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Of all the regulars at River Cities Speedway, Mark Dobmeier knows what it takes to beat the World of Outlaws. It takes a lot of prep work, attention to detail along with a little luck, Dobmeier said. Dobmeier owns a WoO feature win, that victory coming two years ago in Wilmot, Wis., where one of the closest finishes of the season took place. The Grand Forks driver would like nothing better for win No.
The World of Outlaws will race 75 nights this season. For a driver chasing the season points title, a few bad nights -- on the surface -- does not sound all that damaging. Outlaw driver Joey Saldana, who is chasing Donny Schatz for the circuit's season points title, isn't so sure about that. "We've had four DNFs; that's killing us more than anything," said Saldana, one of the top racers with the Outlaws. "We've had a couple of flat tires; we broke a U-joint with five laps to go, which cost us 42 points; and we were crashed out by our teammate. "That's racing. Everyone has bad luck.
At age 20, Winnipeg's Ricky Weiss long-range goal is to race his late model professionally with the World of Outlaws. After last week's performance, Weiss appears to be on the fast track toward a professional racing career. Weiss won two of three features, winning in Winnipeg last Thursday before taking the checkered flag Saturday night in Greenbush, Minn., where he came from the 13th starting position. On Friday at River Cities Speedway, Weiss finished second to Troy Schill.
On a picture-perfect Saturday morning at Bringewatt Park in Grand Forks, C.J. Cano was preparing his Grand Forks Fire U-12 boys soccer team for a match against Jamestown. The first-year UND student admits he has a passion for soccer although he longer plays. So Cano is doing the next best thing. He's coaching, hoping to spread his passion to his group of players. "Once I got into the sport when I was 12, I couldn't get away from it," Cano said.
It was a scary -- but more importantly -- a fortunate night at River Cities Speedway. A spectacular crash at the start of an Outlaw sprint heat race -- one that took out nearly 30 feet of the grandstand fence and sent debris flying into the crowd -- delayed Friday night's program for nearly an hour. Fortunately, there were no apparent serious injuries among the 3,000 fans that turned out. And RCS again had weather issues.
It's no surprise that Joey Pederson has won two of the first three late model features at River Cities Speedway this season. But it is surprising who has challenged Pederson. Brandon Burke, who is in his third year of racing, is off to a strong start at RCS this season, finishing second to Pederson two weeks ago and running with the leaders last week for a good portion of the 20-lap feature. "Brandon did a lot of homework during the winter," said veteran driver Steve Anderson.
Marcelo Campoverde has seen a lot of development in Grand Forks youth soccer over the years. The community can see how much development there has been this weekend as the 23rd annual Grand Cities Soccer Tournament is set for another run. Approximately 1,200 youth soccer players from North Dakota, Minnesota and Canada will compete at Bringwatt Park and the soccer fields located near South Middle School. "The kids have developed greatly over the years," said Campoverde, the director of coaching for the Greater Grand Forks Soccer Club.
Frustration -- more so than celebration -- has dominated the last two Midwest modified features at River Cities Speedway. The last two modified features at RCS have been cut short due to a high number of spin outs and wrecks. The top driver in the class, Dustin Strand, said something needs to be done to clean up the feature event for a class that has had a healthy car count the past few seasons. "I don't know what needs to happen to clean it up," said Strand, who won last Friday's feature.
After UND wrapped up its first Division I women's basketball season, Kierah Kimbrough -- who ended her career as the program's third-leading career scorer -- took part in a free-agent tryout in St. Louis, where the women's Final Four was being played. "Right away, I thought I was in over my head," Kimbrough said of the one-day tryout. "But once we started playing, I realized I wasn't in over my head." Kimbrough's play at the tryout camp was impressive. She's now considering options to play in Australia or in Europe. Her performance in St.
Will anyone beat Mark Dobmeier this season? "Oh, yeah," Dobmeier said. "It's coming." Well, the rest of the field still has a little work to do after Dobmeier won again Friday night, coming from the 10th starting position to win the 25-lap Outlaw sprint feature at River Cities Speedway. Dobmeier has won all three features this season at RCS. For the second straight week, the feature went green to checkered. No caution flags came out and the race was over in approximately 10 minutes. The first five minutes, however, belonged to Casey Mack.