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Racing divisions this week:
NLRA Late Models
Sanders Metal Products IMCA Modifieds
Titan Machinery IMCA SportMods
Norman County Implement IMCA Stock Cars
Christian Brothers Ford IMCA Hobby Stocks

Times:
Pit Gates Open: 3:30 pm
Grandstands Open: 5:30 pm
The Subway-Ada Green flag drops at: 7:00 pm

Drivers:
Driver Pre-Registration Cutoff: 6:00 pm day of the event. No drivers can register at the track. If you have not registered online, you will start at the back. Register here: https://www.myracepass.com/tracks/3319/registrations

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Adult General Admission: $15
Student General Admission (Ages 13-17): $10
12 & Under: FREE
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503 West Thorpe Avenue – Ada, MN
Phone: 218-474-1104
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Mailing Address: 2287 170th street Halstad, MN 56548
Track Address: 503 west Thorpe Ave ADA, MN 56510
Track Surface: 3/8 mile dirt oval

Heinrich Wins Three-Wide Photo Finish At NCR

By Mike Spieker

ADA, Minn. (July 15, 2021) – Racing returned to the high banks of Norman County Raceway on Thursday night after a week off. Todd Heinrich, Brock Gronwold, Scott Jacobson, Brodee Eckerdt and Kevin Youngquist all visited KRJB/KRJM/KKCQ Victory Lane.

This week, the WISSOTA Modifieds make their annual visit to the speedway. The WISSOTA Mods made their first appearance in several years to NCR last year and brought a full field of 24 cars. This year, the WISSOTA Modified special will be complemented by the Advantage RV Modified Tour.

The race of the night on Thursday went to the IMCA Stock Cars.

Just as he has so many times this season, Trent Grager jumped out to the early lead of the Norman County Implement IMCA Stock Car feature. Hometown driver Kalvin Kesselberg and Travis Robertson raced for second on two distinctly different grooves around the three-eighths-mile oval.

Robertson rode the rim on the outside while Kesselberg hugged the bottom. With eight to go, the high side eventually bit Robertson as his No. 10R machine slid off the top of turn one to bring out the caution.

On the restart, Randy Klein rode second with Todd Heinrich in third. With two to go, Heinrich found his groove on the top side to become a contender.

On the final lap, the lead trio went three-wide coming off of turn four to the checkered flag. At the AuctionBlock.com Flagstand, it was Heinrich by a nose over Grager as Klein had to settle for third.

Photo: Todd Heinrich of Fargo went from third to first in the final lap of the IMCA Stock Car feature. Photo by Mike Spieker

When asked if he had a shot at the win in the final laps, Heinrich said, “I honestly didn’t. I was racing with some really good competition. I have a lot of respect for them. All race long, I was trying to find the right way through the corner and after the yellow flag, things worked and I was able to get the win. I never expected it.”

Brock Gronwold came into Thursday’s races a perfect three-for-three in podium finishes at NCR, including one win. By the end of the night, Gronwold not only continued that streak but added another win to his stat line.

Gronwold jumped out to the early lead of the Christian Motors WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature. Behind him, Reise Stenberg, Aaron Blacklance, and Taylor Jacobson battled three-wide for the runner-up position. After Jacobson drifted back, Stenberg and Blacklance continued to battle wheel-to-wheel with Blacklance eventually taking the spot.

Blacklance then went to work on reeling in Gronwold for the lead. Blacklance pulled to within a car length of Gronwold near the midway point, but Gronwold went on to win by a comfortable margin.

Scott Jacobson and Torey Fischer had a good battle for the point to start the Titan Machinery IMCA SportMod feature. Fischer started third and Jacobson started fifth, but the pair ran one-two by lap four.

Fischer was strong, but Jacobson was able to find a way around her to take the lead. Once out front, Jacobson never looked back as he scored his first NCR win of 2021.

Brodee Eckerdt raced to the Christian Brothers Ford IMCA Hobby Stock feature win. The younger from Grand Forks, N.D. became the youngest winner and track champion at Red River Valley Speedway last season at age 14. Kevin Youngquist picked up the Hornet feature win.


RESULTS:
WISSOTA MIDWEST MODS
A Feature: 1. 2G-Brock Gronwold[7]; 2. 5BA-Aaron Blacklance[8]; 3. 87S-Reise Stenberg[4]; 4. 11-Bryan Kakela[6]; 5. 46J-Taylor Jacobson[1]; 6. 55X-Chris Mack[3]; 7. 15C-Chris Edmonds[9]; 8. 33G-Connor Graff[5]; 9. 404-Tracy Blumke[2]; 10. (DNS) 68-Joe Henninger

Heat 1: 1. 5BA-Aaron Blacklance[1]; 2. 11-Bryan Kakela[3]; 3. 33G-Connor Graff[5]; 4. 404-Tracy Blumke[2]; 5. (DNS) 68-Joe Henninger

Heat 2: 1. 2G-Brock Gronwold[4]; 2. 87S-Reise Stenberg[2]; 3. 46J-Taylor Jacobson[1]; 4. 55X-Chris Mack[3]; 5. 15C-Chris Edmonds[5]

IMCA NORTHERN SPORTMOD
A Feature: 1. 5-Scott Jacobson[5]; 2. 3X-Andy Wagner[7]; 3. 17-Rich Pavlicek[9]; 4. 5F-Brandon Ferris[4]; 5. 13C-Paul Colvin[1]; 6. 9-Torey Fischer[3]; 7. 22-Vince Jegtvig[8]; 8. (DNF) 2X-Brady Moore[2]; 9. (DNF) 404-Swede Arneson[6]

Heat 1: 1. 13C-Paul Colvin[2]; 2. 2X-Brady Moore[4]; 3. 5F-Brandon Ferris[6]; 4. 5-Scott Jacobson[7]; 5. 9-Torey Fischer[5]; 6. 404-Swede Arneson[1]; 7. 3X-Andy Wagner[9]; 8. 22-Vince Jegtvig[3]; 9. (DNF) 17-Rich Pavlicek[8]

IMCA STOCK CARS
A Feature: 1. 38-Todd Heinrich[3]; 2. 71-Trent Grager[1]; 3. 88-Randy Klein[5]; 4. 10R-Travis Robertson[4]; 5. 4-Rick Schulz[8]; 6. 11-Kalvin Kesselberg[2]; 7. 67-Ryan Satter[9]; 8. 8-Billy Michaelsohn[6]; 9. (DNF) B1-Brody Carlsrud[7]

Heat 1: 1. 71-Trent Grager[3]; 2. 11-Kalvin Kesselberg[4]; 3. 10R-Travis Robertson[6]; 4. 38-Todd Heinrich[5]; 5. 88-Randy Klein[9]; 6. 8-Billy Michaelsohn[7]; 7. B1-Brody Carlsrud[1]; 8. 4-Rick Schulz[2]; 9. 67-Ryan Satter[8]

IMCA HOBBY STOCKS
A Feature: 1. B2-Brodee Eckerdt[1]; 2. 22W-Will Miller[4]; 3. 3XL-Brad Orvedal[3]; 4. 73-Todd Gettel[5]; 5. (DNF) 9-Skyla Miller[2]

Heat 1: 1. 9-Skyla Miller[2]; 2. B2-Brodee Eckerdt[1]; 3. 3XL-Brad Orvedal[3]; 4. 73-Todd Gettel[5]; 5. (DNF) 22W-Will Miller[4]

HORNETS
A Feature: 1. 00-Kevin Youngquist[5]; 2. 4P-David Munson[4]; 3. 0-Shawn Beto[2]; 4. 13X-Curtis Huseth[1]; 5. (DNF) 11-Casey Stremick[3]; 6. (DNF) 13-Chase Carlsrud[6]

Heat 1: 1. 4P-David Munson[5]; 2. 13X-Curtis Huseth[4]; 3. 00-Kevin Youngquist[1]; 4. 0-Shawn Beto[2]; 5. 11-Casey Stremick[3]; 6. 13-Chase Carlsrud[6]

Greseth returns to victory lane at NCR in front of packed house

By Mike Spieker

ADA, Minn. (June 24, 2021) – The NLRA Late Models returned as the headliner during the Norman County Fair last Thursday night. A standing-room-only crowd watched Harwood, N.D. driver Michael Greseth collect his 18th career Norman County Raceway win as he led every lap of the Late Model feature.

A heat of NLRA Late Models take the green flag in front of the packed grandstand Thursday night at Norman County Raceway. Photo by Steven Louis.

The win was the fourth different division in which Greseth has won at Norman County Raceway. He has 14 wins in the Mod Fours, one WISSOTA Modified win, and a pair of IMCA Modified victories.

