Schill doubles down in Lates and Mods
By Mike Spieker
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (May 27, 2022) – The 2022 season at River Cities Speedway finally got underway Friday night and there were no shortages of storylines. After being sidelined for over two years due to the pandemic, Thomas Kennedy made his highly anticipated return and showed no signs of rust, winning the Buffalo Wild Wings NOSA Sprint Car feature. Lance Schill visited victory lane twice, claiming both the Happy Harry’s Midwest Modified feature and the Cirrus Aircraft Late Model feature. Trey Hess’ strong performance in the Big Al’s Construction Street Stocks landed him in RydellCars.com Victory Lane as well.
Nineteen Buffalo Wild Wings NOSA Sprints made the call for the 25 lap feature, led by Jordan Graham and Jack Croaker.
In search of his first career win, Graham won the drag race into turn one and led the field on the opening lap. Fourth-place starting Kennedy ran third at the end of lap one and moved past Croaker in the early stages. Kennedy then went to work on Graham as the leaders closed in on lapped traffic.
Kennedy took the lead on lap eight by driving to the inside of Graham in turn three.
Two laps later, the red flag was displayed after Nick Omdahl got upside down in turn one. He was okay.
On the restart, Mark Dobmeier moved into second but the race was halted shortly thereafter again as Travis Strandell and Croaker made contact, resulting in Croaker getting upside down. Croaker was uninjured.
Kennedy then held off Dobmeier each and every time during a series of restarts in the closing stages as he rode the razor thin cushion to his 14th career NOSA win. Dobmeier and Pierce rounded out the podium. Pierce’s streak of seven consecutive River Cities Speedway wins came to an end.
As World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series week approaches, we take time to remember Larry Hillerud (pictured left) of SLS Promotions LLC who recently passed.
"He was hard-working, determined, and passionate at whatever he was working on," said River Cities Speedway partner Darren Evavold. "He was always looking to create a race track that would put on great racing for the fans! He certainly helped River Cities become PENNLIVE's #1 ranked raciest track for 410 sprint car racing."
Thank you, Larry, for all you did for River Cities Speedway and Sprint Car racing around the country.
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