Season ends with great races
Campfire smoke swirled skyward, footballs flew through the air, mini bikes and four wheels were in abundance over the weekend. But this wasn't a campground near a lake on a beautiful fall afternoon, it was the the 27th annual Paul Bunyan Stampede at Bemidji Speedway.
Nearly 120 drivers from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Canada brought their crews and fans to Bemidji for the end-of-the-year two-day event, racing for national points and for fun. A total of 56 races were enjoyed by all during the special weekend.
The racing was action-packed with several drivers, including Dan Ebert in the Midwest Modifieds, Brandon Kellen in Mod Fours, Mark Johnson in the Streets and Travis Sauer in the Modifieds picking up clean sweeps during the two-day show.
Mark Johnson caught Scotty Messner for the lead and hung on for the victory. Christina Wollak, Robert Young and Doug VanMill rounded out the top five.
Two of the best lined up next to each other in the Wissota A Modified feature with Travis Sauer on the pole and Shane Sabraski to his right. In the end Sauer won the race and Sabraski was second.
Chad Funt and Tim LaVoi lined up and dueled throughout the race before Funt claimed the crown. LaVoi was second with Kurt Notch, Matt Everts, and Adam Olson finishing in the top five.
A great field of Mod Fours roared onto the track. Brandon Kellen and Dustin Zieske were side-by-side going across the finish line with Kellen claiming the win by a nose, Zieske second and Conrad Schwinn third.
A 20-car field of Wissota Midwest Modifieds qualified for the feature from a field of 26 racers. Dan Ebert earned the checkered flag with Skyler Smith, Matt Weisman, Shane Sabraski and Scott Bintz in the top five.
Seth Kramer held on to pick up his first ever feature win. The Brainerd area racer was followed across the finish line by Andy Davey, Shane Sabraski, Kevin Burdick and Stephen Weber.
As a series of cautions slowed the race Kevin Davey picked off opponents racing on the high side into fourth, third and then moving into second. On the last lap Davey race high around Ron Feltus and down the front straight the two were side-by-side across the finish line with Davey claiming the victory.
A good race developed among Tim Johnson, Mark Johnson and local favorite Scotty Messner. In the end Tim Johnson claimed the first feature of the day. Mark Johnson was second and Messner third.
Following a late restart Conrad Schwinn maintained his first-place position and held on for the win. Corey VanMil found room on the high side to pass Tommy McGough for second.
Shane Sabraski took the checkered flag and Brett Schmidt was second with Scott Bintz, Dan Ebert and Ricky Jacobson filling the top five positions.
A final caution created a restart situation but didn't change the outcome as Derek Vesel held off Gary Nelson Jr. for the win.
Ricky Jacobson and Dan Ebert were side-by-side during the final laps and at the end Jacobson edged Ebert for first place. Jason Voight was third.
Brett Schmidt lined up dead last in the 16-car field but he worked his way through the field and took the checkered flag to claim the feature win in a borrowed car.
Tim LaVoi took his pole position to the front and stayed there for the feature win. Chad Funt, Adam Olson, Kurt Notch and Rick Watson took top-five honors.
The official racing season will come to an end with the annual awards banquet Jan. 21 at the Bemidji Eagles.
Wissota Street Feature - Mark Johnson, Scotty Messner, Christina Wallak, Robert Young, Doug VanMill, Jack Peterson, John Kallas, Dexton Koch, Tony Yezek, Al Sadek
Heat 1 - S. Messner, T. Yezek, J. Peterson, D. Koch, A. Sadek
Heat 2 - M. Johnson, D. VanMill, C. Wollak, R. Young, J. Beaulieu
Wissota A Modified Feature - Travis Sauer, Shane Sabraski, Jerry Esler, Jeff Broking, Ryan Canon, Ricky Jacobson, John Schulke, Dan Ebert, Paul Schultz, Adam Johnson
Heat 1 - T. Sauer, J. Broking, S. Sabraski, B. Dyrdahl, R. Canon,
Heat 2 - D. Ebert, J. Esler, R. Jacobson, P. Schultz, J. Shulke
Bemidji Mini Stocks Feature - Chad Funt, Tim LaVoi, Kurt Notch, Matt Everts, Adam Olson, Ev Barrett, Zack Peterson, Reed Mathees, Rick Watson
Heat 1 - T. LaVoi, R. Watson, Z. Peterson, E. Barrett, D. Dudley
Heat 2 - A. Olson, C. Funt, K. Notch, R. Mathees, M. Everts
Wissota Mod Four Feature - Brandon Kellen, Dustin Zieske, Conrad Schwinn, Dustin Knutson, Dean Larson, Tommy Sabraski, Chad Funt, Fran Hauber, Nathan Higginbotham
Heat 1 - D. Zieske, D. Knutson, B. Higginbotham, M. Margl, D. Larson
Heat 2 - B. Kellen, T. Sabraski, N. Higginbotham, T. Stranger, J. Mauer
Heat 3 - C. Schwinn, F. Hauber, D. Gilyard, T. Kellen, J. Erdman
Wissota Midwest Modified Feature - Dan Ebert, Skyler Smith, Matt Weisman, Shane Sabraski, Scott Bintz, Brett Schmidt, Travis Sauer, Corey Koenig, Bill Matzdorf, Ricky Jacobson
Heat 1 - R. Sauer, S. Sabraski, T. Sauer, S. Bintz, B. Bahr,
Heat 2 - M. Weisman, C. Koenig, J. Norman, B. Youderin, M. Miller
Heat 3 - S. Smith, C. Dudley, B. Schmidt, D. Lawler, R. Reed
Heat 4 - D. Ebert, B. Matzdorf, R. Jacobson, D.Miller, K. Perry
Consolation Race - B. Bahr, J. Heaviland, Z. Bruer, D. Lawler, D. Plato, K. Perry, M. Miller, J. Wilde, R. Reed, A. Johnson
Wissota Super Stock Feature - Seth Kramer, Andy Davey, Shane Sabraski, Kevin Burdick, Stephen Weber, Robert Lore, Gary Nelson Jr, Derek Vesel, Mike Vajdl, R. Kintner
Heat 1 - A. Davey, S. Kramer, S. Weber, M. Vajdl, J. Yilek
Heat 2 - G. Nelson Jr, D. Carlson, B. Dulas, B. Schmidt, R. Kintner
Heat 3 - S. Sabraski, K. Burdeck, R. Lore, D. Vesel, D. Lindell
Bemidji Pure Stock Feature - Kevin Davey, Ron Feltus, Bill Beaulieu, Mike Macadams Sr., Cory Peterson, Bill Chaboyea, Keith Koski, Mike Macadams, Joel Harvey, Jerry Rainy
Heat 1 - B. Chaboyea, W. Schmidt, B. Beaulieu, B. Isensee, J. Lutgen
Heat 2 - K. Koski, C. Peterson, R. Feltus, C. Puschinsky, M. Macadams Sr.
