A magical ending to the 2020 regular season at Jamestown Speedway was shaping up Saturday for Billie Christ.

Either way, it's been a career year for the veteran street stock driver from Jamestown.

Christ won a fourth straight feature at his hometown track -- his fifth win in his last six races total -- but watching his son overdrive Turn 3 battling for the lead three laps in didn't quite produce the regular-season finale for which he'd hoped.

Christ drove from eighth to lead the final 16 laps, holding off Bob Banish Jr. at the end. Jaden Christ, who held his Jamestown High School senior graduation party in the spring, recovered to place seventh after starting sixth with a brand new engine under the hood.

"I was definitely heartbroken," Billie Christ said. "I knew his car was fast -- I was fast -- and I was looking forward to running him down and maybe running 1-2.

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"But he's young, he's gonna learn and he'll be the next best thing."

Billie has been the best thing going the past month. A slew of consistent top-five finishes finally parlayed into victory after victory and an easy points championship.

Christ won the title by a margin of 115 points over Banish. A chief warrant officer in the North Dakota Army National Guard, Christ's military commitments had always kept him from racing a full season up until this summer.

"We struggled at the beginning a little bit to find exactly what we needed," Christ said. "We found some issues with the car and it just took off from there."

Billie Christ (79)  exits Jamestown Speedway's Turn 2 on Saturday, Aug. 29. Michael Savaloja / The Sun
Billie Christ (79) exits Jamestown Speedway's Turn 2 on Saturday, Aug. 29. Michael Savaloja / The Sun

Saturday's 20-lap feature included three yellow flags -- one for Jaden's Turn 3 exit -- and Jay Schlotfeldt led the first four circuits from the outside pole. Jamestown is slated to host the 49th annual Stock Car Stampede on Sept. 25-26, an event Christ won driving his dad's Midwest modified in 2011.

"I just hope I didn't use up all my luck," Christ said. "Looking forward to some big shows, make some money. "

Wilke wows

Tye Wilke's understated explanation to his stellar 2020 season highlighted a brutal truth.

Some people are just better at certain things than others.

"Oh, nothing," Wilke said in response to where he's found all his speed this summer. "Just hold my lines, making my marks and trying to get through traffic."

Tye Wilke (72) and Ryan Braseth (29) battle for the lead in a legends heat race at Jamestown Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 29. Michael Savaloja / The Sun
Tye Wilke (72) and Ryan Braseth (29) battle for the lead in a legends heat race at Jamestown Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 29. Michael Savaloja / The Sun

The 16-year-old legends driver from Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, wrapped up his third track championship of the season with his 20th victory of 2020, and he's got a shot at title No. 4 Sunday in Lisbon where he's currently leading the standings by 46 points.

Wilke led 17 of 20 laps and successfully crossed-over Bismarck's Drew Papke who tossed a slider at the young driver exiting Turn 2 on the final lap. Wilke attempted a similar maneuver on Papke last week, which Papke also survived to win.

Wilke won the points title by 72 markers over Ryan Braseth. He's also locked up championships in Ada, Minnesota, and West Fargo.

"I was waiting for it to come," Wilke said of Papke's slide job. "I tried to do it last week but it really didn't stick.

"This has been the best year I've ever had."

Dylan Steele (22) and Jarod Klein (77) jockey for position in the bombers Saturday night at Jamestown Speedway. Michael Savaloja / The Sun
Dylan Steele (22) and Jarod Klein (77) jockey for position in the bombers Saturday night at Jamestown Speedway. Michael Savaloja / The Sun

Saturday's track champions included Jamestown's Dylan Steele in the bombers, Lisbon's Nate Reinke in the Midwest modifieds, Enderlin's John Nord in the IMCA modifieds and Joseph Banish in the junior slingshots.

Steele finished third in the 15-lap bombers feature to Jarod Klein and Nick Thoreson, respectively, to finish 28 points ahead of Billy Carow. Nord finished the 25-lap modified feature in ninth, edging out Rusty Kollman for the track title by four points.

Kollman started fifth and led three laps before being passed by eventual race winner Casey Arneson. Kollman crossed fourth.

Randy Klein (88) and Casey Arneson (2) race down the backstretch at Jamestown Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 29. Arneson won the 25-lap IMC modified feature. Michael Savaloja / The Sun
Randy Klein (88) and Casey Arneson (2) race down the backstretch at Jamestown Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 29. Arneson won the 25-lap IMC modified feature. Michael Savaloja / The Sun

Johnson gets through traffic

Tracy Johnson's first trip to Jamestown Speedway was a memorable one.

The Lake Preston, South Dakota, Midwest modified driver held off Nate Reinke and Brennon Weight through lapped traffic to claim his first victory of 2020. Sixteen laps of green-flag racing to the finish brought slower cars into the fray, but Johnson kept two of the best local drivers at bay.

"Doggone, I needed him to pick the wrong lane in traffic just once and he wouldn't screw up for me," Reinke joked following the race. "I took a couple shots but I didn't have nothing for him. I seen Brennon was all over me, too, so it was a good race."

