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Greseth Sweeps Dakota Cat Shootout, Schmidt Claims First Win

Published on May 26, 2018

By Mike Spieker

WEST FARGO – Round three of weekly racing at Red River Valley Speedway continued Friday night. The evening was highlighted by the Dakota Cat Modified Shootout, which brought in 21 IMCA Modifieds.

Michael Greseth led wire to wire Thursday night at Norman County Raceway to win night one of the Dakota Cat Modified Shootout. Friday’s edition saw much of the same.

Greseth started third on the grid but raced past Jesse Skalicky and Brady Petermann on lap two to take the lead. Once out front, the Harwood driver set sail. Greseth cruised out to nearly a four-second lead.

Greseth dominated the 25-lap event to collect his third consecutive win as Tyler Peterson, Austin Arneson, Cale Arneson, and Dave Shipley rounded out the top five.

Dan Dowling claimed his first IMCA Sport Mod win of 2018. Dowling grabbed the early lead, but he quickly had his hands full with Scott Jacobson. Jacobson grabbed the lead on lap three, but the caution was soon to follow. On the ensuing restart, Dowling regained the lead.

In the closing laps, the race for the lead became a four car battle. Dowling, Jacobson, his son, Kelly Jacobson, along with Luke Johnson were all in contention for the win as the white flag flew, but Dowling was able to hold on for the win.

Johnson, who started 12th, edged out Kelly Jacobson, Scott Jacobson, and 16th place starter, Austin Veralrud.

After a successful season in the IMCA hobby stocks last year, Hillsboro driver Brandon Schmidt moved up to the IMCA stock cars for the 2018 season. Poised to claim his first stock car win, Schmidt started on the outside of the front row and grabbed the lead on the opening circuit.

Schmidt wasted no time distancing himself from the rest of the pack. Schmidt went on to score the win by a second and a half over Tim Compson and Rick Schulz.

Coming off a 20-plus win season last year, INEX legends driver Tim Estenson returned to his winning ways. Estenson, who was coming off a feature win at Buffalo River Race Park, started fifth on the field and took the lead on lap one. Estenson withstood a challenge from Sean Johnson to pick up his second win of the season at Red River Valley Speedway and third overall.

Tim Shiek of Fargo raced his way to the IMCA hobby stock feature win. Shiek outraced Brad Orvedahl in the first handful of laps around the high-banked three-eighths-mile clay oval to take the point. Maranda Borg challenged Shiek in the final stages, but Shiek was able to hold on for the victory.

Racing continues next Friday night with the green flag dropping at 7 pm.

IMCA Modifieds:

Feature: 1. 17G-Michael Greseth, Harwood, N.D.; 2. 1TPO-Tyler Peterson, Hickson, N.D.; 3. 10-Austin Arneson, Fargo, N.D.; 4. 99-Cale Arneson, Fargo, N.D.; 5. 72-Dave Shipley, Fargo, N.D.

IMCA Sport Mods:

Feature: 1. 2D-Dan Dowling, Davenport, N.D.; 2. 8J-Luke Johnson, Moorhead, Minn.; 3. 51-Kelly Jacobson, Fargo, N.D.; 4. 5-Scott Jacobson, Fargo, N.D.; 5. 6-Austin Veralrud, Fargo, N.D.

IMCA Stock Cars:

Feature: 1. 219-Brandon Schmidt, Hillsboro, N.D.; 2. 49-Tim Compson, Valley City, N.D.; 3. 4-Rick Schulz, Horace, N.D.; 4. 40-Rob VanMil, Barnesville, Minn.; 5. 18-MIke Anderson, West Fargo, N.D.

INEX Legends:

Feature: 1. 14T-Tim Estenson, Fargo, N.D.; 2. 58-Sean Johnson, Kindred, N.D.; 3. B1-Brody Carlsrud, Moorhead, Minn.; 4. 79-Scott Richardson, Pelican Rapids, Minn.; 5. 72-Tye Wilke, Detroit Lakes, Minn.

