By Mike Spieker
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (June 15, 2018) – A stout field of 21 NLRA Late Models were on hand Friday night at River Cities Speedway as they co-headlined the night with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series. The event marked the second tour date of the season for the NLRA.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (June 15, 2018) – Donny Schatz’s dominance on his home soil continued Friday night at River Cities Speedway with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series. Schatz collected his 10th career Outlaws win at the high-banked three-tenths mile clay oval in front of a capacity crowd.
MINOT, N.D. — June 14, 2018 — Even after 20-plus years on the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series tour, Donny Schatz still circles all of the dates in his home state of North Dakota on his calendar each season. Again in 2018, the nine-time and defending series champion will lead the series into his home state on two separate occasions.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — June 13, 2018 — Heading into his rookie season with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series in 2017, Brent Marks had limited experience in a sprint car on smaller tracks. After all, he cut his teeth racing in Central Pennsylvania, which is dotted with bigger tracks, mainly half-miles.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — June 12, 2018 — The 1st Leg of the Gerdau Recycling Northern Tour for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series is set for Friday, June 15 at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D. The 2018 season marks the 12th consecutive year the series has visited the always thrilling high-banked bullring. Donny Schatz has won six of the last eight races for the Outlaws at the track. This edition of Up to Speed sets the stage for 1st Leg of the Northern Tour for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — June 7, 2018 — The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will hit the track at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D., on Friday, June 15 for the 1st Leg of the Gerdau Recycling Northern Tour. The event will mark the 12th straight year the series has visited the high-banked, three-tenths-mile bullring. Also in action will be the NLRA Late Model Series.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The fourth annual Buffalo Wild Wings Blazin' Challenge is set for Friday, Sept. 7th at River Cities Speedway. However, there will be eight Buffalo Wild Wings NOSA qualifying events leading up to the $8,200-to-win back row challenge.
The qualifying events include:
May 27th: Buffalo River Race Park
June 16th: Devils Lake Speedway
June 21st: Norman County Raceway
June 22nd: River Cities Speedway
June 23rd: Brown County Speedway
June 24th: Casino Speedway
July 15th: Red River Valley Speedway
July 27-28th: Dacotah Speedway
NOSA teams that compete in all nine "Qualifying" events will receive the $820 Buffalo Wild Wings Blazin' Bonus.
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By Mike Spieker
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (June 1, 2018) – Brandon Fuller and Tom Corcoran brought the field of Performance Auto WISSOTA Late Models to the green flag, but Dustin Strand led the opening lap from the third starting position. Strand and fellow second row starter, Mike Balcaen went three wide with Brandon Fuller for second on the opening lap before Strand snuck underneath Corcoran for the lead.
By Mike Spieker
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (June 1, 2018) – John Halvorson claimed the Wells Concrete WISSOTA Street Stock feature. Halvorson grabbed the lead on lap two after a three wide race with James Meagher and Chase Boen. Halvorson raced out to a comfortable lead and looked to have the race in hand until the caution flew with two laps to go.
By Mike Spieker
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (June 1, 2018) – After picking up the win Thursday night at Norman County Raceway in Ada, Minn., Lance Schill scored his second consecutive win Friday night at the Bullring. Jamie Dietzler and Reise Stenberg led the field to the green flag for the 18-lap Happy Harry’s WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature with Dietzler claiming the early lead.
By Mike Spieker
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (May 25, 2018) – Travis Robertson seemed poised to collect his first career Performance Auto WISSOTA Late Model feature win Friday night. The sophomore Late Model driver took the lead on the opening lap. Heading into turn one, Shane Edginton’s machine biked up as he had the left side tires about three feet in the air. Luckily, Edginton was able to bring his machine back down on all four and continue on, but he lost several spots in the process.
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Ryan Johnson was the only defending track champion to visit RydellCars.com Victory Lane on Friday’s opener. The Karlstad, Minn. driver picked up a dominating win in the Wells Concrete WISSOTA Street Stock feature as he led every trip around the three-tenths mile bullring.
