The Premier Racing Series is back in action at River Cities Speedway
Join us tomorrow June 27th for the Greater Grand Forks Fair Race sponsored by Northdale Oil East Travel Plaza and Pepsi. Race fans pay $5 and have access to entire fairgrounds. Drivers and pit crew pay the usual pit fees. Come out and enjoy the Street Stocks, Lightning Sprints, Legend Cars, Super Trucks, and Legend Mods.
One lucky boy and girl will win a bike and helmet donated by Altru Health System and Safe Kids Grand Forks. Make sure to sign your child up in the main grandstands for their chance to win. Child must be present to win and drawing will be held during intermission. In addition, Safe Kids will be available at the main ticket entrance from 5:00pm to 9:00pm with bike and multi-sport helmets for sale at a reduced price. Elbow, knee, and wrist pad sets will also be available for purchase. Bring your own helmet and they will check it to ensure a proper fit. Make sure to see Patty at the main entrance for all these offers.
Don't miss the 200 lap or 2 hour Greater Grand Forks Fair Enduro this Sunday June 29th presented by Six-Pack 1000 Series Enduro. Start time is 2PM. Please contact Steve at 218-261-1230 or Dave at 218-280-3127 if there are any questions regarding this event. Rules can be seen at www.6pack1000enduroseries.com.
06.24.14 Donny Schatz Tested His New Rocket Dirt Late Model At The Legendary Bullring With Josh Richards, Pat Doar & Brad Seng
8 Years Of Outlaw Champions At The Legendary Bullring During Schatz Private Rocket Dirt Late Model Test
Donny Schatz - 5x WoO Sprint Car champion, Josh Richards - 3x WoO Late Model champion, Pat Doar - 2012 WoO Late Model Rookie of the Year, Brad Seng - 2x Seitz Memorial Dirt Late Model Champion and Kalen Helle RCS - Super Fan visiting after Rocket Chassis test session at The World famous Legendary Bullring
Relive the highlights from the action packed 40 lap feature from last Friday's World of Outlaw event.
By Mike Spieker
GRAND FORKS, ND (June 20)- Just 10 months after winning both the Sprint Car and Late Model features during last year's World of Outlaws event, Donny Schatz does it again. The current World of Outlaw series points leader won his second consecutive WoO A-main at River Cities Speedway in front of a sold out crowd. The win was Schatz's 153rd career Outlaw win, tying him with Mark Kinser for third all-time behind Sammy Swindell and Steve Kinser.
Mike Balcaen picks up big NLRA Dirt Late Model win on World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series night.
By Mike Spieker
GRAND FORKS, ND (June 20)- After an incredibly rough start to the season, Mike Balcaen picked up that elusive victory Friday night at River Cities Speedway. It was no walk in the park, however. Balcaen had to battle the two-time Seitz Memorial champion, Brad Seng, and the 2011 World of Outlaws Late Models rookie of the year, Pat Doar.
The three drivers swapped the lead back and forth multiple times throughout the first half of the 25 lap feature, until the caution waved on lap 18. On the restart, Balcaen, Doar, and Seng went three wide for the lead off of turn two. Seng, being the meat in the sandwich, backed out of the gas early in turn three which left Balcaen and Doar racing side-by-side for the top spot. Doar ran in the thick cushion on the top of the speedway, but Balcaen found the tacky dirt right around the berm on the bottom and claimed the lead. Balcaen went on to lead the final six circuits around the dry-slick 3/10th mile track to take the victory in front of the sold out grandstands.
The win was Balcaen's 206th career feature win, but this one might have meant a bit more given his recent string of terrible luck. Through the first three races of the season at RCS, Balcaen was running in the top three in the feature when he had to retire from the event due to mechanical problems. The first two cases were the result of an overheating engine, the third instance happened when Balcaen was leading on a rough, tacky track and hit a hole in turn three which broke the engine fan loose and caused it to get lodged into the radiator. But the veteran Canadian driver proved he has put all the bad luck behind him and will be a force to be reckoned with the remainder of the season.
Ricky Weiss wheeled his way from the 13th starting position to finish in the runner up spot, while Doar, Seng, and Steve Anderson rounded out the top five.
After a second place finish in his heat, Donny Schatz came home with a 10th place finish after starting 23rd.
The NLRA Late Models will have next Friday off at RCS, but will return to action on July 4th. As always, hot laps are at 6:30 with racing beginning at 7:30.