“It’s great to be back (at Norman County Raceway). I haven’t been here in four or five years since I raced IMCA so it’s good to be back. It was a phenomenal track tonight. I can’t thank Norman County Raceway enough for bringing the Late Models here,” said NLRA rookie Greseth in KRJB/KRJM/KKCQ Victory Lane.

Greseth started on the outside of the front row and led the opening lap over Brody Troftgruben. The driver of the No. 17 never looked back and picked up the win. Four-time series champion Brad Seng finished second with Pat Doar, Shane Edginton, and Tyler Peterson, who was aboard the Donny Schatz Motorsports No. 15, rounded out the top five.

Michael Greseth claimed his third career NLRA feature win and 18th career Norman County Raceway win on Thursday night. Photo by Steven Louis.

The Minnesota IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car Series made their inaugural visit to NCR. A strong field of 10 cars made up the grid. This was the second-ever feature contested for the IMCA Sprints at NCR. The class, brand new to the region this season, runs weekly at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo. Trevor Serbus of Olivia, Minnesota led all 15 laps to claim the win over Ty Hanten, who picked up a feature win at NCR on June 10th.

Rich Pavlicek wasted no time moving from third to the lead on the opening lap of the Titan Machinery IMCA SportMod feature. Pavlicek moved by front row starters Vince Jegtvig and Brady Moore to assume the lead.

Pavlicek cruised to his third overall win of the season and second at NCR.

Trent Grager’s breakout season continued on Thursday as the Sykeston, N.D. racer claimed his fifth overall win of the season in the Norman County Implement IMCA Stock Cars. Grager chased down as passed hometown driver Kalvin Kesselberg with three laps to go to claim the win.

Four-cylinder Hornets made a rare appearance to NCR. A field of 17 took the green flag. Matt Pederson led wire-to-wire to claim the win.

This week at NCR is the King Pin Klash IMCA Stock Car special, presented by Seedex, and meet-n-greet night.


RESULTS:
WISSOTA LATE MODEL
A Feature: 1. 17-Mike Greseth[2]; 2. 12S-Brad Seng[3]; 3. 11-Pat Doar[4]; 4. 5E-Shane Edginton[7]; 5. 15-Tyler Peterson[10]; 6. 18X-Shawn Meyer[8]; 7. 71-Dustin Strand[6]; 8. 1 2-Bryce Sward[5]; 9. 44-Cole Schill[19]; 10. 10-Kevin Robertson[18]; 11. E85-Jason Strand[11]; 12. 14-Brody Troftgruben[1]; 13. 2*-Cole Babcock[16]; 14. 9-Steve Anderson[14]; 15. 9R-Erik Robertson[12]; 16. 9A-Blake Anderson[15]; 17. 47-Kreig Kasin[17]; 18. (DNF) 2D-Dan Dowling[13]; 19. (DNF) 84-Joshua Johnson[9]; 20. (DNS) 16S-Jeff Hapala

Heat 1: 1. 1 2-Bryce Sward[3]; 2. 12S-Brad Seng[4]; 3. 5E-Shane Edginton[6]; 4. 15-Tyler Peterson[7]; 5. 2D-Dan Dowling[1]; 6. 9A-Blake Anderson[2]; 7. 47-Kreig Kasin[5]

Heat 2: 1. 11-Pat Doar[4]; 2. 14-Brody Troftgruben[2]; 3. 18X-Shawn Meyer[7]; 4. E85-Jason Strand[3]; 5. 9-Steve Anderson[1]; 6. 2*-Cole Babcock[5]; 7. (DNS) 16S-Jeff Hapala

Heat 3: 1. 71-Dustin Strand[3]; 2. 17-Mike Greseth[4]; 3. 84-Joshua Johnson[1]; 4. 9R-Erik Robertson[5]; 5. (DNF) 10-Kevin Robertson[2]; 6. (DNF) 44-Cole Schill[6]

IMCA NORTHERN SPORTMOD
A Feature: 1. 17-Rich Pavlicek[3]; 2. 7R-Ryan Restad[7]; 3. 3X-Andy Wagner[6]; 4. 5F-Brandon Ferris[8]; 5. 22-Vince Jegtvig[1]; 6. 2X-Brady Moore[2]; 7. 66-Kevin Veralrud[4]; 8. 5-Scott Jacobson[5]; 9. (DNF) 13C-Paul Colvin[9]

Heat 1: 1. 2X-Brady Moore[2]; 2. 22-Vince Jegtvig[1]; 3. 5-Scott Jacobson[7]; 4. 17-Rich Pavlicek[3]; 5. 66-Kevin Veralrud[4]; 6. 3X-Andy Wagner[6]; 7. 7R-Ryan Restad[9]; 8. 5F-Brandon Ferris[8]; 9. 13C-Paul Colvin[5]

IMCA STOCK CAR
A Feature: 1. 71-Trent Grager[4]; 2. 11-Kalvin Kesselberg[2]; 3. 4-Rick Schulz[3]; 4. 38-Todd Heinrich[5]; 5. 76Z-John Sandvig[1]; 6. B1-Brody Carlsrud[6]

Heat 1: 1. 76Z-John Sandvig[2]; 2. 4-Rick Schulz[4]; 3. 71-Trent Grager[5]; 4. 11-Kalvin Kesselberg[3]; 5. 38-Todd Heinrich[6]; 6. B1-Brody Carlsrud[1]

HORNETS
A Feature : 1. 4P-Matt Pederson[2]; 2. 6T-Randy Thompson[6]; 3. 00-Kevin Youngquist[4]; 4. 34-Jason Reinke[11]; 5. 28-John Current[9]; 6. 13-Chase Carlsrud[17]; 7. 0-Shawn Beto[3]; 8. 3E-Devin Goulet[16]; 9. 11-Casey Stremick[10]; 10. 50M-Brady Molter[14]; 11. 18W-David Wahl[1]; 12. 21-Chase Golliet[12]; 13. 13X-Curtis Huseth[7]; 14. 15-Gordon Hunter[8]; 15. (DNF) 5-Brandon Hunter[13]; 16. (DNF) 9-Waylon Current[5]; 17. (DNS) 11D-Shawn Dement

Heat 1: 1. 6T-Randy Thompson[2]; 2. 15-Gordon Hunter[6]; 3. 9-Waylon Current[1]; 4. 34-Jason Reinke[5]; 5. 5-Brandon Hunter[3]; 6. 3E-Devin Goulet[4]

Heat 2: 1. 00-Kevin Youngquist[6]; 2. 28-John Current[4]; 3. 21-Chase Golliet[1]; 4. 0-Shawn Beto[2]; 5. 50M-Brady Molter[5]; 6. 13-Chase Carlsrud[3]

Heat 3: 1. 4P-Matt Pederson[1]; 2. 13X-Curtis Huseth[3]; 3. 11-Casey Stremick[2]; 4. 18W-David Wahl[5]; 5. (DNS) 11D-Shawn Dement

IMCA RACESAVER SPRINT CAR
A Feature: 1. 10-Trevor Serbus[1]; 2. 13-Ty Hanten[2]; 3. 45-Monty Ferriera[5]; 4. 05-Brandon Allen[4]; 5. 1B-Brett Geldner[7]; 6. 88-Nolan Herd[8]; 7. (DNF) 21-Brett Allen[6]; 8. (DNF) 30-Matt Johnson[3]; 9. (DNF) 00-Andrew Allen[9]; 10. (DNS) 72-Tye Wilke

Heat 1: 1. 13-Ty Hanten[1]; 2. 10-Trevor Serbus[4]; 3. 45-Monty Ferriera[2]; 4. 30-Matt Johnson[5]; 5. 05-Brandon Allen[7]; 6. 21-Brett Allen[6]; 7. 1B-Brett Geldner[10]; 8. 88-Nolan Herd[3]; 9. 00-Andrew Allen[8]; 10. (DNF) 72-Tye Wilke[9]

Ada drivers defend home turf at Norman County Raceway

By Mike Spieker

ADA, Minn. (June 17, 2021) – Norman County Raceway hosted its largest crowd of the season on Thursday night for the track’s annual Meet N Greet. All of the drivers parked their cars on the front straightaway during intermission and chatted with the fans and signed autographs for the kids.

This Thursday, NCR hosts the NLRA Late Models for the first time this season.

Ada drivers Kalvin Kesselberg and Andy Wagner defended their home track last Thursday night as both visited KRJB/KRJM/KKCQ Victory Lane.

Kesselberg played the role of crowd-pleaser with his late-race heroics in the IMCA Stock Car feature. The Ada, Minn. driver went toe-to-toe with veteran driver Rob VanMil in the final laps and pulled out the win. VanMil took the lead on lap two and held the point until the final lap when Kesselberg pulled alongside. The two traded a little paint, but Kesselberg held the advantage off the final corner and took the checkers to the roar of his hometown crowd.

