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A long awaited return: World of Outlaws Sprint Cars invade Red River Valley Speedway on Saturday

Published on August 18, 2017

Donny Schatz will look for his fifth career World of Outlaws win at Red River Valley Speedway on Saturday (Photo Courtesy: Speedway Shots)

By Mike Spieker

WEST FARGO – Another chapter will be written in the Red River Valley Speedway (RRVS) history books Saturday night as the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars make their highly anticipated return to West Fargo. The event, which was originally scheduled for June 17th, but was postponed due to rain, will mark the 31st appearance by the 900+ horsepower winged sprint cars at RRVS.

Leading the way is eight-time and defending World of Outlaws champion and Fargo’s own, Donny Schatz.

Schatz is riding a wave of momentum this weekend after capturing his 10th Knoxville Nationals title at the famed Knoxville (IA) Raceway last Saturday night.

“The Knoxville Nationals are something you look forward to at the beginning of the year. You’re excited about it whether you have or haven’t won it before. It’s what makes or breaks your year. We were able to put ourselves in a position to win it again this year and it means the world to everybody on the team,” said Schatz, who had to fend off NASCAR star Kyle Larson on the final lap to claim the $150,000 victory.

“We’re still enjoying (the win), but we are also looking forward to this weekend. With the Outlaws running in Grand Forks, Fargo, and Minot, it’s going to kind of be a dream weekend for me,” he said.

Despite living in Minot in his younger days, Schatz still competed weekly at RRVS in the early 1990s and considered the West Fargo clay oval a home track. Schatz quickly saw success in the WISSOTA 360 sprint car division and became a fan favorite in Fargo before he moved up to World of Outlaws ranks in 1997.

“It’s always special to come back and race at Red River Valley Speedway. You know a majority of the people you’re going to see,” Schatz said. “The track is just minutes away from where I live and most of my family is from around here. There is just something about being able to sleep in your own bed the same night you race at your home track.”

The World of Outlaws have made just one visit to RRVS since the track was reconfigured from a half-mile to a three-eighths mile track in 2010. Since then, Schatz has gotten laps on the smaller racing surface with the All Star Circuit of Champion sprint cars and the NLRA Late Models. Despite all of that on-track experience over the last handful of years, Schatz says the key to being fast is relying on setups that have been working as of late, even if they are for different tracks.

“You have to stick with your basics and parameters you’ve set and know that work at all of the different places,” he said. “The team changes little things from place to place to account for the different dirt and speeds that you go. For the most part, you start with a pretty basic setup and try to work from there.”

This weekend’s three-race trek through North Dakota is just a small drop in the bucket in comparison to the complete 94-race schedule the World of Outlaws are enduring this season. In his quest for his ninth series championship, Schatz is in good shape thus far with an 82 point lead atop the point standings with 27 races remaining.

“We’re going to have to stay after it to get the championship this year. There’s never too much of a buffer when you’re leading the points,” he said. “At the same point, we don’t really race for points, we race to win each night. As the season winds down, everything becomes more important and you don’t want to make any mistakes. There’s more pressure on me and the race team and we are all up for it. Hopefully, we can be in a position a couple months from now we’re looking at championship number nine. But if not, it’s not going to go without a hard fought fight.”

The Outlaws’ latest threat:

Twenty-five year old Watertown, Conn. driver, David Gravel, has been the most impressive up-and-comer the World of Outlaws have seen in its youth movement over the last couple of years. Gravel is having a breakout season in 2017, compiling 13 victories to date, which is second-most on the Outlaw tour to Schatz.

Gravel also turned heads last weekend at the Knoxville Nationals by completing a “perfect night” on his qualifying night. Gravel was the fastest driver in time trials and won both his heat race and the feature to earn the pole for Saturday night’s championship feature. In doing so, Gravel became the first driver since Steve Kinser in 1992 to accomplish that feat at Knoxville.

“We were the best car all week,” said Gravel. “On our qualifying night, I was worried about getting a good pill draw for time trials and transferring through my heat race. Thankfully, we were able to do that all with flying colors.”

After preliminary action was complete, Gravel was a favorite entering championship night on Saturday. In the first half of the race, Gravel lived up to the expectations as he led the first 22 circuits. However, a mechanical failure forced him to retire from the event early, dashing his hopes of taking the Knoxville title.

Gravel will look to rebound this weekend in North Dakota.

After winning at River Cities Speedway in June, Gravel will look to pick up the season sweep at the Grand Forks three-tenths mile clay oval in his CJB Motorsports No. 5.

“If we can win again at River Cities, that would be great,” continued Gravel. “That’s been Schatz’s track over the years, but we still have a shot at (the championship) this season so we are going to try to kick him off his block and win a bunch more races.”

In his three previous starts at Red River Valley Speedway, Gravel has a best finish of third, which came in 2011 with the All Star Circuit of Champions. Like many other drivers in the World of Outlaws field, Gravel hasn’t seen RRVS for several years. He says he looks forward to Saturday because it will be a new track for almost all of the drivers and no one will have a distinct advantage.

“It’s good to go to tracks that people haven’t been to in awhile. It equals the playing field a bit,” he said. “I’m looking forward to going somewhere new and fresh. We should have a good crowd just like we do in Grand Forks and hopefully, we can have a good night.”

Tickets for Saturday’s “Duel in the Dakotas” event, featuring World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series at RRVS can be purchased online at slspromotions.ticketforce.com or by phone at 815-344-2023.

Considered the best duo in sprint car racing, Donny Schatz (left) stands next to his crew chief, Ricky Warner (right).

Fans can also save $5 on General Admission tickets when purchased at participating NAPA Auto Parts stores. Tickets buyers will exchange their NAPA receipt for a race ticket at the Main Grandstand ticket booth on race day.

 

Plenty of Laps: Jac Haudenschild returns to Red River Valley Speedway

Published on August 16, 2017

(Kelly Brown Photo)

WEST FARGO, N.D. — August 16, 2017 — Jac Haudenschild has raced in more World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series main events at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, N.D., than any other driver who is expected to compete with the series at the track this weekend. The Ohio native circled the track for the first time with the Outlaws back in 1986 and has made 38 starts with the series at Red River Valley Speedway in the years following. Haudenschild has a pair of wins in his Hall of Fame career at the track, including in his most recent visit to the now three-eighths-mile in 2012. That victory came with the Arctic Car All Star Circuit of Champions.

