Wilke adds to win total at Jamestown and Sheyenne Speedways

Fourth of July racing and fireworks will remain a tradition this Sunday at Jamestown Speedway.

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Shawn Becker (56), Chris Mack (55) and Eric Edwards (14) race three-wide down the backstretch during an IMCA modified heat race at Jamestown Speedway on Saturday, June 19, 2021. Michael Savaloja / The Sun

The Jamestown speedway played host to its Top Gun Bombers and Mini Stocks Special Saturday, July 26, with Jamestown's Dylan Steele outlasting 17 bombers to win the 15-lap main event. Matt Pederson of Lake Park, Minnesota, won the mini stocks feature.

Winners also included Tye Wilke of Detroit Lakes in the Legends, Dentyn Schill in the slingshots, Kelly Hagel in the WISSOTA Midwest modifieds, Billie Christ in the WISSOTA streets, and John Nord in the IMCA modifieds.

"It was probably the best race track we've had all year as far as raciness," Jamestown Speedway co-owner Tim Baldwin said. "Two-and three-wide action and lots of passing. We've really been struggling to get the low side of the track to come in and this last weekend I think we finally got it after two or three weeks of trying," Baldwin said. "I think we're setting ourselves up for some good racing going into the Fourth of July, and the Mod Tour and other specials we have in July."

Tye Wilke of Detroit Lakes, Minn., is making the move up to sprint cars from the legends division. Wilke won seven of the eight legends races at Red River Valley Speedway in 2020. Mike Spieker / Special to The Forum


Wilke has been pulling double duty this season racing both INEX Legends and his sprint car finding plenty of success with both.

Wilke has continued to be a fixture at the head of the pack in every race, if not in front. His full year race stats dating back to January include 20 top five finishes and 10 wins, including another Legends victory Sunday, June 27, at Sheyenne Speedway after winning in Jamestown.
The Jamestown Speedway will host the opening night of the 32nd annual Dakota Classic Modified Tour on July 10 and the Northern Outlaw sprint cars are planned to visit the track on July 24.

A total of 117 entries comprised seven classes of cars competing last Saturday night.

"We've been really pleased with the car counts," Baldwin said. "It seems like everywhere is kind of struggling with cars a little bit and car counts are going down, and we've been holding pretty steady. We're thankful for that support from the drivers."




Feature (20 Laps): 1. 72-Tye Wilke[12]; 2. 34-Alex Kukowski[15]; 3. 29-Ryan Braseth[10]; 4. 19-Donavin Wiest[9]; 5. 28-Joshua Wiest[8]; 6. D1RT-Tony Brockhouse[16]; 7. 0-Ryan Erdahl[7]; 8. 7F-Brian Frederick[4]; 9. 701-Taylor Sargent[3]; 10. 49-Collin Compson[2]; 11. 9-Gunnar Pfaff[14]; 12. 43S-William Siebert[17]; 13. 99D-Rick Diede[18]; 14. 00-Duston Hagen[1]; 15. 2-Joseph Lewis[13]; 16. 16-Jeffrey King[20]; 17. (DNF) 23B-Jared Beck[11]; 18. (DNF) 08-Zander Bauer[19]; 19. (DNF) 79-Chuck Christ[5]; 20. (DNF) 69-Brian Hanson[6].


Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 69-Brian Hanson[1]; 2. 00-Duston Hagen[6]; 3. 701-Taylor Sargent[3]; 4. 49-Collin Compson[2]; 5. 2-Joseph Lewis[5]; 6. 16-Jeffrey King[7]; 7. (DNS) 99D-Rick Diede.

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 72-Tye Wilke[2]; 2. 28-Joshua Wiest[1]; 3. 19-Donavin Wiest[6]; 4. 0-Ryan Erdahl[3]; 5. 9-Gunnar Pfaff[4]; 6. D1RT-Tony Brockhouse[7]; 7. 08-Zander Bauer[5].

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 29-Ryan Braseth[1]; 2. 7F-Brian Frederick[3]; 3. 23B-Jared Beck[5]; 4. 79-Chuck Christ[2]; 5. 34-Alex Kukowski[6]; 6. 43S-William Siebert[4].

Savaloja is the sports lead writer for The Jamestown Sun.
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