Tom Berry Jr. has been setting the state's IMCA Modified scene on fire in 2019.

The 24-year-old driver from Newburg, N.D., won his eighth feature of the season Saturday at Jamestown Speedway, claiming the opening night of the 30th annual Dakota Classic Modified Tour. Berry outlasted 75 total drivers in attendance and led the final 19 laps of the 30-lap feature after starting seventh.

The victory was also Berry's 15th top five in 18 shows. The six-night tour rolls north to Nodak Speedway in Minot on Sunday.

"Awesome night," Berry said. "I can't believe I even won a Dakota Mod Tour race."

Berry is attempting to complete a fourth consecutive Dakota Classic Tour, placing a personal-best fifth in the tour's points standings in 2016. Three-time defending Tour champion Hunter Marriott of Brookfield, Missouri, completed two laps Saturday and was scored with a DNF in 27th place.

Berry used the high side of the track to overtake Justin O'Brien of West Union, Iowa, following a restart with 19 laps remaining. Just prior to the caution, Berry was under pressure in third from Iowa's Joel Rust, who showed the Newburg driver the high side was the place to be.

Luckily for Berry, second-place runner Matt Aukland of Glyndon, Minn., chose to restart on the bottom, which handed Berry the winning lane up top.

"Can a get a redo on that restart?" Aukland asked after finishing second. "Yeah, (Berry's) good. He's probably a little bit better than me, but, yeah, live and learn."

Berry shot past both Aukland and O'Brien when the field retook the green flag. O'Brien, who claimed a Tour victory in Jamestown in 2014, finished third, while Rust -- who started 10th -- faded to ninth.

"(O'Brien) had the car on the bottom and he was a sitting duck. So, I mean, I probably would've got past the same way," said Berry, who has been driving a modified since the age of 15. "Like I said, Joel was going by me. If we wouldn't have had a caution, he would've got by me and took the lead probably. So that caution worked out in our favor."

Also working in Berry's favor was a bit of bad luck thrust upon 2014 Tour winner Jeff Taylor. The Cave City, Arkansas, native drew the pole for the feature but snapped an axle while taking the green at the start of the race.

Taylor was scored 28th in the 29-car field.

"I had a good car tonight," Taylor said. "Tom's been good lately and hat's off to him. I don't know if we could've run with him or not, but I definitely know I had a top two or three car."

The broken axle came during a third chance at attempting to complete the race's opening lap after a pair of quick caution flags. The misfortune handed the early lead over to outside polesitter O'Brien, who led the first 11 circuits.

"It blows my mind really," Taylor said. "I've raced 20 years (and) that's the first time I've ever broke an axle. It's just one of them things."

A handful of Jamestown Speedway regulars advanced to Saturday's main event, including Lisbon's Jarrett Carter. Carter started fourth after winning the first of eight heat races and ran second for three laps following Taylor's misfortune at the start.

But once the track began to burn off, so did Carter's speed. He'd fade to finish 20th.

"We got free on entry, and once you kinda break traction with these tires it seems like it's hard to gain it back once you get sliding," Carter said. "We should've tightened it up. I was prepared for more rubbered down all the way around and it just kinda had a few spots, so we left it a little freer than we should've."

Turtle Lake's Marcus Tomlinson finished just behind Carter in 21st, while Fargo's Casey Arneson placed 14th. Jamestown's Jason Grimes and Underwood's Marlyn Seidler also qualified for Saturday's feature.

Following Minot, the tour travels to Estevan (Saskatchewan), Williston and Dickinson, before finishing at Mandan on Thursday, July 11.

Results

Dakota Class Modified Tour
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At Jamestown Speedway
July 6
(Starting positions in brackets)

A Feature 1 (30 Laps): 1. 11X-Tom Berry Jr, [7]; 2. 12A-Matt Aukland, [5]; 3. 12J-Justin O'Brien, [2]; 4. 99-Shawn Strand, [3]; 5. 12H-Mike Hansen, [12]; 6. 112-Jason Hughes, [18]; 7. 44T-Tanner Black, [15]; 8. 14T-Travis Hagen, [9]; 9. 26J-Joel Rust, [10]; 10. 69-Lucas Schott, [22]; 11. 9H-Robert Hellebust, [23]; 12. 33-Allen Kent, [11]; 13. 9-Billy Kendall III, [13]; 14. 2A-Casey Arneson, [17]; 15. 02-Kody Scholpp, [20]; 16. 87H-Brad Hartigan, [21]; 17. 27W-Jason Wolla, [27]; 18. 75-Spencer Wilson, [24]; 19. O19-Travis Olheiser, [8]; 20. 91C-Jarrett Carter, [4]; 21. 5T-Marcus Tomlinson, [25]; 22. 60-Tyler Hall, [28]; 23. (DNF) 99G-Jason Grimes, [14]; 24. (DNF) 7-Marlyn Seidler, [6]; 25. (DNF) 21-Jacob Bleess, [29]; 26. (DNF) 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr, [19]; 27. (DNF) 62-Hunter Marriott, [26]; 28. (DNF) 5JT-Jeff Taylor, [1]; 29. (DNF) 6D-Dylan Goplen, [16].

