Schulz Savors Breakthrough Victory in IMCA Modifieds
For Jamie Schulz, his feature win on June 4 at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo meant a major sense of relief. That’s because it was he first feature win of any kind since 2002.
“We got a gorilla off our back, not a monkey,” Schulz said.
The 49-year-old from Harwood, N.D., picked up the IMCA Modified win on June 4, starting on the outside pole and leading from start to finish. That strong field included Tyler Hall, Matt Aukland, Dave Shipley, Jesse Skalicky and Austin Arneson, among others.
The 19-year dry spell was over.
“It felt good,” Schulz said. “You’re out here chasing…there’s a lot of good cars in this class. Every time you get a front-row starting spot you’ve got to take advantage of it. I think the stars aligned that night and everything worked out.”
Schulz’s racing career started in the Mini Stocks in 1994. He moved into the street stock class until 2003, and then took a few years off. He raced a super stock for a few years, and since 2015 has been in the IMCA Modified class, where he has found a home.
“We didn’t know if this was for us,” Schulz said. “My neighbors, they’ve all got mods, I was like, ‘join the crowd, right?’”
“The rules, everybody is supposed to be on the same thing. It goes to show you on any night any guy can have a chance.”
He’s having arguably his best year in the modified. Schulz is third in the points at Red River Valley Speedway heading into this Wednesday’s show and is fourth in the points at Buffalo River Speedway near Glyndon.
“We’ve been working on it, and we finally found something that works for us,” Schulz said. “We’ve been really consistent and we stuck with it.”
Schulz said he has a lot of support from his family, and has received setup tips from Matt and Mike Greseth and Corky Thomas.
“I’ve got a good group of guys I can lean on to get some advice from,” Schulz said.
There aren’t many nights of racing left, but he’s looking to end the year strong.
“Consistency — we’re running up front, that’s the main goal,” Schulz said. “Hopefully we’ll get another one. That’s the goal.”
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