IMCA Hobby Stocks:

Feature: 1. 31X-Tim Shiek, Fargo, N.D.; 2. 73-Maranda Borg, Harwood, N.D.; 3. 3XL-Brad Orvedal, Fargo, N.D.; 4. 106-Eric Novacek, West Fargo, N.D.; 5. 701-Kyle Hallgren, Hankinson, N.D.


Van Mil Wins a Thriller

Published on May 14, 2018

WEST FARGO—Weekly dirt track racing continued at Red River Valley Speedway at the Red River Valley Fairground Friday night. Eighty-three race teams were checked in for action. The night featured the Fargo Force WISSOTA Super Stock Series for the first of four times in 2018.

In the first feature of the night, the IMCA stock cars put on a show throughout their 15-lap feature. Defending stock car track champion, Rob VanMil, battled all race long with stock car rookie, Brandon Schmidt. VanMil took the lead on lap five from the fifth starting position but relinquished the lead to Schmidt with three laps to go.

The two drivers raced door to door for the remainder of the event, swapping the lead on both ends of the three-eighths-mile clay oval. Schmidt had the advantage on the final lap, but VanMil got a strong run down the banking exiting turn two to pull even with Schmidt.

#40 Rob VanMil – IMCA Stock Car (Photo Courtesy: Speedway Shots)

VanMil completed the pass coming out of the final set of turns coming to the checkered flag to steal the win by 0.176 seconds.

Schmidt and Tim Compson rounded out the podium.

After several attempts to get the first lap of the IMCA Sport Mod feature completed, Kelly Henderson of Minot, N.D., took the point. He was trailed by Matt Talley of Sabin, Minn, who kept within striking distance throughout the midpoint of the race. With two laps to go, Talley moved by Henderson to take the lead.

#5T Matt Talley – IMCA Sport Mod (Photo Courtesy: Speedway Shots)

Henderson battled back on the final circuit and nearly reclaimed the lead. Talley’s car pushed up the track in turns three and four, which opened the door for Talley. It came down to a drag race to the checkers, where Talley hung on by a mere 0.069 seconds, equating to about two feet.

The INEX legends feature was the third feature of the evening and produced another late-race pass for the lead. Tim Estenson led the 16-car field on the final restart with under five laps to go. Estenson pulled away as the race resumed, but second place runner Sean Johnson quickly caught the leader.

With two laps to go, Johnson executed a slide job on Estenson to take the lead. Estenson powered back by on the final circuit to reclaim the point, but Johnson wasn’t done. Johnson drove his machine hard into turns three and four, pulled even with Estenson, but spun out coming to the checkers. Estenson held on to take the win as Tye Wilke and Kaitlyn Skalicky rounded out the top three.

On last week’s opener, Austin Arneson cruised to the IMCA modified win. On Friday, it was his brother Casey who parked it in victory lane.

#2 Casey Arneson – IMCA Modified (Photo Courtesy: Speedway Shots)

Arneson led all 20 circuits en route to the win. He was followed to the line by his other brother, Cale Arneson, by a distant three and ½ seconds.

“This one feels great,” said Arneson in victory lane. “It’s been quite a few years since I’ve won here. I don’t have many laps around the track since they laid down the new dirt, but the car felt great out there tonight.”

Cole Searing claimed his first career Red River Valley Speedway win in the Fargo Force Super Stocks. The field was led to the green by Brian Bernotas, but Bernotas was quickly harassed by Searing and Jeff Crouse.

Around the midway point, Searing moved up to the high side and closed in on Bernotas. Searing made the pass for the lead, and ultimately the win with seven laps to go.

Maranda Borg took the lead in the early going of the IMCA hobby stock feature. Tim Shiek reeled in Borg around the halfway point and utilized a restart with five to go to take the lead. From there, Shiek cruised to the win over Borg and Brad Orvedal.

