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This year's Fourth of July celebration will be one Jade Hastings never forgets. The 19-year-old sprint driver spent the holiday celebrating in more ways than one. On Saturday, he picked up his first career sprint feature win, capturing a NOSA victory at the Greenbush Race Park. After the race, there was a fireworks display at the GRP. On the Fourth, the glow of the victory remained strong. "It's going to be the best Fourth ever," he said. "We celebrated all weekend. We weren't going to spend any money on fireworks but we would up spending $1,700."
Admittedly, it was a demanding Friday night for driver Donny Schatz at River Cities Speedway. "I'm tired," said Schatz after racing two late model features at RCS. And he had good reason to be exhausted, considering the race schedule he keeps. The Fargo driver may have one of the toughest—if not toughest—schedules in motorsports as he competes with the World of Outlaws sprint cars and runs as many late model races as he can each season.
It's tough to win one late model feature at River Cities Speedway, let alone two on the same night. And it's tough to hold off Donny Schatz for the win, let alone twice on the same night. But Dustin Strand pulled off that double-double Friday night at The Bullring, winning back-to-back late model features before more than 2,000 fans. In both features, Schatz—the country's top sprint car driver—came in second as the World of Outlaws took to The Bullring since he had a night off on the sprint car circuit.
Joey Pederson is one of the top late model drivers at River Cities Speedway. He has been for years. He's won his share of races and has been competitive as well in the big-money races The Bullring holds each year. On Friday night, however, he experienced one of his biggest thrills. His 15-year-old daughter, Kelsi, won the lightning sprints feature at RCS.
If you're going to win a sprint feature at The Bullring, you might as well make it a big one. Austin Pierce did just that Friday night, winning the the 25-lap sprint feature at River Cities Speedway before a regional television audience. Midco SN televised the RCS show live, a first for the regional TV sports station and a first for the track. Pierce led all 25 laps and had to survive heavy lapped traffic for much of the feature as the yellow flags were at a minimum. And the race was special for another reason.
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One streak was broken Friday night during the World of Outlaws show at River Cities Speedway. Another streak, however, continued. Donny Schatz had his streak of four-straight WoO feature wins halted by David Gravel, who won a rain-delayed, 40-lap feature that produced some lightning fast speeds on the quarter-mile Bullring. Gravel pulled into Victory Lane at 12:44 a.m. Saturday as rain halted the show for roughly three hours. However, the streak of completed WoO shows at RCS continued. The Bullring has not lost a WoO show to weather in 19 nights, dating back to 2007.
Auto racing 6 World of Outlaws Friday's results At River Cities Speedway Qualifying Flight A
Since the World of Outlaws began racing at River Cities Speedway in 2007, rain had never washed out a night of competition by the country's best sprint car drivers. That streak was on the line late Friday night, however. Rain fell after four laps of the WoO 40-lap feature had been completed. However, RCS and WoO officials were still hoping the feature would be completed as this edition of the Herald went to press. RCS and WoO officials pushed the show along as fast as they could to beat the rain. They almost made it.
Donny Schatz has won the past four World of Outlaws features at River Cities Speedway. Streaks like that in any type of racing are hard to achieve. But Schatz has managed to dominate RCS like no other WoO driver since the country's top sprint car circuit first game to The Bullring in 2007. Can Schatz make it five in a row tonight when the Outlaws return to The Bullring? "The deck will be stacked against us," said Schatz. "You know that streak will come to a halt. But we have great guys who give me a great race car every night. And we've had luck go our way.