Whether or not Marlyn Seidler coulda ran down Eric Edwards mattered little Saturday night at Jamestown Speedway.

Edwards’ IMCA-approved four-link rear suspension coughed up its driver's side lower bar while leading the 25-lap modified feature, handing the top spot over to Seidler with 16 laps to the finish. Edwards, from nearby Edgeley, surrendered under caution after leading the first nine circuits from the pole position.

“One of the bottom bars on the four-bar broke, so then the rear end slid ahead,” Edwards said. “I knew something was broke … I thought it was the Panhard bar or the J-bar was broke to start with.

“Something didn’t feel right and I didn’t want to wreck it.”

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Seidler led the rest of the way and moved four IMCA career victories away from No. 100. The June 20 winner here started third and was mounting a charge at Edwards on the high side when the gremlin essentially decided the race.

“I think we’d have been OK if I’d have kept working the top,” Seidler said. “When I went up there I kinda had to feel it out there for a lap, lap-and a-half, and I was keeping up with him doing that.”

“I was kinda worried about somebody coming by me up there, too, later in the race,” added the veteran from Underwood, N.D. “But I couldn’t see giving up the bottom once we had the lead, either.”

Eric Edwards (14) hangs off Turn 2 during an IMCA modified heat race at Jamestown Speedway on Saturday, July 18, 2020. Michael Savaloja / The Sun
Eric Edwards (14) hangs off Turn 2 during an IMCA modified heat race at Jamestown Speedway on Saturday, July 18, 2020. Michael Savaloja / The Sun

Edwards was looking for a third top-five finish and first victory of 2020. Carrington’s Rusty Kollman came from seventh to finish a season-high third, John Nord placed fourth and John Corell Sr. settled in fifth after starting 10th in the 14-car field.

“On the caution, they were pointing for me to go high so I don’t know if Marlyn was coming on the high side or not?” Edwards said. “I woulda probably just stayed down low if I coulda kept running, but I decided I better park it for the $500. It’s not worth wrecking a car.”

Domagala dashes past dad

Hunter Domagala’s 2020 street stock season has been memorable in more ways than one.

The 24-year-old from Bismarck is racing alongside his father, Tracy Domagala, this summer, and the pair have been finding each other on the race track. The duo ran 1-2 at Mandan on July 10 and again at Underwood on June 27, with Hunter beating dad -- a former IMCA Modified driver -- both times.

On Saturday, Domagala drove from eighth to first, passing dad for second with eight laps remaining and getting around leader Jerry Lamb three circuits later to notch his third victory of the season.

Tracy Domagala finished third after starting fifth of 18 cars. Prior to his switching to a street, the elder Domagala had won five modified features since claiming victory in the 2016 Jamestown Stock Car Stampede.

“It’s a blast,” Hunter Domagala said. “Being able to run side by side with him and, I think, for the last three races me and him have battled for first and second.

“There’s nothing that tops it. It’s awesome.”

Hunter Domagala (97) leads a pack of cars during a street stock heat race at Jamestown Speedway on July 18, 2020. Michael Savaloja / The Sun
Hunter Domagala (97) leads a pack of cars during a street stock heat race at Jamestown Speedway on July 18, 2020. Michael Savaloja / The Sun

Bob Banish Jr. placed second, Lamb slid to fourth and Kasey Ussatis motored to fifth from 14th in his second appearance here this year.

“We’ve had a good car all year,” Domagala said. “I knew if we just kept the car clean, kept it straight … we’d a have good chance. The cars out here are just phenomenal competition.”

Reinke, Davenport, Braseth all win

Lisbon brothers Nate and Zack Reinke staked themselves to another 1-2 finish in the Midwest modified ranks.

Nate started seventh and led the final 12 of 20 laps after sneaking past Kelly Hagel on the high side for the top spot. Zach Reinke passed seven cars en route from ninth to runner-up.

The duo swept the top two feature positions four times in 2019 -- with each brother winning twice. Nate beat Zach twice at Sheyenne Speedway in Lisbon, while Zach bested Nate in Lisbon and again in Jamestown last Aug. 24.

“Haven’t run the same setup once this year in this car, and this is the most drastic change we’ve put in it,” said Nate Reinke, who picked up victory No. 1 this season. “The guy behind me knows.

