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Rory Opp has been in a league of his own at Jamestown Speedway this summer. The WISSOTA Street Stock driver tied a track record with his seventh consecutive feature victory on Saturday. The record was set just last year by Lisbon's Jonny Carter, but even Carter — who won three times here early this season — has been unable to keep up with the unstoppable Opp. The rest of the WISSOTA Street Stock field has simply been racing for second since the Hannaford native kicked off the streak on June 20.
An emotional Brian Swenson visited the winner's stage at Jamestown Speedway on Saturday. Competing in just his sixth WISSOTA Modified show of the season, the Bismarck veteran was able to dedicate a win to his biggest fan. Swenson's father, Leo Swenson, passed away in January. "He and I started racing in '89. He was my No. 1 supporter and went with me everywhere," Swenson said of his father, who passed at the age of 85.
State championships aren't easy to win. Often times the pinnacle achievement in amateur sports, the accomplishment is commendable at any age or division. But winning three in a row? That's just plain impressive. Tom's Electric women's old pro softball team captured what in popular culture has come to be known as the "three-peat" in Bismarck late last month. The Jamestown team won the Division III North Dakota Women's Masters State Tournament for a third consecutive year. "Facebook was exploding with some of our girls," said Teresa Johnson, the team's manager and player.
The NLRA Late Model tour was in town on Saturday, but everyone left Jamestown Speedway talking about the controversial ending to the 20-lap WISSOTA Modified feature. The dominoes had all fallen perfectly into place for last week's feature winner, Jamestown's Ryan Mikkelson. Mikkelson surprised leader John Nord on the white-flag lap by coming out of nowhere to pass Nord for the top spot on the outside in turns one and two. But before Mikkelson and the rest of the field could make it back to the checkered flag, contact between the left-rear of Mikkelson's No.
Rocks picked from the ground at Sheyenne River Speedway in Lisbon might become a hot commodity among superstitious race car drivers. Apparently, there's a few that might contain a little luck. Three-time WISSOTA Midwest Modified national champion Travis Sauer picked up a rock he determined to be lucky during the B-mod feature redraw in Lisbon on July 26.
Ryan Ost needs to find a four-leaf clover to put in his pocket. The 16-year-old Bomber driver from Nortonville has produced plenty of speed at Jamestown Speedway this season with his flat-black No. 24X machine, and he's also been in command of races late. But Ost, now in his third year behind the wheel, has yet to catch the break he needs to win what would be his first career feature race. Saturday's 15-lap Bomber feature here was a heartbreaker.
He has the skill, experience and the car to win races. But Lady Luck and Ryan Lehr have unfortunately been living in two separate zip codes this season. The 42-year-old WISSOTA Midwest Modified driver is running out of ways to finish second at his hometown track. Lehr placed runner-up at Jamestown Speedway for the fourth time on Saturday, falling to Hickson's Tyler Peterson in the closing laps of the 20-lap Midwest Modified Festival feature event. Lehr started fifth and led 10 laps after passing Peterson—the race's pole sitter—with 13 laps to go.
Lisbon's Jonny Carter set a consecutive wins record at Jamestown Speedway last summer that appeared to be insurmountable. But — and almost unbelievably — the record is in jeopardy. Rory Opp won his sixth straight WISSOTA Street Stock 20-lap feature here on Saturday, pushing the Hannaford native's current streak to just one win shy of Carter's record of seven.
The relief was visible on the face of Ryan Mikkelson at Jamestown Speedway on Saturday. One week after considering a possibly switch back to racing B-mods, the Jamestown WISSOTA Modified driver was back on the winner's stage. Mikkelson led the final 12 laps of the 20-lap A-mod feature, notching his first feature victory here since winning three times in 2012. "I've been slacking on my program. This is actually the same car I've had since my B-mod days, so six years on this car," the 25-year-old Mikkelson said of his Skyrocket Chassis.
Rory Opp has been racing for over 20 years, but he'd never before won two features in a single night. The 51-year-old veteran from Hannaford can scratch that off the bucket list. Opp won both the regularly scheduled 20-lap WISSOTA Street Stock A-main, plus the 20-lap holdover from the July 4 rainout to push his consecutive feature winning streak at Jamestown Speedway to five on Saturday. "I'm the old man. I'm like Dick Schulz out here now," Opp said.