Jade Hastings wins second-straight sprint feature at RCS

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NOSA sprints driver Jade Hastings cruises through a corner during a time trial event Friday night at River Cities Speedway. Hastings clinched the sprints feature race with a time of 26:34.142. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

It’s one thing to win a sprint car race at The Bullring.

It’s another thing to win when the race is televised regionally, like it was by MidcoSN.

A win gets even better, however, if it comes with Mark Dobmeier -- the winningest driver in RCS history -- in the field.

Currently, Jade Hastings is on top of the RCS sprint world -- having won his second straight 25-lap feature Friday night as he held off Dobmeier, Wade Nygaard and Austin Pierce on a handful of restarts at The Bullring.


Hastings took the lead on Lap 4 and kept it the rest of the way. Dobmeier closed hard on the final lap but he, Nygaard and Pierce were racing hard for second for the second-half of the feature -- a fact that helped Hastings a comfortable lead.

Hastings beat Dobmeier to the flag stand by 0.402 seconds.

Last week, Hastings said he may have had a little luck in winning at RCS without Dobmeier in the field.

“But tonight, we definitely had a good car,” said Hastings. “Whenever you can beat the 13 (Dobmeier), you know you have a really good car in Grand Forks. And I’ve got the utmost respect for him. He was my childhood hero and to be able to beat him means a hell of a lot.”

Surviving a handful of restarts and two red flags -- for wrecks by Chris Ranten and Nick Ranten -- kept the pressure on Hastings.

“Toward the end, it got a little nerve-wracking,” said Hastings. “My car was starting to tighten up at the end so I was having a tough time getting off the corners.”

The win paid Hastings $1,250. That chunk of change will come in handy, considering Hastings blew up his motor as he crossed the finish line.


“I heard it after the white flag,” he said. “I thought my right rear was getting low. When I crossed the finish line, it just went.”

Track conditions were fast throughout the races, which ended at 9 p.m. and beat the rain.

For the second straight week, Chris Ranten posted the fastest time in qualifying -- turning a time of 10.222 seconds (106.654 mph). However, his night ended with a wicked wreck in Turn 2 during the feature.

Hastings and other NOSA drivers are competing four times this week in three states as part of the Minn-Dak Summer Swing. NOSA started the tour Thursday in Ada, Minn., where Wade Nygaard took the 25-lap feature. On Saturday, NOSA will race in Aberdeen, S.D., and finish the swing Sunday in Watertown, S.D.

Kelsi Pederson led from start to finish in winning the lightning sprints feature while Trey Hess captured the streets feature.

Pederson, who started on the pole, also had the fastest lap time of 12.310 seconds.

For Hess, it was his first win at RCS.

River Cities Speedway

Friday’s results



First heat -- 1. Bryce Reimer; 2. James Meagher; 3. Dan McNamee

Second heat -- 1. Ryan Johnson; 2. John Halvorson; 3. Bradon Miller

Third heat -- 1. Chase Boen; 2. Trey Hess; 3. Tucker Pederson

Feature -- 1. Hess; 2. John Halvorson; 3. Boen; 4. Johnson; 5. Pederson

Lightning sprints

First heat -- 1. Kelsi Pederson; 2. Josh Abrahamson; 3. Mike Schmiedeberg

Second heat -- 1. Alex Truscinski; 2. Dexter Dvergsten; 3. Parker Monroe

Feature -- 1. Pederson; 2. Truscinski; 3. Abrahamson; 4. Schmiedeberg; 5. Dvergsten


First heat -- 1. Nick Ranten; 2. Shane Romeling; 3. Blake Egeland

Second heat -- 1. Mark Dobmeier; 2. Tom Egeland; 3. Jack Croaker

Feature -- 1. Jade Hastings; 2. Dobmeier; 3. Wade Nygaard; 4. Austin Pierce; 5. Nick Omdahl

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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
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