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Dustin Strand Scores Pair of Wins; Clinches River Cities Track Title

September 9th, 2016

Grand Forks, North Dakota- Over the course of the Labor Day weekend Dustin Strand continued his banner season behind the wheel of his RH Rebel Storage #71 Forks Mobile Wash Late Model. He registered a pair of wins and added another track championship to his list of career accolades.

Kicking off the action-packed Labor Day weekend, Dustin Strand invaded Red River Co-op Speedway (Winnipeg, Manitoba) on Thursday for the regular night of racing. Passing two cars in his heat, Strand captured a heat race win earning him the 8th-starting position for the feature. Working his way to the front, Dustin captured his fourth-straight victory and 18th of the season. Bill Mooney, Mike Balcaen, Mike Martin, and Rick Fawcett rounded out the Top 5 finishers.

The following night Strand headed to River Cities Speedway (Grand Forks, North Dakota) for the Northern Late Model Racing Association (NLRA) sanctioned program. Starting the night off again with a heat race victory, Strand rolled off the starting grid from the pole for the main event. Pacing the field for the full distance of the feature, Dustin bagged his 19th win of 2016. Joey Pederson, Mike Balcaen, Brad Seng, and Zach Naastad completed the Top 5.

With the victory he also clinched the River Cities Speedway Late Model Track Championship.

The NLRA Series picked back up on Saturday at Viking Speedway (Alexandra, Minnesota) for the two-day NLRA Labor Day Double Dip. In a field of 23 Late Models, Strand placed 3rd in his heat race, giving him the 7th-starting spot for the $1,600-to-win A-Main. Breaking into the Top 5, Dustin landed a 5th-place finish behind Don Shaw, Zach Johnson, Brad Seng, and Corey Nelson.

Closing out the busy weekend on Sunday, Strand started his night with a heat race win putting him on the pole for the NLRA sanctioned A-Main. Dustin led the feature until the final lap, when he slipped out of the rubber, allowing Don Shaw to slip past. He would go on to notch a runner-up finish behind Shaw with Brad Seng, Zach Johnson, and Corey Nelson trailing them across the finish line.

“We had an awesome weekend, but it really hurt to let that one slip away at Viking Speedway on Sunday night,” noted Strand. “I’ve never won there, and I thought I was finally going to get that monkey off my back. Despite giving that one away though, I’m very grateful for the great weekend I had, and I want to thank my sponsors, team, and fans for everything that they do.”

For more information from these events, please visit www.RedRiverCoopSpeedway.ca and www.NLRA.org .

The upcoming weekend, September 8-10 will find Dustin chasing a $9,200 top prize in the 10th annual John Seitz Memorial at River Cities Speedway. For more information on the event, please visit www.RiverCitiesSpeedway.com .

Dustin Strand would like to thank all of his sponsors including RealTruck.com, Q&Z Plumbing & Heating, Forks Mobile Wash, Schill Construction, Anderson Brothers Body Shop, McCaughen Builders, Generations Salon & Spa, Bemidji Welders Supply, RH Rebel Storage, Ben Adams Racing Engines, Forest Flying Service, Altru’s Sports Advantage powered by EXOS, Parallel Technologies Inc., Troy Pecka Trucking, R-n-R Stix, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

For more information on Dustin Strand, please visit his official internet home at www.StrandRacing.com .

Dustin Strand Breaks out the Broom in Weekend Action

September 3rd, 2016

Grand Forks, North Dakota- Dustin Strand didn’t cut his fellow competitors any slack over the weekend as he swept both Northern Late Model Racing Association events in his RealTruck.com #71 Schill Construction/ Longhorn Chassis Late Model.

“I think it’s fair to say that the month of August was very good to our team, seeing as how we won the feature in eight of the 11 races that we ran,” Strand said with a smile. “Hopefully this wave will continue through
the end of the season. I really want to again thank everyone, who helps me and my racing operation.”

Competing in the Northern Late Model Racing Association (NLRA) sanctioned program, Dustin Strand visited Red River Co-op Speedway (Winnipeg, Manitoba) on Thursday night for the $1,100-to-win Can-Am Cup. Drawing 20 entries, Dustin started the night with a heat race win, which positioned him on the pole for the feature. Leading every lap of the 25-lap main event, Strand captured his 16th win of the season over Bill Mooney, Mike Balcaen, Cole Schill, and Brad Seng.

Friday night brought 21 NLRA followers to River Cities Speedway (Grand Forks, North Dakota) for another $1,100-to-win top prize. Storming to a heat race win early in the night, Dustin earned the 3rd-starting spot for the feature. Taking the lead on lap 7, Dustin Strand held off a hard-charging Donny Schatz to pick up this third-straight victory and 17th overall on the season. Donny Schatz, Joey Pederson, Bill Mooney, and Zach Naastad rounded out the Top 5 in the A-Main.

For full results from these events, please visit www.NLRA.org .

With momentum on his side Strand is hungrier than ever to conquer more events during the extended Labor Day weekend. This Thursday he resumed action with a trip to Red River Co-op Speedway (Winnipeg, Manitoba) before entering the Track Championship Night at River Cities Speedway (Grand Forks, North Dakota) on Friday evening. Saturday and Sunday will find the team double dipping with the NLRA series at Viking Speedway (Alexandria, Minnesota). For more information on the events, please visit www.RedRiverCoOpSpeedway.ca , www.RiverCitiesSpeedway.com and www.NLRA.org .

Dustin Strand would like to thank all of his sponsors including RealTruck.com, Q&Z Plumbing & Heating, Forks Mobile Wash, Schill Construction, Anderson Brothers Body Shop, McCaughen Builders, Generations Salon & Spa, Bemidji Welders Supply, RH Rebel Storage, Ben Adams Racing Engines, Forest Flying Service, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

For more information on Dustin Strand, please visit his official internet home at www.StrandRacing.com .

Dustin Strand Charges Late to River Cities Glory

August 3rd, 2016

Grand Forks, North Dakota – Dustin Strand continued his winning ways over the weekend by parking his Bemidji Welders Supply #71 RealTruck.com/ Millenium Late Model in victory lane at River Cities Speedway on Friday night.

On Friday night Dustin Strand returned to River Cities Speedway (Grand Forks, North Dakota) for the WISSOTA Late Model, sanctioned program. In a field of 19 cars, Strand cruised to a heat race win, giving him the pole position for the feature event. After losing the lead early in the race amongst a three-car battle, Strand made a daring last lap pass in heavy traffic to capture his ninth win of the season. Joey Pederson, Brad Seng, Zach Naastad, and Mike Balcaen completed the Top 5 finishers.

Saturday brought 17 Super Late Models to Greenbush Race Park (Greenbush, Minnesota) for the $1,100-to-win Northern Late Model Racing Association (NLRA) event. Posting another heat race victory, Strand earned the 3rd-starting position for the feature. Moving up one spot, Dustin landed a runner-up finish behind Brad Seng with Cole Schill, Joey Pederson, and Steffen Snare rounding out Top 5.

“It was another really good weekend for our team, and that finish on Friday night couldn’t have been much more exciting,” noted Strand. “My team has really been busting their tails this season, and I’m really grateful for that. I’m also really grateful for all of my great sponsors and fans that make this possible.”

For full results from these events, please visit www.WISSOTA.org and www.NLRA.org .

Strand is set to embark on a trio of racing events this weekend, August 4-6. Action opens on Thursday evening at Red River Co-Op Speedway (Winnipeg, Manitoba) with a WISSOTA Late Model weekly event. Friday night will find Dustin entering another WISSOTA Late Model weekly event with a trip to River Cities Speedway (Grand Forks, North Dakota). The weekend will draw to a close with a $2,000-to-win, Modified event at Devil’s Lake Speedway (Lakota, South Dakota).

Dustin Strand Grabs the Devil by the Tail

July 28th, 2016

Grand Forks, North Dakota- Dustin Strand once again found himself in victory lane over the weekend by topping the NLRA Super Late Model event at Devil’s Lake Speedway in his McCaughen Builders #71 Forest Flying Service/Millenium Late Model on Saturday night.

Powering his RealTruck.com #71 r Late Model, Dustin Strand opened his weekend racing endeavors by visiting Red River Co-Op Speedway (Winnipeg, Manitoba) on Thursday evening for a Weekly Racing Series Event. After leading his entire heat race, Strand failed to finish the preliminary event after his battery shorted out. Starting near the tail of the field in the feature, Dustin wheeled his way up to a 2nd-place finish behind race winner, Shane Edginton with Kevin Sexton, Mike Balcaen, and Mike Martin trailing them across the finish line.

The following night for another unsanctioned event, Strand headed to River Cities Speedway (Grand Forks, North Dakota). Improving two positions in his heat, Dustin landed a runner-up finish behind Bill Mooney setting him up with the 9th-starting position for the feature. Bringing home another podium finish, Dustin Strand gained seven spots in the A-Main, posting a runner-up finish behind Mooney with Mike Balcaen, Brad Seng, and Steffen Snare rounding out the Top 5.

Wrapping up the weekend, Strand traveled to Devil’s Lake Speedway (Lakota, North Dakota) on Saturday for the Northern Late Model Racing Association (NLRA) sanctioned program. Placing 2nd in his heat race behind Tom Corcoran, Dustin earned the 5th-starting position for the $1,100-to-win A-Main. After patiently waiting out a rain-delay, Dustin Strand stormed to his eighth win of the season with Bill Mooney, Shane Edginton, Mike Balcaen, and Brad Seng completing the Top 5 finishers.

“We had an awesome car all weekend, but had to battle bad luck there early,” said Strand. “On Saturday night we were finally able to put it altogether and get the win. I just want to thank my family, my team, and my sponsors for all of their support and hard work. Definitely couldn’t do it without any of them.”

For more information from these events, please visit www.RedRiverCoopSpeedway.ca, www.RiverCitiesSpeedway.com, and www.NLRA.org .

This Friday, June 29 will take Strand back to River Cities Speedway for a Weekly Racing Series Event. On Saturday, July 30 he will tackle the NLRA event at Greenbush Race Park (Greenbush, Minnesota). For more information on the events please visit www.RiverCitiesSpeedway.com and www.NLRA.org .

Dustin Strand would like to thank all of his sponsors including RealTruck.com, Q&Z Plumbing & Heating, Forks Mobile Wash, Schill Construction, Anderson Brothers Body Shop, McCaughen Builders, Generations Salon & Spa, High Mark Snowmobile Rentals, RH Rebel Storage, Ben Adams Racing Engines, Forest Flying Service, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

For more information on Dustin Strand, please visit his official internet home at www.StrandRacing.com .

Dustin Strand Enjoys Two Win Weekend; River Cities and Greenbush Next

July 8th, 2016

Grand Forks, North Dakota- Dustin Strand capitalized on a triple header of racing action over the course of the Independence Day weekend. The pilot of the RealTruck.com #71 Q&Z Plumbing & Heating/Millenium Late Model
registered a pair of victories.

“We had a really good car all weekend, and it showed in our results,” said Strand. “Not only was it great to win some races, but it was really special to have a lot of family and friends there with me throughout the weekend to enjoy the good times. That’s what it’s really all about.”

Making the trip north of the border, Dustin Strand traveled to Red River Co-Op Speedway (Winnipeg, Manitoba) on Thursday night to compete in a Weekly Racing Series Event in his #71 Late Model. Strand gained one spot in his heat, capturing the win. Coming from the 5th-starting spot in the feature, Dustin stormed to his fifth win of the season over Mike Balcaen, Kevin Sexton, Shane Edginton, and Mike Martin.

Strand headed to River Cities Speedway (Grand Forks, North Dakota) on Friday night to do battle against a field of 15 entries in the Late Model division. Cruising to a heat race win, Strand earned the 2nd-starting spot for the main event alongside Brad Seng. Working his way past Seng, Dustin charged to his sixth win of the season with Seng, Shane Edginton, Joey Pederson, and Mike Balcaen completing the Top 5.

Wrapping up the busy 4th of July weekend, Strand stopped at Viking Speedway (Alexandria, Minnesota) on Saturday night. In a field of 20 Super Late Models, Dustin posted a 3rd-place finish in is heat, setting him up with the 7th-starting spot for the feature. Running into problems in the main event, Strand pulled off early and was credited with a 14th-place finish.

For full results from these events, please visit www.RedRiverCoopSpeedway.ca , www.RiverCitiesSpeedway.com and www.VikingSpeedway.net .

The upcoming weekend, July 8-9, will see Strand entering a pair of events. On Friday evening he will take his Late Model into battle at River Cities Speedway, while Saturday night will find him competing in his Modified at Greenbush Race Park (Greenbush, Minnesota). For more information on the events, please visit www.RiverCitiesSpeedway.com and www.GreenbushRacePark.com .

Dustin Strand would like to thank all of his sponsors including RealTruck.com, Q&Z Plumbing & Heating, Forks Mobile Wash, Schill Construction, Anderson Brothers Body Shop, McCaughan Builders, Generations Salon & Spa, High Mark Snowmobile Rentals, RH Rebel Storage, Ben Adams Racing Engines, Forest Flying Service, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

For more information on Dustin Strand, please visit his official internet home at www.StrandRacing.com .

Dustin Strand Goes Worst to First for River Cities Checkers

June 19th, 2016

Grand Forks, North Dakota – The box score may have made Dustin Strand’s win at River Cities Speedway on Friday night look easy, but his fourth conquest of 2016 was anything but simple. A lap-1 flat forced the pilot of the RealTruck.com #71 Q&Z Plumbing & Heating/Millenium Late Model to come from the tail to take the checkered flag.

“That one definitely wasn’t easy, but it just makes the win that more satisfying,” said Strand with his signature grin. “I just made my mind up that I wasn’t going to let that first lap, flat tire keep us from being a contender to win the race. Thanks definitely goes out to my crew for getting me back on track so quick.”

Piloting his RealTruck.com #71 Super Late Model, Dustin Strand was one of 15-entries signed in at River Cities Speedway (Grand Forks, North Dakota) for a Weekly Racing Series Event. Improving three positions in his heat, Strand posted a 4th-place finish, earning him a front row starting spot for the feature alongside Steve Anderson. After suffering a flat tire early in the event, Dustin came from the tail of the field, storming to his fourth win of the season with Bill Mooney, Steffen Snare, Zach Naastad, and Brandon Fuller trailing him to the checkers.

The following night brought Strand to Jamestown Speedway (Jamestown, North Dakota) for the Northern Late Model Racing Association (NLRA) sanctioned event. In a strong field of 30-cars, Strand gained two spots in his heat, landing a runner-up finish behind Steffen Snare. Advancing three more spots in the feature, Dustin notched a 4th-place finish behind Zach Naastad, Cole Schill, and Shane Edginton with Ryan Corbett coming in 5th.

For more information from these events, please visit
www.RiverCitiesSpeedway.com and www.NLRA.org .

The upcoming weekend, June 17-18, will take Dustin into battle in a pair of Northern Late Model Racing Association (NLRA) events. Action opens on Friday at River Cities Speedway (Grand Forks, North Dakota) before shifting to Greenbush Race Park (Greenbush, Minnesota) on Saturday. For more information from these events, please visit www.NLRA.org.

Dustin Strand would like to thank all of his sponsors including
RealTruck.com, Q&Z Plumbing & Heating, Forks Mobile Wash, Schill
Construction, Anderson Brothers Body Shop, McCaughan Builders, Generations Salon & Spa, High Mark Snowmobile Rentals, RH Rebel Storage, Ben Adams Racing Engines, Forest Flying Service, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

For more information on Dustin Strand, please visit his official internet
home at www.StrandRacing.com .

Dustin Strand Tames Devil’s Lake for Modified Win; River Cities Next

May 28th, 2016

Grand Forks, North Dakota – Dustin Strand notched his first Modified victory of the season on Saturday night with a triumph in his RealTruck.com #71 Q&Z Plumbing & Heating/Millenium Race Car at Devil’s Lake Speedway.

