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.


Jamestown Drag Races

July 15-16

Jamestown Regional Airport, 1600 21st Ave NE

Recently in:

FARGO – Two of the three Somali-American women threatened with murder two days ago by a white woman outside a local Walmart, met their attacker Thursday afternoon at the Fargo Police Department, and left in friendship.“We…


​The Dark Net

by Chuck Solly

Did you know that there is a backside to the Internet? I guess we all have backsides, don’t we? The backside of the Internet has many functions, none of which you can access from Google. Dark Net sites are just like normal web…

Thursday July 27, 5pmDowntown CasseltonTake a day trip and cruise down to Casselton. Free car show, 50/50 raffle, cash, prizes, fun galore and just maybe an engine blow up. Hot rods on hot sod? Count us in. Hosted by the Swanks,…


Who asked you?

by Sabrina Hornung

Our opinion: You cannot fool all the people all the time, unless they are from North Dakota.This week Gallup poll reported that at 59% North Dakota has the second largest Trump approval rating in the nation, nipping at West…

A reasonable conclusion: “We should have killed our baby.”For some unfathomable reason, some people think they are immortal, that death is not a part of life. Our culture tends to teach us to avoid the topic of death as if it…

The moment of truth has arrived. After seven weeks of sampling and judging some of the finest libations in the area the results for this year’s Cocktail Showdown have arrived. Christopher Larson, Raul Gomez and Sabrina Hornung…

On a sultry Thursday night, I sauntered into Luna. Situated on South University next to Bernie’s Beer and Wine, it isn’t exactly a hole in the wall, but it is certainly off the beaten path, and as described by their motto it is…

Most of us only hear about world records secondhand. Many might think they’re not up to the challenge, others might not see the point of breaking one, and others just read about them in books and think of them as an exotic…

Luc Besson’s “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” -- touted as the costliest independent motion picture ever made -- simultaneously melts eyeballs with its gorgeous visuals and narcotizes brains with its stiff…

Within the borders of North Dakota lie many worlds that are each expressing themselves in traditional art and culture. During his time as the state folklorist, Troyd Geist has been documenting a diverse array of cultural identities…

Summer Arts Intensive performs main stage musicalUnder the summer sun, something’s begun, taking over those summer nights. The 1978 movie and musical hit Grease is taking stage as part of the Summer Arts Intensive in West Fargo.…


​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…

Minnesota is certainly well known for being a hotspot for craft brewing. While most of the action has been centered around the Minneapolis metro area, yet another brewer from the Northern part of the state has decided to bring its…

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…

“…the struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.” – Milan Kundera“It may seem kind of bleak to say that the future of our planet rests in large part on the consciences of Republican…