Jade Hastings posted to Facebook earlier Friday that it was time to turn around his fortunes at River Cities Speedway.
"We have been running very bad here compared to where I want to be running," Hastings said.
The Grand Forks driver's fortunes did indeed turn later Friday night when he took the checkered flag on the 25-lap sprint feature at the Bullring.
"We turned it around," Hastings said. "We got some confidence and hopefully we can carry it into next week."
Hastings wasn't exactly pleased with his performance, however.
"We got kind of lucky, to be honest," he said. "We've tried different setups every time the track changes and found something that worked tonight. I didn't drive it the way it was supposed to be driven tonight.
"I don't think the driver was the best driver and the car wasn't necessarily the best, but we made the best of our starting position. I didn't feel that good, but I think I got away with one. I'm happy to be here."
In a sprint feature filled with wrecks and restarts, as well as one without RCS regulars Mark Dobmeier and Thomas Kennedy, Hastings was trailing Grand Forks' Shane Roemeling with about 20 laps to go.
On one of the many restarts, Hastings decided to go for the lead and pick the groove Roemeling didn't choose. When Roemeling picked a middle route, Hastings dove to the inside for the pass.
Hastings held off a late run from Austin Pierce, who finished second. Wade Nygaard was third.
"Every win is special, but I love to win on the home track," Hastings said. "I grew up watching every Friday night here. I'm at a loss for words because I don't think we should've won that one."
After a crash-filled sprint feature, the late models finished the show without a yellow flag.
Dustin Strand won by more than 4.5 seconds to run away from the field that saw Mike Balcaen finish second and Brad Seng third.
"I'd say this is one of the most stout local late model fields in quite a ways," Strand said. "There's lots of good guys to race with every week. The starting position is huge to race guys of this caliber. I've had some bad luck here the first part of the year, starting 23rd the last couple of weeks, so it feels little better to start out in the hunt."
The 18-lap Midwest Modifieds feature went to Ryan Schow, who picked up his first-ever win at RCS. His car gave out immediately after taking the checkered flag and had to hitch a ride around half of the track to the winner's circle in his brother's car as Matt Schow finished third. Lance Schill was second -- .447 seconds behind Ryan Schow.
Ryan Johnson won the 15-lap streets feature. The Karlstad, Minn., driver took the lead from Trey Hess, who didn't finish, with seven laps left.
Johnson took first, followed by Daniel Aberle and Doug VanMill.