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AUTO RACING: River Cities Speedway turns its attention to final big show

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AUTO RACING: River Cities Speedway turns its attention to final big show
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Two big World of Outlaws shows are in the books at River Cities Speedway.

Now the track turns its attention toward the final big show of the season -- the seventh annual John Seitz Memorial Late Model Invitational scheduled Sept. 5-7.


Last week's World of Outlaws sprint show at RCS drew an estimated 6,000 fans -- believed to be the largest in the history of the quarter-mile track. And the show didn't disappoint as the two features -- a 20-late late model A-main and a 40-lap WoO sprint A-main -- went green to checkered without a caution flag.

In fact, only two flags -- other than the green and checkered -- were thrown all night, one in a late model heat race and the other in the WoO B main.

Before the Seitz weekend, however, RCS has two more nights of racing -- tonight's track championship and a regular night of competition Aug. 31.

The Seitz weekend has been beefed up as well.

NOSA sprints will run a complete show on Thursday, Sept. 5; that's a change from previous years. The sprints will complement the NLRA season finale, a race that could attract as many as 30 late models. Lightning sprints also will race on the night called "The Prelude to the Johnny."

On Sept. 6, A modifieds, Midwest modifieds and streets will run complete shows, with $920 going to the A modifieds winner. This marks the first year the A modifieds have joined the Seitz weekend.

The Seitz late model heat races also will be held Sept. 6, concluding with a pole dash that pays $920 to win.

The winner of the pole dash will start No. 1 in the Seitz 92-lap feature on Sept. 7, one that pays $9,200 to win. It is one of the largest late model races in the Upper Midwest.

On Saturday, NOSA sprints will run again. They will run just a feature, inverted from the Thursday night finish. Midwest mods and streets also will complement the late models.

RCS officials believe approximately 50 late models from the Upper Midwest will be on hand for the Seitz weekend.

Schatz rolls on

Donny Schatz won last week's WoO show at RCS, leading all 40 laps of the A-main.

The Fargo driver also won the preceding 20-lap late model feature.

Many long-time race officials said they had never seen such a performance at the Grand Forks track.

Schatz also won the WoO feature at Minot last Sunday, his series-leading 16th win of the season. The Outlaws are scheduled to race tonight and Saturday in Edmonton, Alberta.

The RCS racing surface last week also drew rave reviews from the traveling Outlaws.

"Hats off to these guys and this face facility," said Cody Darrah, the Pennsylvania driver who finished second to Schatz. "It's a beautiful racing surface. All of us drivers (complain) from time to time, but no one knows how hard it is to get a track like this."

Nelson reports on sports. Call him at (701) 780-1268; (800) 477-6572, ext. 1268; or send e-mail to

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