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Kennedy Claims Sprint Car Win

Published on July 16, 2018

By Mike Spieker

WEST FARGO – The Buffalo Wild Wings NOSA Sprint Cars made their first and only appearance of the season to Red River Valley Speedway on Sunday evening during the Red River Valley Fair. A crowd of over 5,000 race fans packed the grandstand to watch twenty-two 900+ horsepower sprint cars take on the high-banked three-eighths mile clay oval.

Thomas Kennedy raced to his first career sprint car win at Red River Valley Speedway Sunday during the Red River Valley Fair.

Thomas Kennedy of Winnipeg, Manitoba claimed his first career sprint car win at Red River Valley Speedway. Kennedy, who finished second on Saturday night at Devils Lake Speedway after leading every lap but the last one, started the night by winning his heat race in convincing fashion. Kennedy’s fastest lap during his heat was just four-one-hundredths of a second off the Red River Valley Speedway track record, which was set by World of Outlaws driver Shane Stewart last August. Kennedy’s lap time of 11.996 seconds put him at an average speed of 112mph and was just the fourth sub-12 second lap ever turned on Red River Valley Speedway’s three-eighths mile configuration.

The 25-lap sprint car feature started with Jordan Graham taking the early lead over defending race winner, Wade Nygaard. Nygaard, a nine-time NOSA champion, took the lead on lap six as Kennedy followed him into second.

The NOSA Sprints give their traditional four-wide salute to the fans before their main event at Red River Valley Speedway Sunday.

On lap nine, Kennedy made a bold move to the inside of Nygaard to take the lead out of turn four in lapped traffic. Lurking in the third spot was the all-time NOSA wins leader, Mark Dobmeier. Dobmeier went after Nygaard for second, which allowed Kennedy to pull away.

Thomas Kennedy raced to his first career sprint car win at Red River Valley Speedway Sunday during the Red River Valley Fair.

Dobmeier took the spot and began reeling in Kennedy in the closing laps. With two laps to go, Kennedy and Dobmeier found themselves in heavy lapped traffic. Dobmeier drove to the inside of turn four, where he clipped an infield tire barrier, which sent his Buffalo Wild Wings No. 13 upside down. A lapped car was also collected and got upside down with Dobmeier, but both drivers were ok.

On the ensuing restart, Kennedy got a great start and drove away from Nygaard. Kennedy drove the final laps unchallenged as he cruised to the $1,200 win.

“I was racing on seven cylinders the whole race so this win feels even better,” said an elated Kennedy in victory lane.

Michael Johnson of Moorhead, Minn. picked up his first IMCA modified win of the season. Johnson led the majority of the 25-lap feature to pick up the win over Dylan Goplen, who ran a close second. The best racing on the track was back in the pack as several drivers came from deep in the field to move into the top five. Cale Arneson rounded out the podium, while Jason Strand, who started 15th, finished fourth. Casey Arneson started 13th to finish fifth, while Dale Kraling was the hard charger of the event coming from 19th to finish sixth.

Tim Estenson came from the 15th starting position to win the INEX Legends feature. Estenson held off pole sitter, Sean Johnson, for his 16th win of the season overall.

Next week at Red River Valley Speedway, Rusty Wallace will be in attendance as the grand marshall of the event.

NOSA Sprint Cars:
Feature: 1. 21K-Thomas Kennedy, Winnipeg, MB; 2. 9N-Wade Nygaard, Grand Forks, N.D.; 3. 8H-Jade Hastings, Grand Forks, N.D.; 4. 2A-Austin Pierce, Grand Forks, N.D.; 5. 4J-Lee Grosz, Harwood, N.D.

IMCA Modifieds:
Feature: 1. 84-Michael Johnson, Moorhead, Minn.; 2. 6D-Dylan Goplen, Fargo, N.D.; 3. 99-Cale Arneson, Fargo, N.D.; 4. E85-Jason Strand, Portland, N.D.; 5. 2-Casey Arneson, Fargo, N.D.

INEX Legends:
Feature: 1. 14T-Tim Estenson, Fargo, N.D.; 2. 58-Sean Johnson, Kindred, N.D.; 3. 5D8-Dylan Johnson, Durbin, N.D.; 4. 79-Scott Richardson, Pelican Rapids, Minn.; 5. 72-Tye Wilke, Detroit Lakes, Minn.


