40th annual Jackson Nationals getting underway
JACKSON - One of winged sprint car racing’s biggest events of the season this weekend starts Thursday at Jackson Motorplex as the 40th annual Jackson Nationals begins a three-day run.
The World of Outlaws will hit the four-tenths mile track all thee nights, with Saturday's $40,000-to-win, $3,000-to-start main event.
Brad Sweet of Grass Valley, Calif. won last year's 410 Jackson Nationals after brothers Ian Madsen (St. Mary's, NSW, Australia) and Kerry Madsen (Christchurch, New Zealand) had won the two preliminary nights. All three are expected to be in Jackson.
Donny Schatz (Fargo) is the current WoO points leader as he has a 98-point advantage over Sweet.
Schatz has nine wins this season to lead in that category. Sheldon Haudenschild (Wooster, Ohio) is next with four, followed by David Gravel (Watertown, Conn.) and Daryn Pitman (Owasso, Okla.) with three apiece.
Cory Eliason (Brownsburg, Ind.), who has spent a majority of this season on the World of Outlaws trail, won the lone Outlaw Sprints 410 sprint cars event at Jackson Motorplex this season. Eliason is 13th in the WoO points standings and has one feature win and six top-five finishes.
Jack Dover won the 360 class last year, with Brady Forbrook winning the 305 title.
IMCA 305 sprint cars will also race all three nights, although no track points are being awarded in that class and only Saturday's will have IMCA state and national points.
Trevor Serbus (Olivia) does lead the track 305 standings by three points over Kaleb Johnson (Sioux Falls) and Jacob Hughes (Hartford, S.D.).
Hot laps are at 7 p.m. all three nights.
Jackson Nationals sprint car champions
1979 - Marv DeWall
1980 - Jack McCorkell
1981 - Jack McCorkell
1982 - Don Reiners, Curt Thurmer (6 cylinder)
1983 - Rocky Hodges
1984 - Bobby Davis Jr.
1985 - Doug Wolfgang
1986 - Bobby Allen
1987 - Doug Wolfgang
1988 - Steve Kinser
1989 - Rickey Hood (410), Brett Geldner (360)
1990 - Tim Monson
1991 - Gary DeWall
1992 - Tim Monson
1993 - Doug Wolfgang
1994 - Brian Schnee
1995 - Lou Kennedy Jr.
1996 - Doug Wolfgang
1997 - Lou Kennedy Jr.
1998 - Jake Peters
1999 - Rob Tvedte
2000 - Randy Nygaard
2001 - Tim Monson
2002 - Jake Peters
2003 - Terry McCarl (410), Travis Whitney (360)
2004 - Terry McCarl (410), Matt Folstad (360)
2005 - Wayne Johnson (410), Scott Winters (360)
2006 - Dusty Zomer (ASCS), Gregg Bakker (360), Bret Mellenberndt (non-wing), Chris Graf (IMCA)
2007 - Gregg Bakker (ASCS), Jeff Metli (305), Curt Lund (IMCA)
2008 - Billy Alley (JSTS), Casey Friedrichsen (305), Jason Tostenson (IMCA)
2009 - Jake Peters (360), Casey Friedrichsen (317)
2010 - Lee Grosz (360) (Brian Brown point champion), Casey Friedrichsen (305)
2011 - Jason Johnson (360), Alan Ambers (305)
2012 - Skylar Prochaska (360), Bill Boles (305)
2013 - Brian Brown (360)
2014 - Matt Covington (360)
2015 - Sammy Swindell (410) ,Thomas Kennedy (360)
2016 - Kerry Madsen (410), Aaron Reutzel (360)
2017 - Brad Sweet (410), Jack Dover (360), Brady Forbrook (305)