B Feature 1 (15 Laps): 1. 2A-Casey Arneson, [1]; 2. 02-Kody Scholpp, [2]; 3. 9H-Robert Hellebust, [5]; 4. 62-Hunter Marriott, [10]; 5. 21-Jacob Bleess, [7]; 6. 71C-Troy Cordes, [8]; 7. 2E-Josh Eberhardt, [13]; 8. 4T-Troy Heupel, [3]; 9. 6Z-Zach Dockter, [4]; 10. 25-Hank Berry, [12]; 11. 84-Travis Traut, [11]; 12. 3S-Jesse Skalicky, [16]; 13. 52A-Randy Artz, [9]; 14. 14G-Greg Gustus, [17]; 15. 79-Billie Christ, [15]; 16. 97-Cole Anderson, [6]; 17. 1-Mark Dahl, [18]; 18. 92P-John Parmeley, [19]; 19. (DNF) 478-Brock Beeter, [14]; (DNS) 32R-Alan Riley.

B Feature 2 (15 Laps): 1. 112-Jason Hughes, [1]; 2. 87H-Brad Hartigan, [4]; 3. 75-Spencer Wilson, [11]; 4. 27W-Jason Wolla, [12]; 5. 2*-Don Gumke, [2]; 6. 96D-Tracy Domagala, [6]; 7. 15T-Myles Tomlinson, [8]; 8. 0L-Lucas Lamberies, [9]; 9. 71S-Brent Schlafmann, [3]; 10. 17-Jon Plowman, [19]; 11. 24B-Chris Bragg, [7]; 12. 14A-Reese Artz, [5]; 13. 29A-Les McLenehan, [17]; 14. 83-Dale Neitzel, [13]; 15. 83H-Jason Hicks, [16]; 16. 18G-Randy Gordon, [10]; 17. 72X-Kyler Jeffrey, [20]; 18. 28-Cody Blixt, [18]; 19. (DNF) 36-Cody Peterson, [14]; 20. (DNF) 91-Jason Dinius, [15].

B Feature 3 (15 Laps): 1. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr, [4]; 2. 69-Lucas Schott, [3]; 3. 5T-Marcus Tomlinson, [1]; 4. 60-Tyler Hall, [10]; 5. 72-Austin Wolf, [11]; 6. 19F-John Flory, [5]; 7. 2J-Jerry Martin, [2]; 8. 12-Justin Bieber, [15]; 9. 58-Shawn Nostdahl, [8]; 10. 26-Crist Pittenger, [12]; 11. 31-Kevin Bliese, [16]; 12. 3B-Brian Brennan, [19]; 13. 57-Dwight Wegner, [13]; 14. 33M-Danny Meier, [17]; 15. 4-Jordan Huettl, [9]; 16. 2-Rusty Kollman, [6]; 17. 5-John Corell, [14]; 18. 19-Lucas Rodin, [7]; 19. 3-Travis Ulmer, [18].

Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 91C-Jarrett Carter, [1]; 2. 14T-Travis Hagen, [8]; 3. 87H-Brad Hartigan, [3]; 4. 69-Lucas Schott, [6]; 5. 96D-Tracy Domagala, [7]; 6. 2-Rusty Kollman, [9]; 7. 4-Jordan Huettl, [10]; 8. 83H-Jason Hicks, [4]; 9. (DNF) 92P-John Parmeley, [5]; 10. (DNF) 72X-Kyler Jeffrey, [2].

Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 99-Shawn Strand, [2]; 2. 9-Billy Kendall III, [4]; 3. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr, [3]; 4. 0L-Lucas Lamberies, [1]; 5. 19-Lucas Rodin, [6]; 6. 75-Spencer Wilson, [5]; 7. 25-Hank Berry, [8]; 8. 27W-Jason Wolla, [10]; 9. 29A-Les McLenehan, [7]; 10. (DNF) 17-Jon Plowman, [9].

Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 11X-Tom Berry Jr, [1]; 2. 99G-Jason Grimes, [4]; 3. 26J-Joel Rust, [8]; 4. 58-Shawn Nostdahl, [2]; 5. 60-Tyler Hall, [3]; 6. 9H-Robert Hellebust, [10]; 7. 478-Brock Beeter, [5]; 8. 12-Justin Bieber, [7]; 9. 31-Kevin Bliese, [9]; 10. 28-Cody Blixt, [6].

Heat 4 (10 Laps): 1. O19-Travis Olheiser, [3]; 2. 2*-Don Gumke, [1]; 3. 33-Allen Kent, [7]; 4. 52A-Randy Artz, [2]; 5. 71C-Troy Cordes, [6]; 6. 21-Jacob Bleess, [9]; 7. 36-Cody Peterson, [4]; 8. 79-Billie Christ, [8]; 9. 33M-Danny Meier, [5].