Peterson charges to modified win at Red River Valley Speedway

Published on June 25, 2018

By Mike Spieker

WEST FARGO – Tyler Peterson of Hickson collected his second IMCA Modified win of the season at the West Fargo dirt track after starting in the ninth position. Dylan Goplen and Rob VanMil led the pack early on, but while racing for the lead, VanMil slid into Goplen which forced them both to spin. The caution was called on VanMil, while Goplen reclaimed his spot back in the lead for the ensuing restart.

Photo: Tyler Peterson raced to his second IMCA Modified win of the season Friday at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo.

As the race went green, a four-car battle for the point broke out between Goplen, Casey Arneson, Dave Shipley, and Peterson. Arneson won the fight to take the lead.

At the halfway point, Michael Greseth and Peterson caught Arneson. Peterson took the lead as a caution reset the field on the following lap.

Cautions plagued the second half of the race, but in the closing stages, Greseth and Arneson mounted one last charge on Peterson. With three to go, the lead trio went three wide for the lead, but Greseth suffered a push in turn one, which allowed Peterson to maintain the lead and Arneson to gain second.

Peterson fended off Arneson on the final lap to claim the win.

Kelly Jacobson of Fargo picked up his second IMCA SportMod win of the week. Jacobson, who won Thursday night at Norman County Raceway in Ada, Minn., charged into the lead on lap two with a three-wide pass over Charlie Jensen and Torey Fischer. A few cautions throughout the race kept Jacobson at bay to the rest of the field.

With eight laps remaining, Matt Talley began closing in on Jacobson for the lead. Jacobson was able to hold on to claim his first Red River Valley Speedway win of 2018 over Talley and 10th place starter, Chris VanMil.

One of the biggest fields of IMCA stock cars of the season was on hand. It took two attempts at a complete restart to get the race underway, but once it did, Larry Niemi took the lead while a four-wide battle for second broke out behind him. Brandon Schmidt, who also won at Norman County Raceway earlier this week, and Rob VanMil raced for second before getting by Niemi to make it a fight for the lead. Schmidt and VanMil traded the spot back and forth for the remainder of the event.

VanMil got a good run on Schmidt into turn three on the final lap, but Schmidt held on for his second consecutive Red River Valley Speedway win.

In just his second start of the season at Red River Valley Speedway, Andrew Jochim of Glyndon, Minn. picked up the INEX legends feature win. Jochim and fellow fifth-row starter, Tim Estenson, sliced their way through the field to find the front with five laps to go. Jochim and Estenson raced three wide for the top spot with Tye Wilke into turn three. Jochim emerged as the leader with Estenson in tow.

Estenson, who was in search of his 11th overall win of the season, used every inch of the three-eighths-mile clay oval trying to find a way around Jochim but came up short at the checkers.

Adam Goff of Minot has three starts at Red River Valley Speedway thus far in 2018. By night’s end, he would leave West Fargo with his second IMCA Hobby Stock victory. Goff, Tim Shiek, and Eric Novacek went three wide for the lead early on before Goff claimed the point. Once out front, Goff checked out as he cruised to the win.


IMCA Modifieds:
Feature – 1. 1TPO-Tyler Peterson, Hickson, N.D., 2. 2-Casey Arneson, Fargo, N.D., 3. 17-Michael Greseth, Harwood, N.D., 4. 99-Cale Arneson, Fargo, N.D, 5. 72-Dave Shipley, Argusville, N.D.

IMCA SportMods:
Feature – 1. 51-Kelly Jacobson, Fargo, N.D., 2. 5T-Matt Talley, Sabin , Minn, 3. 40-Chris VanMil, Barnesville, Minn., 4. 8J-Luke Johnson, Moorhead, Minn., 5. 6-Austin Veralrud, Fargo, N.D.

IMCA Stock Cars:
Feature – 1. 219-Brandon Schmidt, Hillsboro, Minn., 2. 40-Rob VanMil, Barnesville, Minn., 3. 18-Mike Anderson, Walcott, N.D., 4. 4-Rick Schulz, Horace, N.D., 5. 14-Nick Johansen, Tyler, Minn.

INEX Legends:
Feature – 1. 21-Andrew Jochim, Glyndon, Minn., 2. 14T-Tim Estenson, Fargo, N.D., 3. 72-Tye Wilke, Detroit Lakes, Minn., 4. 8JR-Kaitlyn Skalicky, Fargo, N.D., 5. 5D8-Dylan Johnson, Durbin, N.D.