From top to bottom, Lucas Rodin, Tracy Johnson and Lindsey Hansen race three-wide in the B-mods at Jamestown Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. Michael Savaloja / The Sun
From top to bottom, Lucas Rodin, Tracy Johnson and Lindsey Hansen race three-wide in the B-mods at Jamestown Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. Michael Savaloja / The Sun

The race included the last of the night's three scary wrecks. Kelly Hagel rolled in Turn 3 and landed on his roof, following Joesph Banish rolling in the slingshots feature and Leann Christensen making hard contact with the front straightaway wall in the bombers feature.

None of the drivers were seriously injured. Johnson started eighth and led the final 17 laps.

"Boy, I just caught a lucky break on lapped traffic," Johnson said. "I really made it through there a lot faster than I had expected, so I couldn't ask for anything better."

Johnson said he'll probably return to Jamestown Speedway in the future.

"You can't ask for much better than three-wide racing and a racy track," Johnson said. "I had a blast. I'd like to come back."

Nate Reinke (71) battles Todd Duchscherer (68) Saturday night. Michael Savaloja / The Sun
Nate Reinke (71) battles Todd Duchscherer (68) Saturday night. Michael Savaloja / The Sun

Jamestown Speedway

Aug. 29

Results

Feature: 1. Casey Arneson; 2. Shawn Strand; 3. Allen Kent; 4. Rusty Kollman; 5. Jarrett Carter; 6. John Corell; 7. Michael Johnson; 8. Trent Grager; 9. Randy Klein; 10. Cole Babcock; 11. John Nord; 12. Darren Pfau; 13. Andrew Michel; 14. Lucas Rodin; 15. Shawn Becker; 16. Scott Gartner; 17. Corey Wegner (DNF); 18. Dave Shipley (DNF); 19. Greg Friestad (DNF).

Heat 1: Kollman; 2. Grager; 3. Strand; 4. Rodin; 5. Shipley; 6. Becker; 7. Wegner.

Heat 2: 1. Corell; 2. Klein; 3. Arneson; 4. Michel; 5. Kent.

Heat 3: 1. Carter; 2. Babcock; 3. Pfau; 4. Nord; 5. Johnson; 6. Friestad; 7. Gartner.

WISSOTA Street Stocks

Feature: 1. Billie Christ; 2. Robert Banish Jr.; 3. Royce Jawaski; 4. Jay Schlotfeldt; 5. Rory Opp; 6. Dustin Erickson; 7. Jaden Christ; 8. Todd Carter; 9. Jason Berg; 10. A.J. Davenport; 11. Jodie Michaelsohn; 12. Cory Rodin; 13. Delray Dykstra; 14. Christopher Ritter; 15. Brian Hanson Jr.; 16. Tyler Schrenk; 17. Jon Perkins (DNF); 18. Jordan Johnson (DNF).

Heat 1: 1. Jawaksi; 2. J. Christ; 3. Ritter; 4. Schlotfeldt; 5. Perkins; 6. Rodin; 7. Berg; 8. Johnson; 9. Davenport.

Heat 2: 1. B. Christ; 2. Opp; 3. Erickson; 4. Banish; 5. Michaelsohn; 6. Dykstra; 7. Carter; 8. Schrenk; 9. Hanson.

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds

Feature: 1. Tracy Johnson; 2. Nate Reinke; 3. Brennon Weight; 4. Jaren Wibstad; 5. Aaron Michel; 6. Brennan Urbach; 7. Rich Pavlicek; 8. Jim Morlock; 9. Zach Reinke; 10. Travis Traut; 11. Jeffrey Schwind Jr.; 12. Laine Schwehr; 13. Andrew Kapp; 14. Terry Sahr; 15. Brady Jawaski; 16. Jason Thoms (DNF); 17. Troy Nelson (DNF); 18. Arin Beyer (DNF); 19. Linsdey Hansen (DNF); 20. Todd Duchscherer (DNF); 21. Tony Smith (DNF); 22. Kelly Hagel (DNF); 23. Scott Bintz (DNF); 24. Lucas Rodin (DNF). DNS: Lance Schill.

Heat 1: 1. Urbach; 2. Hansen; 3. Johnson; 4. Rodin; 5. Morlock; 6. Schwehr; 7. Sahr; 8. Jawaski; 9. Kapp (DNF).

Heat 2: 1. Weight; 2. Bintz; 3. Wibstad; 4. Beyer; 5. Schill; 6. Schwind; 7. Michel; 8. Z. Reinke.

Heat 3: 1. Nelson; 2. N. Reinke; 3. Pavlicek; 4. Duchscherer; 5. Traut; 6. Thoms; 7. Hagel; 8. Smith.

INEX Legends

Feature: 1. Tye Wilke; 2. Drew Papke; 3. Alex Kukowski; 4. Donavin Wiest; 5. Dylan Johnson; 6. Alex Braseth; 7. Tony Brockhouse; 8. Ivan Sailer; 9. Brian Hanson; 10. Joshua Wiest; 11. Jacoby Traut; 12. Brian Frederick; 13. Ethan Mabus; 14. John Corell; 15. Don Hayes; 16. Zander Bauer (DNF); 17. Bryan Braseth (DNF); 18. Chuck Christ (DNF). DNS: Collin Compson.

