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Bemidji Speedway: Jacobson started with a little help

Rick Jacobson celebrates in Victory Circle at Bemidji Speedway following one of his many feature wins this season. Pioneer Photo/Dennis Peterson

Rick Jacobson needed a little help when he started racing at the age of 12.

"I put blocks on the pedals and pillows in the seat so I would fit," said the 41-year-old Jacobson, who won his first race and has been racing full time since he was 14.

"I love the thrill of the competition, the mental challenge combined with the physical and seat of your pants thrill of racing," Jacobson said.

Jacobson, who lives in Wilton, races the No. 18 SPC Wissota Midwest Modified owned by Darrell Johnson.

Jacobson credits racing mentors like his dad, Dick Jacobson, and uncles Greg Caspers, Larry Mills and Ron Solberg, all legends at Bemidji Speedway and the surrounding area.

"I helped my dad at the age of 5 with building cars and engines, hauling parts in my wagon for him."

Among his many accomplishments Jacobson was named rookie of the year at each track and in each class he has raced. He was track champion in the Modified class at Bemidji and Ada; Corn Cob Champion three times at Buffalo River near Glyndon; national top 10 once; Jamestown Stampede winner; Hibbing Labor Day Shootout winner in a Super Stock; and Bemidji's Paul Bunyan Stampede winner five times.

He races regularly at Ada, Brainerd, Glyndon, Grand Rapids and Hibbing, and competes at many other tracks throughout a summer.

Ricky, as his friends call him, is Service Manager at Catco in Bemidji and lives with his wife, Kris, and son, Michael.

Jacobson's crew includes car owner Darrell Johnson and his son, Al, plus his own son, Michael. His sponsors are DL Electric and Cam-motion Performance.

Racing resumes Sunday at Bemidji Speedway with the return of the Wissota Streets and Box Car races for the kids at 5 p.m.