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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.
After last season, Bob Martin thought about ending his racing days. "But I didn't want to quit after a year like that," said Martin. However, he decided to return and so far the the longtime East Grand Forks sprint driver is having a solid season heading into tonight's mid-season championship races at River Cities Speedway.
The weather hasn't cooperated much this season with go-kart racers in Grand Forks. On Wednesday night, however, the Forks Karting Association did mange to get in a complete night of...
One day, Mike Marek decided to figure out how many miles he's covered over the years in a school bus. His best guess: 40,000 miles, or nearly twice around the globe. That's a lot of miles to be driving and riding in a school bus. To Marek, however, the miles were worth it. "I hate driving the school bus, but the camaraderie that you develop over the miles with the players makes it worthwhile," said Marek.
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."