IMCA Modifieds

Feature: 1. 2-Casey Arneson, Fargo. 2. 99-Cale Arneson, Fargo. 3. 9-Billy Kendall, Baxter, Minn. 4. 17G-Michael Greseth, Harwood, N.D. 5. Austin Arneson, Fargo, ND

IMCA Sportmods

Feature: 1. 5T-Matt Talley, Sabin, Minn. 2. 24-Kelly Henderson, Minot, N.D. 3. 8-Luke Johnson, Moorhead. 4. 40-Chris VanMil, Barnesville, Minn. 5. 51-Kelly Jacobson, Fargo, ND

IMCA Stock Cars

Feature: 1. 40-Rob VanMil, Barnesville, Minn. 2. 219-Brandon Schmidt, Hillsboro, N.D. 3. 49-Tim Compson, Valley City, N.D. 4. 18-Mike Anderson, Walcott, N.D. 5. 4-Rick Schulz, Horace, N.D.

IMCA Hobby Stocks

Feature: 1. 31X-Tim Shiek, Fargo. 2. 73-Maranda Borg, Harwood, N.D. 3. 3XL-Brad Orvedal, Fargo. 4. 14-Alyssa White, West Fargo. 5. 106-Eric Novacek, West Fargo.

INEX Legends

Feature: 1. 14T-Tim Estenson, Fargo. 2. 72-Tye Wilke, Detroit Lakes, Minn. 3. 8JR-Kaitlyn Skalicky, Fargo. 4. 20-Alex Braseth, Ulen, Minn. 5. 69-Brian Hanson, Jamestown, N.D.

WISSOTA Super Stocks

Feature: 1. 10-Cole Searing, Huron, S.D. 2. 29*-Jeff Crouse, Alexandria, Minn. 3. 43-Brian Bernotas, Colfax, N.D. 4. 11-William Wadeson, Alice, N.D. 5. 10W-Blake Whitlock, Watertown, SD


Colvin claims first career win at RRV Speedway opener

Published on May 7, 2018

By Mike Spieker

WEST FARGO – The 2018 dirt track racing season is officially underway. Nearly 2,000 race fans packed the Red River Valley Speedway Friday night for the opening night. The pit area was also packed with 83 race teams checked in among the five different divisions.

An estimated 2,000 fans packed Red River Valley Speedway for the 2018 season opener Friday in West Fargo. (Photo Courtesy: Speedway Shots)

The 2018 season will mark Paul Colvin’s third year behind the wheel of an IMCA Sport Mod.

Paul Colvin of Horace scored his first win at Red River Valley Speedway Friday in West Fargo. (Picture Courtesy Speedway Shots)

So far, it’s off to a great start.

The Horace driver picked up his first career Sport Mod win over a stacked field of 21 other competitors. Colvin, who started third, battled his way past front row starters Chris VanMil and Dan Evert to take the lead in the early going.

A series of cautions put Brennan Urbach, who was competing in his first ever Sport Mod race, right on the rear bumper of Colvin. Late in the going, 12th place starter Billy Michaelsohn put the pressure on Colvin around the fast and tacky three-eighths-mile dirt oval.

Colvin held a steady line in the middle groove of the track to take the win.

For the second year in a row, Austin Arneson won the IMCA Modified opener at Red River Valley Speedway. Arneson, who recorded five wins at the West Fargo track in 2017, cruised to the win with little challenge. Lucas Rodin hung with Arneson in the opening laps, but the Fargo driver pulled away from Rodin and the rest of the field as the race advanced.

Austin Arneson of Fargo picked up his second consecutive opening night win at Red River Valley Speedway Friday. (Photo Courtesy: Speedway Shots)

The best action was back in the pack as Michael Greseth and Dave Shipley put on a show as they sliced through the field. Greseth, who started 12th, and Shipley, who started 24th, both came away with top-five finishes, finishing behind Dale Kraling in fourth and fifth, respectively.

Two-time IMCA stock car winner last year, Rob VanMil of Barnesville, picked up where he left off last year. VanMil scored a highly contested feature win over Rick Schulz. The two veteran drivers battled door to door for several consecutive laps, with stock car rookie Brandon Schmidt in the mix. VanMil took the point over Schulz in the closing laps and held on by one car length to collect the win.

