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Folks can usually start heading for the exits when Winnipeg's Mike Balcaen leads the field to the white flag. The veteran NLRA Late Model series driver has over 200 victories in a career that spans more than three decades. But an unusual night at Jamestown Speedway became more unusual on Saturday when Balcaen lost the lead on the final lap. Fellow Canadian, Shane Edginton, of East St. Paul, Manitoba, caught the leader in lapped traffic and beat Balcaen to the checkered flag with an impressive run off the top of the final corner.
Ryan Ost began football practice on Wednesday with his Ellendale-Edgeley-Kulm teammates. But it was on Saturday at Jamestown Speedway where the 17-year-old Edgeley High School junior from Nortonville metaphorically found the endzone. Ost reached a milestone in his young career, outlasting Jason Miller, of Monago, N.D., to claim feature victory No. 1 in his fourth season behind the wheel of a Central Dakota Pure Stock. 'It's awesome. I can't describe it," Ost said. "Just a long time coming."
It's been a fairly quiet summer so far by Rory Opp's standards. The veteran WISSOTA Street Stock driver had posted just a lone feature win back in May during Jamestown Speedway's opening night. But with season-ending specials just around the corner, it's hardly difficult to believe Opp's program has begun to breathe new life. Opp ran down pole sitter Matthew Kropp from the outside of the third row and led the final 12 laps of Saturday's Street Stock 20-lap feature at Jamestown Speedway. It was the second solid finish in as many nights for Opp and his No. 43.
Jamestown Speedway owner Keith Veil made a difficult decision over the winter and rolled the dice. So far, so good. This summer's A-modified numbers aren't just up at the track, they're up and appear to be holding steady. Jamestown Speedway is averaging nearly nine more modifieds per night this season compared to last, which is a direct result of Veil opting to replace WISSOTA Modifieds with IMCA Modifieds.
Volunteers gave it their best shot in Carrington on Wednesday, but baseball is played with bats not oars. Heavy rain on Tuesday wiped out Wednesday's opening round of the Class B American Legion state baseball tournament. The tournament has been reduced from five days to just four, and is scheduled to begin this morning at 10 a.m. with Kindred facing Kidder County.
Rusty Kollman led all 20 green-flag laps of Saturday's IMCA Modified feature race at Jamestown Speedway. But the Carrington, N.D. driver didn't win what would have been his second victory of the summer here. A two-position penalty assessed to Kollman at the race's conclusion handed the win over to the apparent second-place finisher, Jamestown's John Corell. Kollman was scored third after it was declared he had jumped the start of the race from the pole position.
Jodie Michaelsohn has figured out Jamestown Speedway. After nearly 25 years of having never won a feature at the quarter-mile oval, the Aberdeen, S.D. driver posted his second win in a little over a month here on Saturday. Michaelsohn started on the outside of the front row and eventually led all 20 laps of the WISSOTA Street Stock main event. The win also punched Michaelsohn's ticket to Huron in September, as it was WISSOTA 100 Race of Champions qualifier night at the speedway. The 2016 WISSOTA 100 will be held Sept. 14-17 at Huron's Dakota State Fair Speedway.
Royce Jawaski has been a model of consistency at Jamestown Speedway this season. The veteran WISSOTA Street Stock driver hasn't finished a feature outside the top 10 with four nights of points racing remaining before track champions are crowned. Jawaski's efforts have him leading the track standings by 17 markers over defending track champion Rory Opp. Racing resumes on Saturday at 7 p.m. after last weekend's rainout with AMSOIL Race of Champions qualifier night for WISSOTA Street Stocks and Midwest Modifieds.
MANDAN—Jason Grimes could have put a fork in his night before he even backed his car out of the hauler on Thursday at Dacotah Speedway. The Jamestown driver drew dead-last out of a Dakota Classic Modified Tour single-night record 101 drivers for the final night of the six-night event. It capped a not-so-great week of luck for the No. 99 team. "That's kind of a downer when you roll in the gate," Grimes said. "It's pretty much been the theme for the week."
A solid display of driving put Jason Grimes in title contention at the 27th annual Dakota Classic Modified Tour. The Jamestown driver was hooked up at Williston Basin Speedway on Tuesday. The 35-year-old Grimes navigated his No. 99 IMCA Modified from the 17th starting position in the 29-car field to an impressive fourth-place finish in the 25-lap main event. Grimes' effort had him sitting fifth in the championship standings, just 10 points behind leader and Tuesday's race winner, Hunter Marriott, of Brookfield, Missouri, with two tour events remaining.