#5 Dave Glennon 410 Outlaw Sprint Driver of Casselton ND won the feature event, Mark Dobmeier and Austin Pierce go for a tumble... Congrats to Dave for his 1st feature win at "The Bullring"!
#7 Ricky Weiss of Hedingley MB Canada won the feature race at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks on July 20th 2012. Ricky is in first place in points as well in the Late Model class and Joey Pederson is only 7 points behind and Mike Balcaen is only 10 points out of the lead. Close battle in play for the top points position and congrats to Ricky for the feature win!
#1s Scott Bintz of Jamestown ND won the Midwest Mod Feature. Congrats to Scott for his win!
#81 Jordan Duray of Halma MN wins the Street Stock Race Feature Race at "The Bullring" last Friday in Grand Forks ND! Jordan is currently 2nd in points and only 21 points away from 1st place. Congrats Jordan!
Darren Evavold from River Cities Speedway was a guest on Web Dillard's In The Dirt world wide racing radio show.
Web contacted "The Bullring" on Monday to get an interview with a track principle owner. During the social media online conversation with Webb he disclosed River Cities Speedway was one of his favorite race tracks he has ever been to. The interview is a must listen!
"LOVED the speedway...great racing, easily my favorite" ~ Webb Dillard
In The Dirt Talk Radio
As Webb stated he saved the best interview for last during the show. You can find the RCS interview towards the last 3rd of the show.... Feel free to fast forward to that segment.
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW
Lanigan passing Smith that set the world record closest finish . Photo by: Curt Kotrba
River Cities Speedway has set yet another World of Outlaw record!
On Friday night of July 13th 2012 #29 Darrell Lanigan passed #44 Clint Smith on the last lap on the last corner of a 50 lap World of Outlaw Feature race at "The Bullring".
Lanigan squeaked out a 0.24 second victory over smith to make it the closest victory in World of Outlaw racing history since electronic scoring has been in place.
River Cities Speedway now holds 3 official World of Outlaw records...
#13 Mark Dobmeier Feature Winner July 13th 2012 - Photo by: Rick Rea
Mark Dobmeier - Grand Forks, ND # 13 410 Outlaw Sprint Car Driver won yet another feature race at River Cities Speedway. Mark has won every feature event at "The Bullring" he has raced this season to date except one race. The one loss was when World of Outlaw Driver Kraig Kinser won!
Due to Mark's success we have seen a lot of competition step-up their game.
This season we have seen 3 410 Outlaw Sprint Car feature winners:
1. Dobmeier "7" Feature Wins
2. Linnell "2" Feature Wins
3. Kraig Kinser "1 Feature Win
More Memorable Action Expected When World of Outlaws Late Model Series Returns To River Cities Speedway On Friday, July 13
Press Release from World Racing Group
Kevin Kovac, World of Outlaws Late Model Series P.R. Director
More Memorable Action Expected When World of Outlaws Late Model Series Returns To River Cities Speedway On Friday, July 13
Quarter-Mile Oval Annually Produces Some Of The National Tour’s Most Heart-Stopping Racing
GRAND FORKS, ND – July 9, 2012 – Tim McCreadie pretty much summed up the essence of River Cities Speedway after winning the high-banked, quarter-mile oval’s World of Outlaws Late Model Series event last year.
“This place is a bad-ass, racy little joint,” McCreadie raved while standing – drenched in sweat and breathing heavily – in Victory Lane. “It’s a long ways away from home, but it’s fun to come here. If you sleep for a lap or take it easy for a lap, the next thing you know you’re getting passed.”
Indeed, there’s no track on the WoO LMS schedule that has consistently produced wilder, more exciting racing in recent years than River Cities, a whipsaw of a speedway that will host the renowned national full-fender tour for the seventh consecutive season this Friday night (July 13). The evening’s featured attraction, the Seven Clans Casinos 50, boasts a $10,000 top prize and is part of the World of Outlaws circuit’s ‘Wild West Tour’ that visits tracks in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Manitoba.
