Pinch him: Schwind Jr. dreams Jamestown win into reality

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Jeffrey Schwind Jr. (3) and Troy Nelson battle for a heat race lead at Jamestown Speedway on Saturday, June 20, 2020. Schwind swept the heat and the feature, winning his first Jamestown Midwest modified feature race in the $1,037-to-win Jeff Carpenter Memorial. Michael Savaloja / The Sun

Jeffrey Schwind Jr. dozed off Saturday and saw clearly into the future. That was, of course, prior to climbing behind the wheel of his 11-year-old Midwest modified.

Schwind saved his tires over 37 laps to win the second Jeff Carpenter Memorial B-mod feature at Jamestown Speedway. The Jamestown driver overcame a limping Lucas Rodin after 31 laps to lead the final six and pocket the $1,037 winner’s purse in honor of the late Carpenter’s No. 37 Midwest modified.

It was Schwind’s first WISSOTA B-mod victory at his hometown track in five years of trying. He topped a field of 40 cars for the cash.

“I took about a 20-minute nap today and I did have a dream,” Schwind said. “I didn’t think it would actually happen.”


Rodin started on the pole and would’ve been tough to pass had his right rear tire held up after leading the first 31 circuits. The Marion driver salvaged third, as Preston Carr came from 10th in the field to finish second before laps ran out.

Rodin melted two tires on Saturday’s rubbered-in surface, powering from 13th to fourth in the 25-lap IMCA modified feature earlier in the night.

“I was trying to take my time at the beginning, trying to save tires,” Rodin said. “In the A-mod feature I ran into the same thing where the right rear went down, so we were just trying to take it easy with it and I guess was just a little too tough on it.

“Just bummed I didn’t get to win that one. Car was good, the tire just gave up on me.”

The race included three caution flags, the final of which was displayed 18 laps in when Nate Reinke’s car wouldn’t take off on restart No. 2. Reinke was running second at the time ahead of Schwind and wound up with a DNF in 20th.

Justin Jones, a Bemidji driver, finished fourth from 11th on the starting grid. Jim Morlock charged to fifth from 16th.

The 39-year-old Schwind has four previous wins at Tri-County Speedway in Wishek, the last coming on June 13, 2019.


“Rodin was pretty much gone, and then I don’t know if his tires went away or what,” Schwind said in victory lane. “But he kept pushing out of Turn 2 and 4 and I just tried to not drift out as much as him.”

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Jamestown driver Tony Smith commemorates the late Jeff Carpenter by carrying the American flag past members of Carpenter's family with a special No. 37 scheme on his Midwest modified during the national anthem prior to Saturday's racing. Carpenter, a Valley City driver who passed away in May of 2019, drove the No. 37. Michael Savaloja / The Sun

Reise Stenberg, the winner of the first Jamestown Jeff Carpenter Memorial in 2019, drove from 23rd to 10th. Carpenter passed away in May of 2019 while working on his car.

Schwind pilots a 2009 Shaw chassis, but don’t look for him to be shopping new just yet. Maybe he’ll dream first?

“It’s the oldest chassis out here,” Schwind smiled. “I think we’ll just keep finding stuff to make it faster.”

‘Washed up dirt farmer’ wins 95th IMCA feature

Marlyn Seidler’s early bad luck in Jamestown evaporated during the evening’s IMCA feature.

After failing to finish Jamestown’s first two shows of 2020, the 67-year-old cruised to the 95th IMCA modified feature win of his illustrious career and held off Jamestown veteran John Corell Sr. in the process.


Corell won the speedway’s opener on June 6, one of four top-five finishes in six shows to start the season. Seidler started third and led the final 10 laps after eventually getting under outside pole sitter Jarrett Carter.

“The track rubbered again, which is kinda too bad, but we had freed up a bunch so we were hoping we were good enough,” Seidler said. “Man, I thought early in the race we weren’t gonna be able to get by them on the track.”

Just like the race before it -- the 20-lap INEX legends feature -- the IMCA feature contained seven caution flags, including three before the first lap was recorded. Carter led the opening 15 laps but was unfortunately involved in caution No. 7 while battling Trent Grager for second with eight laps remaining and was sent to the pits.

“It seemed I got a little better and Jarrett got a little worse,” Seidler said.

Spencer Johnson, Rodin and Rusty Kollman rounded out the top five. All came from 10th on back in the 21-car field, as just 11 cars were running at the end.


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Marlyn Seidler (7) won the 95th IMCA Modified feature race of his career on Saturday night at Jamestown Speedway. Michael Savaloja / The Sun

Seidler has piled up 100s of feature wins over a career spanning decades, but he’s five wins away from a significant milestone in IMCA. The veteran from Underwood won eight features in 2019.

“We’d love to get that 100-mark,” Seidler said. “It’s a tough deal, and then take a good look at me. A gray-haired washed up dirt farmer.

“We’re looking for those other wins here this summer if we can, cause I just don’t know how much longer I got.”

