure Stocks were racing their special event, the feature was bumped up in the running order. Ryan Anderson and Michael Blevins brought the 24 car field to life and Blevins took the point at the drop of the green. Seven cautions marred the race and so racing over the 25 lap main event was done mostly in short spurts. Positions behind Blevins changed nearly every restart and eventually two time winner Gary Ruzich found his way into second. Ruzich attempted to challenge the leader late in the race but was unable to and began to backslide as laps wound down. Jerry Ramey retook second from Ruzich and Kevin Davey came along to take third. The running order remained the same to the finish as Blevins put a cap on his dominating season. Shaina Rapp later scored the win in the Pure Stock Powder Puff race.

Much like the Pure Stocks, the WISSOTA Super Stocks seemed to struggle to find a hold on the race track. Their struggles didn’t come in the form of cautions but they were only able to utilize the bottom groove, making passing difficult once the field spread out. Andy Davey wasted little time finding that bottom groove as he moved up from the third row to move into second. In front of Davey, leader Tom Cianni had found the first several laps easy going as he cruised out front. Davey however was able to close the gap on the leader and slip underneath to take the lead. Cianni tried to rally using the middle groove but soon found he needed to move down to make any headway. Derek Vesel also moved underneath Cianni but wasn’t able to chase down the leader as Davey rolled to the win. Tyler Kintner had already clinched the track championship for the second year in a row just by taking the green flag and finished third.

The WISSOTA Modifeds entered their feature race with one of the tightest point races at the top. Kelly Estey led Jeff Hart but seven points before the drop of the green flag. Unlike the Super Stocks, the Modifieds found the high-side early on as Brad Hanson used it to blast off to the lead. Hanson quickly stretched his lead while Ricky Roche and Bob Broking battled hard behind him. Before long, 9th starting Estey joined the mix to make it  a three-car race for second. With Hanson out front comfortably, Estey snuck past Roche and Broking as they were busy slugging it out. A caution before the halfway point erased Hanson’s advantage but on the restart, Hanson went right back to work, blazing around the outside and turning down the track out of turn two. Estey kept Hanson within reach and slowly began to inch forward and by lap 18, the duo were side by side for the lead. Hanson continued to race ahead down the straights but one slight slip in turn four gave Estey the break he needed to clear Hanson and take over up front. Hanson tried to rally back to no avail as Estey score the win for the second straight week and won the track championship for the second straight year.

Much like the Super Stocks, the WISSOTA Late Model track championship was decided as the green flag flew for the feature. Harry Hanson simply had to start the race to secure enough points to be crowned champion. In the race, Jeff Provinzino charged past Gregg Hill and Zach Wohlers to lead early on. Provinzino took off from the pack leaving them to battle for second and appeared to be well on his way to a win when a mid-race caution slowed action. On the restart, third running Wohlers suddenly came to life using the top edge of the race track. Wohlers rocketed around Provinzino and began to pull away in his new found groove. Lap after lap, Wohlers grew his lead as he raced through the back of the field and he never looked back, scoring a convincing victory.

Regular racing may be concluded but there is still more action planned for Hibbing Raceway in On Saturday, September 7, the AMA Flat Track Racing group comes to town presented by Chisholm/Hibbing Path Blazers Snowmobile Club. Then there is a tentative Auto Value Enduro scheduled for Tuesday, September 10.  For more information on these two events, visit or call (218) 262-2324.


Broking Rallies in Hibbing

posted Aug 13, 2013, 1:02 PM by Jaimie Niska

By Greg Anderson

Hibbing, MN- Heading into City of Chisholm Merchant Nights at Hibbing Raceway, there many issues to be settled on many fronts, and while some have been, many items remain heading into the final weeks before the Annual Labor Day Shootout. Several point races are tight and will remain so following the evening’s racing action. 103 race teams turned out in front of another strong crowd to continue recent momentum at Hibbing Raceway.

Following go-kart racing during intermission, Jerry Vesel charged past Don Craig to lead the opening two laps of the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature before a lap 2 caution. On the restart, Skeeter Estey used the high-side to charge from fifth to first after the restart and appeared he was about to set sail but his brother Mack moved into second and began to challenge for the lead. As the brother tandem raced closely together at up front, the rest of the field was scrambled for position. Eventually Skeeter began to pull away from his brother Mack using his preferred top line and rode it all the way to the finish for the win. Mack would settle for second while Devin Vanhouse rounded out the podium in what likely vaulted him to the point lead with just two weeks remaining.

In the WISSOTA Super Stock feature, pole-sitter Reed Scott charged out to the lead and held the point over the first four laps while third row starters Kevin Burdick and Tyler Kintner moved in to challenge. A lap five caution reset the field and on the restart, Kintner used the bottom groove to find his way past into the lead. Burdick also slipped past and at times pulled alongside Kinter using the top but ultimately Kintner held strong despite several restarts in the middle of the race to pick up his second straight win. All three of the top point contenders finished within the top five in a battle that is surely to come down to the final week.

In what was likely the most entertaining race of the night, Ken Mosteller jumped out front to lead the initial two circuits before giving way to Jeff Broking after a lap three restart. With Broking out front, point leader Kelly Estey moved into second and began cutting into Broking’s lead using the high-side of the race track. Estey used that momentum to vault around Broking on lap 8 and began to edge away. Broking continued his path on the bottom was the top two separated from the rest of the field. With Estey out front by nearly ten cars on lap 15, Broking’s bottom groove began to come back to life and by lap 20, they were once again nearly side by side. Broking continued to dig on the bottom and made the winning pass with three laps remaining. Estey tried to rally to no avail as Broking rolled to his second feature win of 2013 in Hibbing.

