The granddaddy of Northland racing invitationals, the 47th annual Silver 1000, is at 7 p.m. Thursday at Proctor Speedway.

The Silver 1000 pays up to $3,550 to win for Late Models and $2,300 for Modifieds and is the annual kickoff to the invitational season, with the Wissota Classic Friday in Grand Rapids, the Labor Day Shootout this weekend in Hibbing, the Northern Nationals next weekend in Superior and the Red Clay Classic Sept. 27-28 in Ashland.

The Silver 1000 features a 40-lap Late Model feature and 30-lap Modified feature. James Giossi of Roberts, Wis., is the defending Late Model winner, while Bob Broking of Grand Rapids is the defending Modified champion.

Other contenders

Six Northland drivers are in the top 10 in the Wissota Late Model national points standings: Deven VanHouse of Silver Bay, in his rookie year in the class, is third, followed by Terry Lillo of Duluth, fourth, Jeff Massingill of Keewatin, fifth, Kevin Carlson of Hermantown, sixth, Kyle Peterlin of Hibbing, eighth, and Derek Vesel of Hibbing, 10th

Johnny Broking of Grand Rapids is fifth in the Wissota Modified national points standings, while Jody Bellefeuille of Duluth is eighth.