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World of Outlaws River Cities Showdown
River Cities Speedway | Grand Forks, North Dakota
Friday, June 30, 2023
Race Recap  

RYAN’S REDEMPTION: Ryan Gustin Nets Third World of Outlaws Win of 2023 at River Cities

One night after a flat tire cost him a potential win, Ryan Gustin got his redemption Friday at River Cities Speedway 

The Marshalltown, IA driver thundered around Kyle Bronson on Lap 12 and held on through lap traffic to score his third World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model Series win of 2023. 

Bronson rocketed from third to first on Lap 1, diving under Cade Dillard and Mike Marlar in Turn 2 and running away with the lead down the backstretch. While he pulled away, Gustin also began his march forward. 

Gustin used the bottom to quickly move from seventh to second in two laps, getting by Marlar, Dillard, Chris Madden, Blair Nothdurft, and defending Series champion Dennis Erb Jr. on the way. That’s when he set his sights on Bronson and made the decision that would ultimately win him the race. 

When Bronson caught lap traffic, Gustin moved to the top and found the momentum he needed to make a challenge on Lap 12. With a burst of speed off Turn 2, Gustin pulled even with Bronson as the two waged war down the backstretch. The battle continued through Turns 3 and 4, but Gustin had more momentum as they exited the corner, nosing ahead by the completion of the lap. 

Ryan Gustin and Kyle Bronson
Ryan Gustin drives around Kyle Bronson for the lead on Lap 12/Jacy Norgaard photo

However, Gustin wasn’t in the clear yet, as lap traffic kept Bronson in striking distance. 

Bronson got another shot at the lead on Lap 31 when Gustin’s slider attempt on Cole Schill fell short in Turn 2, allowing Bronson to pull even with Gustin down the backstretch. Bronson pulled a slide job as the two thundered into Turn 3 but left too much room for Gustin to cross over in Turn 4, keeping the #19R ahead. 

From there, Gustin mastered lap traffic the rest of the way to earn the $12,000 victory—his fifth career World of Outlaws CASE Late Models win. 

His quick rise to second in the first two laps allowed him to adjust his strategy based on what was ahead. 

“Obviously, the more you can pass earlier, the easier it is to win the race,” Gustin said. “Our car was really good around the bottom all night. I just knew we had to get ourselves in position early while we could, and lap traffic kind of played into our favor. When you’re running second in lap traffic, you’re in the cat bird’s seat so you can kind of see where they’re losing time.” 

With a rapid caution-free Feature, Gustin had to be on his game to stay in front of Bronson. That included navigating traffic, like his run in with Schill – a challenge that almost cost him the race.  

“I got held up behind [the slower car of Cole Schill] for about 20 laps, I felt like,” Gustin said. “Every chance I felt like I got a good enough run to slide him, there was a car on the bottom, so I couldn’t get down low enough. It all worked out, though, and we have a really fast hot rod right now. So, hopefully, we can keep it going.” 

Gustin’s win moves him to third in the Series standings, 46 points behind Bobby Pierce, who finished 11th. 

Bronson settled for second, scoring his second straight podium finish. Despite being happy about how well his Rocket Chassis ran, he said he knew what he should’ve done differently on Lap 31. 

“When I slid him, I gave him a little too much room to crossover,” Bronson said. “He did a damn good job. He only made one mistake, and that’s when I slid him. Our car was really damn good, and we can’t wait to get to the next one.” 

Like Bronson, Marlar scored his second straight podium, finishing in third. ‘

Mike Marlar
Mike Marlar scores his second consecutive podium Friday at River Cities Speedway/Jacy Norgaard photo

The Winfield, TN driver, who started on the outside pole, climbed back to third after falling out of the top five early in the race. 

“On the start, the outside was a little greasy, and someone slid up in front of me, and it just kind of had me in a bad spot,” Marlar said. “We fell back to sixth and got around some of them to get back to third. But I didn’t have anything for Kyle or Ryan. After [Thursday’s] heartbreak for Ryan, he deserved to win, for sure.” 

Dillard finished fourth, and Chris Madden finished fifth. 

