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WINNING WEISS: Canadian driver stays hot at Stampede

Canada's Ricky Weiss, pictured, continued his season of winning Saturday, Sept. 22, during the 47th annual Stock Car Stampede at Jamestown Speedway. Mike Spieker / For The Sun1 / 3
Carrington's Preston Carr won Saturday's Stock Car Stampede at Jamestown Speedway in the WISSOTA Midwest Modified division. Mike Spieker / For The Sun2 / 3
Fargo's Casey Arneson pose with his Stampede trophy after winning Saturday's 25-lap IMCA modifieds feature at Jamestown Speedway. Mike Spieker / For The Sun3 / 3

Ricky Weiss continued his dream season Saturday during the 47th annual Stock Car Stampede at Jamestown Speedway.

The Canadian driver from Headingley, Manitoba, used the help of lapped traffic late to pass Dustin Strand and win the 30-lap, WISSOTA late model Stampede feature. Weiss has now notched victories at the WISSOTA 100, the John Seitz Memorial and the Stampede, while also capturing the $50,000-to-win Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series' North/South 100 at Florence Speedway in Union, Ky., all since Aug. 11.

Weiss has collected $72,000 in advertised winnings during the streak, including $3,000 for claiming Jamestown Speedway's marquee event. Weiss has tallied 22 total victories in 2018.

"This is definitely a bucket list year and we just keep checking 'em off," said Weiss, shortly after winning in Jamestown for the first time in his career. "It's pretty cool."

Cool was the theme Saturday, with temperatures hovering around 45 degrees Fahrenheit and a stiff northwest wind hurdling at the main grandstand. The diehard fans who remained near the midnight hour were rewarded.

Strand, from East Grand Forks, Minn., took command from the pole over Brad Seng, who was in search of his first Stampede victory since winning in a super stock 21 years ago. Seng would ultimately finish ninth after starting on the outside of the front row.

Weiss rocketed from the third starting spot to second from the start and went to work on Strand. The two eventually made contact 11 laps in after Weiss got an impressive run off the top of Turn 4, resulting in Weiss making contact with the wall.

Sparks flew, but Weiss continued. The race included six caution flags and last nearly 30 minutes.

"I just had a really good run on Dustin going up top there and I could tell he was starting to come up and up," Weiss said. "I was really trying to get to where he could see me. He just didn't know I was up there.

"I didn't hear anything rubbing and I knew the right-front (wheel) didn't hit the wall. It was just kinda cosmetic and didn't affect the car too much."

The final 19 circuits stayed green to the finish, which brought lapped traffic into play. Weiss first got hung up in slower cars with 12 to go, but then Strand began to battle rush-hour conditions.

With just 4 laps left, Weiss went for broke with a slider under Strand in Turns 1 and 2. Weiss' car stuck in front of Strand off the top of 2 and the Stampede trophy had been won.

"I wanted to get into lapped traffic. I knew I could maneuver more," Weiss said. "(Strand) was kind of a sitting duck out front there, not being able to move around as much as I could.

"I kept shooting on the bottom and we were really good, but that top was just getting so dominant. It was starting to lay rubber and it was so fast in (Turns) 1 and 2. I knew if I could slide there I could slide into the rubber and hopefully lead that corner."

Strand had been Mr. Stampede in recent years. He'd left the event with a trophy in hand the past three seasons; twice in a late model (2015 and 2016) and once in an IMCA modified (2017).

"I just got tied up in lapped cars there and made a couple bad choices," Strand said. "We had a good enough car to get it done, we just weren't in the right place at the right time. Congrats to Ricky on the win."

Jerry Lamb nearly won the 20-lap WISSOTA streets feature, but Mandan native Geoff Hellman overtook Lamb for the lead on a restart with 3 laps left to claim the Stampede title. Lamb, whose racing career began in 1969, led the first 17 laps from the outside of the front row.

"I thought I had it there for awhile, but on that last restart I might have made a mistake," said the 68-year-old Lamb from Lisbon, N.D. "I've been trying (to win) this for many years and this is the closest I've ever came, so I'm happy."

