Defending WISSOTA national champion Jonny Carter needs to draw a royal flush today at his hometown track in Lisbon.

The 15-race Steffes WISSOTA Street Stock Tour will crown a champion Sunday at Sheyenne River Speedway and the man already holding a straight flush is Eric Riley. Winner of four tour races this summer, Riley clings to a two-point lead -- 402 to 400 -- over Carter in the championship standings following Carter's third tour win Saturday night at Jamestown Speedway.

But looks can be deceiving.

Only a driver's top eight shows are tallied in the final standings, with wins amounting to 50 points, second place 48, third place 47 and so on. Carter can only replace a 48, meaning he must win -- AND earn Sunday's hard charger bonus point -- to sneak past Riley for the title, 403-402.

Oh yeah, Riley can't finish better than third in that scenario, either. The Morris, Minnesota, driver can replace a 47.

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Jamestown's Jon Perkins (78) gives Yipsilanti's Tyler Schrenk a little help over the Turn 2 embankment during a Steffes WISSOTA Street Stock Tour heat race at Jamestown Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. Michael Savaloja / The Sun
Jamestown's Jon Perkins (78) gives Yipsilanti's Tyler Schrenk a little help over the Turn 2 embankment during a Steffes WISSOTA Street Stock Tour heat race at Jamestown Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. Michael Savaloja / The Sun

"Eric's got a pretty good hold on it," said Carter, who earned $1,000 for the win and also banked tour victories in Mandan (June 12) and Devils Lake (June 20) "But, you know, anything's possible. We gotta get a hard charger if we're gonna do it.

"We're hanging on just having fun, trying to win some races again."

Carter survived a wild, six-caution race Saturday, motoring from the sixth starting position to lead the final 10 of 20 laps, getting underneath and forcing himself past polesitter Justin Vogel for the top spot at halfway. The night got worse for Vogel, the 2018 WISSOTA national champion from Brooten, Minnesota.

He'd spin and finish off the track in 20th after attempting to get back under Carter in Turns 3 and 4 on Lap 12. Vogel has tour wins in Lisbon and Miller, South Dakota, and sat third in points Saturday.

"The competition's unreal in this deal," Carter said. "I hated to see that for Justin. We were all going for that same strip down there, I hope he ain't too mad at me. I know I kinda crowded him, but we gotta do what we gotta do to win these races."

In fact, Carter was the only driver inside the tour's top five in points to finish.

Jamestown's Kyle Anderson (59) races under Nome's Kasey Ussatis (2U) during a Steffes WISSOTA Street Stock Tour heat race at Jamestown Speedway on Aug. 8, 2020. Michael Savaloja / The Sun
Jamestown's Kyle Anderson (59) races under Nome's Kasey Ussatis (2U) during a Steffes WISSOTA Street Stock Tour heat race at Jamestown Speedway on Aug. 8, 2020. Michael Savaloja / The Sun

Riley was forced off the track after being called for causing a yellow in the final five laps. Racing Bismarck's Hunter Domagala at the time, Riley was working on a top-five finish after starting 16th.

Jake Froemke (fourth in points), from International Falls, Minnesota, did not finish and was scored last in 24th, while Jamestown's Kyle Anderson (fifth in points), was scored with a DNF in 19th.

"It's a little scarier now," Riley said of his points lead. "The 97 drove into me and took me out."

Riley won Jamestown's first of two tour dates back on June 13 and also stormed to victory in Grand Forks (June 19), Alexandria, Minnesota (June 11), and Madison, Minnesota (July 25).

"If you told me that at this point in the tour I'd be leading and have the most wins, I'd tell you you're a liar," Riley said. "I mean, just the amount of competition we have here, it's unreal."

Royce Jawaski finished second, while Kyle Dykhoff, Tracy Domagala and Hunter Domagala made up the top five, respectively.

Carter will be going for broke today in Lisbon.

"We finally got a car back," Carter said. "This thing's been pretty good the last couple nights."

