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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.
WEST FARGO, N.D. -- Donny Schatz did it again. And it did it with ease. Schatz swept the World of Outlaws swing through North Dakota by capturing Saturday night’s 30-lap feature at the Red River Valley Speedway. On Friday, Schatz won at River Cities Speedway, holding off a late charge from Mark Dobmeier for his 11th win at The Bullring and eighth in his past nine races in Grand Forks.
Donny Schatz won -- again -- at River Cities Speedway, capturing Friday night’s 40-lap World of Outlaws feature. For Schatz, it was his 11th WoO win at The Bullring since 2007 and his seventh in the past eight races. But the big story of the night came from the top driver at The Bullring -- Mark Dobmeier.
The World of Outlaws season begins in February and ends in early November. The circuit races roughly 90 nights a season. And it’s footprint stretches from California to New York. It’s a grind but it’s one that Greg Wilson accepts. It’s his profession. The Ohio driver was back at it Friday night when the Outlaws raced at River Cities Speedway before another big turnout. He finished 17th in the feature, won by Donny Schatz.
The World of Outlaws is in the home stretch of its 40th season. The country’s best sprint car circuit has been been coming to North Dakota since 1981 when it began racing at the Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo. At that time, it was believed Grand Forks couldn’t support a visit by the Outlaws. But that thought eventually eroded and in 2007 the managing partners at River Cities Speedway decided to take the risk and book the Outlaws.
Wade Nygaard has raced enough to know that running in second -- sometimes -- is an advantage late in the race. It was for Nygaard on Friday at River Cities Speedway where he captured another sprint car feature win -- No. 270 of his nearly 30-year career. For much of the race, Ty Hanten was trying to become a first-time winner at The Bullring for the second week in a row.
River Cities Speedway is considered one of the best dirt tracks in the country. It’s a high-banked bullring with plenty of action. Simply, it’s hard to win a sprint feature at The Bullring. But Blake Egeland has a win at RCS to his credit, that coming last week when he stunned the field at RCS for his first NOSA win.
In the past few seasons, UND women's basketball hasn't back down from challenging schedules. The same holds true this season. In fact, this may be UND's most challenging schedule for two reasons—considering the program's demanding road schedule early followed by the switch to the Summit League that already has mid-major powers South Dakota State and South Dakota. UND will play a 29-game regular season, which includes 10 home games—none before the Dec. 7 meeting against Milwaukee at The Betty.
Over the years, there have been hundreds of celebrations in Victory Lane at River Cities Speedway. It would be hard pressed to find one more special than the one that took place Friday night at The Bullring. Blake Egeland surprised the field and captured the 25-lap feature before nearly 2,000 fans. It was his first career win at RCS.
The stars were in perfect alignment for Joey Pederson. And Steve Moen, too. Pederson captured Friday night’s 20-lap late model feature at River Cities Speedway, a win coming on the night his co-owner -- Moen -- was inducted into the track’s hall of fame. And it was a race worth of Hall of Fame night.