JAMESTOWN, N.D. -- In local dirt-track racing, there's nothing quite like winning for the first time at home.

Jamestown's Jaren Wibstad led all 20 laps of Saturday's WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature at Jamestown Speedway, checking off a bucket list victory the 21-year-old driver wrote down as a rookie in 2018.

"I honestly got pretty emotional after the race and was giving my dad (Jason Wibstad) lots of hugs," Wibstad said Sunday afternoon. "I didn't show it as much when I got out of the car, but it is a very, very humbling win. It's something I've always wanted, just to win at your home track."

With temperatures soaring around triple digits early in the day, Wibstad drew an advantageous second starting position to the outside of polesitter Jamestown's Chris Mack.

An early caution flag involving drivers Kelly Hagel, Nate Rinke, and Aaron Michel prompted a complete restart, after which Wibstad set sail.

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"I knew it was gonna be a high side kinda race, just by looking at the track," Wibstad said. "Three-quarters of the way up was just absolute stay on the throttle and just go."

For the most part, the young gun kept his cool. But as the race wore on Wibstad's No. 36 began tightening up, which allowed Mack to hang around.

"I kept getting tight, and I'd go up into some of the marble dust and they'd catch up, but other than that I kinda held my line and just went," Wibstad said. "I kinda pictured it as just like a heat race. Obviously, it's more of a special win than just a heat race, but I didn't get too nervous."

The feature win was the third career victory for Wibstad, whose racing career began four years ago by jumping directly into a B-mod. Wibstad won last July at Brown County Speedway in Aberdeen, South Dakota, and won his first race in 2019 at Sheyenne Speedway in Lisbon, North Dakota.

Wibstad was all packed up and ready to head back to Sheyenne Speedway on Sunday.

"It'd be sweet to get a double," Wibstad said. "But the chances of that aren't always great. We'll see."

Mack held on to finish second, while Jamestown drivers Jeffrey Schwind Jr. and Travis Traut rolled home third and fourth, respectively.

John Corell Sr. (5) and John Nord (98) race side by side during the IMCA Modified feature at Jamestown Speedway on Saturday, June 5, 2021. Cody Papke / CRP Photography
John Corell Sr. (5) and John Nord (98) race side by side during the IMCA Modified feature at Jamestown Speedway on Saturday, June 5, 2021. Cody Papke / CRP Photography

Jamestown racing icon John Corell Sr. won Saturday's IMCA modified 25-lap main event, with Jamestown's Andy Kapp placing fourth in his first season piloting an A-mod.

"I'm sure he's happy he got a win, too," Wibstad said of Corell's victory. "Competition just keeps on getting better and better."

Bob Banish Jr. was Saturday's winner in the WISSOTA Street Stocks, Donavin Wiest was the legends feature winner, Paul Morman took home the trophy in the bombers and Tripp Nelson slung to victory in the slingshots.

The second annual Don Gumke Memorial is scheduled for this Saturday, June 12, at Jamestown Speedway, which will also be hosting a leg of the Steffes Street Stock Tour.

Racing begins at 7 p.m.

Bob Banish Jr. (65) and Chris Ritter battle for position during the WISSOTA Street Stock feature race at Jamestown Speedway on Saturday, June 5, 2021. Cody Papke / CRP Photography
Bob Banish Jr. (65) and Chris Ritter battle for position during the WISSOTA Street Stock feature race at Jamestown Speedway on Saturday, June 5, 2021. Cody Papke / CRP Photography






Feature (20 Laps): 1. 36W-Jaren Wibstad[2]; 2. 55X-Chris Mack[1]; 3. 3-Jeffrey Schwind Jr[5]; 4. 84-Travis Traut[6]; 5. 30-Cole Neset[8]; 6. 97M-Jim Morlock[4]; 7. #1-Tony Smith[10]; 8. 68-Matthew Duchscherer[13]; 9. 22-Zach Reinke[18]; 10. 77-Jarod Klein[14]; 11. 50S-Jay Sahr[16]; 12. 56-Laine Schwehr[15]; 13. (DNF) 21T-Tyler Schrenk[12]; 14. (DNF) 28W-Brennon Weight[7]; 15. (DNF) 271-Kelly Hagel[3]; 16. (DNF) 71-Nate Reinke[11]; 17. (DNF) 21S-Terry Sahr[17]; 18. (DNF) 62-Aaron Michel[9].

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 84-Travis Traut[3]; 2. 271-Kelly Hagel[2]; 3. 97M-Jim Morlock[5]; 4. #1-Tony Smith[4]; 5. 68-Matthew Duchscherer[1]; 6. (DNF) 21S-Terry Sahr[6].

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 28W-Brennon Weight[5]; 2. 30-Cole Neset[1]; 3. 62-Aaron Michel[2]; 4. 71-Nate Reinke[6]; 5. 77-Jarod Klein[4]; 6. 50S-Jay Sahr[3].

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 3-Jeffrey Schwind Jr[1]; 2. 55X-Chris Mack[3]; 3. 36W-Jaren Wibstad[6]; 4. 21T-Tyler Schrenk[2]; 5. 56-Laine Schwehr[5]; 6. (DNF) 22-Zach Reinke[4].


Feature (20 Laps): 1. 65-Robert Banish Jr[8]; 2. 46B-Jason Berg[6]; 3. 17-Christopher Ritter[1]; 4. 13-Dustin Erickson[7]; 5. 16-Jaden Christ[3]; 6. 21T-Tyler Schrenk[2]; 7. 9JR-Brian Hanson Jr[11]; 8. (DNF) 79S-Lane Stoppleworth[10]; 9. (DNF) 27J-Jordan Johnson[9]; 10. (DNF) 59-Kyle Anderson[5]; 11. (DNS) 20J-Jay Schlotfeldt.

