Massingill grabs first career NLRA victory
HIBBING, Minn. (June 29) — Outside front-row starter Jeff Massingill of Keewatin, Minn., raced to his first Northern LateModel Racing Association victory Saturday at Hibbing Raceway, pocketing a career-high $3,500.
Massingill took the checkers ahead of pole-starting Dustin Strand of Grand Forks, N.D., while Pat Doar of New Richmond, Wis., was third. Tom Waseleski Jr. of Pengilly, Minn., and hometown driver Kyle Peterlin rounded out the top five finishers in the second of three weekend NLRA events.
Joey Pederson of East Grand Forks, N.D., winner of the previous two NLRA races, finished 10th after starting outside the 12th row in the Mike Baumgardner Memorial, a race honoring a long-time Hibbing fan who died last year.
Notes: Massingill’s Rocket Chassis is powered by a Tesar Engineeering Racing Engine and sponsored by Provinzino Race Cars. ... He’s the first first-time NLRA winner of the season. ... Twenty-two of 28 starters were running at the finish. ... Among drivers failing to make the feature lineup: Billy Michaelsohn, Norman Olson, Mike Vajdl, Louis Cianni, Jim Morris, Aaron Lillo, Harry Hanson, Trevor Wilson, Steve Anderson, Roger Paolo, Jordan Heiman and Scott Herrick. ... NLRA competitors head to Emo (Ontario) Speedway on Sunday.
MIke Baumgardner Memorial: (1) Jeff Massingill, (2) Dustin Strand, (3) Pat Doar, (4) Tom Waseleski Jr., (5) Kyle Peterlin, (6) Terry Lillo, (7) Zach Wohlers, (8) Brad Seng, (9) George Ledin Jr., (10) Joey Pederson, (11) Kyle Gavel, (12) Gregg Hill, (13) Travis Budisalovich, (14) Tom Waseleski Sr., (15) Riley Matthews, (16) Mark Heinel, (17) Mike Balcaen, (18) Jeff Provinzino, (19) Donald Frider, (20) Steve Anderson, (21) Bill Mooney, (22) Cole Schill, (23) David Esse, (24) John Henkemeyer, (25) Troy Schill, (26) Todd Gehl, (27) Christopher Olson, (28) Greg Ferris. Heat race winners (among 39 cars): Budisalovich, D. Strand, Massingill, Peterlin, Lillo. Consolation winners: Waseleski, Ferris. Provisional starters: T. Schill, Anderson, Mooney, C. Schill.
Correction: Fixes winning purse to $3,500 sted $1,100.