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.