Racing Legends Honored at Hibbing Raceway

posted Jul 23, 2013, 11:24 AM by Jaimie Niska

By Greg Anderson

Hibbing, MN- On Saturday evening under unusually cool mid-July skies, Hibbing Raceway honored its newest class of Hall of Fame inductees on Freddie Frand Hall of Fame Night. The 2013 class included racing legends Tom Nesbitt, Roger Carlson, and Harry “the Horsetheif” Johnson.  All three were acknowledged for their many contributions to Hibbing Raceway and Upper Midwest Motorsports in general.

The racing program opened with a make-up Pure Stock feature from June22 and current point leader Mike Blevins of Hibbing raced to his season leading fifth win. Blevins charged from the fourth row to overtake Vic Westerlund for the lead on lap 11. Following heat races and Hall of Fame ceremonies, Matt Anderson of Hibbing kicked off regular feature racing action with a win the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds. Anderson took the lead from Jeff Forseen on lap 7 and held off a late charge from Don Smith for his second win of the year in Hibbing.

Andy Davey of Hibbing continued his string of strong runs in the WISSOTA Super Stock division as he scored his second victory in as many weeks. Davey raced past early leader Jeremy Fink and never looked back. In the process, Davey took a one point lead over second place finisher Derek Vesel in the track championship battle. Jeff Hart of Hibbing emerged from a three wide battle with race leader Jeff Broking and current point leader Kelly Estey to win the WISSOTA Modified feature.

Harry Hanson of Eveleth charged from the eight starting position to score the win in the WISSOTA Late Models. In a race that saw three different leaders, Hanson charged past leader and Mike Baumgardner Memorial Champion Jeff Massingill to pick up the win.  Josh Loucks of Carlton made his first ever visit to Hibbing Raceway pay off by picking up the feature win in the Pure Stocks to close out the evening. For much of the race, Loucks had a spirited battle with make-up feature winner Mike Blevins and ultimately held off a last lap charge from 25th starting Eric Anderson to come away victorious.

Racing continues on Saturday, July 27, with regular WISSOTA racing and the 2nd Annual Shopping Cart Races (for fans), and then on Tuesday, July 30, for the second and final Auto Value Enduro of 2013. Then on Saturday, August 3, for the Inaugural Mining Association of Minnesota Night/American Cancer Society Pack the Stands Night. For more information, visit or call (218) 262-2324.



WISSOTA Late Models: Feature- Harry Hanson, Greg Ferris, Kyle Peterlin, Travis Budisalovich, Tom Wasleski, Kyle Gavel, Kevin Carlson, George Ledin, Zach Wohlers, Don Frider, Mark Heinle, Lou Cianni, Greg Hill, Mike Vadjl, Tim Carlson, Jim Morris, Jeff Pro vinzino, Roger Paolo


WISSOTA Modifieds: Feature- Jeff Hart, Jeff Broking, Kelly Estey, Jeff Wood, Bob Broking, Jamie Davis, Cory Sersha, Johnny Broking, Devin Vanhouse, Brad Hanson, Marc Damjanovich, Rick Cannata, Skeeter Estey, Rick Niemi, Ken Mosteller, Paul Schultz, John Baltich, John Carpenter


WISSOTA Super Stocks: Feature- Andy Davey, Derek Vesel, Kevin Burdick, Tom Cianni, Tyler Kintner, Jeremy Fink, Dalton, Bob Kintner, Andy Labarge, Kevin Salin, John Toppozini, Steve Stavenger, Frank Paolo, Norm Heiskanen, Bob Preble, Loren Tardy, Tristan Labarge, Eric Pierzina, Rick Simpson, Trevor Arens


WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds: Feature- Matt Anderson, Don Smith, Jeff Forseen, Nick Daronco, Devin Vanhouse, Willy Thompson, Andy Davey, Bill Matzdorf, Dale Suomala, Dan Wilson, Justin Bassa, Andy Lubovich, Jori Hugues, Chad Vanduker, Dylan Miller, Cody Fox, Skeeter Estey, Pat Bolden, Mack Estey, Jerry Vesel, Jayme Lautigar


Pure Stocks: Feature- Josh Loucks, Eric Anderson, Gary Ruzich, Mike Blevins, Vic Westerlund, Gene Schultze, Mike Ryan, Steve Reini, Tyler Chrysler, Dave White, Margo Butcher, Mitch Cannata, Lee Ruzich, Stephen Erickson, Spencer Sorenson, Nick Cimermancic, Josh Clark, Jeff Ridlon, Jerry Ramey, Jarek Lamusga, Anthony Capp, Ryan Hoshal, Keith Koski, Joe Gentile