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He kept Jason Grimes behind him, ending a three-year winless drought in the process at Jamestown Speedway on Saturday night. Jamestown's Landon Becker finally broke through for his second WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature victory, the first coming here in Jamestown way back on May 29, 2010. "It feels good," said Becker, who is in his fourth year behind the wheel of a B-Mod.
Mike Balcaen is hoping his luck has finally changed. The Winnipeg WISSOTA Late Model driver, with over 200 career feature victories to his name, has been mired in the middle of a slow season by his standards, having just one feature win entering Saturday's NLRA Late Model Special at Jamestown Speedway. But Jamestown has recently taken a liking to Balcaen.
A soft-spoken 17-year-old, Enderlin's Alex Langland is a man of few words. He flashed just a few quick smiles every so often Saturday night, which broke up his even-keeled demeanor. That was the only way of knowing that the rookie had just bested 27 other Bomber drivers to win his first career feature race, and it came at Jamestown Speedway. "It was really nerve-racking," the first-year driver calmly stated. "Especially when I came here a couple of weeks ago and (my car) pushed so bad in the corners.
By now, nobody should be surprised. A track that sanctions three classes of WISSOTA cars would normally send three drivers to Huron for the annual Races of Champions. But not when that track is home to none other than Jason Grimes, where local monikers include "High Side Grimes," "The Flying 99," "Grumby," and even "The Great One." Well, Grumby, did it again for the fourth time this season, winning both the WISSOTA Modified and WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature races at Jamestown Speedway on Saturday night. It was a good time to do it.
The young gun had the faster car, but the veteran kept his cool at Jamestown Speedway on Saturday night. Winnipeg's Thomas Kennedy passed Fargo's Wade Nygaard for the lead twice during the 25-lap Northern Outlaw Sprint Association feature. But with two laps remaining the 23-year-old Kennedy overshot corner No. 2, which gifted the lead -- and the win -- back to Nygaard. Ironically, Nygaard started his racing career the year Kennedy was born 23 years ago, and Saturday night's feature win was career victory No.
Usually, when Sykeston native Trent Grager slides his No. 71 WISSOTA Street Stock into the top spot the race is pretty much over. That wasn't exactly the case at Jamestown Speedway on Saturday night. Grager did get the win -- his third of the season here and his seventh overall -- but Aberdeen's Jodie Michaelsohn nearly snuck by him as the pair exited corner No.
It took a two-time national champion to slow down Jamestown's Jason Grimes. Fresh off of winning the biggest race of his career, the Minnesota Modified Nationals July 7 at Viking Speedway in Alexandria, Minn., Grimes has been the man to beat on his home track all season long. Heading into Saturday night's racing at Jamestown Speedway, Grimes was looking for his third consecutive WISSOTA Modified and WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature sweep at the track, and what would have been his fourth overall during what has become a remarkable 2013 campaign for the driver. After he won Saturday's 20-lap,
Billie Christ didn't have the greatest 29th birthday on Friday, but the Jamestown WISSOTA Street Stock driver made up for it on Saturday. Christ drove to victory in a wild 11-car, 20-lap Street Stock feature at Jamestown Speedway mere hours after arriving back to North Dakota from a two-week National Guard camp stint in Missouri. Christ is a member of the 817 Engineer Company based in Jamestown. "This was definitely better than my birthday," Christ said after the win. "We just got back this morning. We left at 2 p.m. Friday and got back at 9 a.m.
Impressive: The lone, simple word that sums up Jason Grimes' current dominance at Jamestown Speedway. For the second time this summer, and the third time in his career as a whole, the Jamestown driver cruised to victory in both the WISSOTA Modified and Midwest Modified feature races at his hometown track on Saturday. What does Grimes know about Jamestown's 1/4-mile bullring that others don't? He said that's not exactly easy to explain. "I'd say hard work, but I know everybody works hard," said Grimes, shortly after victoriously climbing out of his No.
A rules violation cost him a win a week ago, but regardless, Sykeston's Trent Grager is finding his stride in 2013. The WISSOTA Street Stock driver notched what would have been his third feature win in seven days during Kids Ride in the Race Cars Night at Jamestown Speedway on Saturday. Grager won the streets feature at Tri-County Speedway in Wishek on Thursday, and last Sunday the driver finished first at Casino Speedway in Watertown, S.D.