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 20J-Jay Schlotfeldt[5]; 2. 17-Christopher Ritter[2]; 3. 46B-Jason Berg[6]; 4. 13-Dustin Erickson[3]; 5. 27J-Jordan Johnson[1]; 6. 9JR-Brian Hanson Jr[4].

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 16-Jaden Christ[2]; 2. 59-Kyle Anderson[4]; 3. 65-Robert Banish Jr[1]; 4. 21T-Tyler Schrenk[3]; 5. 79S-Lane Stoppleworth[5].


Feature (25 Laps): 1. 5-John Corell[6]; 2. 98-John Nord[8]; 3. 14-Eric Edwards[10]; 4. 9K-Andrew Kapp[12]; 5. 33-Allen Kent[9]; 6. 56-Shawn Becker[3]; 7. 57-Dwight Wegner[2]; 8. 22F-Jeremy Forester[5]; 9. 02-Jordan Sours[7]; 10. (DNF) 68-Todd Duchscherer[1]; 11. (DNF) 16M-Andrew Michel[11]; 12. (DNF) 55X-Chris Mack[4].

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 56-Shawn Becker[2]; 2. 98-John Nord[5]; 3. (DNF) 68-Todd Duchscherer[1]; 4. (DNF) 5-John Corell[4]; 5. (DNF) 55X-Chris Mack[3]; 6. (DNF) 16M-Andrew Michel[6].

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 22F-Jeremy Forester[3]; 2. 57-Dwight Wegner[1]; 3. 02-Jordan Sours[4]; 4. 33-Allen Kent[5]; 5. 14-Eric Edwards[6]; 6. 9K-Andrew Kapp[2].


Feature (15 Laps): 1. 50-Paul Morman[2]; 2. 37-Erik Busche[8]; 3. 18-Joe Jacobson[6]; 4. 7C-Billy Carow[3]; 5. 95-Jayden Michaelsohn[13]; 6. 24-Leann Christensen[5]; 7. 17-Asher Williams[4]; 8. 5-Jaidyn Edinger[14]; 9. (DNF) 29S-Trever Sahr[10]; 10. (DNF) 98-Zack Nord[11]; 11. (DNF) 19H-Devin Hanson[9]; 12. (DNF) 2R-Skyler Rohrich[12]; 13. (DNF) 22-Dylan Steele[7]; 14. (DNF) 8-Travis Edinger[1].

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 8-Travis Edinger[2]; 2. 24-Leann Christensen[5]; 3. 17-Asher Williams[4]; 4. 7C-Billy Carow[6]; 5. 19H-Devin Hanson[1]; 6. 98-Zack Nord[3]; 7. 95-Jayden Michaelsohn[7].

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 18-Joe Jacobson[3]; 2. 22-Dylan Steele[5]; 3. 37-Erik Busche[2]; 4. 50-Paul Morman[6]; 5. 29S-Trever Sahr[1]; 6. 2R-Skyler Rohrich[7]; 7. (DNF) 5-Jaidyn Edinger[4].


Feature (20 Laps): 1. 19-Donavin Wiest[9]; 2. 29-Ryan Braseth[10]; 3. 34-Alex Kukowski[11]; 4. 84-Jacoby Traut[3]; 5. 1K-Nate Keena[8]; 6. 28-Joshua Wiest[7]; 7. 87-Gus Jensen[12]; 8. 0-Ryan Erdahl[2]; 9. 7F-Brian Frederick[5]; 10. 701-Taylor Sargent[14]; 11. 08-Zander Bauer[4]; 12. 69-Brian Hanson[6]; 13. 79-Chuck Christ[15]; 14. 00-Duston Hagen[1]; 15. 49-Collin Compson[18]; 16. 9-Gunnar Pfaff[13]; 17. 2-Joseph Lewis[19]; 18. 43S-William Siebert[17]; 19. (DNF) 99D-Rick Diede[16]; 20. (DNF) 17-Zander Compson[20].

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 29-Ryan Braseth[2]; 2. 1K-Nate Keena[6]; 3. 87-Gus Jensen[4]; 4. 00-Duston Hagen[1]; 5. 9-Gunnar Pfaff[3]; 6. 99D-Rick Diede[7]; 7. 2-Joseph Lewis[5].

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 84-Jacoby Traut[5]; 2. 19-Donavin Wiest[3]; 3. 69-Brian Hanson[2]; 4. 7F-Brian Frederick[1]; 5. 701-Taylor Sargent[4]; 6. 43S-William Siebert[6]; 7. (DNF) 17-Zander Compson[7].

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 34-Alex Kukowski[2]; 2. 08-Zander Bauer[3]; 3. 28-Joshua Wiest[5]; 4. 0-Ryan Erdahl[4]; 5. 79-Chuck Christ[1]; 6. 49-Collin Compson[6].


Feature (8 Laps): 1. 4T-Tripp Nelson[4]; 2. 65-Joseph Banish[2]; 3. 21-Noah Lewis[3]; 4. 8-Gavin Edinger[1]; 5. 83-Qwint irish[6]; 6. 2T-Tom Lewis[5].

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 4T-Tripp Nelson[3]; 2. 65-Joseph Banish[5]; 3. 21-Noah Lewis[4]; 4. 8-Gavin Edinger[6]; 5. 2T-Tom Lewis[2]; 6. (DNF) 83-Qwint irish[1].