<![CDATA[River Cities Speedway - News]]>Wed, 10 Feb 2016 12:49:16 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Remembering Margaret Seitz]]>Fri, 29 Jan 2016 15:10:41 GMThttp://www.rivercitiesspeedway.com/news/remembering-margaret-seitz
Mike Spieker Photo (Speedway-Shots.com)
It is with heavy hearts that our racing family mourns the untimely death of Margaret Seitz, mother to the late John Seitz. Margaret was an extremely dedicated race fan! Her love and passion for the sport will be greatly missed! Our deepest sympathies and prayers go out to her family.
<![CDATA[JUST ANNOUNCED: 2016 World of Outlaw Dates at River Cities]]>Thu, 10 Dec 2015 17:22:42 GMThttp://www.rivercitiesspeedway.com/news/just-announced-2016-world-of-outlaw-dates-at-river-cities
Photo by Mike Spieker.
GRAND FORKS, ND (December 10) - For the eighth consecutive year the legendary bullring, River Cities Speedway, has landed two dates featuring the World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series.

"The Greatest Show on Dirt" will first compete at the three-tenths mile oval on June 17th as a part of the First Leg of the Northern Tour. 

Following the FVP Knoxville Nationals and first annual Rock & Roll Gold Cup at Badlands Speedway, the series will return to Grand Forks to complete the Northern Tour on August 26th. 

For ticket information, visit ​SLSpromotions.com

World of Outlaw Winners at RCS:
2015: Donny Schatz (2)
2014: Donny Schatz | Daryn Pittman
2013: Cody Darah | Donny Schatz
2012: Kraig Kinser | Sammy Swindell
2011: Craig Dollansky | Steve Kinser
2010: Steve Kinser | Joey Saldana
2009: Donny Schatz | Craig Dollansky
2008: Donny Schatz 
2007: Joey Saldana 

<![CDATA[Remembering Don Spieker]]>Wed, 02 Dec 2015 01:35:31 GMThttp://www.rivercitiesspeedway.com/news/remembering-don-spieker
North Star Speedway (Blaine, MN)- 1980
WEST FARGO, ND (December 1) - Former Sprint Car driver, Don Spieker, passed away Tuesday morning at the age of 63. Spieker was best known for piloting that familiar black #96 Sprint Car around Grand Forks Speedway against the likes of Don Mack, Lou Kennedy Sr., Harry "Horsethief" Johnson, and many other local legends. 
Spieker drove to three Grand Forks Speedway track championships in the mid-1970's with the help of car owner and crew chief, Doug Slocum, while driving those famous Bob Trostle chassis. Both Slocum and Trostle have recently passed away as well, but their memories and legacies still live on. 

During his 15 year Sprint Car career, Spieker also claimed countless wins and multiple track championships at the big half-mile of Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, ND and the tight quarter-mile of Buffalo River Speedway in Glyndon, MN. 

Spieker's biggest win came in 1980, but wasn't actually an A-main victory. It came on a hot, sunny Sunday afternoon at the Knoxville Nationals after the Saturday night program was postponed due to extremely dense fog. Spieker drove from eighth on the rubbered-down one lane racing surface to claim the C-main victory. From there he wheeled his way from 19th to fifth in the B-main. Despite finishing just one spot shy of transferring to the highly coveted Knoxville Nationals A-main, Spieker still put his name on the elite Knoxville Nationals wins list. 

Spieker's father, Ambrose, and uncle, Dennis, are enshrined in the Grand Forks Speedway/River Cities Speedway Hall of Fame for their contributions to local auto racing. Hopefully one day Don's name will be added to that storied list as well. 

Story by Don's son, Mike Spieker. ​​
Grand Forks Speedway - 1973
Lakeside (Kansas) Speedway - 1983
Buffalo River Speedway - 1979
Red River Valley Speedway - 1982
Grand Forks Speedway - 1975
Red River Valley Speedway - 1980
1980 Knoxville Nationals
<![CDATA[Happy Thanksgiving]]>Thu, 26 Nov 2015 14:12:24 GMThttp://www.rivercitiesspeedway.com/news/happy-thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving Race Fans!

<![CDATA[Thank You Veterans]]>Wed, 11 Nov 2015 12:41:07 GMThttp://www.rivercitiesspeedway.com/news/thank-you-veterans

Salute to all our Veterans!

Happy Veterans Day.

<![CDATA[Happy Halloween]]>Sat, 31 Oct 2015 18:23:15 GMThttp://www.rivercitiesspeedway.com/news/happy-halloween

Happy Halloween Everyone!

<![CDATA[09.20.15 Season Finale Recap]]>Sun, 20 Sep 2015 20:26:53 GMThttp://www.rivercitiesspeedway.com/news/092015-season-finale-recapSeason Finale Recap, presented by RydellCars.com
Mark Dobmeier racing out of turn two in his Senske & Son #13. Photo by Mike Spieker.
By Mike Spieker

GRAND FORKS, ND (September 18) - Friday night marked the end of the 2015 season at River Cities Speedway. With the running of the WISSOTA 100 in Huron, SD, no WISSOTA-sanctioned classes were to be run. This allowed some less familiar classes to try their hand at the legendary bullring. 

