Close finishes highlight Senior Citizen Night at Bemidji Speedway By Dennis Peterson
In front of a Senior Citizen Night crowd the Bemidji Speedway drivers put on a spirited display of racing which included many last-lap passes and victories.
Next Sunday the Speedway will host the Track Championship and the season point champions will be crowned. The final races of the year will be the annual Paul Bunyan Stampede on Oct. 2 and 3.
Tim LaVoi started outside pole and cruised to an easy victory. Neil Fleming, Leahna Barrett, Billy Smith and Billy Foster made up the top five.
On the last lap Joel Harvey took the lead from Dylan Miller and Harvey charged to the checkered flag. Bill Chaboyea, Corey Peterson and Bill Beaulieu completed the top five.
Coming out of turn-four on the final lap Josh Seely-Sautbine raced inside and passed Jason Bush for the win. Bush, don Kolkin, Joe Doti and Andy Hanson followed.
Brady LaVoi successfully blocked the pass of Corry VanMil on the last lap and held his position to win his first ever feature win. Tommy McGough, Brandon Kellen, and Conrad Schwin rounded out the top five.
Skyler Smith overcame a pair of cautions and the field to win his second feature in two weeks and his third overall at the Speedway.
Bret Schmidt, Rick Jacobson, Adam Johnson and Chris Dudley rounded out the top five.
Lindell took the lead at the green flag and maintained it throughout the race to collect his second feature win of the summer. Dalton Carlson, gary Nelson Jr., Scotty Messner and Andy Davey trailed.
Bemidji Speedway Results
Feature - Tim LaVoi, Neil Fleming, Leahna Barrett, Billy Smith, Billy Foster, Becky Barrett, John Aderman, Brad Dudley
Heat 1 - T. LaVoi, L. Barrett, B. Smith, N. Fleming, B. Dudley
Feature - Joel Harvey, Dylan Miller, Bill Chaboyea, Corey Peterson, Bill Beaulieu, Wade Schmidt, Patrick Jerry, Mike Johnson, Kendra Cappo
Heat 1 - J. Harvey, W. Schmidt, B. Chaboyea, C. Peterson, M. Johnson
Heat 2 - M. Glynn, B. Beaulieu, P. Jerry, D. Miller, K. Cappo
Feature - Josh Seely-Sautbine, Jason Bush, Don Kolkin, Joe Doti, Andy Hanson, John Aderman
Heat 1 - J. Doti, D. Kolkin, J. Seely-Sautbine, J. Aderman, J. Bush
Feature - Brady LaVoi, Corry VanMil, Tommy McGough, Brandon Kellen, Conrad Schwin, Fran Hauber, Darrin Lawler, Brandon Bahr, Mike Margl, Blake Higginbotham
Heat 1 - F. Hauber, M. Margl, T. McGough, B. Bahr, B. Higginbotham
Heat 2 - C. VanMil, C. Schwin, B. LaVoi, B. Kellen, D. Lawler
Feature - Skyler Smith, Bret Schmidt, Rick Jacobson, Adam Johnson, Chris Dudley, Doug VanMill, Gary James Nelson, John Shulke, Don Platow, Matt Sparby
Heat 1 - R. Jacobson, S. Smith, G. James Nelson, A. Johnson, J. Shulke
Heat 2 - B. Schmidt, D. VanMill, C. Dudley, D. Platow, M. Sparby
Feature - Dale Lindell, Dalton Carlson, Gary Nelson Jr, Scotty Messner, Andy Davey, Jerry Davis, Gordie Lancaster, Keith Keena
Heat 1 - D. Carlson, G. Nelson Jr, A. Davey, D. Lindell, J. Davis