GRAND FORKS, ND (July 12, 2023) – This Friday night July 14th, and again on Saturday night July 15th, the River Cities Speedway will play host to an all-Sprint Car program featuring the return of the Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association 410 Sprint Cars, who will take on the Buffalo Wild Wings Northern Outlaw Sprint Association during the King of the Wings event at the Bullring.
The events are scheduled to be the fourth and fifth visits by the Wisconsin / Illinois based 410 Sprint Series, which made its return to Grand Forks last season for the first time since 2004. Austin Pierce, the six-time track champion, defended home turf on night one of last season's event, while the IRA'ers got the last laugh when former series champion Jake Blackhurst went from third to first in the final corners to steal the win, and take the title belt back home with him to Hanna City, Illinois.
Mark Dobmeier will lead the NOSA crew into the battle as the defending series and track champion with his two visits to RydellCars.com victory lane this season, one of which came last Friday night. Jade Hastings will also be ready to defend for the home series after leading 55 of the 60 feature laps run last year.
The IRA will be led by rookie Brenham Crouch of Lubbock, Texas, who leads the current series standings over defending series champion Jordan Goldesberry with longtime series regular Russel Borland in third. Another rookie sits fourth, and he is the most recent IRA winner Travis Arenz, who scored his first ever series win July 1st in Plymouth, WI.
Joining the IRA and NOSA will be the debut of the Superior Customs Red River Sprint Series. The Fargo-area based IMCA RACESaver Sprint series debuted this season and will bring some good up-and-coming talent in their own right.
Among them will be point leader Tye Wilke, the former INEX legends ace, Andy Pake, son of the first River Cities Speedway points champion and speedway hall-of-famer, Brad Pake, and the Eisenschenk sisters, nieces of ten-time World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz.
Joining the King of the Wings, minus the wings, will be the Western and Northern Renegades, as they make their first appearance at the Bullring this season. Ken Hron and Chris Lewis will lead the Iron Range-based contingent against Dusty Lawson and Myles Tomlinson and the Western crew.
Current NOSA rookie of the year point leader Adam Sobolik has been lights out again with the Western crew in Devils Lake, but it's unknown if he'll run both or just in one series.
The POWRi Minn-Kota Lightning Sprints will also be on the card. This will be their fourth appearance at the track thus far this season. Greenbush drivers Dexter Dvergsten and Alex Truscinski have been the head of the class this season.
Dvergsten has two wins at the track this season, and 12 in his career, while Truscinski won the first race for the series here in May, his fifth at the Bullring. Kelsi Pederson will be another driver to look out for, as she has three wins of her own with the series this season.
Racing is set to begin at 7:00pm each night.
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