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Until last Friday, 19-year-old Jade Hastings thought the best day of his life came July 1—the day he won his first sprint car feature. The win came at the Greenbush Race Park. He's since changed his mind. His best day now is July 14—the day he won a 25-lap sprint feature at River Cities Speedway. Winning at The Bullring is special for any driver, mainly because it's one of the hardest things for an Upper Midwest sprint racer to accomplish.
It was another night of racing for the Forks Karting Association in Grand Forks on Wednesday. The FKA held a regular night of competition at the track, located on the Grand Forks County Fairgrounds. The go-kart races are held weekly through the summer.
Over the Fourth of July, Tiahna Burian concentrated on discipline, not celebration. She was focused on her upcoming trip to a national bodybuilding competition while others enjoyed hot dogs, beverages and relaxing at home or at the lake. "There are a lot of things I've had to miss out on, like the Fourth of July celebration," she said. "I decided I was going to stay in town. I've trained a year-and-a-half. I wasn't going to blow it now."
UND has been picked to win this season's Big Sky Conference football title. The league's coaches and media both predicted the Fighting Hawks will win the 2017 Big Sky title. UND was the surprise story of the league last season, finishing 8-0 and sharing the title with Eastern Washington. The Fighting Hawks received six first-place votes by the Big Sky football coaches, and earned 15-of-24 first-place votes from media as both polls were released by league officials Tuesday during the annual Big Sky Conference Kickoff event in Park City, Utah.
Cole Reyes understands the attention he and his UND teammates have received since the end of the 2016 football season. A Big Sky Conference championship and a trip to the FCS playoffs will do that. But he also understands that expectations will accompany the attention when the Fighting Hawks open their 2017 season next month at Utah. Reyes and UND received more attention Monday at the Big Sky Conference Football Kickoff event in Park City, Utah.
A NASCAR Hall of Fame driver will add something extra to this year's World of Outlaws Late Model Series stop at River Cities Speedway. Rusty Wallace, who won 55 races on the NASCAR Cup series during his career, will serve as the Grand Marshall of the Acme Tool 50 on Friday night at The Bullring. The Acme Tool 50 will serve as the World of Outlaws Late Model Series annual stop at RCS. The WoOLMS has scheduled one race each season in Grand Forks since 2006. Wallace will be involved in a couple of race day activities in Grand Forks.
The wins haven't been as many this season for Mark Dobmeier. But the wins Dobmeier has captured have been dominating, as usual. Dobmeier put on another dominating show Friday night before more than 3,000 fans at River Cities Speedway, where he won two features. The second—the track's Mid-Season Championship—was especially dominating as he finished 5.676 seconds ahead of Chris Ranten. In the first feature—a makeup from the June 9 show—Dobmeier won by 1.271 seconds over Austin Pierce.
Legion baseball 6 Friday's results GF Royals 5-7, Fargo Post 400 0-3 GF 020 110 1 -- 5 11 1 FAR 000 000 0 -- 0 3 0 WP—Brock Reller; LP—Noah Hankel Highlights—GF: Rakeem Wright 2x3, 2B, Brock Reller 2x4, HR, Zach Murphy 2x3, 2B, Landon Kraft 2x4, 2B; F: Austin Warren 1x2 FAR 000 120 0 -- 3 9 3 GF 020 032 x -- 7 11 1 WP—Conner Richardson; LP—John Kennedy Highlights—GF: Richardson 2x2, 3 RBIs, Zach Murphy 2x4, 3B, 3 runs, Brock Reller 2x3; F: Kain Carlson 2x2
Dan McNamee knows exactly when he won his first feature at River Cities Speedway. It was July 8, 2011. "I know that because I took the photocopy of the check and stuck it to the wall," said McNamee. Another check photocopy from RCS will soon be going up on McNamee's wall as well. The Arvilla, N.D., driver won last week's streets feature at The Bullring—a win that keeps him in the running for a season points title as RCS prepares for tonight's mid-season championship.
This year's Fourth of July celebration will be one Jade Hastings never forgets. The 19-year-old sprint driver spent the holiday celebrating in more ways than one. On Saturday, he picked up his first career sprint feature win, capturing a NOSA victory at the Greenbush Race Park. After the race, there was a fireworks display at the GRP. On the Fourth, the glow of the victory remained strong. "It's going to be the best Fourth ever," he said. "We celebrated all weekend. We weren't going to spend any money on fireworks but we would up spending $1,700."