Fargo's Casey Arneson overtook Dave Shipley for the lead in the 25-lap IMCA modifieds feature 10 laps in and held off West Fargo's Allen Kent over the final few circuits. Kent came from eighth to finish second. Arneson, whose brother, Austin, won the 2013 WISSOTA A-mod Stampede crown, started on the front row next to Shipley.

"I've won here once in a B-mod," Casey Arneson said. "I've wanted to win here so bad—a lot of seconds. It's unbelievable."

Carrington's Preston Carr led the final 11 laps to win the 20-lap WISSOTA midwest modified feature. Carr was able to get by Reise Stenberg halfway through, after Stenberg led the first nine laps from the pole.

"It feels great. I haven't raced too much, but the year's been awesome," said Carr, who started second. "Lucky draw for the heat race, and another lucky draw for the feature."

Dave Mass, of East Bethel, Minn., led the final 17 laps to win the 20-lap super stocks feature. It was Mass' third Stampede victory in the class and first since 2009.

Wishek's Donavin Wiest won the INEX legends main event, Dickinson's Luke Krogh claimed the trophy in the IMCA sport mod division, and Monago's Jason Miller was the champion in the bombers.

A total of 310 drivers competed in this year's Stampede. Full results can be found at www.jamestownsun.com.

47th annual Stock Car Stampede

Saturday's feature results

WISSOTA Late Models

A Feature 1 (30 Laps): 1. 7W-Ricky Weiss, [3]; 2. 71D-Dustin Strand, [1]; 3. 4-Shane Edginton, [6]; 4. 18-Curt Gelling, [9]; 5. 10-Mike Balcaen, [14]; 6. 86-Matthew Smith, [4]; 7. 12S-Brad Seng, [2]; 8. 10R-Kevin Robertson, [13]; 9. 4C-Ryan Corbett, [12]; 10. 9R-Erik Robertson, [20]; 11. 06-David Smith, [11]; 12. 17H-Jim Harris, [15]; 13. 4J-Wayne Johnson, [23]; 14. 30-Adam Fischer, [25]; 15. 2*-Cole Babcock, [24]; 16. (DNF) 44-Cole Schill, [5]; 17. (DNF) Z17-Zach Naastad, [17]; 18. (DNF) 1R-Travis Robertson, [16]; 19. (DNF) 3M-Greg Meyer, [18]; 20. (DNF) 09R-Craig Rodgers, [22]; 21. (DNF) 16S-Jeff Hapala, [21]; 22. (DNF) 03-Casey Meyer, [7]; 23. (DNF) 25-Dylan Barnhardt, [19]; (DQ) 14E-Eric Edwards, [10]; (DQ) 14-Brody Troftgruben, [8].

IMCA Modifieds

A Feature 1 (25 Laps): 1. 2A-Casey Arneson, [2]; 2. 33K-Allen Kent, [8]; 3. 72-Dave Shipley, [1]; 4. 71-Trent Grager, [4]; 5. 9M-Dale Mathison, [11]; 6. 5-John Corell, [7]; 7. 7-Marlyn Seidler, [6]; 8. 96-Tracy Domagala, [3]; 9. 9H-Robert Hellebust, [18]; 10. 6D-Dylan Goplen, [5]; 11. 2E-Josh Eberhardt, [22]; 12. 98-John Nord, [9]; 13. 14-Eric Edwards, [16]; 14. 24Q-Quentin Kinzley, [19]; 15. 11K-Jeremy Keller, [13]; 16. 51T-Tim Thomas, [10]; 17. 91-Jarrett Carter, [14]; 18. 3-Travis Ulmer, [20]; 19. 4J-Wayne Johnson, [23]; 20. 22RK-Rusty Kollman, [24]; 21. 22-Jeremy Forester, [21]; 22. 45-Travis Davis, [12]; 23. (DNF) 25-Jamie Trautner, [17]; 24. (DNF) 88X-Randy Klein, [15].