Madden’s fifth-place finish moved him back to second in the standings, 40 points behind Bobby Pierce. Germfree Rookie of the Year leader Nick Hoffman dropped back to fourth in the championship standings after finishing 13th.  

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws CASE Late Models finish World of Outlaws Heartland Speedweek with a 50-lap, $15,000-to-win finale at I-94 EMR Speedway in Fergus Falls, MN, on Saturday, July 1. 


If you can’t make it to the track, watch all the action live on DIRTVision – either online on with the DIRTVision App.

CASE Construction Equipment Late Model Feature (40 Laps): 1. 19R-Ryan Gustin[7]; 2. 40B-Kyle Bronson[3]; 3. 157-Mike Marlar[2]; 4. 97-Cade Dillard[1]; 5. 44-Chris Madden[4]; 6. 25-Shane Clanton[9]; 7. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[5]; 8. B5-Brandon Sheppard[11]; 9. 76-Blair Nothdurft[6]; 10. 3S-Brian Shirley[10]; 11. 32-Bobby Pierce[8]; 12. B1-Brent Larson[13]; 13. 9-Nick Hoffman[15]; 14. 11-Gordy Gundaker[12]; 15. 96V-Tanner English[14]; 16. 44*-Cole Schill[19]; 17. 28S-Dustin Sorensen[18]; 18. 30-Todd Cooney[23]; 19. 14W-Dustin Walker[24]; 20. 1ST-Johnny Scott[16]; 21. 5E-Shane Edginton[17]; 22. 55C-Chad Mahder[22]; 23. 12-Brad Seng[20]; 24. 58-AJ Diemel[21] FOX FACTORY HARD CHARGER: Ryan Gustin [+6] 

