Grand Forks, ND–After three weeks of bad weather on race night, mother nature decided to give us a fairly nice day for the Premier Racing Series to unfold. The night was sponsored by Pleasureland RV and Lyons Auto. Seventy-eight total race teams checked in the back gate with the Transystems sponsored Street Stocks the first on the track with two heat races. Dan McNamee Started on the pole and held off James Wall for the win during the first heat, and Jordan Duray passed Dallas Brevik to win the second heat from the second row.
There were three Happy Harry’s Bottle Shop Midwest Modified heat races for the night with Veteran Bobby Eckerdt making his first appearance back at the speedway in over a year and winning the first heat race over Zach Bruer. The second heat race was tight as Patrick Sobolik led the early on. Naastad tried for the lead, but couldn’t, but then teammate Strand drove under both to pass for the lead and the win. The top three of the third and final heat race of Midwest Mods was scored the same as they started. Blasey grabbed the early lead and held off the others for the win.
Sixteen WISSOTA Late Models were on hand split into two heat races sponsored by The Broken Drum. Steve Anderson started on the pole and crossed the checkers ahead of Mike Balcaen and Brandon Burke to win the first heat race. Troy Schill started outside pole and won the second heat race with Joey Pederson and Brad Seng chasing him across the ND Eye Clinic finish line.
NOSA Outlaw Sprint Cars sponsored by Honda Nissan of Grand Forks had twenty-four cars split into three heat races. Chris Ranten won the first heat with Chirs Shirek coming from the seventh spot to finish runner-up. Cory Mack led the second heat race early only to spin and give up the lead to Lou Kennedy Jr. Kennedy held of attempts by Nygaard to hold on for the win. Tom Egeland held the early lead during the third heat race, but was passed by Austin Pierce and Casey Mack. Pierce and Mack raced hard for the first spot but it was Pierce that would be first across the line with Mack in tow.
With all four feature events up next there was a brief intermission with the Hugo’s/Nestle Candy toss for the kids in the main grandstand. The track crew worked briefly on the track as a school bus circled the track to advertise the upcoming school bus races the coming Friday night.
The WISSOTA Street Stocks were the first feature of the night and all fifteen drivers started with Brevik and Aaron Blacklance on the front row. Brevik grabbed the early lead and led through three cautions till he had a tire go down and took an early exit. Duray, who started fifth earned the lead and held off tenth-starting, Ryan Johnson through two more cautions to win his first feature event at River Cities Speedway. Johnson settled in for second, with Wall and Salazar third and fourth. Last week’s feature winner, Geringer, earned a top five after coming from the back from a early race caution.
Twenty-two of twenty-three drivers started the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature event with Bruer and Gajeski on the front row. Gajeski grabbed the early lead and led through two cautions, but then gave up the lead to last week’s feature winner, Dustin Strand. Bobby Eckerdt also passed Gajeski for the second spot and continued to chase Strand. With laps clicking down, Strand was able to win the feature race for the second straight race this season. Eckerdt held off Naastad for second with Gajeski fourth and eleventh starting Halverson earning a top five.
The second to last feature seen sixteen WISSOTA Late Models lined up with Jason Johnson on the pole and Troy Schill outside of him. Eight total cautions plagued the feature with Schill leading first then Burke coming from the fourth spot to take the lead. Then it was a carbon copy of first race night with Burke and Weiss racing for the lead. This time, Weiss was able to pass Burke with no issues, and continue on to capture the feature win. Brad Seng, who started seventh got by Burke towards the end and finished in second. Mike Balcaen, who was sent to the tail early in the feature, worked his way back to a fourth place finish. Steve Anderson finished one spot better than his start in fifth.
Multiple cautions also plagued the start off the NOSA Outlaw Sprint feature event, along with some bad luck for some of the top five drivers that would have to restart at the tail. Romeling and Ranten made up the front row with Lou Kennedy Jr. and Nick Shirek directly behind them. Ranten held the lead early but then spun and left Austin Pierce nowhere to go in which he flipped his sprinter in the front wall. Roemeling inherited the lead but after he was passed by Casey Mack, Roemeling brought out the next caution with a spin. Mack continued on through green flag laps through traffic, but Dobmeier soon caught up to him and was able to pass him for the lead and the win. This was Dobmeier’s first win at River Cities this season.
School Bus races are scheduled this Friday with all four classes running also. Then for Father’s Day weekend, the WOO Sprint Cars will be in town for two nights of racing action June 17th & 18th. Closing out the month of June will be Midseason Track Championship Night June 24th, which is also the Grand Forks Fair week. Visit rivercitiesspeedway.com for more information or our Facebook page.