IMCA Hobby Stocks:
Feature – 1. 30A – Adam Goff, Minot, N.D., 2. 31X-Tim Shiek, Fargo, N.D., 3. 3XL-Brad Orvedal, Fargo, N.D., 4. 14-Alyssa White, Ontonagon, M.I., 5. 106-Eric Novacek, West Fargo, N.D.


World of Outlaws Tickets On Sale NOW for August 18

Published on June 18, 2018

WEST FARGO, N.D. — June 18, 2018 — Tickets are now on sale for the “Duel in the Dakotas” on Saturday, August 18 at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, North Dakota, featuring the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series. Tickets can be purchased online at slspromotions.ticketforce.com or by calling SLS Promotions at 815-344-2023.

Jason Johnson won at Red River Valley Speedway last season in his debut at the track as the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returned to the three-eighths-mile for the first time since 2012. Kerry Madsen finished second with Shane Stewart in third.

Donny Schatz, who now calls Fargo home, has won four times at Red River Valley Speedway with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, including winning both nights of the 2006 “Duel in the Dakotas.” The nine-time series champion raced with the Outlaws for the first time at Red River Valley Speedway as a teenager in 1993.

(John Parham Photo)

Battling Schatz and Johnson this season is a talented group of full-time competitors, including 2013 series champion Daryn Pittman, Brad Sweet, who is Pittman’s teammate at Kasey Kahne Racing, David Gravel, who won a career-high 18 races last year, Shane Stewart, Sheldon Haudenschild, who is having a breakout year with four wins thus far in 2018, as well as veteran drivers Kraig Kinser, Jason Sides and Greg Wilson.

Young drivers Logan Schuchart, Jacob Allen and Clyde Knipp are all back on the road again in 2017, along with sophomore driver Brent Marks, who recently won his first career World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series race at Wilmot Raceway in Wisconsin. Ian Madsen is the leading contender for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award in 2018.

Tickets for the “Duel in the Dakotas,” featuring World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series event at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, North Dakota, on Saturday, August 18 can be purchased online at slspromotions.ticketforce.com or by phone at 815-344-2023.

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Schulz rallies for stock car win

Published on June 9, 2018

By Mike Spieker

WEST FARGO—A late afternoon storm made for tricky track conditions and a wild and unpredictable night of racing Friday at Red River Valley Speedway.

During the IMCA stock car feature last week, Rick Schulz of Horace made contact with another car, which sent him into the wall and barrel rolling on the front straightaway. A week later, he was standing in victory lane.

Schulz jumped out to the early lead from the third starting position. The driver of the Sanders Metal Products No. 4S led every lap en route to his first win of the season at Red River Valley Speedway and second overall.

Rick Schulz rolled his IMCA stock car last week, but picked up the feature win Friday at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo.

“Wow, this means a ton. To go from wreckers to checkers in one week means a lot,” said Schulz. “It took until about Monday or Tuesday before I started looking things over and realized we had enough parts to get it put back together.”

Schulz was followed to the line by Thursday night’s winner at Norman County Raceway, Rob VanMil.

The first of three first-time winners at the high-banked three-eighths-mile clay oval was Tim Thomas of Fargo. Thomas won the make-up IMCA modified feature that was rained out last Friday.

Thomas led every circuit of the 15-lap event to claim his first career IMCA modified win.

“I’ve been trying to get this track figured out for the last three years,” said Thomas after the race. “I think we are onto something that works well for us. My crew and I are all on the same page now. Hopefully, we can keep getting better and get a few more wins.”

Tim Thomas raced to his first career IMCA modified feature win Friday at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo.

West Fargo’s Matt Clark also picked up his first career win. Clark, who is amidst his sophomore season in the IMCA SportMods, claimed the win after dominating the majority of the 16-lap feature. Clark nearly had a half-lap lead over Brennan Urbach in second at the halfway point, but the caution was displayed as Clark was about to take the checkers.

As a result, a two-lap dash to the finish ensued, but Clark’s car stalled while under caution. Clark momentarily pulled into the infield, but he was able to get his machine refired to rejoin the field.

Urbach challenged Clark on the restart, but Clark had the momentum on the high side of the race track. Clark cruised to the win over Urbach, Luke Johnson, who started 11th, while Kelly Jacobson and Scott Jacobson rounded out the top five.

The INEX legends feature came down to the last corner of the last lap before the winner was determined. Dylan Johnson of Dubin held until the final circuit when Scotty Richardson momentarily took the lead in the field set of corners. Richardson slid up the track to take the lead, but Johnson kept his foot on the throttle and pulled even with Richardson as the duo came to the checkered flag. They made contact at the flagstand as Johnson was declared the winner by a mere 0.019 seconds, equating about 10 inches.

