Blacklance and Schill Continue Strong Seasons
Grand Forks, N.D. (July 30, 2022) - The month of July is now complete at the Bullring, and among Friday's stories of triumph include Portland, N.D. hotshoe Jason Strand, who picked up his first Cirrus Aircraft Late Model feature win, while Aaron Blacklance and Lance Schill continued hot streaks.
Jason Strand and Ryan Corbett brought the NLRA Late Model feature to green following an opening lap pileup. Corbett took the early lead, and had built a reasonably solid lead in front of the field through five laps.
From there, Strand started reeling in the veteran Corbett, taking the lead on the ninth lap.
As Strand worked lapped traffic, eighth starting Brad Seng made it past Joey Pederson for third, and reeled in Corbett for the runner-up spot in the closing circuits.
Strand continued on to his first Late Model win at the Bullring over Seng, Corbett, Pederson, and Brody Troftgruben.
Seng and Omdahl also winners at Big Motor Mania
Grand Forks, N.D. (July 23, 2022) - The 2nd annual Big Motor Mania brought with it the first appearance for the 2022 season for the WISSOTA A-Modifieds, and it was Tyler Peterson who put on one heck of a show for the fans with his charge from the last half of the field as Nick Omdahl and Brad Seng also scored their first wins of the year.
The Advantage RV Mod Tour was the last race out on the night, and it was Rick Delaine and Bob Broking who led 25 cars to green for the 40 lap feature.
With bonus cash on the line for starting deeper in the field, Tyler Peterson took what was offered, and started in the 16th position.
Delaine took the early lead, and held through a lap four caution. Broking kept second as Jordan Duray ran third.
Meanwhile, it took Peterson just five laps to climb into the top ten, and ten circuits to make it into the top five.
Delaine had just started working lapped traffic when Preston Carr went for a spill over the top of the backstretch. He exited the No. 5C ok.
Delaine continued to lead on the restart, despite going door-to-door with Broking for a number of laps. This allowed the hard charging Peterson to close in on the lead duo.
Broking took the lead just before the halfway point, but it was Peterson capitalizing on a lap 21 restart, moving to the top spot.
Peterson held off veteran Corky Thomas in lapped traffic in the closing laps to pick up the win. Ward Imrie, Delaine, and Zach Johnson completed the top five.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (July 21, 2022) – Fifteen-year-old Sprint Car standout Ryan Timms of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma will be making his River Cities Speedway debut on Friday night with the Buffalo Wild Wings NOSA Sprints.
Timms is a highly publicized up-and-comer in the Sprint Car ranks for his ability to wheel a car so successfully at such a young age. Timms has 10 feature wins already this season in three different disciplines - a 360 Sprint, 410 Sprint and a Midget. Four of those wins this season came with the NOSA Sprints - two each at Jackson Motorplex and Huset's Speedway. Combined with his win at Huset's last year, Timms has five career NOSA feature wins to his credit, just running with the series part time.
At 15 years old, Timms is not yet old enough to compete with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, which mandates drivers must be at least 16 years of age. However, Timms turns 16 on August 26th - the night the World of Outlaw return to River Cities Speedway for their second visit of the season - so this may not be the last time we see the young hotshoe this season.
This Friday is Hall of Fame Night!
This year we are dedicating our Hall of Fame night as the Inaugural Darlene Anderson Hall of Fame Get Together. Darlene was the leader and driving force behind the Hall of Fame for many years and is deserving of this honor! Unfortunately, we lost Darlene last year.
All current Hall of Famers and 1 guest get into the picnic for free and other affiliated with a Hall of Fame inductee can purchase a ticket at the gate.
The Buffalo Wild Wings King of the Wings championship belt went to the IRA as Jake Blackhurst passed two NOSA drivers in the final set of turns on the last lap! Blackhurst went from third to the lead by passing Jade Hastings and Thomas Kennedy to steal the win.
Shane Clanton Wins World of Outlaw Feature
Grand Forks, N.D. (July 16, 2022) - One of the biggest events in speedway history has been completed, and what an event it was. Hosting both the World of Outlaws Late Model series and the Buffalo Wild Wings King of the Wings featuring the Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint Cars, Georgia's Shane Clanton and Illinois native Jake Blackhurst came out on top with the biggest wins of the weekend.
