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Long winless streaks are being snapped at Jamestown Speedway. Last week, Milnor's Bob Banish Jr. won on the quarter-mile oval for the first time in 14 years of trying. On Saturday, it was Jason Thoms' turn. The 36-year-old Pingree native won the first WISSOTA Midwest Modified main event of his career, leading all 20 laps from the outside of the front row. Thoms, who began his career racing bombers in 2005, had never before earned a victory at Jamestown Speedway.
Post 14 jumped directly into the fire this summer, and head coach Justin Connell believes his club is better for it. Jamestown's American Legion baseball team is off to a 1-7 start after facing a string of quality opponents on the road. Post 14 will finally launch its home half of the schedule today, hosting Mandan at Jack Brown Stadium at 5:30 p.m. "The guys are excited," Connell said. "It'll be nice not having to travel two or three hours to play a baseball game."
Bob Banish Jr. finally slayed the beast. The 33-year-old driver from Milnor, N.D., had been trying to win a feature race at Jamestown Speedway since 2003. He was one happy man here on Saturday. Banish led all 20 laps of the WISSOTA Street Stock feature from the outside of the front row, holding off Dustin Erickson, Rory Opp, Billie Christ and Jodie Michaelsohn—all past Jamestown winners in the streets.
Jamestown pure stock driver Brandon Michel went for a wild ride Saturday night at Jamestown Speedway. Michel, driver of the No. B52 bomber car, and Aberdeen's Ashley Wampler (24W) tangled on the front straightaway during the first of two heat races, resulting in Michel making hard contact with the outside wall and barrel rolling in front of the main grandstand. Michel walked away unharmed. Click through the series of photos above to see the incident unfold. Michel was one of three drivers to turn a car over on Saturday at the speedway.
Add another name to the list. Jordan Adams captured Saturday's 25-lap NOSA Sprint Car feature at Jamestown Speedway, marking the seventh different sprint car driver to win here in eight opportunities. The 21-year-old from Reynolds, N.D., held off Wade Nygaard and Austin Pierce, both of Grand Forks, over a final five-lap shootout to the checkered flag. "That's a pretty cool stat to have," said Adams, in regard to adding his name to Jamestown's list of winners. "I hope they keep having us back every year. It's a fun little track."
Jamestown Speedway June 10 Results NOSA Sprints
Jake Reinholz provided one last stellar performance on the pitch Wednesday. The North Dakota State football recruit capped his all-state high school soccer career with a goal and two assists at Jamestown's Rotary Field. The effort helped the East breeze past the West 3-0 in the seventh annual Rotary East-West Senior All-Star soccer match. Reinholz set a North Dakota high school state record last fall with 43 goals playing for Fargo Shanley. He's signed to join the NCAA Division I Bison as a kicker this fall.
Scott Bintz is fast on four wheels, but he's also pretty speedy on two feet. The Jamestown WISSOTA Midwest Modified driver sprinted to turn No. 2 at Jamestown Speedway on Saturday night to check on his 16-year-old son, Cameron. Cameron Bintz rolled his IMCA Modified off the track during heat-race action, after contact had broken something underneath the rookie's machine. The younger Bintz was attempting to complete just his fifth night of A-mod racing.
FARGO—Jamestown's girls soccer team finished with more wins than any other team this season. But the state tournament just never came together for the Blue Jays. West Fargo Sheyenne (13-3-3) found the game-winner in the 74th minute of the fifth-place match against Jamestown (15-2-0) on Saturday at Fargo Shanley's Cid Cichy Stadium. Jamestown fell 1-0 to an opponent for the second time in the tournament.
Jamestown Speedway June 3 Results WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds Feature: 1. Scott Bintz; 2. Nate Reinke; 3. Lucas Rodin; 4. Ryan Lehr; 5. Preston Carr; 6. Brennon Weight; 7. Joey Rowell; 8. Jason Thoms; 9. Zach Reinke; 10. Ryan Schroeder; 11. Andy Kapp; 12. Zach LaQua; 13. Travis Traut; 14. Royce Jawaski; 15. Eric Edwards; 16. Tyler Schrenk; 17. Delray Dykstra; 18. Jay Sahr; 19. Jeff Schwind Jr.; 20. Randy Gordon; 21. Aaron Michel; 22. Dylan Zabel; 23. Dave Peterson; 24. Zach Dockter (DNF).