Jegtvig Returns To Defend WISSOTA Modified Championship in 2010

Hawley, MN pilot Blake Jegtvig enjoyed a great season once again in 2010 garnering his second straight WISSOTA Modified National Championship. On the strength of 22 feature wins, Jegtvig was also crowned North Dakota WISSOTA Modified points Champion as well. Jegtvig is seen here circling the high banks at the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, MN (Photo by Shawn Swanstrom, fullthrottlephotos.net)

After a dream season that allowed him to grab his first WISSOTA Modified National championship in 2009, Blake Jegtvig returned in 2010 with much more modest aspirations. Although Blake’s plans were to run a bit of a more relaxed schedule, the Sturdy Racing Engines powered Shaw by Jegtvig ultimately ran primarily a three night per week schedule with great success. On the strength of 47 top five finishes in 57 starts, Jegtvig once again climbed to the top of the ladder taking his second WISSOTA Modified National Championship in as many years in the process.

Although the end results was what Jegtvig wanted all along, Blake didn’t necessarily get off to the greatest of starts. Heading into the month of June, Jegtvig had only visited victory lane three times experiencing some struggles in the process. As the year went on, and the tracks began becoming slick and smooth, Jegtvig began to assert himself near the front of the field on a nearly nightly basis. August proved to be Blake’s best month behind the wheel with Jegtvig scoring nine feature wins.

After finishing in second place out of 69 WISSOTA Modified competitors at Dakota State Fair Speedway’s (Huron, SD) WISSOTA 100, Team Jegtvig loaded their rig and headed further west to Electric City Speedway in Great Falls, MT. Although Jamestown Speedway’s (Jamestown, ND) annual “Stock Car Stampede” was much closer to home, Jegtvig found what he was looking for with Electric City Speedway providing a two complete show format giving Jegtvig the opportunity to gain points each day. Blake made the long drive West worthwhile as he racked up two clean sweeps and ultimately his second WISSOTA Modified National Championship in the process.

In all Jegtvig collected 22 feature wins at five different WISSOTA sanctioned facilities. Blake was also crowned the 2010 North Dakota State WISSOTA Points Champion for his fine finishes weekly at West Fargo and Jamestown.

For the past two seasons, nobody has been more successful in the WISSOTA Modified division than Blake Jegtvig. The 2010 season was originally planned to be a bit more relaxed but in the end Jegtvig found himself racing on a regular basis like he always did. Heading into 2011, I think it’s safe to say that fans and drivers alike all over WISSOTA country will take notice when the Sturdy Racing Engines powered Shaw by Jegtvig checks into the pitgate at a bullring near you.

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Ray Beste

Ray Beste is a sports writer who has covered Dirt Late Model and Dirt Modified racing in several publications for the past 17 years.
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