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The John Seitz Memorial Late Model Invitational now has a pair of two-time winners. A.J. Diemel of Elk Mound, Wis., won Saturday night's 92-lap feature at River Cities Speedway before nearly 4,000 fans. It was the biggest late-model payday in RCS history as the Seitz purse was increased to $10,200 shortly before the race. Past purses have been $9,200. Diemel joins RCS regular Brad Seng as the only two-time winners of the 10th annual event. In Victory Lane, Diemel said this was one of the biggest wins of his career. He won the Seitz race in 2014.
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio—UND's bid for its second straight win over an FBS opponent came up short Saturday as Bowling Green held off the Fighting Hawks 27-26. UND's Keaton Studsrud hit Stetson Carr on a short touchdown pass with 13 seconds left, cutting Bowling Green's lead to 27-26. UND elected to go for the two-point conversion, but Studsrud's pass attempt to Carr in the back of the end zone was incomplete. UND dropped to 0-1. Bowling Green improved to 1-1. UND beat FBS opponent Wyoming last year.
Steve Laursen has raced for 37 years. He knows never to take anything for granted. "There are so many good racers," said Laursen. "And racing is such a funny sport. Everything has to fall into place." Everything fell into place for Laursen as the Cumberland, Wis., driver won Friday night's 15-lap pole dash at the John Seitz Memorial Late Model Invitational before nearly 4,000 fans at River Cities Speedway. As a result, Laursen will start on the pole for tonight's 92-lap Seitz feature, which pays $9,200 to win.
Patchy rain throughout the week didn't keep drivers away from River Cities Speedway. A total of 166 cars in four classes—late models, sprints, Midwest modifieds and modifieds—showed up to The Bullring on Friday night as the track hosted the 10th annual John Seitz Memorial Late Model Invitational. Racing stretched long into the night Friday and was still in progress at press time. For full results, go to grandforksherald.com.
It wasn't the big prize he was after, but the start of the John Seitz Memorial Late Model Invitational worked out well for Dustin Strand. Strand dominated Thursday night's portion of the Seitz—winning the 25-lap feature that also served as the wrap up to the NLRA season. Strand topped a field of 38 late models, winning the feature by 1.572 seconds over Bill Mooney. Strand grabbed the lead from Brad Seng on Lap 9 as both drivers came out of Turn 2. Strand controlled the rest of the event.
This season, Dustin Strand has been the driver to beat at River Cities Speedway. He's parked his No. 71 late model in Victory Lane seven times. On Saturday night, he'd love to drive into Victory Lane for the eighth time. But the Grand Forks driver admits No. 8 has its challenges.
In past seasons, UND largely has opened its men's basketball season with a handful of challenging road games. This season, UND will play three home games to start the season—the first time that's happened in the past decade. UND announced its schedule Wednesday, a slate that includes 28 games, a tournament at Wright State of Ohio, a home-and-home series with North Dakota State and a game at Big Ten member Iowa.
Prep volleyball 6 Tuesday's results North Dakota Fargo Shanley 3, West Fargo 2 Fargo North 3, Fargo Davies 1 Fargo South 3, Valley City 2 West Fargo Sheyenne 3, Wahpeton 0 Fargo Oak Grove 3, Norman Co. West 0 Minnesota Crookston 3, Red Lake Falls 0 Perham 3, Detroit Lakes 0 Dilworth-G-F 3, Wadena-Deer Creek 0 Park Rapids 3, Frazee 0 Crosby-Ironton 3, Isle 0 Alexandria 3, Fergus Falls 0 EGF Senior High 27-25-25, GF Central 25-15-21
Local-area clipboard 6 Golf UND ties for fourth NEBRASKA CITY, Neb.— UND finished in a tie for fourth place at the UNO Invitational that wrapped up Sunday. Ally Rogers and Alexis Guggisberg each shot a 75 during Sunday's final round to move the Fighting Hawks up two positions. Rogers wound up tied for 12th place individually in her collegiate debut. Guggisberg tied for 14th. Rogers finished with a 54-hole total of 234 while Guggisberg finished one shot behind her teammate.
Auto racing 6 Greenbush Race Park Saturday's results Modifieds Feature—1. Rick Delaine; 2. Ward Imrie; 3. Mark Esala; 4. Billy Vogel; 5. Brody Strachen Streets Feature—1. Ryan Johnson; 2. Shawn Teunis; 3. Art Linert; 4. Jesse Teunis; 5. Chase Boen Midwest modifieds Feature—1. Jordan Wahl; 2. Shane Wahl; 3. Cody Wall; 4. Justin Olson; 5. Charles Davis Lightning sprints Feature --1 . Eric Johnson; 2. Ryan Davies; 3. Kelsi Pederson; 4. Kyle Cole; 5. Charles Davis Pure stocks