Strand, Rodin roll to victory at speedway
Jason Strand had already won five feature races heading into Saturday's action at Jamestown Speedway. The WISSOTA Midwest Modified driver from Portland, N.D., had won four times this season in Ada, Minn., and he'd won another in Devils Lake. Afte...
Jason Strand had already won five feature races heading into Saturday's action at Jamestown Speedway.
The WISSOTA Midwest Modified driver from Portland, N.D., had won four times this season in Ada, Minn., and he'd won another in Devils Lake. After Saturday's 20-lap B-Mod feature, his win count increased to six.
Strand held off Jamestown's Landon Becker over a green-white-checkered finish, sailing to a memorable victory in the Buffalo City.
"If you can come here and get a win, that's a great accomplishment because there are so many cars and so many good guys," Strand said. "That's what I told the guys when I came here. 'God, I just want to get one win here this year.'
"Tonight we did, and it was pretty good."
A total of 33 B-Mods were whittled down to 24 for the feature. Lisbon's Nate Reinke started on the outside of the second row and led 14 of the first 15 laps.
The race nearly went green from start to finish, and it had the look of being Reinke's to lose. But after Reinke built up a lead in the early going, Strand began running the leader down from the fifth starting position.
The two ran side-by-side for a pair of laps, but Strand finally got under Reinke and took over the lead to complete lap No. 16.
"(Reinke) was running on the top all the way around, and I could get a good run coming out of one and two there on the bottom," Strand said. "I just kept hitting my marks and just slowly picked away at it.
"He finally bobbled over here in turns three and four one time, and then that got me alongside of him on the front stretch," Strand added. "I got by him coming out of two, and then I could run the top side so I could get rolling."
The only trouble with that plan was with so much green-flag racing the leaders had caught the back of the field, which ultimately would end Rinke's night on a sour note.
Strand got pinned up behind the lapped car of Jamestown's Andrew Michel, which bunched the two leaders back together as the duo took the white flag. Reinke ended up getting into the left-rear of Strand's No. E85 in turn No. 1, and in order to not cause a wreck Reinke spun out.
The caution setup the green-white-checkered finish. Reinke was scored in 24th with a DNF.
"It's always interesting going through lapped traffic," Strand said. "I just tried to hit my marks and stay clear of everybody."
Becker finished second after starting on the outside pole. Fargo's Dale Kraling, Carrington's Preston Carr and Jamestown's Scott Bintz rounded out the top five, respectively.
Reinke's No. 71R turned the quickest lap of the race in 15.773 seconds, while Strand posted a quick time of 15.861.
"It was great. There were two lanes of racing, and that's what I like about coming here," Strand said. "We've got a new car this year; a Millenium Chassis. It just fits my driving style and we've got her working good."
Marion's Cory Rodin won his second consecutive 15-lap Bomber feature and his third total here this year on Saturday.
Another long, green-flag run gave Rodin the opportunity to motor to the front from the eighth starting spot and cruise to the victory. Nortonville's Ryan Ost - who won his fourth heat race at Jamestown Speedway on Saturday - came to the front after starting fourth, but with seven laps remaining Rodin was in the fray.
Rodin was able to get under Ost to make the pass and he'd lead the final eight laps. Jamestown's Justin Schempp posted the quickest lap of the race in a time of 17.334.
Schempp, a two-time winner here this season, lined up 10th for the only restart of the race just two laps in, but he'd rally to a fifth-place finish.
The pole sitter, Ashley Wampler, of Hecla, S.D., took second, while Ost finished third and Jamestown's Billy Carow crossed in fourth.
Feature: 1, Cory Rodin; 2, Ashley Wampler; 3, Ryan Ost; 4, Billy Carow; 5, Justin Schempp; 6, Brad Rodin; 7, Kasey Ussatis; 8, Brent Vetter; 9, Mike Sahr; 10, Matt McPherson; 11, Josh Anderson; 12, Leann Christensen; 13, Lane Stoppleworth; 14, Erik Busche; 15, Tyler Michel; 16, Jake Hieb (DNF); 17, Austin Geigle (DNF).
Heat 1: 1, Carow; 2, Schempp; 3, C. Rodin; 4, Anderson; 5, Ussatis; 6, Busche; 7, Vetter; 8, Michel; 9, Christensen (DNF).
Heat 2: 1, Ost; 2, Sahr; 3, Wampler; 4, B. Rodin; 5, McPherson; 6, Stoppleworth; 7, Hieb; 8, Geigle (DNF).
WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds
Feature: 1, Jason Strand; 2, Landon Becker; 3, Dale Kraling; 4, Preston Carr; 5, Scott Bintz; 6, Ryan Lehr; 7, Brice Kuska; 8, Bryan Kakela; 9, Zach Dockter; 10, Lucas Rodin; 11, Kelly Hagel; 12, Kyle Langland; 13, Jarrett Carter; 14, Jim Morlock; 15, Kelly Seckerson; 16, Shannon Schlenker; 17, Travis Traut; 18, Randy Kollman; 19, Andy Kapp; 20, Jason Thoms; 21, Andrew Michel; 22, Joey Rowell; 23, Taran Langland (DNF); 24, Nate Reinke (DNF).
Consi 1: 1, Kollman; 2, Traut; 3, Carter; 4, Kapp; 5, Randy Gordon; 6, Mike Rohwedder; 7, Todd Duchscherer; 8, Jason Halverson; 9, Jeff Carpenter.
Consi 2: 1, T. Langland; 2, Michel; 3, Schlenker; 4, Rowell; 5, Steve Ost; 6, John Clemens; 7, Arin Beyer; 8, Troy Hartman (DNF).
Heat 1: 1, Dockter; 2, Reinke; 3, Kakela; 4, Seckerson; 5, Traut; 6, Kapp; 7, Gordon; 8, Beyer (DNF); 8, Halverson (DNF).
Heat 2: 1, Kraling; 2, Becker; 3, K. Langland; 4, Thoms; 5, Michel; 6, Rowell; 7, Clemens; 8, Duchscherer.
Heat 3: 1, Stand; 2, Morlock; 3, Bintz; 4, Hagel; 5, Kollman; 6, Carter; 7, Carpenter; 8, Hartman.
Heat 4: 1, Rodin; 2, Lehr; 3, Kuska; 4, Carr; 5, Schlenker; 6, T. Langland; 7, Ost; 8, Rohwedder.