But Carter will need a magical shuffle dealt his way Sunday.

"We'll go to win," Riley said. "We're race car drivers. We don't settle for second."

Jamestown's Billie Christ won the July 25 WISSOTA streets makeup feature held Saturday at the track.

Marion's Lucas Rodin (19) flys through Turns 1 and 2 during an IMCA Modified heat race at Jamestown Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. Michael Savaloja / The Sun
Marion's Lucas Rodin (19) flys through Turns 1 and 2 during an IMCA Modified heat race at Jamestown Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. Michael Savaloja / The Sun

Rough night for Rodin

Lucas Rodin was four laps away from victory in the Midwest modifieds when lapped traffic ended his night with a wrecked race car.

Having passed Troy Nelson for the top spot with seven laps to the finish, the lapped cars of Caleb Johnson and Cole Neset made contact and spun down toward the Turn 4 wall, creating a roadblock for Rodin on the bottom. The Marion driver slammed into Neset and was sandwiched by a third lapped car -- Tanner Theis -- ending Rodin's night in the B-mod.

Rodin would later drive to a 12th-place finish in the 25-lap IMCA A-mod feature.

Brennon Weight wound up winning the B-mod feature, making contact with Nelson -- who was again leading following Rodin's mishap -- in Turn 4 to complete the pass and lead the final three laps.

Nelson started fourth and led 10 of the first 13 circuits.

"I just got a little too tight at the end," Nelson said. "We set up for it being a little loose and it started drying out more and more ... I couldn't run the bottom.

"I went back to the high side but (Weight) had enough momentum to hold me off. It's just racing. No big deal."

The win was Weight's third at Jamestown Speedway this summer.

"It was pretty wild. The most tack I've seen on this track all year," Weight said. "Pretty decent race track tonight, tough break for Lucas. He should be here and now he's going home to fix a race car.

"(Nelson) was letting me come in a little lower than him ... we bumped wheels and that was the end of it."

Also picking up feature wins Saturday were Jarrett Carter (IMCA Modifieds), Tye Wilke (INEX Legends) and AJ Davenport (Bombers).

Mandan's Darrell Parsons (31) knocks down a section of Jamestown Speedway's concrete barrier during an IMCA Modified heat race on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. The same section of wall was knocked down one lap prior during a wreck involving Sykeston's Trent Grager and West Fargo's Allen Kent. The ironic incidents delayed Saturday's action while repairs were executed. No drivers were reported injured. Michael Savaloja / The Sun
Mandan's Darrell Parsons (31) knocks down a section of Jamestown Speedway's concrete barrier during an IMCA Modified heat race on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. The same section of wall was knocked down one lap prior during a wreck involving Sykeston's Trent Grager and West Fargo's Allen Kent. The ironic incidents delayed Saturday's action while repairs were executed. No drivers were reported injured. Michael Savaloja / The Sun

Jamestown Speedway

Aug. 8 Results

(Starting positions in brackets)

Steffes WISSOTA Street Stock Tour

Feature (20 Laps): 1. Jonny Carter[6]; 2. Royce Jawaski[12]; 3. Kyle Dykhoff[4]; 4. Tracy Domagala[3]; 5. Hunter Domagala[9]; 6. Todd Carter[13]; 7. Parker Anderson[8]; 8. Kasey Ussatis[14]; 9. Billie Christ[15]; 10. Cory Rodin[11]; 11. Daniel Aberle[22]; 12. Jaden Christ[17]; 13. Spencer Johnson[20]; 14. Jason Berg[24]; 15. Brian Hanson Jr[19]; 16. Tyler Schrenk[18]; 17. Kyle Zittleman[23]; 18. (DNF) Eric Riley[16]; 19. (DNF) Kyle Anderson[10]; 20. (DNF) Justin Vogel[1]; 21. (DNF) Robert Banish Jr[5]; 22. (DNF) Dustin Erickson[7]; 23. (DNF) Rory Opp[2]; 24. (DNF) Jake Froemke[21].

