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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.
Ricky Weiss was asked how many features he's won since he started racing late models. His response: "Not really sure," he said.
The Greater Grand Forks County Fair is up and running this week. And the fair has a special meaning to Lou Kennedy Jr. The Winnipeg driver won his first career sprint feature during the fair week back in 1984. He's won a lot features since and he added another win to his total Friday night as he dominated the 25-lap Outlaw sprint feature before more than 2,000 fans at River Cities Speedway. "That's a while back," Kennedy said of his first win. "But that one was kind of neat." His latest came with relative ease. Kennedy started on the pole and led the entire race.
The Big Sky Conference's position on UND's controversial Fighting Sioux nickname and logo remains the same. If the name stays, UND's upcoming membership in the league is in serious jeopardy. That was the response from league commissioner Doug Fullerton to Sen.
Tonight, there is a good chance a different driver will be celebrating in Victory Lane following the 25-lap Outlaw sprint feature at River Cities Speedway. The two drivers that have dominated the sprint class -- Casey Mack and Mark Dobmeier -- are scheduled to compete at a $12,000-to-win feature in Jackson, Minn., where a field of approximately 40 cars are expected. Another RCS regular with a number of wins over the years, Wade Nygaard, also is headed to Jackson. Their absences should open the door for the rest of the field, including, among others, Bob Martin and Chris Shirek -- last year'
The World of Outlaws ended another successful two-day show at River Cities Speedway late Saturday night. And Craig Dollansky ended any doubt that he's become the dominant WoO driver at RCS since the series began racing in Grand Forks in 2007. The Elk River, Minn., driver now has won three of the eight WoO features held at RCS.
Another World of Outlaws feature at River Cities Speedway. Another wild, unpredictable and highly entertaining finish. Craig Dollansky pulled off a stunning win Saturday night, passing Jason Sides on the last corner of the last lap during the Outlaws' 40-lap feature that capped the two-day Duel in the Dakotas at RCS. Dollansky made it a weekend sweep as the Elk River, Minn., driver also won Friday night's 40-lap main event. "You just never give up," said Dollansky, who pocketed $10,000 for the win, his fourth of the season.
No matter the track conditions, Craig Dollansky doesn't mind racing at the River Cities Speedway. Dollansky's opinion of RCS probably improved some more Friday night when the Elk River, Minn., driver won the 40-lap World of Outlaws feature before approximately 4,000 fans. "It was a beautiful track," Dollansky said. "It had a top groove and a bottom groove and there is nothing wrong with a little bit of speed, too. Fans like to see that." Dollansky had the speed to grab the lead from Bill Rose with 22 laps to go. Dollansky passed Rose on the low side of the track as both came out of Turn 2.
Donny Schatz returns to his racing roots Friday night as the World of Outlaws roar into River Cities Speedway for a two-day show. And, not surprisingly, Schatz has returned to the top of the WoO standings. Schatz, a North Dakota native, is back on top of the WoO standings after a slow start to the season. But the Fargo driver and four-time WoO champion isn't totally satisfied with his season. He has only one win in more than WoO events this season, that coming in Ohio. "Leading the points race isn't a priority," said Schatz, one of the country's best sprint drivers.
If Jason Sides has a bad night in his sprint car, he can't blame anyone but himself. And it prefers it that way. "I'm not punching a time clock and I'm not answering to anyone else," Sides said.