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Feature Results
17+619RRyan Gustin 400.00029Running150$12,000
23+140BKyle Bronson 40-0.53611Running146$6,000
32-1157Mike Marlar 40-2.347Running144$4,000
41-397Cade Dillard 40-2.629Running142$3,250
54-144Chris Madden 40-3.894Running140$3,000
69+325Shane Clanton 40-4.194Running138$2,750
75-228Dennis Erb Jr40-5.418Running136$2,500
811+3B5Brandon Sheppard 40-5.801Running134$2,300
96-376Blair Nothdurft 40-6.373Running132$2,200
101003SBrian Shirley 40-6.696Running130$2,100
118-332Bobby Pierce 40-7.291Running128$2,000
1213+1B1Brent Larson 40-12.240Running126$1,800
1315+29Nick Hoffman 40-12.250Running124$1,600
1412-211Gordy Gundaker 40-13.577Running122$1,500
1514-196VTanner English 39-1 LapsRunning120$1,300
1619+344*Cole Schill 39-1 LapsRunning118$1,200
1718+128SDustin Sorensen 39-1 LapsRunning116$1,100
1823+530Todd Cooney 39-1 LapsRunning114$1,000
1924+514WDustin Walker 37-3 LapsDNF112$1,000
2016-41STJohnny Scott 33-7 LapsDNF110$1,000
2117-45EShane Edginton 16-24 LapsDNF108$1,000
2222055CChad Mahder 16-24 LapsDNF106$1,000
2320-312Brad Seng 14-26 LapsDNF104$1,000
2421-358A.J. Diemel 4-36 LapsDNF104$1,000
FOX Factory Hard Charger: Ryan Gustin
Last Chance Showdown Results
1105EShane Edginton 100.0004Running0$0
22044*Cole Schill 10-0.9816Running0$0
33058A.J. Diemel 10-3.404Running0$0
46+200Mitch Johnson 10-4.546Running100$110
54-111GJames Giossi 10-5.563Running100$110
65-171Dustin Strand 10-6.139Running100$110
77014MGreg Moore 10-8.828Running100$110
89+127Rayce McCord 10-9.847Running100$110
98-102Dan Dowling 8-2 LapsDNF100$110
Last Chance Showdown 2 Results
13+228SDustin Sorensen 100.0006Running0$0
21-112Brad Seng 10-1.2284Running0$0
35+255CChad Mahder 10-1.610Running0$0
42-230Todd Cooney 10-2.241Running0$0
54-17PJoey Pederson 10-2.611Running100$110
67+114WDustin Walker 10-3.562Running0$0
76-170Jesse Teunis 10-3.927Running100$110
88032HLindsey Hansen 10-4.793Running100$110
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
13+240BKyle Bronson 80.0002Running
22028Dennis Erb Jr8-0.1861Running
31-225Shane Clanton 8-0.6845Running
45+1B1Brent Larson 8-1.476Running
54-15EShane Edginton 8-3.458Running
67+158A.J. Diemel 8-4.170Running
76-171Dustin Strand 8-5.103Running
89+114MGreg Moore 8-8.241Running
98-127Rayce McCord 8-9.230Running
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
110157Mike Marlar 80.0008Running
22019RRyan Gustin 8-1.511Running
330B5Brandon Sheppard 8-2.386Running
4409Nick Hoffman 8-2.954Running
57+244*Cole Schill 8-5.390Running
66011GJames Giossi 8-5.891Running
75-200Mitch Johnson 8-7.981Running
88002Dan Dowling 8-13.825Running
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+197Cade Dillard 80.0008Running
21-132Bobby Pierce 8-0.950Running
3303SBrian Shirley 8-2.219Running
44096VTanner English 8-3.866Running
55012Brad Seng 8-4.426Running
66028SDustin Sorensen 8-4.485Running
77055CChad Mahder 8-8.571Running
88014WDustin Walker 7-1 LapsRunning
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11044Chris Madden 80.0008Running
22076Blair Nothdurft 8-0.499Running
33011Gordy Gundaker 8-1.287Running
47+31STJohnny Scott 8-1.934Running
55030Todd Cooney 8-3.743Running
68+27PJoey Pederson 8-4.146Running
74-370Jesse Teunis 8-6.655Running
86-232HLindsey Hansen 8-10.284Running
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
1325Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA12.3840.000
22157Mike Marlar Winfield, TN12.564-0.180
31028Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL12.571-0.187
4719RRyan Gustin Marshalltown, IA12.683-0.299
51140BKyle Bronson Brandon, FL12.700-0.316
613B5Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL12.730-0.346
785EShane Edginton East St. Paul, MB12.783-0.399
8169Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC12.806-0.422
917B1Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN12.930-0.546
10100Mitch Johnson Hickson, ND13.112-0.728
111571Dustin Strand East Grand Forks, MN13.121-0.737
12411GJames Giossi Hudson, WI13.206-0.822
131258A.J. Diemel Elk Mound, WI13.274-0.890
14644*Cole Schill Hawley, MN13.305-0.921
15527Rayce McCord , 13.535-1.151
16902Dan Dowling Davenport, ND14.358-1.974
171414MGreg Moore Jamestown, ND14.358-1.974
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
1132Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL12.9950.000
2744Chris Madden Gray Court, SC13.084-0.089
31497Cade Dillard Robeline, LA13.149-0.154
41176Blair Nothdurft Renner, SD13.157-0.162
5133SBrian Shirley Chatham, IL13.188-0.193
61611Gordy Gundaker St. Charles, MO13.239-0.244
71596VTanner English Benton, KY13.329-0.334
8370Jesse Teunis Lockport, MB13.454-0.459
9612Brad Seng Grand Forks, ND13.478-0.483
10530Todd Cooney Des Moines, IA13.493-0.498
11828SDustin Sorensen Rochester, MN13.605-0.610
121032HLindsey Hansen Watertown, SD13.653-0.658
13255CChad Mahder Bloomer, WI13.658-0.663
14121STJohnny Scott Las Cruces, NM13.681-0.686
15914WDustin Walker Polk, MO13.747-0.752
1647PJoey Pederson East Grand Forks, MN13.804-0.809
Hot Laps Results
11028Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL12.0210.000
22444Chris Madden Gray Court, SC12.057-0.036
33311Gordy Gundaker St. Charles, MO12.180-0.159
42876Blair Nothdurft Renner, SD12.218-0.197
5303SBrian Shirley Chatham, IL12.222-0.201
6169Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC12.230-0.209
71140BKyle Bronson Brandon, FL12.258-0.237
83296VTanner English Benton, KY12.264-0.243
93197Cade Dillard Robeline, LA12.332-0.311
102230Todd Cooney Des Moines, IA12.391-0.370
1117B1Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN12.393-0.372
121832Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL12.415-0.394
132528SDustin Sorensen Rochester, MN12.436-0.415
1413B5Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL12.453-0.432
15325Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA12.551-0.530
16291STJohnny Scott Las Cruces, NM12.603-0.582
17719RRyan Gustin Marshalltown, IA12.682-0.661
182614WDustin Walker Polk, MO12.701-0.680
192312Brad Seng Grand Forks, ND12.730-0.709
201258A.J. Diemel Elk Mound, WI12.829-0.808
211955CChad Mahder Bloomer, WI12.849-0.828
221571Dustin Strand East Grand Forks, MN12.927-0.906
2385EShane Edginton East St. Paul, MB13.034-1.013
24644*Cole Schill Hawley, MN13.053-1.032
252157Mike Marlar Winfield, TN13.053-1.032
262732HLindsey Hansen Watertown, SD13.180-1.159
27100Mitch Johnson Hickson, ND13.359-1.338
28527Rayce McCord , 13.360-1.339
291414MGreg Moore Jamestown, ND13.550-1.529
302070Jesse Teunis Lockport, MB13.937-1.916
31411GJames Giossi Hudson, WI13.955-1.934
32902Dan Dowling Davenport, ND13.955-1.934
33217PJoey Pederson East Grand Forks, MN13.955-1.934
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Event Info  

