Grabs three wins in a row at Jackson Motorplex

Flandreau’s Elliot Amdahl won three 305 sprint car feature races in a row at Jackson (Minn.) Motorplex this month.
Amdahl, who drives the 51A car sponsored by Royal River Casino, drove into victory lane on July 12, July 19 and July 26, the first driver in his division to secure more than one win at the track this season.
He also won his heat races all three nights.
“When out power is working good and the motor is running well, things tend to fall in place for us,” he said.
Plagued by some motor issues earlier in the season and rainouts that have prevented racing at all, the year started out slower. Amdahl did have a couple of top fives to his credit before taking the wins.
He will race Friday nights at Jackson and Saturday nights at I-90 Speedway in Hartford the rest of the season.
Matt Amdahl, Elliot’s dad and part of the pit crew, said the team has had a bit of a monkey on its back so the wins have been a nice turnaround. “We got the car figured out. It’s been running really good,” he said. “When you get a win, that’s really something.”
The younger Amdahl also was in first place July 20 at Park Jefferson in Jefferson when a wheel flew off with a few laps to go. “He started 16th, and he got to first place,” he said.
Elliot Amdahl has Greg and Jud Krull on his pit crew with generations of racing experience. “They have a lot of knowledge. When we were struggling early this year, we were able to pinpoint the problem a lot quicker,” Amdahl said.
Royal River Casino started sponsoring his car this year which has led to more exposure with an entry in Flandreau’s 150th and all-school reunion parade and a display at Flandreau Rodeo Days.
“The financial part of it, too, has helped us be a little more comfortable buying parts and making sure we’ve always got new tires and being as competitive as we can,” he said.
Amdahl, who is 21 and has raced sprint cars for three years, was last year’s state champion points winner. He is currently 10th in Jackson’s points standings for this year.


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