B Feature (15 Laps): 1. Froemke[1]; 2. Aberle[6]; 3. Zittleman[8]; 4. Berg[7]; 5. Lane Stoppleworth[9]; 6. (DNF) Jon Perkins[2]; 7. (DNF) Ashley Wampler[3]; 8. (DNF) Christopher Ritter[10]; 9. (DNF) Jerry Lamb[5]; 10. (DNS) Delray Dykstra.

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. T. Domagala[1]; 2. Banish [4]; 3. H. Domagala[7]; 4. T. Carter[8]; 5. J. Christ[2]; 6. Froemke[6]; 7. Lamb[3]; 8. Stoppleworth[5].

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. Dykhoff[2]; 2. P. Anderson[5]; 3. K. Anderson[8]; 4. Ussatis[6]; 5. Schrenk[1]; 6. Perkins[4]; 7. Aberle[3]; 8. (DNF) Ritter[7].

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. Opp[3]; 2. Erickson[4]; 3. Rodin[7]; 4. B. Christ[6]; 5. Hanson Jr[2]; 6. Wampler[1]; 7. Berg[5].

Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. Vogel[1]; 2. J. Carter[6]; 3. Jawaski[2]; 4. Riley[3]; 5. Johnson[4]; 6. Dykstra[7]; 7. Zittleman[5].

IMCA Modifieds

Feature (25 Laps): 1. Jarrett Carter[4]; 2. John Nord[8]; 3. Marlyn Seidler[7]; 4. Eric Edwards[1]; 5. John Corell[10]; 6. Dylan Goplen[12]; 7. Greg Friestad[17]; 8. Rusty Kollman[11]; 9. Scott Gartner[16]; 10. Tyler Hall[13]; 11. Shawn Becker[5]; 12. Lucas Rodin[9]; 13. Jordan Sours[19]; 14. Allen Kent[18]; 15. (DNF) Ryan Schroeder[3]; 16. (DNF) Erv Grossman[2]; 17. (DNF) Jeremy Forester[20]; 18. (DNF) Cole Babcock[6]; 19. (DNF) Trent Grager[21]; 20. (DNF) Darrell Parsons[15]; 21. (DNF) Dwight Wegner[14].

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. Edwards[1]; 2. Rodin[5]; 3. Schroeder[2]; 4. Goplen[6]; 5. Hall[7]; 6. (DNF) Gartner[4]; 7. (DNF) Sours[3].

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. Seidler[4]; 2. Carter[2]; 3. Corell[5]; 4. Becker[3]; 5. Wegner[1]; 6. (DNF) Friestad[7]; 7. (DNF) Forester[6].

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. Nord[4]; 2. Kollman[5]; 3. Babcock[3]; 4. (DNF) Grossman[1]; 5. (DNF) Parsons[2]; 6. (DNF) Kent[7]; 7. (DNF) Grager[6].

WISSOTA Midwest Mods

Feature (20 Laps): 1. Brennon Weight[10]; 2. Troy Nelson[4]; 3. Aaron Michel[2]; 4. Nate Reinke[11]; 5. Preston Carr[8]; 6. Alex Senger[1]; 7. Zach Reinke[9]; 8. Jim Morlock[3]; 9. Scott Bintz[17]; 10. Charlie Christ[15]; 11. Arin Beyer[12]; 12. Lindsey Hansen[26]; 13. Jesse Aho[18]; 14. Kelly Hagel[21]; 15. Andrew Kapp[13]; 16. Kyle Schell[20]; 17. Jason Thoms[23]; 18. Jerome Lies[24]; 19. (DNF) Jeffrey Schwind Jr[6]; 20. (DNF) Terry Sahr[14]; 21. (DNF) Caleb Johnson[16]; 22. (DNF) Lucas Rodin[5]; 23. (DNF) Tanner Theis[19]; 24. (DNF) Cole Neset[25]; 25. (DNF) Todd Duchscherer[22]; 26. (DNF) Jaren Wibstad[7]; 27. (DNS) Laine Schwehr.