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds

A Feature 1 (20 Laps): 1. 5C-Preston Carr, [2]; 2. 87S-Reise Stenberg, [1]; 3. 99G-Jason Grimes, [8]; 4. 88X-Randy Klein, [3]; 5. 84-Travis Traut, [5]; 6. 6-Alex Langland, [9]; 7. 71S-Dustin Strand, [20]; 8. 6R-Nate Reynolds, [6]; 9. 7T-Joseph Thomas, [10]; 10. 66L-Kyle Langland, [4]; 11. 17K-Stoney Kruk, [14]; 12. 13B-Jess Brekke, [7]; 13. 71-Nate Reinke, [17]; 14. 97M-Jim Morlock, [13]; 15. 71Z-Zach Reinke, [22]; 16. 1R-Joey Rowell, [16]; 17. 271-Kelly Hagel, [24]; 18. 3-Jeffrey Schwind Jr, [19]; 19. 1S-Scott Bintz, [11]; 20. 12-Jaden Varnson, [23]; 21. 68-Todd Duchscherer, [15]; 22. (DNF) 17-Lance Schill, [18]; 23. (DNF) 16R-Randy Thompson, [21]; 24. (DNF) 37-Jeff Carpenter, [12].

WISSOTA Street Stocks

A Feature 1 (20 Laps): 1. 54H-Geoff Hellman, [4]; 2. 27-Jerry Lamb, [2]; 3. 32-Jeremy Engelhardt, [6]; 4. 21D-Matt Dosch, [1]; 5. 59-Kyle Anderson, [8]; 6. 2U-Kasey Ussatis, [10]; 7. 22-Cory Rodin, [12]; 8. 0-Scott Gartner, [20]; 9. 24-Ashley Wampler, [14]; 10. 18B-Adam Burrows, [18]; 11. 20J-Jay Schlotfeldt, [5]; 12. 21K-Kelly Hoerner, [22]; 13. 13-Dustin Erickson, [21]; 14. 65-Robert Banish Jr, [13]; 15. 17-Christopher Ritter, [7]; 16. 54-Jodie Michaelsohn, [23]; 17. 21J-Brian Johanson, [19]; 18. 51-John Feist, [11]; 19. 29-Dan McNamee, [16]; 20. 19-Todd Carter, [17]; 21. 5-Royce Jawaski, [15]; 22. 5A-Allan Frederick, [24]; 23. 5F-Zach Frederick, [3]; 24. (DNF) 97-Hunter Domagala, [9].

WISSOTA Super Stocks

A Feature 1 (20 Laps): 1. 2-Dave Mass, [3]; 2. 43-Brian Bernotas, [4]; 3. X-Shawn Wageman, [2]; 4. 33-Stewart Schipke, [1]; 5. 11-William Wadeson, [5]; 6. 29X-Jay Holub, [6]; 7. 9C-Chris Walker, [9]; 8. 33N-Nick Schipke, [18]; 9. 76-John Miller, [14]; 10. 1-Kip Meyer, [25]; 11. 4A-Allan Cleveland, [10]; 12. 1X-Nick Wranek, [21]; 13. 40N-Mike Nims, [23]; 14. 44-Kip DeGroot, [7]; 15. 65-Luis Chavez, [24]; 16. (DNF) 11A-Jordan Henkemeyer, [8]; 17. (DNF) 18C-Corey Aga, [20]; 18. (DNF) 18R-Kevin Aga, [13]; 19. (DNF) 75-Brandon Langer, [12]; 20. (DNF) 19-Kyle Elsen, [17]; 21. (DNF) 49-Tim Compson, [11]; 22. (DNF) 7D-Delwain Lehr, [16]; (DNS) 15-Taylor Schmidt, ; (DNS) 17-Matt Johnson, ; (DNS) 03-Dave Thomas.

