Locals roll to Rea Memorial crowns


Life at the Rea Memorial has been very good to Jamie Davis.
The Devlin native, who now lives in Fort Frances, captured the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds division of the annual two-day stock car extravaganza held in conjunction with the Emo Fair.
Davis nabbed the checkered flag in Saturday’s feature one night after taking second place in Friday’s final showdown.
That gives him a division-leading eight feature wins and a remarkable 15 feature victories in total when combined with his seven in the WISSOTA Modifieds division, which also leads that category.
Davis beat runner-up David Simpson (Thunder Bay) to the finish line on Saturday, with Devlin’s Jake Rea winding up third.
On Friday, Davis was second in the feature behind Skeeter Estey (Kelly Lake, Mn.) while his younger brother, Jeff Davis (Devlin), was third.
The elder Davis also ran in the WISSOTA Modifieds division, coming in second to Ward Imrie (Winnipeg) on Friday while Tyler Jonson (International Falls) was third.
He then cruised to third behind Imrie and Jeff Davis on Saturday night.
The sweep gave Imrie the Rea Memorial championship for the Modifieds division.
Jamie Davis currently sits third in the Modifieds points race (678) behind Emo’s Brody Strachan (730) and Jeff Davis (710).
Strachan saw his division lead shrink after not being able to finish Friday night’s feature, then managing only a ninth-place showing Saturday.
The Midwest Modifieds division continues to be led by defending champ Cody Ossachuk of Pinewood, matching Strachan for the highest total on the circuit with 730 points.
Ossachuk had a rough weekend, though, as he was 15th in Friday nights’s feature and 16th on Saturday.
Jason Williamson of Fort Frances closed the gap on Ossachuk in the points battle, but also finished below his customary top-three position with a 10th on Friday and an 11th on Saturday.
Jeff Davis is third in the division (663).
In the Street Stocks division, Tylar Wilson of Fort Frances dashed to his division-best seventh feature win of the season ahead of Raice Westover of Fort Frances on Saturday night after coming in fourth Friday.
With Kevin Desserre (Dryden) ninth on Friday and sixth on Saturday, that allowed Wilson (553) to close within decent range of catching the division-leading Desserre (569) with one week left in the season to earn points.
Jake Froemke (International Falls) holds down third place (505) after placing third Friday behind feature winner Kendal Gamsby (Atikokan) and runner-up David Caruk (Thunder Bay) before not finishing the feature Saturday.
The division titles will be decided this Saturday, with hot laps beginning at 7 p.m. and the first race at 7:30 (weather permitting).