Marriott Claims Dakota Classic Mod Tour Opener, Rogers Takes Stock Car Win

By Mike Spieker

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (July 7, 2018) – The 29th annual Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Modified Tour got underway Saturday at Jamestown Speedway with a familiar name in victory lane. Two-time and defending Dakota Classic Mod Tour champion, Hunter Marriott, picked up the opening night win in convincing fashion. In his first attempt at a Dakota Classic tour event, Jason Rogers scored the IMCA Stock Car feature win.

With 81 Modifieds checked in at the start of the night, Marriott and Travis Ulmer led the field of 29 IMCA Modifieds to the green flag for the 30-lap A-main. Ulmer and third place starter, Tyler Peterson, raced by Marriott in the first set of corners, but they made contact in turn four while racing for the lead to bring out the first caution. Ulmer was called for the yellow as Peterson rejoined the field in third for the complete restart.

Marriott took the point as the race resumed with Mark Dahl and John Corell in tow. Several cautions plagued the opening circuits, but once the race endured a green flag stretch, Marriott checked out.

Seventh-place starter, RC Whitwell quickly moved into the second spot as Dahl and Corell continued to battle. Marriott reached lapped traffic at the halfway point, but by then he had already established a full straightaway lead over Whitwell.

Seeming effortless, Marriott sliced through the dense traffic before increasing his advantage in the final stages. Marriott cruised to the win over Whitwell, while Jeff Taylor came from 12th to round out the podium. Dahl and Corell rounded out the top five.

“The car felt really good tonight. I’ve never won here in Jamestown… never actually ran well here at all,” said Marriott in victory lane. “It was definitely a good night for us and a good start to the tour. I passed that first lapped car and I saw a nose under me and I thought it was RC, so I just held the bottom. I didn’t know if that was him or if he was right on me or not. It was just a great night of racing.”

Jason Rogers made the haul from Selden, Kansas to compete in his first-ever Dakota Classic tour event and left Jamestown with the IMCA Stock Car win.

After a nine car pile up on the opening lap, Eric Harpole showed the way in the early going. Rogers grabbed the lead for Harpole on lap five and enjoyed the lead until a restart put Angel Munoz right behind him.

Munoz put heavy pressure on Rogers for the lead on lap 11 of 25, but Rogers held a smooth and steady line around the low side of the speedway. Munoz pulled even with Rogers with 12 to go as Munoz became the only car in the top five to run the middle groove.

The low side prevailed for Rogers as he held off Munoz’s charge and went on to score the victory.

Munoz held on for second, while Joe Flory charged from 21st to finish third. Ricky Thornton Jr., who had to restart at the tail after being involved in an incident, rebounded to finish fourth, while 20th place starter Matt Speckman rounded out the top five.

RESULTS:

IMCA Modifieds:
A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 62-Hunter Marriott, [1]; 2. 71T-RC Whitwell, [7]; 3. 5J-Jeff Taylor, [12]; 4. 1-Mark Dahl, [4]; 5. 5-John Corell, [6]; 6. 27W-Jason Wolla, [22]; 7. 7-Marlyn Seidler, [10]; 8. 3X-Kelly Shryock, [20]; 9. 4TW-Tim Ward, [14]; 10. 1TPO-Tyler Peterson, [3]; 11. 2A-Casey Arneson, [17]; 12. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr, [11]; 13. 3D-Dan Aune, [23]; 14. 3S-Jesse Skalicky, [13]; 15. 175-Ethan Dotson, [26]; 16. 4-Jordan Huettl, [5]; 17. 9-Billy Kendall III, [19]; 18. 90-Jason Beaulieu, [28]; 19. 21-Aaron Turnbull, [29]; 20. 99-Shawn Strand, [25]; 21. 11K-Jeremy Keller, [9]; 22. 25T-Jamie Trautner, [15]; 23. 11-Steven Pfeifer, [16]; 24. 29C-Drew Christianson, [27]; 25. 87H-Brad Hartigan, [21]; 26. 3-Travis Ulmer, [2]; 27. (DNF) 2G-Troy Girolamo, [8]; 28. (DNF) 25-Hank Berry, [24]; 29. (DNF) 21X-Jesse Hoeft, [18]

