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Waseleski Jr. collects $3,500 at Hibbing

September 4, 2011, 8:04 am
From series reports
Tom Waseleski Jr. celebrates his first Dart Challenge Series victory. (Randy Murray)
Tom Waseleski Jr. celebrates his first Dart Challenge Series victory. (Randy Murray)

HIBBING, Minn. (Sept. 3) — Polesitter Tom Waseleski Jr. of Pengilly, Minn., broke through for his first Dart Challenge Series victory on Saturday at Hibbing Raceway, earning a $3,500 victory in the Labor Day Shootout for WISSOTA Late Models.

Waseleski captured the finale on the series while Jake Redetzke's ninth-place finish was enough to wrap up his first series championship. | Slideshow

John Kaanta of Elk Mound, Wis., started alongside Waseleski and made a bid for the lead late in the race when the leader encountered slower traffic. But Waseleski held on, and Kaanta settled for second with Darrell Nelson of Hermanton, Minn., in third. Adam Hensel of Barron, Wis., rallied from his 16th starting spot for fourth and Harry Hanson of Eveleth, Minn., rounded out the top five finishers.

Action continues Sunday at Hibbing with the second day of the 33rd annual Labor Day Shootout, including a non-touring Late Model event.

Labor Day Shootout: (1) Tom Waseleski Jr., (2) John Kaanta, (3) Darrell Nelson, (4) Adam Hensel, (5) Harry Hanson, (6) Lance Matthees, (7) Terry Lillo, (8) Todd Gehl, (9) Jake Redetzke, (10) Ryan Aho, (11) Kevin Carlson, (12) Tim McMann, (13) Darin Meierotto, (14) Don Copp, (15) Tim Carlson, (16) Mark Heinle, (17) Roger Paolo, (18) Cory Jorgenson, (19) Eric Breeschoten, (20) Jeff Provinzino, (21) Jay Kinter, (22) Brady Smith, (23) A.J. Diemel, (24) Rick Hanestad, (25) Kyle Peterlin. Heat race winners (among 41 cars): Hanson, Kaanta, Hanestad, Carlson. Consolation winners: Breeschoten, Redetzke.

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