Haudenschild returns to Red River Valley Speedway this weekend with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series for the Gerdau Recycling Duel in the Dakotas on Saturday, August 19. The event was originally scheduled for June 17 and postponed by inclement weather. All tickets and pit pass armbands from the originally scheduled date will be honored on Saturday.

“We haven’t been there and seen the track in a few years, so we’ll take a look at it when we get there and see how that compares to what I remember from there in the past,” said Haudenschild. “We are with a good team and in a good race car, so we should be able to adapt when we get there and hopefully have a good run.”

In his last three starts with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series at Red River Valley Speedway, Haudenschild has finished on the podium in each and every one. Over the years, the native of Wooster, Ohio has racked up 27 top-10 finishes at the track, the most of any active driver with the series, with 17 of those being top-five performances.

“We enjoy going to the high banked tracks, so Fargo should be a good one for us,” Haudenschild said. “Those are types of tracks where you have to keep your speed and momentum up and that seems to fit my driving style.”

The Hall of Famer pilots the No. 17 machine for the Stenhouse Jr. Wood Racing team, which is in their first full season on the road with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series. Haudenschild climbed behind the wheel for the team near the end of June. In his second start with the team, he suffered a concussion, which kept him out of action for three races. The veteran driver picked up his best finish with the team recently on the opening night of the Ironman 55 weekend at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Missouri, coming home eighth.

The team scored their first World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series win back on June 13, when Kyle Larson won a thriller at Eagle Raceway in Nebraska, driving the team’s back-up car, as a “test session.”

“It’s good to work with a new team,” Haudenschild noted. “We’re all working hard and learning and things seems to be going pretty good. We’ve only been in the car for a little over a month, so everything is still coming together. We’ll just keep at it and hopefully we can keep getting faster and have solid runs.”

Haudenschild is paired with veteran crew chief Tyler Swank, who joined the Stenhouse Jr. Wood Racing team prior to this season. Like Haudenschild, Swank has been on the road for a large portion of his career and has a big notebook to draw from, when it comes to tracks the Outlaws race at.

“The biggest thing with a new team is working with the mechanic and getting the car as close as you can,” Haudenschild explained. “Everyone is so fast out here and has been working on things for half the season, so we are trying to get up to speed as quick as we can. Things seems to be going in the right direction.”

Being back on the road with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series has afforded Haudenschild the opportunity to race with and against his son, Sheldon, night in and night out. The younger Haudenschild is in the midst of his rookie season with the Outlaws and has been very impressive, recording 25 top-10 finishes to date, with nine of those being top-five runs. S. Haudenschild has also led a number of laps as he closes in on his first-career Outlaws win. The elder Haudenschild has 56 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series wins in his illustrious career, which is 13th on the series all-time win list.

“It’s been a lot of fun getting to race against Sheldon out here,” said J. Haudenschild. “He’s been fast and having a good season. Hopefully we can get up front and run with him, since that’s where he’s been running most of this season.”

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, June 17 can be purchased online at slspromotions.ticketforce.com or by phone at 815-344-2023.

Fans can also save $5 on General Admission tickets when purchased at participating NAPA Auto Parts stores. Tickets buyers will exchange their NAPA receipt for a race ticket at the Main Grandstand ticket booth on race day.

All tickets and pit pass armbands from the originally scheduled race on June 17 will be honored on Saturday, August 19.

Twitter: @SLS_Promotions
Facebook: SLS Promotions LLC

(Kelly Brown Photo)

 

By the Numbers: Duel in the Dakotas for the World of Outlaws at Red River Valley Speedway

Published on August 14, 2017

(Ken Simon Photo)

WEST FARGO, N.D. — August 14, 2017 — Red River Valley Speedway is set to host the Gerdau Recycling Duel in the Dakotas for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series on Saturday, August 19. The event was originally scheduled for June 17, but postponed due to inclement weather. All tickets and pit pass armbands from that date will be honored. The Duel in the Dakotas will mark the Outlaws first visit to the track since 2012, when Hall of Famer Sammy Swindell was victorious. Donny Schatz, who calls Fargo home, is the winningest active driver with the series at the track. He has won with both the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series and Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions at the track. This edition of By the Numbers sets the stage for the Gerdau Recycling Duel in the Dakotas at Red River Valley Speedway on Saturday, August 19.

 

By the Numbers: Red River Valley Speedway

0.375- Miles around Red River Valley Speedway

0.5- Miles around the original configuration of the track

2- Drivers competing for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award this season with the Outlaws: Sheldon Haudenschild and Brent Marks

4- Total nights of racing in the state of North Dakota for the World of Outlaws this season

12.045- Track record established by Paul McMahan in 2012

13- Drivers who have won A-Feature events with the World of Outlaws at Red River Valley Speedway over the years

14- Drivers who have won A-Feature events with the World of Outlaws this season through August 12

16- Wins for Donny Schatz through August 12 to lead the series; Teams that are following the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series tour full-time this season; A-Feature wins for Donny Schatz in his home state of North Dakota in his Outlaws career

27- Top-10 finishes with the Outlaws for Jac Haudenschild at Red River Valley Speedway, the most of any driver expected to compete

30- Different seasons in which the World of Outlaws have raced at Red River Valley Speedway, dating back to 1981

37- Main event starts (including preliminary features) with the Outlaws for Donny Schatz at his home track, dating back to 1993

38- Main event starts (including preliminary features) for Jac Haudenschild with the Outlaws at the track, dating back to 1986 the most of any driver expected to race on August 19

43- Top-Five finishes for Donny Schatz this season through August 12 to lead the series

50-Top-10 finishes for Brad Sweet this year through August 12 to lead the series

79- Miles from River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, where the World of Outlaws race on August 18 to Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo

10,000 Dollars that the winner will receive on Saturday, August 19

1981- Year the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series first raced at Red River Valley Speedway

2006- Year of Donny Schatz’s most recent World of Outlaws win at Red River Valley Speedway

2011- Year that Schatz most recently won at the track, with the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions

2012- Year the Outlaws last raced at the track

 

Tickets for the Gerdau Recycling Duel in the Dakotas, featuring the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, along with the INEX Legends at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, North Dakota, on Saturday, August 19 can be purchased online atslspromotions.ticketforce.com or by phone at 815-344-2023, as well as at the track on race day.

