Thursday, June 1 – Season Opener

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Racing divisions this week:
Superior Customs Signs & Designs IMCA Sprint Cars
Sanders Metal Products IMCA Stock Cars
Titan Machinery IMCA SportMods
Christian Brothers Ford IMCA Hobby Stocks
Christian Motors WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds
Finley Motorsports INEX Legends

Pit Gates Open: 3:30 pm
Grandstands Open: 5:30 pm
The green flag drops at: 7:00 pm

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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

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Five WISSOTA Late Model specials highlight Norman County Raceway’s 2022 schedule

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ADA, Minn. (March 4, 2022) – Norman County Raceway will host more WISSOTA Late Model events this coming season than it ever has in its 18 year history of weekly racing. A total of five Late Model events are on the schedule for 2022, including two featuring the NLRA Late Model touring series. 

The two NLRA events are set for June 23, which will mark the return of Late Models at the Norman County Fair, a long-standing tradition at Norman County Raceway, and July 28. The WISSOTA Late Model events are scheduled for June 16, July 14 and August 11. 

The second year of the IMCA Sprint Cars in the Red River Valley is set to be a big one as Norman County Raceway will host the winged warriors five times this season. The sprints will be a part of the season opener on May 26, June 23, July 14, July 21, and August 4. The June 23 event will feature the Minnesota Sprint Series. Last year, the series brought in a season-high car count for the Sprints. 

Norman County Raceway’s third headline class – the Modifieds – will have six total shows, including five under the IMCA banner and one WISSOTA-sanctioned event. The IMCA Mods will debut on June 2 with a return on June 9. They will kick off the Ada Nationals on June 22 before returning to the three-eighths mile on August 4 and closing out the season on August 18. 

The Advantage RV WISSOTA Modified Tour comes back to Norman County on July 21. Last year, the tour brought a season-high 28 Modifieds to NCR. 

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The Ada Nationals will be three nights of racing action during the Norman County Fair, starting June 22 featuring a 40-lap IMCA SportMod special. June 23 will bring in both NLRA Late Models and IMCA Sprints, along with the Rebel Midwest Modified Tour. 

School bus racing will pack the stands once again on Saturday, June 25. 

IMCA Stock Cars will have two specials in 2022, starting with the King Pin Klash, presented by The Bowler, on June 9 and the Sanders Metal Products Stock Car Challenge on July 28. 

The IMCA Hobby Stocks will race for increased pay on August 4 as a part of their special event while the second annual Minn-Kota Lightning Sprints Summer Shootout returns the following week on August 11. 

Weekly classes this season will be the fan-favorite IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA SportMods, IMCA Hobby Stocks, WISSOTA Midwest Mods and INEX Legends. 

The full schedule will be released on March 26 at the Norman County Raceway / Red River Valley Speedway banquet in Ada. 

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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 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.

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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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.

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]

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]

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]

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

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]

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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.

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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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.

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.

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]

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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.


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]

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