Hometown drivers Kalvin Kesselberg (11) and Andy Wagner (3X) both picked up wins on Thursday night at Norman County Raceway. Photos by Mike Spieker

“I just kept it smooth and hit my marks. Rob and I had an awesome race. He leaned on me, I leaned on him. It was a good clean race,” said Kesselberg after the race. “I love this place. This is my home. It’s awesome to get a win here.”

Andy Wagner took advantage of a restart during the IMCA SportMod feature to move past Torey Fischer to take the point. Fischer, who was in search of her first career SportMod win at NCR, looked to have the race in hand until the yellow flag flew. On the restart, Wagner motored by Fischer and the previous week’s winner, Rich Pavlicek, followed into second.

Hometown drivers Kalvin Kesselberg (11) and Andy Wagner (3X) both picked up wins on Thursday night at Norman County Raceway. Photos by Mike Spieker

“The restart was my only chance to get to the bottom. Torey kind of bobbled and I snuck around and I just held my line on the bottom,” said Wagner after the race.

The area’s best IMCA Modified drivers were on hand last week for the Dakota Cat Shootout. The Dakota Cat-backed No. 72 of Dave Shipley picked up the win after a great battle with defending Shootout winner, Casey Arneson.

Arneson was within striking distance of Shipley in the closing laps, but Shipley ran perfectly in the final few circuits to capture the win.

Once Midwest Modified driver Brock Gronwold takes the lead, the race is usually over for the rest of the field. That wasn’t the case on Thursday, however. Gronwold drove by early race leader Reise Stenberg, but seventh-place starter Aaron Blacklance put in a late-race bid for the lead.

Blacklance caught and drove by Gronwold on the final lap steal the win from the defending track champion.

During the feature, Brady Jawaski’s took a hard hit to the outside retaining wall exiting turn four. Jawaski was okay, but his heavily damaged machine had to be removed from the speedway with two wreckers.

Bryce Haugeberg took the win in the Lucas Oil POWRi Minn-Kota Lightning Sprint feature.


SUMMARY
IMCA MODIFIEDS:
A Feature: 1. 72-Dave Shipley[3]; 2. 2A-Casey Arneson[4]; 3. 48K-Kollin Hibdon[6]; 4. 12-Matt Aukland[7]; 5. 442-Aaron Johnson[1]; 6. 3S-Jesse Skalicky[9]; 7. 60-Tyler Hall[11]; 8. 10-Austin Arneson[2]; 9. 4V-Billy Vogel[8]; 10. (DNF) 52-Brennan Borg[10]; 11. (DNF) 55X-Chris Mack[5]

Heat 1: 1. 48K-Kollin Hibdon[1]; 2. 442-Aaron Johnson[2]; 3. 12-Matt Aukland[5]; 4. 3S-Jesse Skalicky[3]; 5. 72-Dave Shipley[4]; 6. 60-Tyler Hall[6]

Heat 2: 1. 2A-Casey Arneson[3]; 2. 10-Austin Arneson[4]; 3. 4V-Billy Vogel[5]; 4. 52-Brennan Borg[1]; 5. 55X-Chris Mack[2]

IMCA STOCK CARS:
A Feature: 1. 11-Kalvin Kesselberg[4]; 2. 40-Rob VanMil[5]; 3. 38-Todd Heinrich[7]; 4. 4-Rick Schulz[6]; 5. 5G-Tim Gonska[2]; 6. 71-Trent Grager[8]; 7. B1-Brody Carlsrud[1]; 8. 76Z-John Sandvig[3]; 9. 21-Tim Church[10]; 10. 52-Brennan Borg[9]

Heat 1: 1. 40-Rob VanMil[3]; 2. 38-Todd Heinrich[4]; 3. 76Z-John Sandvig[2]; 4. 52-Brennan Borg[5]; 5. B1-Brody Carlsrud[1]

Heat 2: 1. 4-Rick Schulz[3]; 2. 5G-Tim Gonska[1]; 3. 71-Trent Grager[4]; 4. 11-Kalvin Kesselberg[2]; 5. 21-Tim Church[5]

WISSOTA MIDWEST MODS:
A Feature: 1. 5BA-Aaron Blacklance[7]; 2. 2G-Brock Gronwold[6]; 3. 33-Jeff Nelson[8]; 4. 55X-Chris Mack[10]; 5. 87S-Reise Stenberg[3]; 6. 15C-Chris Edmonds[2]; 7. 68-Joe Henninger[5]; 8. TS42-Scott Samuelson[4]; 9. E6-Ryan Veralrud[1]; 10. (DNF) 404-Tracy Blumke[9]; 11. (DNF) 406-Brady Jawaski[11]
Heat 1: 1. 2G-Brock Gronwold[1]; 2. 33-Jeff Nelson[5]; 3. 15C-Chris Edmonds[2]; 4. E6-Ryan Veralrud[4]; 5. 404-Tracy Blumke[3]; 6. 406-Brady Jawaski[6]

Heat 2: 1. 87S-Reise Stenberg[1]; 2. 68-Joe Henninger[2]; 3. TS42-Scott Samuelson[3]; 4. 5BA-Aaron Blacklance[5]; 5. 55X-Chris Mack[4]

IMCA NORTHERN SPORTMODS:
A Feature: 1. 3X-Andy Wagner[4]; 2. 17-Rich Pavlicek[3]; 3. 9-Torey Fischer[1]; 4. 22-Vince Jegtvig[2]; 5. 13C-Paul Colvin[5]; 6. 2X-Brady Moore[6]; 7. (DNF) 404A-Swede Arneson[7]

Heat 1: 1. 17-Rich Pavlicek[4]; 2. 3X-Andy Wagner[5]; 3. 22-Vince Jegtvig[2]; 4. 9-Torey Fischer[1]; 5. 13C-Paul Colvin[6]; 6. 2X-Brady Moore[3]; 7. (DNF) 404A-Swede Arneson[7]

POWRI MINN-KOTA LIGHTNING SPRINTS:
A Feature: 1. 22-Bryce Haugeberg[3]; 2. 11-Dexter Dvergsten[7]; 3. 27-Weston Olson[6]; 4. 10-Alex Truscinski[5]; 5. 13-Alan Truscinski[4]; 6. 100-Jason Berg[2]; 7. 5G-Garrison Miller[11]; 8. 1W-Mark Williams[1]; 9. 72-Kate Taves[10]; 10. (DNF) 24-Jake Haugeberg[8]; 11. (DNS) 93-Kelsi Pederson

Heat 1: 1. 22-Bryce Haugeberg[1]; 2. 10-Alex Truscinski[3]; 3. 13-Alan Truscinski[2]; 4. 11-Dexter Dvergsten[6]; 5. 93-Kelsi Pederson[4]; 6. 5G-Garrison Miller[5]

Heat 2: 1. 100-Jason Berg[1]; 2. 27-Weston Olson[2]; 3. 1W-Mark Williams[3]; 4. 24-Jake Haugeberg[4]; 5. 72-Kate Taves[5]

2021 Schedule Released

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Strand gets NLRA sweep at NCR, VanMil okay after wild incident

By Mike Spieker

ADA, Minn. (August 20, 2020) – Dustin Strand won Thursday’s NLRA Late Model special, presented by Seedex and Taylor Bosch Enterprises, to claim his second Late Model win in three weeks at Norman County Raceway.

Strand of East Grand Forks, Minn. and Jeff Hapala of West Fargo, N.D. led the field of 23 cars to the green flag, with Strand getting the holeshot.

After two attempts to get the first lap completed, Strand jumped out to a comfortable lead.

The NLRA series point leader ran relatively uncontested until Don Shaw of Ham Lake, Minn. reeled in Strand in the closing laps. Shaw looked to have the faster car in the late stages, but Strand was able to maneuver through lapped traffic better, which sealed the win for Strand; his third in a Late Model at Norman County.

Dustin Strand sweeps the NLRA Late Model events at Norman County Raceway in 2020. Photo by Mike Spieker.

“I never would have expected this in a million years at Ada,” Strand commented on the heavy and fast racing surface from the rainfall earlier in the week. “Normally we kind of like a hammer down race track. We’re actually running a concept motor, it’s a new rule package Wissota offered, and it’s a little less horsepower and torque, but it’s a really awesome package when the track is slick. I didn’t know if we were gonna be able to hang on tonight, but the ol’ girl was hitting on all eight.”

Casey Arneson of Fargo, N.D. raced to his division-leading third Sanders Metal Products IMCA Modified feature win from the ninth starting position. However, the story of the night came from the driver that finished eighth with a DNF (did not finish).