Fans can also save $5 on General Admission tickets when purchased at participating NAPA Auto Parts stores. Tickets buyers will exchange their NAPA receipt for a race ticket at the Main Grandstand ticket booth on race day.

Twitter: @SLS_Promotions
Facebook: SLS Promotions LLC

 

Donny Schatz returns to North Dakota for three-race weekend, after 10th Knoxville Nationals win

Published on August 14, 2017

(Frank Smith Photo)

KNOXVILLE, IA — August 13, 2017 — On the heels of winning his 10th Knoxville Nationals in the last 12 years on Saturday, August 12, Donny Schatz will return to his home state of North Dakota this week for a three-race weekend with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series in Grand Forks, West Fargo and Minot. Schatz pocketed $150,000 for winning sprint car racing’s biggest event at the famed half-mile Knoxville Raceway in Iowa.

In the 57th Annual 5-Hour Energy Knoxville Nationals, Schatz took the lead on the 22nd lap of the 50-lap contest, when pole sitter and early leader David Gravel had engine trouble. Schatz then held off a furious charge by Kerry Madsen on the ensuing restart and NASCAR star Kyle Larson in the late-going to pick up the win. Larson tried a slide job in turns three and four on the final lap, but came up just short.

Schatz has now finished first or second in 16 of the last 18 editions of the Knoxville Nationals. The 10 wins in the Knoxville Nationals are second only to 20-time World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion Steve Kinser, who won the event a record-12 times.

“It’s been a hell of a streak,” said Schatz. “All the second places I had before I finally won changed the whole dynamic and view of this place for me. I’m fortunate enough to be able to work with the same people for such a long amount of time. I knew I needed to push the issue. It got pretty hairy a couple of times. The race track had a pretty tricky lip.”

Schatz is the current World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series point leader as he chases his ninth title. He leads the series with 16 wins this season and also tops the leaderboard in top-five finishes. He is multi-time winner at all three tracks the series is heading to in his home state this coming weekend.

The triple-header weekend for Schatz begins on Friday, August 18 at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks as American Tire Service Inc. Presents the 2nd Leg of the Northern Tour. The Outlaws then head south to Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo on Saturday, August 19 for the Gerdau Recycling Duel in the Dakotas. The weekend wraps up on Sunday, August 20 at Nodak Speedway in Minot with the Gerdau Recycling Magic City Showdown Presented by Schatz Crossroads Truck Stop and Fastlane Carwash.

Tickets for all three events can be purchased online at https://slspromotions.ticketforce.com or by phone at 815-344-2023 and at the respective tracks on race day.

For the events at Red River Valley Speedway and Nodak Speedway, discount general admission are available for purchase at participating NAPA Auto Parts stores. Each General Admission ticket purchased at a NAPA Auto Parts location will feature a special $5 discount. Tickets buyers will exchange their NAPA receipt for tickets at the Main Grandstand ticket booth on race day.

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Double Header: Sanders Mod Tour/World of Outlaws – August 18th & 19th

Published on August 9, 2017

Friday, August 18th Sponsors: Sanders Metal Products, Cass Clay

***The band “Kissing Company” will play LIVE in the pits after the races!***


Racing divisions this week:
All Finish Concrete IMCA Modifieds
The Audio Garage IMCA Stock Cars
Eide Bailly IMCA Sport Mods
Petermann Seeds INEX Legends
*NO HOBBY STOCKS*

Times:
Pit Gates Open: 4:30pm
Grandstands Open: 5:30pm
Draw Cutoff: 6:30pm
Racing Starts: 7:00pm

Grandstand Admission:
Adults: $13
Ages 6 – 12: $5
5 & Under: FREE

Buy discounted tickets online:

Advanced discounted ticket location:
Performance Auto – 3401 1/2 Interstate Blvd – Fargo, ND

Buy World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series “Duel in the Dakotas” tickets:

We’ll have:
– The HotSpring Spas & Pool Tables Duck Toss
– The Nugget Vending Candy Toss
– The Fast Lane Car Wash T-shirt cannon
– 50/50 Tickets
– Red River Valley Speedway apparel
– Delicious concession food & ice-cold beverages

Listen LIVE:
Can’t make it to the race? Tune-in to 106.5 KRJB for LIVE racing coverage. You can also listen online at: www.rjbroadcasting.com
Pre-race coverage begins at 6:45pm.

Social Media:
Website – redrivervalleyspeedway.com
Facebook – facebook.com/redrivervalleyspeedway
Twitter – twitter.com/rrvspeedway
Instagram – instagram.com/redrivervalleyspeedway
Snapchat – snapchat.com/add/rrvspeedway
Youtube – http://tiny.cc/RRVS

Text Alerts:
Text the keyword “Stagger” to 84483

Red River Valley Speedway:
1805 Main Avenue West – West Fargo, ND

Lodging:
La Quinta Inn & Suites
2355 46th St South
Fargo, ND 58104
Call: 1-701-499-2000


Buy World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series “Duel in the Dakotas” tickets:

Racing divisions this week:
World Of Outlaws Sprint Cars
Petermann Seeds INEX Legends

Times:
Pit Gates Open: 2:00pm
Grandstands Open: 4:00pm
Hot Laps: 6:30pm
Racing Starts: 7:30pm

Social Media:
Website – redrivervalleyspeedway.com
Facebook – facebook.com/redrivervalleyspeedway
Twitter – twitter.com/rrvspeedway
Instagram – instagram.com/redrivervalleyspeedway
Snapchat – snapchat.com/add/rrvspeedway
Youtube – http://tiny.cc/RRVS

Text Alerts:
Text the keyword “Stagger” to 84483

Red River Valley Speedway:
1805 Main Avenue West – West Fargo, ND

Lodging:
La Quinta Inn & Suites
2355 46th St South
Fargo, ND 58104
Call: 1-701-499-2000

Camping:
Call Bryan at the Red River Valley Fair Office: 701-282-2200

 

World of Outlaws return to Red River Valley Speedway on August 19 for Duel in the Dakotas

Published on August 9, 2017

(Ken Simon Photo)

WEST FARGO, N.D. — August 8, 2017 — The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns to Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, North Dakota on Saturday, August 19 for the Gerdau Recycling Duel in the Dakotas, which was postponed by inclement weather back on June 17. All tickets and pit pass armbands from the originally scheduled race will be honored.

