Tracker Pixel for Entry

​Feeling the need for speed

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | Culture | July 12th, 2017

JDRA to host annual drag race at Jamestown Regional Airport

“At one time we had 8 airports hosting drag races. After 9/11 those races started to get banned. We are the last airport in the state to keep going with all the requirements the FAA has for us,” says Brian Kamlitz Vice President of the Jamestown Drag Racing Association. “Without the support of the city, airport, sponsors and racers, we probably wouldn’t be as big as we are.”

This year the JDRA will celebrate its 15th annual drag race. It was founded by six individuals who had occasionally raced in Fargo at Interstate Dragways and the Harvey Airport. After a couple years of running the timing system in Harvey ND, they felt the need for speed on their own turf. Now people come from all over North Dakota to watch and participate.

HPR had a chance to speak with Kamlitz about the who, what, and wheres of the Jamestown airport drags.

High Plains Reader: What sparked your interest in drag racing versus other types of racing?

Brian Kamlitz: I have been a drag racer since before I had my license (laughs)! I am a founding member of the James Valley Off Roaders and have mud-raced and organized and raced snow drags since the late 80s. I helped work on the go-kart track when it was being built in the late 90s, and am a founding member of the Jamestown Drag Racing Association.

HPR: Do you participate in the drags?

BK:Yes I have a car but I do not drag race it. Since I am an officer of the JDRA, I have too many responsibilities during the drag races to run a car.

HPR: Jamestown has an active race scene--Can you tell us a bit about it?

BK: We do! We call Jamestown the Motorsport Capital of North Dakota. We currently have 16 active motorsports clubs here in Jamestown. Every year we have Rods and Hogs downtown on Main Street and all clubs bring their rides and toys to show off to thousands that attend.

HPR: Do a lot of the people who participate in the drags participate in the flat track racing events?

BK: A lot of us involved on the board of JDRA have raced dirt track. Racing is just in our blood, the dirt track and our yearly event work together on advertising and make mention of both groups and our races.

HPR: I think it's really interesting that you guys race down the dragstrip--it's a nice nod to the origins of the sport. Was it difficult to secure the airstrip?

BK: In 1999 we approached the airport. We had many hurdles to contend with. Glenn and I set out to complete the list and it took several months. After a year and half our drag race became a reality.

HPR: Are there precautions drivers must take before hitting the strip?

BK: Their cars have to meet our tech guidelines to get a sticker to run time trials.

HPR: What kind of vehicles are people going to see out there--are they primarily vintage racers?

BK: All kinds of vehicles from your daily driver to full blown dragsters. With every drag race there is a car show too, so you’re kinda getting two for one when you come through the gates--you get pit access and bleacher seating to the races.

HPR: Who all comes to the drags?

BK: Motorheads, grandmas, grandpas, moms and dads, kids of all ages. We consider this a family sport. A lot of times you will see in the pits that everyone in the family has a job between rounds.

IF YOU GO

Jamestown Drag Races

July 15-16

Jamestown Regional Airport, 1600 21st Ave NE

http://www.jamestowndragracing.com/

Recently in:

Sophia Wilansky says she’s lucky she’s right handed. Since nearly losing her left arm from an exploding projectile on Backwater Bridge one year ago, cooking has become a tedious art. She can no longer be involved in circus…

Thanksgiving is around the corner and we give thanks for the blessing of the harvest. Everyone is getting ready for the Thanksgiving feast.After Thanksgiving, we can easily imagine the endless long lines in early morning for the…

Thursday, November 16, 7-9pmUnglued, 408 Broadway N, FargoProof Artisan Distillers and Unglued present a craft party with four distinct projects and help from artists Ashley from AENDEE and Nicole Rae, not to mention a special…

“The experience of all ages has proved that the people constantly give away their liberties.” - John Adams“Man’s dishonesty with himself is his greatest enemy. When he makes a mistake, his memory admits, ‘I have done…

The thoughts and prayers of politicians will finally be answeredWe have had 307 mass shootings (four kills or more) so far in 2017, including the last one in Sutherland Springs, Texas, where 26 mortals attending church, aged 18…

For the third week in a row, our panel of judges were out on the town with a thirst for cocktails and a focus on presentation, flavor, and creativity. This week’s adventures took us to a couple of hotspots in south Fargo, as the…

Colder weather, changing leaves, pumpkin spice and more are some of the few things that come to mind when many think of fall. But fall is about much more than sugary lattes and scarves, and you can fully indulge in fall flavors at…

I’m told that there is nothing quite like a live Green Jelly show, where anarchy and foam puppets reign. So perhaps it’s in the spirit of the upcoming show that my intended interview with the mastermind and vocalist behind the…

Putting to good use his affinity for period detail, filmmaker Todd Haynes tackles Brian Selznick’s 639-page “Wonderstruck,” with a screenplay adapted by the author. Weaving together a pair of New York stories that take place…

Would you like to escape your stressful daily life with a relaxing arts event? Do you like to meet with old friends and make new ones? Or maybe you would like to start your Christmas and Holiday shopping early. FMVA has the event…

Ted Larson introduced me to Chris Jacobs one evening at Weld Hall in the late 1980s. I was in high school then, but Chris recognized fellow film fanatics, and we would chat a little bit each week. I learned quickly that he loved…

Humor

​Talking to strangers

by Sabrina Hornung

“I don’t have a tour, like, on the back of a sweatshirt,” comedian Paula Poundstone says. “I go out every weekend. This weekend I went out Friday, Saturday and Monday. Mostly it’s Friday/Saturday or Thursday through…

Believe it or not, “The Holidays” are upon us. If you’ve been to Target lately, and I know you have, you may have noticed that the Christmahanakwanzika stuff is already up (if you’re unsure of that term, Google it).In fact,…

Essential oils. They are all the buzz lately. It seems everyone has heard of them or is purchasing them. Some people know how to use them; others are just interested in the wonder of their complex scents.Essential oils are as…

Live and Learn

​The other shoe

by HPR Contributor

By Elizabeth Nawrotnawrot@mnstate.eduI look up from my hotel lobby breakfast astonished to see a framed print of Wassily Kandinsky's "Mit und Gegen,” a masterpiece of color and composition that just happens to be my favorite…

By Anthony Paul [Editor’s note: This piece contains language that some readers may find offensive]It has been all over social media and the news lately, how our president and commander-in-chief called and spoke with one of these…