Johnson started on the pole and jumped out to the lead as Aaron Blacklance and James Meagher battled for second behind him. After a mid-race restart, Blacklance’s machine suffered a mechanical failure, which also forced Meagher to slow. That opened the door for Daniel Aberle and Adam Burrows to move into second and third, respectively.
Aberle put heavy pressure on Johnson in the closing laps. Aberle pulled up to Johnson’s left rear quarter panel on a couple of occasions, but could never get any further alongside the No. 25. Johnson went on to pick up his 14th career Street Stock win at River Cities, which ties him with Ryan Flaten for fourth on the all-time Street Stock wins list.
A Feature 1 (15 Laps): 1. 25-Ryan Johnson, ; 2. 33-Daniel Aberle, ; 3. 18B-Adam Burrows, ; 4. 67-Ryan Satter, ; 5. 21X-Dustin Puffe, ; 6. 3-Steven Richards, ; 7. 2U-Kasey Ussatis, ; 8. 27P-Tucker Pederson, ; 9. 28-Greg Jose, ; 10. 17-Casey Vargason, ; 11. 99-Josh Barker, ; 12. 29-Dan McNamee, ; 13. 24T-Tiffany Noreikis, ; 14. 9A-Blake Anderson, ; 15. 92-Megan McNamee, ; 16. 1M-Nicholas Minske, ; 17. (DNF) 7-James Meagher, ; 18. (DNF) 539-Aaron Blacklance, ; 19. (DNF) 48-Chase Boen, ; 20. (DNF) 00-Dusten Ebensteiner, ; 21. (DNF) 35-John Halvorson, ; 22. (DNF) 7B-David Barker, ; 23. (DNF) 9-Jason Rethemeier, ; 24. (DNF) 4-Trey Hess, ; 25. (DNF) 14C-Jeremy Castro, 
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 3-Steven Richards, ; 2. 21X-Dustin Puffe, ; 3. 48-Chase Boen, ; 4. 27P-Tucker Pederson, ; 5. 24T-Tiffany Noreikis, ; 6. 99-Josh Barker, ; 7. 92-Megan McNamee, ; 8. (DNF) 7B-David Barker, ; 9. (DNF) 17-Casey Vargason, 
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 25-Ryan Johnson, ; 2. 539-Aaron Blacklance, ; 3. 18B-Adam Burrows, ; 4. 00-Dusten Ebensteiner, ; 5. 29-Dan McNamee, ; 6. (DNF) 28-Greg Jose, ; 7. (DNF) 2U-Kasey Ussatis, ; 8. (DNF) 9-Jason Rethemeier, 
Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 7-James Meagher, ; 2. 33-Daniel Aberle, ; 3. 35-John Halvorson, ; 4. 67-Ryan Satter, ; 5. 1M-Nicholas Minske, ; 6. 4-Trey Hess, ; 7. 14C-Jeremy Castro, ; 8. 9A-Blake Anderson, 
Dustin Strand and Brad Seng led a strong field of 16 Performance Auto WISSOTA Late Models to the green flag. The action intensified immediately as Strand, Seng and Bill Mooney raced three wide for the point. Mooney dove to the inside of both drivers in turn one to move from third to first on lap two.
Strand battled back on the high side, however, and they raced door to door for the top spot for the next three circuits. Mooney eventually prevailed, running a smooth, patient line on the low side. With Strand and Seng still within striking distance, Mooney quickly had his hands full with defending NLRA champion, Ricky Weiss.
Weiss made quick work of Strand and Seng and challenged Mooney for the lead on lap five. Mooney didn’t give up the spot easy, but Weiss eventually drove around the outside of him to take the lead on lap seven.
One caution slowed the field, but as the race resumed Weiss regained his advantage up front. The four-time WISSOTA Late Model national champion ran the remainder of the 20-lap event relatively unchallenged as he took the win. Strand, Mooney, Mike Balcaen, and Ryan Corbett rounded out the top five.