Pelican Rapids driver, Scotty Richardson, claimed one of the most exciting wins of the night in the INEX Legends. Richardson started on the pole en route to the victory but had his hands full with Tim Estenson and Sean Johnson. Estenson threatened to take the lead away with three laps to go as he executed a slide job in turn one. Richardson, being the veteran driver he is, countered with a crossover move underneath Estenson exiting turn two.

The following lap, Estenson, and Richardson continued their battle, but they were both surpassed by Johnson, who got a big run down the embankment out of turn two. Johnson momentarily took the lead, but the caution soon followed as Estenson spun in front of the field and collected three other drivers. All drivers were ok and able to rejoin the field.

On the restart, Richardson took the lead from Johnson and went on to score the win. Andrew Jochim, who started 12th, finished third, while Chad Sogge and 15th place starter Tye Wilke rounded out the top five.

Adam Goff held off Red River Valley Speedway regular Tim Shiek to record the IMCA hobby stock victory. Shiek gave Goff a run for his money, but the Minot driver held off Shiek to the checkers.

Racing continues next Friday at Red River Valley Speedway. Along with the other weekly divisions, the Fargo Force Wissota Super Stocks will make their first appearance of the season at the track. The green flag drops at 7:00 pm.


All Finish Concrete IMCA Modifieds:
Feature: 1. 10-Austin Arneson, [1]; 2. 19-Lucas Rodin, [2]; 3. 7K-Dale Kraling, [7]; 4. 17G-Michael Greseth, [12]; 5. 72-Dave Shipley, [24]; 6. 99A-Cale Arneson, [9]; 7. 60-Tyler Hall, [5]; 8. 174-Rich Pavlicek, [22]; 9. 3S-Jesse Skalicky, [10]; 10. 7J-Jeremy Smith, [17]; 11. 79-Billie Christ, [16]; 12. 0-Jeff Odden, [19]; 13. 12C-Nickolis Curtis, [25]; 14. 52-Brennan Borg, [21]; 15. 2-Rusty Kollman, [23]; 16. 51T-Tim Thomas, [20]; 17. (DNF) 86C-Darren Pfau, [6]; 18. (DNF) 9-Billy Kendall, [11]; 19. (DNF) 40-Rob VanMil, [13]; 20. (DNF) 6D-Dylan Goplen, [14]; 21. (DNF) 1TPO-Tyler Peterson, [8]; 22. (DNF) 6Z-Zach Dockter, [18]; 23. (DNF) 2A-Casey Arneson, [4]; 24. (DNF) 21-Jamie Schulz, [15]; 25. (DNF) 99-Shawn Strand, [3]

Heat 1: 1. 99A-Cale Arneson, [1]; 2. 17G-Michael Greseth, [3]; 3. 60-Tyler Hall, [6]; 4. 40-Rob VanMil, [7]; 5. 7J-Jeremy Smith, [2]; 6. 52-Brennan Borg, [5]; 7. 12C-Nickolis Curtis, [4]

Heat 2: 1. 9-Billy Kendall, [1]; 2. 10-Austin Arneson, [4]; 3. 99-Shawn Strand, [6]; 4. 6D-Dylan Goplen, [3]; 5. 6Z-Zach Dockter, [5]; 6. (DNF) 174-Rich Pavlicek, [2]

Heat 3: 1. 86C-Darren Pfau, [4]; 2. 1TPO-Tyler Peterson, [6]; 3. 7K-Dale Kraling, [3]; 4. 21-Jamie Schulz, [2]; 5. 0-Jeff Odden, [1]; 6. 2-Rusty Kollman, [5]

Heat 4: 1. 2A-Casey Arneson, [2]; 2. 3S-Jesse Skalicky, [5]; 3. 19-Lucas Rodin, [1]; 4. 79-Billie Christ, [6]; 5. 51T-Tim Thomas, [4]; 6. 72-Dave Shipley, [3]