McCreadie, 38, of Watertown, N.Y., became the latest winner of a WoO LMS thriller at River Cities last year with a drive that left his body physically drained, his Sweeteners Plus wheezing and the track’s fans buzzing. Pounding the blazing-fast track’s cushion for the second half of the race, he passed Jimmy Mars of Menomonie, Wis., for the lead on lap 31 and spent the remainder of the distance battling to stay out front in an event that saw four drivers in contention for the win on the final lap.
“That was a wild race,” remembered McCreadie, who snapped a year-long WoO LMS victory drought with his 2011 score at River Cities but returns this year as one of the tour’s hottest drivers (three wins, 12 top-five finishes and no run worse than seventh in his last 14 starts through July 7). “When you win a race like we did there last year – passing cars (he started ninth) and hammering the cushion – you know you’re at a good racetrack.”
Ever since Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky. – the current WoO LMS points leader and 2012 season’s winningest driver – captured the inaugural World of Outlaws A-Main at River Cities in 2006 with a dominant flag-to-flag performance, the speedway has annually hosted unforgettable events. A quick examination of the last five WoO LMS shows at River Cities reveals the type of action that gets fans roaring:
* In 2007, Tim Fuller of Watertown, N.Y., put on a spectacular display of traffic driving to win his milestone first-ever WoO LMS A-Main early in his rookie season on the tour. He slipped by Eddie Carrier Jr. for the lead while negotiating a flurry of lapped cars with just four laps remaining and held on to win the 50-lap event – a race that also saw Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, Ill., make an unforgettable charge from the 24th starting spot to finish a fast-closing third.
* In 2008, Brady Smith of Solon Springs, Wis., won his first career WoO LMS A-Main with a razor-thin triumph over Babb that ranks as one of the best races in series history. After dueling at the front of the pack for virtually the entire 50-lapper, the two Midwesterners split a lapped car exiting turn four with the checkered flag waving. Babb ran out of racing room on the outside and crossed the finish line with his car’s right side riding the wall, a scant 0.121 of a second behind Smith.
* In 2009, the big moment came just after the midway point of the A-Main. Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., and Steve Francis of Ashland, Ky., were battling for the lead on lap 31 when the slower Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., slid sideways in front of them rounding turn four and bounced into the infield, sending up a huge dust cloud from which Richards and Francis slowly emerged with damage evident to the hoods of their cars. With the caution flag thrown for the dangerous situation caused by Frank’s spin, Richards and Francis retained their positions at the front of the field for the ensuing restart and Richards stayed there to the finish.
* In 2010, only Mother Nature could prevent a another classic finish. Rain forced officials to stop the race at lap 21 and later declare it official, handing then-rookie Austin Hubbard of Seaford, Del., a victory before runner-up Lanigan could mount a charge. The circuits that were completed weren’t uneventful, however, as evidenced by Richards’s advance from the 10th starting spot to third and a turn-two flip by Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, Iowa.
* Last year’s event saw a trio of drivers (McCreadie, Mars and Ron Davies of Warren, Pa.) swap the lead three times and the outcome remain in doubt until the checkered flag. There was all kinds of action on the final lap – McCreadie stayed ahead of three drivers to win by 0.649 of a second, Mars nipped Hubbard for second place by a mere 0.049 of a second, and Lanigan slipped from second to fourth in the rundown.
The list of former River Cities WoO LMS winners in Friday’s field will include McCreadie, Lanigan and Fuller – all tour regulars this season – as well as Brady Smith, who is following the entire ‘Wild West Tour.’
