WEST FARGO, N.D. (Dec. 21) – Friday night racing is back at the Red River Valley Speedway.JS Bitker LLC reached a 3-year agreement with the Red River Valley Fair Association to hold a full schedule of races starting in 2016. JS Bitker LLC will be operating the track with the first race slated for Friday, May 6 with a start time of 7 p.m.Thirteen race dates are scheduled for the 2016 season with the following tentative classes: Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Pure Stocks and INEX Legend cars.Modified points will apply in IMCA’s Belleville Motorsports North Central Region, Hobby Stock points in the Big Daddy Race Cars Northern Region. Allstar Performance North Dakota State points will be given in all three IMCA divisions.One of the season’s highlights will be a special race during the Red River Valley Fair on July 17 featuring the Northern Outlaw Sprint Association Sprint Cars presented by the Red River Valley Fair Association and Buffalo Wild Wings.Red River Valley Speedway opened in 1972 as a ½-mile dirt track on the Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo. In 2010, it was reconfigured to the current 3/8-mile track. The last race held at the track was on Aug. 25, 2012.Nick Skalicky has been named chief operations officer and competition director of the speedway.“We’re looking forward to working with Bryan Schulz and the Red River Valley Fair Association on this project,” says Nick Skalicky. “We’ve had a great working relationship over the past six years with the Red River Kart Club.”The Red River Kart Club is a non-profit go-kart racing group formed in the spring of 2010 by Skalicky. It’s a 1/10-mile asphalt race track located on the Red River Valley Fairgrounds.“The future of racing starts with go-karting and we want to provide the next step in racing for those kids just starting out in the sport,” said Jake Bitker of JS Bitker LLC. “The Red River Kart Club is where they learn the fundamentals of racing and the Red River Valley Speedway will be the perfect place for them to grow further into the sport in their own backyard.”JS Bitker LLC is owned and operated by Bitker and his wife Sharnel. The Bitkers have four daughters, Lillian, Elzetta, Sharlet and Adeliza and farm near Halstad, Minn. They also operate the Norman County Raceway in Ada, Minn., and own Performance Auto located in Fargo, N.D.Skalicky has two daughters, Kaitlyn and Emily, and co-owns a plumbing and heating business with his brother.
New Delhi: India won the toss and chose to bat with Shikhar Dhawan giving India a good start. However, South Africa fought back in the middle overs with Rohit Sharma falling cheaply and Virat Kohli falling to Kagiso Rabada. Beuran Hendricks picked up two wickets and Rabada bowled brilliantly in the death overs as South Africa restricted India to 134/9. In response, Quinton de Kock and Reeza Hendricks stitched a solid stand and the South Africa skipper led from the front with a brilliant 79, his second consecutive fifty in the series. Temba Bavuma also batted brilliantly as South Africa won the match by nine wickets.22:04 hrs IST: With a big six, Bavuma seals the deal and South Africa have won by nine wickets and leveled the series 1-1. Commanding performance from South Africa who will have something to smile for.21:57 hrs IST: De Kock blasts a four and a six off Krunal Pandya as South Africa near a win. After 15 overs, South Africa are 127/1.21:54 hrs IST: Ravindra Jadeja bowls a good first over but it could be a bit too late. He beats Bavuma with the spin twice and the batsman almost chips a flighted delivery to cover. After 14 overs, South Africa are 114/1.21:48 hrs IST: South Africa are in a hurry to finish this match. De Kock mauls Pandya for a big six over deep midwicket and follows it up by hammering an insiden out drive over extra cover for a one bounce boundary. After 13 overs, South Africa are 109/121:45 hrs IST: Two consecutive fours by Temba Bavuma off Navdeep Saini as the bowler continues to have a tough match. After 12 overs, South Africa are 96/1.21:40 hrs IST: Quinton de Kock hammers two fours off Hardik Pandya and he notches up his fourth fifty in Twenty20 Internationals and his second consecutive in this series. South Africa are 86/1 after 11 overs.21:36 hrs IST: WICKET! Finally, India have a wicket. Hardik Pandya bangs a short ball and Hendricks mistimes the pull to be caught at midwicket. South Africa are 76/1 after 10.1 overs.21:32 hrs IST: De Kock blasts a six off Washington Sundar as he nears his fifty and South Africa are 70/0 after nine overs.21:26 hrs IST: India have used their review and when De Kock misses a sweep, the umpire does not give it out and replays show that he was a goner. After eight overs, South Africa are 60/0.21:21 hrs IST: Another boundary by Reeza Hendricks off Washington Sundar and South Africa are 49/0 after seven overs. India need a wicket