Seidler, Reinke, Thorpe Win at Jamestown; Saurer Gets First Win of 2019 at Viking; Jonny Carter Wins
The ageless Marlyn Seidler picked up the Tri-City Mod Tour win Saturday night at the Jamestown Speedway.
The 66-year-old driver from Underwood started on the outside pole and picked up the $1,000 winning check. A good field of 24 IMCA Modifieds were on hand. So far, winners of the first three nights of the Tri-City tour are Casey Arneson, Greg Friestad and Seidler.
Lucas Rodin of Marion was second in the IMCA Mod feature, Allen Kent of West Fargo third, John Corell of Jamestown fourth and Travis Olheiser of Dickinson fifth.
Dillon Thorpe of Monango is 2-for-2 on the weekend as he won the Bomber feature. He also won Friday at Brown County Speedway in Aberdeen. Seth Howe-Kellar placed second, with Greg Moore of Jamestown, Paul Norman of Wishek and Leann Christensen of Spiritwood rounding out the top five.
Lisbon driver Nate Reinke won his second feature of 2019 with a victory in the Wissota Midwest Modified main event. Rodin was second, Brennon Weight of La Moure was third, Jim Morlock of Pettibone fourth and Preston Carr of Carrington fifth. Reinke won a feature at Sheyenne Speedway earlier this month.
Drew Papke of Bismarck won the INEX Legends feature with Steven Kuntz of Bismarck second. Andrew Jochim of Glyndon finished fourth.
The Wissota Streets had the night off. A total of 92 cars competed at Jamestown.
Saurer Picks Up First Win of 2019 at Viking
Travis Saurer of Elizabeth picked up his first Wissota Modified feature win of 2019 at Viking Speedway in Alexandria. Dusty Bitzan of Brandon was second for a second straight night, while Jason Thoennes of Garfield was third and Blake Jegtvig of Hawley fourth after starting 15th. Brady Gerdes of Villard was fifth and McKenzie Gerdes of Villard had her best finish in an A mod, taking sixth after starting 13th.
Randy Laage of Brooten won the Wissota Midwest Modified feature over Shawn Olson of Alexandria. Nick Bruder of Long Prairie was third, Brendan Blascyk of Kensington was fourth and Corey Storck of Morris fifth.
Ryan Mikkelson of Alexandria topped Bryce Sward of Nelson for the Limited Late Model win. Ben Wolden of Fergus Falls was third.
Jim “Nitro” Williams, the all-time street stock wins leader at Viking, picked up another victory on Saturday over Andrew Bangsund of Alexandria. Bryan Crandall of Herman was third.
Jeff Crouse of Alexandria was victorious in the Wissota Super Stocks with Trevor Saurer of Dalton taking second and Matt Miller of Glenwood third.
—Buffalo River Race Park in Glyndon has raced once this year — and cancelled seven times. I can’t remember a track having such a horrible year with the weather. The forecast was for NO rain during the day in the Fargo-Moorhead area and of course, a monsoon hit around noon.
So I figured it out. There have been 76 scheduled nights of racing of the eight tracks I cover. 38 races have been held, 38 have been cancelled because of rain and weather. That’s the worst I have seen it.
BRRP has had it the worst, by far. Jamestown and Viking and I-94 are all at five shows in and four rained out. Sheyenne Speedway in Lisbon has held five of its six shows; Red River Valley in West Fargo has six of eight, and Norman County Raceway in Ada is four of six. River Cities is 7-of-10 on shows this season (including barely beating the rain during the Greater Grand Forks Fair during the NOSA Sprint night).
—Dan Aberle of Finley won the Wissota Street Stock feature on Saturday at Devils Lake Speedway, while Austin Hunter of Winnipeg made it 2-for-2 on the weekend with a win in the Wissota Midwest Modified main event. Both qualified for the Wissota Race of Champions with those wins.
--Jonny Carter of Lisbon picked up the big money out west on Saturday, winning the second annual Richard Jordan Memorial at Southwest Speedway in Dickinson, N.D. The win was worth $2,465 which is the biggest payday of Carter's career. Carter started seventh and topped Zach Frederick of Richardton for the win. Kyle Anderson of Jamestown had a very good run taking third; he is knocking on the door for his first career street stock win.
What a phenomenal season Carter is having: he has 11 wins in 15 starts and has only finished outside the top five ONCE all year.