Tim Shiek scored his fourth IMCA hobby stock win in a row at Red River Valley Speedway in dominating fashion. The win marked his sixth overall in the last eight races.


IMCA Modifieds

Make-up Feature from June 1: 1. 51T-Tim Thomas, [1]; 2. 1TPO-Tyler Peterson, [5]; 3. 3S-Jesse Skalicky, [8]; 4. 6Z-Zach Dockter, [2]; 5. 7-Dale Kraling, [6]; 6. 2-Casey Arneson, [15]; 7. 96A-Rob VanMil, [17]; 8. 88B-Brady Petermann, [9]; 9. 6D-Dylan Goplen, [13]; 10. 86C-Darren Pfau, [3]; 11. 7B-Bryce Bjerken, [16]; 12. 12C-Nick Curtis, [19]; 13. (DNF) 99B-Bryce Borgen, [7]; 14. (DNF) 174-Rich Pavlicek, [20]; (DNS) E85-Jason Strand, ; (DNS) 72S-Dave Shipley, ; (DNS) 60-Tyler Hall, ; (DNS) 71-Nate Reinke, ; (DNS) 17G-Michael Greseth, ; (DNS) 99-Cale Arneson,

A Feature 1: 1. 86C-Darren Pfau, [2]; 2. 88B-Brady Petermann, [8]; 3. 99-Cale Arneson, [14]; 4. 6D-Dylan Goplen, [1]; 5. 6Z-Zach Dockter, [5]; 6. 3S-Jesse Skalicky, [12]; 7. 7-Dale Kraling, [10]; 8. 30-Adam Fischer, [16]; 9. 4500-Cody Peterson, [17]; 10. 1TPO-Tyler Peterson, [11]; 11. 12C-Nick Curtis, [13]; 12. 0-Jeff Odden, [19]; 13. 79-Tony Mack, [18]; 14. (DNF) 96A-Rob VanMil, [6]; 15. (DNF) 72-Dave Shipley, [9]; 16. (DNF) 51T-Tim Thomas, [4]; 17. (DNF) 10-Casey Arneson, [7]; 18. (DNF) 174-Rich Pavlicek, [15]; 19. (DNF) 7B-Bryce Bjerken, [3]; (DNS) 99B-Bryce Borgen,

Heat 1: 1. 6Z-Zach Dockter, [3]; 2. 96A-Rob VanMil, [4]; 3. 3S-Jesse Skalicky, [6]; 4. 72-Dave Shipley, [5]; 5. 12C-Nick Curtis, [1]; 6. 30-Adam Fischer, [7]; 7. 0-Jeff Odden, [2]

Heat 2: 1. 6D-Dylan Goplen, [1]; 2. 7-Dale Kraling, [5]; 3. 7B-Bryce Bjerken, [2]; 4. 10-Casey Arneson, [4]; 5. 99-Cale Arneson, [6]; 6. 4500-Cody Peterson, [7]; 7. (DNF) 99B-Bryce Borgen, [3]

Heat 3: 1. 51T-Tim Thomas, [2]; 2. 88B-Brady Petermann, [4]; 3. 86C-Darren Pfau, [1]; 4. 1TPO-Tyler Peterson, [5]; 5. 174-Rich Pavlicek, [3]; 6. 79-Tony Mack, [6]

IMCA SportMods

A Feature 1: 1. 15-Matthew Clark, [3]; 2. 33-Brennan Urbach, [7]; 3. 8J-Luke Johnson, [11]; 4. 51-Kelly Jacobson, [8]; 5. 5-Scott Jacobson, [14]; 6. 40-Chris VanMil, [10]; 7. 2D-Dan Dowling, [9]; 8. 19C-Dustin Hartwig, [12]; 9. 76-Reile Sailer, [6]; 10. 47-Kreig Kasin, [5]; 11. 22S-Brian Schaffer, [1]; 12. 68-Dan Evert, [18]; 13. 22-Vince Jegtvig, [17]; 14. 6-Austin Veralrud, [16]; 15. 12T-Brandon Tendeland, [2]; 16. 5T-Matt Talley, [20]; 17. 9-Torey Fischer, [21]; 18. 76G-Gwen Sailer, [19]; 19. (DNF) 8-Billy Michaelsohn, [15]; 20. (DNF) 22V-Ryan Veralrud, [13]; 21. (DNF) 77-Charles Jensen, [4]

