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JAMESTOWN SPEEDWAY: Arneson wins Sanders tour race

Fargo's Austin Arneson (10) battles Jamestown's Jason Grimes (99) during a heat race of Saturday's IMCA Sanders Modified Challenge Tour at Jamestown Speedway. Michael Savaloja / The Sun

JAMESTOWN, N.D.—The battle for Saturday's IMCA Sanders Modified Challenge Tour race lead at Jamestown Speedway lasted just one corner.

In fact, it was over before most people could probably say the winner's name out loud: Austin Arneson.

The Fargo native blew past Marlyn Seidler high off the exit of Turn 4 to lead Lap 7 of 25, and the only thing left to do was to present the $1,000 winner's check. Arneson led the remaining 18 circuits after starting fifth, winning at Jamestown Speedway for the first time since claiming the Stock Car Stampede from the seat of a WISSOTA Modified in 2013.

"That was a blast," Arneson said. "I was pretty good early on, kinda all over the place."

Arneson first battled his way past Mike Greseth, Jamie Trautner and Rusty Kollman. Kollman and Seidler comprised the front row, with Seidler taking command at the start from the outside pole.

Seidler settled into a groove toward the bottom third of the track, leaving the door open for Arneson's blue No. 10 and heavy right foot.

"It was good until Austin showed up," said Seidler, the 64-year-old racing icon from Underwood, N.D., who won a pair of features in Jamestown on July 22. "I saw him down on the bottom just when the caution (on Lap 2) came out. I went down there and felt it, and it felt pretty good, so I thought I'd better guard that for awhile until somebody shows up."

Arneson turned the quickest lap of the race in 16.274 seconds, a full tenth quicker than Seidler, who finished second. Greseth wound up third, while Dave Shipley charged all the way from 18th to fourth.

"Greseth's good on the bottom, Marlyn's good all over and Kollman was good on top. I just kinda split them and it worked and we got momentum going," Arneson said. "In these deals—quick 25-lappers—the guy in the front sets the pace and he can do what he wants, so it was crucial to make the split early on and get the lead and control it."

Arneson is also controlling the tour's points lead with one race remaining. The driver is currently nine points ahead of Shipley and 13 points better than Tyler Peterson.

Lucas Rodin and Greseth are 19 and 21 points off the pace, respectively. The four-night Sanders tour wraps up tonight (Sunday) at Buffalo River Race Park in Glyndon, Minn.

Arneson started the tour Thursday with a fifth-place run at Norman County Raceway in Ada, Minn. He followed that up with a second-place effort Friday in West Fargo.

"Show up, have all the wheels tight and don't get any 'dammits,'" Arneson smiled. "Just have a good, solid run. I'm not very good at Buffalo River, I've been there one time—last year—and didn't run very well, so we'll see how it shakes out tomorrow."

Jamestown's Arin Beyer won for the first time in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds on Saturday. Beyer's story and more can be found in Monday's print edition of The Jamestown Sun.

Sanders Modified Challenge Tour

Points Standings

Top 10

1. Austin Arneson, Fargo, 115; 2. Dave Shipley, Argusville, N.D., 106; 3. Tyler Peterson, Hickson, N.D., 102; 4. Lucas Rodin, Marion, N.D., 96; Michael Greseth, Harwood, N.D., 94; 6. Dale Kraling, Mayville, N.D., 89; 7. Rob VanMil, Barnesville, Minn., 88; 8. Cale Arneson, Fargo, 85; 9. Michael Johnson, Moorhead, Minn., 84; 10. Trent Grager, Carrington, N.D., 81.

Jamestown Speedway

Saturday's Results

IMCA Sanders Modified Challenger Tour

Feature: 1. Austin Arneson; 2. Marlyn Seidler; 3. Mike Greseth; 4. Dave Shipley; 5. Trent Grager; 6. Jason Grimes; 7. Rusty Kollman; 8. Josh Eberhardt; 9. Tyler Peterson; 10. Cale Arneson; 11. Rob VanMil; 12. John Corell; 13. Jarrett Carter; 14. Jamie Trautner; 15. Lucas Rodin; 16. Michael Johnson; 17. Myles Tomlinson; 18. Dale Kraling; 19. Greg Friestad; 20. Tyler Hall; 21. Cody Peterson; 22. Troy Heupel; 23. Lance Schilling; 24. Tracy Domagala, DNF.

Consi 1: 1. Domagala; 2. Johnson; 3. Corell; 4. Justin Jones; 5. Rich Pavlicek; 6. Brad Hartigan; 7. Joey Rowell; 8. Marcus Tomlinson; 9. Josh Beaulieu; 10. Bryce Bjerken; 11. Randy Gordon; 12. Crist Pittenger; 13. Josh Anderson, DNF; 14. John Nord, DNF.

Consi: 2: 1. Hall; 2. C. Peterson; 3. Heupel; 4. Luke Schilling; 5. Andrew Mack; 6. Ryan Schroeder; 7. Tommy Lee; 8. Dwight Wegner; 9. Craig Larson, DNF; 10. Billie Christ, DNF; 11. Nickolis Curtis, DNF; 12. Terr Sahr, DNF. Disqualified: Eric Edwards, Jerry Lamb.