When the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series last visited Red River Valley Speedway in 2012, Sammy Swindell, the three-time series champion and Hall of Famer, was victorious. Swindell started on the pole in that race and remained out front in early going, with Chad Kemenah taking the top spot on the ninth lap. Swindell re-took the lead with eight laps to go, en route to earning the seventh A-Feature win of his career at the track.

Donny Schatz, who calls Fargo home, has won four times at Red River Valley Speedway with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, including both nights of the 2006 Duel in the Dakotas. The eight-time and defending series champion has 26 top-10 finishes in World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series action at Red River Valley Speedway. Schatz raced with the Outlaws for the first time at the track as a teenager in 1993, finishing 15th. He also has a pair of wins with the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions at the track in 2010 and 2011.

Daryn Pittman, the 2013 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion, won in his last start at Red River Valley Speedway in 2008. The veteran driver will be seeing the track for the first time since it was re-configured from its original half-mile layout to its current three-eights-mile configuration.

Jac Haudenschild, who is behind the wheel of the No. 17 machine for the Stenhouse Jr. Wood Racing team, has made the most Outlaws starts of any current driver, who will be in attendance. The Hall of Famer has 27 top-10 finishes in those 38 starts at the track, including a win in 2007. Haudenschild also won at Red River Valley Speedway with the All Stars in 2012.

Jason Sides has five straight top-10 finishes with the Outlaws at Red River Valley Speedway, dating back to 2005. The veteran driver has made 19 starts in his career with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series at the track.

Shane Stewart and Paul McMahan have similar stat sheets at Red River Valley Speedway with the Outlaws. McMahan has made 18 starts and has seven top-10 finishes, while Stewart has taken the green flag 16 times and recorded five top-10 runs. Kraig Kinser has eight top-10 finishes in 12 starts at the track in his career, including a third-place run in 2005.

David Gravel has raced in the past at Red River Valley Speedway with the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions, making a total of four starts and finishing among the top-10 in each and every one of those races.

Greg Wilson, the reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award winner, has made a pair of starts with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series at Red River Valley Speedway, with those coming in 2006. He also raced twice at the track with the All Stars, finishing fourth in 2010 and eighth in 2012.

Brad Sweet, who is currently second in points, has made one start at Red River Valley Speedway in his career. That came in 2011 with the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions and he finished second to Schatz.

A total of six drivers competing full-time with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series in 2017 will be making their first starts with the series at Red River Valley Speedway. Jason Johnson, Logan Schuchart, Jacob Allen, Clyde Knipp, as well as rookie contenders Sheldon Haudenschild and Brent Marks will all be getting their first glimpse at the track.

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, June 17 can be purchased online at slspromotions.ticketforce.com or by phone at 815-344-2023.

Fans can also save $5 on General Admission tickets when purchased at participating NAPA Auto Parts stores. Tickets buyers will exchange their NAPA receipt for a race ticket at the Main Grandstand ticket booth on race day.

All tickets and pit pass armbands from the originally scheduled race on June 17 will be honored on Saturday, August 19.

Twitter: @SLS_Promotions
Facebook: SLS Promotions LLC

 

Rob VanMil Doubles Down

Published on July 29, 2017

Photo: Rob VanMil drove to two IMCA stock car feature wins Friday night at Red River Valley Speedway
(Photo Courtesy: Speedway Shots)

By Mike Spieker

WEST FARGO – It was a big night of racing Friday at Red River Valley Speedway as Rob-See-Co, Titan Machinery, and Steffes presented the night’s action.

Rob VanMil of Barnesville swept the Audio Garage IMCA stock car action to highlight a great night of racing Friday evening at Red River Valley Speedway. VanMil, of Barnesville, Minn., began the night by claiming the King Pin Klash make-up feature that was postponed due to rain last Friday.

In the regularly scheduled feature, Horace’s Rick Schulz jumped out to the early lead and paced the field until five to go. That’s when eighth place starter, VanMil, chased down Schulz to steal the lead. Once out front, VanMil put his No. 40 machine on cruise control as he picked up the win by nearly two full seconds.

“The car has been awesome. I just have to thank my dad for giving me this opportunity,” said VanMil in victory lane. VanMil has been driving his father’s, Corey, stock car for the past couple weeks at the area race tracks. “I couldn’t gain any ground (on Schulz) so I decided to go to the top side to get some momentum going,” he said of his pass for the lead.

Tailin Tommerdahl took the lead on the opening lap of the All Finish Concrete IMCA modified feature. Tommerdahl paced the field for the first four circuits until last Sunday’s winner at Buffalo River Race Park, “Magic” Mike Johnson, took the point.

Within a couple laps, Johnson had his hands full with Michael Greseth. Greseth took the spot on lap five, but Johnson battled back up top to regain the position on lap eight.

Dave Shipley entered the fray inside 10 to go as Johnson and Greseth encountered lapped traffic. With seven to go, Shipley made a move which catapulted him into the lead. From there, the driver of the Dakota Cat No. 72 held on to take his second RRVS win of the season.

Billy Vogel claimed the modified make-up feature.

An early race charge by Fargo’s Kelly Jacobson put him in solid position to win the Eide Bailly IMCA Sport Mod feature. Jacobson charged from ninth to first in just two laps.

A restart with 10 to go led to a three wide battle for the runner-up spot between Luke Johnson, Kelly’s father Scott Jacobson, and Thursday night’s winner at Norman County Raceway in Ada, Minn., Jesse Skalicky.

