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RRV Speedway’s Spirited Race Fans Endure Freezing Temps on Opening Night

Published on May 16, 2016

By Mike Spieker

WEST FARGO, ND (May 13) – After nearly four long years, Red River Valley Speedway was resurrected Friday night to the delight of hundreds of dedicated race fans, who braved wind chills that approached 30 degrees. A stout field of 70 race teams were signed in to inaugurate a new era of racing at “the fastest track in the upper Midwest!”

The brand new racing surface was in phenomenal condition. As the night advanced the tacky conditions transitioned to dry slick and smooth, which allowed for three and four wide racing all night long.

Billy Carou of Jamestown took the speedway’s first checkered flag as he held off Brandon Schmidt in the Pure Stock feature. Carou came from the fourth starting position to battle with Brennan Urbach for the race lead in the early going. Carou won that battle on lap two and looked to set sail on the field, but a couple of cautions kept the driver of the #7C at bay and the field bunched up.

Carou saw a challenge from Schmidt in the late stages, but found his groove and cruised to the victory. Schmidt, Kasey Ussatis, Urbach, and Dan Dowling rounded out the top five.

Perhaps the most exciting feature of the evening came in the INEX Legends division as Tim Brockhouse and Shane Williams fought for the win.
Brockhouse snuck by pole sitter, Troy Hoff, on lap three and brought the #28 of Casey Henriksen with him. With Hoff filed back to third now, the top three drivers ran single file as they distanced themselves from the field. As the race advanced, however, Shane Williams kept gaining speedway. The eighth-place starter was in fourth with 10 to go, but found himself in second right behind Brockhouse on the final green-white-checkered restart. As the field stormed into turns three and four for the final time, Williams put the chrome horn to Brockhouse several times, but the experienced Brockhouse eased on the brakes to keep control of his race car and to break Williams’ momentum. The veteran move paid dividends as Brockhousecame around to take the victory.

Minot’s Erik Laudenschlager and Fargo’s Jesse Skalicky lead the field of 14 IMCA Northern Sport Mods to the green flag for their 18-lap feature. After a two lap battle for the point, Laudenschlager held the position over Skalicky as Tyler McDougall and Luke Johnson fought for third and fourth. At the halfway point, Laudenschlager had a 10 car length lead over Skalicky, who picked up the RRV Speedway’s last Pure Stock track championship in 2012, but Skalicky found his groove up on the high side of the track and began closing in on the #49 machine. With four to go, Laudenschlager’s lead was down to just three car lengths, but just as Skalicky was within striking distance, his machine began to fade. Laudenschlager’s car was better off of turn two and that’s all he needed to park it in KRJB 106.5FM Victory Lane.

Coming into the night everybody was asking, “Can anybody stop Rob VanMil?” The 2015 IMCA Modified National Rookie of the Year picked up a convincing win the previous Sunday at Buffalo River Race Park and backed it up with a win Thursday night at Norman County Raceway where he took the checkers with an advantage of 11.5 seconds.
If VanMil was going to make it three in a row, he had a long way to go as he was mired back in the tenth starting position for the 25-lap main event.

Dev Malmlov led the opening lap from outside the front row over Michael Greseth. On lap five, however, VanMil had charged through the field to make it a three wide fight for second with Greseth and Mike Johnson. After the trio held their three wide formation for two complete circuits around the 3/8th mile oval, VanMil took over the runner-up position and set his sights on Malmlov.

With 10 to go VanMil had erased Malmlov’s lead and looked to make it three wide once again in turn one with Malmlov and a lapped car. Malmlov drove to the high side of the lapped car of Nick Curtis and got stuck up in the marbles. As a result Malmlov slid off the embankment and brought out the caution, bringing a frustrating end to the veteran driver’s hopes of claiming RRV Speedway’s first IMCA Modified win.

VanMil then inherited the lead for the ensuing restart. The driver of the Sander’s Metal Products/Victory by Performance Auto #4D ran the low side of the speedway to pick up the win. Johnson came home second as Dave Shipley came from 15th to round out the podium.

Racing continues next Friday night at Red River Valley Speedway presented by RealTruck.com with IMCA Modifieds, Sport Mods, INEX Legends, and Pure Stocks/IMCA Hobby Stocks. The green flag waves at 7pm!

