The 2019 addition of the INEX Legends class has been a boon for Jamestown Speedway.

Every week a pack of 1,250-pound throwbacks to the 1930s is found racing three-and four-wide for the lead in the 20-lap feature, and in the middle can be found a Bismarck man having the season of his life. Drew Papke won for an 11th time this season on Saturday, Aug. 10, claiming victory on Jamestown's quarter-mile for a fourth time.

"A lot of hard work in the shop is what it boils down to," Papke said. "We've had some luck on our side and just kept our nose clean. It's just a dream come true, honestly."

Papke motored to the front from ninth out of 16 cars -- eight of which were piloted by Jamestown drivers -- and won a three-car battle for the win in two phases. First, Andrew Jochim lost power while running second between Papke in third and Donavin Wiest out front with seven laps remaining, bringing out the race's fourth and final caution flag.

Second, a fierce battle between Wiest and Papke was momentarily interrupted when Papke inadvertently slammed into the back of a lapped car driven by William Sibert with just four laps to go. But Papke somehow gathered his No. 60 and beat Wiest to the finish by 0.161 seconds after three door-to-door laps.

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"Last couple laps there seemed like a demolition derby," Papke said in victory lane. "That lapped car was squiggling all over and we just pounded him on accident. So, sorry about that but I need a new front bumper too.

"I tried to get low, I tried to get high and he was just thinking the same thing as I was and we ended up touching. But things cleared out and we were still able to pull out."

Beating Wiest brings with it serious street cred. The Wishek native has won nine of the last 10 points championships at Mandan's Dacotah Speedway; he's the defending Jamestown Speedway Stock Car Stampede champion; and he's won INEX Pro Dirt National points titles in 2010, 2012 and 2015.

Wiest holds a 33-point lead over Dylan Johnson of Durbin, North Dakota, in the Jamestown track standings with two points races remaining. Papke is 50 points off the pace in third.

"Donavin, he's one of the best in the legends," Papke said. "This year we're just running with him and having good luck."

Seidler survives in IMCA action

Rusty Kollman (2) and Marlyn Seidler (7) battle for position during an IMCA Modified heat race at Jamestown Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. Michael Savaloja / The Sun
Rusty Kollman (2) and Marlyn Seidler (7) battle for position during an IMCA Modified heat race at Jamestown Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. Michael Savaloja / The Sun

Marlyn Seidler and Casey Arneson both drove into lapped traffic while battling for the IMCA Modified feature lead, but only one would emerge.

Arneson was sent tail-end after being cited for an incident that sent the lapped car of Jeremy Forester spinning off the exit of Turn 2 with 20 of 25 laps in books, and Seidler would hold off Josh Eberhardt and Rusty Kollman to win his second Jamestown Speedway feature and fifth of 2019.

Arneson's misfortune brought out the race's only caution flag.

"That was kind of a mess," Seidler said of the rush-hour traffic. "Three guys were side by side there and there was just no place to go, and, Casey, he's pretty aggressive. He went ahead a made a hole, but, yeah, it didn't work out for him to make that hole."

Seidler's No. 7 machine was also sporting plenty of war wounds from what proved to be a thrilling 25 laps, which started with Kollman leading the first nine circuits from the pole position. Seidler's right front had been shortened a tad and he also donned a caved-in left quarter panel.

Seidler ran Kollman down from seventh in the 20-car field. Arneson shot to second from 11th and set the fastest lap of the race (15.936 seconds) before finishing 13th.

"I got caught up here kinda in the aftermath," Seidler said, directing his attention toward his right-front shock. "But, you know, we were both trying to do the best we could, put on a show for everybody."

Seidler was caught up in a wreck during the opening laps of Friday's feature in Mandan and was scored in 24th. But Saturday's win was the 45-year racing veteran's 19th top 10 of 2019 in his VanderBuilt chassis.

"This thing's been a good ride," Seidler said. "We got kinda lucky with that one, so we'll take it."

Reinke rolls to win

Nate Reinke (71) flies out of Turn 2 at Jamestown Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. Michael Savaloja / The Sun
Nate Reinke (71) flies out of Turn 2 at Jamestown Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. Michael Savaloja / The Sun

Catching Nate Reinke at Jamestown Speedway this summer is once again proving to be difficult.