Johnson won the battle for second and gave Jacobson a run for his money in the final laps, but came up short at Jacobson raced to his second win of the season.

Fifteen-year-old Tim Estenson scored his 15th win of the season in the Petermann Seed INEX legends. The young up-and-comer from Fargo drove his way from the 10th starting position into the lead in just nine laps. From there he drove away from Tye Wilke and Scott Richardson, who finished second and third, respectively.

Andrew Bertsch backed up his win the previous night at Norman County Raceway. Bertsch took the lead on lap four of the A Transmission City IMCA hobby stock Mid-Summer Shootout, presented by Schmidt and Sons Construction and Collins Brothers Towing, and held off Austin Jahnz to score the $500 win.

Racing continues next Wednesday night, featuring the NLRA Late Models.


RESULTS:
All Finish Concrete IMCA Modifieds
A Feature 1: 1. 72-Dave Shipley, [12]; 2. 84-Michael Johnson, [3]; 3. 1TPO-Tyler Peterson, [11]; 4. 17G-Michael Greseth, [10]; 5. 4V-Billy Vogel, [8]; 6. 4D-Rob VanMil, [7]; 7. 7-Dale Kraling, [9]; 8. 38-Tailin Tommerdahl, [2]; 9. 17-Rich Pavlicek, [6]; 10. 88B-Brady Petermann, [4]; 11. 51T-Tim Thomas, [13]; 12. E85-Jason Strand, [14]; 13. 86C-Darren Pfau, [5]; 14. 98-John Nord, [17]; 15. 10-Cale Arneson, [15]; 16. 4500-Cody Peterson, [16]; 17. 7B-Bryce Bjerken, [18]; 18. 12C-Nickolis Curtis, [20]; 19. 52-Brennan Borg, [21]; 20. 5-Justin Bieber, [19]; 21. 191-Bryce Bjerke, [1]; 22. K9-Tom Cummings, [22]
Heat 1: 1. 17G-Michael Greseth, [6]; 2. 17-Rich Pavlicek, [4]; 3. 4V-Billy Vogel, [5]; 4. 84-Michael Johnson, [3]; 5. 51T-Tim Thomas, [8]; 6. 4500-Cody Peterson, [2]; 7. 5-Justin Bieber, [7]; 8. K9-Tom Cummings, [1]
Heat 2: 1. 88B-Brady Petermann, [3]; 2. 1TPO-Tyler Peterson, [6]; 3. 4D-Rob VanMil, [4]; 4. 191-Bryce Bjerke, [2]; 5. E85-Jason Strand, [5]; 6. 98-John Nord, [7]; 7. 12C-Nickolis Curtis, [1]
Heat 3: 1. 72-Dave Shipley, [6]; 2. 86C-Darren Pfau, [3]; 3. 7-Dale Kraling, [5]; 4. 38-Tailin Tommerdahl, [2]; 5. 10-Cale Arneson, [4]; 6. 7B-Bryce Bjerken, [7]; 7. 52-Brennan Borg, [1]

Eide Bailly IMCA Sport Mods
A Feature 1: 1. 51-Kelly Jacobson, [9]; 2. 8J-Luke Johnson, [11]; 3. 3S-Jesse Skalicky, [12]; 4. 44D-Chris VanMil, [10]; 5. 5-Scott Jacobson, [5]; 6. 19C-Dustin Hartwig, [3]; 7. 5T-Matt Talley, [17]; 8. 55-Kenneth Bye, [2]; 9. 77-Charles Jensen, [8]; 10. 76-Reile Sailer, [6]; 11. 6-Austin Veralrud, [18]; 12. 8-Billy Michaelsohn, [4]; 13. 12T-Brandon Tendeland, [15]; 14. 15-Matthew Clark, [16]; 15. 89-Jeff Bieber, [13]; 16. 47-Kreig Kasin, [19]; 17. (DNF) 1RM-Taylor Grove, [7]; 18. (DNF) 22-Vince Jegtvig, [14]; 19. (DNF) 13C-Paul Colvin, [1]
Heat 1: 1. 19C-Dustin Hartwig, [2]; 2. 1RM-Taylor Grove, [4]; 3. 44D-Chris VanMil, [6]; 4. 77-Charles Jensen, [5]; 5. 89-Jeff Bieber, [7]; 6. 15-Matthew Clark, [1]; 7. 47-Kreig Kasin, [3]
Heat 2: 1. 5-Scott Jacobson, [3]; 2. 8J-Luke Johnson, [6]; 3. 8-Billy Michaelsohn, [2]; 4. 13C-Paul Colvin, [1]; 5. 22-Vince Jegtvig, [4]; 6. 5T-Matt Talley, [5]
Heat 3: 1. 3S-Jesse Skalicky, [6]; 2. 51-Kelly Jacobson, [5]; 3. 55-Kenneth Bye, [1]; 4. 76-Reile Sailer, [3]; 5. 12T-Brandon Tendeland, [2]; 6. 6-Austin Veralrud, [4]

A Transmission City IMCA Hobby Stocks
A Feature 1: 1. 146-Andrew Bertsch, [4]; 2. 32J-Austin Jahnz, [3]; 3. 219-Brandon Schmidt, [8]; 4. 5G-Tim Gonska, [10]; 5. 37N-Nick Nelson, [6]; 6. 52X-Joe Gonska, [2]; 7. 31X-Tim Shiek, [12]; 8. 9-Torey Fischer, [5]; 9. 211-Joe Schrodt, [16]; 10. 06-Clint Hudkins, [14]; 11. 73-Maranda Borg, [17]; 12. 069-Kalvin Kesselberg, [15]; 13. 32-Wes Jahnz, [9]; 14. 35W-Phillip Witt, [11]; 15. 106-Eric Novacek, [1]; 16. 21-Tim Church, [7]; 17. (DNF) 14-Alyssa White, [13]
Heat 1: 1. 32J-Austin Jahnz, [1]; 2. 219-Brandon Schmidt, [6]; 3. 32-Wes Jahnz, [7]; 4. 37N-Nick Nelson, [8]; 5. 106-Eric Novacek, [3]; 6. 35W-Phillip Witt, [2]; 7. 14-Alyssa White, [4]; 8. (DNF) 069-Kalvin Kesselberg, [5]
Heat 2: 1. 146-Andrew Bertsch, [5]; 2. 21-Tim Church, [1]; 3. 5G-Tim Gonska, [7]; 4. 52X-Joe Gonska, [4]; 5. 9-Torey Fischer, [2]; 6. 31X-Tim Shiek, [8]; 7. 06-Clint Hudkins, [3]; 8. 211-Joe Schrodt, [6]; 9. 73-Maranda Borg, [9]