Rob VanMil of Barnesville, Minn. had a solid lead over Arneson midway through the race when he went to lap a slower car. VanMil went to the outside of the slower car, but just as he did, the backmarker moved to the high side. VanMil’s car jumped over the right front of the lapped car into the entry of turn one – the fastest part of the speedway – and set him airborne off the embankment. VanMil’s car landed at a high rate of speed just before hitting a grove of trees. From there, VanMil ramped up a five-foot dike inside the grove at about 60 miles per hour, went over a six-foot wire fence, and mowed down about 80 feet of trees and brush before coming to rest.

08.20.20 Rob VanMil into the trees at Norman County Raceway

INTO THE TREES!! Rob VanMil went from leading the IMCA Modified feature at Norman County Raceway to going DEEP into the shelter belt (New Track Record!) after contact with a lapped car. All jokes aside, Rob was okay and hopes to have the car ready for action at Red River Valley Speedway tonight!Sorry for the bad hum at the beginning of the video.

Posted by Speedway Shots on Friday, August 21, 2020

VanMil was okay. NCR officials assessed the situation and decided to wait until after the races were complete to get VanMil’s car out of the trees.

An NCR official hooks up to Rob VanMil’s Modified after he was launched into a grove of trees while leading the feature. Photo by Mike Spieker.

“I came over the bank of the track and I landed and it felt like I was gaining speed on the wet grass,” recalled VanMil of what was one of the craziest incidents in the 100-plus years of Norman County Raceway. “The last thing I remember is hitting that big dike going into the trees, then I just saw brush flying.”

Brock Gronwold of Fergus Falls, Minn. raced to his sixth Christian Motors WISSOTA Midwest Mod win.

Travis Robertson of Moorhead, Minn. picked up crucial points with his Norman County Implement IMCA Stock Car feature win. The top five in points are separated by just seven points. Ada’s Kalvin Kesselberg sits second, one point behind Rob VanMil with one race remaining.

Hometown driver Andy Wagner was the crowd-pleaser once again as he raced to his second Titan Machinery IMCA SportMod feature win of the season. Cory Probst of Brewster, Minn. won the Christian Brothers Ford IMCA Hobby Stock feature, while Ulen’s Ryan Braseth held off Tye Wilke to win the Seedex INEX Legends feature.

The 2020 racing season at Norman County Raceway concludes on Thursday with Season Championship night, presented by Auction Block and Christian Motors.


RESULTS:
WISSOTA Late Models
A Feature: 1. 71-Dustin Strand[1]; 2. 42S-Don Shaw[5]; 3. 2-Dave Mass[3]; 4. 03-Casey Meyer[7]; 5. 14-Brody Troftgruben[4]; 6. 12S-Brad Seng[9]; 7. 16S-Jeff Hapala[2]; 8. 18X-Shawn Meyer[6]; 9. 10-Kevin Robertson[12]; 10. 18-Dustin Hapka[14]; 11. 2*-Cole Babcock[10]; 12. 45-Dustin Bluhm[15]; 13. 9-Steve Anderson[13]; 14. 9R-Erik Robertson[8]; 15. 02-Dan Dowling[21]; 16. (DNF) 47-Kreig Kasin[19]; 17. (DNF) C4-Ryan Corbett[11]; 18. (DNF) 41-Travis Saurer[17]; 19. (DNF) 84-Joshua Johnson[23]; 20. (DNF) 11-Troy Schill[16]; 21. (DNF) 9A-Blake Anderson[20]; 22. (DNF) 44-Cole Schill[18]; 23. (DNS) 42-Matthew Jarvis

Heat 1: 1. 42S-Don Shaw[8]; 2. 14-Brody Troftgruben[1]; 3. 03-Casey Meyer[3]; 4. 2*-Cole Babcock[5]; 5. (DNF) 11-Troy Schill[2]; 6. (DNF) 41-Travis Saurer[6]; 7. (DNF) 44-Cole Schill[7]; 8. (DNF) 02-Dan Dowling[4]

Heat 2: 1. 16S-Jeff Hapala[1]; 2. 18X-Shawn Meyer[7]; 3. 9R-Erik Robertson[3]; 4. C4-Ryan Corbett[5]; 5. 9-Steve Anderson[8]; 6. 45-Dustin Bluhm[6]; 7. (DNF) 47-Kreig Kasin[4]; 8. (DNF) 42-Matthew Jarvis[2]

Heat 3: 1. 2-Dave Mass[2]; 2. 71-Dustin Strand[6]; 3. 12S-Brad Seng[3]; 4. 10-Kevin Robertson[4]; 5. 18-Dustin Hapka[7]; 6. (DNF) 9A-Blake Anderson[1]; 7. (DNF) 84-Joshua Johnson[5]

WISSOTA Midwest Mods
A Feature: 1. 2G-Brock Gronwold[4]; 2. 87S-Reise Stenberg[2]; 3. 33-Jeff Nelson[1]; 4. 188-Hunter Hougard[3]; 5. 39-Jamie Dietzler[5]; 6. 5BA-Aaron Blacklance[8]; 7. 1S-Scott Bintz[6]; 8. (DNF) 32-Lindsey Hansen[7]

Heat 1: 1. 87S-Reise Stenberg[2]; 2. 39-Jamie Dietzler[3]; 3. 188-Hunter Hougard[4]; 4. 2G-Brock Gronwold[7]; 5. 33-Jeff Nelson[6]; 6. 1S-Scott Bintz[5]; 7. 32-Lindsey Hansen[1]; 8. 5BA-Aaron Blacklance[8]

IMCA Modifieds
A Feature: 1. 2A-Casey Arneson[9]; 2. 3S-Jesse Skalicky[4]; 3. 2*-Cole Babcock[1]; 4. 60-Tyler Hall[3]; 5. 30-Cole Neset[5]; 6. 96-Erv Grossman[7]; 7. (DNF) 84-Michael Johnson[6]; 8. (DNF) 40-Rob VanMil[2]; 9. (DNF) 57-Tom Cummings[8]

Heat 1: 1. 2*-Cole Babcock[3]; 2. 60-Tyler Hall[5]; 3. 40-Rob VanMil[4]; 4. 3S-Jesse Skalicky[6]; 5. 30-Cole Neset[9]; 6. 84-Michael Johnson[7]; 7. 96-Erv Grossman[2]; 8. 57-Tom Cummings[1]; 9. (DNF) 2A-Casey Arneson[8]

IMCA Stock Cars
A Feature: 1. 10R-Travis Robertson[2]; 2. 40-Rob VanMil[4]; 3. 11-Kalvin Kesselberg[3]; 4. 92-Dan Mackenthun[5]; 5. 38-Todd Heinrich[6]; 6. 4-Rick Schulz[7]; 7. 57K-Derrick Kronbach[8]; 8. 76Z-John Sandvig[1]

Heat 1: 1. 10R-Travis Robertson[4]; 2. 92-Dan Mackenthun[8]; 3. 76Z-John Sandvig[1]; 4. 40-Rob VanMil[7]; 5. 11-Kalvin Kesselberg[6]; 6. 38-Todd Heinrich[3]; 7. 4-Rick Schulz[5]; 8. 57K-Derrick Kronbach[2]

IMCA Northern SportMods
A Feature: 1. 3X-Andy Wagner[6]; 2. E6-Ryan Veralrud[1]; 3. 8J-Luke Johnson[9]; 4. 5-Scott Jacobson[8]; 5. 17-Rich Pavlicek[7]; 6. 15-Matthew Clark[2]; 7. 22-Vince Jegtvig[3]; 8. 40-Chris VanMil[13]; 9. 9-Torey Fischer[5]; 10. 12T-Brandon Tendeland[11]; 11. (DNF) 5F-Brandon Ferris[10]; 12. (DNF) 13C-Paul Colvin[12]; 13. (DNF) 69-Justin Jones[4]

Heat 1: 1. 9-Torey Fischer[4]; 2. 17-Rich Pavlicek[6]; 3. 15-Matthew Clark[2]; 4. 69-Justin Jones[3]; 5. 8J-Luke Johnson[7]; 6. 12T-Brandon Tendeland[1]; 7. 40-Chris VanMil[5]

Heat 2: 1. 22-Vince Jegtvig[2]; 2. 3X-Andy Wagner[4]; 3. E6-Ryan Veralrud[1]; 4. 5-Scott Jacobson[5]; 5. 5F-Brandon Ferris[6]; 6. 13C-Paul Colvin[3]

INEX Legends
A Feature: 1. 29-Ryan Braseth[2]; 2. 72-Tye Wilke[3]; 3. 34-Alex Kukowski[4]; 4. 14-Kody King[6]; 5. D1RT-Tony Brockhouse[9]; 6. B1-Brody Carlsrud[1]; 7. 2-Ashton Spieker[5]; 8. D11RT-Blaise Deckert[8]; 9. 19E-Elzetta Bitker[7]