PictureAustin Pierce in his Opp Construction #2A.
NOSA Sprint Cars:
A trio of third generation Mack drivers led the field of 24 NOSA Sprints to the green flag for their 25-lap main event. Mitch took the lead as brothers, Cory and Casey, battled for the second spot. Casey ultimately won the battle and set his sights on his cousin, Mitch, for the lead. Casey reeled in Mitch on lap six and took the point, while Cory slid in right behind to take second. 

Charging through the pack, however, was Grand Forks' Mark Dobmeier. Dobmeier came from the ninth starting position to second in 16 laps and passed Casey Mack for the lead with six circuits remaining. Once out front, Dobmeier jumped out to a comfortable lead as Cory Mack battled back into second. 

With three laps to go, Casey Mack and Jade Hastings made contact with each other exiting turn four, which caused both drivers to spin out of control. Mack nearly flipped during the incident, but luckily kept the Paradis' Inc. #8 on all fours. 

The ensuing Evergreen Insurance restart resulted in Dobmeier driving away from the field as he took his 112th River Cities Speedway win. Cory and Mitch Mack came home second and third, while Wade Nygaard and Austin Pierce rounded out the top five. 

Austin Pierce was crowned the 2015 River Cities Speedway track champion; his second title in as many years. 

PictureNolan Olmstead rounding turns three and four in his #4 IMCA Modified.
IMCA Modifieds:
Nolan Olmstead picked up an RCS record fourth Modified win in Speedway Motors IMCA racing action. The driver of the Devils Lake Speedway sponsored #4N drove from fourth to the lead in just one lap, but had his hands full with Harwood, North Dakota's Michael Greseth. Greseth, a former WISSOTA Mod Four national champion, momentarily took the lead on lap 13, but fell back to third on the following lap as both Olmstead and Rob VanMil drove by. 

The race came down to Olmstead and VanMil in the final laps but when the checkers flew, Olmstead beat VanMil across the ND Eye Clinic finish line by a mere 0.046 seconds. 

Jerome Guyot, Greseth, and Delos Haugen rounded out the top five. 

PictureRoland Bernard racing his HVAC #2 Lightning Sprint at RCS.
Lightning Sprints:
A field of 10 Lightning Sprints stormed the Bullring for their 15 lap feature. Roland Bernard and Dexter Dvergsten lined up on the front row and Bernard grabbed the opening lap lead. Dvergsten ran in the second position until Wally Butler stole the spot from him on lap 10. 

Butler did his best to give Bernard a run for his money, but Bernard was able to lead from flag to flag to pick up his second RCS win of 2015. 

PictureSteven Kuntz in his #1 INEX Legend car.
INEX Legends:
Twenty-one INEX Legends flocked to River Cities Speedway for their second visit to the Bullring in 2015. Nate Keena and Ivan Sailer made up the front row of the starting grid, but Steven Kuntz led the opening lap from the fourth starting position. 

Casey Henriksen moved into second on lap two, but was passed by seventh place starter, Donavin Wiest on lap seven. 

Once out front Kuntz led the remainder of the race, but had to deal with a charge from Wiest in the closing laps. Kuntz held off Wiest by 0.245 seconds at the line when the checkers flew, while Troy Hoff, Henriksen, and Keena rounded out the top five. 

<![CDATA[Sept. 18th River Cities Preview, presented by RydellCars.com]]>Wed, 16 Sep 2015 19:13:12 GMThttp://www.rivercitiesspeedway.com/news/sept-18th-river-cities-preview-presented-by-rydellcarscomRiver Cities Speedway Season Finale Preview, presented by RydellCars.com
Austin Pierce rounding turn two in is Opp Construction #2A. Photo by Mike Spieker.
By Mike Spieker 

GRAND FORKS, ND (September 16) – This Friday night the dirt will be slingin’ off the high banks of River Cities Speedway for the final time in 2015. The NOSA Outlaw Sprints headline the lineup, which also includes IMCA Modifieds, Lightning Sprints, Legends, and Sling Shots. 
2014 Sprint Car track champion, Austin Pierce, looks as though he may become a two-time RCS champ as he brings in a 12 point advantage over Wade Nygaard. A top-10 performance by the driver of the Opp Construction/Lithia Ford #2A should solidify the points title. 

The IMCA Modifieds return to the Bullring for the third time this year. The first-ever IMCA Modified event was held earlier this year on June 25th and was won by Alex Engelstad of Beltrami, MN. Rob VanMil won the second IMCA Mod race held in mid-August. The win was VanMil’s first win at RCS since his WISSOTA Mod Four win back in 1999. 

