MASON CITY — Looking out at the 24c B-Modified on Sunday night’s in Mason City or Saturday’s up at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minnesota, there’s no way you’d be able to tell the driver inside the cockpit is 14 years old.
In his second year driving a B-Mod, Jim Chisholm looks like an old pro out on the track. And last Sunday at the Mason City Motor Speedway, the young driver picked up his first feature victory on the half-mile track.
“It means we’ll keep on coming back and hopefully keep doing better each and every week,” Chisholm said of his success in his first year at Mason City. “We’re having fun and that’s all that matters.”
The freshman-to-be at Osage High School has had the look of a veteran driver all season.
Chisholm got his racing career in a Slingshot when he was 6. Last year, he took the next step in his racing career by moving up to a B-Modified racing up at Deer Creek, and this year he added Sunday nights at MCMS to his schedule.
Learning to hang with the veteran drivers of the series was the first challenge he tackled, and it’s looking like it’s close to being mastered.
“It was just trying to stay out of their way until I got fast,” Chisholm said. “I’ve been trying to race them clean like they’re trying to do to us, and just have fun each and every week.”
Chisholm has run well so far in his first year in Mason City.
With the addition to Sunday’s win which saw him overtake Nate Whitehurst midway through the race for first place, Chisholm has six top-5 finishes, which includes two second-place showings and two third-place finishes.
He’ll enter the final week of the points races in Mason City with 899 points over 11 races, which has him second behind Brandon Hare’s 927. Josh Appel is third with 874 and Alex Zwanziger is fourth with 873.
Points races wrapping up
Sunday will be the final points race of the season at Mason City motor Speedway, and the following week will be a night of races to honor the champions for the track’s season finale.
It’s coming down to a three-man race in the Modifieds with J.D. Auringer, Jason Cummins and Ryan Ruter all with a shot. Auringer leads with 651, Cummins is second at 645 and Ruter sits in third a little ways back at 628.
It’s boiling down to a two-man race in the Stock Cars as Luke Sathoff comes into Sunday with a six-point lead on Kevin Donlan. Sathoff is at 956 while Donlan has 950. Jesse Brown and Steve Jackson are tied for third at 903 each.
The Hobby Stocks class is also a two-man affair. Matt White leads heading into the final points race with 1,003 and Andrew Borchardt is second with 964. Borchardt needs a good showing, plus a slip-up by White to steal the title.
Oliver Monson took over the Tuners points lead with a win last week. He has a five-point lead of Ryan Bryant.