There are some great shows locally to check out in the local dirt-track racing this week.
One thing I suggest — if the tracks request you wear a mask in the stands (based on city/county regulations), and away from your trailer in the pit area, please do so. With the recent outbreaks in other parts of the nation (that were predicted to peak at this time any way in those states), we need to do what we can to avoid those problems and keep fans in the seats here.
RaceChaser will start with Sheyenne Speedway’s biggest race of the season so far in 2020, the Dakota Dream on Sunday night (racing is at 6 p.m. at Sheyenne County Fairgrounds in Lisbon). Last year 85 cars showed up in four classes for some very competitive racing at the 1/4-mile oval.
Co-promoter Benji Froemke just told me tonight (Wednesday) that the winner of the Wissota Midwest Modified feature will receive $2,000 thanks to the addition of a sponsor! Winner of the street stock feature will get $1,000, INEX Legends winner gets $400, Hobby/Pure Stock winner gets $300 and Mini Stock winner gets $200!
Increased purse sponsors include Wild Decorative Concrete, Mike Rodin and Sons Trucking. Race Night sponsors include Dakota Septic and Crossroads Electric.
Last year, Jonny Carter (street stock), Lucas Rodin (midwest modified), Jordan Sours (pure/hobby stock) and Jason Reinke (mini stocks) were winners of the inaugural Dakota Dream.
Golden Hammer Late Model Challenge Saturday at Devils Lake
On Saturday, Devils Lake Speedway near Crary, N.D., hosts the opening night for the NLRA Late Models with the Golden Hammer Late Model Challenge. The race will pay $2,000 to win the late model feature. The POWRi Minn-Kota Lightning Sprints, Pure Stocks, Wissota Midwest Modifieds and Wissota Streets will also be in action.
Last week, Jonny Carter of Lisbon held off Jake Froemke of International Falls to win the Steffes Street Stock Tour main event. Kelsi Pederson dominated the Lightning Sprints for the win while Dusty Lawson prevailed in the Western Renegade Wingless Sprints. Joe Armstrong won the Pure Stocks while Nate Reynolds won a thrilling midwest modified feature.
Racing is at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Devils Lake.
NOSA Sprints Headed to Norman County Raceway
We will move to Thursday to Norman County Raceway in Ada where the Buffalo Wild NOSA Sprints will make their first appearance of the 2020 season.
So far, three NOSA shows are in the books, all coming at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks and all won by Austin Pierce.
The IMCA Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks, Stock Cars, Wissota Midwest Modifieds and INEX Legends will join the sprints Thursday in Ada. The IMCA Modifieds have the night off.
Last week's winners at NCR included Chris VanMil (IMCA Sport Mod), Aaron Blacklance (Wissota Midwest Modified), Tim Gonska (IMCA Hobby Stock), Todd Heinrich (IMCA Stock Car), Tye Wilke (INEX Legend) and Jesse Skalicky (IMCA Modified).
The NOSA Sprints are scheduled to return to NCR on Aug. 6.
Friday once again is a busy night in the RaceChaser Region
—I-94 Sure Step Speedway in Fergus Falls is back in action this week with six classes racing: Wissota Modifieds, Wissota Super Stocks, Wissota Street Stocks, Wissota Midwest Modifieds, Limited Late Models and Short Trackers. No Wissota Late Models this week at I-94. Racing is at 7 p.m. Last week’s winners included Ryan Mikkelson in the Wissota Late Models, Joseph Thomas in the Wissota Mods, Ryan Satter in the Wissota Street Stocks, Matt Baker in the Wissota Midwest Modifieds, Dustin Johanneck in the Limited Late Models, Jeff Crouse in the Wissota Super Stocks and Daniel Harstad in the Short Trackers.
—River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks holds another Premier Weekly Racing Series with NOSA Sprints, Wissota Late Models, Wissota Midwest Modified and Wissota Street Stocks. Racing is at 7 p.m. sharp at the Grand Forks County Fairgrounds.
River Cities was the site of a thrilling Steffes Street Stock Tour finish last weekend where Eric Riley of Morris edged Jonny Carter of Lisbon by .004 of a second for the win. A great field of street stocks were on hand. Also picking up wins last week were Reise Stenberg (midwest modified), Lance Schill (late model) and Austin Pierce (sprint).
—Red River Valley Speedway welcomes back the POWRi Minn-Kota Lightning Sprints for a second appearance in 2020. Kelsi Pederson of East Grand Forks won the first appearance of the lightning sprints on June 12. Racing is at 7 p.m. at the Red River Valley Fairgounds.
The five regular RRVS classes will also be in action, as IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Hobby Stocks, IMCA Sport Mods and INEX Legends.
Tye Wilke of Detroit Lakes has dominated the legend class at RRVS this season, winning all three nights, including last week. Rick Schulz won Night 2 of the King Pin Klash for the IMCA Stock Cars while Darren Pfau of West Fargo won his first IMCA Mod feature of the year. Tanner Engen won his second hobby stock feature of the year while Rich Pavlicek won the IMCA Sport Mod main event.