WISSOTA Late Models:A Feature 1 (20 Laps): 1. 7W-Ricky Weiss, 07:20.728; 2. 71-Dustin Strand, 09:13.130; 3. 2-Bill Mooney, 09:15.487; 4. 10-Mike Balcaen, 09:17.984; 5. 4C-Ryan Corbett, 09:18.967; 6. 44-Cole Schill, 09:20.733; 7. 12S-Brad Seng, 09:22.396; 8. 11-Troy Schill, 09:25.464; 9. F9-Brandon Fuller, 09:26.220; 10. 1R-Travis Robertson, 09:13.212; 11. 14-Brody Troftgruben, 09:14.632; 12. 1M-Nicholas Minske, 09:17.698; 13. 48-Larry Niemi, 09:25.971; 14. (DNF) 4E-Shane Edginton, 09:03.672; 15. (DNF) 16S-Jeff Hapala, 07:20.728; (DNS) 7P-Joey Pederson, 09:12.175
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 7W-Ricky Weiss, ; 2. 4E-Shane Edginton, ; 3. 71-Dustin Strand, ; 4. 14-Brody Troftgruben, ; 5. 16S-Jeff Hapala, ; 6. 48-Larry Niemi, ; 7. (DNF) 7P-Joey Pederson, ; 8. (DNF) 11-Troy Schill, 
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 10-Mike Balcaen, ; 2. 4C-Ryan Corbett, ; 3. 12S-Brad Seng, ; 4. 2-Bill Mooney, ; 5. 1R-Travis Robertson, ; 6. 44-Cole Schill, ; 7. F9-Brandon Fuller, ; 8. 1M-Nicholas Minske, 
Lance Schill dominated the Happy Harry’s WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature for his second win of the season. Schill started eighth on the field, but gained four positions on the opening lap after a four wide pass for fourth. From there, Schill moved by defending track champion, Austin Hunter and Scott Bintz for second.
The race was plagued by several cautions, but once the race resumed, Schill made the pass for the lead on Jory Berg.
Once out front, Schill fended off challenges from Todd Johnson to claim the win. Berg, Matt Schow and Scott Bintz rounded out the top five.
A Feature 1 (20 Laps): 1. 17S-Lance Schill, 17:34.094; 2. 21-Todd Johnson, 17:36.559; 3. B0-Jory Berg, 17:40.314; 4. 2S-Matt Schow, 17:41.415; 5. 1S-Scott Bintz, 17:41.580; 6. 44-Austin Hunter, 17:42.074; 7. 87S-Reise Stenberg, 17:42.224; 8. 16S-Skyler Smith, 17:43.206; 9. 6-Dean Eggebraaten, 17:44.245; 10. 11X-Tanner Armstrong, 17:46.141; 11. 01-Zach Bruer, 17:46.151; 12. B4-Tim Berg, 17:46.477; 13. 39-Jamie Dietzler, 17:47.399; 14. 77B-Logan Bauer, 17:42.681; 15. 96-Brent Loftsgard, 17:45.830; 16. (DNF) 81X-Matt Sparby, 13:18.094; 17. (DNF) 68-Joe Henninger, 04:48.196; 18. (DNF) 17-Dallas Brevik, 04:47.179; 19. (DNF) 28S-Ryan Schow, 04:45.473; 20. (DNF) 33A-Austin Overwater, 04:49.854; 21. (DNF) 43-Dean Selmanson, 00:57.266
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 21-Todd Johnson, ; 2. 16S-Skyler Smith, ; 3. B0-Jory Berg, ; 4. 17-Dallas Brevik, ; 5. 11X-Tanner Armstrong, ; 6. 33A-Austin Overwater, ; 7. 96-Brent Loftsgard, 
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 28S-Ryan Schow, ; 2. 81X-Matt Sparby, ; 3. 17S-Lance Schill, ; 4. 39-Jamie Dietzler, ; 5. 2S-Matt Schow, ; 6. 01-Zach Bruer, ; 7. 6-Dean Eggebraaten, 
Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 1S-Scott Bintz, ; 2. 87S-Reise Stenberg, ; 3. 44-Austin Hunter, ; 4. B4-Tim Berg, ; 5. 77B-Logan Bauer, ; 6. 43-Dean Selmanson, ; (DNS) 68-Joe Henninger,
By Mike Spieker
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (May 12, 2018) – Mark Dobmeier returned to victory lane Friday night at River Cities Speedway’s season opener, despite not having a ride a mere six weeks prior. Dobmeier rolled into River Cities with a new look, a different chassis manufacturer, and a different engine builder, but he still showed the same blazing speed he’s always had.