Former Champions Lead Outlaws to North Dakota, Minnesota
INDIANAPOLIS (June 18, 2014) – The road to a championship is filled with many obstacles. The team that navigates through the most challenging hurdles best usually comes out on top. Five-time World of Outlaws (WoO) STP Sprint Car Series champion Donny Schatz returns to his home state of North Dakota this weekend leading the championship standings as a result of maximizing his opportunities to succeed and minimizing the nights where things haven’t gone his way. Eighteen years of competition with “The Greatest Show on Dirt” has engrained that mental toughness in Schatz, a trait with which his Tony Stewart Racing (TSR) teammate Steve Kinser, a veteran in his 35th full season of WoO competition, set the standard.
Kinser has been almost as good as Schatz at River Cities since the Outlaws made it a regular stop on the tour. The 20-time WoO champion is in the midst of the World of Outlaws “Salute to the King Tour” chasing a championship with the series for the final time. The Bloomington, Indiana native will pilot the TSR No. 11 Bad Boy Buggies/J.D. Byrider/Chevrolet Performance Maxim and looks to continue his success at the track. He earned his first victory in June 2010 and second after out-dueling Schatz in August 2011. In June 2012, he led 20 laps of the A-Feature before his son Kraig drove by to take the victory. Later that season, he was again leading the feature but drove over the edge of the track and lost the top spot. Kinser finished third last June and 10th in August. Earlier this season, he picked up his 577thcareer WoO A-Feature triumph at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida.
Steve Kinser, Driver of the No. 11 TSR/Bad Boy Buggies/J.D. Byrider/Chevrolet Performance Maxim:
There are certain tracks where you seem to shine no matter how your season is going. River Cities Speedway is one of those tracks. Can you point to any particular reason why you have done so well there in the past?
“It’s just a fun place to race. We’ve had some good cars up there over the years. Don Mack and all of his people do a great job with that track. The place is packed with fans and it always seems to be a good show. We’ve had some great races up there. Won a few and lost a few. I know we had a good race with Donny there a couple of seasons ago and then, the next year, I thought I had one and Kraig went and drove around me. It’s just a place where you don’t know who is going to win until that checkered flag drops. You almost always seem to have a chance. Even if you don’t qualify great, you can race your way forward. As a driver, that’s all you want. We haven’t been having the kind of results we want the last few weeks, so maybe a night in Grand Forks will do us some good. I’m looking forward to it.”
You’ll be racing at multiple facilities just about every weekend in June. That is the case again this weekend with Friday’s race in Grand Forks and Saturday at I-94. You mentioned your results weren’t where you and the team wanted them to be. If you can right the ship in Grand Forks, can that carry over to I-94?
“I would hope so. You just never know. Every night is a new night but, if we can find something that helps us do well Friday, we’ll try to build on it. I know these Bad Boy Buggies guys have really worked hard to figure out something and they won’t give up until we find it. Things can change quickly and I know we’re all ready to get back to running closer to the front.”
Donny Schatz, Driver of the No. 15 TSR/STP/Armor All/Crimsafe J&J:
Last August, you won both the World of Outlaws A-Feature and the NLRA feature at River Cities. What can you do to top that on Friday?
“I don’t know. That was one of those incredible nights where it all came together. The STP guys gave me a great car and we got the lead on the start and never looked back. I was pretty pumped up after winning the Late Model race. It was just a night where hard work paid off. Grand Forks is a fun track and racing up there offers me the unique chance to run both cars. The Sprint car is my job. The Late Model is just for fun. We got to do both in June and came up short in both, so we just came back and tried to be a little better. That’s the plan for Friday. We’re having a pretty good season in the World of Outlaws. We need to get better and, honestly, River Cities has been a really good track for us to judge where we are. Last August, we were getting on a roll and that was indicative of how raced that night. I’ve run the Late Model a few times this season, so we’ll see where are Friday. I’m really looking forward to the challenge of trying to top what we did last year.”
In the last eight to 10 years, the Outlaws have raced quite a bit in your home area. How much fun is it for you to race close to home?
“There are some incredible racing fans in this area. North Dakota and western Minnesota have a lot of people who grew up coming to Fargo every July to see the World of Outlaws. I know, as a kid, that was the highlight of my summer, to see Doug Wolfgang, Sammy Swindell and Steve Kinser race. Things have changed over the years and I wish we still had three days of racing there at Red River Valley Speedway. River Cities has done a great job. We get to compete in Minot in August and, for the second year in a row, we’ll be racing in Fergus Falls. They have a really nice facility there and we’re hoping to finish a little higher than we did last year. The track was fast and I don’t think we had much lapped traffic. I’m lucky to get to race all over the world, but there’s nothing like racing close to home. These fans have been great to me over the years and we’re hoping to keep making them proud for a long time to come.”