Heat 1: 1. 40-Chris VanMil, [7]; 2. 22S-Brian Schaffer, [1]; 3. 51-Kelly Jacobson, [6]; 4. 76-Reile Sailer, [4]; 5. 22V-Ryan Veralrud, [3]; 6. 6-Austin Veralrud, [5]; 7. 76G-Gwen Sailer, [2]

Heat 2: 1. 15-Matthew Clark, [2]; 2. 8J-Luke Johnson, [7]; 3. 2D-Dan Dowling, [6]; 4. 12T-Brandon Tendeland, [1]; 5. 5-Scott Jacobson, [5]; 6. 22-Vince Jegtvig, [3]; 7. 5T-Matt Talley, [4]

Heat 3: 1. 33-Brennan Urbach, [5]; 2. 47-Kreig Kasin, [3]; 3. 77-Charles Jensen, [2]; 4. 19C-Dustin Hartwig, [7]; 5. 8-Billy Michaelsohn, [6]; 6. 68-Dan Evert, [1]; 7. 9-Torey Fischer, [4]

IMCA Hobby Stocks

A Feature 1: 1. 31X-Tim Shiek, [4]; 2. 30A-Adam Goff, [5]; 3. 3XL-Brad Orvedal, [3]; 4. 11S-William Smith, [7]; 5. 106-Eric Novacek, [2]; 6. 701-Kyle Hallgren, [1]; 7. 73-Maranda Borg, [6]; 8. 00-Arnie Lovdokken, [9]; 9. (DNF) 14-Alyssa White, [10]; 10. (DNF) 21X-Tim Smith, [8]

Heat 1: 1. 31X-Tim Shiek, [7]; 2. 30A-Adam Goff, [8]; 3. 106-Eric Novacek, [3]; 4. 701-Kyle Hallgren, [1]; 5. 3XL-Brad Orvedal, [5]; 6. 73-Maranda Borg, [6]; 7. 11S-William Smith, [10]; 8. 21X-Tim Smith, [9]; 9. 00-Arnie Lovdokken, [2]; 10. 14-Alyssa White, [4]

IMCA Stock Cars

A Feature 1: 1. 4-Rick Schulz, [3]; 2. 40-Rob VanMil, [5]; 3. 219-Brandon Schmidt, [4]; 4. 21-Tim Church, [1]; 5. 18-MIke Anderson, [2]; 6. 96-Erv Grossman, [6]; 7. 48-Larry Niemi, [7]

Heat 1: 1. 18-MIke Anderson, [3]; 2. 21-Tim Church, [2]; 3. 40-Rob VanMil, [6]; 4. 4-Rick Schulz, [4]; 5. 219-Brandon Schmidt, [5]; 6. 96-Erv Grossman, [1]; 7. 48-Larry Niemi, [7]

INEX Legends

A Feature 1: 1. 5D8-Dylan Johnson, [1]; 2. 79-Scott Richardson, [4]; 3. 58-Sean Johnson, [7]; 4. 6-Chad Sogge, [10]; 5. 14T-Tim Estenson, [8]; 6. 5-Dean Julsrud, [6]; 7. 72-Tye Wilke, [9]; 8. 20-Alex Braseth, [3]; 9. 8JR-Kaitlyn Skalicky, [5]; 10. 29-Brandon Erickson, [11]; 11. 7-Cade Sogge, [13]; 12. D1RT-Tony Brockhouse, [12]; 13. B1-Brody Carlsrud, [2]; 14. 29B-Ryan Braseth, [14]; 15. 24-Shaun Erickson, [15]; 16. 22-Corey Hansen, [17]; 17. 5G-Garrison Miller, [16]

Heat 1: 1. 5D8-Dylan Johnson, [3]; 2. 79-Scott Richardson, [5]; 3. 5-Dean Julsrud, [6]; 4. 14T-Tim Estenson, [7]; 5. B1-Brody Carlsrud, [4]; 6. 29-Brandon Erickson, [1]; 7. 7-Cade Sogge, [8]; 8. 24-Shaun Erickson, [2]; 9. 22-Corey Hansen, [9]

Heat 2: 1. 20-Alex Braseth, [2]; 2. 58-Sean Johnson, [4]; 3. 6-Chad Sogge, [6]; 4. 8JR-Kaitlyn Skalicky, [3]; 5. 72-Tye Wilke, [5]; 6. D1RT-Tony Brockhouse, [8]; 7. 29B-Ryan Braseth, [1]; 8. 5G-Garrison Miller, [7]


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!