Ryan Thames in Victory Lane at Jackson Motorplex. (Photo by Tyler Purvath)
JACKSON, MN – Ryan Thames and Trevor Serpus scored a victory Friday night at Jackson Motorplex, which hosted the opening night of The Border Battle presented by Trelleborg.
Timms displayed exciting flair during the Buffalo Wild Wings Northern Outlaw Sprint Association main event. He started in eighth and quickly climbed into the top five. Tims then maneuvered from fourth to second on lap 11. After a few laps, the close turn was met by a seasoned veteran saving in Turns Three and Four.
Timms were within walking distance of driver Kaleb Johnson as the traffic emerged with four laps remaining.
“We were kind of struggling in the first and second (roles),” Thames said. “We were really good in the third and fourth (innings). I knew we weren’t going to get it until we got into traffic. I just prayed not to be careful and we caught him in winding traffic.”
Timms executed a cross post on Johnson, who was looking for his first win in a 410-winged race car, rotating first and second on lap 24. Johnson slipped under Timms as the duo exited Turn Two, but the momentum was with Timms in the outer groove.
Timms then threw a slip job to put the driver on a lap down in Turns 3 and 4, clearing the rider with difficulty and providing enough room to move away from Johnson for victory.
“It was a blast,” he said. “Hats off to the paddock crew. They really gave us a great track. I’m really in shock that I won that from 8th, especially on such a big track. Hopefully we can win the next two and get that bonus.”
Timms is eligible for the $10,000 Buffalo Wild Wings Triple Crown reward that will go to the driver who sweeps this week’s NOSA Series Triceps running Friday and Saturday at Jackson Motorplex and Sunday at Huset’s Speedway in Brandon, SD
“It means a lot because I felt like I struggled the last time I was here and didn’t expect to do that well and we did a really good job,” he said. “It definitely gives me a lot of confidence going into tomorrow and Hust’s confidence.”
Johnson’s second-place result was the 410th best outing of his career.
“It hurts to beat Ryan like that, but at the end of the day he has more experience and is a very good driver,” he said. “It’s fun to race against him. It’s very clean racing. Hats off to my buddies. We were so close. Sometimes it’s better to be second than front. Only with the winding traffic there I knew I was going to have trouble. It wasn’t There’s a lot on the bottom. I had to rip the top off. It stings a little bit, but on the bright side there are still two more days of racing.”
Linton Jeffrey made a late-race pass on Jack Dover to wrap up the podium with Matt Yull finishing fifth.
Serbus started from ninth and used a late race pass to take the Wyffels Hybrids RaceSaver Sprint Car Series win. Advance to the top three in the first couple of laps. Serbus moved to second on the lap before the halfway point for the 20 lap advantage and then trailed Brandon Halverson, who led the first 16 laps.
Serbus pulled off a tie with Halverson as he and Halverson headed lower back with seven laps remaining, but the driver who was about to turn was in the lower lane and Halverson maintained the lead using the outer groove. Three laps later, Cerbus was able to crunch the bottom to take first and pulled away for the last four laps to win by 1.433sec.
“Normally, I’m not the best at winding traffic,” he said, “but it worked to my advantage.” “If I could hold it to the bottom and if I could get to the bottom I was really good, but if I veered out I lost some ground. I drove it to make it work.”
Halverson finished second with Brandon Bosma in third. Jacob Hughes came in fourth and Mike Steen finished the top five.