Heat 3 - M. Macadams, M. Johnson, K. Davey, J. Harvey, Jerry Raimey
Wissota Street Feature - Tim Johnson, Mark Johnson, Scotty Messner, Brett Schmidt, Allen Brehmer, Mark Voight, Christina Wollack, Tony Yezik, Doug VanMill, Dan MacNamee
Heat 1 - S. Messner, T. Johnson, A. Brehmer, D. VanMill, T. Yezik
Heat 2 - C. Wallack, M. Johnson, J. Kallas, B. Schmidt, J. Beaulieu
Wissota Mod Four Feature - Conrad Schwinn, Corey VanMil, Tommy McGough, Brandon Kellen, Dustin Zieske, Dwight, Gillyard, Tommy Sabraski, Fran Hauber, Jim Erdman, Nathan Higginbotham
Heat 1 - D. Zieski, B. Kellen, M. Margl, B. Higginbotham, N. Higginbotham
Heat 2 - C. VanMil, C. Schwinn, T. Sabraski, D. Larson, J. Erdman
Heat 3 - F. Hauber, C. Nehk, D. Gilyard, J. Mauer, D. Funt
Wissota Midwest Modified Feature - Shane Sabraski, Brett Schmidt, Scott Bintz, Dan Ebert, Ricky Jacobson, Travis Sauer, Skyler Smith, Matt Wiesman, Ron Sauer, Corey Koenig
Heat 1 - D. Ebert, S. Sabraski, B. Schmidt, T. Sauer, B. Youderin
Heat 2 - C. Koenig, J. Norman, M. Miller, J. Wilde, R. Reed
Heat 3 - S. Bintz, R. Jacobson, S. Smith, M. Weisman, J. Heaviland
Heat 4 - C. Dudley, R. Sauer, D. Miller, B. Bahr, R. Andring
Consy - B. Youderin, J. Heaviland, C. Koenig. T. Andring, D. Lawler, R. Reed, K. Perry, A. Johnson, D. Plato
Wissota Super stock Feature - Derek Vesel, Gary Nelson Jr, Shane Sabraski, Kevin Burdick, Matt Sparby, DaltonCarlson, Brett Dulas, Andy Davey, Robert Kintner, Dale Lindell
Heat 1 - K. Burdick, G. Nelson Jr, B Dulas, R. Kintner, B Schmidt,
Heat 2 - D. Vesel, R. Lore, S. Kramer, S. Weber, K. Keana
Heat 3 - D. Lindell, S. Sabraski, M. Sparby, D. Carlson, A. Davey
Wissota A Modified Feature - Ricky Jacobson, Dan Ebert, Jason Voight, Paul Schultz, Tim Johnson, Scott Heikkinen, Brock Gronwald, Shane Sabraski, Ryan Canon, Jeff Broking
Heat 1 - D. Ebert, S. Sabraski, J. Broking, J. Shulke, T. Johnson
Heat 2 - T. Sauer, R. Jacobson, B. Dyrdahl, T. Champlin, B. Gronwald, S. Heikkinen
Heat 3 - P. Schultz, J. Voight, M. Blood, A. Johnson, R. Canon
Pure Stock Feature - Brett Schmidt, Mike Macadams, Bill Beaulieu, Bill Chaboyea, Ron Feltus, Kevin Davey, Joel Harvey, Cory Peterson, Mike Macadams, Mike Johnson
Heat 1 - J. Harvey, K. Davey, M. Macadams Sr, K. Koski, C. Peterson
Heat 2 - B. Schmidt, R. Feltus, M. Macadams, B. Beaulieu, M. Johnson
Mini Stock Feature - Tim LaVoi, Chad Funt, Adam Olson, Kurt Notch, Rick Watson, Becky Barrett, Reed Mathees, Matt Everts, Ev Barrett
Heat 1 - T. LaVoi, K.Notch, C. Funt, R. Watson, A. Olson