Heat 5 (10 Laps): 1. 12A-Matt Aukland, [2]; 2. 2J-Jerry Martin, [1]; 3. 4T-Troy Heupel, [4]; 4. 2A-Casey Arneson, [8]; 5. 15T-Myles Tomlinson, [6]; 6. 72-Austin Wolf, [5]; 7. 26-Crist Pittenger, [7]; 8. 57-Dwight Wegner, [9]; 9. (DNF) 3B-Brian Brennan, [3].

Heat 6 (10 Laps): 1. 5JT-Jeff Taylor, [2]; 2. 44T-Tanner Black, [4]; 3. 19F-John Flory, [1]; 4. 112-Jason Hughes, [8]; 5. 02-Kody Scholpp, [9]; 6. 62-Hunter Marriott, [7]; 7. 2E-Josh Eberhardt, [6]; 8. 14G-Greg Gustus, [3]; 9. 1-Mark Dahl, [5].

Heat 7 (10 Laps): 1. 7-Marlyn Seidler, [3]; 2. 5T-Marcus Tomlinson, [2]; 3. 71S-Brent Schlafmann, [4]; 4. 14A-Reese Artz, [5]; 5. 84-Travis Traut, [1]; 6. 24B-Chris Bragg, [9]; 7. 83-Dale Neitzel, [6]; 8. 91-Jason Dinius, [8]; 9. (DNF) 3-Travis Ulmer, [7].

Heat 8 (10 Laps): 1. 12J-Justin O'Brien, [5]; 2. 6D-Dylan Goplen, [4]; 3. 97-Cole Anderson, [1]; 4. 12H-Mike Hansen, [9]; 5. 6Z-Zach Dockter, [8]; 6. 18G-Randy Gordon, [7]; 7. 5-John Corell, [3]; 8. 3S-Jesse Skalicky, [6]; 9. (DNF) 32R-Alan Riley, [2].

Special 1 (15 Laps): 1. 21-Jacob Bleess, [1]; 2. 72-Austin Wolf, [3]; 3. 71C-Troy Cordes, [4]; 4. 96D-Tracy Domagala, [5]; 5. 0L-Lucas Lamberies, [11]; 6. 15T-Myles Tomlinson, [8]; 7. 12-Justin Bieber, [12]; 8. 19F-John Flory, [6]; 9. 2*-Don Gumke, [2]; 10. 2J-Jerry Martin, [9]; 11. 17-Jon Plowman, [17]; 12. 26-Crist Pittenger, [18]; 13. 84-Travis Traut, [19]; 14. 2E-Josh Eberhardt, [7]; 15. 31-Kevin Bliese, [21]; 16. (DNF) 4T-Troy Heupel, [10]; 17. (DNF) 6Z-Zach Dockter, [13]; (DNS) 71S-Brent Schlafmann, ; (DNS) 25-Hank Berry, ; (DNS) 58-Shawn Nostdahl, ; (DNS) 24B-Chris Bragg.

IMCA Stock Cars

A Feature 1 (25 Laps): 1. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr, [3]; 2. 66Z-Elijah Zevenbergen, [1]; 3. 20F-Dalton Flory, [5]; 4. 0-Scott Gartner, [20]; 5. 81-Matt Speckman, [4]; 6. 20-Joe Flory, [7]; 7. 17-Austin Daae, [8]; 8. 28M-Keith Mattox, [11]; 9. 22-Hunter Fears, [9]; 10. 94-Aden Clark, [22]; 11. 16B-Justin Bachmeier, [21]; 12. 49-Tim Compson, [14]; 13. 21C-Chase Davidson Jr, [15]; 14. 211-Joe Schrodt, [12]; 15. 7-Randy Schultz, [18]; 16. (DNF) 27X-Mike Hagen, [16]; 17. (DNF) 68-Jeremy Swanson, [19]; 18. (DNF) 34-Jordan Zillmer, [10]; 19. (DNF) 11S-Michael Swallers, [6]; 20. (DNF) 9Z-AJ Zimmerman, [17]; 21. (DNF) 99R-Chris Hortness, [2]; (DNS) 82P-John Parmeley.

Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 66Z-Elijah Zevenbergen, [2]; 2. 11S-Michael Swallers, [1]; 3. 17-Austin Daae, [6]; 4. 211-Joe Schrodt, [3]; 5. (DNF) 82P-John Parmeley, [4]; 6. (DNF) 27X-Mike Hagen, [8]; 7. (DNF) 68-Jeremy Swanson, [7]; 8. (DNF) 94-Aden Clark, [5].

Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 99R-Chris Hortness, [2]; 2. 81-Matt Speckman, [1]; 3. 20-Joe Flory, [6]; 4. 34-Jordan Zillmer, [4]; 5. 49-Tim Compson, [3]; 6. 9Z-AJ Zimmerman, [5]; 7. (DNF) 0-Scott Gartner, [7].

Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr, [4]; 2. 20F-Dalton Flory, [3]; 3. 22-Hunter Fears, [1]; 4. 28M-Keith Mattox, [5]; 5. 21C-Chase Davidson Jr, [6]; 6. 7-Randy Schultz, [7]; 7. (DNF) 16B-Justin Bachmeier, [2].