RESULTS

Pure Stocks – Feature
1 – 7C Billy Carou
2 – 219 Brandon Schmidt
3 – 2U Kasey Ussatis
4 – 33 Brennan Urbach
5 – 5X Dan Dowling
6 – 13C Paul Colvin
7 – 93 Taylor Saari
8 – 3XL Brad Orvedahl
9 – 73 Maranda Borg
10 – 31X Tim Shiek
11 – 68 Dan Evert
12 – 21 Tim Church
13 – 30X Shawn Orvedahl

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Legends – Feature
1 – D1RT Tim Brockhouse
2 – 94 Shane Williams
3 – 21 Andrew Jochim
4 – 86 Troy Hoff
5 – 18 Josh Julsrud
6 – 6 Chad Sogge
7 – 69 Brian Hanson
8 – 28 Casey Henriksen
9 – 14 Tim Estenson
10 – 15 Mariah Henriksen
11 – 8JR Kaitlyn Skalicky
12 – 5 Dean Julsrud
13 – 29 Brandon Erickson
14 – 24 Shaun Erickson
15 – 7 Cade Sogge
16 – 72 Tye Wilke
17 – 76 Reile Sailer
18 – 9 Troy Jagoditsh

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IMCA Mods – Feature
1 – 4D Rob Vanmil
2 – 84 Michael Johnson
3 – 72 Dave Shipley
4 – 7 Bryce Borgen
5 – 17 Michael Greseth
6 – 60 Tyler Hall
7 – 91C Jarrett Carter
8 – 22B Josh Beaulieu
9 – 0 Jeff Odden
10 – 19 Todd Carter
11 – 4500 Cody Peterson
12 – 7B Bryce Bjerken
13 – 18 Mike Anderson
14 – 2 Rusty Kollman
15 – 65 Bob Banish Jr.
16 – 38 Tailin Tommerdahl
17 – R4 Rob Plath
18 – 12C Nick Curtis
19 – 46 Karmith Christensen
20 – 70 Josh Anderson
21 – 21 Dev Malmlov
22 – 17P Rich Pavlicek
23 – 52B Brennan Borg
24 – 4V Billy Vogel
25 – 34C Michael Griffin

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IMCA Sport Mods – Feature
1 – 49 Erik Laudenschlager
2 – 3S Jesse Skalicky
3 – M4 Tyler Mcdougall
4 – 0 Robby Rosselli
5 – 8J Luke Johnson
6 – 44D Christopher Vanmil
7 – 5 Scott Jacobson
8 – 5T Matt Talley
9 – 51 Kelly Jacobson
10 – 889 Kyle Keller
11 – 9 Philip Keller
12 – 13C Paul Colvin
13 – 60X Patrick Brejcha
14 – 19C Dustin Hartwig

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Thank you

Published on May 14, 2016

Thank you to the BEST fans in the Red River Valley. Despite the cold, the snow flurries and the wind, you were there to support racing. You deserve a standing ovation. Thank you to the race teams for battling out the bitter weather. It was great to see the travelers from other parts of the region. You are always welcome back. Thank you to the media for having us on your shows and coming out to help get the word out that we are back. And thank you to Hubert Oye & Sons for sponsoring the Opening Night. Please support the businesses that support the sport of racing.

The Fastest Track In The Upper Midwest is BACK on Friday Nights and we are just getting started.

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Red River Valley Speedway Roars to Life Tonight!

Published on May 13, 2016

By Mike Spieker

WEST FARGO, ND (May 12) – It has been 1,357 days since Red River Valley Speedway has last seen its dirt fly, grandstands filled, and checkered flag wave. Since then – August 25th, 2012 – the “fastest track in the upper Midwest” has sat dormant, exposed to the cold of winter, the scorching August heat, and brutal north winds.

But thanks to the diligence and persistence of Nick Skalicky and Jake and Sharnel Bitker, the 3/8th mile dirt oval now has a pulse again and is set to come to life this Friday night, May 13th.

A fresh layer of dirt, a new scoreboard/lap counter, a little re-configuring of the racing surface, and some new paint here and there has the already state of the art facility glistening and ready for its debut to kick off a new era of racing in the Red River Valley.

All the news stations have covered the track’s progress, the radio ads have been running for months; all that’s left to do is race!

What You Need To Know:

Pit Gates Open: 4:30pm

Grandstands Open: 5:30pm

Racing Starts: 7:00pm

Grandstand Admission:

Adults – $13

Ages 6-12 $5

5 & Under – Free

Buy Your Tickets Online: http://ow.ly/1TAp3002Ns8

Racing Divisions:

IMCA Modifieds

IMCA Sport Mods

INEX Legends

Pure Stocks/IMCA Hobby Stocks

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Season Opener

Published on May 12, 2016

Red River Valley Speedway – Season Opener

FRIDAY, MAY 13 – 7PM
Red River Valley Fairgrounds – West Fargo, ND
IMCA Modifieds, Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks & INEX Legends
Pit Gates: 4:30pm
Draw Cutoff: 6:30pm

ARE YOU READY?
Adult Tickets: $13
Kids 6 to 12: $5
Ages 5 and Under: FREE
Get Your Tickets Now: http://ow.ly/1TAp3002Ns8

 

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Test & Tune

Published on May 6, 2016

Test & Tune – Tonight @ 7pm
$25 for Car & Driver
Fans & Crew – FREE
(No Concessions)
*Drivers: Enter the pits through Gate 4 (By the go-kart track) and pit in south pit area.
It’s recommended to use interstate to get there due to Main Avenue construction.

