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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.
Zach Naastad checked a big item off the list at Jamestown Speedway on Saturday. The 31-year-old from Northwood won his first career late model victory, and it came against a stacked field of 30 cars on opening night of the Northern Late Model Racing Association's season tour. The NLRA has 19 tour dates scheduled this summer, which will run through Sept. 8. The tour will be back at Jamestown Speedway on Aug. 13.
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.