“It felt good to get back behind the wheel of the Modified, and it definitely felt good to win again,” said Strand. “We had that caution around lap-5 there, and on the restart I was able to get rolling on the top and eventually take the lead. I want to thank everyone for their great support of my racing program.”

Competing in the Super Late Model ranks, Dustin Strand traveled to River Cities Speedway (Grand Forks, North Dakota) on Friday night to compete against a field of 15-cars. Coming from the 3rd-starting position in his heat, Strand wheeled his way to the front, scoring a heat race win. Earning the 8th-starting position for the A-Main, Dustin was taken out by another competitor early in the feature bringing an abrupt end to his night.

The following night Strand hopped in his Open Wheel Modified for the A-Modified special at Devil’s Lake Speedway (Lakota, North Dakota). In a field of 11-entries, Dustin held his starting spot throughout his heat, recording a 2nd-place finish behind Ward Imrie. Starting in 3rd for the feature, Dustin Strand rode the highline to the lead on lap-7 en route to his first Modified win and second overall victory of the season with Ward Imrie, Alex Engelstad, Scott Greer, and Eric Haugland completing the Top-5 finishers.

For more information from these events, please visitwww.DLSpeedway.com andwww.RiverCitiesSpeedway.com .

The Memorial Day weekend will find Dustin entering a single event as he travels to River Cities Speedway on Friday night to compete in a Weekly Racing Series Event in his #71 Longhorn Late Model.

Dustin Strand would like to thank all of his sponsors including RealTruck.com, Q&Z Plumbing & Heating, Forks Mobile Wash, Schill Construction, Anderson Brothers Body Shop, McCaughan Builders, Generations Salon & Spa, High Mark Snowmobile Rentals, RH Rebel Storage, Ben Adams Racing Engines, Forest Flying Service, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

For more information on Dustin Strand, please visit his official internet home at www.StrandRacing.com .

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Ricky Weiss Wins 18th Feature of 2015

August 14th, 2015

Headingly, Manitoba, Canada – Ricky Weiss parked his Derrick’s Sandblasting #7 Bloomquist Chassis/Pro Power Racing Engine Late Model in victory lane for the 18th time in 2015 over the weekend.

Ricky Weiss made the trip to River Cities Speedway (Grand Forks, North Dakota) on Friday night, piloting his Derrick’s Sandblasting #7 Bloomquist/Pro Power Racing Super Late Model. With fourteen entries competing in the event, Ricky captured a heat race win, setting him up for the feature event. The 8th starting Weiss charged through the field in the finale to score his 18th victory of the season with Dustin Strand, Brad Seng, Joey Pederson, and Steve Anderson completing the top five.

“We had to pass some really good cars to get this win, so it makes it that much sweeter,” commented Weiss. “I always love racing at River Cities because the fans and racers are awesome.”

For more results from this event, please visit www.RiverCitiesSpeedway.com .

Ricky now looks ahead to another busy weekend, which will open on Thursday evening at Red River Co-Op Speedway (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada). Friday evening will take the team to River Cities Speedway (Grand Forks, North Dakota). On Saturday evening Ricky will tentatively compete at Estevan Motor Speedway (Estevan, Saskatchewan) with the Northern Thunder Dirt Late Models. For more information on the events, please visit www.RedRiverCoOpSpeedway.com , www.RiverCitiesSpeedway.com and www.EstevanMotorSpeedway.com .

Ricky Weiss would like to thank his marketing partners and sponsors including Derrick’s Sandblasting. A.I.E. Bell Mobility, All Rig Towing, Hands On Excavating Inc., Forest Flying Services, Keewaitn Truck Service, J&C Trucking, Cousins Farms, Turk Enterprises, Eibach Springs, Metalz In Motion, Wulff Pumps, New Vision Graphics, Vic Hill Racing Engines, Schaeffer Oil, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

For more information on Ricky Weiss please visit his website at www.WeissRacing7.com .

Greater Grand Forks Fair has two dates for IMCA Modifieds

June 27th, 2015

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Two events for Xtreme Mo­tor Sports IMCA Modifieds are on Greater Grand Forks Fair race programs.

Both Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27 features at River Cities Speedway pay $500 to win and a minimum of $70 to start.

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Belleville Motorsports North Central Region and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded each night. Tow money is $25.

Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. Racing on the 1/3-mile clay oval starts at 7 p.m. Grandstand admission during the fair is $5. Pit passes are $25.

Sanctioned Modified also return for Friday shows Aug. 14 and Sept. 18 at Grand Forks. National, regional and state points will also be awarded at those events.

More information is available at the www.rivercitiesspeedway.com website and on Facebook.

Ricky Weiss Rockets to River Cities Win

May 31st, 2015

Headingly, Manitoba, Canada – Ricky Weiss enjoyed a great Memorial Day weekend of racing events in his Derrick’s Sandblasting #7 Bloomquist Chassis/Pro Power Racing Engine Super Late Model.

On Friday night Weiss Racing continued his successful 2015 season by traveling to River Cities Speedway (Grand Forks, North Dakota) for a Weekly Racing Series Event. With twenty-four entries on hand Ricky made a sweep of the night by first winning his heat race and then the feature event. His fourth victory of the month and the season came ahead of Bill Mooney, Pat Doar, Joey Pederson, and Brad Seng. Full results are available at www.RiverCitiesSpeedway.com .

The following night took Ricky Weiss to Viking Speedway (Alexandria, Minnesota) for a Northern Late Model Racing Association (NLRA) event. After moving four spots from 6th to 2nd in his heat, Ricky earned a spot into the A-Main. Starting 5th in the feature, Ricky went on to move up two positions to record a 3rd place finish behind race winner, Brad Seng, and Cody Skytland.

Sunday night’s event at Viking Speedway was cancelled due to the wet weather.

Full results from the event are available at www.NLRA.org .

The upcoming weekend, May 28th-30th, will see the team entering a trio of events. On Thursday night Ricky will compete at Red River Co-Op Speedway (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada). Friday the action continues at I-94 Speedway (Fergus Falls, Minnesota), and the weekend concludes on Saturday evening at Viking Speedway (Alexandria, Minnesota). For more information on the events, please visit www.VictoryLane.mb.ca , www.I94Speedways.com , and www.VikingSpeedway.net .

Ricky Weiss would like to thank his marketing partners and sponsors including Derrick’s Sandblasting. A.I.E. Bell Mobility, Hands On Excavating Inc., Forest Flying Services, Keewaitn Truck Service, J&C Trucking, Cousins Farms, Turk Enterprises, Eibach Springs, Metalz In Motion, Wulff Pumps, New Vision Graphics, Vic Hill Racing Engines, Schaeffer Oil, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

For more information on Ricky Weiss please visit his website at www.WeissRacing7.com .

IMCA Modifieds delivering something different for River Cities Speedway fans

March 22nd, 2015

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Promoters at River Cities Speedway were looking for a new class of race car to bring to Grand Forks this summer

Their interest sparked by officials from neighboring tracks, they decided on the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds.

The sanctioned division headlines Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27 shows during the Grand Forks County Fair. IMCA Modifieds return for Friday shows on the 1/3-mile clay oval Aug. 14 and Sept. 18.

“We like to do some different things here every year,” explained Darren Evavold, long-time co-promoter at Grand Forks with Linus Mack, Don Mack, Wayne Anderson and Rick Rea. “We have talked with our neighboring tracks about the IMCA Modifieds and I think they’ll satisfy our fans looking for something different.”

Kevin Nathe at Buffalo River Race Park and Jake Bitker at Norman County Raceway both gave enthusiastic thumbs up to the idea. The three tracks are working together to avoid scheduling conflicts.

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Belleville Motorsports North Central Region and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded for all events at River Cities Speedway.

“We’re pleased to be part of these programs at River Cities Speedway,” IMCA Director of Track Relations Jim Stannard said. “These events are great opportunities for our drivers to race at an outstanding track.”

Kraig Kinser Opens Summer with Events in North Dakota & Minnesota

June 20th, 2014

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — June 18, 2014— The racing season got started a little late this year in the Upper Midwest following an extra harsh winter. Race fans and tracks in North Dakota and Minnesota have been making up for lost time with plenty of events as the summer rolls around. Two of the biggest will be this weekend as the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series makes their annual visit to River Cities Speedway in North Dakota, and their second-ever appearance at I-94 Speedway in Minnesota. Kraig Kinser will be in attendance for both, piloting the No. 11K Mesilla Valley Transportation/Casey’s General/King Racing Products Maxim.

Kinser will hit the track on Friday, June 19 at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He then heads to I-94 Speedway in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, for an event on Saturday, June 20.

The native of Bloomington, Indiana, finished fifth last June at River Cities Speedway and was 11th in July. Kinser was victorious with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series at the ultra high-banked three-tenths-mile in 2012. He has made 12 starts with the series at River Cities Speedway. Kinser has a total of six top-10 finishes at the track, with two of those being top-five runs. He also made four starts with the World of Outlaws Gumout Series at River Cities Speedway, earning four top-five finishes.

“You have to always have your elbows up and sit up in the seat just a little bit more than normal at Grand Forks (River Cities Speedway),” said Kinser. “We’ve had a good amount of success there over the years and it’s definitely a place I enjoy racing at. Don (Mack) does a great job preparing the track and everyone up there is so welcoming when we come to town. Both the town and the track remind me of a lot of the places back home in Indiana and the Ohio area that I grew up racing on.”

Last season, in the series debut at I-94 Speedway, Kinser finished fifth, after starting sixth at the three-eighths-mile. He opened the night as the 11th-fastest qualifier of the 28 entries, which put him on the pole of the second heat race. Kinser came home second in that heat race to earn a spot in the dash. He took the green flag ninth in the dash and worked his way up to sixth, which put him on the outside of the third row for the 30-lap A-Feature.

“We had a pretty good night at I-94 (Speedway) last year,” Kinser said. “There wasn’t a ton of passing, so starting position was very important. That’s been the case quite a few times this year, but we have been able to work out way forward a number of times when we’ve started toward the back. Qualifying is where it’s at right now and we have to time in that spot and get in the dash.”

Kinser finished 10th at Jackson Speedway in Minnesota last weekend and was 15th at Knoxville Raceway in Iowa. Heading to the Upper Midwest this weekend, he is ninth in the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championship standings, with 12 top-10 finishes.

Kraig Kinser Racing would like to thank Casey’s General Stores, Mesilla Valley Transportation, King Racing Products, Maxim, Aerodine Composites, Sander Engineering, Integra Shocks, All Star Performance, FK Rod Ends, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Bell, KSE Racing Products, ButlerBuilt, Schoenfeld Headers, Donovan Engineering, Fel-Pro, Brodix, Wilwood, Dyer’s, Barnes Systems, Ringer Gloves, Jakes Custom Golf Carts, and Ben Cook Racing Limited for their continued support.

Kraig Kinser By the Numbers: River Cities Speedway & I-94 Speedway
0.3- Miles around River Cities Speedway
0.375- Distance around I-94 Speedway in miles
2- Races at River Cities Speedway in 2014 for the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series; Nights of racing in the state of Minnesota this season for the series
3- Nights of racing in North Dakota this season for the World of Outlaws
7- Laps led in 2012 en route to winning at River Cities Speedway
9.269- World of Outlaws track record at River Cities Speedway set in 2009
10.4- Average finish in 12 main event starts with the series at River Cities
12- Main starts with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series at River Cities Speedway
13.004- Track record at I-94 Speedway
37- Nights of racing completed in 2014 by the World of Outlaws
116.517- Track record in miles per hour at River Cities Speedway
140- Miles from River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, North Dakota, where the World of Outlaws race on June 20 to I-94 Speedway in Fergus Falls, Minnesota
593- Miles from Knoxville Raceway in Iowa, where the World of Outlaws raced on June 14 to River Cities Speedway.
2000- Year of first start at River Cities Speedway with the former World of Outlaws Gumout Series
2013- Year of first start at I-94 Speedway
4613- Point earned this season through June 14

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Duray and Strand sweep up the competition at River Cities Speedway

June 7th, 2011

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.

Geringer Sweeps the Season Opener at River Cities Speedway

June 5th, 2011

Grand Forks, ND–After postponing the Premier Racing Series Season Opener two weeks, River Cities Speedway was able to hold the first race of the season under favorable weather. With twenty-four nights of racing planned, this season will be one of the best for the fans. Of the twenty-four nights, there are two nights of World of Outlaw Sprint cars in the middle of June, and one night of WoO Late Models the middle of July. Visit the tracks website for a printable schedule poster as well as all the racing information this season.

The Transystems sponsored Street Stock class seen two heat races that were won by Jim Geringer and James Wall. Jim Geringer made his way forward from the fifth starting spot in the feature and held off Logan Salazar for the win to sweep the night. Steve Jose led a handful of laps and held on to finish third.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds have a new class sponsor the 2011 season, which is Happy Harry’s Bottle Shop. There were nineteen drivers split into three heat races with all three heat race winners starting on the front row. Eric Haugland won the first hear race. Paul Veert won the second, and Ryan Schroeder won the last heat race. Dustin Strand finished second to Veert in the second heat race and started on the outside-pole of the feature, only to drive to the lead and hold on to the lead for the win. His first of the season, and he was chased across the line by John Halverson who was disqualified for being light at the scales. Veert would be scored as second, with Naastad and Schroeder racing hard for third and fourth. Cole Haugland chaulked up a top five finish.

The Broken Drum sponsored Late Models only had thirteen drivers enter the backgate, with Steffen Snare not being able to start the heat or feature. Brandon Burke and Mike Balcaen earned their respective heat race wins while Ricky Weiss and Joey Pederson settled for runner-up. In the feature Burke was leading till Weiss passed him coming out of turn two, then in a rough turn three and four, Burke dove underneath Weiss and may have broke something sending him into Weiss. The two wrecked hard finishing their nights. Pederson then inherited the lead, but still needed to hold off the 2010 track champion. Seng tried several times, but could not get pass Pederson and had to settle for second. Pederson, who was winless in 2010, started of the 2011 season on the right foot.

The Honda Nissan of Grand Forks sponsored Sprints had the healthiest car count of twenty-three which were split into three heat races. All three heat race winners started on the front row with Casey Mack and Mark Dobmeier winning from the pole, while Chris Shirek started second and out-dueled Nygaard for the win. In the feature race, Dobmeier had the race pretty much tied up, until he had a tire go down on him during a mid-race caution. He pitted and started in the back which gave Casey Mack the lead with Chris Shirek and Wade Nygaard close behind. In fact, Shirek grabbed the lead in traffic, but Mack got back around and led the race till the checkered flag was displayed and held off a hard charging Dobmeier who would have to settle for a runner-up spot. Cautions plagued the feature with a total of eight cautions. Austin Pierce had a solid run finishing in third after starting eleventh with Bob Martin right behind him. Chris Shirek ended the race with a top five to add to his stats.

The Premier Racing Series will be racing every Friday night throughout the summer with a special School Bus Race on May 20th. Get your Tickets reserved for the upcoming WoO Sprint Car Races in June! Visit www.rivercitiesspeedway.com for more info.

