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Wade Nygaard has raced enough to know that running in second -- sometimes -- is an advantage late in the race. It was for Nygaard on Friday at River Cities Speedway where he captured another sprint car feature win -- No. 270 of his nearly 30-year career. For much of the race, Ty Hanten was trying to become a first-time winner at The Bullring for the second week in a row.
River Cities Speedway is considered one of the best dirt tracks in the country. It’s a high-banked bullring with plenty of action. Simply, it’s hard to win a sprint feature at The Bullring. But Blake Egeland has a win at RCS to his credit, that coming last week when he stunned the field at RCS for his first NOSA win.
In the past few seasons, UND women's basketball hasn't back down from challenging schedules. The same holds true this season. In fact, this may be UND's most challenging schedule for two reasons—considering the program's demanding road schedule early followed by the switch to the Summit League that already has mid-major powers South Dakota State and South Dakota. UND will play a 29-game regular season, which includes 10 home games—none before the Dec. 7 meeting against Milwaukee at The Betty.
Over the years, there have been hundreds of celebrations in Victory Lane at River Cities Speedway. It would be hard pressed to find one more special than the one that took place Friday night at The Bullring. Blake Egeland surprised the field and captured the 25-lap feature before nearly 2,000 fans. It was his first career win at RCS.
The stars were in perfect alignment for Joey Pederson. And Steve Moen, too. Pederson captured Friday night’s 20-lap late model feature at River Cities Speedway, a win coming on the night his co-owner -- Moen -- was inducted into the track’s hall of fame. And it was a race worth of Hall of Fame night.
Rick Aukland has been racing cars since 1978, when he climbed into a hobby stock at the Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo. Forty years later, he's still racing. The Zanesville, Ohio, resident isn't racing as much as he did during the height of his career, but he's still competitive. How many nights has he raced since 1978? "I have no idea," said Aukland. "I guess it would be a lot. There were years when we ran 120 nights."
In April, Brendan Mullen turned 15 -- the age when a lot of teen-agers get their driver’s license. Even though he’s well aware of the speed limit, “I already got a speeding ticket,” said Mullen. “I guess that has to happen once.” More appropriately, he’s also been on the gas at River Cities Speedway -- where speed is accepted and encouraged.
For roughly two decades, Ed Schultz was at the forefront of the North Dakota sporting scene—mostly as a highly watched, often controversial, television personality. If that wasn't enough, he dominated the radio airwaves as well, calling every big college contest in North Dakota. He was involved—in one way or another—in every big game, it seemed, first at North Dakota State and later at UND—the two schools with a rivalry as big as any in the country.
Early in the day, it rained fairly hard at River Cities Speedway -- leaving the Friday night’s race program in doubt. But RCS officials managed to get the track ready and the racing surface -- aided by the late moisture from the rain -- was as fast as it has been in a number of seasons. Predictably, it was a wild night at The Bullring.
Wade Nygaard has raced a sprint car for nearly 30 years in Grand Forks and the region. He’s won hundreds of features along the way. And, he, more than anyone, knows it never hurts to have a little luck on your side.