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Nate Reinke wasn't just facing the always difficult competition at Jamestown Speedway on Saturday. The Lisbon veteran was also up against the clock. An airborne ride over the banking in turn No. 3 on the opening lap of the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds feature resulted in Reinke having a set amount of time to complete the 20-lap main event.
Jamestown Speedway has a new voice. For the first time in over a decade, the familiar live play-by-play of former track announcer "Shady" Shawn Erdahl was absent to start the 2016 racing season. In its place was the smooth call of Fargo's Corey Litton, who has picked up the mic moving forward. Erdahl stepped aside this season after 12 years in the grandstand booth to help his son race Slingshots.
There was going to be a learning curve this season for drivers making the switch from WISSOTA Modifieds to IMCA Modifieds at Jamestown Speedway. But it hasn't taken the man simply known as Jonny C. much time to get on top. John Corell started on the outside of the front row for Saturday's 20-lap main event and he didn't disappoint. The 61-year-old veteran led every lap and won his first IMCA feature in his storied 40-year career.
Jamestown High School is coming home to play in the Class A state softball tournament. The Blue Jays stormed past second-seeded Bismarck Century 9-3 in the semifinals of the West Region tournament at Minot's South Hill Complex on Saturday, one day after topping third-seeded Minot 6-5 in the quarterfinals. Jamestown carried that momentum into Saturday's conference championship game, where it narrowly fell to top-seeded Dickinson 3-0. But the early victory over the Patriots locked up the fifth-year varsity program's second consecutive state appearance.
Jim Morlock's dedication to Jamestown Speedway probably deserved to be rewarded with a win on Saturday. But the 46-year-old WISSOTA Midwest Modified driver will have to wait another week to attempt to snap his nine-year winless streak. Morlock clipped the outside concrete barrier on the front straightaway while leading the field and attempting to complete the first of three green-white-checkered finish attempts to close out the 20-lap B-mod feature.
The Marion connection took Jamestown Speedway by storm on Saturday. Cory Rodin, cousin Lucas Rodin and Jeff Vogel all flew to feature victories here, and all three originally hail from the rural community of approximately 130 residents located 40 miles to the southeast of Jamestown. "After I won, I knew Luke was starting up front and he ended up winning," said the 26-year-old Cory Rodin after winning in the Bombers for the second week in a row. "Well then I see Jeff's starting out front too, so I thought maybe all three of us might get it.
The 2015 national IMCA Modifieds Rookie of the Year impressed at Jamestown Speedway on Saturday. Rob VanMil, of Barnesville, Minn., started the 20-lap IMCA Modifieds feature on the outside of the front row, and he'd lead every lap en route to his first win in Jamestown since piloting a WISSOTA B-mod to victory here in 2014. The speedway attracted 30 IMCA Modifieds on Saturday, part of 113 total cars and drivers.
A four-game homestand to end the season didn't go as intended for Jamestown High School. The Blue Jay softball team was swept by Minot 12-4 and 6-0 at Trapper Field on Friday, one day after Bismarck Century came to town and took a pair. But coach Mike Soulis is keeping things in perspective.
Bismarck Century took care of business against the Blue Jays at Trapper Field on Thursday. The Patriots finished their regular season by locking up the second seed for the upcoming West Region softball tournament with a 5-2 and 12-2 sweep of Jamestown. It was Century's 25th and 26th victories of the spring. Nobody will catch the No. 1 Dickinson Midgets (27-2, 22-2), who wrap up the season against Minot Bishop Ryan today. The West Region tournament begins with play-in games next Thursday in Minot.
Jamison Mutschler's young motocross career has so far been one wild ride. The 8-year-old from Valley City has gone from breaking his leg to winning a crazy race on the national stage in Las Vegas, and it's all happened since the calendar flipped to 2016. The story began when Mutschler was selected to participate in this year's KTM Junior Supercross Challenge (KJSC). The KJSC is a round of 10 races that are held across the nation in conjunction with the touring Monster Energy AMA Supercross series.