WISSOTA Late Models
Feature – Pederson, Seng, Anderson, Corcoran, Buchner, LePier, Weiss, H. Schill, Burke, Johnson, Balcaen, T. Schill
Heat 1 – Brandon Burke, Joey Pederson, Brad Seng, Steve Anderson, Troy Schill, John Buchner, Jason Johnson
Heat 2 – Mike Balcaen, Ricky Weiss, Harold Schill Jr., Tom Corcoran, Bryan LePier

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds
Feature – Strand, Veert, Naastad, Schroeder, C. Haugland, Gajeski, Hamel, Rethemier, E. Haugland, Thompson, Bruer, Modlin, Berg, Johnson, Kakela, Lizakowski, Peterson, Yonke, Halverson
Heat 1 – Eric Haugland, Zach Bruer, Zach Naastad, Adam Thompson, Bill Yonke, Tyler Modlin, Patrick Rethemier
Heat 2 – Paul Veert, Dustin Strand, Bryan Kakela, Adam Gajeski, Jeremy Lizakowski, Rod Peterson
Heat 3 – Ryan Schroeder, Ricky Hamel, Todd Johnson, Tim Berg, Cole Haugland, John Halverson

WISSOTA Street Stock
Feature – Geringer, Salazar, Jose, Wall, Duray, Neumann, McNamee, Blacklance, Rassier, Noreikis, Brevik, Johnson, Neihart, Minske
Heat 1 – Jim Geringer, Ryan Johnson, Daniel McNamee, Aaron Blacklance, Greg Neumann, Nick Minske, Adam Rassier
Heat 2 – James Wall, Dallas Brevik, Steve Jose, Logan Salazar, Jordan Duray, Tiffany Noreikis, Tommy Neihart

NOSA Outlaw Sprints
Feature – Ca. Mack, Dobmeier, Pierce, B. Martin, C. Shirek, Kennedy Jr., N. Shirek, Nygaard, R. Martin, M. Mack, Graham, Flaten, B. Egeland, Z. Wilde, T. Kennedy, Stevenson, Co. Mack, T. Egeland, Ranten, B. Wilde, Nikitenko, Wisk, Roemeling
Heat 1 – Mark Dobmeier, Mitch Mack, Nick Shirek, Lou Kennedy Jr., Bob Martin, Chris Ranten, Tanner Wisk, Tom Egeland
Heat 2 – Chris Shirek, Wade Nygaard, Thomas Kennedy, Austin Pierce, Greg Nikitenko, Cory Mack, Ryan Flaten, Blake Egeland
Heat 3 – Casey Mack, Jordan Graham, Brenden Wilde, Brady Stevenson, Zach Wilde, Rayce Martin, Shane Roemeling

Olson and Seng Sweep Track Championship Night at River Cities

September 3rd, 2009

Grand Forks, ND–Track Championship night was this past Friday night sponsored by Rydell GM Auto Center and Evergreen Insurance. The Premier Racing Series ended the month of August with eighty-seven teams checking in the backgate with the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds the highest car count, just one short of thirty. Two drivers that led their respective divisions in points won their feature race, while two second place drivers won their feature races. All were great racing with a tricky smooth racing surface keeping the drivers guessing on setups.

In the WISSOTA Late Model division, Joey Pederson, Brad Seng, and Howie Schill won their heat races. All of them started on the pole, but Schill had to pass early race leader, Corcoran for the win in the last heat race in order to claim the win. The other two led flag to flag to capture their wins. During the Feature event, Seng took control of the race from the start and cruised to the win with Pederson chasing him across the line. Seng mentioned he made the wrong setup change, but proved to be the right change in the end. Weiss advanced from the tenth starting spot to finish third as Troy Schill and Tom Corcoran rounded out the top five spots.

In the Midwest Modified heat races, points leader, Aaron Olson captured the first heat race win from the pole. The second heat race wasn’t decided till the last lap when Gary Nelson Jr. passed Dustin Strand for the win after he had started dead last! Todd Johnson and Bryan LePier both started on the pole of the other two heat races and won their heat races. For the feature race, Olson looked to be the fastest car and Strand made his way to second with just a handful of laps to go and needed a caution to catch Olson. He got that caution and also a second one but could not find a way past Olson for the win. Olson claimed the win and still leads the track points exiting the night. Nelson and LePier both followed close in the race to finish third and fourth while Schroeder had to make his way finish fifth from the eighth starting spot. Naastad bettered the two seventeen cars as they both raced hard throughout the race against each other and finished just outside the top five.

WISSOTA Street Stock heat races were won by Rick Beier and Steffen Snare. Snare started on the pole of his race, but it was Beier who passed Tyson Anderson late in the race to claim the win from the sixth starting spot. Anderson didn’t win the feature easily either. Both heat winners gave him a run for his money in the closing laps of the feature, winning only by a half car length over Beier. Snare settled for third with John Halvorson advancing a spot to finish fourth. Canadian, Henry Peters rounded out the top five spots after starting ninth.

Mark Dobmeier had a stroke of bad luck in the heat race, but so did Nygaard. Nygaard was penalized for a jump start, then Dobmeier tangled with a lap car while leading and was sent to the back. This allowed Lee Grosz to lead the heat race, till Nygaard snuck past him and continued on for the heat win. Dobmeier finished third with Shane Roemeling between the two. Casey Mack started outside the pole of the second and final heat race and won with pole-sitter, Martin second. Dobmeier continues to dominate the division at RCS and padded his point lead by winning the feature race after starting fifth on the grid. Chris Shirek followed Dobmeier across the line and had the most impressive run of the night from the last starting spot! Lee Grosz finished third from the eleventh starting spot while Dave Glennon finished the night off with a consistent run, finishing in fourth with Shane Roemeling fifth.

River Cities Speedway will kick-off the month of September with one night of Premier Racing Series and then prepare for the 3rd Annual John Seitz Memorial Late Model Invitational September eleventh and twelfth. More information can be found at rivercitiesspeedway.com and the event flyer is also posted for more information.

The last race of the year is planned for September 18th with a full program including Legend Cars.

Erickson and Peterson Earn First Wins of the Year

July 27th, 2009

Grand Forks, ND–The Premier Racing Series at River Cities Speedway this past Friday seen two new faces in the rydellcars.com sponsored Victory Lane. But neither entered Victory Lane without some pressure from the current points leaders in each of their respective classes. This was also the Hall of Fame night in which members recognized and inducted two more members into the Hall of Fame. Jim Corcoran introduced the two inductees as Dennis Sather and Denny Roy, two long-time supporters of racing as well as drivers back in the day.

To get the night started off, there were two heat races for the Transystem sponsored Street Stocks. Dan McNamee used the outside pole spot to grab the lead first and went on to claim the win over Tyson Anderson who finished second and third place finisher Rodney Hulst. Current points leader, Steffen Snare won the second heat race from the third starting spot. Joe Potter passed Blacklance for the second spot with Blacklance finishing third.

Their Feature Event for the night had McNamee and Brevik on the front row with Hulst and Blacklance in the second row.  Brevik would grab the lead first and continue with the lead through the first caution. By that time Snare had made his way up to challenge for the lead just before the second caution came out. The race was for the top five spots as Anderson, Brevik, McNamee and Potter all raced hard for one of those spots. A restart with just three laps to go reset the field but Snare was too fast for the rest to catch and captured another feature win while adding to his point lead. Tyson Anderson was second in front of Potter who started seventh on the grid. After spinning in front of the rest during the heat race, Rick Beier stormed through the field to finish fourth after starting eleventh and Brevik held on to the fifth finishing spot.

Hawk’s Hobby Heaven sponsored Midwest Modifieds continue to have the largest field of cars, as they were split into four heat races. Matt Schow started on the pole of the first heat race and won the race easily with the best race between the rest of the field. First time visitor Lon Vettleson finished second with Tyler Reimer advancing a spot for third. Aaron Olson grabbed the lead during the second heat race and didn’t look back till the checkered flag flew. Rod Peterson was second as Zach Naastad passed Schroeder for the third spot. Bryan Kakela won his first heat race of the season over racing buddy, Lance Schill. Schill was not able to pass him and settled for the second spot ahead of Ryan Schow. Pole-sitter, Chad Jensen outlasted the charge of Dustin Strand in the final heat race for the win. Approximately a third of a car length separated the two across the line. Adam Gajeski held on to third after starting second.

Four cars transferred out of the consolation race, which were, Zach Bruer, Bryan Lepier Dave Blasey and Todd Johnson. For the eighteen lap feature race, Matt Schow and Rod Peterson led the nineteen cars to take the green flag. The cautions started as early as the first lap and lasted throughout the race adding up to seven yellows total for various cars. Schow grabbed the early lead with pressure immediately for the lead. Peterson passed Schow for the lead just shortly into the feature wit Kakela also getting past Peterson for second. After a pileup on the restart with just a few laps into the race, Gajeski looked to get the worse of the damage and could not continue. Rod Peterson continued to lead the field the rest of the way to the checkered flag. This left the battle for second place to be decided. Schow slipped back under green flag runs and still finished a very respectable fourth place in the end. Strand and Olson were left to settle the second and third spot. Both raced hard for the spot and with one lap to go, Strand and Olson were side by side as contact was made between the two with Strand suffering a break of the left front but was still able to wheel it around for  a third place finish. Olson followed Peterson under the checkers for the second spot with Gary Nelson Jr. an Tim Berg gaining ten spots to finish fifth and sixth.

Chris Shirek grabbed the lead in the first NOSA race of two for a brief time until last week’s feature winner, Casey Mack passed him for the lead and win. Shirek held on to second with Nygaard third from the sixth starting spot. The only other driver to win a feature race at RCS this year is Bob Martin. Martin started sixth and grabbed the lead early to continue on for the win. Dobmeier started seventh but was not able to catch Martin. Tom Egeland started on the pole and held on for a top three finish.

The Feature Event for the NOSA Outlaw Sprints, sponsored by Nissan Honda of Grand Forks, seen all seventeen cars start. Through troubles with the lighting system, Mark Dobmeier was able to navigate through the field from the eighth starting spot to capture the win. Chris Shirek led early on, but would slip back in the field to finish outside the top five. Wade Nygaard was able to move forward and finish a strong second with Martin finishing third. Last week’s feature winner, Casey Mack, finished fourth with Minot native Greg Nikitenko fifth after starting twelfth.

There were sixteen WISSOTA Late Model drivers entered for the night split into two heat races. Rookie, Josh Maurstad started outside the pole in the first heat race and won over Troy Schill and Steve Anderson, who finished second and third. In the second heat race, Doyle Erickson started on the pole and led every lap enroute to the win. Brad Seng had the closest opportunity to pass Erickson, but had to settle for the second finishing spot. Fuller, who had not been out on the track till this race, finished third.

The WISSOTA Late Model Feature Event started with the two heat winners on the front row and Steve Anderson with Troy Schill in the second row. Erickson grabbed the lead first and continued on to earn his first feature win of 2009 at RCS. The fastest car was Brad Seng who started eighth and finished second. Troy Schill had to race hard to hold on to his spot throughout the race and finished just behind Seng in third after starting fourth. Anderson slipped back a few spots and was passed by Joey Pederson who finished fourth and Anderson finished with a top five finish.

All information about the rest of the 2009 season including the upcoming World of Outlaws Sprint Car race in August can be found at rivercitiesspeedway.com. The speedway will finish out the month of July with the Premier Racing Series on July 31st, sponsored by StaMart and the Broken Drum. There will be two regular race nights in August before the Outlaws arrive on August 21st.

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Career First for Halvorson while Strand Continues Streak

July 21st, 2009

Grand Forks, ND–The Premier Racing Series was back after a week off with the World of Outlaw Late Models in town last week. This week’s races were sponsored by Gateway Cenex and Interstate Power which seen two new faces in the Rydellcars.com Victory Lane. A first River Cities Speedway win and a First Career win in that division. But first the speedway owners presented the 2008 Points Champions and the top five drivers their awards to the fans just after the hotlap session.

There were fifteen WISSOTA Street Stocks entered for the night, split into two heat races. Tyson Anderson picked up his third heat race win of the season by beating Jose and Reimer across the line. Dan McNamee won his first heat race of the year from the third starting spot with Snare close behind him. Potter raced from the seventh starting spot to finish third. Half of the cars that started the feature race finished in what was a scary finish with just a few laps to go. Jose led the majority of the race and was challenged by Snare and Anderson for the lead at various times. The three were running hard when contact put Jose upside down at the track exit to the pits. Anderson was not able to continue. This left Snare in first and he continued on to win his fourth feature of the season. Reimer was second with Neumann, Wall and Potter rounding out the top five.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds ran four heat races and had a total of twenty-six teams. Bryan LePier won the first heat race from the pole and was the best race for the lead out of all the heats. Gajeski raced hard for the second spot from the sixth starting spot. Schroeder finished just behind Gajeski to give him a top three finish. Chad Jensen won the second heat race also from the pole with fourth starter, Bintz, in the runner up spot. Vasichek started third and finished third. The third heat race was won by outside pole-sitter, Dustin Ness. Sonstelie started on the pole and held off Aaron Olson for the second spot. Point leader going into the night was Todd Johnson. Johnson won the last heat race from the pole with sixth starter Strand finishing second. Rod Peterson advanced a spot to finish third. Sobolik, Thompson, Schill, and Matt Schow all raced their way into the feature finishing in that order of the consi.

Dustin Ness and Gary Sonstelie made up the front row for the Midwest Mod feature event. Troubles on the start sent Sonstelie to the back which moved up the outside row one spot. Ness led a handful of laps through a couple cautions but couldn’t hold off Strand as he took the lead with about thirteen laps to go. Strand continued on to claim the checkered flag with Ness racing hard to keep that second spot. Jensen started fourth and finished third ahead of Olson and Vasichek who both advanced from midpack. Sobolik had a strong run advancing from the consi and finishing seventh in the feature.

There was one team short of twenty WISSOTA Late Models. They were split into three heat races with Joey Pederson winning the first heat race followed by Seng and Anderson. Mike Bruns started on the pole for the second heat and won that race by holding off Jarvis and Balcaen. Tom Corcoran used the pole spot to his advantage and winning the last heat race over Troy Schill and John Halvorson.

The WISSOTA Late Model feature event started all nineteen teams with Jarvis and Balcaen leading the field around to the green. Balcaen grabbed the lead and led the race over the halfway point. Seng and Pederson moved into the picture challenging for the lead in lap traffic. Seng actually passed Balcaen for the lead, but was voided because of a yellow flag. The field reset and was back under green. Seng could not get past the leader and spun in the closing laps and still finished eighth. Tonight it was John Halvorson that grabbed the lead and the spotlight for his first feature win in the late model division. Halvorson passed the leader on the low side out of the corner. Pederson also got past Balcaen for the second spot with Howie Schill racing from the twelfth starting spot, finishing third. Rounding out the top five spot from way back in the field were Todd Johnson and James SanGrait.

Seventeen NOSA Outlaw Sprints checked in the back gate with them being split into two heat races. Ryan Wilson of Superior, WI won the first heat race from outside the pole with Dave Glennon second and pole-sitter, Tom Egeland third. Chris Burke grabbed the lead in the second heat race and led every lap. Casey Mack passed for the lead & win, out of turn four coming to the checkered flag. Burke finished second with Dobmeier third after starting at the back of the eight-car field.

Casey Mack joined Bob Martin as the only other driver to beat Mark Dobmeier at RCS this year, not including the WOO event. Mack was fast but also had some luck fall his way. Ryan Wilson actually led the event till a yellow, and he had to restart at the tail which gave the lead to Hall. Hall led the field to the next green, but spun on the first corner giving the lead to Mack. Mack led every lap to the checkered flag claiming his first win this season at River Cities Speedway. Dave Glennon had a strong run finishing second to Mack with Nygaard and Dobmeier chasing him down throughout the end of the race. Minot native, Greg Nikitenko rounded out the top five.

The Premier Racing Series will finish out the month of July with two more regular season Friday Nights, with July 31st being Hall of Fame night. August 21st will be the second visit of the World Of Outlaw Sprint Cars. Tickets are on sale now. Visit rivercitiesspeedway.com for ordering info or the latest race reports, news and results

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A Night of Clean Sweeps during Midseason Championship Night

July 6th, 2009

Grand Forks, ND–After a week of the races being cancelled due to funnel clouds and tornado sirens, the Premier Racing Series was back underway last Friday with Midseason Championship Night. The night was sponsored by Pepsi and Aaron’s Sales & Lease both of Grand Forks, ND.

