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RACING WINS: Strand posts NLRA victory after delay at Jamestown Speedway

Jamestown's Scott Bintz (1s) and Valley City's Jeff Carpenter (37) battle for position during a WISSOTA Midwest Modified heat race Saturday at Jamestown Speedway. Michael Savaloja / The Sun1 / 3
Kyle Anderson (59), Jodie Michaelsohn (54) and Bob Banish Jr. (65) sail three-wide through Turn 1 during a WISSOTA Street Stock heat race Saturday at Jamestown Speedway. Michael Savaloja / The Sun2 / 3
GETTING IT IN: Jamestown Speedway finishes entire show Saturday despite rain. A53 / 3

A rain delay of approximately 1 hour, 45 minutes Saturday at Jamestown Speedway didn't put a damper on Dustin Strand's recent hot streak.

The two-time Northern Late Model Racing Association series champ increased his advantage in the 2018 point standings, using lapped traffic to sling past Casey Meyer and lead the final 11 laps of the 30-lap NLRA feature. The victory was the second in as many nights for the East Grand Forks driver, as Strand captured the late model feature Friday in Grand Forks.

"We've been having a great year," Strand said. "It's been pretty consistent. We've had a few off nights, but the car's been really good and the guys have been working their butts off.

"Hopefully we can click a couple more off before it's over."

Jamestown's quarter-mile of dirt held together well after a brief downpour at around 7:45 p.m. brought the program to a halt for nearly two hours. The track would eventually pack and reward diehard fans with lightning-quick laps when racing resumed. Strand's lap of 13.206 seconds in the heat races topped the night.

The 19-car NLRA feature was a whirlwind, lasting just over seven minutes without a single yellow flag. Meyer took command from the outside of the front row from the beginning, but both Strand and lapped cars were in the mix after just seven laps.

"Me and Casey ran side by side for it had to be 15 laps, between lapped cars and through there," said Strand, who started third. "He was pretty dang good on the cushion. I didn't know if I was going to get him if somebody didn't slow him down and it just worked out."

The highspeed game of block and chase ended on the exit of Turn 4 with 11 laps remaining. Strand was able to use the lapped car of Jamestown's Cole Babcock as a pick to scoot past Meyer and overtake the Wahpeton driver's high line to sail to his third NLRA tour victory and sixth overall late model victory of 2018.

Strand entered the night with a 46-point cushion over Winnipeg's Mike Balcaen in the season standings. The NLRA tour continues Sunday in Minot.

"I was in the right lane and a lapped car got up in front of him and we were able to get back up to the cushion," Strand said. "The car was awesome."

It was an awesome day for Strand's family-run Millenium Chassis in general. Victories by Jamestown's Scott Bintz in the WISSOTA B-mods and Fargo's Joey Rowell—Bintz's son-in-law—in the IMCA A-mods gave Millenium Chassis three wins on the night.

Bintz shot from third to first in the opening set of turns after contact up front between Lisbon's Zach Reinke and Carrington's Kelly Hagel gave Bintz a path to the lead. Bintz, who was sitting fourth in WISSOTA Midwest Modified national points last week, led every circuit in his 11th feature victory of the summer.

Rowell picked up his first win of the 2018 season, using the high-side cushion to motor past Jamestown's Randy Kollman for the top spot after three caution flags and four laps completed in the 25-lap IMCA main event. Rowell would later hold off a charge on the bottom from Jamestown's Josh Eberhardt in the closing laps.

Rowell started seventh in the 27-car field, while Eberhardt claimed second after starting 10th and Enderlin's John Nord—a two-time Jamestown winner this summer—flew from 12th to third.

"Joey and Scott both got it done," Strand smiled. "That's really awesome."

Jamestown's Travis Edinger picked up his second consecutive 15-lap bomber feature victory, leading wire to wire from the outside pole. Eckelson's Leann Christensen retained her lead in the bomber track standings with a second-place run.

Jonny Carter won his 10th overall 20-lap WISSOTA Street Stock feature of the season. The Lisbon driver tossed a successful slider at Jamestown's Kyle Anderson for the lead in the first set of turns on the race's third and final restart. Carter led the final eight laps.

Jamestown Speedway

Aug. 4 results

NLRA Late Models

Feature: 1. Dustin Strand; 2. Casey Meyer; 3. Brad Seng; 4. Mike Balcaen; 5. Cole Schill; 6. Ryan Mikkelson; 7. Eric Edwards; 8. Troy Schill; 9. Kevin Robertson; 10. Shane Edginton; 11. Shawn Meyer; 12. Travis Robertson; 13. Brody Troftgruben; 14. Paul Mueller; 15. Ryan Dahl; 16. Erik Robertson; 17. Jesse Teunis; 18. Cole Babcock, DNF; 19. Scott Bintz, DNF.

Heat 1: 1. C. Schill; 2. Edwards; 3. Seng; 4. Balcaen; 5. K. Robertson; 6. Bintz; 7. Teunis, DNF.

Heat 2: 1. C. Meyer; 2. E. Robertson; 3. Troftgruben; 4. Mueller; 5. Dahl; 6. T. Robertson.

Heat 3: 1. Strand; 2. T. Schill; 3. S. Meyer; 4. Mikkelson; 5. Edginton; 6. Babcock.

