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It's not easy to win a sprint feature at The Bullring

River Cities Speedway is considered one of the best dirt tracks in the country. It’s a high-banked bullring with plenty of action.

Simply, it’s hard to win a sprint feature at The Bullring.

But Blake Egeland has a win at RCS to his credit, that coming last week when he stunned the field at RCS for his first NOSA win.

And the celebration for the driver -- now in his eighth season -- lasted a while. He left RCS covered in beer and champagne.

“I finally won a race here,” said Egeland. “And I finally got my name on the NOSA trophy. This really gives you a big boost of confidence.

How hard is it to win a sprint feature at RCS?

There have been 50 sprint features since the start of the 2016 season. Of those 50 features, four were with the World of Outlaws.

Of the remaining 46, Mark Dobmeier -- the career wins leader at RCS -- won 21; Wade Nygaard captured seven while Thomas Kennedy and Austin Pierce each claimed five.

Seven other local drivers, including Egeland, have managed to win once.

Racing resumes tonight at RCS with sprints, late models, lightning sprints, Midwest modifieds and streets. However, it will not be a NOSA-points show as some drivers have elected to attend the Knoxville Nationals this weekend.

Winning a sprint feature at RCS also is difficult because car counts have been relatively healthy the past few seasons. On most nights, between 20 and 24 sprints compete at RCS.

The track has earned respect from drivers in all classes.

Mike Marlar, who races as many as 100 times a season, won the World of Outlaws Late Model Series 50-lap feature last month at RCS.

It was his second visit to RCS and the Tennessee driver said the track is challenging.

“I haven’t worked this hard for a win in a while,” said Marlar in Victory Lane. “This is one of the most arms-up, elbows-up, hard-driving race tracks we see.

“I don’t know of another track where we’re that busy in a race car. This is a very unique track. It’s like being in a bowl. And it has a lot of speed. If you get over the edge, you’re gone.”

After tonight’s show, RCS prepares for next week’s World of Outlaws event.

Donny Schatz won the June WoO appearance in Grand Forks. For Schatz, it was his 10th WoO win at RCS. The Fargo driver has won six of the past seven WoO features at The Bullring.

Wayne Nelson
Nelson is the sports editor of the Herald
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