The defending Jamestown Speedway track champion in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds soared to a 4.258-second advantage on the field over the final 13 green-flag laps, winning his third Jamestown feature of 2019 and second in a row. Kelly Hagel, driving a new Millenium chassis, drove from 14th in the 24-car field to second in his best showing of the summer to date.

"Car was perfect; track was really racy," Reinke said. "Kelly's a good friend. He's a hard competitor, so it's fun to see him sitting behind me over there."

Reinke made up 51 points in the track standings to leader Reise Stenberg, who finished with a DNF in 23rd on Saturday after flipping and landing on his roof near the wall in Turn 1 five laps into the feature. Stenberg leads Reinke by seven markers with just two nights of points racing remaining.

"Win two races," Reinke said. "That's my goal."

Charlie Christ finished third after leading the race's first six laps from the pole. Travis Traut started second and placed fourth.

Banish survives, Carow cruises

Bob Banish Jr. (65) survived a time-shortened, caution-filled WISSOTA Street Stock feature at Jamestown Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. Michael Savaloja / The Sun
Bob Banish Jr. (65) survived a time-shortened, caution-filled WISSOTA Street Stock feature at Jamestown Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. Michael Savaloja / The Sun

Saturday's WISSOTA Street Stock feature didn't make it to a scheduled 20 laps. The race was ended, mercifully, when the eighth yellow flag waived just over 23 minutes into what amounted to bumper cars gone wild.

Jamestown Speedway opts to cut short feature races that reach a duration of 20 minutes. The 16-lap race included eight caution flags -- six over the first seven circuits -- and Bob Banish Jr. survived as the winner.

A load of water was splashed on the track prior to the streets feature. Banish worked his way from ninth to second as the yellows piled up, and he was able to pass Ryan Pommerer on the bottom for the race lead during a five-lap, green-flag spurt.

Banish was able to gash Jonny Carter's points lead at the track from 72 down to 20. Carter was involved in the race's third caution and was scored with a DNF in 24th out of 25 cars.

"Just a lot of luck," Banish said. "Really good restarts and a real narrow lane on the bottom."

The 15-lap bombers feature was caution-free and over in 4 minutes, 34.425 seconds. Billy Carow led the final 12 laps after starting fifth and passing Jayden Michaelsohn for the top spot to complete Lap 4.

Carow's third win at his hometown track has helped him open up a 22-point lead in the track standings over Leann Christensen. Dillon Thorpe is 23 points back, but Carow's focus remains on winning.

"I'm not racing for points, I'm racing for trophies," Carow said.

Jamestown Speedway

Aug. 10

Results

(Starting position in brackets)

IMCA Modifieds

A Feature 1 (25 Laps): 1. 7-Marlyn Seidler, [7]; 2. 2E-Josh Eberhardt, [10]; 3. 2-Rusty Kollman, [1]; 4. 91-Jarrett Carter, [6]; 5. 29C-Drew Christianson, [14]; 6. 77R-Ryan Schroeder, [3]; 7. 2*-Don Gumke, [20]; 8. 14-Eric Edwards, [8]; 9. 98-John Nord, [9]; 10. 19-Lucas Rodin, [5]; 11. 5-John Corell, [4]; 12. 31-Kevin Bliese, [13]; 13. 2A-Casey Arneson, [11]; 14. 79-Billie Christ, [2]; 15. 6Z-Zach Dockter, [12]; 16. 22F-Jeremy Forester, [15]; 17. 86C-Darren Pfau, [17]; 18. 84-Clinton Dunwoody, [18]; 19. 57-Dwight Wegner, [19]; 20. 56-Shawn Becker, [16]; 21. (DNF) 24X-Steve Ost, [21].

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 91-Jarrett Carter, [4]; 2. 98-John Nord, [5]; 3. 6Z-Zach Dockter, [6]; 4. 5-John Corell, [3]; 5. 31-Kevin Bliese, [7]; 6. 56-Shawn Becker, [2]; 7. 57-Dwight Wegner, [1].

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 2-Rusty Kollman, [1]; 2. 7-Marlyn Seidler, [4]; 3. 2E-Josh Eberhardt, [5]; 4. 79-Billie Christ, [2]; 5. 29C-Drew Christianson, [6]; 6. 86C-Darren Pfau, [7]; 7. 2*-Don Gumke, [3].