Steffen Snare started out the night by winning the first of two heat races for the WISSOTA Street Stocks. Tyson Anderson won the second heat race over Henry Peters and James Wall, who both raced side by side through the race for a handful of laps. Steffen Snare continued his dominance in the Street Stock division by winning the Transystems Feature Event. This would be Snare’s third continuous clean sweep of the year in as many as five events. Potter Anderson, Peters, and Wall rounded out the top five spots.

The dominant driver as of late in the Midwest Modified division is Dustin Strand, who continues to win at area tracks and sits in the top five in national points. Todd Johnson got the heat races started off, by winning the first of three heats. Johnson bettered LePier and Kakela for the win, and is currently the Track Points leader. Aaron Olson who is currently second in track points won the second heat race over Lance Schill and Adam Gajeski. Dustin Strand won the last heat race over teammate, Zach Naastad and Scott Vasichek. During the feature event there was a caution on the first lap which reset the field and it was Aaron Olson that would get the lead first from Polesitter, Johnson. Strand, who started third was able to get by Johnson for the second spot and continued on to look under Olson for the lead. The two both tried the top and bottom groove, but Strand got by and led the rest of the way to the ND Eye Clinic Finish Line, less a left rear spring. LePier finished second after starting fourth, and Olson, Johnson and Bintz finished out the top five spots. This would be Strand’s second straight clean sweep and third win in a row for the season at RCS.

Harold Schill Jr. picked up his third heat race win, to get the Late Model action started. Schill was chased across the line by Troy Schill, and Tom Corcoran. All of which are in the top five in track points. Seng, who sits just outside the top spot in points won the second heat race of the night. Seng was followed by Joey Pederson and Steve Anderson. Harold Schill and Brad Seng made up the front row of the Late Model feature event and it would be Seng that would grab the top spot and lead the way to the checkers with plenty of racing just behind him. Troy Schill, Corcoran, Harold Schill and Pederson all exchanged spots throughout the race. Anderon even entered the mix at times and at the end it was Pederson and Troy Schill that would claim the two spots behind Seng with Corcoran hanging on to the fourth spot just ahead of Steve Anderson who passed Harold Schill for a top five finish.

A makeup feature event was scheduled in the NOSA Outlaw Sprint division this night, but first it was the three heat races. Mark Dobmeier started on the pole for the first heat race and won with Casey Mack passing Linnell for the second spot after starting third. Polesitter, Wade Nygaard won the second heat race with Lee Grosz finishing second after starting fifth. Ryan Flaten bested the rest of the field, finishing in the third spot. A scary moment in the third and final heat race as Chris Shirek was leading the race, and lost a right rear tire into the west grandstands. The tire bounced high enough, which allowed fans to clear the seating area and Bounced once again into the main grandstand. No spectators were hurt, but have a great story to tell. With Shirek off on the hook, Bob Martin cruised to win his third heat race of the year. Lou Kennedy Jr. was second after starting fifth with Nick Shirek finishing in the third spot. Bob Martin also won the makeup feature. Dave Glennon held the lead for the first part of the race but slowed with just a handful of laps complete to bring out a yellow. The race resumed with Martin leading. By this time Dobmeier had made his way up to challenge Martin, and in fact passed him, but was voided by a yellow. After the restart, Dobmeier did get past Martin for the lead, but was confronted with some lap traffic and spun off turn one and was not able to continue. Martin led the field the rest of the way to capture his first win at River Cities in 2009.

The NOSA Main Event was the last feature of the evening. Heat winners, Nygaard and Dobmeier made up the front row, and it was Dobmeier that would get the lead with Nygaard and Martin in tow. Just a few laps into the race, the leaders encountered lap traffic. Dobmeier continued to lead, and with about seventeen laps to go, Nygaard looked past Dobmeier for the lead, but then a caution would come out. Dobmeier led the rest of the race through seventeen green flag laps. Like the late model feature the action was behind the leader as Nygaard, Kennedy, Martin and Mack all mixed it up back and forth. As Dobmeier secured his fourth win in 2009 at RCS, Nygaard was able to get back the second spot with Bob Martin third. Casey Mack was able to get past Kennedy and finish fourth with Kennedy settling for fifth.

This week is the WOO Late Models at River Cities Speedway! Venue information can be found at rivercitiesspeedway.com or on their Facebook Fan Page. Then to finish out the month of July will be three straight Friday’s of the Premier Racing Series at the Action Track. THE ONLY track in the upper Midwest to run Late Models and Outlaw Sprints WEEKLY.

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New Week, New Faces in Victory Lane

June 8th, 2009

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Grand Forks, ND 5/29/09

 

A new week and some warmer led to some new faces in the Rydell Chevy Victory Lane. The one repeat feature winner was Mark Dobmeier in the NOSA Outlaw Sprint division. Whitey’s and Miller Lite were the nightly sponsors of the race for what turned out to be one of the best attendance nights for 2009.

 

In the Transystems Street Stock division, feature winner from last week, Tyson Anderson won the second of two heat races, while Greg Neumann won the first heat race from the pole. During the feature event on the opening lap, there was a caution for Bryce Reimer which would move the outside row up on spot with him tagging the field on the restart. This put Joe Potter outside Greg Neumann on the front row. Potter and Neumann raced side by side for the first lap, but then it was all Potter till the closing laps. As the laps clicked away, Steffen Snare closed in on Potter and just before the last caution, Snare was setting up to make the pass on Potter for the lead. The field was reset for the last few laps, and Potter raced across the finish line a half car length lead over Snare. Last weeks feature winner, Tyson Anderson finished a strong third with Rick Beier and James wall rounding out the top five positions.

 

The Hawks Hobby Heaven Midwest Modified division seen three heat races with a total of twenty-three cars entered. Traveler, Scott Bintz, a Jamestown Speedway regular won the first heat race from outside the pole. Zach Naastad of Hatton, ND also started outside the pole and won the second heat race with Todd Johnson advancing from the sixth starting spot to finish second to Naastad. Canadian, Paul Veert bested the others in the third heat race, leading every lap from the pole.

 

All twenty-three Midwest Modifieds started the feature event with Paul Veert and Rod Peterson on the front row. This feature race was caution filled as many did not finish including the 2008 track champion, Dustin Strand. Strand was involved in a wreck on the front stretch which he could not avoid, with two other cars starting the melee. Through all the restarts, Veert held on to the lead and won the feature race with Lance Schill having one of his best runs to date as a rookie in the class. Schill finished second to Veert with Todd Johnson advancing from the ninth spot to finish third. Scott Bintz added another top five by finishing fourth as did Bryan LePier, who picked up the hard charger award by advancing ten spots and finishing fifth.

 

In WISSOTA Late Model race action, last weeks feature winner Brad Seng won the second of two heat races with Howie Schill of West Fargo picking up the win in the first heat race. The feature event seen Brandon Burke of Grand Forks lead almost every lap, and through a couple of cautions, he held onto that lead with Corcoran, Schill and Pederson knocking at the door. With about ten laps complete, Pederson had moved up to challenge Burke for the lead and with three more rounds, Pederson passed Burke in turn four for the lead. Pederson entered Victory Lane for the first time in 2009, a win which Burke would have wanted but still ran strong to finish in the second spot ahead of Veteran, Corcoran. Howie Schill crossed the line for fourth ahead of traveler Jeff Provinzino.

 

A total of eighteen NOSA Outlaw Sprints supported the night sponsored by Nissan Honda of Grand Forks. Mark Dobmeier made the only return visit to victory lane by passing Casey Mack roughly ten laps into the feature in traffic. Mack won the first heat race of the night with Bob Martin second, both made up the front starting row. Nygaard moved up three spots to finish third. Dobmeier also won the second heat race after starting seventh. Dan Wiskow looked to be comfortable leading the second heat till the pass but still finished second with Brenden Wilde third. The feature race had plenty of action in the caution free twenty-five laps. Martin, Mack, Nygaard raced three wide at times with Nygaard in the mix also. Lap traffic played a part and Martin nabbed the second finishing spot with pole-sitter, Mack, third. Nygaard advanced four spots for fourth as Chris Shirek finished with a top five after starting eleventh. Lee Grosz of Harwood ND, had trouble in the heat race, tangling on the start, hand an awesome run from eighteenth to finish one spot out of the top five!

 

River Cities month of June has the WOO Sprints coming on June 19th with the NLRA Late Models. The following night on June 20th, the NLRA will be at the RRVS in West Fargo when the WOO Sprints are there. But between then we still have two Friday’s of the Premier Racing Series action June 5th and 12th. The NLRA Late Models will be at the Jamestown Speedway June 6th. Visit rivercitiesspeedway.com for more information.

 

Summary

 

WISSOTA Late Models

Feature – Pederson, Burke, Corcoran, Schill, Provinzino, Seng, Schill, Anderson, Erickson, Bruns, Balcaen, Halvorson, Baker, Weiss

Heat 2 – Brad Seng, Tom Corcoran, Joey Pederson, Brenden Burke, Ricky Weiss, Tom Balcaen, Randy Baker

Heat 1 – Harold Schill Jr., John Halvorson, Mike Bruns, Jeff Provinzino, Steve Anderson, Doyle Erickson, Troy Schill

 

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds

Feature – Veert, Schill, Johnson, Bintz, LePier, Olson, Gajeski, Riopelle, Ness, Jensen, Kaml, Sobolik, Kakela, Drake, W. Reimer, T. Reimer, Vasichek, Naastad, Peterson, Strand, Bruer, Thompson, Byzewski

Heat 3 – Paul Veert, Lance Schill, Adam Gajeski, Dave Riopelle, Bryan LePier, Chad Jensen, Warren Reimer

Heat 2 – Zach Naastad, Todd Johnson, Aaron Olson, Patrick Sobolik, Bryan Kakela, Zach Bruer, Adam Thompson, Wes Drake

Heat 1 – Scott Bintz, Rod Peterson, Dustin Strand, Scott Vasichek, Victor Kaml, Tyler Reimer, Dustin Ness, Tony Byzewski

 

WISSOTA Street Stocks

Feature – Potter, Snare, Anderson, Beier, Wall, McNamee, Witner, Reimer, Leake, Schmidt, Rassier, Neumann, Johnson, Brevik

Heat 2 – Tyson Anderson, Rick Beier, Joe Potter, Steffen Snare, Dan McNamee, Dallas Brevik, Adam Rassier

Heat 1 – Greg Neumann, Bryce Reimer, Ryan Johnson, Dave Witner, Kelsey Leake, Darren Schmidt, James Wall

 

NOSA Outlaw Sprints

Feature – Dobmeier, Martin, Mack, Nygaard, C. Shirek, Grosz, Wiskow, Flaten, Burke, N. Shirek, Linnell, Roemeling, Graham, K. Lawson, Ranten, Wilde, D. Lawson, Egeland

Heat 2 – Mark Dobmeier, Dan Wiskow, Brenden Wilde, Shane Roemeling, Ryan Flaten, Dusty Lawson, Jordan Graham, Tom Egeland, Lee Grosz

Heat 1 – Casey Mack, Bob Martin, Wade Nygaard, Jason Linnell, Nick Shirek, Chris Shirek, Chris Burke, Chris Ranten, Kevin Lawson

Seng, Olson, & Anderson earn first checkered flag at River Cities for 2009

June 8th, 2009

Prepared by: Orness Creations

Grand Forks, ND 5/23/09

 

River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, ND finally completed one night of racing for 2009 after the four previous weeks were cancelled due to mother natures unwillingness to cooperate. Even this night was bleak when the skies opened up and dumped a small amount of rain on the speedway. But that was not enough to cancel the races that were sponsored by Tesoro and Canad Inns. It also didn’t stop Brad Seng from sweeping the competition in the Late Model division.

 

Seng started outside pole in both the heat race and the feature and led the rest of the competitors around to the checkered flag. 2008 track champion, Joey Pederson finished second to Seng in the heat race with Corcoran and Halvorson crossing the finish line behind them. In the second and last heat race for the late models, Troy Schill picked up the win with Erickson and brother Howie Schill behind him. During the feature race, Troy Schill was running with Seng, but exited the track early in the race when his motor let go. Through three cautions, Seng led the race with some pressure from a eager Pederson that would prove to bite him late in the race when trying to find his way past Seng for the win. Pederson slipped up a little in the corner which allowed Howie Schill to get past him for the second finishing spot. Pederson held on for the third spot with Doyle Erickson advancing three spots to finish fourth. John Halvorson and Tom Corcoran raced hard for a top five finish throughout the race, but it was Halvorson that finished fifth when the checkers were in the air.

 

There were three heat races in the Midwest Modified division sponsored by Hawk’s Hobby Heaven. Rookie, Lance Schill won the first heat race after passing Adam Thompson for the lead. Thompson was later passed by Scott Vasicheck and finished in the third spot. Dustin Strand led the second heat race until Ryan Schroeder passed him on the last lap to pick up the win. Aaron Olson finished in the third spot coming from the back row. Todd Johnson looks to be fast this year, and won the third and final heat race by besting Adam Gajeski who finished second and pole-sitter Naastad finished third.

Aaron Olson started on the pole of the feature race and lead the field across the ND Eye Clinic finish line with Todd Johnson advancing from the seventh spot to finish second. Heat winner Ryan Schroeder started third and finished third with Gajeski fourth after starting ninth. Adam Thompson had a great run by staying in the top five throughout the race and finished fifth holding off Scott Vasichek.

 

There were two Transystems Street Stock heat races, which were won by Steffen Snare and Rick Beier. Tyson Anderson followed Snare across the line for the second spot in the first heat, with Bryce Reimer third. James Wall chased Beier in the second heat race to finish second, with Greg Neumann third. The main event started all twelve cars, with Tyson Anderson taking control of the race and cruising to his first feature win of 2009 and second career win. Snare started midpack and was held off by Joe Potter, who finished second. Bryce Reimer had a great run staying in the top five most of the race and finished fourth ahead of Rick Beier.

 

In NOSA Outlaw Sprint race action, there were three heats and a total of twenty-two drivers entered to compete in the Nissan Honda of Grand Forks sponsored division. Mark Dobmeier started on the pole and won the first heat race. Jason Linnell held off Lou Kennedy Jr. to win the second heat race. Thomas Kennedy looked to have a handle on his ride, cruising to the win in the last heat race of the night with Bobby Martin chasing him across the line. At the start of the feature event, Dobmeier would sit on the pole, but during warmup laps, pulled in with transponder issues. He later joined the field in the starting spot to take the first green flag. He then took control of the race with Nygaard and Lou Kennedy Jr, applying pressure throughout the race. Linnell hung in there also and raced Thomas Kennedy for a top five spot. Bob Martin and Lou Kennedy Jr. both pulled in late in the race with mechanical issues, ending their run to chase down Dobmeier who took the checkered flag and started off the season where he left off last year. Nygaard was running second with Linnell and him exchanging spots, but lap cars would prove to bite Nygaard as he ended up making contact with Wilde in turn four on the last lap. Linnell was scored second with Thomas Kennedy finishing strong in the third spot. Tom Egeland was fourth and Ryan Wilson finished fifth after starting eleventh.

