FOUNTAIN CITY, Wis. — Jake Timm finally was able to capture that elusive Rivercity Rumble feature win.
The 23-year-old Winona native took advantage of his starting spot on top of the pole and never looked back, holding off Jacob Bleess and John Doelle to win the 25-lap Modified Feature at the first night of the 12th annual Rivercity Rumble Thursday night at Mississippi Thunder Speedway. Fellow Winona native Josh Angst and Rochester’s Dustin Sorenson rounded out the top five for the 24-car field.
The second night of the Rivercity Rumble starts at 6:30 p.m. with gates opening at 4:30 p.m. Late Model, Modifieds, B-Mods and Hobby Stocks are scheduled to race.
Timm was close last year, having led the first 20 laps before blowing a tire that knocked him out of the race. He said during the week that the Rivercity Rumble is always one him and his team look forward to.
“It’s a race that I’ve wanted to win for a long time, and last year we got really close,” Timm said. “The luck just went South for us.”
Timm was confident with himself throughout the race, but did admit he was a bit worried when the caution flag came up on lap 19. However, this year the luck stayed true to its course and he soon himself in victory lane with the $2,000 prize. He goes for the sweep on Friday and if he wins that will receive another $2,000 plus an extra $500 — thanks to Wehrs Machine and Racing Products.
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In the Late Model feature, Timm took sixth with Elk Mound native John Kaanta taking home the $5,000 purse. He and Troy Springborn battled back and forth throughout the 40-lap race before Kaanta separated himself after a restart on lap 22. He went on to win by over half a second over Tim Isenberg, who finished second followed by Springborn.
Ryan Olson, of Strum, Wis., won the B-Mods feature.