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Friday night races When: 7:30 p.m., hot laps 6:30. Where: River Cities Speedway. Tickets: Adults $18 ($15 in advance); children (7-12) $5; 6-and-under free. Classes: Streets, Midwest modifieds, late models, sprints. Of note: Cody Skytland, last year's John Seitz Memorial Late Model feature winner at RCS, drove Donny Schatz's backup sprint car in Wednesday night's All Stars show in West Fargo. The former Edmore, N.D., resident drove a sprint for the first time and finished 20th. WEST FARGO, N.D.
Ty Boyle spent last summer living in Pittsburgh, where he worked as an intern for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the NHL. While living there, he witnessed the passion for sports in the city. "Pittsburgh is one of the best sports cities in the nation," Boyle said. On Tuesday, Boyle became a member of the sports franchise that defines the city -- the Pittsburgh Steelers. The former UND standout signed a free-agent contract with the Steelers.
The start of Saturday's play at the North Dakota Golf Association's state match play tournament was delayed by fog. By the day's end, however, both Tim Skarperud and Chad Skarperud were clear about their plans for Sunday. The brothers will meet for the NDGA state match play title at the Grand Forks Country Club. They tee off at 9 a.m. Both won quarterfinal and semifinal matches on a day that featured dense fog, heavy rain, heat and high humidity.
At first, it appeared the low groove was the fastest way to Victory Lane. But Tim McCreadie decided to run the top side of the track.
Rick Eckert has won monster races in his career. Twice, he's captured $100,000 features. He's been one of the top drivers on the World of Outlaws Late Model Series circuit since it was formed.
On Friday night, Josh Richards will race with the World of Outlaws Late Model Series at River Cities Speedway, where the Shinnston, W.Va., driver hopes to win his second 50-lap feature in three years. A week after his RCS race, Richards will compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in Nashville, Tenn., where he hopes to further impress his boss -- NASCAR star Kyle Busch. It's been a whirlwind season for Richards, the WoO LMS star poised to make the transition to NASCAR.
Wade Nygaard had to race against two opponents Friday night -- the remaining 14 cars in the Outlaw sprint field and the weather. He beat both. Nygaard captured his 237th career win, holding off Chris Shirek and Casey Mack in the 25-lap sprint feature before an estimated 2,000 fans at River Cities Speedway. It was Nygaard's second straight win as he captured a NOSA feature at the Devils Lake Speedway last week. "We've had a lot of bad luck this year but I think we're getting some stuff together," Nygaard said as he and the rest of the field had to scramble off the quarter-mile track as rain
Some of the best late model drivers in the country will roll into River Cities Speedway next week. And the 15 or so regular late model racers at RCS know a win is all but impossible. Still, the World of Outlaws Late Model Series, which will compete at RCS for a sixth-straight season, provides an opportunity for local drivers to see how they fare against some of the best drivers in the country. "The way I look at it is if I can beat all the locals and beat any Outlaws, that's a plus," said Brad Seng, who leads the season-points race for late models at RCS.
Due to the historic flooding in Minot, the World of Outlaws will make another appearance this season at River Cities Speedway. The Outlaws will race Aug. 19 at RCS, which will mark their third night of racing at the quarter-mile track this season. The Outlaws raced a two-day show at RCS in June. The flood in Minot has shut down the Nodak Speedway indefinitely. The Outlaws were scheduled to race at Nodak on Aug.
The racing surface at River Cities Speedway on Friday night may have been as smooth and fast as it's been all season. That brought no complaints from Mark Dobmeier, who usually has the fastest car at RCS. Dobmeier started up front and easily captured the 25-lap Outlaw sprint feature win before more than 2,000 fans. "River Cities had a great track," Dobmeier said in Victory Lane. "No. 1, it was smooth. No. 2, it got to be a racy surface at the end.