desperately.21:11 hrs IST: Two massive sixes by Quinton de Kock off Navdeep Saini and South Africa are 34/0 after five overs.21:05 hrs IST: Deepak Chahar bowls well but his figures are ruined with Reeza Hendricks hitting a boundary. South Africa are 19/0 after four overs.20:56 hrs IST: Washington Sundar and Deepak Chahar open the bowling for India. Chahar is getting some swing and he is troubling the batsmen here. After two overs, South Africa are 7/0.20:38 hrs IST: India have ended on 134/9. Good from South Africa’s bowlers and India will have to put up a similar disciplined performance.20:34 hrs IST: WICKET! Washington Sundar finds the boundary and in an attempt to get Pandya back on strike, he is run-out. Can India cross 140. No, they can’t as Hardik Pandya holes out to David Miller. India are 133/9 with one ball to go.20:30 hrs IST: WICKET! Jadeja’s cameo has come to an end. Full ball outside off and Jadeja miscues the lofted shot high to the leg side, Rabada runs and takes the catch at square leg. India are 127/7 in the 20th over.20:29 hrs IST: Hardik Pandya crunches a four off Andile Phehlukwayo and India are 127/6 after 19 overs. Can they reach 140?20:24 hrs IST: Ravindra Jadeja clubs a six off Rabada and India are 118/6 after 18 overs.20:20 hrs IST: Brilliant spell from Beuran Hendricks comes to an end. He finishes with 4-0-14-2 and India are 109/6 after 17 overs.20:15 hrs IST: Ravindra Jadeja gets a boundary and India go past 100. After 16 overs, India are 104/6.20:08 hrs IST: WICKET! India are slipping up big time. Back of a length scrambled seam outside off, Krunal Pandya looks to run it down to third man but edges it to Quinton de Kock. India are 98/6 in the 15th over.20:07 hrs IST: Shamsi finishes his spell: 4-0-23-1. India are 97/5 in 14 overs. The Pandya brothers need to step up here.20:00 hrs IST: WICKET! Fortuin gets his second wicket in the over. Iyer dances down the track and misses a quicker ball, De Kock whips the bails off in a flash. India are 92/5 in the 13th over.19:58 hrs IST: WICKET! Once again, it is a poor shot from Pant. The left-hander tries to loft Fortuin over long off but he miscues it and holes out. India are 90/4 after 12.4 overs.19:54 hrs IST: Brilliant shot from Pant. Dwaine Pretorius bowls a full ball on leg stump and Pant scoops it over fine leg for his first six. India are 87/3 after 12 overs.19:50 hrs IST: Good over from Andile Phehlukwayo and only three runs come in the over. India are 79/3 after 11 overs.19:45 hrs IST: Tabraiz Shamsi bowls a tight over as Pant and Iyer look to steady India. This is a vital stand not just in the game but for the future of these two guys. India are 76/3 after 10 overs.19:39 hrs IST: WICKET! Rabada has his revenge and Kohli attempts the same shot that brought him glory in Mohali but it leads to failure in Bangalore. Length ball on the pads, perhaps a tad of extra bounce, Kohli whips the flick but is caught at deep midwicket. India are 68/3 after 8.3 overs.19:33 hrs IST: WICKET! Poor shot from Dhawan and Shamsi gets his man. Flighted delivery and it spins away outside off, Dhawan attempted the slog across the line but gets a big top edge that is taken at the edge of the circle at cover by Bavuna. India are 63/2 in 7.2 overs.19:31 hrs IST: Dhawan continues to target the South Africa bowling as he launches Bjorn Fortuin to the fine leg fence but the bowler puts down a tough chance of Kohli and almost misses out on a chance. After seven overrs, India are 62/1.19:25 hrs IST: Score after 6 overs: IND 54-1; Kohli 3(8) Dhawan 30(20)19:22 hrs IST: Six… and another one follows. Shikhar Dhawan has something else in his mind today. Shamsi got the taste of Dhawan’s cruel intentions on the very first ball of his spell.19:16 hrs IST: Back to back boundaries from Shikhar Dhawan. 11 runs off Phehlukwayo’s first over. India are 35/1 after 4 overs.19:11 hrs IST: India are 24/1 after 3 overs. Kohli 1(3) Dhawan 6(7)19:09 hrs IST: Out! Rohit Sharma has to go. Hendricks provides South Africa an early breakthrough. Walks out the captain Kohli and Chinnaswamy acknowledges it. 19:08 hrs IST: Beuran Hendricks, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack. 19:07 hrs IST: Rabada balls three wides in a row and then Rohit hit him for back to back fours. Disastrous start for South Africa’s leading pacer.19:01 hrs IST: Bjorn Fortuin opens the bowling and he concedes a boundary first ball as Shikhar Dhawan pounces on a short ball and it goes to the fine leg fence. Both Dhawan and Rohit Sharma survive LBW appeals as India are 5/0 after the first over.18:33 hrs IST: Here are the playing XIs of both the sidesIndia: 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli (capt), 4 Shreyas Iyer, 5 Rishabh Pant (wk), 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Krunal Pandya, 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 Washington Sundar, 10 Deepak