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AUTO RACING: Shaw dominates dash

It was a good night -- a really good night -- for Don Shaw at River Cities Speedway on Friday night.

Tonight, Shaw hopes it will be a great night.

And that possibility exists as Shaw will start on the pole for the 92-lap John Seitz Memorial Late Model Invitational feature at RCS. The race -- the biggest late model race in the region -- pays $9,200 to win.

Shaw earned the pole position by winning Friday night's 20-lap dash -- the race that sets the first eight rows of tonight's feature.

To win the Seitz Memorial would be special for Shaw, who is from Ham Lake, Minn.

"John was my brother-in-law; my best friend," said Shaw. "This would be a special win."

Shaw dominated the dash, starting on the pole and leading all 20 laps. He ran the high side of the track throughout, holding off a couple of charges from Wisconsin driver A.J. Diemel, who finished second.

Shaw finished 0.488 seconds ahead of Diemel. Zach Johnson finished third, followed by RCS regular Brad Seng and Jeff Wildung. RCS regular Joey Pederson finished sixth, followed by Pat Doar, Brent Larson, Jake Redetzke and Jeff Provinzino.

This is the seventh annual Seitz Memorial and there has yet to be a repeat winner.

Shaw hopes that string continues.

And his method of winning came from the late Seitz, who was won the area's dominant drivers.

Shaw ran the high groove throughout, something that Seitz did as well when he ran his familiar No. 92 late model at RCS.

"I learned that from John," said Shaw. "John always said that racing the high side of the track here will win it."

His strategy tonight will be simple.

"We'll try to put our car out front right away and stay there," he said. "But it will be tough."

Shaw also won the 25-lap modified feature that preceded the late model pole dash. Again, Shaw ran the high groove and led throughout.

Shaw dominated the modified race, beating second-place Jeremy Nelson by 2.676 seconds. Cody Skytland was third, followed by Ward Imrie and Blake Jegtvig.

Four classes comprised the second night of the Seitz Memorial. There were 138 cars that checked into the RCS pits.

Tyler Peterson won the Midwest modifieds feature, finishing ahead of Rick Pavlicek and Ryan Schroeder.

In the streets, Ryan Pommerer edged Ryan Flaten in the 20-lap feature. Pommerer took the lead on Lap 18.

Tonight, Midwest mods and streets again will run complete shows.

Outlaw sprints will race once, a 25-lap feature that will be inverted from their finish Thursday night.

The 92-lap feature will cap the Seitz Memorial. There will be a pit stop near the midway point of the feature.

Wayne Nelson
Nelson is the sports editor of the Herald
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