 

Whitey’s and Miller Lite will be the sponsors this coming Friday at the Action Track. The Premier Racing Series will start with hotlaps at 6:30 and racing at 7 PM. Tickets for the upcoming World of Outlaws races are on sale now, and those dates are June 19th for the WOO Sprints, and July 10th for the WOO Late Models. For more information visit the tracks website at rivercitiesspeedway.com

 

Summary

 

NOSA Sprints

Heat 1 – Mark Dobmeier, Wade Nygaard, Tom Egeland, Austin Pierce, Shane Roemeling, Jordan Graham, Chris Ranten, Casey Mack

Heat 2 – Jason Linnell, Lou Kennedy Jr, Chris Shirek, Ryan Wilson, Chris Burke, Nick Shirek, Zach Wilde

Heat 3 – Thomas Kennedy, Bob Martin, Ryan Flaten, Todd Mickelson, Brenden Wilde, Justin Berg, Dan Wiskow

Feature – Dobmeier, Linnell, T. Kennedy, Egeland, Wilson, Roemeling, Nygaard, C. Shirek, Flaten, N. Shirek, Pierce, Graham, Ranten, Wiskow, Berg, B. Wilde, Kennedy Jr., Mickelson, Martin, Z. Wilde, Mack, Burke

 

WISSOTA Late Models

Heat 1 – Brad Seng, Joey Pederson, Tom Corcoran, John Halvorson, Mike McCaughan, Steve Anderson, Matthew Jarvis

Heat 2 – Troy Schill, Doyle Erickson, Harold Schill Jr., Brandon Burke, Mike Bruns, Tom Balcaen, Randy Baker

Feature – Seng, H. Schill, Pederson, Erickson, Halvorson, Corcoran, Anderson, Jarvis, McCaughan, Balcaen, Baker, Bruns, Burke, T. Schill, Buchner.

(Unofficial, I scored the two 42 cars (Bruns and Jarvis) opposite, But will have to double check)

 

WISSOTA Street Stocks

Heat 1 – Steffen Snare, Tyson Anderson, Bryce Reimer, Kelsey Leake, Henry Peters, Steve Jose

Heat 2 – Rick Beier, James Wall, Greg Neumann, Joe Potter, Adam Rassier, Dallas Brevik

Feature – Anderson, Potter, Snare, Reimer, Beier, Wall, Neumann, Leake, Jose, Peters, Brevik, Rassier

 

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds

Heat 1 – Lance Schill, Scott Vasichek, Adam Thompson, Zach Bruer, Tony Byzewski

Heat 2 – Ryan Schroeder, Dustin Strand, Aaron Olson, Bryan Lepier, Paul Veert, Rod Peterson

Heat 3 – Todd Johnson, Adam Gajeski, Zach Naastad, Dave Riopelle, Tyler Reimer, Chad Jensen

Feature – Olson, Johnson, Schroeder, Gajeski, Thompson, Vasichek, Strand, Riopelle, Naastad, Lepier, Peterson, Schill, Bruer, Jenson, T. Reimer, W. Reimer, Byzewski, Veert

Track Championship Night taken by Seng and Schroeder

September 1st, 2008

The Late Model makeup feature race sponsored by C&M Ford Sales had Burke and
Halvorson on the front row to lead the field around to the green flag.
Erickson was able to grab the lead from the third starting spot but only
briefly as Mike Balcaen passed him for the lead and didn’t look back.
Balcaen captured his first win at River Cities this year and shrunk the
point difference between he and Pederson. Pederson finished fourth after
starting thirteenth. Doyle Erickson, last week’s feature winner held on to
second with Howie Schill third, Pederson fourth and Halvorson finishing a
strong fifth.

The two MDRA Transystems Street Stock heat races were won by current points
leader Steffen Snare and Joe Potter, who both sat on the pole of each of
their heat races. Geringer and McNamee were second. The feature event lineup
was straight up out of the heats with Potter and Snare on the front row.
Potter grabbed the lead first, but it was Snare that found his way under
Potter for the lead and continued on to win his eighth feature of the season
at RCS. Potter held off Geringer for the second spot as Leake and McNamee
chased Geringer across the line for the fourth and fifth spots.

In the heat race action for the Dempsey Truck Service Midwest Modifieds,
Ryan Schroeder and Dustin Strand raced hard for the lead from the front row
of the first heat race, and after some contact in turn four, Strand was able
to secure the first spot and continue on to claim the heat race win.
Schroeder pressured Strand but settled for second with Phil Christlieb
third. The second heat race seen pole sitter, Patrick Sobolik, cross under
the checkered flag first with Schow second and Smith third. Outside pole
sitter, Rod Peterson won the last heat race with Riopelle second and Andy
Shimpa third after starting fourth.

The eighteen lap WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature event started straight up
out of the heat races so Strand and Sobolik were on the front row with
Peterson and Schroeder in the second row. Strand grabbed the early lead with
some pressure from Schroeder early, then Strand opened a small lead on him
which allowed Bob Smith to challenge Schroeder for the second spot. Of a
handful of cautions, the worst was for Andy Shimpa as his car slid up and
over turns one and two, rolling over and coming to a rest on the wheels.
Paramedics tended to Shimpa in the car, then cut part of the roll-cage to
get him out. He was talking and did complain of pain in the back. No update
was given prior to submitting this report. Once under green again, the top
five spots raced hard to advance, and at about halfway, Schroeder was able
to find a way around Strand for the lead. This put Smith in a position also
to advance but with about seven laps to go, Smith and Strand made contact in
turn four collecting Sobolik. Smith was put tailend, Strand wasn’t able to
continue along with Sobolik. The race continued green through the checkered
as Schroeder followed up his first career win August 16th with his second
win tonight. Rod Peterson was second with Matt Schow having one of his best
finishes this year at RCS by claiming the third spot. Chad Jensen and Bob
Smith both made a run from the back of the field to finish in the top five.
Adam Thompson who started eleventh finished just outside the top five.

The WISSOTA Late Models were split into three heat races with the first
heat race a little hairy on the first lap. Pederson, Seng and H. Schill all
got together coming out of the second turn with Pederson suffering the most
damage and finishing last in the heat. Seng went on to capture with win with
Schill second and SanGrait third. Last weeks feature winner, Mike Balcaen
earned the win during the second heat race with Erickson and Troy Schill
chasing him across the line. Steve Anderson led the first lap of the third
heat race and continued on to cross the checkered flag ahead of Corcoran and
Halvorson.

Straight up out of the heats, the WISSOTA Late Model Feature sponsored by
Roseau County Ford started with nineteen cars. Brad Seng grabbed the lead
first with Balcaen and Anderson hunting for a way around him. As the race
went on, Erickson and SanGrait also moved up to challenge for a top five
spot. Through three cautions Seng was able to hold off any advances by
Balcaen to claim his fourth RCS feature. Mike Balcaen finished second with
Erickson third. Points leader going into the night, Joey Pederson raced hard
to finish fourth from the sixteenth starting spot. Howie Schill bettered
Troy Schill to finish in the top five.

During the two heat races for the NOSA Sprints, Current points leader, Lou
Kennedy Jr, started on the pole and won the first heat race followed by Bob
Martin and Casey Mack. Mark Dobmeier bested Nygaard from outside the front
row for the second heat race and his seventh heat race win. Nygaard was
second followed by Linnell. Another scary moment when Nikitenko and
Roemeling tangled in turn two , with Nikitenko getting the worst of the
deal. The Top wing was totally crushed, and Greg was responsive but a little
sore.

The Honda Nissan of Grand Forks NOSA Sprint Feature went only one lap with
Linnell and Burke pulling off on the start. Dobmeier grabbed the early lead
and didn’t look back as he used lap traffic to increase his lead and capture
his ninth feature win at RCS this season. The race would then be for third
as Bob Martin ran in the second spot with Lou Kennedy and Wade Nygaard raced
eachother hard for the third spot throughout the race. Over halfway through
the race Martin retired leaving the second spot to Kennedy. Nygaard had
almost completed the pass when the yellow flag waved for Martin. After that
restart which bunched up the field again, Nygaard was able to claim the
second spot after laying it down on the last lap to get past Kennedy.
Nygaard would edge Kennedy for the second spot with Mack chasing the two
across the line for fourth. Chris and brother Nick finished in the fifth and
sixth spot.

Points updates and Track Champions – Congratulations to Joey Pederson and
Dustin Strand for their Track Championships in their respective classes. The
Late Model points chase was the closest and after tonight the points were
tied. Pederson was crowned the champion, with the tie-breaker being more
wins in 2008. Strand has already claimed the Norman County Raceway title
along with Devils Lake Speedway title in 2008. Points for the other
non-WISSOTA classes continues.

River Cities Speedway will be host to the 2nd Annual John Seitz Memorial
Late Model Invitational this weekend. More information can be found at
rivercitiesspeedway.com. Then the August 22nd Sprint feature will be ran on
the following weekend, September 12th. Other classes running will be posted
on the tracks website. Added races this season are September 20th, and a
double header on September 26th & 27th.

Another Sweep for Strand at River Cities, Double Features Next Week

August 25th, 2008

After some new faces in victory lane last week, one familiar face appeared this week, picking up his 24th win of the season was Dustin Strand. Jim Geringer finally made his way back to Rydellchev.com Victory Lane, after a stretch of domination from Snare.

The nights events started with the MDRA Street Stock heat races. The sky opened up to put a damper on the first heat race. Officials worked the moisture into the track and sent out the second heat which was won by Jim Geringer. The first heat of Street Stocks was sent back out to run their
race after two Midwest Mod heats were ran. Aaron Olson grabbed that win after starting outside the front row.

Lap one of the Transystems Street Stock Feature caused Olson and Fugleberg to load up their cars for the night leaving the field to restart with Geringer and Leake on the front row. Geringer grabbed the lead and led every lap with pressure from Olson late in the race. Joe Potter held on to claim the third spot ahead of Leake and Anderson. Geringer held off Olson for the win, his second of the season at RCS.

For the WISSOTA Midwest Modified division sponsored by Dempsey Truck Service, the seventeen cars were split into two heats. Dustin Strand grabbed the lead with six to go and continued on under the checkers for the win. Gajeski was second with LePier third. The second heat was won by pole-sitter, Patrick Sobolik. Olson pressured Sobolik, but had to settle for second with Bruer third.

In the feature event, few cautions helped keep the field under green with a light mist coming down the majority of the race. Strand started third and grabbed the lead with only one lap down. Adam Thompson struggled to stay in the top five, but it was Todd Johnson that gave Strand some pressure throughout the last half of the race. Olson pressured Sobolik who was running third but also had to settle for the fourth spot ahead of Riopelle. Strand held on to claim the win on a slick track, with Johnson second and Sobolik third.

There were eighteen WISSOTA late Models on hand and were split into three heats. Tom Corcoran grabbed the win during the first heat race. Balcaen was second after starting third. Pederson looked to fight a suspension issue and finished fifth. Doyle Erickson earned the win in the second heat race after starting on the pole. Outside pole-sitter, Burke held on to the same spot for the finish. Turk basically lead the whole third heat till he got a little too sideways in the last turn which allowed traveler, Shaun Peterson to sneak by for the win. Also getting past Turk was Halvorson and Seng for the top three spots. The Roseau County Ford Feature Even will be ran next week.

There were a total of nineteen NOSA Sprints in the pits with officials placing them in two heats. The first heat race was called back for two different jump starts, but in the end Nygaard claimed the win over Nick Shirek who was second after starting seventh, and Casey Mack got by Tom Egeland to claim third after starting dead last. Lee Grosz grabbed the lead in the second heat race only to be passed by Mark Dobmeier late in the race. Dobmeier continued on to cross the checkers ahead of the field. Grosz held on to second, with Bob Martin third. The Honda Nissan of Grand Forks feature event will be ran this coming week.

The Premier Racing Series at River Cities Speedway will finish out the month of August with Double Late Model and Sprint Features August 29th. Then gear up for the 2nd Annual John Seitz Memorial Late Model Invitational, September 4th and 5th! Valley Oral and Facial Surgery will be on board as the title sponsor for this event with associate sponsorship from Shaw Trucking Inc., Northern Plumbing Supply, S & S Transport, Wes’ Plumbing, North Dakota Eye Clinic and 71 Bar & Steak House.

Visit rivercitiesspeedway.com for more info.

Strand & Pederson Claim Heat and Feature Wins

August 13th, 2008

The night got under way with the two heats of MDRA Street Stocks. Aaron
Olson started third and grabbed the first heat race win. Terry Blacklance
passed Bryce Reimer for the lead in the second heat race and won from the
fourth spot. Steffen Snare seems to be unbeatable picking up his sixth
consecutive win from the eighth starting spot. Snare took the lead with nine
laps to go from Blacklance with Aaron Olson following him to the front.
After another late caution, Olson had pitted, and had to start tailend
giving Blacklance second when Snare crossed the checkered flag. Leake
finished a strong third with Jose and McNamee fourth and fifth.

There were three heat races for the Dempsey Truck Service Midwest Modifieds.
Davey Mills picked up his first heat race win at RCS this night with Chad
Jensen second. Aaron Olson passed Peterson for the lead and the win during
the second heat race. And Dustin Strand won the last heat race from the
seventh starting spot by passing Riopelle just past halfway. Twenty three
drivers started the feature event with many cautions throughout the race and
the first caution thrown on the opening lap for Jensen being called for the
jump. Once under green, Strand grabbed the lead first, and continued on to
lead throughout the race with Peterson and Sobolik running in the top three.
Strand extended his lead on long runs, leaving the rest to race for a top
five spot. With Strand winning his fourth feature win this year at RCS.
Sobolik was able to secure the second spot late with LePier also sneaking
past Peterson for the third spot, leaving Peterson in fourth and Naastad in
fifth.

In the WISSOTA Late Model heat race action, Joey Pederson claimed the win
from the fourth starting spot, passing Halvorson who finished second. Turk
won the second heat race from outside the pole with Mike Balcaen and Howie
Schill putting on a show for the second spot. In the end it was Schill in
second and Balcaen third. Brad Seng was on a mission until his driveshaft
broke in the final heat race. Tom Corcoran started outside the front row and
added another heat race win to his resume. SanGrait finished second with
Baker third after Anderson pulled off. The C&M Ford Sales Late Model Feature
event had Bake and SanGrait on the front row with Anderson and Jarvis not
able to start the feature. SanGrait grabbed the lead after racing Turk who
settled in to second then passed SanGrait a few laps later. Pederson, who
started seventh was up to second with a little more than a handful of laps
complete. At just about halfway, Pederson passed Turk for the lead and held
on to the lead for the win. Turk was second as Seng came from the twelfth
starting spot to finish third. Howie Schill was fourth with Mike Balcaen
rounding out the top five spots.

The Honda Nissan of Grand Forks, 410 Outlaw sprints were split into two
heats with Nick Shirek picking up his first heat win of the season at RCS
crossing the line in front of Ryan Wilson and Wade Nygaard. Chris Burke
started third and passed early race leader Wiskow, to capture the win.
Martin settled in to second with Mack beating Chris Shirek to the line for
third. Red Flag condition greeted the first lap of the NOSA feature event.
Egeland Wiskow and Glennon tangled on the backstretch. Under green again,
and about three laps complete Martin lead the field with Burke and Nygaard
racing for second. Through a couple more cautions, and on a restart, Nygaard
actually passed Martin for the lead, but was voided by another caution. Thus
scoring Martin in the lead. Martin continued on to add another win at RCS
and leaving the second spot up to Nygaard or Mack. The two raced hard
throughout the second half, many times touching in and out of the corners.
Wilson, who won his first feature last week, was running in the top five
till he brought out one of the last cautions of the night. Nygaard secured
the second spot with Mack in third, and Chris Shirek fourth while Wilson
charged back forward to finish in the top five.

River Cities Speedway is gearing up for the 2nd Annual John Seitz Memorial
Late Model Invitational September 4th & 5th. This is an event you won’t want
to miss!! Visit fyemotorsports.com or rivercitiesspeedway.com for more
information. Otherwise The Premier Racing series is back in action every
Friday night this month. Hotlaps at 6:30 Racing action starts an hour later.

Todd Johnson Sweeps the Midwest Mods, As Schill Picks Up 2nd Win

August 6th, 2008

Mark Dobmeier continued his dominance of the action track by winning his
heat race along with his fifth consecutive feature race. Dobmeier started
9th on the grid for the feature and quickly found his way to the front to
pass Scott McDonald who lead the first part of the race. Nygaard, Kennedy,
Mack, Nikitenko, and Linnell all were racing for that second spot at the end
and it was Mack who would follow Dobmeier across the line with Kennedy
third, Nygaard fourth and Linnell held off Chris Shirek for the fifth spot.
Scott McDonald and Jason Linnell each won their heat races.