B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr, [1]; 2. 2A-Casey Arneson, [2]; 3. 3D-Dan Aune, [3]; 4. 17-Mike Greseth, [6]; 5. 19-Lucas Rodin, [4]; 6. X-Josh Rogotzke, [5]; 7. 71S-Brent Schlafmann, [9]; 8. 88-Randy Klein, [8]; 9. 87-Curt Lund, [7]; 10. 15T-Myles Tomlinson, [11]; 11. 71-Jessie Hoskins, [10]; 12. 79-Billie Christ, [12]

B Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 5J-Jeff Taylor, [2]; 2. 21X-Jesse Hoeft, [1]; 3. 25-Hank Berry, [3]; 4. 21K-Kyle Brown, [5]; 5. 75-Spencer Wilson, [4]; 6. 6D-Dylan Goplen, [8]; 7. 84-Travis Traut, [9]; 8. 3B-Brian Brennan, [6]; 9. 18G-Randy Gordon, [7]; 10. 01-Jonathan Schumann, [11]; 11. (DNF) 33S-Robert Sigman, [10]; 12. (DNF) 72X-Kyler Jeffrey, [12]

B Feature 3 (12 Laps): 1. 3S-Jesse Skalicky, [1]; 2. 9-Billy Kendall III, [3]; 3. 99-Shawn Strand, [5]; 4. E3B-Eddie Belec, [6]; 5. 19F-John Flory, [4]; 6. 12J-Justin O’Brien, [8]; 7. 96-Tracy Domagala, [9]; 8. 2-Rusty Kollman, [2]; 9. 83-Dale Neitzel, [7]; 10. 29A-Les McLenehan, [12]; 11. 17X-Tommy Lee, [10]; 12. 87X-Bland Bohannon, [11]

B Feature 4 (12 Laps): 1. 4TW-Tim Ward, [2]; 2. 3X-Kelly Shryock, [3]; 3. 175-Ethan Dotson, [1]; 4. 11X-Tom Berry Jr, [6]; 5. 98-Alex Stanford, [4]; 6. 6-Chris Schroeder, [5]; 7. O19-Travis Olheiser, [7]; 8. 4500-Cody Peterson, [8]; 9. 4T-Troy Heupel, [9]; 10. 2*-Josh Jones, [12]; 11. 29H-Keith Hammett, [11]; 12. 7SR-Shawn Ritter, [10]

B Feature 5 (12 Laps): 1. 25T-Jamie Trautner, [1]; 2. 87H-Brad Hartigan, [5]; 3. 29C-Drew Christianson, [7]; 4. 66P-Paul Stone, [3]; 5. 6P-Travis Peery, [6]; 6. 91X-Jarrett Carter, [8]; 7. 5T-Marcus Tomlinson, [12]; 8. 24B-Chris Bragg, [11]; 9. 31-Kevin Bliese, [9]; 10. (DNF) 9H-Robert Hellebust, [4]; 11. (DNF) 2J-Jerry Martin, [10]; 12. (DNF) 19SB-Lance Mari, [2]

B Feature 6 (12 Laps): 1. 11-Steven Pfeifer, [2]; 2. 27W-Jason Wolla, [1]; 3. 90-Jason Beaulieu, [5]; 4. 21-Aaron Turnbull, [4]; 5. 40-Rob VanMil, [3]; 6. 15-Travis Tooley, [6]; 7. 6Z-Zach Dockter, [7]; 8. 14T-Travis Hagen, [10]; 9. 69-TJ Smith, [11]; 10. 29-Darren Schatz, [8]; 11. 57-Dwight Wegner, [9]

Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 71T-RC Whitwell, [2]; 2. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr, [5]; 3. 19SB-Lance Mari, [4]; 4. 19F-John Flory, [3]; 5. 17-Mike Greseth, [7]; 6. 29C-Drew Christianson, [8]; 7. 96-Tracy Domagala, [9]; 8. 15T-Myles Tomlinson, [1]; 9. 5T-Marcus Tomlinson, [6]

Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 5-John Corell, [1]; 2. 21X-Jesse Hoeft, [2]; 3. 11-Steven Pfeifer, [4]; 4. 98-Alex Stanford, [5]; 5. 3B-Brian Brennan, [3]; 6. 6Z-Zach Dockter, [8]; 7. 4T-Troy Heupel, [7]; 8. 01-Jonathan Schumann, [6]

Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 3-Travis Ulmer, [2]; 2. 3S-Jesse Skalicky, [4]; 3. 3D-Dan Aune, [6]; 4. 9H-Robert Hellebust, [5]; 5. E3B-Eddie Belec, [7]; 6. 88-Randy Klein, [3]; 7. 31-Kevin Bliese, [8]; 8. 87X-Bland Bohannon, [1]

Heat 4 (10 Laps): 1. 11K-Jeremy Keller, [1]; 2. 175-Ethan Dotson, [4]; 3. 25-Hank Berry, [3]; 4. 21-Aaron Turnbull, [7]; 5. 11X-Tom Berry Jr, [5]; 6. 6D-Dylan Goplen, [8]; 7. (DNF) 57-Dwight Wegner, [2]; 8. (DNF) 29H-Keith Hammett, [6]

Heat 5 (10 Laps): 1. 1-Mark Dahl, [2]; 2. 25T-Jamie Trautner, [1]; 3. 9-Billy Kendall III, [4]; 4. X-Josh Rogotzke, [6]; 5. 6P-Travis Peery, [5]; 6. 12J-Justin O’Brien, [8]; 7. 71-Jessie Hoskins, [3]; 8. 24B-Chris Bragg, [7]

Heat 6 (10 Laps): 1. 1TPO-Tyler Peterson, [3]; 2. 27W-Jason Wolla, [4]; 3. 3X-Kelly Shryock, [1]; 4. 21K-Kyle Brown, [6]; 5. 15-Travis Tooley, [5]; 6. 4500-Cody Peterson, [8]; 7. 33S-Robert Sigman, [7]; 8. (DNF) 69-TJ Smith, [2]

Heat 7 (10 Laps): 1. 7-Marlyn Seidler, [3]; 2. 2A-Casey Arneson, [5]; 3. 66P-Paul Stone, [2]; 4. 99-Shawn Strand, [7]; 5. 87-Curt Lund, [6]; 6. 91X-Jarrett Carter, [8]; 7. 17X-Tommy Lee, [1]; 8. 79-Billie Christ, [4]

Heat 8 (10 Laps): 1. 4-Jordan Huettl, [1]; 2. 5J-Jeff Taylor, [5]; 3. 40-Rob VanMil, [4]; 4. 6-Chris Schroeder, [7]; 5. 18G-Randy Gordon, [2]; 6. 29-Darren Schatz, [3]; 7. 7SR-Shawn Ritter, [8]; 8. (DNF) 72X-Kyler Jeffrey, [6]

Heat 9 (10 Laps): 1. 2G-Troy Girolamo, [1]; 2. 2-Rusty Kollman, [2]; 3. 19-Lucas Rodin, [4]; 4. 87H-Brad Hartigan, [6]; 5. 83-Dale Neitzel, [3]; 6. 71S-Brent Schlafmann, [8]; 7. 2J-Jerry Martin, [7]; 8. 29A-Les McLenehan, [5]

Heat 10 (10 Laps): 1. 62-Hunter Marriott, [7]; 2. 4TW-Tim Ward, [4]; 3. 75-Spencer Wilson, [2]; 4. 90-Jason Beaulieu, [3]; 5. O19-Travis Olheiser, [8]; 6. 84-Travis Traut, [1]; 7. (DNF) 14T-Travis Hagen, [6]; 8. (DNF) 2*-Josh Jones, [5]

Stock Cars
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 37-Jason Rogers, [5]; 2. 2M-Angel Munoz, [7]; 3. 20-Joe Flory, [21]; 4. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr, [12]; 5. 81-Matt Speckman, [20]; 6. 00-Andy Altenburg, [24]; 7. 69-Kirk Martin, [22]; 8. 6-Colin Heim, [14]; 9. 87-Eric Harpole, [2]; 10. 0-Scott Gartner, [19]; 11. 28A-Alan Bertsch, [17]; 12. 17-Austin Daae, [4]; 13. 10J-Jake Nelson, [15]; 14. 16-Beau Deschamp, [6]; 15. (DNF) 3-Justin Medler, [23]; 16. (DNF) 68-Jeremy Swanson, [8]; 17. (DNF) 40-Rob VanMil, [16]; 18. (DNF) 421-Chris Ellis, [13]; 19. (DNF) 66Z-Elijah Zevenbergen, [18]; 20. (DNF) 2-Scott Yale, [11]; 21. (DNF) 20F-Dalton Flory, [3]; 22. (DNF) 00X-Blake Adams, [1]; 23. (DNF) 12-Rob Stenvold, [10]; 24. (DNF) 30L-Curt Lund, [9]