A Transmission City IMCA Hobby Stocks:
Feature: 1. 30A-Adam Goff, [2]; 2. 31X-Tim Shiek, [1]; 3. 3XL-Brad Orvedal, [4]; 4. 11-Austin Green, [5]; 5. 73-Maranda Borg, [6]; 6. 148-Troy Bertsch, [10]; 7. 00-Arnie Lovdokken, [9]; 8. 14-Alyssa White, [8]; 9. (DNF) 701-Kyle Hallgren, [3]; 10. (DNF) 106-Eric Novacek, [7]

Heat 1: 1. 31X-Tim Shiek, [1]; 2. 11-Austin Green, [3]; 3. 30A-Adam Goff, [10]; 4. 701-Kyle Hallgren, [5]; 5. 3XL-Brad Orvedal, [6]; 6. 73-Maranda Borg, [9]; 7. 106-Eric Novacek, [7]; 8. 14-Alyssa White, [4]; 9. 00-Arnie Lovdokken, [8]; 10. (DNF) 148-Troy Bertsch, [2]

Eide Bailly IMCA Sport Mods:
Feature: 1. 13C-Paul Colvin, [3]; 2. 8-Billy Michaelsohn, [12]; 3. 47K-Luke Krogh, [7]; 4. 33-Brennan Urbach, [6]; 5. 8J-Luke Johnson, [8]; 6. 40-Chris VanMil, [1]; 7. 24-Kelly Henderson, [13]; 8. 5-Scott Jacobson, [10]; 9. 51-Kelly Jacobson, [4]; 10. 21K-Kyle Krogh, [17]; 11. 76-Reile Sailer, [14]; 12. 22V-Ryan Veralrud, [16]; 13. 9-Torey Fischer, [21]; 14. 47-Kreig Kasin, [20]; 15. 5T-Matt Talley, [18]; 16. 19D-Noah Metzger, [15]; 17. 76G-Gwen Sailer, [19]; 18. (DNF) 22-Vince Jegtvig, [9]; 19. (DNF) 2D-Dan Dowling, [5]; 20. (DNF) 68-Dan Evert, [2]; 21. (DNF) 6-Austin Veralrud, [11]

Heat 1: 1. 6-Austin Veralrud, [2]; 2. 8J-Luke Johnson, [1]; 3. 22-Vince Jegtvig, [7]; 4. 33-Brennan Urbach, [5]; 5. 24-Kelly Henderson, [3]; 6. 22V-Ryan Veralrud, [6]; 7. 76G-Gwen Sailer, [4]

Heat 2: 1. 8-Billy Michaelsohn, [4]; 2. 40-Chris VanMil, [2]; 3. 5-Scott Jacobson, [1]; 4. 13C-Paul Colvin, [6]; 5. 76-Reile Sailer, [5]; 6. 21K-Kyle Krogh, [3]; 7. 47-Kreig Kasin, [7]

Heat 3: 1. 47K-Luke Krogh, [1]; 2. 2D-Dan Dowling, [3]; 3. 68-Dan Evert, [2]; 4. 51-Kelly Jacobson, [5]; 5. 19D-Noah Metzger, [4]; 6. 5T-Matt Talley, [6]; 7. 9-Torey Fischer, [7]

Petermann Seeds INEX Legends:
Feature: 1. 79-Scott Richardson, [1]; 2. 58-Sean Johnson, [7]; 3. 21-Andrew Jochim, [12]; 4. 6-Chad Sogge, [2]; 5. 72-Tye Wilke, [15]; 6. 38-Andrew Sommerfeld, [4]; 7. 8JR-Kaitlyn Skalicky, [6]; 8. D1RT-Tony Brockhouse, [10]; 9. 5D8-Dylan Johnson, [9]; 10. 29B-Ryan Braseth, [11]; 11. B1-Brody Carlsrud, [17]; 12. 24-Shaun Erickson, [16]; 13. 29-Brandon Erickson, [14]; 14. (DNF) 14T-Tim Estenson, [8]; 15. (DNF) 20-Alex Braseth, [13]; 16. (DNF) 69-Brian Hanson, [5]; 17. (DNF) 7-Cade Sogge, [3]