The WISSOTA Late Model heat races were won by Tom Balcaen, John Halvorson,
and Joey Pederson. Turk finished second to Balcaen as did Anderson and Troy
Schill. All twenty-one drivers started the feature which seen Tom Balcaen
and Jason Halvorson on the front row. Ryan Corbett and Steve Anderson
composed the second row. On the start, Tom Balcaen lead the way with Ryan
Corbett a close second. Howie Schill, Anderson and Halvorson ran in the top
five most of the race, but were passed late in the race by Troy Schill who
worked his way up from the seventh starting spot to take the lead from
Balcaen with eight laps to go and continue on for the second win of the
season. Mike Balcaen is still searching for that first win on 2008 at RCS,
and had to settle for second with Brad Send close in third. Tom Balcaen had
a great run and finished fourth with Ryan Corbett rounding out the top five
spots.

There were twenty-five WISSOTA Midwest Modified teams split into three heat
races. Matt Sparby won the first heat race with Bintz second Riopelle third.
Bryan Dyrdahl won the second heat from outside the front row. Strand was
second after starting in the back with Schroeder third. Todd Johnson led
flag to flag to pick up the third heat race win. Bob Smith was second, and
Zach Bruer third. During race action in the Dempsey Truck Service Midwest
Modified feature with Matt Sparby on the pole. Caution on the first lap
ended the night for Smith and Strand due to damage sustained. Officials
charged the yellow to Sparby and went green again. Todd Johnson grabbed the
lead with Dyrdahl and Bruer racing for the second spot. The race continued
on with many cautions between the start and finish. Josh Eberhardt and Scott
Bintz both moved up to challenge for second with Sobolik running in the
fifth position. With Johnson holding on to the lead throughout multiple
attempts from Dyrdahl to pass, Johnson grabbed his first feature win at RCS
this season. Bintz nabbed Dyrdahl to finish second with Dyrdahl third. Josh
Eberhardt finished fourth after starting eleventh and Patrick Sobolik in the
fifth spot.

In the MDRA Street Stock heat races, Joe Potter passed Neumann for the lead
and win during the first heat race. Steffen Snare started fourth and won the
second heat race and Lance Schill won the third heat race from the pole
position. Greg Jose started outside the front row for the Feature event and
led the majority of the race until there were six laps to go. That is when
Snare passed him for the lead and continued on to capture his fifth
consecutive feature at RCS. Jose had one of his best runs this season at RCS
to hold on for the second spot. Aaron Olson started seventh and finished
third by passing Neumann, who finished fourth. Joe Potter started sixth and
held on to the fifth finishing spot ahead of Geringer.

River Cities Speedway schedule, results, and track information can be found
at rivercitiesspeedway.com. The speedway will continue through the hot
August nights with more race action every Friday night at the Action Track.
This coming Friday is Hugo’s Family Fun night with a bike giveaway for the
kids.

Seng and Olson Grab Victories at River Cities

July 30th, 2008

The MDRA Street Stocks were the first class to run their heat races. Kyle
Leake won the first of two heat races, with Tyson Anderson picking up the
win in the second heat race sponsored by Transystems.

Ryan Mikkelson of Jamestown, started outside the front row of the first
WISSOTA Midwest Modified heat race and continued on to grab the win. Strand
was second with Halverson third. Bryan Dyrdahl passed Sobolik, late in the
second heat race to pick up the win with Sobolik second and Scott Bintz
third. Aaron Olson started outside the front row of the third heat race and
crossed the checkered line first with Johnson second and Schow third. The
last heat race was won by Zach Bruer, who also started outside the front
row. Riopelle advanced two spots to finish second with Andy Shimpa third.

The first heat race for the WISSOTA Late Models went with no cautions as
Mike Balcaen bested Turk for the win and Harold Schill finished third. The
second and last heat race was won from the outside polesitter, Brad Seng.
Steve Anderson was second with Joey Pederson third.

There were three heat races for the NOSA Outlaw Sprints with Ryan Wilson
first under the checkered flag with Jason Linnell and Bob Martin chasing him
across the line. Mark Dobmeier started dead last of the second heat race by
passing Jordan Graham or the lead just shortly into the race. Graham settled
for second with Nygaard third. The final heat race of the night was won by
Chris Burke who started outside the pole position. Through a few cautions,
Burke held off Nikitenko for the win with Mack finishing third.

After the first intermission and Hall of Fame award presentation, The
Midwest Modifieds ran a consolation race with the top four transferring to
the main event. Dave Hultstrand, Norm Reitan, Dustin Ness, and Dave Blasey
earned their bid for a feature starting spot.

The MDRA Street Stocks started all fifteen cars in the feature race as
Fugleberg and Schill led them to the green flag. Lance Schill and Geringer
looked to be the fastest at the start with Schill grabbing the lead first.
Within five laps, Snare pressured both for the lead and secured it by
passing Schill and leading the rest of the way for his fourth consecutive
win. Schill held off Geringer for the second spot with Geringer third and
heat race winners, Anderson and Leake rounding out the top five spots.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature event sponsored by Dempsey Truck
Service, had issues getting underway with multiple cautions in the first
three starts. Bruer and Olson started on the front row, and it was Olson
that grabbed the lead once under green. Strand started fourth and ran second
the whole way till Olson crossed the checkered flag. Riopelle ran third, but
was passed by Dyrdahl for the third spot. With Riopelle finishing fourth,
Sobolik raced his way from the eighth spot to round out the top five spots.

The second to last feature event was the WISSOTA Late Models sponsored by
C&M Ford Sales. Fuller started on the pole but once under green flag racing,
officials charged him for bringing out the first caution. On the restart,
Dave Turkled the field with Howie Schill and Brad Seng close behind. At just
about half way Seng passed Turk for the lead and continued on to capture his
third feature win of the season at RCS. Turk held on to the second spot with
Schill third, Balcaen fourth and Pederson finishing fifth ahead of Corcoran.

Jordan Graham and Chris Burke composed the front row for the feature of NOSA
Outlaw Sprints. Wilson and Martin were in the second row, with Wilson
getting out front first, as Burke slipped back a few spots. With four laps
complete, the first of four cautions came out, stacking back up the field.
Dobmeier who started ninth worked his way up to the second spot after the
second caution flew at midway. Then Dobmeier passed Wilson for the lead with
Mack making his way up to challenge Wilson also. While under green Wilson
got sideways and stopped on the track bringing out the caution for the last
time. Dobmeier continued on to claim the feature event sponsored by Honda
Nissan of Grand Forks. Casey Mack finished second to Dobmeier while Martin
finished a strong third. Lou Kennedy Jr. was fourth as Wade Nygaard crossed
the line fifth.

River Cities Speedway will be host to a full month of the Premier Racing
Series with five Friday night races scheduled ending the month with the
Season Track Championship night. This will all lead up to the 2nd Annual
John Seitz Memorial late Model Invitational the first weekend in September.
For more information you can visit rivercitiesspeedway.com.

LePier & Pederson Sweep River Cities Speedway

July 23rd, 2008

Aaron Olson and Jim Geringer both won their respective heat races which
would put them both at a total of four heat race wins this year at RCS.
Bryce Reimer and Greg Neumann chased Olson across the line in the first heat
race, as Jeremy Grochowski and Steffen Snare followed Geringer across the
line in the final heat race.

There were a total of four WISSOTA Midwest Modified heat races sponsored by
Dempsey Truck Service. Bryan LePier picked up his third heat race win of the
year by besting Naastad and Sonstelie in the first heat race. Bryan Dyrdahl
won the second heat race followed by Olson and Jensen. Ryan Schroeder held
off Dustin Strand to win his first heat race of the year at RCS while Strand
finished ahead of Matt Schow. The final heat race saw Rod Peterson grab the
checkered flag first with Sobolik and Sparby second and third.

Seventeen WISSOTA Late Models hit the track next with Joey Pederson picking
up his first heat race win of the year, with Howie Schill and Mike Balcaen
chasing him across the line. Troy Schill beat Tom Corcoran across the line
in the second heat race with Doyle Erickson third.

There were three NOSA Outlaw Sprint Car heat races with Greg Nikitenko
picking up his first heat race win at RCS in 2008 during the first heat race
action with McDonald and Dobmeier in line behind him. Bob Martin won his
third heat race of 2008 with Graham and Egeland crossing the checkered flag
after him. Linnell bested Chris Shirek and Thomas Kennedy when the checkered
flag waved for the last heat race for the Honda Nissan sponsored class.

The MDRA Street Stock feature event started out with a string of cautions
with Geringer and Schill getting the worse of it, forcing them to retire.
Reimer led the first couple of laps, but then Aaron Olson passed him for the
lead through the next caution, but then it was Snare that passed Olson for
the lead and went on to capture his third consecutive win. Olson held on to
second with Reimer third, and Joe Potter advancing from being put tailend
earlier in the race to finish a strong fourth. Tyson Anderson finished
fifth.

The Dempsey Truck Service Midwest Modified feature event was next with
rookie, Zach Naastad and Bryan LePier on the front row. This feature also
had trouble getting started with a string of cautions to begin with. Strand
got the worse of one yellow flag with much front end damage forcing him to
retire. Once the field was able to stay green it was LePier that was out
front with Ryan Schoeder constantly getting a run for the pass throughout
the middle portion of the eighteen laps. Schroeder was able to get past
LePier for the lead, but would be voided as the caution flag waved shortly
after. LePier continued on to capture his first win at RCS in 2008, and
fourth overall this year. Dyrdahl finished a strong second with Sobolik and
Naastad following them across the line. Ryan Schroeder capped off the night
with a top five finish.

The C&M Ford Sales Inc. Late Model feature started seventeen cars with
Brandon Burke and Doyle Erickson on the front row. The yellow flag waved
early as Burke got into the front wall and slowed. The field was lined up
again and given the green with Troy Schill taking command of the race with
Erickson, Anderson and Pederson slightly behind him. The second caution of
the night was for James SanGrait who came off turn four three-wide and got
turned sideways. SanGrait met the front wall head-on and rolled his machine
with the wheels in the air. SanGrait was ok, but his car was not. Schill
continued to lead the field and led every lap until there was about five
laps to go when Joey Pederson made his move on the high side of the track to
get past Schill. Pederson then led every lap to the victory. Troy Schill
held on to the second spot with Mike Balcaen and Tom Corcoran finishing off
the night with strong runs, and Seng finishing fifth after starting twelfth.

The NOSA Outlaw Sprint had the fewest cautions with TJ Kennedy and Jordan
Graham on the front row to start. Graham grabbed the lead first, but it was
the young Kennedy that passed for the lead and continued to lead every lap
through the second caution and into lap traffic. Dobmeier continued his
charge forward till he met Kennedy in lap traffic and used that to his
advantage with about 8 laps to go. The two continued to battle for the lead
but it was Dobmeier that found an opening coming off turn four and took
advantage to grab the lead. He continued on to claim his third consecutive
win at RCS. Lou Kennedy Jr, pulled a wheelie down the front stretch while
making contact with his son who was in second till the last couple feet when
Lou was able to claim the second spot. TJ was scored third with Jason
Linnell fourth. Scott McDonald added another top five finish with Bob Martin
making a strong run forward to finish sixth after restarting tailend after a
caution.

River Cities Speedway will close out the month of July with its Premier
Racing Series this coming Friday, as well as it being the Hall Of Fame night
in which John Seitz will be inducted into the HoF. August will kickoff a
month of racing five Fridays throughout the month, ending with the season
championship. The first race of September will be the 2nd Annual John Seitz
Memorial Late Model Invitational. For more information please visit
rivercitiesspeedway.com

Corcoran Sweeps the Youngsters at Midseason Championship Night

July 8th, 2008

There were a total of fifteen MDRA Street Stocks on hand, which were split
into two heat races. Jim Geringer made a late race pass on Joe Potter to win
the first heat race of the night. Lance Schill took control of the second
heat race from the pole and won. Tyson Anderson chased him across the line
for second.

The two heat race winners lead the rest of the field around to take the
green flag for the Transystems MDRA Feature Event. Schill grabbed the lead
first but Steffen Snare passed him with nine laps to go with Anderson and
Potter also getting past him a few laps later. The caution flag waved for
contact between Schill and Neumann coming out of turn four. With just three
laps to go, Snare held on to the lead with Anderson Potter and Leake racing
for the top five spots. With the checkered flag in the air, Snare won with
Anderson, Potter, Leake, and Olson finishing in the top five.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds ran three heat races. Dustin Strand started on
the pole of the first heat race, but it was Ryan Schroeder that grabbed the
early lead, but made a mistake and slipped off the back straight. This gave
the lead to Strand as he continued on for the win followed by Dyrdahl.
Polesitter, Riopelle lead the first two laps of the second heat race, and
was passed by Sobolik for the lead. Sobolik picked up the win with Riopelle
in tow. Todd Johnson also started on the pole and won the final heat race
with Naastad second after starting second.

The Dempsey Truck Service of Grand Forks, WISSOTA Midwest Modified Feature
started all twenty cars straight up out of the heat races. With Strand on
the pole, he quickly took the lead and led every lap to win Midseason
Championship night. Through many cautions held off Sobolik who ran second
throughout the race till the last lap when Dyrdahl snuck past him for the
second finishing spot. Sobolik was third with Schroeder coming from the
seventeenth spot for fourth and Todd Johnson fifth after starting third.

In WISSOTA Late Model heat race action, Tom Corcoran used the outside pole
position to grab the lead and win over Joey Pederson in the first heat race.
Mike Balcaen led every lap of the second heat race from the pole to win with
third starting Troy Schill finishing second. Brad Seng won the last heat
race from the outside pole with Steve Anderson second.

For the C&M Ford Late Model feature race, Tom Corcoran led every lap and
held on to the lead with Mike Balcaen and Joey Pederson third. When the
checkered flag was in the air, Corcoran crossed the line first with Balcaen
and Pederson in the same spots. Howie Schill, Troy Schill and Troy Olson
made it a race for a top five spot, and it was close at the line but Troy
Schill was fourth with Olson fifth and Howie Schill just outside the top
five.

There were three NOSA heat races with a total of twenty-two drivers. The
first heat race was won by outside-polesitter, Bob Martin. Pole-sitter Lou
Kennedy chased Martin across the line for second. Wade Nygaard took control
of the second heat race from the pole and won his second heat race of the
year. Tom Egeland was second after starting second. Casey Mack won the third
heat race from the pole with Mark Dobmeier second after starting second.

Then Honda Nissan of Grand Forks, NOSA Feature event had Martin and Nygaard
on the front row to take the green flag. Martin grabbed the lead first with
Nygaard running second but Domeier soon found his way past Nygaard for the
second spot. Through one caution and a red for Lee Grosz who slipped off
turn three and rolled over, Martin continued to lead the rest through the
next caution, but when the field was lined up again, Martin’s left rear tire
was flat and exited the track giving Dobmeier the lead with Nygaard and Mack
following him. Through another caution Dobmeier continued to lead and put a
little distance between the rest. Casey Mack gave Nygaard a run and would
pass him in traffic with less than seven laps to go. They would finish in
the same order as Dobmeier won his fourth feature at River Cities this year.
Mack finished a strong second, with Nygaard third. Dave Glennon was fourth
after starting ninth as Greg Nikitenko was fifth.

River Cities Speedway will host the World Of Outlaws Late Models July 11th,
during the Grand Forks County Fair. Visit rivercitiesspeedway.com for more
information. Support class will be the NOSA Outlaw Sprints. Then River
Cities Speedway will finish out the rest of the month with their Premier
Racing Series every Friday with Hall of Fame night July 25th.