WoO LMS travelers who will be looking for their first career win at River Cities include Shane Clanton of Fayetteville, Ga., who has heated up over the past month with wins in the DIRTcar UMP-sanctioned $100,000 Dream at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway and the ‘Wild West Tour’ opener on July 7 at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn.; defending champion Rick Eckert of York, Pa.; Chub Frank; Clint Smith of Senoia, Ga.; Vic Coffey of Caledonia, N.Y.; Pat Doar of New Richmond, Wis.; and Rookie of the Year contenders Bub McCool of Vicksburg, Miss.; Kent Robinson of Bloomington, Ind.; and Jack Sullivan of Greenbrier, Ark.
Other drivers expected to compete on Friday are Mars, Terry Casey of New London, Wis., Jill George of Cedar Falls, Iowa, and a host of River Cities regulars, including four-time 2012 feature winner Joey Pederson of E. Grand Forks, Minn.; Grand Forks, N.D., drivers Brad Seng, Dustin Strand and Troy Schill; and Canadians Mike Balcaen of Winnipeg, Man., and Ricky Weiss of Headingley, Man.
Hot laps are scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. and racing at 7:30 p.m. on Fri., July 13, at River Cities Speedway, which also has its weekly NOSA Sprint Cars on the program.
Reserved seats are $28 in advance and $30 on race day, and general admission is $28 with children 6-12 admitted for $15 and kids 5-and-under free.
Additional info on River Cities Speedway is available by logging on to www.rivercitiesspeedway.com or calling 701-780-0999 or 218-773-3002 (tickets).
Following the River Cities stop, the WoO LMS ‘Wild West Tour’ will conclude on Saturday night (July 14) at North Central Speedway in Brainerd, Minn.
For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com.
Fans can also follow the WoO LMS on Twitter at Twitter.com/WoOLateModels and Facebook at Facebook.com/WorldofOutlaws.
The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Gravely Tractors (Official Lawn Equipment), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Vicci (Official Uniform), VP Racing Fuel (Official Racing Fuel), DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award) and McCarthy's One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (Raye Vest Memorial Pill Draw Award); in addition to contingency sponsors Butlerbuilt, Cometic Gaskets, Comp Cams, Dominator Race Products, Eibach Springs, JE Pistons, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, MSD Ignition, Ohlins Shocks, QuarterMaster, Roush Yates Performance Parts, Superflow Dynos, Wix Filter, Wrisco Aluminum and XS Power Racing Batteries; along with manufacturer sponsors Integra Shocks, GRT Chassis, Jake’s Carts, Longacre, Racing Electronics, Rocket Chassis, TNT Rescue, and Warrior Chassis.
Sprint Car Driver Amber Balcaen Had Fastest Lap Time of All Drivers at River Cities Speedway on Friday June 29th in Grand Forks ND
Friday Night at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks ND the "Lightning Sprint Cars" came to The Bullring and they put on one heck of a show for the fans. Especially when the only female driver in the field had the fastest lap times of all the divers at the track on Friday.
#10 Amber Balcaen with her dad Mike Balcaen - Photo by Rick Rea
Amber turned the fastest lap time of the night at 13.307 seconds. Amber ran this lap on the 3rd lap of her heat. Click here for the official lap speed.
Amber is in her 4th season of racing and according to her dad has only ran about 40 shows so far. Amber is really fast for not having a lot of seat time yet, but racing is in Amber's blood.
Amber Balcaen - Photo Courtesy of Twitter
Many fans may know that Amber's dad is Late Model Race Car Driver Mike Balcaen. Many may not know that he has been racing for 29 years and has just accomplished what many have not by winning 200 feature wins (SO FAR). Mike races Late Model Race Cars weekly in Winnipeg Manitoba Canada where the Balcaen's call home as well as River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks North Dakota.
Amber Balcaen getting strapped in. Photo By: Rick Rea
What many fans do not know is Amber's mom is a Kennedy from the famous Sprint Car racing family of Lou Kennedy. Yes, Lou Kennedy is Amber's Grandfather and Lou Kennedy Jr is her uncle, who has been National 360 Sprint Car Champion.
With all that racing in Amber's family we know she is one to watch and is a must see where ever she races. Way to go Amber!
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