Heat 1: 1. 5D8-Dylan Johnson, [5]; 2. 38-Andrew Sommerfeld, [3]; 3. 8JR-Kaitlyn Skalicky, [2]; 4. 69-Brian Hanson, [4]; 5. 20-Alex Braseth, [1]; 6. 24-Shaun Erickson, [6]

Heat 2: 1. 79-Scott Richardson, [1]; 2. 14T-Tim Estenson, [3]; 3. D1RT-Tony Brockhouse, [6]; 4. 21-Andrew Jochim, [5]; 5. 29-Brandon Erickson, [2]; 6. B1-Brody Carlsrud, [4]

Heat 3: 1. 6-Chad Sogge, [1]; 2. 58-Sean Johnson, [5]; 3. 7-Cade Sogge, [4]; 4. 29B-Ryan Braseth, [3]; 5. 72-Tye Wilke, [2]

Schmidt & Sons Building Movers IMCA Stock Cars:
Feature: 1. 40-Rob VanMil, [1]; 2. 4-Rick Schulz, [7]; 3. 87-Eric Harpole, [4]; 4. 49-Tim Compson, [9]; 5. 219-Brandon Schmidt, [6]; 6. 28A-Alan Bertsch, [10]; 7. 21-Tim Church, [5]; 8. (DNF) 76Z-John Sandvig, [8]; 9. (DNF) 96-Erv Grossman, [2]; 10. (DNF) 18-Mike Anderson, [3]

Heat 1: 1. 18-Mike Anderson, [2]; 2. 40-Rob VanMil, [4]; 3. 87-Eric Harpole, [1]; 4. 49-Tim Compson, [5]; 5. 96-Erv Grossman, [3]; 6. 28A-Alan Bertsch, [6]

Heat 2: 1. 219-Brandon Schmidt, [2]; 2. 4-Rick Schulz, [3]; 3. 21-Tim Church, [4]; 4. 76Z-John Sandvig, [1]


Red River Valley Speedway Hosts 48th Season Opener Friday

Published on May 3, 2018

By Mike Spieker

WEST FARGO – Similar to the opening day of baseball, there is something nostalgic about the season openers at the F-M area dirt tracks. Nearly a half-century of racing history is entrenched into the tracks’ rich, black, Red River Valley soil. From the primitive stock cars that kicked up dust in the 1960s to the highly modified, high-performance machines that torch the tracks today, local auto racing has evolved into a very skilled and competitive sport.

On Friday, Red River Valley Speedway (RRVS) will host its 48th season opener.

The rumble of a 700 horsepower engine, the intoxicating smells of the high-octane race fuel and the feeling of anticipation and excitement as another season of racing approaches; that’s what it’s all about says Nick Skalicky, COO of RRVS.

“The atmosphere is hard to match,” he said. “It’s been a long, cold winter for everybody and we’re all looking forward to finally go racing.” 

RRVS will be the only track in North Dakota hosting its opener this weekend besides Nodak Speedway in Minot. The late spring and cool temperatures in April have forced other tracks to postpone, but the crew at RRVS has worked hard to get the track up and running for Friday’s scheduled opener.

“We’ve been working to get the facility all cleaned up after the winter, get all of our sponsors lined up for the year and get the track in shape. You want everything to go right that first night and our crew strives on that,” Skalicky said. “A lot of that depends on Mother Nature and so far she’s cooperated with us and Friday looks to be a great night.”

The track held a pre-season practice session Wednesday night so drivers could fine-tune their cars before Friday. The laps on the track also helped the racing surface get packed in after sitting dormant during the offseason. A large field of over 70 race teams took advantage of the midweek practice night, indicating that car counts in all divisions at the speedway should be just as good, if not better, than last year.

