Drivers and Fans Step Up to Honor Jeff Carpenter at Jamestown and Sheyenne Speedways
If you want to see why the racing community is special, check out what area tracks and drivers are doing in honor of Valley City racer Jeff Carpenter. Carpenter died unexpectedly on May 13 at the age of 61.
Jamestown Speedway and Sheyenne Speedway in Lisbon will both hold Jeff Carpenter Memorial Races this Memorial Day Weekend, and a lot of cool things are planned. Both were tracks Carpenter raced his No. 37 Wissota Midwest Modified at.
Many people have stepped up to make these events happen, and it is incredible to see the outpouring from drivers and fans alike.
On Saturday, Jamestown will host the Jeff Carpenter Memorial beginning at 7 p.m. The Wissota Midwest Modifieds will race a 37-lap feature at Jamestown paying $1,037 to win on Saturday. Jamestown promoter Tim Baldwin said fellow drivers Randy Klein and Greg Friestad and the Carpenter family have organized the event. Performance Auto will be kicking in some $137 awards, including a Hard Charger and Hard Luck awards.
Jamestown will have Carpenter’s car carry the flag for the National Anthem, plus do a four-wide salute during the Wissota Midwest Modified feature.
Saturday is also the first night of the Tri-City Mod Series at Jamestown with Dacotah Speedway and Red River Valley Speedway, so the IMCA Modifieds will be racing for $1,000 to win that evening.
All regular classes will be racing at Jamestown in what should be a full night of racing.
Two nights later, Sheyenne Speedway will also hold the Jeff “Carp” Carpenter Memorial beginning at 6 p.m. on Monday. The track will also run a 37-lap Wissota Midwest Modified feature that will pay $1,037 to the winner. In addition, additional payout money will be announced for the midwest modifieds when the cars pull out for the feature.
Carpenter won a feature at Sheyenne Speedway on Sept. 4, 2017.
In addition, Froemke Excavating has donated bonus money to the Wissota Street Stock feature at Sheyenne. The winner will receive $537, second place $337 and third place $237.
Anumber of Special Awards have already been donated at Sheyenne:
$137 HardCharger - Jonny Carter Racing
$137 HardLuck - RKR Motorsports
$137 Long Tow - Team2buddyZ
(2) 4 Shock Package (buy 2 get 2 FREE) - Travis Saurer Racing
FREE Admission to the 37th Driver to sign in - Travis Saurer Racing
Beast Custom Works is donating $137 to the Mini Stock feature — an additional $37 to the winner plus $10 for finishing positions 2-11.
Pizza Ranch in Lisbon will give a $37 gift card to the third and seventh place finishes in the midwest modified feature.
CRP Photography (Cody Papke) will donate a $137 gift certificate for anything, including hero cards
Lyn Lamb Grills will give $37 to heat race winners and will have a random cash drawing before the feature.
These should be two great events at area tracks in honor of a driver who clearly was well thought of by his fellow competitors and fans.