Troy Schill Victorious As Olson Sweeps the Competition

July 7th, 2008

The MDRA Street Stocks started off the night with two heat races. Steffen
Snare won the first heat race after starting dead last. Lance Schill picked
up the second heat race win from the pole position. Steve Jose was second in
the first heat race with Dan McNamee second in the second heat race.

The feature race for the MDRA Street Stocks sponsored by Transystems was won
by Steffen Snare, who charged from the seventh starting spot to pass early
race leader Joe Potter, won the race with Potter settling for second. Jim
Geringer was third after starting eleventh. Lance Schill was fourth with
Tyson Anderson running through the field from the back to round out the top
five.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were split into four heat races with Jason
Strand dominating the first heat race of eight cars, Doug VanMill was second
with Fargo runner, Chris Tuchscherer third. Patrick Sobolik won the second
head race from the pole, with Todd Johnson chasing him across the line with
Zach Bruer third. Dustin Strand added another heat race win to his career by
starting fourth and took the lead with two laps complete. Mike Anderson
crossed the finish line in second, with Rod Peterson blocking Bob Smith for
the third spot. Bryan LePier led the fourth and final heat race only to get
passed by Aaron Olson who went on to win the heat with Ryan Schroeder second
and LePier third. Top four drivers transferring out of the Bmain were
Riopelle, Gajeski, Blasey and Morin.

The Dempsey Truck Service Midwest Modified feature event had Mike Anderson
and Ryan Schroeder on the front row to lead the field around to the green
flag. Two caution on the start before any laps were complete seen officials
send Dustin Strand to the back as well as Gajeski and forcing Halverson off
the track on the hook. With the feature under green, Schroeder led the field
with Sobolik second. Olson, Tuchscherer, and Jason strand raced for the
third spot with Anderson and Johnson racing to stay in the top five. With
five laps complete and after one other caution, Dustin Strand made his way
forward to challenge the rest for a top five spot. Olson muscled his way to
the lead and led every lap thereafter for his second win in 2008 at River
Cities Speedway. Tuchscherer and Sobolik passed Schroeder for the second and
third finishing spots. Todd Johnson held on to the fourth spot with
Schroeder also finishing with a top five finish.

In WISSOTA Late Model heat race action, Steve Anderson looked to be just as
fast as his feature win last week by taking the checkered flag in the first
heat race after starting outside pole. Chad Corbett was second ahead of Troy
Schill. Brad Seng started on the pole for the second heat race and led every
lap to capture the heat win ahead of Howie Schill and Doyle Erickson. Brady
Dyrdahl led the field around to the green for the third and final heat race
but dropped back under green flag racing. Harwood native, Mike Johnson led
the race with Pederson second until late in the race when Mike Balcaen
passed Johnson for the lead and win. Johnson held on for second with
Pederson a close third.

The C&M Ford WISSOTA Late Model feature race started with Troy Schill and
Mike Johnson on the front row. Schill grabbed the lead and led every lap to
pick up his first feature win in 2008. The race for a top five spot was
tight as Brad Seng, Chad Corbett, Mike Johnson, Howie Schill, were all in
the hunt. The race was red-flagged when Olmstead made contact with Ryan
Corbett, out of turn four, then again down the frontstretch. Corbett rolled
over once with Dyrdahl, SanGrait, Burke, also included with damage to their
cars. Corbett approached Olmstead to show his displeasure. Under green flag
racing again, Schill put a little distance on the rest as they battled for
the second spot now. Seng had passed for second a couple times, only to be
voided by cautions. With the laps clicking off, Howie Schill was able to
secure the second spot with Seng finally getting past Corbett and Johnson
for the third spot. They would finish that way behind Troy Schill with Mike
Balcaen passing Johnson for the fifth spot. Pederson and Corcoran race each
other throughout the race and ended up finishing sixth and seventh.

There were twenty two NOSA Outlaw Sprints entered and split into three heat
races. Chris Shirek started in the third spot and won the first heat race
over Bob Martin and Lou Kennedy Jr.. Mark Dobmeier came from the last
position in the second heat race to win over Brenden Wilde and Casey Mack.
Ryan Wilson looked strong, leading most of the race only to bring out the
only caution of the race and restarted tailend. Scott McDonald started on
the pole of the third heat race and won. Nygaard came from the sixth
starting spot to chase McDonald across the line with Linnell third.

The Honda Nissan of Grand Forks, Sprint Car feature event was the last event
of the night. Wilde and McDonald led the field to the green flag. Chris
Shirek bolted to the front to lead the first six laps only to make contact
with a lap car and break the left front. This handed the lead to McDonald
who would lead through three more cautions with Bob Martin actually passing
him for the lead but was voided by a caution. This setup a shootout in the
closing laps with Dobmeier now in the picture after racing Egeland, Kennedy,
Linnell and Nygaard for a top five spot. Bob Martin passed McDonald for the
lead with Egeland in the picture. A great race with Martin out front showed
the fans that any one of the top 6 cars cold have won. Martin was too strong
and continued on to capture his second win of the year with Dobmeier close
but had to settle for second. Lou Kennedy snuck past Egeland for the third
spot with Mack also getting past McDonald for the fifth spot.

River Cities Speedway will host the World Of Outlaws Late Models July 11th,
during the Grand Forks County Fair. Visit rivercitiesspeedway.com for more
information. Support class will be the NOSA Outlaw Sprints. Then River
Cities Speedway will finish out the rest of the month with their Premier
Racing Series every Friday with Hall of Fame night July 25th.

Steve Anderson Earns Checkers During WOO Sprint Car Event

July 2nd, 2008

Of note, Red River Valley Speedway cancelled their race program because of wet conditions allowing some teams to make it north for the first time this year.

The first WISSOTA Late Model heat race was won by Matt Aukland who started
outside the front row with Corcoran on the pole. Aukland and Corcoran raced
side by side for a few laps, but Aukland secured the first spot and cruised
under the checkered flag first. Joey Pederson advanced from the sixth
starting spot to finish third.

A few cautions plagued the second Late Model heat race. Once the field
completed a lap under green Ricky Weiss found the first spot over Ohnstad,
but then Weiss spun while leading handing the lead to Ohnstad. With just two
laps to go, Ohnstad was passed by Erickson and Anderson, leaving Ohnstad to
finish third. Erickson picked up the win with Anderson second.

Mike Balcaen and Brad Seng put on a show for the fans in the third heat race
as they raced sided by side, with Balcaen eventually securing the first
spot. Ryan Corbett and Brandon Burke exchanged spots late in the race with
Corbett finishing third after Balcaen crossed under the checkers for the win
and Seng between the two.

All drivers were ready to start the feature with the exception of Fuller,
Pritchard, and Burke. Twenty-two drivers pulled up on the track with Ohnstad
and Ryan Corbett on the front row. Corcoran and Anderson were in the second
row as Aukland and Balcaen filed in behind them. On the start Corbett
grabbed the early lead with Anderson right there. Anderson soon found his
way around Corbett for the lead as Aukland slowed on the track and pulled
off. Seng and Balcaen once again put on a show for the fans as the two raced
for the third spot with Corcoran, Pederson and Howie Schill in the mix
behind the two. After a caution midway through the race, Seng had passed
Balcaen for the second spot and set his sights on the lead. Pulling up to
Anderson under green, Seng almost completed the pass on Anderson, but was
unable to carry it out. Anderson held on to the lead as Balcaen the got back
around Seng for the second spot with Corcoran now back up to the fourth
spot. With just five laps to go, Jeff Pritchard slowed coming around turns
three and four, while the leaders approached him. Anderson and Balcaen got
passed the leader on the frontstretch, but Seng caught the left rear of
Pritchard with his right front which brought out the caution ending Seng’s
night. In the remaining laps, Anderson held off Balcaen for the win, his
first in many years. Corcoran snuck past Corbett to pick up the third
finishing spot with Mitch Johnson also advancing a spot in the couple laps
to finish with a top five spot.

A quick summary of the World Of Outlaws race action seen Jason Sides Craig
Dollansky, Jason Meyers, and Joey Saldana win their respective heat races.
To note, Donny Schatz made contact with a spun Haudenschild in turn two
requiring him to run the B-feature. Schatz won the B-feature over Bruce,
Linnell, & McDonald who all transferred to the feature. John Cressman took a
wild ride down the frontstretch during the B-feature ending his night. Crane
Cams Dash was won by Jason Meyers and the local hotshoe, Dobmeier finished
sixth.

The feature event which brought out about 7,500 racefans, had Jason Meyers
and Kerry Madsen on the front row. Meyers basically led thirty-five laps and
was on his way to earning another feature win, but contact between him and
Madsen brought out the caution and the two had to enter the work area for
repairs. This allowed Donny Schatz to assume the lead. Schatz had worked his
way up to third from the eleventh starting spot. Craig Dollansky passed
shots to lead one lap, but Schatz worked his way back around and extended
his lead to bring home his eighth win of the season along with $10,000. Mark
Dobmeier had a strong run early in the game, but faded back when he started
having issues with his throttle. Dobmeier ended up seventh, after finishing
second, ahead of Kinser in their heat race to qualify for the feature.
Dobmeier also picked up the SuperClean Start of the Night Award. Other local
drivers qualifying for the feature event and earning $800 were Scott
McDonald, Chris Shirek, Jason Linnell, and Wade Nygaard.

River Cities Speedway will be racing their Premier Racing Series July 3rd &
4th, with the World Of Outlaws Late Model Series making their appearance
July 11th, with NOSA Sprints supporting the event. For more information
visit rivercitiesspeedway.com.

Last Lap Pass Earns Seng a Feature Win

June 24th, 2008

During the first two heats for the Transystems MDRA Street Stocks, Joe
Potter took the early lead with Geringer and Olson chasing him. Olson
brought out the first caution when his driveshaft broke, injuring his arm.
On the restart, Potter continued to lead but with two laps to go, Geringer
completed the pass for the win with Pottter second and Reimer third. Steffen
Snare grabbed the early led in the second heat race and led every lap for
the win, with Leake and Neumann second and third.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were split into four heat races, with Aaron
Olson not starting the fourth heat because of his injury in the street
stock. The first heat race was won by Mike Anderson, who started outside the
front row. Jason Halverson finished second with Andy Shimpa third, after
starting fifth. Bryan Dyrdahl won his first heat race this year at River
Cities with Dustin Strand second and Chris Vargason third. Todd Johnson
passed Doug VanMill for the lead and the win with VanMill settling for
second, and polesitter Bruer third. The last heat race of the night had
Sonstelie and Peterson on the front row, but it was Peterson that grabbed
the lead and sailed under the checkered flag first with Riopelle second from
the third spot, and Sonstelie third.

There were a total of sixteen WISSOTA Late Models split into two heat races.
Brandon Fuller started on the pole of the first heat race and won with
Brandon Burke second and Brad Seng third after starting third. Tom Corcoran
grabbed the lead from polesitter James SanGrait and held on for his first
heat race win of 2008. SanGrait was second with Joey Pederson third.

The NOSA Sprints seen a few travelers from the ASCS show in West Fargo the
night before where Nygaard won the feature. Mike Sitzmann had to load up and
watch as they had issues with their engine, as well as Nick Shirek. Both
tried the hotlap session, but pulled in. Neither started their heat, but
Shirek was able to take the green flag and pull off to earn some points.
Heat race number one went to Dave Glennon who grabbed the early lead from
inside the second row with Martin second, and Ryan Wilson third. Thomas
Kennedy led early in the second heat race, only to pull off later in the
race. Casey Mack led a few laps until Dobmeier found his way around Mack for
the lead and the win. Mack settled for second as Tom Egeland advanced a spot
to finish third. Vonasek and Roemeling made up the front row of the third
heat race with Roemeling grabbing the early lead with Linnell second. Chris
Burke nailed the turn four water barrels ending his night, then Roemeling
suffered a right rear flat under caution as the cars tried to work in the
moisture from the exploded barrels. Linnell assumed the lead and held on for
the win. Lou Kennedy Jr. advanced from the sixth starting spot to finish
second with McDonald third.

Shortly after the intermission, the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds ran their
B-Main. Gary Nelson Jr. won from outside the front row. LePier came from the
fourth spot to finish second and the last two drivers to advance to the
feature were Ryan Schroeder and David Hultstrand.

The Transystems MDRA Street Stock feature event was next with Fugleberg and
Neumann on the front row. There were a total of six cautions throughout the
race which seen Geringer and Snare race hard at the end of the race. Door to
door for much of the race, Geringer prevailed over Snare for the win from
the fifth starting spot. Neumann led the race early on and was passed by Joe
Potter with thirteen laps to go, but was voided by a caution flag. On the
restart is when Geringer ran the low side to get past Potter and Neumann for
the lead as Snare followed. Geringer was followed under the checkered flag
by Snare then Lance Schill, Neumann, and Anderson.

The Dempsey Truck Service WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds feature race had Mike
Anderson and Tony Johnson on the front row with eighteen laps on the board.
It wasn’t long for the first caution flag to fly, with officials charging it
to Mike Anderson. The field was reset and given the green flag again.
Johnson grabbed the early lead with Peterson running second and Strand
third. Dyrdahl and Strand soon advanced to the second and third spot
applying pressure to Johnson for the lead. Through two more cautions it was
a toss up between Dyrdahl and Strand for the lead, because Johnson slid up
high in the corners allowing the two to sneak past. The caution voided the
pass, but on the next restart Dyrdahl actually grabbed the lead for a
moment, then Strand snuck under Dyrdahl for the lead. Under green flag
racing, the leaders were coming up on traffic and in turn four there was a
pileup of cars which the leaders had to avoid. With just six laps remaining,
Strand and Dyrdahl raced hard for the lead, but it was Strand that would
come out of the corners better. On the last lap, Dyrdahl tried to get under
Strand in turns three and four, but ended up making contact with Strand.
Strand continued on to cross the checkered flag, but Dyrdahl was spinning
and collected some of the other cars behind them. Officials scored the
feature on the last completed lap and charged the caution to Dydahl which
left him in the fourteen finishing spot. Bryan LePier had a great run out of
the B-Main to finish second with Patrick Sobolik third. Two other cars out
of the B-Main were Gary Nelson Jr. who finished fourth and Ryan Schroeder
sixth with Tony Johnson in between the two.

The C&M Ford Sales & Roseau County Ford WISSOTA Late Model Feature started
all sixteen drivers with Schill and SanGrait on the front row. On the start
SanGrait was scored as the early race leader with Troy Schill second. Burke
was running third when he spun in turn four when he was racing Fuller for
position. Corcoran avoided Burke and restarted fourth. With seventeen laps
to go, Troy Schill passed SanGrait for the lead and with a couple more laps
complete, Pederson stole the second spot from SanGrait. The second caution
flag flew for Fuller who lost a left rear tire and axle in turn four. The
field was restarted with fourteen laps to go with Schill in control. Three
more laps clicked off when Pederson made his move on Schill for the lead.
Seng then approached Schill with hopes to pass, but didn’t complete the pass
till there was seven laps to go. Third and final caution came out with six
laps to go for contact between Howie Schill and SanGrait. Official put
Schill tailend and restarted the field. Seng was running the bottom of the
track till after that restart, and Pederson moved down to protect the
bottom. Seng then needed to find a groove up higher and didn’t actually find
that till the last lap. Seng ran the middle to upper groove and held It to
the floor to pass Pederson on the last lap. For the second time this year,
Seng grabbed the checkered flag with Pederson second and Corcoran third.
Mike Balcaen came from deep in the field to finish fourth and Troy Schill
held on to claim a top five.