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 14-Eric Edwards, [4]; 2. 2A-Casey Arneson, [5]; 3. 19-Lucas Rodin, [3]; 4. 77R-Ryan Schroeder, [2]; 5. 22F-Jeremy Forester, [1]; 6. 84-Clinton Dunwoody, [6]; (DNS) 24X-Steve Ost.

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds

A Feature 1 (20 Laps): 1. 71-Nate Reinke, [7]; 2. 271-Kelly Hagel, [14]; 3. 27X-Charlie Christ, [1]; 4. 84-Travis Traut, [2]; 5. 4-Arin Beyer, [10]; 6. 22-Zach Reinke, [15]; 7. 97M-Jim Morlock, [4]; 8. 18A-Brock Gronwold, [6]; 9. 36W-Jaren Wibstad, [16]; 10. 9K-Andrew Kapp, [11]; 11. #1-Tony Smith, [22]; 12. 19-Lucas Rodin, [20]; 13. 28-Brennon Weight, [9]; 14. 0-Troy Nelson, [18]; 15. 12-Jaden Varnson, [13]; 16. 3-Jeffrey Schwind Jr, [24]; 17. 735-Tanner Theis, [19]; 18. 111-Jason Halverson, [8]; 19. 20-Caleb Johnson, [23]; 20. 56-Laine Schwehr, [21]; 21. (DNF) 17-Jason Thoms, [3]; 22. (DNF) 17S-Lance Schill, [5]; 23. (DNF) 87S-Reise Stenberg, [12]; 24. (DNF) 32-Lindsey Hansen, [17].

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 28-Brennon Weight, [1]; 2. 17S-Lance Schill, [4]; 3. 27X-Charlie Christ, [3]; 4. 4-Arin Beyer, [2]; 5. 12-Jaden Varnson, [6]; 6. 36W-Jaren Wibstad, [7]; 7. 735-Tanner Theis, [8]; 8. #1-Tony Smith, [5].

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 111-Jason Halverson, [3]; 2. 84-Travis Traut, [6]; 3. 17-Jason Thoms, [5]; 4. 9K-Andrew Kapp, [4]; 5. 271-Kelly Hagel, [7]; 6. 32-Lindsey Hansen, [1]; 7. 19-Lucas Rodin, [8]; 8. 20-Caleb Johnson, [2].

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 18A-Brock Gronwold, [1]; 2. 71-Nate Reinke, [3]; 3. 97M-Jim Morlock, [2]; 4. 87S-Reise Stenberg, [5]; 5. 22-Zach Reinke, [7]; 6. 0-Troy Nelson, [6]; 7. 56-Laine Schwehr, [8]; 8. 3-Jeffrey Schwind Jr, [4].

Bombers

A Feature 1 (15 Laps): 1. 7C-Billy Carow, [5]; 2. 95-Jayden Michaelsohn, [1]; 3. 8-Travis Edinger, [4]; 4. 79-Lane Stoppleworth, [10]; 5. 10-Hayden Aberle, [2]; 6. 44B-Dylan Bitz, [13]; 7. 77-Jarod Klein, [3]; 8. 24-Leann Christensen, [9]; 9. 14-Gregory Moore, [11]; 10. 50-Paul Morman, [7]; 11. 6T-Dillon Thorpe, [8]; 12. E85-Derrick Appert, [6]; 13. 17-Asher Williams, [14]; 14. 36-Larry Hanson, [12]; 15. 93-Taylor Saari, [16]; (DNS) 68-Matthew Duchscherer.

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 95-Jayden Michaelsohn, [2]; 2. 50-Paul Morman, [1]; 3. 8-Travis Edinger, [8]; 4. 10-Hayden Aberle, [4]; 5. 24-Leann Christensen, [3]; 6. 14-Gregory Moore, [7]; 7. 44B-Dylan Bitz, [5]; 8. (DNF) 68-Matthew Duchscherer, [6].

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 7C-Billy Carow, [5]; 2. 6T-Dillon Thorpe, [3]; 3. 77-Jarod Klein, [8]; 4. E85-Derrick Appert, [1]; 5. 79-Lane Stoppleworth, [6]; 6. 36-Larry Hanson, [7]; 7. 17-Asher Williams, [2]; 8. (DNF) 93-Taylor Saari, [4].