Entering their third year managing the track, Skalicky along with Jake and Sharnel Bitker, have put a focus on the family aspect for fans this year. The track is now offering a family pack that includes two adult tickets, two kid tickets, two free “Attraction” passes to Thunder Road, and a certificate for a free “Shareable” meal at Buffalo Wild Wings all for $30. The Bitkers and Skalicky know that it’s important to get the young ones home at a decent time at the end of the night, so they work hard to put on an efficient two-and-a-half to three-hour show to be done no later than 10:00 pm. 

Bike giveaways and meet and greets with the drivers throughout the season, and a candy toss during intermission each night all highlight the kid-friendly atmosphere at the track.

RRVS is bringing back its stout lineup of weekly racing again in 2018 that includes IMCA Modifieds, Sport Mods, Stock Cars, Hobby Stocks and INEX Legends.

The track’s premier division, the IMCA Modifieds, usually has the toughest competition with the largest car counts each week. Last year, Fargo’s Dave Shipley, driver of the no. 72 IMCA modified, captured his first career track championship at RRVS after competing at the speedway for the last 17 years. Shipley says he’s looking forward to getting back behind the wheel Friday to defend his title.

“It was a long winter,” reiterated Shipley. “It’s going to be great to get back into the car and have a little fun. There are a lot of fast guys around here, though. There’s a lot of good competition. You know when you win [at Red River Valley Speedway], you can pretty much go anywhere nationally and compete.”

While their three-year lease is up at the end of the 2018 season, Skalicky and the Bitkers are looking to expand upon what they’ve built at RRVS and have already locked in dates for the 2019, 2020 and 2021 racing season. 

Other big events at the speedway this year are:

May 25: Dakota Cat Modified Shootout – Working in conjunction with Norman County Raceway (NCR) in Ada, Minn., the Dakota Cat Modified Shootout will be a two-night special for the IMCA Modifieds.

July 15: Sprint Car Special – Auto racing will cap off grandstand entertainment at the Red River Valley Fair for the third consecutive year, featuring the Buffalo Wild Wings NOSA Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds and INEX Legends.

July 20: Rusty Wallace Night – Former NASCAR Cup champion, Rusty Wallace, will make an appearance at the speedway. Fans will have an opportunity to interact with Wallace during a meet and greet at the races.

August 8: Sanders Metal Products Modified Challenge – The sixth edition of this IMCA modified special will begin on Wednesday night at RRVS, before wrapping up the following evening at NCR.

August 18: World of Outlaws Sprint Cars – The vastly popular Outlaws will return to RRVS for the second consecutive year and 32nd time overall. A crowd of over 6,500 witnessed the Outlaw show last year.


Get Your Pocket Schedule Today!

Published on April 26, 2018

The 2018 Red River Valley Speedway pocket race schedules are now available at all area Casey’s General Stores. And while you’re there, grab a slice of pizza!


Test & Tune – Wednesday

Published on April 25, 2018

The Test & Tune is scheduled for Wednesday, May 2 from 6pm-9pm. Cost: $30 per car. Then the Season Opener is Friday, May 4th at 7pm!


MyRacePass Registration

Published on April 4, 2018

2018 MyRacePass online registration is now available. If you have previously raced with us or registered with us you do not need to complete a new registration unless one of the following things has occurred:
– Changed class
– Changed car number
– Changed address
– Changed transponder number

Click register to begin


March 31 | Red River Valley Speedway Night @ Fargo Force Game

Published on February 15, 2018

Mark your calendars for March 31st because it’s Red River Valley Speedway Night at the Fargo Force game! Puck drops at 7:05 pm at the Scheels Arena. Click HERE to purchase game tickets for that night. We’ll be giving out RRVS promotional items for the first 1,000 fans in attendance. Plus we’ll have race cars on display throughout the building.

Fargo Force game night details:

Lincoln Stars vs Fargo Force

Post-game Skate with the Force for 30 minutes. Bring your skates to Scheels Arena to skate with the team following the game! Skates must be left in your car until the end of the game or kept at your seats in a bag (with skate guards on). A PA announcement will be made in the third period on where to go after the game to put on your skates.


