The tentative Red River Valley Speedway schedule is out for 2020. There are still some details being ironed out but for the most part we’ve got a great picture of what’s ahead at the West Fargo 3/8-mile oval. The schedule (like all tracks and events) could be impacted by what’s currently happening with the Coronavirus and restrictions — we obviously don’t know what the coming weeks hold. As of now, with all track schedules and season previews, I will proceed as if all things are normal as scheduled until we hear differently. The schedule is subject to change. The track has a Test and Tune scheduled for April 24 with the season opener set for May 1. There are some big events set for the West Fargo oval, highlighted by the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars on Aug. 23. The IMCA Stock Cars will be the support class. The Red River Modified Tour, presented by Sanders Metal Products, will have two stops at Red River Valley on July 31 (a Friday) and Aug. 2 (a Sunday). That series could easily pull some top drivers from the southern part of the United Stats The Dakota Cat Mod Shootout is set for July 24 which has produced some good racing at both Norman County Raceway and RRVS. The Minn-Kota Lightning Sprints will make three appearances at the track, including on May 22, June 12 and June 26. The annual Red River Valley Fair race is July 12. Fan Appreciation and Hall of Fame Night are July 17. The IMCA Stock Car King Pin Klash is June 19.
Red River Valley Speedway, West Fargo 2020 Tentative Schedule (subject to change) Regular Classes: IMCA Modified, IMCA Sport Mod, IMCA Stock Car, IMCA Hobby Stock, INEX Legends May 1-Season Opener May 8-Ladies Night May 15-Regular night May 22-Minn-Kota Lightning Sprints May 29-Graduation Night June 5-Northern Renegades Non-Winged Sprint Car Series June 12-Minn-Kota Lightning Sprints June 19-IMCA Stock Car King Pin Klash June 26-Minn-Kota Lightning Sprints July 12-Red River Valley Fair Race July 17-Fan Appreciation/Hall of Fame Night July 24-Dakota Cat Mod Shootout July 31-Sanders Mod Challenge/Red River Modified Tour Aug, 2-Sanders Mod Challenge/Red River Modified Tour Aug. 21-Regular night Aug. 23-World of Outlaw Sprint Cars along with IMCA Stock Cars Aug. 28-Season Championship
—Long-time Viking Speedway late model competitor Clarence Washburn of Hector, Minn., was inducted into the KRA Speedway Hall of Fame on Jan. 25. Washburn is still racing late models at age 76 — clearly a driver with racing in his blood.
—I will preview Red River Valley Speedway's sister track, Norman County Raceway next. Watch for previews on I-94 Speedway, River Cities Speedway and Jamestown Speedway in the weeks ahead.