“I signed up here to beat him and everybody else. Man, I love it for our family racing team.”

Hagel began the race in eighth and led four circuits before being overtaken by Nate Reinke. Chris Mack and Travis Traut also led laps.

“I got down on his door, cause I couldn’t move all the way to the top,” Reinke said of his move on Hagel. “Made my way by, then I seen everybody musta been using that bottom with that moisture down there so I just figured I had to stay there.”

Zach worked by Hagel with four laps remaining. Jeffery Schwind Jr., the June 20 winner here, placed fourth.

“A lot of patience early and then a little bit of 'shut my eyes and go for it' the last 10 (laps),” Zach Reinke said. “I’d have liked a shot at him, but it’s fun to go 1-2.”

A.J. Davenport (51) leads a small train of bombers toward the back straightaway at Jamestown Speedway on Saturday, July 18, 2020. Michael Savaloja / The Sun
A.J. Davenport (51) leads a small train of bombers toward the back straightaway at Jamestown Speedway on Saturday, July 18, 2020. Michael Savaloja / The Sun

Bismarck’s A.J. Davenport survived seven total caution flags in the 15-lap bombers feature, winning in Jamestown for the first time.

Davenport was able to keep his left-rear tire glued to the bottom groove, defeating a field of 17 cars from the fourth starting position.

“I knew I had to stick on the bottom,” Davenport said. “There was that little bit of tack down there and I just had to not overdrive the car.”

The victory was the fourth of the season for Davenport, who’s also earned victories in Mandan and Underwood. Jamestown’s Jarod Klein placed second.

In the legends, Ryan Braseth of Ulen, Minnesota, led the final 10 laps of an all-green 20-lap feature. Sean Johnson took second after leading the opening 10 loops from the pole.

Ryan Braseth (29) picked up the feature win in the legends at Jamestown Speedway on July 18, 2020. Michael Savaloja / The Sun
Ryan Braseth (29) picked up the feature win in the legends at Jamestown Speedway on July 18, 2020. Michael Savaloja / The Sun

Jamestown Speedway

July 18

(Starting positions in brackets)

IMCA Modifieds

Feature (25 Laps): 1. Marlyn Seidler[3]; 2. Spencer Wilson[9]; 3. Rusty Kollman[7]; 4. John Nord[5]; 5. John Correll[10]; 6. Cole Babcock[4]; 7. Lucas Rodin[8]; 8. Scott Gartner[6]; 9. Shawn Becker[11]; 10. Andrew Michel[2]; 11. Darrell Parsons[12]; 12. Erv Grossman[14]; 13. (DNF) Dwight Wegner[15]; 14. (DNF) Eric Edwards[1]; 15. (DNF) Corey Wegner[13].

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. Kollman[6]; 2. Nord[5]; 3. Wilson[8]; 4. Corell[7]; 5. Michel[3]; 6. Becker[4]; 7. C. Wegner[1]; 8. (DNF) D. Wegner[2].

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. Seidler[3]; 2. Edwards[2]; 3. Rodin[6]; 4. Babcock[4]; 5. Gartner[5]; 6. Parsons[7]; 7. (DNF) Grossman[1].

WISSOTA Street Stocks

Feature (20 Laps): 1. Hunter Domagala[8]; 2. Robert Banish Jr[6]; 3. Tracy Domagala[5]; 4. Jerry Lamb[1]; 5. Kasey Ussatis[14]; 6. Rory Opp[3]; 7. Jay Schlotfeldt[4]; 8. Jason Berg[2]; 9. Kelly Hoerner[13]; 10. Christopher Ritter[7]; 11. Dustin Erickson[17]; 12. Jaden Christ[10]; 13. Tyler Schrenk[12]; 14. Ashley Wampler[18]; 15. Jordan Johnson[11]; 16. (DNF) Billie Christ[9]; 17. (DNS) Austin Geigle; 18. (DQ) Brian Hanson Jr[15].

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. Lamb[4]; 2. Ritter[3]; 3. B. Christ[6]; 4. J. Christ[1]; 5. Hoerner[5]; 6. Hanson Jr[2].

