It may not seem like one finishing position matters — unless you are racing for a track championship.
Two of Norman County Raceway’s season points battles went down to the final race on Thursday, and two were decided by one point. That included in the INEX Legends, where 15-year-old Brody Carlsrud claimed the first track championship of his young racing career. Carlsrud won the title by one point — that’s right, one point — over Alex Braseth of Ulen. Carlsrud had three top five finishes at NCR this season.
Congrats on the track title to Brody. If you think about it, passing a car late in the race, or having a car drop out in front of you winds up making a difference in the points in the end.
The IMCA Sport Mods had similar drama. Scott Jacobson of Fargo topped his son Kelly for the feature win in the IMCA Sport Mods. Andy Wagner of Ada was third, Aaron Wetterlin of Moorhead fourth and Luke Johnson of Moorhead fifth. Unofficially Wetterlin one won the track title by one point over Kelly Jacobson.
Congrats to Brock Gronwold of Fergus Falls; he not only won the Wissota Midwest Modified feature Thursday but also claimed the track championship. Reise Stenberg of Argusville was second in the main event, followed by Matt Schow of McIntosh, Lance Schill of Langdon and Jeff Nelson of Perham.
Tim Shiek of Fargo won the IMCA Hobby Stock feature and track title in the process .Todd Gettel of Mahnomen was second and William Smith of Glyndon third. Rob VanMil of Barnesville won the IMCA Stock Car feature and track title with Brandon Schmidt of Hillsboro second and Rick Schulz of Horace third.
Tim Estenson of Fargo has hit the quarter century mark (25) for wins in the INEX Legends. The 16-year-old picked up the feature win on Thursday at Norman County Raceway. Kaitlyn Skalicky of Fargo was second, Andrew Sommerfeld of Alexandria third, Sean Johnson of Kindred fourth and Dean Julsrud of Barnesville fifth. Speaking of Kaitlyn Skalicky, she won the Minn-Kota Legends Tour that recently raced at NCR and Red River Valley Speedway.
The IMCA Modified feature was shortened when a downpour hit the track. Jamie Trautner of Hendrum was declared the winner with Dale Kraling of Mayville taking second, Jesse Skalicky of Fargo third, Tyler Peterson of Hickson fourth and Bryce Borgen of Perley fifth. Congrats to Brady Petermann of Hawley who won the season title.
Sixty-three cars competed at NCR’s season finale.
Rain Halts Sheyenne Speedway Night After Heat Races
I made the trip southwest to Sheyenne Speedway in Lisbon for its Ransom County Fair races. Unfortunately the weather would not cooperate which led to a frustrating night for track officials.
A light rain started to fall during the Wissota Midwest Modified heat races. They were both completed but the light rain — not a downpour, but enough to cause issues — meant the track needed to be re-worked in.
Just as the track was done being packed in, another shower hit, and track officials called it a night. Chances are by the time the track was re-packed, another shot of rain would hit.
Heat winners were Nate Reinke and Randy Klein in the Wissota Midwest Modified, Jonny Carter of Lisbon in the Wissota Street Stocks, Jordan Sours and Brennan Urbach in the Pure Stocks and Mason Bogart and Jason Reinke in the Mini Stocks.
Sheyenne Speedway promoter Benji Froemke said the makeup features will be run as part of the Labor Day Special at the track. As a result, racing will begin at 5 p.m. instead of 6, with the makeup features being run before the regular race program.