Joe Jacobson leads the pack at the Jamestown Speedway
In his career, Jacobson has raced Wissota Street Stock cars and in the Bombers class.
JAMESTOWN — After failing to finish the Bombers feature race on July 16, Joe Jacobson returned to the track with a fixed car on July 23 and got his first win since 2014. The Jamestown native came into the race looking to reclaim the top spot in the standings and get his first win.
“I guess luck played my way and I was able to get into the lead and keep it,” Jacobson said.
Jacobson said his mindset heading into the final lap was dependent on what runner-up Hayden Aberle did.
“Just hoping that No. 10 car would stay behind me, as long as I stayed in my line I felt comfortable with it,” Jacobson said. “But he was there a few times and showed me a tender and more.”
This summer, Jacobson has competed in six races, compiling five top-five finishes and the aforementioned one win. Jacobson credits his pit crew with helping him be as successful as he has been this season.
“There is no strategy to it I guess,” Jacobson said. “We show up there every weekend and draw numbers for the heat race positioning and what comes of that. It’s a pretty simple operation, we don’t change too much from a heat to a feature. We just drive the car.”
Jacobson returned to the track in 2020 after a six-year absence because he wanted get out of the sport.
“I just felt like it was time to be done and the more we went to races I got back into it,” Jacobson said. “(I) actually bought my old car back that I raced in 2010 that I sold to a guy. I bought that back a year and a half ago ... and that’s what I raced last year.”
Despite sometimes having to go to work at Stutsman Harley-Davidson, he said he takes it easy during the day in the lead-up to a race.
“Usually, I like it to be laid back," Jacobson said. "I don’t like to do a whole lot. On Saturday mornings, we get up and look over the car or stuff like that. Some weekends, I have to work but usually, I like to be pretty calm and check things over.”
In the moments before the race starts, Jacobson said he is concentrating on staying safe and making sure he puts himself in a position to win.
“Basically hope everything works on the car and stays together and we stay out of mischief,” Jacobson said. “Hopefully, we don’t get into any wrecks or cause any stuff that would put a scale in it or cause us to get a black flag or anything like that. I guess it’s a respect thing for other drivers as well as your own equipment.”
In the 2021 season, Jacobson finished 11th, with three top-five finishes and seven top-10 finishes. As far as what has given him the ability to climb up the standings, Jacobson said it is participating more.
“Last year, I took some nights so I knew I wasn’t contending with any points deals," Jacobson said. "This year, it was our goal to see what we could do. I guess I didn’t expect to be where I am now."