World of Outlaws to return to Red River Valley Speedway in 2018

Published on November 19, 2017

The World of Outlaws in their famous four-wide salute to the fans before the 2017 main event at Red River Valley Speedway (Photo by Speedway Shots)

By Mike Spieker

WEST FARGO – The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will be returning to Red River Valley Speedway for the second consecutive season in 2018 on Saturday, August 18. The event will mark the 32nd year in which the World of Outlaws have visited the high-banked clay oval at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds as the series celebrates its 40th anniversary.

The 2017 event, which broke a five-year hiatus with the World of Outlaws, was one for the Red River Valley Speedway history books. An estimated 7,000 race fans from across the upper Midwest packed into the grandstands and witnessed Shane Stewart break the one-lap track record during time trials.

Third generation sprint car driver, Thomas Kennedy of Winnipeg, Manitoba was the Cinderella Story of the evening. The 27-year-old driver timed in fifth quickest of the 31 entries, won his heat race and went on to score a seventh-place finish in the main event.

Shane Stewart of Bixby, Okla. broke the RRVS track record with a lap of 11.925 seconds, averaging 113.208mph. (Photo by Speedway Shots)

Eunice, Louisiana’s Jason Johnson claimed his first career Red River Valley Speedway win after holding off Kerry Madsen and Shane Stewart.

The 2017 World of Outlaws season wrapped up Nov. 4 at the Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where Donny Schatz claimed his ninth series title.

Schatz led the series with 20 feature wins, becoming the first driver in series history to record 20 or more wins for five consecutive seasons.

The Fargo driver has four career wins in the World of Outlaws at his home track, most recently in 2006 when he swept both nights of action.

The NLRA late models are scheduled to co-headline the event with the World of Outlaws.


World of Outlaws visit Red River Valley Speedway again in 2018 on August 18 for the Duel in the Dakotas

Published on November 18, 2017

(Ken Simon Photo)

WEST FARGO, N.D. — November 18, 2017 — The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will return to Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, North Dakota for the second consecutive year on Saturday, August 18, 2018, for the “Duel in the Dakotas.” The event will mark the 32nd A-Feature event contested by the series at the three-eighths-mile, dating back to 1981. A total of 14 drivers have picked up A-Feature wins in the series at the track during that span.

Jason Johnson scored his first win at Red River Valley Speedway this past season in his debut at the track. The 2016 winner of the Knoxville Nationals held off a hard-charging Kerry Madsen and Donny Schatz for the win.

Schatz, who calls Fargo home, has won four times at Red River Valley Speedway, including winning both nights of the 2006 “Duel in the Dakotas.” Schatz has won at least once at every track in his home state of North Dakota that the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series has competed it. He raced with the Outlaws for the first time at Red River Valley Speedway as a teenager in 1993, finishing 15th.

The 2017 campaign was another historic one for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series as 20 drivers picked up wins. Leading the way was Schatz, who scored his ninth series championship and became the first driver in series history to win 20 or more A-Feature events in five consecutive seasons. David Gravel had a career-year, earning 18 A-Feature wins, which was second only to Schatz. The 25-year-old finished third in points for the second consecutive year.

Brad Sweet was nearly as consistent as Schatz, picking up 72 top-10 finishes just two less than the champion, with 56 of those being top-fives. Sweet visited victory lane five times in 2017 en route to finishing second in points. Pittman ended up fourth in the standings while picking up three wins, with Shane Stewart, who reached victory lane eight times, rounding out the top-five in points.

Jason Johnson, who won four races finished sixth in points, followed by Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award winner Sheldon Haudenschild in seventh. Kraig Kinser, who had a win was eighth, with Logan Schuchart, who earned a career-high four victories, in ninth and rookie Brent Marks rounded out the top-10.

Ticket information for the 2018 “Duel in the Dakotas,” featuring the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, N.D., on Saturday, August 18, 2018 will be available soon at www.slspromotions.com.

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