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Jamestown Speedway releases 2017 schedule

It's been two years since sprint cars have turned circles at Jamestown Speedway. That streak will end on June 10, when the Northern Outlaw Sprint Association is scheduled to be back in Jamestown. The date is just one in a loaded, 17-night 2017 sc...

The Northern Outlaw Sprint Association will be returning to Jamestown Speedway in 2017 after a two-year absence. The sprints are scheduled to race in Jamestown on June 10. Michael Savaloja / The Sun
The Northern Outlaw Sprint Association will be returning to Jamestown Speedway in 2017 after a two-year absence. The sprints are scheduled to race in Jamestown on June 10. Michael Savaloja / The Sun

It's been two years since sprint cars have turned circles at Jamestown Speedway.

That streak will end on June 10, when the Northern Outlaw Sprint Association is scheduled to be back in Jamestown. The date is just one in a loaded, 17-night 2017 schedule released by the speedway.

The track's annual test and tune commences April 29th, with opening night to follow on May 6.

"We're concentrating on a good, hardcore racing program this year," Jamestown Speedway owner Keith Veil said. "We're very serious about our program, and we're planning on focusing hard on the track, our fans and our sponsors."

The speedway rebounded in the final three weeks of 2016, after a combination of weather-related events and experimentation with dust control agents produced heavy track conditions substandard to Jamestown Speedway's reputation.

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Veil said he's confident, with the help of Mother Nature and lessons learned, the track's surface will again lend itself to multiple-lane racing. Rain events during the week last summer disrupted track prep for Saturday night's green-flag action again and again.

"We made a lot of mistakes on the track last year, but Mother Nature wasn't very kind to us either," Veil said. "We were aware of that and worked on it. The last three races of the year, the track was phenomenal."

Dust should remain under control, Veil said, but not completely eliminated.

"The wetting agent isn't a cure-all," Veil explained. "What it does is bind dirt together and will take care of 50 to 60 percent of dust issues. But we learned some things at the end of last year and we're anxious to put it into practice."

Plenty of big nights dot the speedway's schedule, starting with the NOSA sprints in the second week of the June. Grand Forks' Austin Pierce was the NOSA feature winner here in July of 2014, the last time the sprints were featured.

Just 13 sprint cars, however, raced in Jamestown that evening.

"They're excited about being here and promised they'd put on a good show," Veil said. "We made room for them this year."

The speedway will host a Dakota Legends' tour race on June 17, and will once again open the six-night IMCA Dakota Classic Modified Tour on July 8. The tour brought 99 modifieds to Jamestown last July, but the feature was rained out.

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"We have a lot of big nights planned this year, and that promises to be a big, big night of racing," Veil said. "And, we have the Sanders Modified Challenge, another IMCA tour, coming to the track Aug. 19."

In between, the Northern Late Model Association will visit on Aug. 5. Jamestown Speedway will also be in action on July 4, a Tuesday, as part of the annual Fireworks Spectacular.

The season wraps up with track championship night Aug. 26, followed by the 46th annual Stock Car Stampede on Sept. 22-23.

The weekly lineup will again include IMCA Modifieds, WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, WISSOTA Street Stocks, Central Dakota Pure Stocks and Slingshots. Veil said efforts to be wrapped up by 10 p.m. will be amplified this season.

"That's going to be the main target we'll be shooting for," Veil said. "People want it to be a three-hour show."

Jamestown Speedway

2017 Schedule

APRIL

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29th: Test and tune

MAY

6th: Opening night

13th: Points race

20th: Points race

27th: No races

JUNE

3rd: Points race

10th: NOSA Sprint Cars

17th: ND Legends Tour Race

24th: Points race

JULY

1st: No races

4th: Fireworks Spectacular

8th: Dakota Classic Modified Tour (opening night)

15th Points race

22nd: Points race

29th: No races

AUGUST

5th: NLRA Late Models

12th: Points race

19th: Sanders Modified Challenge

26th: Season championship

SEPTEMBER

22nd-23rd: 46th Annual Stock Car Stampede

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Savaloja is the sports lead writer for The Jamestown Sun.
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