The NOSA Outlaw Sprints were the last to complete their feature and are
sponsored by Nissan Honda of Grand Forks. There were twenty three starters
with Nick Shirek pulling off after the green flag was in the air. Tom
Egeland led the majority of the race from the inside second row starting
spot. Glennon grabbed the lead early but Egeland passed him shortly into the
race. Red flag came out for Shane Roemeling who had hit the turn four water
barrels with seventeen laps to go. Just before that caution, Lou Kennedy had
passed Egeland for the lead but was voided by the caution. One other brief
caution bunched up the field as Mark Dobmeier had made his way up to the
second spot with Kennedy and Linnell behind him with just nine laps to go.
Two more laps clicked off when Dobmeier passed Egeland for the lead. Egeland
and Kennedy now had to race for the second spot with Egeland being scored
second after Dobmeier took the checkered flag for the third time this year.
Casey Mack finished a strong fourth after starting seventh with Jason
Linnell fifth.

This week is the World of Outlaw Sprint cars with the WISSOTA Late Models
running a full program. Then it will be two full nights of racing July 3rd
and 4th. The July 3rd is a makeup date from earlier this season. The
following week, July 11th, the World of Outlaw Late Models are scheduled
with the NOSA Sprints. More information can be found at the speedway’s
website rivercitiesspeedway.com.

Competitors Earn First Wins of 2008 at River Cities Speedway

June 18th, 2008

There were a total of sixteen MDRA Street Stocks split into two heat races
for the night, with James Wall picking up the win from the pole to start the
night off. Lance Schill advanced from the fifth spot to finish second with
Joe Potter third from the last row. Aaron Olson stormed from the fifth
starting spot to grab the checkers with Bryce Reimer second and Tyson
Anderson third after starting fourth.

The MDRA Feature event sponsored by Transystems seen Greg Neumann and Tyson
Anderson on the front row to lead the field around the the green flag.
Anderson grabbed the early lead, but Steffen Snare and Joe Potter were
moving up fast from the fourth and sixth starting spots. With just three
laps complete, Snare grabbed the lead from Anderson with Potter advancing to
the second spot through the first caution of the feature. With 8 laps to go,
Anderson slowed up under green to bring out another caution and restarting
in the back. Snare continued to lead with Potter second and Wall third. Jim
Geringer and Aaron Olson both were racing hard to finish in the top five,
and as Snare took the checkered flag, Potter held on to the second spot with
Olson grabbing the third spot. James Wall was able to hold on to the fourth
spot with Jim Geringer salvaging a top five after not being able to start
his heat race and tagging the rear of the feature.

There were a total of Twenty-nine WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds split into four
heat races. Dustin Strand continued his winning ways by taking the lead from
Patrick Sobolik and crossing the checkered flag first during the first heat
race. Making his first appearance to River Cities Speedway this year, Brock
Gronwold added another heat race win to his career stats with rookie Aaron
Olson second after both of them started near the back of their heat race.
Jason Strand captured the third heat race victory ahead of Zach Naastad and
Rod Peterson. Devils Lake native, Brian Perkuhn looked to be on a mission as
he grabbed the win in the fourth and final heat race after starting on the
pole. Bryan Dyrdahl finished second ahead of Rod Peterson.

For the Dempsey Truck Service of Grand Forks, WISSOTA Midwest Modified
feature event, Sobolik and Naastad lead the field of twenty four cars around
to the green flag. The first of many caution flags was waving as the leaders
came across the line for the first lap. Officials called the first yellow on
Jason Strand as he and another car got together. Complete restart followed
with Perkuhn grabbing the early lead and stretching out a few car length
lead over Sobolik under green flag laps, but as the next caution flag flew,
Dyrdahl, Olson, and Dustin Strand were all racing hard for the third spot.
Gronwold was in the hunt as well as Naastad after the field was realigned
and given the green flag. With fourteen laps to go, Perkuhn was under fire
from Strand for the lead. Strand had actually completed the pass for the
lead, but was voided by a caution flag. Again the field was restarted,
Strand applied more pressure, but after the next caution officials cut the
laps to a green white checkered. Olson had the advantage then, and was able
to pass Perkuhn in the closing laps to pick up his first win in the Midwest
modified division. Strand finished a strong second with Perkuhn holding on
to the third spot. Dyrdahl was fourth with Brock Gronwold rounding out the
top five spots with Sobolik in sixth after starting on the pole.

There were a total of twenty-two WISSOTA Late models in attendance for the
North/South NLRA Clash with three heats scheduled. Mike Balcaen won the
first heat race from outside the front row with Brady Dyrdahl second and
Ricky Weiss third after starting fourth. Doyle Erickson grabbed the early
lead in the second heat race from outside the front row and was challenged
late in the race by Joey Pederson who started third, and passed Tom Corcoran
with just a few laps to go. Brandon Fuller started on the pole of the third
heat race and led every lap to win the race followed by Steve Anderson who
passed Chad Corbett for the second spot late in the race.

The Feature event for the WISSOTA Late Models had Doyle Erickson and Brad
Seng on the front row. Balcaen and Corbett started in the second row with a
pair of number nines in the third row. On the start it was Erickson and Seng
that raced for the first spot eventually with Seng being scored in first.
With five laps complete, Seng was into lap traffic which allowed Joey
Pederson to catch up to him after starting tenth. Pederson eventually snuck
past Seng for the lead after a caution which bunched up the field on the
restart. In the remaining laps Pederson extended his lead and didn’t make
any mistakes to grab his first feature win in 2008. Seng held on to the
second spot with Erickson third and Steve Anderson advancing to fourth ahead
of Mike Balcaen in the fifth spot. The highest finishing “south” driver was
Mike Johnson of Harwood, ND.

The last division to run their heat races and the feature race were the NOSA
Outlaw Sprints. There were twenty-two drivers split into three heat races.
Wade Nygaard took advantage of Nick Shirek’s misfortune to win the first
heat race from the last starting spot. Shirek had checked out on the rest of
the field, but engines problems forced him to retire. Nygaard was followed
across the line by Lee Grosz and Dave Glennon. Scott McDonald came from the
fourth starting spot to claim another heat win in 2008. Bob Martin followed
him across the line in second with Chris Burke third. Thomas Kennedy started
third and passed Roemeling and Fedyk to win his second heat race of 2008 at
RCS. Roemeling held on to the second spot with Lou Kennedy Jr. passing Fedyk
for the third finishing spot to wrap up the heat races.

The feature event for the NOSA Sprints seen all drivers start the feature
race sponsored by Honda Nissan of Grand Forks. Roemeling and Glennon led the
field around to the green flag. Glennon grabbed the earlier lead, but it
wouldn’t last as his right front wheel broke, ending his night early. With
one lap complete, Roemeling assumed the lead but was pressured by Kennedy
Jr. while McDonald, Grosz, and Martin all raced for the third spot.
Roemeling slipped high in turn two allowing Kennedy to get past him, and
officials threw the yellow for Roemeling who had stopped. On the restart it
would be Kennedy, Grosz and Martin racing for the first spot. When a driver
seen an opening to pass, they did so. Martin grabbed the second spot from
Grosz, and then set his sights on first. Martin and Kennedy each led many
laps, and exchanged the position a few times, but in the end it was Martin
who claimed the victory by a small margin with a lap car between him and
Kennedy crossing the line. Nygaard had made progress to battle for the third
spot, but the multiple yellow seemed to slow his car and settled for the
fifth spot. Lee Grosz claimed the third spot with Shane Roemeling coming all
the way from the back to finish a strong fourth. Casey Mack ran in the top
five midway, but slipped back late in the race to finish seventh, with Burke
between him and Nygaard.

River Cities Speedway has added some race dates to their schedule to make up
for the cancellations the past couple weeks. The Premier Racing Series
returns next week with all regular classes plus a kids bicycle give-away.
Then the World Of Outlaw Sprints return to the high banks June 27th to
finish out the month of June. More information can be found at the tracks
website rivercitiesspeedway.com

Strand & Seng make it two In a Row for the week so far

May 30th, 2008

In the MDRA Street Stock division sponsored by Transystems, there were three
heat races, each won by Aaron Olson, Jim Geringer, and Lance Schill. The
Feature race was won by heat winner, Lance Schill, which also was his first
career Street Stock feature win. Schill pass Reimer for the lead with
roughly seven laps to go, and Olson followed for a second place finish.
Steffen Snare started fifth and finished third, with Blacklance and Geriger
finishing out the top five spots.

Action during the three Midwest Modified heat races heated up with last
week’s feature winner, Bob Smith taking the checkered flag in the first heat
race. Bryan LePier started on the pole and won the second heat race over
Vargason. Strand and teammate, Naastad raced hard for the first spot, but it
was Strand that took the checkerd with Dyrdahl sneaking past Naastad for the
second spot.

The Dempsey Midwest Modified feature race started all twenty-four cars, with
Naastad and Dyrdahl on the front row to take the green flag. There were
three cautions during the race for various cars, and with six laps
completed, Strand worked his way up from the seventh spot to take the lead
from Dyrdahl. Bob Smith followed but late in the race pulled off with
mechanical issues. On the last lap when Strand was coming to the checkered,
there was a caution for multiple cars in turn two. Officials restarted the
race, but that really didn’t change up the finishing order as Strand held on
to win his second feature and sweep of the week. Dyrdahl finished second in
front of Naastad and Riopelle with Vargason rounding out the top five spots.
Patrick Sobolik worked his way through the field to finish six from the back
row.

The WISSOTA Late Models sponsored by C&M Ford of Hallock also had three heat
races with John Halvorson besting the field during the first heat. Mike
Balcaen won the second heat ahead of Howie Schill, and Joey Pederson passed
Hapka when he got too high out of turn two and went on to take the checkered
flag.

Fuller and Weiss led the Late Model field around to take the green flag for
the feature race. Weiss got sideways on the start, stacked up the field, and
officials charged the yellow to him. Weiss exited the track which gave
Halvorson the outside pole spot on the restart. Pederson, who started in the
second row grabbed the early lead and stretched that to almost a full
straight in just a few laps. There were two other cautions that bunched up
the field again with Howie Schill, Seng and Corbett racing for the first few
spots. Seng eventually got by Howie for the second spot and closed in on
Pederson. Pederson was better going through turns three and four, but Seng
was better at the other end of the track. On the last lap, Seng passed
Pederson in the first two corners and raced across the finish line to
capture his second consecutive feature this week. Pederson led Schill across
the line, with Anderson passing Halvorson for the fourth spot in the closing
laps.

There were three NOSA Outlaw Sprint Car heat races sponsored by Honda
Nissan. Thomas Kennedy grabbed the lead early in the first heat race from
the third starting spot and lead Wiskow and Nygaard under the checkered
flag. Bob Martin used the outside pole position to grab the lead and
checkered flag in the second heat race. Lee Grosz led Dobmeier across the
line for the second spot. Tom Egeland won the third heat race from the
outside front row, with Chris Shirek second and Lou Kennedy Jr came from the
sixth spot to finish third.

During the twenty-five lap feature event for the Sprints, there were four
cautions for various drivers throughout the race, but early on Dan Wiskow
grabbed the lead only to have Bob Martin pass him with about 5 laps
complete. Martin didn’t hold onto the lead very long as Dobmeier used lap
traffic to catch him and take the lead a little less than half way. Martin,
Kennedy, and Nygaard put on a show for the crowd as they all passed one
another in lap traffic. The last caution bunched up the field with Dobmeier
in control with seven laps to go. The top five positions would be determined
the last lap as Dobmeier took the checkered flag with Nygaard second and
Kennedy passing Martin for the third spot. Casey Mack ended the night with a
strong run to finish in the fifth spot after starting eleventh.

River Cities Speedway will be back in action every Friday night through the
summer. The World of Outlaw Late Models are scheduled during the Grand Forks
County Fair, July 11th and the World of Outlaw Sprints before that on June
27th. All information can be found on the tracks website
rivercitiesspeedway.com

Bob Smith & Ryan Corbett Sweep River Cities Speedway Opener

May 21st, 2008

TheTransystems sponsored Streets Stocks opened the night with two heat
races. Both qualifying heat races were won by the fourth place starters,
Aaron Olson and Kyle Leake. Aaron Olson also won the feature race taking the
lead from the outside front row. Geringer and Leake made multiple attempts
for the lead, but couldn’t pass Olson. Jose and Potter passed Blacklance
late in the race to finish with a top 5 spot.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, with the largest car count and four heats
were next. Veteran, Bob Smith took the checkered flag in the first heat from
the third starting spot passing Eckerdt for the lead midway. Rookie, Zach
Naastad won the second heat race from the fourth starting spot overtaking
Doug VanMill. The third heat race was yellow-flagged on the start for the
jump called on LePier giving the field another start. Sparby took the lead
with LePier making back up front midway to pass Sparby for the win. The last
heat was won by the 2007 Track Champion, Dustin Strand. Strand started in
the fourth spot and took the lead immediately. Todd Johnson chased Strand
across the line after a red flag was thrown for Adam Gajeski who rolled his
car after contact with the front wall and fence.

The Dempsey Truck Service Midwest Mod feature started straight up out of the
heats with the four heat winners making up the two front rows. Smith grabbed
the early lead and after multiple cautions was able to hold off Strand for
the win. As Smith entered lap traffic, the rest of the top five would slowly
gain some ground, but the restarts helped Smith as he put distance between
the rest. Naastad, LePier and Eckerdt all raced hard for the top five spots
with Naastad pulling off late allowing LePier and Eckerdt to finish in the
third and fourth spots, and Rod Peterson coming from midpack to finish
fifth.

Back under the WISSOTA banner, the Late Models had a total of 19 entries
split into three heats sponsored by C&M Ford in Hallock, MN. Chad Corbett
won the first heat from the pole with Corcoran second after starting sixth.
Brother Ryan Corbett won the second heat from the second spot with Burke
second. Canadian heat three was won by Ricky Weiss, second was Balcaen and
third was Turk. Seng was leading the race when he slowed on the backstretch
and retiring.

The Late Model feature also started straight up from the heat races with the
Corbett brothers on the front row for the twenty lap feature. Under green
the Corbetts raced hard for the lead with Ryan getting the best of Chad.
With just a few cautions the whole race, Corbett went on to take the
checkered flag, but that was after Weiss grabbed the lead from Ryan Corbett
and then slid off the backstretch at the same time McCaughan spun in turn
four. Officials charged the yellow to Weiss, instead of McCaughan. In the
closing laps, Chad Corbett slipped back out to the top five, while Corcoran
advanced to finish second, and Pederson coming from about the tenth starting
spot to finish third. Mike Balcaen and Steve Anderson rounded out the top
five spots.

Twenty-two NOSA Outlaw Sprint teams entered the back gate and were split
into two heats sponsored by Honda Nissan of Grand Forks . Mark Dobmeier won
the first heat from the fourth starting spot after Wilson grabbed the lead
first. Nygaard was right behind the both to take second away from Wilson.
Scott McDonald won the second heat race taking the lead from polesitter,
Chris Shirek. Mack started fourth and finished in the third spot.

On the start of the NOSA Feature Race, officials called a jump start on Lou
Kennedy Jr,, restacking the field and giving them the green flag again. On
that start, it was Wilson that took the early lead with Martin applying
pressure early. Kennedy also was in the mix running third at the time. In
lap traffic with five laps down, Martin was able to close the gap but with a
tire going down his time would be cut short. Under caution, fellow racers
told Martin of the tire, and Martin chose to fall back instead of wrecking
equipment. This gave Nygaard and Dobmeier the second and third spots. Midway
through, Nygaard was able to capture the lead, but not for long as Dobmeier
worked lap traffic to his advantage and passed Nygaard for the win. Lou
Kennedy Jr., also took advantage of the traffic and passed Nygaard for the
second spot. Casey Mack started fourth and finished in the same spot with
Jason Linnell working is way to a top five finish from the ninth starting
spot.

River Cities Speedway will be back this week with a full Premier Racing
Series program sponsored by Tesoro East and Canad Inns. More information
about the race program and upcoming events can be found at
rivercitiesspeedway.com.