About Armored AutoGroup
Armored AutoGroup Inc., headquartered in Danbury, Conn., is primarily comprised of the Armor All®, STP® and Tuff Stuff® brands. The current Armor All product line of protectants, wipes, tire and wheel care products, glass cleaners, leather care products and car washes are designed to clean, shine and protect interior and exterior automobile surfaces. The STP product line of fuel and oil additives, functional fluids and automotive appearance products have a broad customer base ranging from professional racers to car enthusiasts and "Do-it-Yourselfers". Tuff Stuff cleaning products are formulated to tackle the toughest jobs.
About Bad Boy Buggies
Today, the Bad Boy Buggies product line ranges from four-wheel-drive electric hunting machines such as the Recoil, a fully electric, 4WD vehicle with an innovative, highly efficient 72-volt AC electric drivetrain, to the Work Series of diesel and gas-powered utility vehicles, including the Bad Boy Buggies XD, a versatile 4WD, diesel-powered utility vehicle with a total capacity of 1,600 pounds. In 2010, the Bad Boy Buggies brand and product line were acquired by E-Z-GO, a business unit of Textron Inc.
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AS OF TODAY JUNE 19, 2014:
RESERVED SEATING TICKETS:
1. Call Diana at our Grand Forks ticket office at 218-773-3001.
2. Visit www.slspromotions.com to purchase and print your tickets from home. (Please do not call the SLS Promotions number. They are currently not in the office and will not be able to return your call.)
GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS:
1. Call Diana at our Grand Forks location at 218-773-3001.
2. Visit the following ticket outlets in Grand Forks:
Home of Economy, 1508 N Washington St, Grand Forks, ND 701-772-6611
University Station, 1300 Ralph Engelstad Arena Dr, Grand Forks, ND 701-738-8380
Gateway Cenex, 3635 Gateway Dr, Grand Forks, ND 701-775-3917
StaMart, 4326 Gateway Dr, Grand Forks, ND 701-746-1356
ElRoco Bottle Shop, 1730 13th Ave. N, Grand Forks, ND 701-772-2631
Tesoro East, 607 Gateway Dr. NE, East Grand Forks, MN 218-773-4345
TOMORROW JUNE 20th, 2014
RESERVED SEATING TICKETS (UNTIL NOON CST):
1. Call Diana at our Grand Forks ticket office at 218-773-3001 until noon CST.
2. Visit www.slspromtions.com to purchase and print your tickets from home until noon CST. (Please do not call the SLS Promotions number. They are currently not in the office and will not be able to return your call.)
GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS:
1. Call Diana at our Grand Forks location at 218-773-3001 until noon CST.
2. Visit the above listed ticket outlets until close to event start time.
TOMORROW JUNE 20, 2014 STARTING AT 1PM
RESERVED SEATING TICKETS:
1. Only available at the ticket office located at the race track.
GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS:
1. Visit the above listed ticket outlets until close to event start time.
2. Limited tickets may be available at our ticket office located at the race track.
PLEASE LOOKS FOR SIGNS ABOVE TICKET WINDOWS THAT WILL HELP YOU AVOID STANDING IN THE WRONG LINE. SIGNS WILL BE POSTED FOR WILL CALL, RESERVED, AND GENERAL ADMISSION. SEATING CHARTS WILL ALSO BE POSTED AT DIFFERENT LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT THE TRACK FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE
Last Friday night during Hotlaps at River Cities Speedway the "Fastest" Outlaw Sprint Car without question was the #20K Car of Thomas Kennedy. His lap time during hot laps was around 10 seconds in traffic. With a clear racing line who knows how fast Thomas would be during his heat race. Transponder was verified working fine on the 20k during Hotlaps so all lap times were official.
Low and behold in Thomas Kennedy's heat the reading on the timers showed that Thomas had beat the all time lap record by about a half of second. With a verified working transponder in Hotlaps the story was published to congratulate the #20k of Thomas Kennedy and his team that they broke the record.
During later review it was determined that the #20K Sprint Car record can not be verified and his time will be listed as unofficial. It was determined that the #20K transponder was malfunctioning during his heat and scored manually therefore cannot be officially recorded as the world record best lap time.
River Cities Speedway going forward has taken actions to help eliminate this from happening again. Functioning transponders are a must to have an official score.
River Cities Speedway.