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Don't sleep on tonight's heat races at Jamestown Speedway. Drivers from across America won't be wasting any time in the opening round of the 28th annual Dakota Classic Modified Tour. A heat win not only guarantees a spot in the main event, it significantly ups the odds of capturing the final checkered flag of the night. The green flag flies on the largest modified touring series in the United States at 7 p.m. A total of 101 drivers from 17 states and Saskatchewan were pre-registered to race as of Friday evening.
Sam England is mashing the baseball this summer. The Dickinson Roughriders' cleanup hitter walked into Jack Brown Stadium on Thursday carrying a season batting average of .604. England left Jamestown swinging an even heftier .627. The 200-pound first baseman went 5-for-6 at the dish with a pair of doubles and four runs driven in, helping Dickinson sweep Post 14 in an American Legion baseball doubleheader by the scores of 16-2 and 3-2. Jamestown (4-11, 3-7 Class AA) is back on the diamond today at Minot.
Jonny Carter's belated birthday present on Tuesday came in the form of a milestone. The Lisbon, N.D., driver won the 50th WISSOTA Street Stock feature race of his career during the annual Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular at Jamestown Speedway. Carter celebrated the rain-shortened victory just 48 hours after turning 27 years old. "We've been decent this season, but have just kinda been lacking a little bit," said Carter, who now has five wins on the summer and two in Jamestown. "I think we finally got the car back to where we need it."
Long winless streaks are being snapped at Jamestown Speedway. Last week, Milnor's Bob Banish Jr. won on the quarter-mile oval for the first time in 14 years of trying. On Saturday, it was Jason Thoms' turn. The 36-year-old Pingree native won the first WISSOTA Midwest Modified main event of his career, leading all 20 laps from the outside of the front row. Thoms, who began his career racing bombers in 2005, had never before earned a victory at Jamestown Speedway.
Post 14 jumped directly into the fire this summer, and head coach Justin Connell believes his club is better for it. Jamestown's American Legion baseball team is off to a 1-7 start after facing a string of quality opponents on the road. Post 14 will finally launch its home half of the schedule today, hosting Mandan at Jack Brown Stadium at 5:30 p.m. "The guys are excited," Connell said. "It'll be nice not having to travel two or three hours to play a baseball game."
Bob Banish Jr. finally slayed the beast. The 33-year-old driver from Milnor, N.D., had been trying to win a feature race at Jamestown Speedway since 2003. He was one happy man here on Saturday. Banish led all 20 laps of the WISSOTA Street Stock feature from the outside of the front row, holding off Dustin Erickson, Rory Opp, Billie Christ and Jodie Michaelsohn—all past Jamestown winners in the streets.
Jamestown pure stock driver Brandon Michel went for a wild ride Saturday night at Jamestown Speedway. Michel, driver of the No. B52 bomber car, and Aberdeen's Ashley Wampler (24W) tangled on the front straightaway during the first of two heat races, resulting in Michel making hard contact with the outside wall and barrel rolling in front of the main grandstand. Michel walked away unharmed. Click through the series of photos above to see the incident unfold. Michel was one of three drivers to turn a car over on Saturday at the speedway.
Add another name to the list. Jordan Adams captured Saturday's 25-lap NOSA Sprint Car feature at Jamestown Speedway, marking the seventh different sprint car driver to win here in eight opportunities. The 21-year-old from Reynolds, N.D., held off Wade Nygaard and Austin Pierce, both of Grand Forks, over a final five-lap shootout to the checkered flag. "That's a pretty cool stat to have," said Adams, in regard to adding his name to Jamestown's list of winners. "I hope they keep having us back every year. It's a fun little track."
Jamestown Speedway June 10 Results NOSA Sprints
Jake Reinholz provided one last stellar performance on the pitch Wednesday. The North Dakota State football recruit capped his all-state high school soccer career with a goal and two assists at Jamestown's Rotary Field. The effort helped the East breeze past the West 3-0 in the seventh annual Rotary East-West Senior All-Star soccer match. Reinholz set a North Dakota high school state record last fall with 43 goals playing for Fargo Shanley. He's signed to join the NCAA Division I Bison as a kicker this fall.