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AUTO RACING: Rain halts Friday night race program at River Cities Speedway

The first half of Friday night’s racing at River Cities Speedway couldn’t have gone any better.

There were 12 heat races in four classes. Every heat race went green to checkered without a caution -- something rarely seen at The Bullring.

And lap times were fast. In the first heat of NOSA sprints, Jade Hastings turned a lap time of 10.344 seconds.

The racing surface was smooth and relatively fast.

Then, the rain came.

Race officials managed to get the streets feature in the books but a light rain began falling shortly before 9 p.m. Track officials soon called off the remaining three features -- Midwest modifieds, late models and sprint.

There was no early word on when those features will be completed.

In the streets feature, Jonny Carter took the checkered flag -- grabbing the lead from pole-sitter Tucker Pederson on a Lap 3 restart.

Carter posted the fastest lap time of 15.443 seconds and he finished 0.752 seconds ahead of John Halvorson.

Adam Burrows finished third while Daniel Aberle and Pederson rounded out the top five.

The track now gears up for next week’s John Seitz Memorial Late Model Invitational, one of the biggest weekends of the season.

Racing begins Thursday when the NLRA will complete its  late model season. The Seitz then hits high gear on Friday and Saturday. The highlight is a 92-lap late model feature on Saturday, with the winner taking home $9,200.

In the past, between 30 and 40 of the top late model drivers in the Upper Midwest have competed at the Seitz.

Wayne Nelson
Nelson is the sports editor of the Herald
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