Erickson, Wilke, Sandberg victorious

A lighter field of WISSOTA Street Stocks provided plenty of action and Dustin Erickson’s first victory since winning a Jamestown track championship in 2017.

Erickson led all 20-laps from the outside of the front row, holding off Chris Ritter and 11 other drivers. The track was competing against night No. 5 of the Steffes Street Stock Tour won by Jonny Carter in Devils Lake.

“I was just trying to stay out front, kinda run scared I guess,” Erickson said. “I had no idea who was back there. I’m glad it was Ritter.”


Back-to-back restarts after seven laps brought veterans Ryan Pommerer and Royce Jawaski to the outside of Erickson’s back bumper. Pommerer would bounce off the concrete wall just past the flag stand looking for the lead, while Jawski would fade to fourth after Pommerer’s misfortune ended his night with a DNF in 12th.

Nobody was able to mount much of a threat against Erickson. Billie Christ finished third from seventh.

“It was a rocket,” Erickson said of his car. “Turned awesome, I could come off the corner great … used up the right rear tire pretty good.”

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Local WISSOTA Street Stock driver Dustin Erickson (13) visited victory lane at Jamestown Speedway on Saturday, June 20, 2020. Michael Savaloja / The Sun

Detroit Lake’s Tye Wilke has won both of Jamestown’s INEX legends features to start the season, leading the final nine laps after starting ninth. Bismarck’s Dylan Sandberg won the 15-lap bombers feature one night after claiming victory at Dacotah Speedway in Mandan.

All regular classes return again next Saturday, June 27.


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The INEX Legend of Jamestown's William Siebert catches fire during a heat race at Jamestown Speedway on Saturday, June 20, 2020. Siebert walked away. Michael Savaloja / The Sun

Jamestown Speedway

June 20


(Starting positions in brackets)

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds

Jeff Carpenter Memorial (37 Laps): 1. Jeffrey Schwind Jr[4]; 2. Preston Carr[10]; 3. Lucas Rodin[1]; 4. Justin Jones[11]; 5. Jim Morlock[16]; 6. Zach Reinke[7]; 7. Jaren Wibstad[18]; 8. Kelly Hagel[5]; 9. Tony Smith[2]; 10. Reise Stenberg[23]; 11. Dawson Zabel[21]; 12. Troy Nelson[8]; 13. Cory Berquist[20]; 14. Arin Beyer[24]; 15. Travis Traut[12]; 16. Charlie Christ[25]; 17. (DNF) Randy Klein[14]; 18. (DNF) Kyle Langland[19]; 19. (DNF) Brennon Weight[17]; 20. (DNF) Nate Reinke[3]; 21. (DNF) Tanner Theis[6]; 22. (DNF) Haley Lee[22]; 23. (DNF) Cody Lee[15]; 24. (DNF) Alex Langland[13]; 25. (DNF) Corey Storck[9].

B Feature 1 (15 Laps): 1. Morlock[1]; 2. Wibstad[5]; 3. Berquist[3]; 4. Lee[4]; 5. Beyer[2]; 6. Lindsey Hansen[6]; 7. Andrew Kapp[9]; 8. Jason Thoms[11]; 9. Scott Bintz[8]; 10. Aaron Michel[7]; 11. Ryan Schow[10]; 12. (DNF) Brady Jawaski[13]; 13. (DNF) Lance Schill[12].

B Feature 2 (15 Laps): 1. Weight[2]; 2. Langland[3]; 3. Zabel[4]; 4. Stenberg[6]; 5. Christ[9]; 6. Matt Schow[11]; 7. Jamie Dietzler[7]; 8. (DNF) Terry Sahr[8]; 9. (DNF) Chris Mack[5]; 10. (DNF) Laine Schwehr[1]; 11. (DNF) Todd Duchscherer[12]; 12. (DNF) Cole Neset[10].

Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. Smith[1]; 2. Theis[2]; 3. Jones[4]; 4. Morlock[8]; 5. Langland[6]; 6. Hansen[3]; 7. Bintz[7]; 8. (DNF) Schill[5].

Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. Hagel[2]; 2. Z. Reinke[1]; 3. Traut[4]; 4. Schwehr[3]; 5. H. Lee[6]; 6. Stenberg[5]; 7. Sahr[8]; 8. (DNS) Jawaski.

Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. Schwind Jr[2]; 2. Nelson[1]; 3. Langland[3]; 4. Beyer[4]; 5. Zabel[7]; 6. Michel[6]; 7. Kapp[5]; 8. Schow[8].

Heat 4 (10 Laps): 1. Rodin[1]; 2. Storck[3]; 3. Klein[2]; 4. Weight[8]; 5. Wibstad[6]; 6. Dietzler[4]; 7. Christ[5]; 8. Neset[7].

Heat 5 (10 Laps): 1. N. Reinke[3]; 2. Carr[4]; 3. C. Lee[7]; 4. Berquist[1]; 5. Mack[8]; 6. (DNF) Thoms[5]; 7. (DNF) Schow[6]; 8. (DNF) Duchscherer[2].

