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Hastings picks up emotional win at RCS

His streak of winning at least one RCS sprint feature each season remains intact

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NOSA sprints driver Jade Hastings closes in on Jack Croaker, left, during a heat race at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks on Friday, August 19, 2022.
Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald
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GRAND FORKS – Jade Hastings has become one of the top sprint drivers at River Cities Speedway during the past few seasons.

But each of those seasons has included at least one special win – at The Bullring, Hastings’ home track.

His goal is to win at least one sprint race at RCS each season. That win had eluded him – until Friday night.

Hastings passed Tim Estenson for the lead with seven laps to go and pulled away for the win in the 25-lap feature. His streak of winning at his home track now is at six years. And winning at RCS is always special for Hastings.

“It was looking like we might not get that win because it’s getting down toward the end of the season,” said Hastings in Victory Lane. “So it feels really good to get it. A shout out to my crew. They’re the same three guys who have been with me since I was seven. They weren’t here tonight so that makes this win emotional.”

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Hastings started seventh and steadily worked his way to the front on a heavy, tacky race surface caused by Thursday’s rain.

“The track was super fast,” said Hastings. “It was one of the fastest tracks we’ve had all season. “Hats off to the track prep crew for getting us a good, raceable surface, considering all the rain we got Thursday.”

Estenson wound up second, followed by Wade Nygaard, Mark Dobmeier and Jack Croaker.

Hastings won by 1.351 seconds and his fastest lap time was 10.562 seconds.

The track stayed fast throughout the night. Dobmeier had the fastest time in qualifying at 10.171 seconds. That time is typical of those set by the World of Outlaws, who will make their second appearance of the season at RCS next Friday.

In the 20-lap late model feature, Canadian driver Aaron Turnbull – a two-time winner of the John Seitz Memorial Late Model Invitational, —made a surge from the fifth starting spot to take the checkered flag.

Turnbull slipped past Dustin Strand with 13 laps to go and held off Strand and Shane Edginton. All three were battling for the lead throughout the closing laps.

Strand finished second, followed by Edginton, Brody Troftgruben and Brad Seng.

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Turnbull’s winning margin was 0.445 seconds.

Turnbull won the prestigious 92-lap Seitz race in 2019 and 2020.

However, he won’t attempt a third title this season as he secured a ride for the IMCA Super Nationals next month in Iowa.

“The last thing I want to do is miss the Seitz, but it just happened to work out that way,” said Turnbull.

For Turnbull, it was his eighth night of racing this season.

Tanner Theis won the Midwest modified feature, finishing 0.792 seconds ahead of Matt Schow.

Tucker Pederson won for the second straight week in the streets division and it was his eighth win of the season.

The 20-lap race went green to checkered without a caution flag. The race took 5 minutes and eight seconds to complete.

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The night also featured the annual school bus race, an event that usually increases the number of fans in attendance. That again was the case Friday night.

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School buses careen around a turn at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks on Friday, August 19, 2022.
Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald
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WISSOTA Late Models drivers Aaron Turnbull (21T) and Brody Troftgruben (14) jockey for the lead during a heat race at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks on Friday, August 19, 2022.
Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald
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East Grand Forks racer Tucker Pederson speeds through turn four at Grand Forks' River Cities Speedway during a WISSOTA street stocks heat race on Friday, August 19, 2022.
Nick Nelson / 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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