Heat 1: 1. 29-Ryan Braseth[4]; 2. 72-Tye Wilke[6]; 3. B1-Brody Carlsrud[3]; 4. 34-Alex Kukowski[7]; 5. D1RT-Tony Brockhouse[9]; 6. 2-Ashton Spieker[2]; 7. 14-Kody King[5]; 8. 19E-Elzetta Bitker[1]; 9. D11RT-Blaise Deckert[8]

IMCA Hobby Stocks
A Feature: 1. 75C-Cory Probst[8]; 2. 27-Malik Sampson[9]; 3. 5G-Tim Gonska[7]; 4. 6-Scott Herron[6]; 5. 26-Ken Crane[2]; 6. B2-Brodee Eckerdt[12]; 7. 11-William Herron[14]; 8. 33-Shawn Niemeyer[13]; 9. 3XL-Brad Orvedal[5]; 10. 17-Nick Shumansky[11]; 11. 73-Todd Gettel[3]; 12. (DNF) 31X-Tim Shiek[4]; 13. (DNF) 54-Dylan Krueger[10]; 14. (DNF) 9-Skyla Miller[1]

Heat 1: 1. 27-Malik Sampson[7]; 2. 75C-Cory Probst[6]; 3. 26-Ken Crane[2]; 4. 6-Scott Herron[5]; 5. 73-Todd Gettel[3]; 6. 17-Nick Shumansky[1]; 7. 33-Shawn Niemeyer[4]

Heat 2: 1. 31X-Tim Shiek[3]; 2. 5G-Tim Gonska[5]; 3. 3XL-Brad Orvedal[4]; 4. 9-Skyla Miller[1]; 5. 54-Dylan Krueger[6]; 6. (DNF) B2-Brodee Eckerdt[2]

Nick Omdahl wins NOSA Sprint Car special at Norman County Raceway

By Mike Spieker

ADA, Minn. (August 6, 2020) – The Buffalo Wild Wings NOSA Sprint Cars made their first and only visit of the season to Norman County Raceway on Thursday night with seventeen 410 cubic inch winged machines checked in for action.

East Grand Forks, Minnesota’s Nick Omdahl won the 25-lap feature, presented by Norman County Implement. Brenden Wilde of Thief River Falls, Minn. jumped out to the early lead from the pole position with Tim Estenson, who is no stranger to victory lane at NCR, riding in second.

On lap seven, Omdahl found his groove as he moved past both Estenson and Wilde to take the lead on lap eight.

Omdahl felt pressure from Brendan Mullen of Grand Forks, N.D., winner of two of the last three NOSA events, and Jade Hastings of Grand Forks, NOSA series point leader, in the second half of the event. However, Omdahl went on to lead the final 13 laps to collect his ninth career win.

“Starting up front was huge,” admitted Omdahl after the race, who started on the outside of the front row. “We haven’t had any luck lately. We’ve been fast, but we always seem to start in the back. I got nervous on one restart when Mullen got next to me. We ended up making contact and I feel bad for that. But I knew as long as I hit my marks, I’d be okay.”

NOSA points leader Jade Hastings raced to a second-place finish on Thursday night at Norman County Raceway. Photo by Mike Spieker.

The contact between Omdahl and Mullen on the front straightaway ended Mullen’s bid at a podium finish as it wrecked the front end on the 17-year-old’s No. 11M.

The win for Omdahl came just five days after he went for a nasty tumble after the checkered flag on Saturday night in Mandan, N.D.

“It was a huge effort,” said Omdahl of what it took to be ready for Thursday’s event at NCR. “My dad worked all week getting this thing ready. He pretty much rebuilt this car himself while I was at work. Ricky, Alex, Kenny, they are there helping out every week too. It’s a team effort for sure.”

The race was brought to a halt on lap 10 when Wilde and Jack Croaker made contact in turn two. The end result was Croaker going for a wild series of end-over-end flips before coming to rest on all four wheels. Both drivers were okay. Croaker’s car was destroyed, while Wilde was able to continue.

Nick Omdahl celebrates his first career Norman County Raceway win in KRJB 106.5FM Victory Lane. Photo by Mike Spieker.

Hastings and 17th place starter Wade Nygaard rounded out the top three at the checkers.

Chris VanMil of Barnesville, Minn. raced to his second win of the season at NCR in the Titan Machinery IMCA SportMods. VanMil started in the fourth position and had to hold off the top two in the point standings, Luke Johnson of Moorhead, Minn. and Rich Pavlicek of Casselton, N.D.

VanMil was able to pull away in the final laps to take the win by 3.5 seconds over Pavlicek, as Johnson rounded out the podium.

Two drivers claimed their fifth win of the season through the first seven events at NCR – Brock Gronwold of Fergus Falls, Minn. in the Christian Motors WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds and Tye Wilke of Detroit Lakes, Minn. in the Seedex INEX Legends. Both drivers started third on the grid in their respective lineups.

Sanders Metal Products-sponsored cars dominated the Norman County Implement IMCA Stock Cars, claiming positions first, second, third and fourth. The win went to Rick Schulz of Horace, N.D. – his second of the season at NCR. Todd Heinrich of Fargo, N.D. finished second, followed by Travis Robertson of Moorhead, Kalvin Kesselberg of Ada and Rob VanMil of Barnesville.

After seven events, the top five drivers in the Stock Car point standings are separated by just four points.

Cory Probst of Brewer, Minn. started 10th and wheeled his way to the Christian Brothers Ford IMCA Hobby Stock feature win. Probst took the lead on lap four and held off point leader Tim Gonska of Brainerd for the win.

Next week at NCR is First Responders Night and Hall of Fame night, presented by Ellingson Water Management.


SUMMARY:

NOSA Sprint Cars
A Feature: 1. 0-Nick Omdahl[3]; 2. 8H-Jade Hastings[8]; 3. 9N-Wade Nygaard[17]; 4. 14T-Tim Estenson[5]; 5. 20A-Jordan Adams[14]; 6. 31-Shane Roemeling[2]; 7. 10S-Josh Swangler[16]; 8. 17-Zach Omdahl[13]; 9. 91A-Reed Allex[15]; 10. 35-Brenden Wilde[1]; 11. (DNF) 11M-Brendan Mullen[7]; 12. (DNF) 4-Colton Young[12]; 13. (DNF) 12-Brayden Pengilly[11]; 14. (DNF) 8-Jack Croaker[10]; 15. (DNF) 26-Blake Egeland[9]; 16. (DNF) 2-Tee Young[4]; 17. (DNF) 14-Tom Egeland[6]

Heat 1: 1. 8H-Jade Hastings[3]; 2. 14-Tom Egeland[4]; 3. 35-Brenden Wilde[2]; 4. 26-Blake Egeland[1]; 5. 2-Tee Young[9]; 6. 12-Brayden Pengilly[5]; 7. (DNF) 20A-Jordan Adams[6]; 8. (DNF) 9N-Wade Nygaard[7]; 9. (DNF) 91A-Reed Allex[8]

Heat 2: 1. 11M-Brendan Mullen[3]; 2. 0-Nick Omdahl[1]; 3. 14T-Tim Estenson[5]; 4. 31-Shane Roemeling[6]; 5. 8-Jack Croaker[4]; 6. (DNF) 17-Zach Omdahl[2]; 7. (DNF) 4-Colton Young[8]; 8. (DNF) 10S-Josh Swangler[7]

WISSOTA Midwest Mods
A Feature 1: 1. 2G-Brock Gronwold[3]; 2. 87S-Reise Stenberg[2]; 3. 5BA-Aaron Blacklance[1]; 4. 25A-Jesse Aho[5]; 5. 188-Hunter Hougard[9]; 6. 77-Alan Olafson[4]; 7. 18J-Alex Johnson[6]; 8. (DNF) 35-David McIntire[10]; 9. (DNS) 55X-Chris Mack; 10. (DNS) 33-Jeff Nelson

Heat 1: 1. 5BA-Aaron Blacklance[3]; 2. 87S-Reise Stenberg[5]; 3. 77-Alan Olafson[8]; 4. 25A-Jesse Aho[9]; 5. 2G-Brock Gronwold[7]; 6. 18J-Alex Johnson[2]; 7. (DNF) 55X-Chris Mack[10]; 8. (DNF) 33-Jeff Nelson[1]; 9. (DNF) 188-Hunter Hougard[4]; 10. (DNS) 35-David McIntire

IMCA Stock Cars
A Feature: 1. 4-Rick Schulz[3]; 2. 38-Todd Heinrich[7]; 3. 10R-Travis Robertson[2]; 4. 11-Kalvin Kesselberg[4]; 5. 40-Rob VanMil[5]; 6. 57K-Derrick Kronbach[1]; 7. 28-Norm Olson[6]

