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Finding a rhythm at The Bullring; Brad Sweet wins WoO feature

Outlaws race in front of one of the biggest crowds in RCS history

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World of Outlaws #49, Brad Sweet, wins the feature Friday, August 26, 2022 at RiverCities Speedway in Grand Forks.
Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald
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GRAND FORKS – Brad Sweet is closing in on his fourth-straight World of Outlaws title. He helped his cause Friday night at River Cities Speedway where the California driver won the 35-lap feature before nearly 6,000 fans.

In heavy lapped traffic, Sweet slipped past pole-sitter Sheldon Haudenschild on Lap 11 and led the rest of the way. Sweet had a safe cushion most of the way, beating David Gravel to the flag stand by 1.776 seconds.

Sweet has raced at RCS for a number of years but didn’t win his first WoO feature at The Bullring until last season.

He won again this season, and may have found a rhythm at RCS.

“That’s what happens; you figure out a setup that works on a racetrack and get the driver comfortable,” said Sweet. “We’ve been real competitive every time we’ve come here so we’re getting a good feel for this place.”

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Sweet said the key – as usual at The Bullring – was lapped traffic. “You have to make moves in a split second. This place is small and tight. The car maneuvered well in spots and I think that’s what allowed us to get the win.

“I like this track especially when there are multiple grooves, like it was tonight.”

The race surface was fast all night.

Sweet’s top time in the feature was 10.807 seconds, that coming late in the race (Lap 26). Sweet also had the top qualifying time of the night, 9.885 seconds. He was one of six drivers to post a time under 10 seconds. Also 28 of the 35 drivers posted qualifying times under 11 seconds.

Carson Macedo, who won the June WoO race at RCS, finished third. Donny Schatz finished fourth, followed by Haudenschild.

The top local finisher was Mark Dobmeier, the career wins leader at RCS. Dobmeier finished 11th.

Making his WoO debut was Ryan Timms, a 16-year-old from Oklahoma City. Timms has been making a splash nationally, winning a number of sprint car races across the country with different sanctioning bodies.

He finished ninth. He turned 16 on Friday, the minimum age to race with the Outlaws.

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With threatening weather to the south, the Outlaws pushed the program to beat the rain.

The feature was done around 9:15 p.m. and the complete show was completed around 9:40 p.m.

There was no official attendance listed, but the crowd may have been the biggest in RCS history. The Outlaws, who began racing in Grand Forks in 2007, usually draw between 4,000 and 5,000 with each visit but Friday’s turnout may have pushed 6,000.

Late models also complemented WoO sprints.

Brody Troftgruben captured the 25-lap NLRA feature, with Joey Pederson finishing second. Jason Strand, Ryan Corbett and Jesse Teunis rounded out the top five.

Troftgruben edged Pederson by 1.131 seconds in a race that went caution-free.

“That’s the best time to win, when you see all these fans and hear that noise when you get out of the car,” said Troftgruben. “It’s the best feeling in the world.”

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A 24 car field passes by the grandstand for the Outlaw feature Friday, August 26, 2022.
Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald
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10-time World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz gets ready for Friday's World of Outlaws event at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks August 26, 2022.
Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

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Wayne Nelson is the sports editor at the Herald.


He has been with the Grand Forks Herald since 1995, serving as the UND football and basketball beat writer as well as serving as the sports editor.



He is a UND graduate and has been writing sports since the late 1970s.



Follow him on Twitter @waynenelsongf. You can reach him at (701) 780-1268 or wnelson@gfherald.com.
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