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Royce Jawaski has been a model of consistency at Jamestown Speedway this season. The veteran WISSOTA Street Stock driver hasn't finished a feature outside the top 10 with four nights of points racing remaining before track champions are crowned. Jawaski's efforts have him leading the track standings by 17 markers over defending track champion Rory Opp. Racing resumes on Saturday at 7 p.m. after last weekend's rainout with AMSOIL Race of Champions qualifier night for WISSOTA Street Stocks and Midwest Modifieds.
MANDAN—Jason Grimes could have put a fork in his night before he even backed his car out of the hauler on Thursday at Dacotah Speedway. The Jamestown driver drew dead-last out of a Dakota Classic Modified Tour single-night record 101 drivers for the final night of the six-night event. It capped a not-so-great week of luck for the No. 99 team. "That's kind of a downer when you roll in the gate," Grimes said. "It's pretty much been the theme for the week."
A solid display of driving put Jason Grimes in title contention at the 27th annual Dakota Classic Modified Tour. The Jamestown driver was hooked up at Williston Basin Speedway on Tuesday. The 35-year-old Grimes navigated his No. 99 IMCA Modified from the 17th starting position in the 29-car field to an impressive fourth-place finish in the 25-lap main event. Grimes' effort had him sitting fifth in the championship standings, just 10 points behind leader and Tuesday's race winner, Hunter Marriott, of Brookfield, Missouri, with two tour events remaining.
A casually late arrival by one of the biggest names in area auto racing was arguably the highlight to Saturday's Dakota Classic Modified Tour opener at Jamestown Speedway. Jamestown's John Corell won the sixth of 12 heat races, but when heat winners gathered to redraw the top starting positions for the feature Corell was nowhere to be found. "I totally spaced out that redraw thing in the grandstand," Corell laughed. "I just had to make a grand entrance."
Ricky Thornton Jr. put more trophies on his mantel last year than most good drivers will do in an entire career. One of the hottest names in all of dirt track racing, the 25-year-old Arizona native collected a mind-boggling 47 IMCA Modified feature victories in 2015. One of those wins came at Jamestown Speedway, which is where Thornton will be on Saturday. He'll be back attempting to defend his title in the 27th annual Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Modified Tour. The opening night of the six-night tour begins at 7 p.m.
Jason Grimes picked a great night to prove what IMCA Modifieds can do at Jamestown Speedway. Grimes rumbled to the front of Monday's 20-lap feature from the 11th starting position, and he'd put just over a four-second lead between his No. 99 and second place to capture the win and cap the annual Fourth of July Don Wilhelm Stock Car Classic. "Every dog has his day," said Grimes, after collecting his first feature trophy of the year. "The car has been excellent, I just haven't had any luck to go with it lately."
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.