Street stocks to share the spotlight this Friday at River Cities Speedway; $3,000 payday is possible for the winner

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WISSOTA street stocks drivers speed past the main grandstand before a feature race earlier this season at River Cities Speedway. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

The street stocks lead off the weekly race program at River Cities Speedway.

On Friday night, June 19, the street stocks will be in the spotlight more than usual. RCS will host the fourth leg of the Steffes Street Stock Tour -- a 16-race series this season at tracks in North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota.

Also, there is an opportunity for a driver to walk away with a massive $3,000 payday.

Brad Seng, who became a managing partner at RCS this season, said the track has put a back-row-challenge in place for tonight’s streets feature.

If the pole-sitter agrees to start from the back of the field in the feature and wins, the driver will take home $3,000. If the pole-sitter passes, the driver on the outside of the front row will have the same opportunity.


Also, if either driver takes the challenge and doesn’t win, the track will double the driver’s payout wherever the driver finishes.

The series opened up last week with races at the Dacotah Speedway in Mandan, the Jamestown Speedway and the Sheyenne Speedway in Lisbon, N.D.

It’s hard to say how many non-regulars the series will attract at RCS, but track officials expect a full field. There have been three different winners in the series so far -- Lisbon’s Jonny Carter at Dacotah Speedway; Eric Riley of Morris, Minn., at Jamestown and Justin Vogel of Brooten, Minn., at Sheyenne.

A driver’s top eight finishes among the 16 nights of racing will determine the series champion.

If both drivers pass on the back-row challenge, Friday's winner will take home $700. The series shifts to the Devils Lake Speedway on Saturday night, with the winner claiming $750.

The series wraps up Aug. 9 in Lisbon.

So far at RCS this season, there have been three different street winners -- Todd Carter, Ryan Johnson and Bryce Reimer.

Fast times

Chris Ranten has had the fastest car -- in terms of qualifying -- the past two weeks at RCS.


Ranten posted a lap time of 10.825 seconds on June 5 -- the first night of the season for NOSA sprints.

Last week, his time was 10.678 seconds.

In two weeks of sprint racing, there have been only six times under 11 seconds posted at the quarter-mile track.

The field likely will get faster tonight as the top driver in RCS history, Mark Dobmeier, will make his season debut. The past two weekends, Dobmeier has raced with the World of Outlaws in Wisconsin and Iowa.

A change at the top

There was a disqualification in last week’s Midwest modifieds feature. Lance Schill took the checkered flag, but he was disqualified after the race for illegal headers.

Jamie Dietzler, who finished second, was awarded the win -- the second of his career.

In a Facebook post, Schill said he received the wrong set of headers from the manufacturer. In the same post, the manufacturer apologized for the mixup.


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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