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Bemidji Speedway caps season with 43rd annual Paul Bunyan Stampede

The racing season came to an official end at Bemidji Speedway with the 43rd running of the Paul Bunyan Stampede on Sunday.

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Devyn Weleski and Deryk Weleski wave the American flag during the 43rd annual Paul Bunyan Stampede on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, at Bemidji Speedway.
Lisa Rhen / Special to the Pioneer
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BEMIDJI -- The racing season came to an official end at Bemidji Speedway with the 43rd running of the Paul Bunyan Stampede on Sunday.

With a steady rain starting an hour before the green flag was to drop on Saturday, the first day of racing was washed out. But over 130 drivers and crews held on for a much brighter day on Sunday.

Northern Renegade Sprint Feature

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Chris Lewis won the Northern Renegade Sprints feature at the 43rd annual Paul Bunyan Stampede on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, at Bemidji Speedway.
Lisa Rhen / Special to the Pioneer

Zach Olson and Brian Trembath led the sprints to the green flag, with Olson taking the early lead over Jesse Grife and Allen Stettner. Veteran driver Ken Hron was soon moving up into the action, powering into second as Stettner moved up to take the lead from Olson. Following a red flag, Stettner controlled the restart with Chris Lewis and Hron close behind in wild action. Another caution on the back straight created one last caution and restart, and Stettner and Lewis battled for the lead until Lewis secured the lead and took the checkered flag. Stettner, Adam Sobolik, Hron and Jeremy Lizakowski made up the top five.

Wissota Pure Stock Feature

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Michael Roth won the Pure Stocks feature at the 43rd annual Paul Bunyan Stampede on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, at Bemidji Speedway.
Lisa Rhen / Special to the Pioneer

The Pure Stocks were led by polesitter Michael Roth and Nate Zanter. The start of the race was marred by a multi-car crash on the front straight, taking out several cars before the race made it to the first turn. Once the race went green, it was Roth out front with Jake Smith, Josh Berg, Austin Carlson, and Deryk Weleski in the top five. Several more spins, crashes and delays slowed the racing, but once the action resumed, Josh raced up to challenge the leader. The last few laps were thrilling, and the final lap saw Berg and Roth fighting to the finish line. In the end, Roth won by a nose in a great finish. Berg was second, Carlson third, Billy Binkley fourth and Weleski fifth.

Bemidji Mini Stocks Feature

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Cory Nelson won the Mini Stocks feature at the 43rd annual Paul Bunyan Stampede on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, at Bemidji Speedway.
Lisa Rhen / Special to the Pioneer

Brandon Hunter and Conrad Schwinn led the Bemidji Mini Stocks to the green flag. After two failed attempts at a start, it was Schwinn gaining the lead over Hunter with Cory Nelson third. Nelson quickly raced inside to take second, with Ashton Schwinn moving up into third before another caution slowed the race once again. The race resumed with Nelson out front, Conrad Schwinn in second, Shannon George charging up through traffic into third and Kalin Honer in fourth. The final lap belonged to Nelson as he took the checkered flag for his first-ever win. Schwinn, George, Honer and Hayden Engen made up the top five.

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Wissota Midwest Modified Feature

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Aaron Blacklance won the Midwest Modifieds feature at the 43rd annual Paul Bunyan Stampede on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, at Bemidji Speedway.
Lisa Rhen / Special to the Pioneer

Twenty Midwest Modifieds roared on track, led by Eric Anderson and multi-time Stampede winner Aaron Blacklance in the front row. The battle for the lead on lap one was three-wide with Blacklance, Anderson and Joey LaValley. Blacklance secured the top spot before the first of several cautions slowed the race for a restart, which sent LaValley to the rear of the field. When racing resumed, Blacklance was out front and ahead of Anderson and Skyler Smith. Connor Drewry raced inside to take third, but Alan Olafson raced up and took the spot before another caution slowed the race once again. Blacklance led the entire race and drove into Victory Lane for the third time in his career. Smith, Olafson, Drewry, and Jeff Reed made up the top five.

Wissota Hornet Feature

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Justin Barsness won the Hornets feature at the 43rd annual Paul Bunyan Stampede on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, at Bemidji Speedway.
Lisa Rhen / Special to the Pioneer

Twenty-three Hornets drove onto the track with Payton Edelman and Chad Reller leading the pack. Reller raced to the lead with Ryder Gangl, Justin Barsness and Brant Gruba trailing. Barsness drove low on the track, passing Gangl for second before a caution slowed the race for a restart. The restart had Reller out front, followed by Barsness, Alex Aderman, Ellen Lange, Gangl and Travis Olafson in a tight bunch fighting for positions. The red flag waved when Keegan Kough was sent flying in the air upside down on the front straight. Kough was OK but pushed to the pits. The race was given a green-white-checkered finish with Barsness charging up to challenge Reller for the win, and he dove inside in turn four and beat Reller to the finish line by a nose. Aderman, Gangl and Olafson rounded out the top five.

Wissota Mod Four Feature

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Skyler Smith won the Mod Fours feature at the 43rd annual Paul Bunyan Stampede on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, at Bemidji Speedway.
Lisa Rhen / Special to the Pioneer

A small but determined field of Wissota Mod Fours were next, with Conrad Schwinn on the pole and Dean Shaver to the right. Schwinn powered to the lead with Skyler Smith, Blake Erickson, Shaver and Don Teske trailing. Smith eventually raced inside and into the lead, and he never let up. Smith took the feature win ahead of Erickson, Schwinn, Shaver and Teske.

Wissota Super Stock Feature

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Garrett Masurka won the Super Stocks feature at the 43rd annual Paul Bunyan Stampede on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, at Bemidji Speedway.
Lisa Rhen / Special to the Pioneer

The Wissota Super Stocks were next on the track, with Karter Reents on the pole and Dalton Carlson to his right. The first lap was a door-to-door battle between Reents and Carlson, neither giving an inch to the other. Carlson eventually moved to the front, but an early caution sent him to the pits for a tire change, and he returned tailback for the restart. Reents moved into the lead, followed by Fritz Myers, Garrett Masurka, Doug VanMill and Jeffrey Frey. On the restart, Myers and Masurka split on either side of the leader Reents, and Masurka powered to the lead. Carlson made a quick comeback from the tailback position to regain fourth on the track. Masurka picked up the win with Myers, Reents, Carlson and Frey in the top five.

Wissota Modified Feature

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Johnny Broking won the Modifieds feature at the 43rd annual Paul Bunyan Stampede on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, at Bemidji Speedway.
Lisa Rhen / Special to the Pioneer

The Wissota Modifieds were led by Johnny Broking and John Farrington in row one. Farrington powered to the lead on the outside with Broking, Keith Koski and Nic Jacobson tailing. Brock Gronwold powered up into third while Farrington and Broking put on a show for the lead, and Broking raced inside and took the lead in turn one. A few cautions slowed the race, but Broking had the lead with Gronwold, Farrington, Koski and Jacobson still in the top five. Jacobson and Doyle Erickson locked in a duel with Jeff Reed right on their tails in a tremendous race. Broking built his lead to five car lengths and claimed the feature win. Farrington regained the second spot, with Gronwold third, Koski fourth and Jacobson fifth.

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