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. Schwind[1]; 2. Carr[2]; 3. Morlock[3]; 4. Weight[9]; 5. Kapp[4]; 6. Johnson[6]; 7. Theis[5]; 8. (DNF) Neset[7]; 9. (DNF) Hansen[8].

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. Michel[1]; 2. Rodin[6]; 3. Senger[2]; 4. N. Reinke[9]; 5. Sahr[5]; 6. Bintz[7]; 7. Schell[3]; 8. Duchscherer[8]; 9. (DNF) Schwehr[4].

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. Z. Reinke[2]; 2. Nelson[4]; 3. Wibstad[6]; 4. Beyer[1]; 5. Christ[8]; 6. Aho[3]; 7. Hagel[7]; 8. Thoms[5]; 9. Lies[9].

Bombers

Feature (15 Laps): 1. AJ Davenport[7]; 2. Dylan Steele[5]; 3. Chris Rangeloff[2]; 4. Billy Carow[6]; 5. Hayden Aberle[14]; 6. Jarod Klein[16]; 7. Leann Christensen[9]; 8. Dustin Hinrichs[12]; 9. Travis Edinger[11]; 10. Erik Busche[3]; 11. Matthew Duchscherer[13]; 12. Taylor Saari[15]; 13. (DNF) Nick Thoreson[4]; 14. (DNF) Skyla Miller[10]; 15. (DNF) Asher Williams[1]; 16. (DNF) Brent Vetter[8].

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. Davenport[4]; 2. Carow[5]; 3. Rangeloff[2]; 4. Vetter[3]; 5. Christensen[6]; 6. Edinger[8]; 7. Duchscherer[1]; 8. (DNF) Klein[7].

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. Thoreson[8]; 2. Williams[1]; 3. Steele[7]; 4. Busche[4]; 5. Miller[2]; 6. Hinrichs[6]; 7. Aberle[5]; 8. Saari[3].

INEX Legends

Feature (20 Laps): 1. Tye Wilke[9]; 2. Ryan Braseth[8]; 3. Donavin Wiest[7]; 4. Brody Carlsrud[5]; 5. Alex Braseth[3]; 6. Sean Johnson[4]; 7. Dylan Johnson[11]; 8. Brian Frederick[1]; 9. Nate Keena[6]; 10. Joshua Wiest[13]; 11. Chase Schlafmann[10]; 12. Chuck Christ[12]; 13. Brian Hanson[2]; 14. Zander Bauer[14]; 15. Collin Compson[15]; 16. (DNF) Mark Wright[17]; 17. (DNF) Terry Sahr[16].

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. D. Wiest[5]; 2. R. Braseth[1]; 3. Keena[9]; 4. Hanson[4]; 5. Schlafmann[2]; 6. D. Johnson[6]; 7. J. Wiest[7]; 8. Compson[8]; 9. Wright[3].

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. Wilke[7]; 2. A. Braseth[6]; 3. S. Johnson[5]; 4. Carlsrud[4]; 5. Frederick[8]; 6. Christ[2]; 7. (DNF) Bauer[1]; 8. (DNF) Sahr[3].

WISSOTA Street Stocks

July 25, 2020 makeup feature

Feature (20 Laps): 1. Billie Christ[4]; 2. Kasey Ussatis[5]; 3. Hunter Domagala[7]; 4. Dustin Erickson[6]; 5. Tracy Domagala[8]; 6. Robert Banish Jr[10]; 7. Jaden Christ[9]; 8. Christopher Ritter[11]; 9. Kyle Zittleman[12]; 10. Tyler Schrenk[14]; 11. Brian Hanson Jr[2]; 12. (DNF) Jerry Lamb[3]; 13. (DNS) Rory Opp; 14. (DNS) Shawn Volk.