Heat 1: 1. 4-Rick Schulz[4]; 2. 40-Rob VanMil[6]; 3. 10R-Travis Robertson[3]; 4. 57K-Derrick Kronbach[1]; 5. 11-Kalvin Kesselberg[5]; 6. 28-Norm Olson[7]; 7. (DNF) 38-Todd Heinrich[2]

IMCA Northern SportMods
A Feature: 1. 40-Chris VanMil[4]; 2. 17-Rich Pavlicek[6]; 3. 8J-Luke Johnson[8]; 4. 3X-Andy Wagner[5]; 5. 3W-Aaron Wetterlin[7]; 6. 15-Matthew Clark[2]; 7. 5-Scott Jacobson[9]; 8. 69-Justin Jones[10]; 9. 22-Vince Jegtvig[3]; 10. 13C-Paul Colvin[13]; 11. 9-Torey Fischer[12]; 12. 12T-Brandon Tendeland[1]; 13. 2X-Brady Moore[11]

Heat 1: 1. 15-Matthew Clark[2]; 2. 40-Chris VanMil[4]; 3. 8J-Luke Johnson[6]; 4. 17-Rich Pavlicek[5]; 5. 69-Justin Jones[7]; 6. 2X-Brady Moore[1]; 7. 13C-Paul Colvin[3]

Heat 2: 1. 3X-Andy Wagner[4]; 2. 3W-Aaron Wetterlin[5]; 3. 22-Vince Jegtvig[2]; 4. 5-Scott Jacobson[6]; 5. 12T-Brandon Tendeland[1]; 6. 9-Torey Fischer[3]

IMCA Hobby Stock
A Feature 1: 1. 75C-Cory Probst[10]; 2. 5G-Tim Gonska[7]; 3. 3XL-Brad Orvedal[6]; 4. 26-Ken Crane[1]; 5. 33-Shawn Niemeyer[9]; 6. 31X-Tim Shiek[5]; 7. 22W-Will Miller[11]; 8. 9-Skyla Miller[2]; 9. 2B-Steve Nordhagen[8]; 10. (DNF) 73-Todd Gettel[4]; 11. (DNF) B2-Brodee Eckerdt[3]

Heat 1: 1. 5G-Tim Gonska[4]; 2. 31X-Tim Shiek[3]; 3. 9-Skyla Miller[1]; 4. 33-Shawn Niemeyer[5]; 5. B2-Brodee Eckerdt[2]

Heat 2: 1. 75C-Cory Probst[6]; 2. 3XL-Brad Orvedal[4]; 3. 73-Todd Gettel[3]; 4. 26-Ken Crane[1]; 5. 2B-Steve Nordhagen[5]; 6. (DNF) 22W-Will Miller[2]

INEX Legends
A Feature: 1. 72-Tye Wilke[3]; 2. 14-Kody King[4]; 3. 29-Ryan Braseth[2]; 4. B1-Brody Carlsrud[5]; 5. 20-Alex Braseth[7]; 6. 2-Ashton Spieker[1]; 7. D1RT-Tony Brockhouse[8]; 8. 19E-Elzetta Bitker[6]

Heat 1: 1. 2-Ashton Spieker[2]; 2. 72-Tye Wilke[6]; 3. 29-Ryan Braseth[5]; 4. 14-Kody King[7]; 5. D1RT-Tony Brockhouse[8]; 6. B1-Brody Carlsrud[4]; 7. 19E-Elzetta Bitker[1]; 8. (DNF) 20-Alex Braseth[3]

Arneson claims third Sanders Mod Challenge win, Strand scores NLRA victory at NCR

By Mike Spieker

ADA, Minn. (July 30, 2020) – A big field of 85 race teams were checked in on Thursday night as Norman County Raceway hosted the ninth annual Sanders Mod Challenge and the first leg of the IMCA Red River Modified Tour, presented by the IMCA Duel in the Desert, as well as the NLRA Late Models.

For the third time in his career, Austin Arneson of Fargo, N.D. claimed the Sanders Mod Challenge win after a dominating performance.

NCR regular Jesse Skalicky of Fargo and Darin Duffy of Urbana, Iowa paced the field to green with Duffy taking the early lead, but it took just two laps for Arneson to charge his way into the lead from the fourth starting position.

Once out front, Arneson wouldn’t be touched for the remainder of the 25-lap feature. A great battle brewed behind Arneson, however, as Duffy had to content with Arneson’s younger brother, Casey Arneson.

Despite multiple slide job attempts by Casey Arneson, Duffy was able to hang on to the runner-up spot. Duffy rallied late to turn a three-second lead by Austin Arneson to a 0.6 second lead at the checkers with Casey Arneson finishing three car lengths behind Duffy.

Behind the top three, there was an 11-second gap back to Michael Johnson of Moorhead, Minn. in fourth. Cody Leonard of Sinton, Texas rounded out the top five.

Austin Arneson claimed his third Sanders Mod Challenge win at Norman County Raceway on Thursday night. Photo by Mike Spieker

The win for Arneson gave his U-Motors Racing team its sixth Sanders Mod Challenge win. Casey Arneson, Cody Skytland, and Johnny Scott have also picked up Sanders Mod Challenge wins for U-Motors Racing.

The NLRA Late Models had 22 cars checked in for their first visit to Norman County Raceway since 2017. Don Shaw of Ham Lake, Minn. and Ryan Mikkelson of Alexandria, Minn. led the field to green with Shaw taking the early lead.

Fourth-place starter, Dustin Strand of East Grand Forks, Minn. pulled even with Shaw on lap five, and the two drivers engaged in a great battle for the lead, running two distinct lanes around the three-eighths-mile oval. Strand took the point on lap seven as Shaw pulled off the track the following lap with apparent mechanical failure.

Dustin Strand topped a stacked field of NLRA Late Models for his first Late Model win at NCR since 2012. Photo by Mike Spieker

Brad Seng of Grand Forks, N.D. came from ninth on the grid to second by lap 13 as he set his sights on Strand for the lead. Strand was too strong, however, as the three-time NLRA series champion cruised to his first Late Model win at NCR since 2012.

The first red flag of the season came out on lap two of the Christian Motors WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature. The No. E85 of Jason Strand of Portland, N.D. suffered a mechanical issue and looked to pull into the infield. Just as he did, Joe Henninger of Grand Forks clipped the left front of Strand with his right rear and barrel-rolled violently three complete times before coming to rest on all four wheels.

Henninger was okay, but his car was destroyed.

Hougard led the field until points leader, Brock Gronwold of Fergus Falls, Minn. reeled him in and made the pass coming to the white flag. Hougard did everything he could to regain the lead on the final lap, but Gronwold held on to pick up his fourth win of the season at NCR.

Gronwold again received a huge round of applause and roar from the crowd as he pulled his Donald Trump-inspired No. 2020 paint scheme into KRJB/KRJM/KKCQ Victory Lane.

The Titan Machinery IMCA SportMods were 14 cars strong for their main event. Things got off to a ragged start as outside front row starter, Brandon Tendeland of West Fargo, N.D., got sideways in turns one and two. The rest of the field was able to miss Tendeland except for Greg Schilling of Halstad, Minn. who made heavy contact with Tendeland.

Both Tendeland and Schilling were okay but were done for the night.

On the restart, Chris VanMil of Barnesville, Minn. took command of the race lead and checked out from the rest of the field. VanMil looked to have the race in hand until the final caution flew with three laps to go.

A three-wide race for the lead on the ensuing restart broke out between last week’s winner, Andy Wagner of Ada, Minn. and Luke Johnson of Moorhead. With two to go, it became a race between VanMil and Johnson as Johnson threw a slide job for the lead in turns one and two. VanMil countered with a crossover move down the back straightaway, but Johnson cleared for the lead in turns three and four coming to the white flag.

Johnson held off VanMil on the final lap to claim his second win of the season at NCR.

Backing up his win Friday night at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, Ryan Braseth of Ulen, Minn. picked up an exciting Seedex INEX Legends feature win. Braseth held off his brother, Alex Braseth, and point leader Tye Wilke of Detroit Lakes, Minn. in the closing laps.

Todd Heinrich of Fargo dominated the Norman County Implement IMCA Stock Car feature for his third win of the season at NCR.


