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It was the area racetracks against the weather last weekend and the weather won easily.

Deer Creek Speedway got in some heat races before the rain hit last Saturday night and washed out the rest of the program. The Late Model feature that was rained out the previous week had to be postponed again and will be run this Saturday, weather permitting.

Dodge County Speedway had no choice but to cancel last Sunday's races after all the rain Saturday night. Jeff and Donna Fitzpatrick will try again this Sunday to get their 2004 season under way.

Races begin at 6 p.m. at both tracks.

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West Concord driver Nick Herrick, who recently won a chance to race this season in the Competitive Edge Championship Series, a set of 14 races over seven weekends at tracks in Idaho, Utah and Washington State, got off to a great start last weekend in the first races of the series at Stateline Speedway in Post Falls, Idaho.

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Herrick won a four-lap trophy dash, won his qualifying heat race, then won the 25-lap A-Main event for a weekend sweep. The next set of races will be May 15-16 in Post Falls, Idaho.

Jessica Cyr, a 17-year-old girl from British Columbia, Canada, who had never driven a race car before that week, was second in the dash, second in the heat race and finished fourth in the A-Main.

The sweep for Herrick gives him the early points lead. There is a $10,000 championship point fund for the winner.

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This year's Gopher 50 Late Model race in Owatonna will be held July 21 at the Steele County Fairgrounds. The winner will get $12,000 and it pays $1,000 to start. Also on hand will be the USMTS Modified, who will run for $3,000 and $300 to start.

A change this year will eliminate the time trials and drivers will earn starting positions by passing points. The race is sanctioned this year by the World Dirt Racing League, a three-year-old Midwest-based group.

More information can be found on the website at www.gopher50race.com

The race will again be promoted by the Blooming Prairie Jaycees.

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