B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 40-Rob VanMil, [1]; 2. 0-Scott Gartner, [6]; 3. 69-Kirk Martin, [3]; 4. 47-Devon Gonas, [9]; 5. 30-Dave Moriarty, [10]; 6. 86-Aaron Aaseth, [8]; 7. 28M-Keith Mattox, [7]; 8. 12G-Gary Goudy Jr, [2]; 9. 41M-Mike Gotch, [5]; 10. (DNF) 16B-Justin Bachmeier, [4]

B Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 28A-Alan Bertsch, [2]; 2. 81-Matt Speckman, [1]; 3. 3-Justin Medler, [4]; 4. 10N-Cody Nelson, [6]; 5. 1-Chris Heim, [5]; 6. 5-Jace Iverson, [9]; 7. 99M-Kevin Mattox, [8]; 8. 73H-Dustin Hoffert, [10]; 9. 7-Gary Goudy Sr, [7]; 10. 52-AJ Dancer, [3]

B Feature 3 (12 Laps): 1. 66Z-Elijah Zevenbergen, [3]; 2. 20-Joe Flory, [1]; 3. 00-Andy Altenburg, [4]; 4. 11S-Michael Swallers, [2]; 5. 00Y-Jody York, [5]; 6. 95-Gregg Mann, [8]; 7. 49-Tim Compson, [6]; 8. 85-Ernest Geist, [7]; 9. (DNF) 211-Joe Schrodt, [9]

Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 17-Austin Daae, [6]; 2. 12-Rob Stenvold, [2]; 3. 10J-Jake Nelson, [1]; 4. 40-Rob VanMil, [7]; 5. 11S-Michael Swallers, [4]; 6. 3-Justin Medler, [8]; 7. 0-Scott Gartner, [9]; 8. (DNF) 85-Ernest Geist, [5]; 9. (DNF) 5-Jace Iverson, [3]

Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 37-Jason Rogers, [8]; 2. 68-Jeremy Swanson, [6]; 3. 421-Chris Ellis, [2]; 4. 81-Matt Speckman, [4]; 5. 69-Kirk Martin, [7]; 6. 00-Andy Altenburg, [1]; 7. 10N-Cody Nelson, [5]; 8. (DNF) 86-Aaron Aaseth, [9]; (DNS) 211-Joe Schrodt,

Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 87-Eric Harpole, [1]; 2. 30L-Curt Lund, [4]; 3. 2-Scott Yale, [6]; 4. 20-Joe Flory, [5]; 5. 52-AJ Dancer, [2]; 6. 41M-Mike Gotch, [3]; 7. 49-Tim Compson, [8]; 8. 99M-Kevin Mattox, [7]; 9. 30-Dave Moriarty, [9]

Heat 4 (10 Laps): 1. 20F-Dalton Flory, [2]; 2. 2M-Angel Munoz, [8]; 3. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr, [3]; 4. 12G-Gary Goudy Jr, [6]; 5. 66Z-Elijah Zevenbergen, [7]; 6. 1-Chris Heim, [5]; 7. 28M-Keith Mattox, [4]; 8. 95-Gregg Mann, [9]; 9. (DNF) 73H-Dustin Hoffert, [1]

Heat 5 (10 Laps): 1. 00X-Blake Adams, [6]; 2. 16-Beau Deschamp, [5]; 3. 6-Colin Heim, [4]; 4. 28A-Alan Bertsch, [3]; 5. 16B-Justin Bachmeier, [1]; 6. 00Y-Jody York, [7]; 7. 7-Gary Goudy Sr, [8]; 8. (DNF) 47-Devon Gonas, [2]

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