Schmitz scores IMCA Modified first in opener at Jamestown

Logan Schmitz became a first-time Friesen Performance IMCA Modified feature winner on Saturday, opening night at Jamestown Speedway. (Photo by Jon Breckel)

By Becca Pelkey

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (May 25, 2024) – Logan Schmitz raced to the first win of his Friesen Performance IMCA Modified career, on the first night of the new season at Jamestown Speedway.

Three-time and defending track champion John Corell started on the pole and led the field to the green flag in the Saturday night finale but outside pole sitter Schmitz, wasted no time grabbing the lead.

Kollin Hibdon, who started ninth, quickly climbed his way through the field and challenged Schmitz for the lead.

Contact between the front pair brought out the first yellow on lap six and resulted in Hibdon getting charged with the caution. Schmitz was able to continue but cautions then slowed the feature.

The ensuing restarts allowed Nord to charge through the field and battle for the win. As the cautions helped him early, the cautions hurt him at the end of the race.

On the final restart with six laps to go, Nord was slow to hit the gas and allowed Logan Schmitz to cruise to his first-ever IMCA Modified feature victory. Nord settled for second ahead of Chris Tuchscherer.

While other tracks were forced to cancel due to weather, the track prep crew at the Jamestown Speedway worked hard behind the scenes to get ready for the Saturday lidlifter. Their efforts were rewarded as more than 150 drivers from all over the Midwest and Canada filled the pits to the gills.

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