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. Berg[2]; 2. T. Domagala[5]; 3. Banish[3]; 4. Johnson[1]; 5. (DNF) Geigle[4]; 6. (DNF) Erickson[6].

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. H. Domagala[1]; 2. Opp[2]; 3. Schlotfeldt[3]; 4. Schrenk[5]; 5. Ussatis[6]; 6. (DNF) Wampler[4].

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds

Feature (20 Laps): 1. Nate Reinke[7]; 2. Zach Reinke[9]; 3. Kelly Hagel[8]; 4. Jeffrey Schwind Jr[12]; 5. Jaren Wibstad[11]; 6. Jim Morlock[10]; 7. Arin Beyer[15]; 8. Travis Traut[3]; 9. Charlie Christ[4]; 10. Troy Nelson[6]; 11. Andrew Kapp[2]; 12. Scott Bintz[19]; 13. Aaron Michel[16]; 14. Tony Smith[18]; 15. Caleb Johnson[21]; 16. (DNF) Todd Duchscherer[17]; 17. (DNF) Terry Sahr[5]; 18. (DNF) Brady Jawaski[22]; 19. (DNF) Kevin Oeder[20]; 20. (DNF) Jason Thoms[14]; 21. (DNF) Chris Mack[1]; 22. (DNF) Lucas Rodin[13].

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. Hagel[2]; 2. Christ[4]; 3. Traut[3]; 4. Morlock[6]; 5. Rodin[5]; 6. Michel[7]; 7. Bintz[1]; 8. Johnson[8].

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. Mack[4]; 2. Kapp[1]; 3. N. Reinke[2]; 4. Wibstad[6]; 5. Thoms[3]; 6. Duchscherer[5]; 7. (DNF) Jawaski[7].

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. Nelson[5]; 2. Z. Reinke[3]; 3. Sahr[1]; 4. Schwind[7]; 5. Beyer[4]; 6. Smith[6]; 7. Oeder[2].

INEX Legends

Feature (20 Laps): 1. Ryan Braseth[9]; 2. Sean Johnson[1]; 3. Tye Wilke[10]; 4. Nate Keena[12]; 5. Brody Carlsrud[7]; 6. Donavin Wiest[8]; 7. Alex Braseth[6]; 8. Dylan Johnson[5]; 9. Brian Frederick[3]; 10. Chuck Christ[2]; 11. Brian Hanson[11]; 12. Joshua Wiest[4]; 13. Jacoby Traut[13]; 14. Collin Compson[15]; 15. (DNF) Terry Sahr[14].

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. Wilke[6]; 2. Carlsrud[3]; 3. J. Wiest[1]; 4. A. Braseth[7]; 5. Christ[5]; 6. Hanson[8]; 7. Traut[2]; 8. Compson[4].

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. R. Braseth[2]; 2. S. Johnson[1]; 3. D. Wiest[7]; 4. Frederick[4]; 5. D. Johnson[5]; 6. Keena[6]; 7. (DNF) Sahr[3].

Bombers

Feature (15 Laps): 1. AJ Davenport[4]; 2. Jarod Klein[6]; 3. Nick Thoreson[12]; 4. Matthew Duchscherer[5]; 5. Dylan Steele[16]; 6. Dalton Aabrekke[11]; 7. Billy Carow[7]; 8. Erik Busche[1]; 9. Matt Miller[17]; 10. Karlie Hoerner[9]; 11. Leann Christensen[10]; 12. Kelby Anderson[15]; 13. (DNF) Jeremy Herr[13]; 14. (DNF) Asher Williams[2]; 15. (DNF) Hayden Aberle[3]; 16. (DNF) Lane Stoppleworth[8]; 17. (DNF) Travis Edinger[14].

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. Davenport[4]; 2. Williams[2]; 3. Aberle[1]; 4. Carow[9]; 5. Hoerner[7]; 6. Aabrekke[5]; 7. Herr[6]; 8. Anderson[3]; 9. Steele[8].

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. Stoppleworth[4]; 2. Duchscherer[2]; 3. Busche[1]; 4. Klein[3]; 5. Christensen[5]; 6. Thoreson[7]; 7. Edinger[8]; 8. (DNF) Miller[6].