Paul Bunyan Stampede climaxes Bemidji Speedway racing season
Last weekend more than 100 drivers converged on the Bemidji Speedway for the 27th annual Paul Bunyan Stampede.
Nationally ranked drivers like Dan Ebert in the Wissota Midwest Modified class made it pay off with clean sweeps both days.
Starting on the outside front row Kelly Hagel used his starting position to propel himself into the lead over fellow front row starter Tim Johnson.
The two competitors maintained those positions at the end of the race. Scotty Messner finished third, John Kallas fourth and Dan McNamee fifth.
The first pass of the race came quickly and Rob VanMil passing moved to the front with Dean Larson claiming second place.
A series of spins slowed the action late in the race but VanMil held on for the win followed by Larson, Conrad Schwin, Bryce Bjerken, and Tommy McGough.
A tremendous field of Midwest Modifieds roared onto the track and, after a caution and restart, Dan Ebert passed Travis Saurer for the lead. He maintained it the rest of the way to win the feature.
Saurer finished second with Ricky Jacobson, Johnny Broking, and Skyler Smith completing the top five.
A multi-car crash and a series of cautions slowed the pace but after the final restart Tim Johnson assumed the lead for good.
Jay Kintner, Gordie Lancaster, Dale Lindell and Tristan Labarge completed the top five
Bemidji Speedway Pure Stock point leader Bill Chaboyea took his outside front row start to the lead and never looked back in picking up the feature win. Saturday winner Brenden Jensen was second with Dylan Miller, Joel Harvey and Mike Macadams making the top five.
Looking for a clean sweep of the minis Tim LaVoi had the lead until late in the race his car slowed to a stop on the back straight giving the lead over to Corey Pourrier who claimed the feature win. Steve Walentiny, Reed Matthees, Andy Swartz, and Adam Olson trailed
Josh Seeleye-Sautbine missed a weekend clean sweep by one heat win. But he won both features as he made one pass on Sunday night to take the lead and the win over Joe Doti who finished second. Cody Buchanan, Cody Krueth, and John Aderman made up the top five.
The annual Bemidj Speedway awards banquet has been scheduled for the Bemidji Eagles Club on Nov. 20th. Social hour begins at 4:30 p.m., steak or shrimp dinner at 6 p.m. and the awards at 7:30 p.m. For more information or tickets contact Mel or Idella Hayes.
Feature - Todd Wooden, Mark Johnson, Scotty Messner, Kelly Hagel, John Kallas, Jack Peterson, Josh Beaulieu, Dustin Puffe, Dan McNamee, Howard Kropuenske
Heat 1 - Scott Messner, Mark Johnson, Jack Peterson, Howard Kropuenske, Daryl Passerie
Heat 2 - J. Kallas, T. Wooden, K. Hagel, D. Hettinga, D. Puffe
Wissota Mod Fours
Feature - Conrad Schwin, Tommy Sabraski, Fran Hauber, Cody Fox, Brady LaVoi, Chad Fundt, Jim Maurer, Darrin Lawler, Mike Hart, Brandon Kellen
Heat 1 - T. Sabraski, B. Kellen, F. Hauber, C. Schwin, C. Fox
Heat 2 - C. Fundt, D. Lawler, M. Margl, J. Maurer, T. Stranger
Wissota Midwest Modifieds
Feature - Dan Ebert, Mike Bader, Johnny Broking, Ricky Jacobson, Skyler Smith, Doug VanMill, Adam Johnson, Gary Nelson Jr, Kyle Koenig, Ken Perry
Heat 1 - B. Bahr, C. Koenig, J. Hettinga, K. Koenig, G. Nelson Jr
Heat 2 - S. Smith, J. Broking, M. Bader, M. Sparby, N. Davis