It all started on Friday night, with the Buffalo Wild Wings NOSA Sprints looking good against their counterparts from the Wisconsin based IRA Sprints. Taking three out of four heats, and quick time in qualifying, the NOSA boys were taking advantage of home turf.
On the Late Model side, Shane Clanton and Dennis Erb, Jr., both former event winners at the speedway, were fastest in their qualifying groups. Clanton was joined by Tanner English at the beginning of the 40 lap Case Construction feature.
Clanton took the point at the drop of the green, as defending series champion Erb moved in on English for second. Using what is traditionally his favorite, the low line to get the job done, Erb made the pass of English after a ten lap duel, and set his sights on Clanton for the lead.
Erb peeked to the inside of Clanton in turn two at the halfway points, but a caution took the momentum away from Erb's lead taking bid.
With ten to go, Tennessee's Mike Marlar started ripping the cushion, moving from fifth to third in the final laps, as Clanton held off Erb for his second Bullring victory.
If you missed Friday night's Sprint Car feature, you missed a classic! This weekend we crank things up another notch by welcoming BOTH the Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints and the Northern Outlaw Sprint Association (NOSA) on Friday and Saturday!
The World of Outlaws Late Model Series will be in town on Friday night as well!
Hunter Bounces Back From Rollover For Midwest Mod Win
Grand Forks, N.D. (July 8, 2022) - It was a night to remember during the Celebrate Dirt event at River Cities Speedway, as Mark Dobmeier, Lance Schill, and Aaron Blacklance continued to rack up victories at the Bullring.
Oklahoma's Noah Harris, making his speedway debut, and Thomas Kennedy, making his speedway return for the first time since his opening night win, led the Buffalo Wild Wings NOSA Sprints to green.
Kennedy brought Mullen with him as the lead duo at the start, before Mark Dobmeier replaced Mullen in second on lap five.
Following flips by Christopher Thram on lap seven off turn one, and by Zach Omdahl off turn three on lap ten, wrecks that saw the drivers exit unscathed, Kennedy and Dobmeier began a torrid battle for the top spot.
Close quarters action that saw Dobmeier wheelie the No. 13 down the backstretch at one point, the pair continued their battle for the win throughout the duration of the race.
Dobmeier made the winning pass in lapped traffic in turn two with four laps left, continuing on for his second win of the year.
Jade Hastings, Austin Pierce, and Brendan Mullen completed the top five.
Schill Doubles Up for Second Time
Grand Forks, N.D. (July 1, 2022) - An action packed Mid-Season championship took place Friday night at the Bullring as the NOSA Sprints returned for their first complete night of racing since the season opener. Mark Dobmeier and Austin Pierce split the two Buffalo Wild Wings NOSA features, while Lance Schill and Aaron Blacklance remained on hot streaks.
The first feature of the night was the Wayne Anderson Cup feature postponed on June 10th, with Jack Croaker and Brendan Mullen leading the field to the drop of the green. Croaker took the lead, while Mullen, Mark Dobmeier, and Wade Nygaard battled for second as they worked traffic with just five laps complete.
Dobmeier avoided disaster, as the trio went three wide in turn four, keeping the No. 13 from sliding off the top of the speedway.
Nygaard passed Croaker with a wheelie down the backstretch on lap nine, before the first caution on lap ten.
Nygaard continued to lead, as Dobmeier moved into second on the ensuing restart. Dobmeier tracked down Nygaard, taking the lead on lap 18. Dobmeier held off Nygaard after a late restart to collect his first win of the season. Mullen, Jade Hastings, and 14th starting Austin Pierce rounded out the top five.
Mullen and Nygaard paced the second feature at the end of the night's proceedings. Mullen led the first four laps, and had just started working traffic when a caution reset the field.
Mullen held off Nygaard and Pierce on the next two restarts, but it was the next restart that cost Mullen a shot at the win.
Pierce got a good start on the bottom of the track, passing Mullen for the lead. Mullen and Nygaard made contact the following lap, ending Mullen's race after a flip of turn two. Mullen was ok.
Pierce himself had to hold off all challengers on three restarts in the last half of the race, continuing on to his first win of the season.
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