Unlike the Modified feature, the WISSOTA Late Model feature was decided well before the late stages of the race. Tom Waseleski raced from the second row to lead the first lap while second was up for grabs between several cars. Waseleski stretched his advantage the first few laps before a lap 5 caution stopped the race. When action resumed, Jeff Provinzino moved in using the bottom groove to challenge Waseleski and took two laps to take over up front. Once out front, Provizino immediately began to stretch his lead while Waseleski fended off challenges from Travis Budisalovich and Zach Wohlers. Budisalovich found the outside of the track to his liking and moved in to second and appeared to be cutting into Provinzino’s lead. Before Budisalovich could gain touch with the leader, Provinzino again began to pull away and cruised to the finish to pick up the win.

The Pure Stocks closed out the evening in an eventual main event that featured four cautions and multiple other spins. Vic Westerlund bolted to the lead on the initial start in search of his first win of 2013 and things looked good in the early part of the race. Multiple cautions slowed action but each time, Westerlund would slip away from the hornet’s nest behind him. Several cars swapped positions but multiple cautions kept the race from gaining any flow. Every restart was a different story as the race neared the later stages, second running Joey Ramey spun forcing multiple cars to check up. Hard charging Michael Blevins took advantage as he raced around the outside to move into second while the rest of the field regrouped. Blevins immediately moved in on the leader Westerlund and made his move up high to take over. Blevins held Westerlund at bay the rest of the way to score his sixth win of the year.

Racing on Saturday, August 17 will feature increased stakes. Not only are point battles coming down to the wire, winners will receive an automatic bid to the Amsoil Race of Champions in Huron, South Dakota during the Annual WISSOTA 100 weekend. In addition, beer truck races will take place after the evening’s events and will be presented by Sunny Hill Distributors, Bud Light, and Hardees. For more information, visit or call (218) 262-2324



WISSOTA Late Models: Feature- Jeff Provinzino, Travis Budisalovich, Greg Ferris, Zach Wohlers, Tom Waseleski, Riley Matthews, Bobby Carlson, Mark Heile, Greg Hill, Kyle Gavel, Terry Lillo, Don Frider, Harry Hanson, George Ledin, Roger Paolo, Tim Carlson, Lou Cianni, Jim Morris, Jeff Massingill, Mike Vajdl, Kyle Peterlin

 Heat 1- Budisalovich, Waseleski, Hanson, Matthews, Paolo, Vajdl, Frider

Heat 2- Ferris, Gavel, Ledin, Morris, Hill, Cianni, Lillo

Heat 3- Heinle, Provinzino, Wohlers, Massingill, B.Carlson, Carlson, Peterlin


WISSOTA Modifieds: Feature- Jeff Broking, Kelly Estey, Jeff Hart, Ken Mosteller, Cory Sersha, Jeff Wood, Sam Skalsky, Brad Hanson, Ricky Roche, Paul Schultz, Cory Jorgensen, John Baltich, John Carpenter, Rick Niemi, Bob Broking, Johnny Broking, Marc Damjanovich, Josh Beaulieu, Rick Cannata

Heat 1- Jo.Broking, Je.Broking, Estey, Hart, Sersha, Niemi, Wood, Roche, Broking, Baltich

Heat 2- Skalsky, Schultz, Mosteller, Jorgensen, Cannata, Carpenter, Beaulieu, Hanson, Damjanovich


WISSOTA Super Stocks: Feature- Tyler Kintner, Kevin Burdick, Andy Davey, Reed Scott, Derek Vesel, Andy Labarge, Dalton Carlson, Jeremy Fink, Kyle Oman, Bob Kintner, Kevin Salin, John Toppozini, Loren Tardy, Eric Pierzina, Frank Paolo, Trevor Arens, Tom Ciannai, Steve Stavenger

Heat 1- Burdick, T.Kintner, Davey, Cianni, Carlson, Salin, Tardy, Toppozini, Pierzina

Heat 2- Labarge, Vesel, Kintner, Scott, Fink, Stavenger, Oman, Arens, Paolo

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds: Feature- Skeeter Estey, Mack Estey, Devin Vanhouse, Jerry Vesel, Andy Davey, Bill Matzdorf, Mark Kangas, Dan Wilson, Jesse Ogston, Dylan Miller, Don Craig, Jeff Forseen, Jori Hughes, Cody Fox, Andy Lubovich, Chad Vanduker, Mark Miller, Nick Daronco, Matt Anderson, Willy Thompson, Keith Niemi

Heat 1- Vanhouse, Craig, Davey, Ogston, Forseen, Fox, Vanduker

Heat 2- Anderson, Thompson, Vesel, Daronco, Wilson, Miller, Hughes

Heat 3- S.Estey, M.Estey, Kangas, Matzdorf, Lubovich, Miller, Neimi


Pure Stocks: Feature- Mike Blevins, Vic Westerlund, Eric Anderson, Gary Ruzich, Gene Schultze, Steve Reini, Jeremy Theisen, Tyler Chrysler, Jerry Ramey, Margo Butcher, Dave White, Jeff Ridlon, Anthony Cappo, Michael Ryan, Nick Cimermancic, Mitch Cannata, Nick Olson, Vinny Anderson, Steven Erickson, Lee Ruzich, Ryan Hoshal, Keith Koski, Joe Gentile, Spencer Sorenson

Heat 1- Blevins, Ryan, Ramey, Gentile, Theisen, Ruzich, V.Anderson, Olson

Heat 2- Ruzich, Koski, Schultze, Reini, Cannata, Cimermancic, Hoshal, Ridlon

Heat 3- E.Anderson, Chrysler, Westerlund, Sorenson, Erickson, Butcher, White, Cappo



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