World of Outlaws River Cities Showdown
Friday, June 30, 2023
River Cities Speedway
2300 Gateway Dr
Grand Forks, North Dakota 58203 

Event Description
The World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Models return to River Cities Speedway. Catch the action on the 1/4-mile bullring!

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Late Model Series

Support Divisions
DIRTcar Late Models

To Win Amount

Event Schedule
2PM Pit Gates open
5PM Grandstand Gates open
6:30PM Driver's Meeting
7PM Hot Laps/Qualifying

All Times Central.
*All times Central

Ticket Options  
Options And Prices
$43 General Admission
$18 Kids ages 7-15
6 and under Free

Grandstand Type
Select rows in main grandstand have seat back

Family Section Location

Handicapped Seating Location
Bottom row of main covered grandstands

Pit Pass Price
$40 Pit Pass

Pit Age Requirement
NO age restriction for pits. 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent/ guardian with signed Minor Waiver.

Pit Gate Location
East side of the track

Parking Cost

Handicapped Parking Location
Front gate

Camping Availability
electric hookup, onsite

Camping Cost
$20 with water; Contact Linda Bernard, 218-244-3792, for reservations

Frequently Asked Questions  
Support Divisions
DIRTcar Late Models

To Win Amount

Type of Grandstand
Select rows in main grandstand have seat back

Handicapped Seating
Bottom row of main covered grandstands

Handicapped Parking
Front gate

Pit Age Limit
NO age restriction for pits. 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent/ guardian with signed Minor Waiver.

Pit Gate Location
East side of the track

Personal Coolers
No coolers allowed


Alcohol Sales
Alcohol is sold on site, including beer and malt beverages.

Smoking Policy
No smoking in grandstands. Smoking is only permitted in designated areas.

Family Section

Parking Cost

Camping Availability
electric hookup, onsite

Camping Cost
$20 with water; Contact Linda Bernard, 218-244-3792, for reservations

Track Info  

River Cities Speedway
2300 Gateway Dr
Grand Forks, North Dakota 58203 

Track Phone
(701) 780-0999

Track Email
[email protected]

Track Size

Sprint Car Track Record
9.269 seconds by Jason Meyers on 8/21/09

Late Model Track Record
11.255 by Joey Pederson on 9/9/2018

Closest Airport
Grand Forks Int'l

Other Airport

Pit Gate Location
East side of the track

Track Map
Competitor Info  
Competitor Downloads

Tire Rules
Left Front Tire: Hoosier (Open)
Left Rear & Right Front Tire: Hoosier (90) LM30, (90) W30, (90) NLMT3 Right Rear Tire: Hoosier (92) LM30, (92) W30, (92) NLMT3, (92) LM40, (92) NLMT4 **Grooving & Siping will be allowed**

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