Heat 3 - D. Ebert, A. Johnson, D. VanMill, J. Davis, J. Norman
Wissota Super Stocks
Feature - Bob Kintner, Jay Kintner, Bret Schmidt, Tyler Kintner, Bret Dulas, John Browner, Dale Lindell, Gordie Lancaster, Dalton Carlson, Jeff Braver
Heat 1 - D. Carlson, J. Braver, J. Anderson, K. Keena, G. Lancaster
Heat 2 - Jay Kintner, J. Forte, S. Messner, J. Browner, T. Kintner
Heat 3 - B. Schmidt, D. Lindell, B. Kintner, B. Dulas, J. Bettin
Feature - Brenden Jensen, Corey Peterson, Bill Beaulieu, Dylan Miller, Bill Chaboyea, Mike MacAdams, Keith Koski, Mike Johnson, Joel Harvey, Chad Puschinsky
Heat 1 - B. Jensen, C. Peterson, C. Puschinsky, M. Glynn, K. Koski
Heat 2 - M. MacAdams, J. Larson, S. Reini, B. Chaboyea, B. Beaulieu
Feature - Tim LaVoi, Reed Matthees, Corey Pourrier, Chad Fundt, Adam Olson, Chris Dudley, Andy Swartz, Matt Everts, Steve Walentiny, John Aderman
Heat 1 - T. Lavoi, B. Dudly, R. Matthees, S. Walentiny, C. Pourrier
Heat 2 - A. Olson, A. Swartz, C. Dudley, C. Fundt, T. Vasecky
Feature - Josh Seeleye-Suatbine, Cody Krueth, John Aderman, Cody Buchanan, Joe Doti
Heat 1 - J. Bush, J. Seeleye-Sautbine, J. Doti, J. Aderman, A. Hanson
Feature - Kelly Hagel, Tim Johnson, Scotty Messner, John Kallas, Dan McNamee, Darryl Dasserie, Howard Kropuenske, Todd Wooden, Josh Beaulieu, Mark Glynn.
Heat 1 - M. Johnson, J. Kallas, K. Hagel, D. Mcnamee, H. Kropuenske
Heat 2 - T. Johnson, T. Wooden, J. Beaulieu, D. Hettinga, S. Messner
Wissota Mod Fours
Feature - Rob VanMil, Dean Larson, Conrad Schwin, Bryce Bjerken, Tommy McGough, Darrin Lawler, Cody Fox, Chad Fundt, James Maurer, Tonja Stranger
Heat 1 - D. Larson, F. Hauber, T. Sabraski, T. McGough, C. Fox
Heat 2 - C. Schwin, T. Larson, D. Lawler, B. Kellen, C. Fundt
Heat 3 - R. VanMil, B. Bjerken, B. LaVoi, C. Pourrier, M. Hart
Wissota Midwest Modifieds
Feature - Dan Ebert, Travis Saurer, Ricky Jacobson, Johnny Broking, Skyler Smith, Corey Koenig, Brandon Bahr, Doug VanMill, Ken Perry, Adam Johnson
Heat 1 - R. Pavlichek, S. Smith, D. VanMill, J. Norman, K. Koenig
Heat 2 - R. Jacobson, A. Johnson, J. Broking, K. Perry, G. NelsonJr
Heat 3 - D. Ebert, T. Saurer, J. Hettinga, C. Koenig, B. Bahr
Wissota Super Stocks
Feature - Tim Johnson, Jay Kintner, Gordie Lancaster, Dale Lindell, Tristan Labarge, Jim Bettin, Jean Forte, RJ Roepke, Bret Dulas, Dalton Carlson
Heat 1 - R. Love, G. Lancaster, D. Lindell, B. Dulas, M Troumbly,
Heat 2 - T. Johnson, B. Kintner, J. Anderson, T. Labarge, RJ Roepke
Heat 3 - J. Kintner, B. Schmidt,. J. Bettin, D. Carlson, S. Messner
Feature - Bill Chaboyea, Brenden Jensen, Dylan Miller, Joel Harvey, Mike MacAdams, Chad Puschinsky, Bill Beaulieu, Keith Koski, Mark Glynn, Corey Peterson
Heat 1 B. Chaboyea, J. Harvey, B. Beaulieu, B. Jensen, K. Koski
Heat 2 - C. Puschinsky, M. MacAdams, C. Peterson, D. Miller, P. Jerry
Feature - Corey Pourrier, Steve Walentiny, Reed Matthees, Andy Swartz, Adam Olson, John Aderman, Leahna Barrett, Chad Fundt, Gary Nelson Jr. Don Kolkin
Heat 1 - T. LaVoi, C. Fundt, S. Walentiny, L. Barrett, N. Fleming,
Heat 2 - J. Aderman, C. Pourrier, A. Swartz, R. Matthees, G. Nelson Jr.
Feature - Josh Seeleye-Sautbine, Joe Doti, Cody Buchanan, Cody Krueth, John Aderman
Heat 1 - J. Doti, C. Krueth, J. Seeleye-Sautbine, C. Buchanan, J. Aderman