INEX Legends

A Feature 1 (20 Laps): 1. 60-Drew Papke, [9]; 2. 19-Donavin Wiest, [7]; 3. 79B-Billie Christ, [3]; 4. 471-Austin Wiest, [6]; 5. 5D8-Dylan Johnson, [5]; 6. 69-Brian Hanson, [2]; 7. 58-Sean Johnson, [4]; 8. 28-Joshua Wiest, [11]; 9. 7S-Chase Schlafmann, [12]; 10. 7-Chuck Christ, [10]; 11. 84-Jacoby Traut, [13]; 12. 43S-William Siebert, [16]; 13. (DNF) 21-Andrew Jochim, [8]; 14. (DNF) 5-Jaidyn Edinger, [15]; 15. (DNF) 21S-Terry Sahr, [1]; 16. (DNF) 99D-Rick Diede, [14].

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 21-Andrew Jochim, 02:16.000[2]; 2. 19-Donavin Wiest, 02:16.323[1]; 3. 79B-Billie Christ, 02:18.854[4]; 4. 5D8-Dylan Johnson, 02:19.085[8]; 5. 7-Chuck Christ, 02:24.656[7]; 6. 28-Joshua Wiest, 02:27.560[5]; 7. 84-Jacoby Traut, 02:28.825[6]; 8. 5-Jaidyn Edinger, 02:30.273[3].

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 60-Drew Papke, [4]; 2. 471-Austin Wiest, [6]; 3. 21S-Terry Sahr, [2]; 4. 69-Brian Hanson, [3]; 5. 58-Sean Johnson, [5]; 6. 7S-Chase Schlafmann, [7]; 7. 99D-Rick Diede, [1]; 8. 43S-William Siebert, [8].

WISSOTA Street Stocks

A Feature 1 (20 Laps): 1. 65-Robert Banish Jr, [9]; 2. 5P-Ryan Pommerer, [1]; 3. 2U-Kasey Ussatis, [3]; 4. 10-Joe Potter, [7]; 5. 78-Jon Perkins, [2]; 6. 79-Jaden Christ, [15]; 7. 24-Ashley Wampler, [4]; 8. 0-Scott Gartner, [17]; 9. 59-Kyle Anderson, [23]; 10. 22-Cory Rodin, [10]; 11. 17-Christopher Ritter, [16]; 12. 70-Josh Anderson, [20]; 13. 44-Austin Geigle, [19]; 14. 22P-Brandon Palm, [18]; 15. 17F-Colton Fryer, [24]; 16. 9JR-Brian Hanson Jr, [21]; 17. 27J-Jordan Johnson, [22]; 18. 5M-Bradon Miller, [6]; 19. (DNF) 13-Dustin Erickson, [5]; 20. (DNF) B2-Brodee Eckerdt, [11]; 21. (DNF) 33-Daniel Aberle, [14]; 22. (DNF) 20J-Jay Schlotfeldt, [13]; 23. (DNF) 27-Jerry Lamb, [8]; 24. (DNF) 46-Jonny Carter, [25]; 25. (DNF) 5-Royce Jawaski, [12].

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 78-Jon Perkins, [1]; 2. 24-Ashley Wampler, [2]; 3. 13-Dustin Erickson, [3]; 4. 22-Cory Rodin, [4]; 5. 20J-Jay Schlotfeldt, [9]; 6. 17-Christopher Ritter, [7]; 7. 44-Austin Geigle, [8]; 8. 9JR-Brian Hanson Jr, [6]; 9. (DNF) 46-Jonny Carter, [5].

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 65-Robert Banish Jr, [3]; 2. 2U-Kasey Ussatis, [1]; 3. 5M-Bradon Miller, [6]; 4. B2-Brodee Eckerdt, [8]; 5. 33-Daniel Aberle, [7]; 6. 0-Scott Gartner, [4]; 7. (DNF) 59-Kyle Anderson, [5]; 8. (DNF) 17F-Colton Fryer, [2].

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 27-Jerry Lamb, [2]; 2. 5P-Ryan Pommerer, [1]; 3. 10-Joe Potter, [3]; 4. 5-Royce Jawaski, [8]; 5. 79-Jaden Christ, [6]; 6. 22P-Brandon Palm, [4]; 7. 70-Josh Anderson, [7]; 8. 27J-Jordan Johnson, [5].