SUMMARY

WISSOTA Late Models:
A Feature: 1. 71-Dustin Strand[4]; 2. 12S-Brad Seng[9]; 3. 2M-Dave Mass[13]; 4. 11D-Pat Doar[10]; 5. 03-Casey Meyer[5]; 6. 18X-Shawn Meyer[6]; 7. 15*-Ryan Mikkelson[2]; 8. C4-Ryan Corbett[3]; 9. 10-Kevin Robertson[8]; 10. 18-Dustin Hapka[7]; 11. 9-Steve Anderson[14]; 12. 14-Brody Troftgruben[12]; 13. 2-Dan Dowling[15]; 14. 16S-Jeff Hapala[11]; 15. 9R-Erik Robertson[19]; 16. 2*-Cole Babcock[18]; 17. 105-Ryan Dahl[22]; 18. 47-Kreig Kasin[21]; 19. (DNF) 11-Troy Schill[16]; 20. (DNF) 84-Joshua Johnson[17]; 21. (DNF) 9A-Blake Anderson[20]; 22. (DNF) 42S-Don Shaw[1]

Heat 1: 1. 71-Dustin Strand[2]; 2. 42S-Don Shaw[6]; 3. 18-Dustin Hapka[1]; 4. 11D-Pat Doar[5]; 5. 2M-Dave Mass[4]; 6. 11-Troy Schill[7]; 7. 9R-Erik Robertson[8]; 8. 105-Ryan Dahl[3]

Heat 2: 1. 15*-Ryan Mikkelson[2]; 2. 03-Casey Meyer[6]; 3. 10-Kevin Robertson[1]; 4. 16S-Jeff Hapala[4]; 5. 9-Steve Anderson[3]; 6. 84-Joshua Johnson[5]; 7. 9A-Blake Anderson[7]

Heat 3: 1. C4-Ryan Corbett[1]; 2. 18X-Shawn Meyer[6]; 3. 12S-Brad Seng[7]; 4. 14-Brody Troftgruben[2]; 5. 2-Dan Dowling[3]; 6. 2*-Cole Babcock[5]; 7. 47-Kreig Kasin[4]

IMCA Modifieds:
A Feature: 1. 10-Austin Arneson[4]; 2. 19D-Darin Duffy[2]; 3. 2A-Casey Arneson[5]; 4. 84-Michael Johnson[3]; 5. 12-Cody Leonard[8]; 6. 3S-Jesse Skalicky[1]; 7. 33-Allen Kent[7]; 8. XXX-Jesse Rogotzke[10]; 9. 44F-Fred Wojtek[6]; 10. 12A-Matt Aukland[9]; 11. 72-Dave Shipley[11]; 12. 442-Aaron Johnson[12]; 13. 6D-Dylan Goplen[15]; 14. 91-Craig Oakes[16]; 15. 60-Tyler Hall[13]; 16. 2-Rusty Kollman[17]; 17. 2*-Cole Babcock[19]; 18. 28-Cody Blixt[20]; 19. 12C-Nick Curtis[22]; 20. 96-Erv Grossman[18]; 21. 57-Tom Cummings[21]; 22. (DNF) 40-Rob VanMil[14]; 23. (DNF) 21-Jamie Schulz[23]

Heat 1: 1. XXX-Jesse Rogotzke[1]; 2. 2A-Casey Arneson[4]; 3. 12A-Matt Aukland[2]; 4. 3S-Jesse Skalicky[3]; 5. 60-Tyler Hall[6]; 6. 91-Craig Oakes[7]; 7. 2*-Cole Babcock[8]; 8. 12C-Nick Curtis[5]

Heat 2: 1. 10-Austin Arneson[4]; 2. 84-Michael Johnson[2]; 3. 72-Dave Shipley[6]; 4. 33-Allen Kent[1]; 5. 40-Rob VanMil[5]; 6. 2-Rusty Kollman[8]; 7. 28-Cody Blixt[3]; 8. 21-Jamie Schulz[7]

Heat 3: 1. 19D-Darin Duffy[1]; 2. 12-Cody Leonard[2]; 3. 44F-Fred Wojtek[3]; 4. 442-Aaron Johnson[6]; 5. 6D-Dylan Goplen[4]; 6. 96-Erv Grossman[7]; 7. 57-Tom Cummings[5]

WISSOTA Midwest Mods:
A Feature: 1. 2G-Brock Gronwold[6]; 2. 188-Hunter Hougard[3]; 3. 69-Justin Jones[10]; 4. 5BA-Aaron Blacklance[9]; 5. 87S-Reise Stenberg[5]; 6. 33-Jeff Nelson[2]; 7. 11-Bryan Kakela[8]; 8. 01-Zach Bruer[4]; 9. 35-David McIntire[11]; 10. (DNF) E85-Jason Strand[7]; 11. (DNF) 68-Joe Henninger[1]

Heat 1: 1. 2G-Brock Gronwold[1]; 2. E85-Jason Strand[3]; 3. 11-Bryan Kakela[4]; 4. 68-Joe Henninger[2]; 5. 5BA-Aaron Blacklance[6]; 6. (DNS) 69-Justin Jones

Heat 2: 1. 188-Hunter Hougard[4]; 2. 33-Jeff Nelson[1]; 3. 01-Zach Bruer[5]; 4. 87S-Reise Stenberg[3]; 5. (DNS) 35-David McIntire

IMCA Northern SportMods:
A Feature: 1. 8J-Luke Johnson[9]; 2. 40-Chris VanMil[4]; 3. 3X-Andy Wagner[6]; 4. 5-Scott Jacobson[11]; 5. 17-Rich Pavlicek[7]; 6. 74-Darren Medler[10]; 7. 3W-Aaron Wetterlin[8]; 8. 13C-Paul Colvin[3]; 9. 9-Torey Fischer[5]; 10. E6-Ryan Veralrud[14]; 11. 22-Vince Jegtvig[12]; 12. 2X-Brady Moore[1]; 13. (DNF) 29S-Greg Schilling[13]; 14. (DNF) 12T-Brandon Tendeland[2]

Heat 1: 1. 12T-Brandon Tendeland[2]; 2. 3W-Aaron Wetterlin[6]; 3. 40-Chris VanMil[4]; 4. 13C-Paul Colvin[3]; 5. 3X-Andy Wagner[5]; 6. 5-Scott Jacobson[7]; 7. 29S-Greg Schilling[1]

Heat 2: 1. 8J-Luke Johnson[6]; 2. 9-Torey Fischer[4]; 3. 17-Rich Pavlicek[5]; 4. 2X-Brady Moore[1]; 5. 74-Darren Medler[7]; 6. 22-Vince Jegtvig[3]; 7. E6-Ryan Veralrud[2]

IMCA Stock Cars:
A Feature: 1. 38-Todd Heinrich[2]; 2. 4-Rick Schulz[3]; 3. 40-Rob VanMil[5]; 4. 11-Kalvin Kesselberg[4]; 5. 10R-Travis Robertson[7]; 6. 57K-Derrick Kronbach[1]; 7. 76Z-John Sandvig[6]

Heat 1: 1. 57K-Derrick Kronbach[2]; 2. 4-Rick Schulz[4]; 3. 38-Todd Heinrich[3]; 4. 11-Kalvin Kesselberg[6]; 5. 40-Rob VanMil[7]; 6. 76Z-John Sandvig[1]; 7. 10R-Travis Robertson[5]

INEX Legends:
A Feature: 1. 29-Ryan Braseth[3]; 2. 20-Alex Braseth[2]; 3. 72-Tye Wilke[5]; 4. B1-Brody Carlsrud[4]; 5. D1RT-Tony Brockhouse[8]; 6. 2-Ashton Spieker[1]; 7. 79-Scott Richardson[7]; 8. (DNF) 19E-Elzetta Bitker[6]

Heat 1: 1. 29-Ryan Braseth[4]; 2. 72-Tye Wilke[6]; 3. B1-Brody Carlsrud[5]; 4. 2-Ashton Spieker[2]; 5. 20-Alex Braseth[3]; 6. D1RT-Tony Brockhouse[8]; 7. 19E-Elzetta Bitker[1]; 8. (DNF) 79-Scott Richardson[7]

Wagner scores first win of 2020 at Norman County Raceway

ADA, Minn. (July 23, 2020) – Norman County Raceway was back in action on Thursday night with racing presented by Mustang Seeds and Titan Machinery. Two big weeks at NCR lie ahead. On July 30th, the NLRA Late Models will make their first appearance at the speedway since 2017. On August 6th, the fan-favorite Buffalo Wild Wings NOSA Sprint Cars will come to town.

A win by the hometown kid highlighted Thursday night for the great crowd in attendance.

Andy Wagner of Ada picked up his first win of the season on Thursday night at Norman County Raceway. Photo by Mike Spieker.

Ada’s own Andy Wagner picked up his Titan Machinery IMCA SportMod feature win of the season after a hard-fought win. Ryan Veralrud of Barnesville has made himself known as a weekly front runner at NCR this year. Veralrud led the first three circuits of the 12-lap, 16-car feature until Wagner powered by him on lap four.

