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It's been a career year for Billy Carow and there's still half a season remaining. The Central Dakota Pure Stock driver from Jamestown motored to his sixth Bomber feature win of 2016 on Monday, and he's shown no signs of slowing down. Carow won the annual Fourth of July Don Wilhelm Stock Car Classic at Jamestown Speedway, giving him win No. 3 at his hometown track, and now it's time to start talking championships. Carow is currently holding a six-point lead in the track standings. His other three wins have came at West Fargo's Red River Valley Speedway.
Jordan Huettl didn't lead the first lap on Saturday at Jamestown Speedway. But that was OK. He led the rest. The 28-year-old Minot driver took over the top spot of the 20-lap IMCA Modified feature on lap No. 2 after starting on the outside pole. Huettl then glued his No. 4 machine to the cushion near the top of the racing surface and never looked back. It was back-to-back wins for Huettl. He was coming off Thursday's Topless Night victory at Nodak Speedway in Minot.
Dustin Erickson had WISSOTA Street Stock career victory No. 2 in the bag on Saturday night at Jamestown Speedway. If only last week's winner had brushed the wall while leading. But coming to complete lap No. 18 of 20, sparks flew as Erickson darted under the flagstand on the front straightaway, and a bent right-rear wheel took out the leader as a result of the contact.
It was quite a week for up-and-coming WISSOTA Midwest Modified driver Zach Dockter. After picking up his first feature win in two seasons at Lisbon last Sunday, the 20-year-old Minot racer continued to impress on Saturday night at Jamestown Speedway. Dockter first overtook Carrington's Kelly Hagel for the top spot in the 20-lap feature on a restart with four laps remaining. He then later survived contact with Hagel in turns three and four and throttled to his first career Jamestown Speedway B-mod victory. The Dockter was in.
Jamestown Speedway's annual Kids' Night at the races means a couple things. Area youngsters will be hitching rides with their favorite drivers this evening, and those drivers will be reaching the halfway point in the season-long championship points battles.
It doesn't take Carrington's Rusty Kollman long to dial in a race car. Driving his Grimes Racing Service chassis for just the second night this season, Kollman posted the quickest lap out of a field of 23 IMCA Modifieds and rolled to his first feature victory of the summer on Saturday at Jamestown Speedway. "That's not the only one we're going to get this year, I guarantee you," said the veteran, who posted a quick lap of 16.167 seconds. "We're going to be after a few more."
Jamestown's Ryan Lehr won his second consecutive WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature race on Saturday at Jamestown Speedway. But a bullet dodged this week benefited the driver on his way back to the winner's stage. A major pileup in turn No. 4 on the race's opening lap brought out the red flag and took out a host of front runners. Lehr originally lined up in the ninth starting position, but when the field double-filed up to try again he found himself on the inside of the second row.
Jamestown's Dustin Erickson was a noticeably different man after his big win on Saturday night at Jamestown Speedway. A wide smile on his face and a swagger in his step acted as a relief valve on seven years of building pressure. The 31-year-old wheelman had just won his first WISSOTA Street Stock 20-lap feature, and to do it he beat one of the area's most seasoned veterans, Rory Opp, to the finish line. "It's been a long time coming," Erickson said. "I've had so many seconds I could shake a fist at. I could just never get that next step up."
Jamestown Regional Medical Center Home Health and Hospice helped provide Brian Smith something for which he will be forever grateful. More time with his father. "The VA doctors gave dad three months (to live)," said Smith, who serves as the head flagman at Jamestown Speedway. "He made nine months, and there's a reason he made nine months. It was the care that these girls gave."
Bill Bachmeier's bomber car has had plenty of success at Jamestown Speedway. Prior to being piloted by the 18-year-old Sykeston native, Carrington's Chris Gussiaas drove it to 10 feature victories here between 2011 and 2013. Bachmeier took over the wheel of it as a rookie to start the 2014 season, and he finally steered it back to victory on Saturday. Bachmeier won his first career bomber feature, leading a 16-car field to the checkered flag.