Heat 1: 1. C. Arneson; 2. Greseth; 3. Rodin; 4. Domagala; 5. Marcus Tomlinson; 6. Gordon; 7. Anderson; 8. Pittenger.

Heat 2: 1. T. Peterson; 2. Carter; 3. VanMil; 4. Edwards; 5. Schilling; 6. Lamb; 7. Christ; 8. Lee.

Heat 3: 1. Trautner; 2. Friestad; 3. Myles Tomlinson; 4. Corell; 5. Johnson; 6. Pavlicek; 7. Beaulieu; 8. Rowell.

Heat 4: 1. Kraling; 2. A. Arneson; 3. Grimes; 4. Hall; 5. C. Peterson; 6. Schroeder; 7. Larson; 8. Sahr, DNF.

Heat 5: 1. Grager; 2. Eberhardt; 3. Schilling; 4. Jones; 5. Nord; 6. Hartigan; 7. Bjerken.

Heat 6: 1. Seidler; 2. Kollman; 3. Shipley; 4. Mack; 5. Heupel; 6. Curti; 7. Wegner.

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds

Feature: 1. Arin Beyer; 2. Kelly Hagel; 3. Brennon Weight; 4. Nate Reinke; 5. Jim Morlock; 6. Eric Edwards; 7. Patrick Sobolik; 8. Zach Reinke; 9. Jay Sahr; 10. Andrew Kapp; 11. Royce Jawaski; 12. Travis Traut; 13. Jason Grimes; 14. Ryan Lehr; 15. Jeff Schwind Jr.; 16. Lucas Rodin; 17. Shannon Schlenker; 18. Jason Thoms; 19. James Watson; 20. Caleb Johnson; 21. Zach Dockter, DNF; 22. Preston Carr, DNF; 23. Lindsey Hansen, DNF; 24. Joey Rowell, DNF; 25. Trevor Klein, DNF.

Heat 1: 1. Carr; 2. Weight; 3. N. Reinke; 4. Jawaski; 5. Kapp; 6. Grimes; 7. Z. Reinke; 8. Thoms; 9. Hansen.

Heat 2: 1. Beyer; 2. Rowell; 3. Sobolik; 4. Morlock; 5. Traut; 6. Schlenker; 7. Klein; 8. Johnson.

Heat 3: 1. Edwards; 2. Hagel; 3. Sahr; 4. Dockter; 5. Schwind; 6. Lehr; 7. Rodin; 8. Watson, DNF.

WISSOTA Street Stocks

Feature: 1. Rory Opp; 2. Hunter Domagala; 3. Todd Carter; 4. Jodie Michaelsohn; 5. Dustin Erickson; 6. Matthew Lesmeister; 7. Kyle Anderson; 8. Shawn Becker; 9. Kyle Zittleman; 10. Christopher Ritter; 11. Kelly Hoerner; 12. Charlie Christ; 13. Dusty Hinrichs; 14. Brian Hanson Jr.; 15. Delray Dykstra, DNF; 16. Casey Vargason, DNF; 17. Jaden Christ, DNF; 18. Lane Stoppleworth, DNF. DNS: Robert Banish Jr.

Heat 1: 1. Anderson; 2. Banish; 3. Lesmeister; 4. Hoerner; 5. Stoppleworth; 6. Hanson; 7. Erickson, DNF.

Heat 2: 1. Carter; 2. Michaelsohn; 3. Domagala; 4. Zittleman; 5. C. Christ; 6. J. Christ.

Heat 3: 1. Becker; 2. Opp; 3. Ritter; 4. Vargason; 5. Dykstra; 6. Hinrichs.

Bombers

Feature: 1. Cory Rodin; 2. Billy Carow; 3. Brent Vetter; 4. Wyatt Rath-Wald; 5. Corey Jacobson; 6. Kasey Ussatis; 7. Leann Christensen; 8. Dylan Sandberg; 9. Jason Miller; 10. Keith McCleary; 11. Brandon Michel; 12. Ashley Wampler; 13. Charlie Christ; 14. Tony Smith; 15. Erik Busche; 16. John Heacox; 17. Lane Stoppleworth, DNF; 18. Karlie Hoerner, DNF; 19. Clay Gentzkow, DNF.

Heat 1: 1. Carow; 2. Jacobson; 3. Rodin; 4. Stoppleworth; 5. Christ; 6. Smith; 7. Wampler.

Heat 2: 1. Sandberg; 2. Christensen; 3. Gentzkow; 4. Miller; 5. Heacox; 6. Karlie Hoerner, DNF.

Heat 3: 1. Rath-Wald; 2. Ussatis; 3. Vetter; 4. Michel; 5. McCleary; 6. Busche.

All Star Slingshots

Feature: 1. Cole Babcock; 2. Ryan Erdahl; 3. Taylor Klein.

Heat: 1. Babcock; 2. Erdahl; 3. Klein.

Junior Slingshots

Feature: 1. Reez Eckerdt; 2. Jacoby Traut; 3. Brodee Eckerdt; 4. Joseph Banish.

Heat: 1. Traut; 2. R. Eckerdt; 3. B. Eckerdt; 4. Banish.

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