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AUTO RACING: Competition heats up at River Cities Speedway this weekend

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The lineup will be slightly different Friday at River Cities Speedway.

The competition — especially among late models — won’t change, however. In one of the closest season points races in recent seasons, four drivers are in the running to win the RCS championship.

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Four late model drivers are within nine points of each other as the RCS season hits the home stretch.

Despite winning the feature last week, Brad Seng lost his season points lead to Joey Pederson. After last week’s feature, Pederson leads Seng by one point. Dustin Strand is six points back followed by Mike Balcaen, who is nine points off the pace.

“It’ll be like this the rest of the year,” said Seng, who has four feature wins this season, the same as Pederson. “But we’re all good friends and that makes it fun. But we all still want to win.”

Friday, RCS will race late models, Midwest modifieds, streets, lightning sprints and super trucks.

The sprints are off this week because of the annual Knoxville Nationals. Two of the RCS regular sprint drivers — Mark Dobmeier and Chris Shirek — are racing at the Nationals.

Last week, RCS officials changed up the order of events as well — running the late model feature last. Traditionally, the sprint feature has been the final event of the night.

A handful of late model drivers prefer running last as the track — at that point of the night — better suits the bigger late model cars.

Some sprint drivers prefer running before the lates, claiming there is more traction in the track at that point of the night.

“The track was absolutely beautiful,” said Seng of last week’s racing surface for the lates. “That was my kind of race track.”

Also Friday, the winners of the WISSOTA-sanctioned features will qualify for next month’s AMSOIL Race of Champions at the WISSOA 100 event in Huron, S.D.

Next Friday, the World of Outlaws return for their second show of the season at RCS.

Racing

River Cities Speedway

Season points leaders

Sprints

1.Austin Pierce 437; 2. Casey Mack 421; 3. Chris Shirek 405; 4. Bob Martin 387; 5. Wade Nygaard 347; 6. Mitch Mack 345; 7. Jordan Adams 343; 8. Ty Hanten 330; 9. Mark Dobmeier 323; 10. Amber Balcaen 320; 10. Greg Nikitenko 320; 12. Zach Wilde 315; 13. Jordan Graham 314; 14. Blake Egeland 306; 15. Trent Stengl 303; 16. Nick Omdahl 298; 17. Tom Egeland 296; 18. Dave Glennon 290; 19. Brenden Wilde 263; 19. Jade Hastings 263

Street stocks

1.Mike Anderson 437; 2. Ryan Johnson 418; 3. Travis Robertson 408; 4. Jordan Duray 395; 5. Aaron Blacklance 376; 6. Daniel McNamee 367; 7. Steven Richards 343; 8. Daniel Aberle 342; 9. James Meagher 340; 10. Tiffany Noreikis 303

Midwest mods

1.Tyler Peterson 429; 2. Darren Pfau 404; 3. Ryan Schroeder 387; 3. Austin Hunter 387; 5. John Halverson 347; 6. Dallas Brevik 291; 7. Todd Johnson 277; 8. Timothy Berg 274; 9. Zach Bruer 266; 10. Jeremy Lizakowski 263

Late models

1.Joey Pederson 457; 2. Brad Seng 456; 3. Dustin Strand 451; 4. Mike Balcaen 448; 5. Steve Anderson 431; 6. Bill Mooney 413; 7. Zach Naastad 373; 8. Jeff McDonald 362; 8. Tom Corcoran 362; 10. Steffen Snare 297

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Wayne Nelson
Nelson is the sports editor of the Herald
(701) 780-1268
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