Heat 1: 1. Wilke; 2. R. Braseth; 3. A. Braseth; 4. Johnson; 5. Brockhouse; 6. J. Wiest; 7. Hayes.

Heat 2: 1. Traut; 2. Hanson; 3. Bauer; 4. Mabus; 5. Frederick; 6. Compson (DNF).

Heat 3: 1. Papke; 2. Kukowski; 3. D. Wiest; 4. Corell; 5. Sailer; 6. Christ.

Bombers

Feature: 1. Jarod Klein; 2. Nick Thoreson; 3. Dylan Steele; 4. Erik Busche; 5. Matthew Duchscherer; 6. Jeremy Herr; 7. Asher Williams; 8. Hayden Aberle; 9. Billy Carow (DNF); 10: A.J. Davenport (DNF); 11. Dillon Thorpe (DNF); 12. John Gartner Jr. (DNF); 13. Leann Christensen (DNF); 14. Dustin Hinrich (DNF).

Heat 1: 1. Christensen; 2. Carow; 3. Duchscherer; 4. Williams; 5. Davenport; 6. Gartner; 7; Herr.

Heat 2: 1. Thorpe; 2. Steele; 3. Klein; 4. Thoreson; 5. Bucshe; 6. Hinrichs; 7. Aberle.

Junior Slingshots

Feature: 1. Bryson Corell; 2. Joesph Lewis; 3. Zander Copson; 4. Joseph Banish (DNF); 5. Noah Lewis (DNF): 6. Tripp Nelson (DNF); 7. Sierra Davenport (DNF): 8. Cody Jawaksi (DNF). DNS: Dentyn Schill.

Heat: 1. Davenport; 2. Banish; 3. J. Lewis; 4. N. Lewis; 5. Nelson; 6. Corell; 7. Compson; 8. Schill; 9. Jawaksi (DNF).

Final Point standings

Top 10

Bombers: 1. Dylan Steele, Jamestown, 977; 2. Billy Carow, Jamestown, 949; 3. Nick Thoreson, Valley City, 947; 4. Jarod Klein, Jamestown, 939; 5. Matthew Duchscherer, New Rockford, 925; 6. A.J. Davenport, Bismarck, 848; 7. Erik Busche, Jamestown, 843; 8. Hayden Aberle, LaMoure, 835; 9. Leann Christensen, Spiritwood, 815; 10. Asher Williams, Jamestown, 774.

INEX Legends: 1. Tye Wilke, Detroit Lakes (MN), 888; 2. Ryan Braseth, Ulen (MN), 816; 3. Donavin Wiest, Wishek, 789; 4. Dylan Johnson, Durbin, 738; 5. Brian Hanson, Jamestown, 704; 6. Joshua Wiest, Jamestown, 694; 7. Alex Braseth, Ulen (MN), 688; 8. Chuck Christ, Jamestown, 662; 9. Terry Sahr, Jamestown, 591; 10. Collin Compson, Valley City, 555.

Jr. Slingshots: Joseph Banish, Milnor, 381; 2. Noah Lewis, Hawley (MN), 337; 3. Joseph Lewis, Hawley (MN), 306; 4. Zander Compson, Valley City, 295; 5. Sierra Davenport, Bismarck, 294.

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds: 1. Nate Reinke, Lisbon, 857; 2. Zach Reinke, Lisbon, 826; 3. Jim Morlock, Pettibone, 783; 4. Kelly Hagel, Carrington, 762; 5. Lucas Rodin, Marion, 752; 6. Arin Beyer, Jamestown, 745; 7. Jaren Wibstad, Jamestown, 742; 8. Brennon Weight, LaMoure, 720; 9. Scott Bintz, Jamestown, 703; 10. Terry Sahr, Jamestown, 676.

WISSOTA Street Stocks: 1. Billie Christ, Jamestown, 1,000; 2. Robert Banish Jr., Milnor, 885; 3. Dustin Erickson, Jamestown, 872; 4. Jaden Christ, Jamestown, 851; 5. Christopher Ritter, Jamestown, 809; 6. Brian Hanson Jr., Jamestown 764; 7. Royce Jawaski, Horace, 702; 8. Todd Carter, Lisbon, 687; 9. Tyler Schrenk, Ypsilanti, 681; 10. Jay Schlotfeldt, Jamestown, 657.

IMCA Modifieds: 1. John Nord, Enderlin, 281; 2. Rusty Kollman, Carrington, 277; 3. Scott Gartner, Jamestown, 255; 4. Cole Babcock, Rothsay (MN), 246; 5. John Corell, Jamestown, 244; 6. Shawn Becker, Jamestown, 242; 7. Jarrett Carter, Lisbon, 225; 8. Marlyn Seidler, Underwood, 219; 9. Lucas Rodin, Marion, 219; 10. Eric Edwards, Edgeley, 217.