IMCA Modifieds

Feature: 1. Joey Rowell; 2. Josh Eberhardt; 3. John Nord; 4. Billie Christ; 5. Tracy Domagala; 6. Trent Grager; 7. Marlyn Seidler; 8. Marcus Tomlinson; 9. Eric Edwards; 10. Michael Johnson; 11. Dylan Goplen; 12. Randy Kollman; 13. Jeremy Forester; 14. Mike Tomlinson; 15. Dan aune; 16. Jarrett Carter; 17. Bob Sagen; 18. Dwight Wenger; 19. Crist Pittenger, DNF; 20. Lucas Rodin, DNF; 21. Terry Sahr, DNF; 22. Travis Ulmer, DNF; 23. Darrell Parsons, DNF; 24. Andrew Michel, DNF; 25. Rusty Kollman, DNF; 26. John Corell, DNF; 27. Greg Friestad, DNF.

Heat 1: 1. Grager; 2. Eberhardt; 3. Nord; 4. Domagala; 5. Pittenger; 6. Edwards; 7. Marcus Tomlinson; 8. Parsons; 9. Sahr.

Heat 2: 1. Randy Kollman; 2. Mike Tomlinson; 3. Rusty Kollman; 4. Friestad; 5. Aune; 6. Michel; 7. Goplen; 8. Sagen; 9. Carter.

Heat 3: 1. Forester; 2. Rowell; 3. Corell; 4. Christ; 5. Wegner; 6. Seidler; 7. Johnson; 8. Rodin; 9. Ulmer.

WISSOTA Street Stocks

Feature: 1. Jonny Carter; 2. Bob Banish Jr.; 3. Kyle Anderson; 4. Shawn Becker; 5. Billie Christ; 6. Rory Opp; 7. Jerry Lamb; 8. Jodie Michaelsohn; 9. Royce Jawaski; 10. Dustin Erickson; 11. Hunter Domagala; 12. Austin Geigle; 13. Jason Berg; 14. Chris Ritter; 15. Brian Hanson Jr, DNF; 16. Jaden Christ, DNF; 17. Charlie Christ, DNF; 18. Jeremy Castro, DNF.

Heat 1: 1. Jawaski; 2. Banish; 3. Anderson; 4. Hanson; 5. Domagala; 6. Michaelsohn; 7. Ritter; 8. J. Christ. DNS: C. Christ.

Heat 2: 1. Carter; 2. Becker; 3. B. Christ; 4. Opp; 5. Lamb; 6. Berg; 7. Geigle; 8. Erickson; 9. Castro, DNF.

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds

Feature: 1. Scott Bintz; 2. Zach Reinke; 3. Lucas Rodin; 4. Kelly Hagel; 5. Nate Reinke; 6. Arin Beyer; 7. Travis Traut; 8. Jim Morlock; 9. Rusty Kollman; 10. Jeff Carpenter; 11. Andy Kapp; 12. Jay Sahr; 13. Jeff Schwind Jr.; 14. Tanner Theis; 15. Don Gumke; 16. Laine Schwehr; 17. Lindsey Hansen; 18. Caleb Johnson; 19. Aaron Michel, DNF; 20. Jaren Wibstad, DNF; 21. Skeeter Estey, DNF; 22. Todd Duchscherer. DNS: Jason Thoms.

Heat 1: Z. Reinke; 2. Michel; 3. Theis; 4. N. Reinke; 5. Schwind; 6. Sahr; 7. Johnson; 8. Kollman, DNF.

Heat 2: 1. Traut; 2. Hagel; 3. Beyer; 4. Morlock; 5. Schwehr; 6. Gumke, DNF; 7. Duchscherer, DNF; 8. Thoms, DNF.

Heat 3: 1. Estey; 2. Bintz; 3. Rodin; 4. Carpenter; 5. Kapp; 6. Wibstad; 7. Hansen.


Feature: 1. Travis Edinger; 2. Leann Christensen; 3. Clay Gentzkow; 4. Lane Stoppleworth; 5. Chuck Christ; 6. Dylan Sandberg; 7. Matt Gumke; 8. Karlie Hoerner; 9. Larry Hanson; 10. Hayden Aberle; 11. John Heacox; 12. Billy Carow; 13. Dylan Steele; 14. Greg Moore; 15. Tony Smith, DNF; 16. Erik Busche, DNF.

Heat 1: 1. Gumke; 2. Gentzkow; 3. Smith; 4. Stoppleworth; 5. Busche; 6. Christ; 7. Heacox; 8. Sandberg.

Heat 2: 1. Edinger; 2. Christensen; 3. Carow; 4. Hoerner; 5. Moore; 6. Hanson; 7. Aberle; 8. Steele.

Junior Slingshots

Feature: 1. Jacoby Traut; 2. Jaidyn Edinger; 3. Joseph Banish; 4. Gavin Edinger.

Heat: 1. Traut; 2. Banish; 3. G. Edinger; 4. J. Edinger.

Michael Savaloja

Hometown: Churchs Ferry, N.D.; College: North Dakota

A recipient of the NDHSCA Award of Merit, Savaloja has been reporting sports for The Sun since 2008.

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