Mark Dobmeier takes the track for the first time in his New Buffalo Wild Wings Sponsored Outlaw Sprint Car
By Mike Spieker
GRAND FORKS, ND (May 7, 2018) - In 2017, Midco Sports Network put on the first-ever live cable television broadcast from River Cities Speedway (RCS). The reaction from race fans, drivers and sponsors was overwhelming.
In 2018, MidcoSN is coming back for more.
By Spieker Promotions
WINNIPEG, Manitoba – Thomas Kennedy and the Kennedy Racing Team are excited to announce Buffalo Wild Wings will be on-board the No. 21K in 2018. Kennedy and Buffalo Wild Wings teamed up for six events in 2017, where Kennedy raced the Blazin’ Racin’ No. 82 to three top five finishes over a three week stretch.
“We’re pleased to add Buffalo Wild Wings as a sponsor for our 2018 season,” Thomas said. “Kennedy Racing Team is in the final stages coming up with a schedule in correlation with races that Todd and Susan LaHaise have requested as part of our 2018 schedule! ”
Kennedy’s next race is scheduled for April 27th & 28th at Park Jefferson Speedway for the $10,000-to-win South Dakota Sprint Car Nationals.
By Spieker Promotions
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (April 23, 2018) – On March 19th when Mark found out he would no longer be piloting the Jimco Motorsports machine, questions and rumors immediately circulated on the future of his racing career. Those questions and rumors have been answered! Mark will be hitting the track once again in 2018.
Within the past month, Mark has purchased a home south of Grand Forks with a large lot and an adjacent shop. This will allow his family, especially his two boys Jaxson and Ty, the room to play and grow while Mark and his crew will have the shop space needed to work on his race equipment.
Mark has now formed Team 13 Racing, under Mark Dobmeier Racing LLC. This newly created entity has entered into a purchase agreement with Blazin’ Racin LLC, owned by Todd and Susan LaHaise for their race equipment, semi and trailer. Buffalo Wild Wings will remain a primary sponsor with the primary B-Dubs colors and logos to be retained. Mark invites everyone to support the LaHaise’s new Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Sioux Falls, S.D., as well as their other nine B-Dubs locations in South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota.
After three months of racing retirement, Dave and Jaime Lunstra of Lunstra Motorsports will be back on-board Dobmeier’s No. 13 machine, which will also be a primary sponsor. The partnership reunites them with the Grand Forks driver after Dobmeier and Lunstra teamed up for eight years between 2006-2014 competing weekly at River Cities Speedway, Knoxville Raceway, and Husets/Badlands Motor Speedway where they have well over 100 wins.
Also joining Team 13 Racing will be one of Mark’s long-time sponsors, Dahlstrom Motors Inc. of Oslo, Minn.
“I am ecstatic to be starting up this race team with the overwhelming amount of support that has poured out from sponsors, family, friends, and fans. We are working hard on setting up the shop and building cars with our first race tentatively scheduled for May 11th at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks with the Buffalo Wild Wings Northern Outlaw Sprint Association (NOSA)” said Mark.
ATTENTION - World of Outlaws Advance Ticket Holders “Renewals Only.”
Ticket renewals for World of Outlaws River Cities Speedway are now open.
• To renew your tickets from 2017, call SLS Promotions at 815-344-2023 between 9-5 Central.
• Ticket renewals will be open from April 9-20. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Monday, April 23.
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