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The 2018 race season at River Cities Speedway -- as usual -- had plenty of highlights. The last highlight of the season -- and perhaps the most impressive -- was the emergence of Jade Hastings, who capped the season Friday night by winning the 25-lap sprint feature in dramatic fashion. Twice in the closing laps, he had to hold off Mark Dobmeier on restarts. Both times he held on, denying another win to the career wins leader at The Bullring.
It was quite the weekend for Winnipeg’s Ricky Weiss. Make that quite the season, too. Weiss had a dominating weekend at the 12th annual John Seitz Memorial Late Model Invitational, winning Saturday night’s 92-lap feature before more than 3,000 fans at River Cities Speedway.
Dustin Strand has won a lot of races at River Cities Speedway over the years. On Saturday night, he has a chance to win one of the biggest. Strand won Friday night’s pole dash at the 12th annual John Seitz Memorial Late Model Invitational. As a result, he will start on the pole for Saturday night’s 92-lap Seitz feature, which pays $9,200 to win
Brad Seng and Wisconsin racer A.J. Diemel have something in common. They are the only two-time winners of the John Seitz Memorial Late Model Invitational -- one of the biggest races each season in the Upper Midwest.
The first half of Friday night’s racing at River Cities Speedway couldn’t have gone any better. There were 12 heat races in four classes. Every heat race went green to checkered without a caution -- something rarely seen at The Bullring. And lap times were fast. In the first heat of NOSA sprints, Jade Hastings turned a lap time of 10.344 seconds. The racing surface was smooth and relatively fast.
Girls golf Riders finish third: Lily Bredemeier's 84 led Grand Forks Red River to a third-place finish Wednesday at the Fargo North Invite at Edgewood. West Fargo Sheyenne won the meet with a 345; Fargo Shanley was second at 359 with Red River following at 361. Grand Forks Central was sixth at 380. Clara Hanson's 86 led Central. Pro football Wentz on SI cover: Carson Wentz is one of four players featured on the NFL Preview edition of Sports Illustrated, but finding it may be tough in his old college town.
BOYS SOCCER: East Grand Forks Senior High's Parker Anderson and Mohammed Barkadleh each scored a goal and added an assist as the Green Wave downed Fergus Falls 3-1 on Monday at Senior High Field. Anderson opened the scoring at 34 minutes Khalid Omar scored at 41 minutes before Barkadleh ended the scoring with a goal at 65 minutes. Blake Felch and Drew Kallock each finished with two stops in goal for Senior High. GIRLS SOCCER: The East Grand Forks girls soccer match scheduled at Sauk Rapids on Monday was postponed.
Mark Dobmeier has won numerous features at River Cities Speedway starting eighth. He did so again Friday night at The Bullring before nearly 3,500 fans. Even though he clearly again had the car to beat, it wasn’t an easy ride for Dobmeier -- or the rest of the field. Turns 1 and 2 were tricky for the field and it kept Dobmeier up on the wheel as a number of cars bounced through the turns.
On the morning the World of Outlaws raced at River Cities Speedway last week, Jade Hastings texted his race crew. He told them a top-10 finish for his No. 8 car against the Outlaws -- the best sprint car circuit in the country -- was going to happen later that night. The 20-year-old was right.
National power Kentucky—with eight NCAA national titles to its credit—will play UND in men's basketball this season. UND will play Kentucky on Nov. 14 in Lexington in historic Rupp Arena. For the past few seasons, UND has included a handful of games against national powers. Last season, UND played at Gonzaga—losing in overtime—and at Creighton. In 2015, UND played at Wisconsin—a season after the Badgers advanced to the Final Four. Kentucky is one of the most successful men's basketball programs in history.