Once out front, Wagner had to contend with Chris VanMil of Barnesville, who already has a visit to KRJB 106.5FM Victory Lane this season. Wagner and VanMil ran door-to-door for several laps, but Wagner prevailed on the high side.

Wagner went on to score the win by a margin of 0.571 seconds at the checkers over VanMil and Rich Pavlicek of Casselton, N.D.

Todd Heinrich of Fargo was clearly the class of the field of the very competitive Norman County Implement IMCA Stock Car division. Heinrich started third on the grid and took the lead on the opening circuit. After holding off the field on a pair of restarts, Heinrich checked out and took his second win of the season at NCR.

Casey Arneson of Fargo, N.D. wasted no time working his way to the front from the fifth starting position. Arneson, who won at NCR back on July 9th, took the point from Rob VanMil of Barnesville, Minn. after a big slide job in turn two.

After that, the race was on for second as Arneson checked out to win by 4.780 seconds, equating to a full straightaway on the three-eighths-mile oval.

Michael Johnson of Moorhead, Minn. came home second while Tyler Hall of Fertile, Minn. held off VanMil for third.

Tim Gonska of Brainerd, Minn. continued his dominance in the Christian Brothers Ford IMCA Hobby Stocks. Gonska came from eighth to take the lead on lap two and cruised to the win by over seven seconds of Scott Herron of Brainerd.

The win was Gonska’s fifth out of the six Hobby Stock races at NCR in 2020.

Brock Gronwold of Fergus Falls, Minn. is also dominating the Christian Motors WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds this season as well. Gronwold started third and led all 12 laps to collect his third win of the season at NCR. Hunter Hougard of Warren, Minn. came home second, followed by Jason Strand of Portland, N.D. in third.

Tye Wilke of Detroit Lakes, Minn. collected his fourth Seedex INEX Legends win of the season at NCR, but it was perhaps the hardest he’s had to work to get the win. The Braseth brothers of Alex and Ryan from Ulen, Minn. combined to lead the first eight of 10 laps. Wilke entered the fray late in the going as the lead trio raced three wide for nearly three consecutive laps. Wilke took the point using the moisture on the low side of the speedway to his advantage.

Once in the lead, Wilke pulled away to take the win. Ryan Braseth and Alex Braseth rounded out the top three.

Next week, the NLRA Late Models will highlight Thursday Night Thunder as they make their first appearance at the speedway since 2017. On August 6th, the Buffalo Wild Wings NOSA Sprints will make their first and only appearance of the season.


RESULTS:

IMCA Modifieds:
A Feature: 1. 2A-Casey Arneson[5]; 2. 84-Michael Johnson[4]; 3. 60-Tyler Hall[1]; 4. 40-Rob VanMil[2]; 5. 88B-Brady Petermann[3]; 6. 3S-Jesse Skalicky[7]; 7. 21-Jamie Schulz[6]; 8. 2*-Cole Babcock[8]; 9. 96-Erv Grossman[9]; 10. 57-Tom Cummings[10]

Heat 1: 1. 2A-Casey Arneson[8]; 2. 40-Rob VanMil[4]; 3. 60-Tyler Hall[3]; 4. 88B-Brady Petermann[5]; 5. 84-Michael Johnson[6]; 6. 21-Jamie Schulz[10]; 7. 3S-Jesse Skalicky[7]; 8. 2*-Cole Babcock[9]; 9. 96-Erv Grossman[2]; 10. (DNF) 57-Tom Cummings[1]

IMCA Stock Cars:
A Feature: 1. 38-Todd Heinrich[2]; 2. 40-Rob VanMil[5]; 3. 11-Kalvin Kesselberg[6]; 4. 4-Rick Schulz[3]; 5. 10R-Travis Robertson[4]; 6. 21J-Andrew Jochim[1]; 7. 57K-Derrick Kronbach[8]; 8. 76Z-John Sandvig[7]

Heat 1: 1. 4-Rick Schulz[4]; 2. 38-Todd Heinrich[3]; 3. 10R-Travis Robertson[5]; 4. 40-Rob VanMil[6]; 5. 21J-Andrew Jochim[2]; 6. 11-Kalvin Kesselberg[7]; 7. 76Z-John Sandvig[1]; 8. 57K-Derrick Kronbach[8]

WISSOTA Midwest Mods:
A Feature: 1. 2G-Brock Gronwold[3]; 2. 188-Hunter Hougard[2]; 3. E85-Jason Strand[8]; 4. 87S-Reise Stenberg[11]; 5. 33-Jeff Nelson[4]; 6. 5BA-Aaron Blacklance[6]; 7. 55X-Chris Mack[1]; 8. 68-Joe Henninger[9]; 9. 32-Lindsey Hansen[7]; 10. (DNF) 69-Justin Jones[5]; 11. (DNF) 35-David McIntire[12]; 12. (DNS) 6J-Taylor Jacobson

Heat 1: 1. 5BA-Aaron Blacklance[2]; 2. 32-Lindsey Hansen[1]; 3. 33-Jeff Nelson[3]; 4. 55X-Chris Mack[4]; 5. 68-Joe Henninger[6]; 6. (DNF) 87S-Reise Stenberg[5]

Heat 2: 1. 2G-Brock Gronwold[2]; 2. 188-Hunter Hougard[3]; 3. 69-Justin Jones[6]; 4. E85-Jason Strand[5]; 5. (DNF) 6J-Taylor Jacobson[4]; 6. (DNF) 35-David McIntire[1]

IMCA SportMods:
A Feature: 1. 3X-Andy Wagner[4]; 2. 40-Chris VanMil[3]; 3. 17-Rich Pavlicek[7]; 4. 3W-Aaron Wetterlin[8]; 5. 5-Scott Jacobson[9]; 6. 12S-Isaac Sondrol[10]; 7. E6-Ryan Veralrud[2]; 8. 8J-Luke Johnson[13]; 9. 13C-Paul Colvin[5]; 10. 9-Torey Fischer[6]; 11. 22-Vince Jegtvig[11]; 12. 15-Matthew Clark[16]; 13. 2X-Brady Moore[1]; 14. 29S-Greg Schilling[12]; 15. (DNF) 12T-Brandon Tendeland[14]; 16. (DNS) 22M-Landon Maatz

Heat 1: 1. 3X-Andy Wagner[4]; 2. 17-Rich Pavlicek[6]; 3. 40-Chris VanMil[3]; 4. 2X-Brady Moore[2]; 5. 12S-Isaac Sondrol[8]; 6. 22-Vince Jegtvig[5]; 7. 8J-Luke Johnson[7]; 8. (DNF) 22M-Landon Maatz[1]

Heat 2: 1. 3W-Aaron Wetterlin[6]; 2. 5-Scott Jacobson[7]; 3. E6-Ryan Veralrud[2]; 4. 9-Torey Fischer[5]; 5. 13C-Paul Colvin[4]; 6. 29S-Greg Schilling[1]; 7. 12T-Brandon Tendeland[8]; 8. (DNF) 15-Matthew Clark[3]

IMCA Hobby Stocks:
A Feature: 1. 5G-Tim Gonska[8]; 2. 6-Scott Herron[9]; 3. B2-Brodee Eckerdt[4]; 4. 17-Nick Shumansky[1]; 5. 3XL-Brad Orvedal[6]; 6. 9-Skyla Miller[2]; 7. 33-Nate Hanson[10]; 8. 73-Todd Gettel[5]; 9. 22W-Will Miller[11]; 10. (DNF) 31X-Tim Shiek[7]; 11. (DNF) 26-Ken Crane[3]

Heat 1: 1. 5G-Tim Gonska[5]; 2. 17-Nick Shumansky[1]; 3. B2-Brodee Eckerdt[3]; 4. 33-Nate Hanson[6]; 5. 3XL-Brad Orvedal[4]; 6. (DNF) 22W-Will Miller[2]

Heat 2: 1. 9-Skyla Miller[1]; 2. 31X-Tim Shiek[4]; 3. 6-Scott Herron[5]; 4. 73-Todd Gettel[3]; 5. (DNF) 26-Ken Crane[2]

INEX Legends:
A Feature: 1. 72-Tye Wilke[4]; 2. 29-Ryan Braseth[2]; 3. 20-Alex Braseth[1]; 4. B1-Brody Carlsrud[3]; 5. D1RT-Tony Brockhouse[7]; 6. 2-Ashton Spieker[5]; 7. 19E-Elzetta Bitker[6]

Heat 1: 1. 20-Alex Braseth[2]; 2. 29-Ryan Braseth[4]; 3. B1-Brody Carlsrud[6]; 4. 72-Tye Wilke[5]; 5. D1RT-Tony Brockhouse[7]; 6. 2-Ashton Spieker[1]; 7. 19E-Elzetta Bitker[3]