IMCA Sport Mods

A Feature 1 (20 Laps): 1. 47R-Luke Krogh, [1]; 2. 51-Kelly Jacobson, [6]; 3. 0-Robby Rosselli, [10]; 4. 132-Chad Strachen, [3]; 5. 75-Justin Medler, [13]; 6. 71B-David Siercks, [12]; 7. 2D-Dan Dowling, [15]; 8. 9-Philip Keller, [9]; 9. 7R-Ryan Restad, [5]; 10. 63-Kevin Eklund, [17]; 11. 76-Reile Sailer, [20]; 12. 5F-Zach Frederick, [21]; 13. 7C-Josh Carson, [25]; 14. 21K-Kyle Krogh, [16]; 15. 15-Matthew Clark, [11]; 16. 33-Brennan Urbach, [23]; 17. 65J-Joshua Moulton, [18]; 18. (DNF) 40-Chris VanMil, [2]; 19. (DNF) 1RM-Taylor Grove, [8]; 20. (DNF) 889-Kyle Keller, [7]; 21. (DNF) 8-Billy Michaelsohn, [19]; 22. (DNF) 5S-Scott Jacobson, [4]; 23. (DNF) 22-Brian Schaffer, [24]; 24. (DNF) 17-Evan Morast, [22]; 25. (DNF) 12T-Brandon Tendeland, [14].

Bombers

A Feature 1 (20 Laps): 1. 27M-J Liddle, [4]; 2. 1-John Gartner Jr, [2]; 3. 32-Clay Gentzkow, [1]; 4. 29V-Brent Vetter, [5]; 5. 24-Leann Christensen, [6]; 6. 14-Gregory Moore, [10]; 7. 51-A.J. Davenport, [17]; 8. 22C-Cory Rodin, [3]; 9. 12W-Chris Welk Jr, [9]; 10. 10-Hayden Aberle, [25]; 11. 57-Tony Bundy, [14]; 12. #1-Tony Smith, [7]; 13. 79-Lane Stoppleworth, [18]; 14. 22-Dylan Steele, [24]; 15. 16-Nathan Messer, [19]; 16. 55S-Dylan Sandberg, [13]; 17. (DNF) 37W-Ferlin Sheridan, [22]; 18. (DNF) 6T-Dillon Thorpe, [11]; 19. (DNF) 40-Matt Gumke, [16]; 20. (DNF) 21K-Karlie Hoerner, [20]; 21. (DNF) 93-Taylor Saari, [15]; 22. (DNF) 8-Travis Edinger, [21]; 23. (DNF) 24W-Dale Wampler, [12]; 24. (DNF) 24X-Ryan Ost, [23]; 25. (DNF) 7C-Billy Carow, [8].

INEX Legends

A Feature 1 (20 Laps): 1. 19-Donavin Wiest, [2]; 2. 21-Andrew Jochim, [7]; 3. 58-Sean Johnson, [6]; 4. 77-Preston Martin, [12]; 5. 86-Troy Hoff, [17]; 6. 60-Drew Papke, [3]; 7. 34-Alex Kukowski, [19]; 8. 9-John Sommerfeld, [4]; 9. 5D8-Dylan Johnson, [8]; 10. 69-Brian Hanson, [5]; 11. 5-Dean Julsrud, [9]; 12. B1-Brody Carlsrud, [20]; 13. 471-Austin Wiest, [1]; 14. 79R-Scott Richardson, [24]; 15. 1K-Nate Keena, [11]; 16. 55-Ivan Sailer, [14]; 17. 29-Ryan Braseth, [27]; 18. 37-Kevin Jensen, [16]; 19. 20-Alex Braseth, [22]; 20. 79-Jacob Aldrich, [23]; 21. 5G-Garrison Miller, [26]; 22. (DNF) 38-Andrew Sommerfeld, [15]; 23. (DNF) 69X-Josh Julsrud, [10]; 24. (DNF) D1RT-Tony Brockhouse, [28]; 25. (DNF) 21S-Terry Sahr, [18]; 26. (DNF) 68-Kyle Doepke, [25]; 27. (DNF) 13-Jeremiah Erickson, [13]; (DNS) 72-Tye Wilke.

Michael Savaloja

Hometown: Churchs Ferry, N.D.; College: North Dakota

A recipient of the NDHSCA Award of Merit, Savaloja has been reporting sports for The Sun since 2008.

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