A North Dakota driver who does double duty on race night has a new honor to list on his resume.
Travis Ulmer, in his third season in an IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified, was the winner of Sybesma Graphics Facebook Fan Favorite contest for non-fendered classes this month. He’ll receive a mini-mod door from contest sponsor Sybesma Graphics.
From Mandan, Ulmer has campaigned the last 10 seasons in a WISSOTA street stock. He competes in both the IMCA Modified and WISSOTA class at Dacotah Speedway.
“Bob Kupper from Kupper Chevrolet had gotten a Modified in trade and asked if I’d like to race it, which I did for two years,” said Ulmer, now in the 2012 SideBiter formerly owned by Marlyn Seidler and owned by Kupper. “The biggest difference between the Modified and the street stock is the brake. It takes a couple laps in the Modified to break the brake habit from the street stock.”
He won heat and feature races in both classes on the same night twice last season, on Aug. 10 at Mandan and two days later at Southwest Speedway in Dickinson.
“I think I was on cloud nine for about nine weeks after that,” said Ulmer, who finished seventh nationally in the street stock point standings.
Ulmer’s crew includes his father Dennis, “the crew chief of crew chiefs,” mother Barb, wife Shaneille, son Caden and daughter Joslyn, and Taylor Sager.
Sponsors are Kupper Chevrolet and Barney’s Tesoro, both of Mandan; Red’s Inspection and R & A Lot Rentals, both of Dickinson; and Full Throttle Graphics of Clark, S.D.
“We’ve got a lot of good drivers around here. There’s a lot of good competition,” Ulmer said. “Any given night could be anybody’s race but everybody is always willing to help each other .”