July 10th started with a trip to the Dacotah Speedway in Mandan, ND for the Midwest Modified special. Scott Bintz got the lead of the first lap of the heat and kept it. After a caution, with a few laps to go, there was some side by side racing action and but at the end Scott won the heat. For the feature, Scott started 7th. The feature went 25 laps straight with no cautions. Scott ran both the low side and high sides for the track to move up finished 3rd. Randy Klein won the special followed by Jason Grimes and Scott Bintz.
On Saturday, the Midwest Modified special continued at the Jamestown Speedway. 39 Cars showed up to race in the MW Mod class. There were 5 heats and Scott started 3rd row outside in the 2nd heat. Scott made an early charge in the first lap moving into 4th. Then making a pass for 3rd the car started smoking and bogging down bad. Scott managed to finish 4th. Turns out the car blew a head gasket, plus there we a few rocker arms that were broke. Good news, is the engine didnt go kaboom real bad. However, it’s something that needs to be taken to the engine shop to fix, so we were done racing for the night. Jerry Theis went on to win the feature followed by Dustin Strand and Ryan Mikkelson.
7-13-09 Update on the engine… not good… blew a valve that punched a hole in a piston, cracked the block and damaged the cam.
Luck finally stuck the Scott Bintz Racing team on 6-27-09 at the Jamestown Speedway with the 2nd Feature win of the season. After the tornado out at the River Cities Speedway the night before. On Friday to prepare the car we had to put the 02 Hoffman chassis on the frame rack at Klein’s Collision Center. The team was excited to race and see how the race car would react after getting tweeked on the frame rack. 29 Midwest Modifieds showed up to race for the night. Scott Bintz was in the 1st Midwest Modified heat starting in the 4th position. It was some what of a rough heat with a few cautions. After the first caution, Scott was in 3rd. After a the racing resumed he made it up to 2nd and as usual was passed by Dustin Strand, who won the heat.
For the feature, Scott was on pole and led the feature from flag to flag. However, after 10 laps there was a caution and Ryan Mikkelson followed by Jerry Theis were hot on his tail. Mikkelson almost made a pass for the lead. After another caution, Dustin Strand, the 2008 Wissota National Champion Runnerup, moved in to 2nd and with 7 laps to go was driving hard for the lead. At one point, Strand moved ahead of Scott. It was a nail biter on the last lap but Scott was able to cross the checkered flag a fender ahead of strand. If you would like to watch the video of the race will, it be posted later today. For more details on the race and an interview by the Jamestown Sun, see the Jamestown Sun’s Article.
Scott was also on Dirt Talk Radio on 6-28-09 and that can be heard on NewsDakota.Com in the sports archive area.
On Sunday 6-28-09 the team went to the Buffalo River Race Park and finished 2nd in the heat and 6th in the feature. The heat was somewhat of a wreckfest with heavy damage on both sides of the car. Scott started 5th and finished 2nd. With some help from the Brent Weight’s pit crew, we made it out to the feature. Starting 3rd in the feature, Scott fell back to about 10th after the first lap as it was a train on the high side of the track. Bintz slowly moved up and finished 6th. The feature winner was Rich Pavlicek.
Ending the month in Lisbon at the Sheyenne River Speedway got off to a bumpy start. In the heat started 6th and started moving up and then got pinched out and had to let off which resulted in finishing 7th. For the feature started 13th and finished 3rd. There were to cautions in a row after the 2nd lap and then it was caution free for the rest of the race. Scott was making the pass for 2nd as the race ended but didn’t quite make it.