The Audio Garage IMCA Stock Cars
A Feature 1: 1. 40-Rob VanMil, [8]; 2. 4-Rick Schulz, [5]; 3. 99M-Kevin Mattox, [7]; 4. 87-Eric Harpole, [6]; 5. 1-Kelly Jacobson, [4]; 6. 28M-Keith Mattox, [11]; 7. 76-Bob Fuegmann, [9]; 8. 12-Rob Stenvold, [10]; 9. 76Z-John Sandvig, [1]; 10. 72-Adam Geist, [12]; 11. (DNF) 49-Tim Compson, [2]; 12. (DNF) 82-MIke Anderson, [3]
Heat 1: 1. 76-Bob Fuegmann, [6]; 2. 49-Tim Compson, [2]; 3. 1-Kelly Jacobson, [3]; 4. 76Z-John Sandvig, [1]; 5. 87-Eric Harpole, [4]; 6. 28M-Keith Mattox, [5]
Heat 2: 1. 82-MIke Anderson, [2]; 2. 99M-Kevin Mattox, [4]; 3. 40-Rob VanMil, [5]; 4. 4-Rick Schulz, [3]; 5. 12-Rob Stenvold, [6]; 6. 72-Adam Geist, [1]

Petermann Seeds INEX Legends
A Feature 1: 1. 14T-Tim Estenson, [10]; 2. 72-Tye Wilke, [8]; 3. 79-Scott Richardson, [5]; 4. D1RT-Tony Brockhouse, [6]; 5. 5-Dean Julsrud, [7]; 6. 8JR-Kaitlyn Skalicky, [9]; 7. 29-Brandon Erickson, [12]; 8. 20-Alex Braseth, [2]; 9. 29B-Ryan Braseth, [11]; 10. B1-Brody Carlsrud, [1]; 11. 24-Shaun Erickson, [14]; 12. (DNF) 5D8-Dylan Johnson, [3]; 13. (DNF) 69-Brian Hanson, [4]; 14. (DNF) 77-Tony Jagoditsh, [13]
Heat 1: 1. 14T-Tim Estenson, [6]; 2. 72-Tye Wilke, [5]; 3. 5D8-Dylan Johnson, [3]; 4. 79-Scott Richardson, [4]; 5. B1-Brody Carlsrud, [1]; 6. 29B-Ryan Braseth, [2]; 7. 77-Tony Jagoditsh, [7]
Heat 2: 1. 5-Dean Julsrud, [4]; 2. 20-Alex Braseth, [2]; 3. 8JR-Kaitlyn Skalicky, [5]; 4. 69-Brian Hanson, [3]; 5. D1RT-Tony Brockhouse, [7]; 6. 29-Brandon Erickson, [6]; 7. 24-Shaun Erickson, [1]

 

VanMil Steals Sport Mod Win at Red River Valley Speedway

Published on July 23, 2017

Chris VanMil (44D) takes the lead away from Luke Johnson (8J) in the late stages of the IMCA Sport Mod feature Friday at Red River Valley Speedway.
Photo Courtesy: Speedway Shots

By Mike Spieker

WEST FARGO – Red River Valley Speedway’s Friday night racing roared back to life after a ttwo-week hiatus last night at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds, presented by The Bowler, Casey’s General Stores, and M&J Auto Parts. The night, which featured the Audio Garage IMCA stock car King Pin Klash special, was cut short due to rain just as the stock cars took to the track for their main event.

As a result, double features for the stock cars and the All Finish Concrete IMCA modifieds will highlight a big night of racing next Friday, July 28th.

The three divisions that were able to complete their features, displayed compelling racing around the smooth, dry-slick track surface.

It looked as though Luke Johnson had his seventh overall win of the season in hand in the closing laps of the Eide Bailly IMCA Sport Mod feature. Johnson took the lead from veteran driver Scott Jacobson with eight laps to go before pulling out to a seven car length advantage over the field.

Barnesville’s Chris VanMil found in his groove in the late going, however, and used the middle groove on the three-eighths mile dirt oval to erase Johnson’s lead. With four circuits remaining, VanMil ducked to the inside of Johnson in turn one to grab the top spot.

“A couple laps before the last caution I figured out that I could run through the middle and I knew Luke (Johnson) would stay up on the top,” said VanMil after the race. “I just had to be patient. I could dive into turn three really hard and make up a lot of ground. I just kept doing that and finally reeled him in.”

VanMil then drove away from Johnson to claim his second win at RRVS and fourth overall.

“I feels really good to get a win tonight,” VanMil continued. “I went to Brainerd (North Central Speedway) and tried some different things with the setup. I hit on something there and tried it out here tonight and it worked great.”

Jeff Hooker of Minot put on an impressive drive from 12th to finish in the runner-up spot.

Another Barnesville driver found KRJB 106.5FM Victory Lane later in the evening as Josh Julsrud picked up the Petermann Seed INEX legend feature win. Julsrud methodically drove through the pack from his 11th starting position

The A Transmission City IMCA hobby stock feature went to Tim Shiek of Fargo. With three laps to go, Shiek, Brandon Schmidt and Tim Church went three wide for the lead exiting turn four. The trio made contact, which resulted in Shiek spinning in turn one.

Schmidt was charged for the caution but rallied back to finish fourth. Shiek then held off Church in the final laps to collect his third win of the season.

