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Midco plans to televise River Cities Speedway races live in June

River Cities Speedway has been called one of the top dirt tracks in the country. It is one of the few tracks in the country that run sprints and late models on a weekly basis.

Mark Dobmeier competes for best time during a qualifying lap at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks Friday night. (Jesse Trelstad/ Grand Forks Herald)
Mike Dobmeier qualifies his sprint car during a World of Outlaws show last season. (Jesse Trelstad/ Grand Forks Herald)

River Cities Speedway has been called one of the top dirt tracks in the country. It is one of the few tracks in the country that run sprints and late models on a weekly basis.

The track, however, will get even more exposure this summer as Midco Sports Network will televise a night of racing live at The Bullring on June 23.

For Midco, it will be its first live broadcast of motorsports.The night of racing will be available to viewers in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The night of racing also corresponds with the Greater Grand Forks Fair. NOSA sprints, NLRA late models will headline the night of racing. Legends and lightning sprints also are scheduled to run. Tickets for the night of racing are priced at $5.

"It's a one-time deal right now, but who knows?" said RCS managing partner Linus Mack. "We're excited about it."

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The races will be called by Midco's Brian Shawn. Former NOSA champion Chris Shirek will provide commentary.

The additional media exposure for racing in the Upper Midwest is welcomed by drivers.

"Having Midco come in and broadcast from River Cities is great," said Mark Dobmeier, the winningest sprint driver in RCS history. "We have an excellent show each week with great car counts and a high level of competition so it's going to be great to share that with everybody a little too far away to make it here on a regular night.

"Any extra media or attention is great for the sport as a whole."

River Cities Speedway, meanwhile, is planning for an April 21 season opener.

Season highlights at The Bullring include two World of Outlaws sprint shows (June 16, Aug. 18), a World of Outlaws Late Model Series show (July 14) and the 11th annual John Seitz Memorial Late Model Invitational (Sept. 7-9).

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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