Friday night will be the second appearance by the Lightning Sprints. Roland Bernard topped the field of 15 during the Greater Grand Forks Fair earlier this year for his third career RCS win. 

Racing kicks off at 7pm!

<![CDATA[Zomer Wins $8,200 Blazin' Challenge]]>Tue, 15 Sep 2015 01:52:29 GMThttp://www.rivercitiesspeedway.com/news/zomer-wins-8200-blazin-challengeBuffalo Wild Wings NOSA Sprint Car recap, presented by RydellCars.com
Dusty Zomer & then Blazin' Racin' crew in RydellCars.com Victory Lane. Photo by Mike Spieker.
By Mike Spieker

GRAND FORKS, ND (September 12) - The Buffalo Wild Wings NOSA Sprint Cars were 30 cars strong for the John Seitz Memorial finale Saturday night at the Bullring. Up for grabs was a potential $8,200 as a part of the back row Blazin' Challenge. 
The top two finishers from Thursday and Friday night's A-mains and the remaining top four in passing points were automatically locked into the eight lap dash. Wade Nygaard won the dash with Mark Dobmeier finishing in second. Both drivers agreed to take the Blazin' Challenge and start in row 12 of the A-main. All eight drivers in the dash were eligible to take the Blazin' Challenge and surprisingly, all eight drivers (Nygaard, Dobmeier, Austin Pierce, Chris Ranten, Dusty Zomer, Jade Hastings, Nick Omdahl, and Thomas Kennedy) did so. 

Jordan Adams and Alex Larson led the field of 24 to the green flag for the 35-lap A-main. Adam's put the Home of Economy #20A in the lead and was followed by Lou Kennedy Jr. Within six laps Adams had reached the tail of the field and was dealing with lapped traffic. 

Casey Mack moved into the second spot as he drove underneath Kennedy Jr. on lap nine, but Mack's good run took a turn for the worse when he spun his Paradis' Inc. #8 one lap later. Casey's brother, Cory Mack, had no where to go and was collected in the incident. 

By lap 10 Blazin' Challenge contestants, Dusty Zomer and Mark Dobmeier, were running 10th and 11th, respectively. The lap 11 Evergreen Insurance restart put the race back under the green flag and both Zomer and Dobmeier went to work. It took Zomer just five laps to crack the top five as Dobmeier, Nygaard, and Thomas Kennedy were all in hot pursuit. 

Meanwhile up front, Chris Shirek had moved into second from his seventh place starting position and had his sights set on Adams. Shirek trailed the 19-year-old Reynolds, ND driver as the racing surface was beginning to take rubber. Shirek was able to pull even with Adams in the corners, but Adams had the momentum and maintained the lead down the straightaways. Finally on lap 25, Shirek cleared Adams in turn two to take the point. Zomer moved into third on the next lap and then took second from Adams with 13 to go. 

The driver of the Buffalo Wild Wings #82 wasn't done yet, however. Zomer kept charging and got by the R&R Contracting #1K of Shirek with 11 circuits remaining. Dobmeier drove into the runner-up position on lap 29 and was given one last shot at Zomer as the caution came out with two to go for Shirek, who's great run came to an end as a result of a flat right rear tire. The three-time NOSA champion would settle for an 18th place finish. 

Zomer got a great run off of turn four for the green-white-checkered restart and that all but sealed the deal for the Sioux Falls, SD pilot. Zomer had a six car length lead over Dobmeier heading into turn one and Zomer would only increase that lead in the final laps as he took the $8,200 payday by 1.338 seconds. 

Dobmeier drove from 23rd to second, while Kennedy came from 17th to third, pole sitter Jordan Adams was fourth, and 24th place starter, Wade Nygaard, rounded out the top five. 

<![CDATA[Kyle Dykhoff win $920 Wells Concrete Street Stock feature]]>Mon, 14 Sep 2015 03:23:00 GMThttp://www.rivercitiesspeedway.com/news/kyle-dykhoff-win-920-wells-concrete-street-stock-featureWells Concrete WISSOTA Street Stock recap, presented by RydellCars.com
Kyle Dykhoff in RydellCars.com Victory Lane. Photo by Mike Spieker.
By Mike Spieker

GRAND FORKS, ND (September 12) - Kyle Dykhoff took the $920-to-win Wells Concrete WISSOTA Street Stock feature. 
The Perham, MN driver won a hard fought battle over Travis Robertson to take the lead on lap 11 of 20. Ryan Johnson was right in the mix for the lead all race long as well. 

The white flag flew and Johnson pulled up to Dykhoff’s quarter panel as they headed into turn one. Johnson, a former RCS track champion, was able to get a great run down the back stretch and pulled even with Dykhoff as they raced into the final set of turns. 

It came down to a drag race to the ND Eye Clinic Finish Line, which was won by Dykhoff by a mere 0.030 seconds. 

Ryan Flaten, Robertson, and Cory Dykhoff rounded out the top five.