Bemidji Speedway: Racing heats up on a hot night
Bemidji is known for its annual Jaycees Water Carnival which culminates with a fireworks display over Lake Bemidji on the night of the Fourth of July. But the fireworks came early at Bemidji Speedway on Sunday night with spins, crashes and a few tempers as hot weather, hot drivers and hot cars fueled the action. The first of two complete shows was held Sunday night.
Scotty Messner and Doug VanMill both challenged dast-starting Dustin Puffe at various times, racing side by side with the leader. But Puffe held his line and picked up the win. VanMill, Mark Johnson and Messner trailed the winner.
Joel Harvey worked his way throgh traffic from his third-row start and won the feature, followed by Wade Schmidt, Bill Beaulieu, Mike Johnson and Bill Chaboyea.
Tim LaVoi made his initial trip to Bemidji Speedway pay off, taking his pole position start to the front and staying there to the end. Andy Swartz, Rick Watson, Becky Barrett and Billy Smith made up the top five finishers.
Skyler Smih took the checkered flag after taking the lead on a restart. He was followed by Ryan Studanski, Craig Larson, Chris Dudley and Adam Johnson.
In another wild, crash-filled feature, Brett Schmidt held on to win his first feature of the season. He was followed by Tyler Kintner, Dalton Carlson, Gary Nelson Jr. and Tristan LaBarge.
Bransen Kellen built a huge lead and held off the field to win the feature. He was followed by Tom Sabraski, Tom Kellen, Justin Schneider and Mitchell Hriber.
The Bemidji Hornet class had the crowd gasping as they watched the wild action on the track which resulted in the black flagged being used. Jordan Thayer outlasted Andy Hanson for the win with Weston Ramsrud and Joe Doti finishing third and fourth.
Feature - Dustin Puffe, Doug VanMill, Mark Johnson, Scotty Messner
Heat 1 - D. VanMill, M. Johnson, S. Messner, D. Puffe
Bemidji Pure Stocks
Feature - Joel Harvey, Wade Schmidt, Bill Beaulieu, Mike Johnson, Bill Chaboyea, Troy Hemphill, Chad Puschinsky, Mike Johnson, Jesse Lutgen, Cory Peterson
Heat 1 - W. Schmidt, T. Hemphill, C. Puschinsky, J. Lutgen, M.Johnson
Heat 2 - J. Harvey, B. Beaulieu, B. Chaboyea, C. Peterson, J. Bush
Bemidji Mini Stocks
Feature - Tim LaVoi, Andy Swartz, Rick Watson, Becky Barrett, Billy Smith, Ev Barrett
Heat 1 - A. Swartz, T. LaVoi, B. Smith, R. Watson, B. Barrett
Wissota Midwest Modifieds
Feature - Skyler Smith, Ryan Studanski, Craig Larson, Chris Dudley, Adam Johnson, Matt Bartz, Jacob Wilde, Al Johnson, Dylan Miller, Matt Schow
Heat 1 - C. Larson, B. Bahr, D. Mullen, D. Platow, M. Bartz
Heat 2 - A. Johnson, C. Dudley, S. Smith, M. Schow, M. Wilson
Wissota Super Stocks
Feature - Brett Schmidt, Tyler Kintner, Dalton Carlson, Gary Nelson Jr, Tristan LaBarge, Josh Anderson, Dale Lindell, Keith Keena, Gordie Lancaster, RJ Roupke
Heat 1 - B. Schmidt, T. Kintner, D. Carlson, D. Lindell, G. Lancaster
Heat 2 - T. LaBarge, G. Nelson Jr, J. Anderson, RJ Roepke, K. Keena
Wissota Mod Fours
Feature - Branden Kellen, Tom Sabraski, Tom Kellen, Justin Schneider, Mitchell Hriber, Mike Margl, Fran Hauber, Tonja Stranger, Cody Fox, Jon Greochwill
Heat 1 - C. Schwinn, B. Kellen, M. Hriber, F. Hauber, B. Higginbotham
Heat 2 - T. Sabraski, C. Fox, J. Schneider, T. Kellen, T. Stranger
Feature - Jordan Thayer, Andy Hanson, Weston Ramsrud, JR Doti