IMCA Modifieds

A Feature (25 Laps): 1. Marlyn Seidler[3]; 2. John Corell[11]; 3. Spencer Wilson[10]; 4. Lucas Rodin[13]; 5. Rusty Kollman[15]; 6. Scott Gartner[7]; 7. Shawn Becker[5]; 8. Zach Dockter[16]; 9. Kyler Jeffrey[18]; 10. Jordan Sours[21]; 11. Dwight Wegner[17]; 12. (DNF) Cole Babcock[14]; 13. (DNF) Trent Grager[9]; 14. (DNF) Jarrett Carter[2]; 15. (DNF) Greg Friestad[19]; 16. (DNF) Ryan Schroeder[4]; 17. (DNF) John Nord[8]; 18. (DNF) Eric Edwards[1]; 19. (DNF) Andrew Michel[6]; 20. (DNF) Randy Klein[12]; 21. (DNF) Corey Wegner[20].

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. Edwards[1]; 2. Schroeder[2]; 3. Gartner[4]; 4. Becker[3]; 5. Rodin[6]; 6. Dockter[5]; 7. Friestad[7].

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

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. Seidler[1]; 2. Grager[4]; 3. Klein[6]; 4. Michel[3]; 5. Kollman[7]; 6. Jeffrey[5]; 7. (DNF) Sours[2].

WISSOTA Street Stocks

A Feature (20 Laps): 1. Dustin Erickson[2]; 2. Christopher Ritter[5]; 3. Billie Christ[7]; 4. Royce Jawaski[8]; 5. Jaden Christ[12]; 6. Kelly Hoerner[10]; 7. Robert Banish Jr[3]; 8. Jodie Michaelsohn[9]; 9. Jay Schlotfeldt[4]; 10. Jason Berg[11]; 11. (DNF) Ashley Wampler[1]; 12. (DNF) Ryan Pommerer[6]; 13. (DNF) Brian Hanson Jr[13].

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. Banish Jr[2]; 2. Jawaski[1]; 3. Erickson[5]; 4. Pommerer[7]; 5. Michaelsohn[3]; 6. Berg[6]; 7. Hanson Jr[4].

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


A Feature (15 Laps): 1. Dylan Sandberg[6]; 2. Nick Thoreson[3]; 3. Jarod Klein[1]; 4. Matt Miller[5]; 5. Travis Edinger[13]; 6. Lane Stoppleworth[15]; 7. Seth Howe Kellar[9]; 8. Hayden Aberle[16]; 9. Dylan Steele[4]; 10. Zack Nord[12]; 11. Leann Christensen[11]; 12. Erik Busche[18]; 13. Keith McCleary[19]; 14. Matt Sandvig[17]; 15. Asher Williams[2]; 16. Billy Carow[10]; 17. Jadyn Mack[20]; 18. (DNF) Karlie Hoerner[14]; 19. (DNF) Matthew Duchscherer[7]; 20. (DNF) Jayden Michaelson[8].

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. Sandberg[3]; 2. Miller[5]; 3. Klein[7]; 4. Duchscherer[2]; 5. Howe Kellar[9]; 6. Christensen[8]; 7. Edinger[6]; 8. Stoppleworth[10]; 9. Sandvig[1]; 10. McCleary[4].

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. Steele[1]; 2. Thoreson[8]; 3. Williams[3]; 4. Michaelson[9]; 5. Carow[10]; 6. Nord[5]; 7. Hoerner[4]; 8. Aberle[7]; 9. Busche[6]; 10. Mack[2].

INEX Legends

A Feature (20 Laps): 1. Tye Wilke[9]; 2. Donavin Wiest[5]; 3. Tim Estenson[12]; 4. Ryan Braseth[8]; 5. Brian Hanson[16]; 6. Dylan Johnson[3]; 7. Joshua Wiest[2]; 8. Alex Braseth[6]; 9. Chuck Christ[11]; 10. Jacoby Traut[13]; 11. Collin Compson[15]; 12. (DNF) Brody Carlsrud[7]; 13. (DNF) Mark Wright[18]; 14. (DNF) Sean Johnson[10]; 15. (DNF) Dylan Murchie[1]; 16. (DNF) Terry Sahr[4]; 17. (DNF) Kody King[14]; 18. (DNS) William Siebert.

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. D. Wiest[7]; 2. S. Johnson[1]; 3. J. Wiest[4]; 4. D. Johnson[5]; 5. Murchie[9]; 6. Christ[6]; 7. Traut[2]; 8. Compson[3]; 9. (DNF) Siebert[8].

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. Wilke[1]; 2. Carlsrud[2]; 3. Sahr[6]; 4. Braseth[5]; 5. Braseth[8]; 6. Estenson[4]; 7. King[9]; 8. Hanson[3]; 9. Wright[7].

Savaloja is the sports lead writer for The Jamestown Sun.
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