When racing continues next Friday night, 41-year racing veteran and fan favorite John Corell of Jamestown will lead the field of IMCA Modifieds to the green flag with Fargo’s Billy Vogel to his outside on the front row.

Rick Schulz’s self-built engine and Tim Compson’s Mopar will make up the front row for the stock car’s make-up feature.


Summary:

All Finish Concrete IMCA Modifieds:
Heat 1: 1. 84-Michael Johnson, [4]; 2. 5-John Correll, [2]; 3. 1TPO-Tyler Peterson, [7]; 4. 4D-Rob VanMil, [5]; 5. 86C-Darren Pfau, [6]; 6. 88B-Brady Petermann, [8]; 7. 4500-Cody Peterson, [3]; 8. K9-Tom Cummings, [1]

Heat 2: 1. 4V-Billy Vogel, [2]; 2. 99-Cale Arneson, [4]; 3. 17-Rich Pavlicek, [5]; 4. 38-Tailin Tommerdahl, [3]; 5. 7-Dale Kraling, [6]; 6. 72-Dave Shipley, [7]; 7. 191-Bryce Bjerke, [8]; 8. 12C-Nickolis Curtis, [1]

A Transmission City IMCA Hobby Stocks
A Feature 1: 1. 31X-Tim Shiek, [4]; 2. 21-Tim Church, [5]; 3. 37N-Nick Nelson, [2]; 4. 219-Brandon Schmidt, [3]; 5. 14-Alyssa White, [1]; 6. 106-Eric Novacek, [8]; 7. (DNF) 35W-Phillip Witt, [6]; 8. (DNF) 069-Kalvin Kesselberg, [7]

Heat 1: 1. 219-Brandon Schmidt, [5]; 2. 31X-Tim Shiek, [6]; 3. 37N-Nick Nelson, [4]; 4. 21-Tim Church, [7]; 5. 14-Alyssa White, [3]; 6. 35W-Phillip Witt, [1]; 7. 069-Kalvin Kesselberg, [8]; 8. 106-Eric Novacek, [2]

Eide Bailly IMCA SportMods
A Feature 1: 1. 44D-Chris VanMil, [8]; 2. 7X-Jeff Hooker, [12]; 3. 8J-Luke Johnson, [10]; 4. 5-Scott Jacobson, [1]; 5. 5T-Matt Talley, [7]; 6. 51-Kelly Jacobson, [9]; 7. 8-Billy Michaelsohn, [2]; 8. 76-Reile Sailer, [15]; 9. 19C-Dustin Hartwig, [3]; 10. 55-Kenneth Bye, [18]; 11. 12T-Brandon Tendeland, [4]; 12. 6-Austin Veralrud, [6]; 13. 3S-Jesse Skalicky, [11]; 14. 15-Matthew Clark, [13]; 15. (DNF) 21K-Kyle Krogh, [5]; 16. (DNF) 22-Vince Jegtvig, [14]; 17. (DNF) 77-Charles Jensen, [16]; 18. (DNF) 86C-Travis Pfau, [17]; (DNS) 22S-Brian Schaffer,

Heat 1: 1. 8J-Luke Johnson, [5]; 2. 5-Scott Jacobson, [1]; 3. 6-Austin Veralrud, [3]; 4. 12T-Brandon Tendeland, [7]; 5. 15-Matthew Clark, [2]; 6. 77-Charles Jensen, [4]; 7. (DNF) 22S-Brian Schaffer, [6]

Heat 2: 1. 44D-Chris VanMil, [5]; 2. 3S-Jesse Skalicky, [6]; 3. 21K-Kyle Krogh, [3]; 4. 19C-Dustin Hartwig, [2]; 5. 22-Vince Jegtvig, [4]; 6. 86C-Travis Pfau, [1]

Heat 3: 1. 5T-Matt Talley, [4]; 2. 7X-Jeff Hooker, [6]; 3. 51-Kelly Jacobson, [5]; 4. 8-Billy Michaelsohn, [1]; 5. 76-Reile Sailer, [3]; 6. 55-Kenneth Bye, [2]

Petermann Seed INEX Legends:
A Feature 1: 1. 18-Joshua Julsrud, [11]; 2. 1-Steven Kuntz, [1]; 3. 20-Alex Braseth, [3]; 4. 14T-Tim Estenson, [17]; 5. 58-Sean Johnson, [4]; 6. 8JR-Kaitlyn Skalicky, [9]; 7. 21-Andrew Jochim, [12]; 8. 5-Dean Julsrud, [10]; 9. 15-Mariah Henriksen, [8]; 10. 72-Tye Wilke, [15]; 11. 69-Brian Hanson, [6]; 12. D1RT-Tony Brockhouse, [7]; 13. 29B-Ryan Braseth, [13]; 14. 5D8-Dylan Johnson, [5]; 15. 38-Andrew Sommerfeld, [19]; 16. 7-Cade Sogge, [16]; 17. B1-Brody Carlsrud, [14]; 18. 79-Jacob Aldrich, [2]; 19. 24-Shaun Erickson, [18]

Heat 1: 1. 1-Steven Kuntz, [1]; 2. 18-Joshua Julsrud, [6]; 3. 69-Brian Hanson, [4]; 4. 8JR-Kaitlyn Skalicky, [5]; 5. 29B-Ryan Braseth, [2]; 6. 7-Cade Sogge, [3]; 7. 38-Andrew Sommerfeld, [7]

Heat 2: 1. D1RT-Tony Brockhouse, [6]; 2. 5-Dean Julsrud, [4]; 3. 58-Sean Johnson, [3]; 4. 79-Jacob Aldrich, [2]; 5. B1-Brody Carlsrud, [1]; 6. 14T-Tim Estenson, [5]

Heat 3: 1. 21-Andrew Jochim, [6]; 2. 15-Mariah Henriksen, [4]; 3. 5D8-Dylan Johnson, [3]; 4. 20-Alex Braseth, [2]; 5. 72-Tye Wilke, [5]; 6. 24-Shaun Erickson, [1]

Audio Garage IMCA Stock Cars
Heat 1: 1. 4-Rick Schulz, [2]; 2. 40-Rob VanMil, [5]; 3. 49-Tim Compson, [1]; 4. 1-Kelly Jacobson, [3]; 5. 76Z-John Sandvig, [4]

 

Nygaard Nets Sprint Car Win at Red River Valley Speedway

Published on July 17, 2017

Wade Nygaard drives in front of an estimated 6,000 people while leading the NOSA sprint car feature Sunday at RRVS. (Photo Credit: Speedway Shots)

By Mike Spieker

WEST FARGO – Wade Nygaard picked up his 261st career sprint car win Sunday evening at Red River Valley Speedway during the Buffalo Wild Wings NOSA Sprint Car special. The Grand Forks driver held off perennial frontrunners Thomas Kennedy and Austin Pierce en route to his first win on Red River Valley Speedway’s three-eighths mile configuration.