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Don’t Forget To File Your Paperwork

Published on May 5, 2016

Drivers: Please fill out the forms below and bring to the track on Friday.

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Buy Your Tickets Online

Published on May 2, 2016

Red River Valley Speedway tickets are ON SALE NOW! Don’t want to stand in line waiting to pay? Use your phone or your computer to purchase a ticket to the next race. You’ll have the choice of printing out the ticket at home or sending the ticket to your phone. Then just walk right up to the door and in the blink of an eye, your ticket will be scanned and you’ll be sitting in your favorite seat in the stands! You can also purchase tickets for any race during the summer including Norman County Raceway in Ada.

*Reminder: Everyone needs to have a ticket to get through the door.

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Car Show Canceled

Published on April 26, 2016

The Car Show that was scheduled for Saturday, April 30th has been cancelled. (FYI – The Test & Tune for that day had already been cancelled.) The facilities still need some attention and final tweaking before we can hold an event. Looking ahead, we’ll schedule a car show for next season. So make plans for that.

Coming up: We’re still on pace to hold a Test & Tune on Friday, May 6th at 7:00pm. All classes are welcome and the event is open to the public. And then, the Season Opener on Friday, May 13th at 7:00pm!

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Season Opener: May 13th

Published on April 19, 2016

To make sure everyone’s first experience at Red River Valley Speedway in 2016 is a memorable one, the official season opening race will be held on Friday, May 13th at 7pm.

Here are some dates to look forward to before then:

SATURDAY, APRIL 30 – Car Show (11:00am – 2:00pm) Test & Tune (2:00pm – 5:00pm) All classes welcome | Open to the public

FRIDAY, MAY 6 – Test & Tune (7:00pm) All classes welcome | Open to the public

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Get To Know: Corey Litton

Published on March 25, 2016

In Red River Valley Speedway’s first installment of the “Get To Know The Staff” series, we talk with our 2016 Track Announcer, Corey Litton:

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Where do you live?
Right here, in Fargo

Tell us about your family: (Married, children…etc.)
I have been happily in a relationship with my girlfriend Leagha Reynolds for almost 6 years. Without her support I couldn’t go to all of the races I get to go to. I also have three awesome boys, Casey who is 11, Cole who is 8, and Chase who is 1. I love having them at the track and seeing the same joy and excitement I had when I was their age.

What do you do for a living?
Pretty much just track announcing now. I’ve been the Red River Kart Club announcer for a couple of seasons. I host Racing on the Radio from the Norman County Raceway on 106.5 KRJB. I have been lucky to work with the great Ron Krog at the Buffalo River Race Park for the last 4 years, and I also announce online pay per views for X.celerated which takes me all over the country. I had Fargo’s number 1 racing show, Checkers and Wreckers for 4 years. I ran a DJ service for 10 years. And my family owns Duffy’s Tavern where I mainly help out and clean every night.

How and when did you get involved with racing?
My Grandfather sponsored Dave Storck, the first Red River Valley Speedway modified champion when I was a young kid. So my early summers were spent following him around at RRVS, Viking Speedway, and the WeeTown Outlaw Speedway.

What sacrifices had you made for racing?
Spending as much time as I have at race tracks, I’ve missed a lot of weddings and various other get-togethers. But every race is like one big family reunion so it all evens out.

What has changed about racing since you first started?
The involvement of women. I think the presence and the success of female drivers is a breath of fresh air.

Do you have any superstitions about racing? Or good luck rituals?
I always change out my microphone batteries before the race starts.

What was you most memorable racing story?
A moment I will never forget was seeing a 5 year old Ashton Spieker passed out in his car seat while holding his trophy that he won earlier at the Red River Kart Club.

What do you enjoy most about racing?
People. I’ve made a lot of really great friends at the races. People that really make you feel like you are lucky.

What is your favorite movie?
Eddie and the Cruisers

What is your favorite food?
Deep Fried Mac n Cheese bites. Greatest track food ever.

What is your favorite beverage?
Coors Light

What is your favorite TV show?
It’s a tie between Eastbound and Down and WWE Monday Night Raw

What is your favorite music/band?
The Replacements

What website do you visit most often?
I’m on Facebook way too much.

Do you have a favorite Youtube video?
youtu.be/nhWWY8lUQPA – The NDSCS talent show video. We won most talented. I’m the one singing.

Final thoughts:
I am absolutely honored to take the position of RRVS track announcer. To occupy the same spot as Rod Miller and Ron Krog really is a dream come true and I hope to do them proud. I have a really good feeling about the upcoming racing season. The FM area has some of the most talented and toughest competition around. And with the Red River Kart Club numbers blowing up every year, giving loads of seat time to drivers of all ages, I can see a huge comeback for local racing happening. And we get to watch every lap. We’re the lucky ones.