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Ironically, Wayne Anderson died Friday—race day at River Cities Speedway. A managing partner at RCS, Anderson was an icon of sprint car racing in Grand Forks and the region. He was a quiet man but his actions and support of racing in the region spoke loudly and were unmatched. He perhaps is the biggest reason why The Bullring is one of the top—if not the best—dirt tracks in the county. Before and after Friday night's program at RCS, drivers remembered Anderson as a driving force in sprint car racing.
Mark Dobmeier isn't thinking much about his winning streak at River Cities Speedway. Most race fans, however, are thinking and talking a lot about one of the hottest win streaks ever seen at The Bullring. Dobmeier won his eighth-straight feature Friday night at RCS, taking advantage of late caution flags to capture career win No. 123 in Grand Forks. No driver—in any class—has won eight straight features at RCS since the track was established in 1999. The previous record was seven straight, held by Dobmeier and street stock driver Jerry Messner.
Wayne Anderson, one of the managing partners of River Cities Speedway, died Friday. He was 76. Anderson was a fixture in racing in Grand Forks for decades. Since 1999, he and his partners operated RCS and he helped turn the quarter-mile race trace into one of the top dirt tracks in the county. Last year, a website in Pennsylvania ranked RCS as the top race track for sprint cars in the country. Anderson had been in ill health for some time. Fans at Friday night's races at RCS were informed of Anderson's death.
The Grand Forks Clash U15 soccer team captured a title in the recent Greater Grand Forks Soccer Club tournament held in Grand Forks. Team members: Back row, left to right- Coach CJ Cano, Sylver Osodo, Davie McLean, Jace Johnson, Maxx Andrade, Ben Kern, Jordan Robles, Alec Humble, John Aulich, Ethan Harsell, Alex Berger; Kneeling - Carter Krenelka, Stoker Short, Lucas Kanta, Nate Bye, Eric Olsen, and Kevin Brooks; (missing from picture Ben Stevens)
CARRINGTON, N.D.—J.R. Thielges has taken 12 teams to the North Dakota Class B American Legion baseball tournament. The veteran LaMoure coach can't recall many better state pitching performances from his teams in that time than the 1-hitter thrown by Brady Warcken on Thursday. "That's right up there with the best pitched games we've had,'' Thielges said. "You couldn't ask for anything more from him. "You give up one hit and you should win.''
In a way, there are two defending champions in the PGA Championship this week on the Lower Course at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield Township, N.J. World No. 1 Jason Day of Australia captured his first major title in the final Grand Slam event last season, beating Jordan Spieth by three strokes at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis. And Phil Mickelson won the 2005 PGA, the last time it was played at Baltusrol, hitting a sublime pitch shot to within one foot of the hole for a closing birdie to beat Steve Elkington of Australia and Thomas Bjorn of Denmark by one shot.
A year ago, Dustin Strand put himself in position to win a World of Outlaws Late Model Series feature at River Cities Speedway. The RCS regular grabbed the lead on Lap 16 and held the top spot for three laps before eventual winner Tim McCreadie slipped past Strand. Strand's night, however, didn't end well. "We had a left rear tire cut down with five laps to go," said Strand. "I was in third place at the time."
One of the top high school basketball players in North Dakota has given a verbal commitment to UND, according Prep Hoops Dakotas. Aanen Moody, who will be a senior at Dickinson High School in the fall, committed to UND, according to a tweet from Prep Hoops Dakotas on Tuesday night. After a high-scoring junior season, Moody earned North Dakota Class A all-state first-team honors. The 6-foot guard averaged 33 points as a junior, up from 15.6 points as a sophomore.
The World of Outlaws Late Model Series has raced at River Cities Speedway since 2006. For the local late model drivers who race at The Bullring weekly, a strong finish against some of the best drivers in the country has been virtually impossible. This season, that feat may be even more difficult when the WoO LMS races at RCS on Friday night.
The lineups were altered a bit at River Cities Speedway on Friday night. The results, however, weren't much different that usual. The late models and sprints flipped their features, with the late models ending the mid-season track championship night before an estimated crowd of 2,000 fans. The favorites won in both classes, with Dustin Strand taking the 20-lap late model feature Mark Dobmeier dominating the 25-lap sprint feature.