Nygaard powered by front row starters Jade Hastings and Jackson Moffett on the opening lap to secure the lead, as Pierce and Kennedy followed in his tracks.

A pair of incidents slowed the field in the first 10 laps, one of which brought out the red flag for Sam Miller, who got upside down.

On the lap eight restart, Kennedy maneuvered around Pierce to secure the runner-up spot. With Nygaard in his crosshairs, Kennedy looked to close in on the nine-time and defending Northern Outlaw Sprint Association (NOSA) champion.

Nygaard kept Kennedy at bay until the closing stages, when Kennedy placed a bid for the lead with four to go. Kennedy got a run on Nygaard down the front straightaway and tried to drive around the outside of him in turns one and two. Nygaard kept his foot pegged to the floor, however, as the two banged wheels exiting the corner.

Nygaard regained the lead down the backstretch as Kennedy regrouped for one last charge.

Nygaard was too fast for Kennedy in final laps and cruised to the win.

“That was a fun race,” said Nygaard in victory lane. “We were beating and banging on each other there a little bit. I just had to keep the car in the rubber on the track. Kennedy found the rubber first, but once I got in it I was able to hold him off.”

Dale Kraling backed up his IMCA Modified win Thursday night at Norman County Raceway in Ada, Minn as he parked in KRJB 106.5FM Victory Lane. Kraling led all 20 trips around to claim his first feature win of the season at Red River Valley Speedway and third overall. Fargo’s Austin Arneson was the hard charger of the race, advancing from 14th to second. He was followed to the checkers by his brother, Cale Arneson, as Michael Greseth and Bryce Borgen rounded out the top five.

Dale Kraling cruised to the IMCA Modified feature win Sunday at Red River Valley Speedway. (Photo Credit: Speedway Shots)

Tim Estenson drove away with his 13th win of the season in the INEX legends. The 15-year-old Fargo driver started fourth on the grid but managed to take the lead on lap three before driving away from the field.

Racing continues next Friday night at Red River Valley Speedway, featuring the King Pin Stock Car Klash. Racing begins at 7pm.


RESULTS:
NOSA Sprint Cars:
Feature – 1. Wade Nygaard; 2. Thomas Kennedy; 3. Austin Pierce; 4. Nick Omdahl; 5. Ryan Bickett

IMCA Modifieds:
Feature – 1. Dale Kraling; 2. Austin Arneson; 3. Cale Arneson; 4. Michael Greseth; 5. Bryce Borgen

INEX Legends:
Feature – 1. Tim Estenson; 2. Josh Julsrud; 3. Donavin Wiest; 4. Andrew Jochim; 5. Mariah Hendriksen

Wade Nygaard picked up the NOSA sprint car feature win Sunday at Red River Valley Speedway. (Photo Credit: Speedway Shots)

 

Wade Nygaard (9N) and Thomas Kennedy (21K) race for the lead during the NOSA sprint car feature. (Photo Credit: Speedway Shots)

 

Sprint Cars Highlight Fair Special at Red River Valley Speedway

Published on July 16, 2017

By Mike Spieker

WEST FARGO – Sunday evening the Buffalo Wild Wings NOSA sprint cars make their first and only appearance of 2017 at Red River Valley Speedway. The 410 cubic inch (c.i.) winged sprint cars always bring in the biggest names in sprint car racing in the upper Midwest, including Grand Forks’ Wade Nygaard.

Nygaard, who is the nine-time and defending NOSA sprint car champion, has countless wins at Red River Valley Speedway’s half-mile configuration but says the newer three-eighths mile layout evens up the playing field.

“All the miles I’ve put on at Red River Valley Speedway were on the big track so it’s a bit of an adjustment now racing on the smaller track,” said Nygaard, who has over 250 wins tallied over a 27 year career. “I bet I don’t have any more laps around the three-eighths mile than anybody else.”

Back when Red River Valley Speedway hosted weekly 360c.i. sprint car racing, Nygaard competed regularly in his Auto Finance Super Center No. 9N machine and had built up a big fanbase in the process.

“It’s going to be nice to get to see some of my old friends and fans who don’t get to make it to the races much in Grand Forks,” Nygaard continued. “It would be great to cap off the night with a trip to victory lane.”

Among the strong contingent of talent is Harwood’s Lee Grosz.

Grosz travels the Midwest competing in events from Nebraska to Iowa, and all through South Dakota. Sunday will be a homecoming for Grosz, as he will also get to compete in front of family and friends.

“I’m really looking forward to getting back to Red River Valley Speedway,” said Grosz, who just picked up a feature win in Jackson, Minn. last Saturday. “We don’t race around the area much so to be able to race in my hometown is going to be really special. I’ve had this one circled on the calendar all year. It’s always fun to be racing in front of your family, friends, and sponsors.”

Despite running a smaller 360c.i. motor against the bigger 410c.i. powerplants of the NOSA sprints, Grosz is still a favorite each time his No. 4J enters the pit area. Grosz last topped the NOSA sprints in 2013 at Norman County Raceway in Ada, Minn. In his only appearance against the NOSA sprints in 2017, Grosz charged to a solid eighth place finish at Norman County Raceway on June 22nd.

Racing starts at 6pm Sunday at Red River Valley Speedway. The race is free to attend after purchasing a Red River Valley Fair gate admission. The IMCA Modifieds will be co-headlining the event with the NOSA Sprints.