Chahar, 11 Navdeep SainiSouth Africa: 1 Quinton de Kock (capt & wk), 2 Reeza Hendricks, 3 Temba Bavuma, 4 Rassie van der Dussen, 5 David Miller, 6 Andile Phehlukwayo, 7 Dwaine Pretorius, 8 Bjorn Fortuin, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Beuran Hendricks, 11 Tabraiz Shamsi18:31 hrs IST: India have won the toss and they will bat. Virat Kohli’s side are unchanged. For South Africa, Beuran Hendricks replaces Anrich Nortje18:17 hrs IST: The pitch is brown and it is flat. Expect some plenty of runs.18:01 hrs IST: Live visuals from the venue show that it is cloudy but currently no rain. If the weather remains fine, expect sixes galore at a venue where the boundaries are very small.17:57 hrs IST: The South Africans will be aiming to make a big statement in Bangalore with some players having had experience playing here. Quinton de Kock and Kagiso Rabada have played a lot at the M Chinnaswamy stadium and their inputs will be the key if South Africa are to level the series.17:40 hrs IST: The weather in Bangalore is not looking too promising. There are showers forecast for the evening but one would be hoping that it stays away. The drainage system at the venue is top notch and when the rain stops, the ground will be fit to play within 15-20 minutes.17:29 hrs IST: Hello and a warm welcome to the third and final Twenty20 International between India and South Africa from the M Chinnaswamy stadium. India cannot lose the series but South Africa have a chance. This is Virat Kohli’s Twenty20 playground, having featured in many matches at the M Chinnaswamy stadium. 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View Gallery (2 Photos)Six down, two to go.After a perfect home stand to start off the season, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team closes out its home slate against Minnesota State Mankato (2-3-1, 1-3-0) this weekend.Sporting an undefeated record, the Badgers (6-0-0, 4-0-0) hope to stay perfect through two more games at the Kohl Center before hitting the road.“Well, you know you want to take care of business at home and obviously we’ve had a great home stand up to this point,” head coach Mark Johnson said. “I don’t know who put the schedule together, but to give us eight straight home games, you know you certainly want to grab your points now and be successful here. It’s nice for the younger players, it’s nice for the group to get some confidence and put some nice wins behind us.”Mankato isn’t the strongest of the WCHA teams, but Wisconsin isn’t going to underestimate it. Last season, the Badgers lost their first game ever to the Mavericks after 46 wins.The Badgers may hold a huge advantage over the Mavericks throughout the series at 43-1-2, but they know it’ll still be a tough battle on the ice.“Most of the games you look at four or five years ago you could predict, whereas now, a lot of the games we look at around the country on the women’s side becomes a toss up,” Johnson said. “If you want to win, there’s certain things you have to do. If you don’t do those things, then you run the risk of giving the game away or losing a hockey game.”The Mavericks have had six different players score goals, and freshman forward Kathleen Rogan leads the team with four goals and two assists.While Mankato has given up 20 goals on the season already, they’ve also scored three or more goals in each of their wins. As a result, Wisconsin won’t be letting up or taking plays off on defense.“Mankato is a hard working team and they’re going to come at us the whole game,” senior defenseman Geena Prough said. “We have to be prepared to play a whole 60 minutes.”“I think it’s the same as any other weekend, any other team that we’re playing,” junior forward Carolyne Prevost added. “I don’t really know much about them this year, obviously they have a new team. We’ll just prepare this week.”The Badgers feel confident they’ll have a successful weekend, but instead of playing at night, they have to start sharing the Kohl Center with the men’s team, pushing their game time up to 2 p.m.Johnson is focusing on getting his team prepared for an earlier game with just as much strength and focus as if it was a few hours later.“The hard part is getting ready for a Friday afternoon game compared to a night game,” Johnson said. “The kids have classes during that period of time. I’m trying to work with the players to be focused and ready to play when they drop the puck.”Before heading out on the road next weekend, Wisconsin needs to take care of business at home.Prough knows the squad will use the crowd at home to pump them up and help them play their kind of hockey.“We’re going to feed off of the crowd at the Kohl Center,” Prough said. “That always gets us going. We’re 6-0 right now, so we obviously want to stay undefeated and just keep working hard and play our game. Hopefully we’ll be successful at the end of the weekend.”