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Before Sunday's title game in the East Grand Forks Classic, Grafton and Park River had met three times so far during the American Legion baseball season. Two more meetings are on the horizon this summer. Added to that, Grafton and Park River played six times during the spring high school season. Does all that familiarity make it easier or more difficult to play the game? "If you do your homework, it makes it easier," said Grafton coach Chad Kliniske. "You know what you can get away with. But executing and thinking you're executing are two different things."
In the first feature of the night, there wasn't much doubt. Mark Dobmeier, who started fourth, dominated the 25-lap feature at River Cities Speedway. The real drama, however, came later in the night. Could Dobmeier win a second 25-lap feature from the back of the pack? He could. And he did.
Brad Seng has won two of the past four NLRA titles and he's in the mix for his fourth overall title this season. The late model circuit's title won't be decided for quite a while but local late model drivers can take a big step toward a season title depending on what happens this weekend. "We had a DNF in Jamestown and that set us back," said Seng. "But we'll be racing as hard as we can and hope for some good finishes."
UND football coach Bubba Schweigert grew up in tiny Zeeland, N.D., where change occurs less frequently than a Halley's Comet sighting. "Change is always difficult and hard for people," said Bubba. "You're talking to a guy who grew up around Germans from Russia. We didn't want change at all. We pretty much stayed in the middle of the road. We didn't even want to hit the rumble strips."
The show must go on. And it did, surprisingly, considering the rough weather that hit Grand Forks earlier in the day. More than 2 inches of rain fell on River Cities Speedway early in the day, but speedway officials managed to pull off Friday night's World of Outlaws show in front of more than 5,000 fans. The Outlaws raced at RCS for the 18th time Friday night. RCS never has lost an Outlaws' show to weather.
Donny Schatz started seventh in the World of Outlaws feature Friday night at River Cities Speedway. He could have started last. It simply seems it doesn’t matter where Schatz starts...
The World of Outlaws were scheduled to race in Calistoga, Calif., on April 9. Rain, however, wiped out the night's racing. So, Donny Schatz—the face of the Outlaws for the past few seasons—decided to watch UND play Quinnipiac in the NCAA Frozen Four title game. "We ended up a local watering hole and watched the Sioux win the national championship," said Schatz of UND's 5-1 title win. "Just a reminder of no matter where you are you don't forget where you are from." And he was excited about UND's eighth national championship, too.
The season may not have started the best for Donny Schatz. But his familiar No.15 sprint is getting faster and faster as the World of Outlaws' season is nearing the halfway point. "This season didn't get started the way we had hoped, but it's been a big learning process," said Schatz, who will headline the World of Outlaws' appearance at River Cities Speedway on Friday night. "Sometimes, it felt like we'd take one step forward, but two steps back. All the things we've tried have pushed us to a spot where we hopefully are getting better each race."
For years, fans wondered what it would be like to watch the World of Outlaws race on the quarter-mile, high-banked race track at River Cities Speedway. In 2007, they finally...
Mike Balcaen was sitting in a lawn chair by his hauler after his late model feature race Friday night at River Cities Speedway. He had a bag of ice on...