Mike Spieker / Special to The Forum
WEST FARGO—Nearly 2,000 race fans packed the Red River Valley Speedway on Friday for the opening night. The pit area was also packed with 83 race teams checked in among the five different divisions. The 2018 season will mark Paul Colvin's third year behind the wheel of an IMCA sportmod. So far, it's off to a strong start. The Horace, N.D., driver picked up his first career sportmod win over a field of 21 other competitors. Colvin, who started third, battled his way past front-row starters Chris VanMil and Dan Evert to take the lead in the early going.
WEST FARGO—Similar to the opening day of baseball, there is something nostalgic about the auto racing season openers at the Fargo-Moorhead area dirt tracks. Nearly a half-century of racing history is entrenched into the tracks' rich, black, Red River Valley soil. From the primitive stock cars that kicked up dust in the 1960s to the highly modified, high-performance machines that torch the tracks today, local auto racing has evolved into a very skilled and competitive sport. On Friday, Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo will host its 48th season opener.
WEST FARGO—The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will be returning to Red River Valley Speedway for the second consecutive season in 2018 on August 18. The event will mark the 32nd year in which the World of Outlaws have visited the high-banked clay oval at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds as the series celebrates its 40th anniversary.
WEST FARGO—Red River Valley Speedway's young talent shined once again Friday night. Weekly competitor Tye Wilke of Detroit Lakes, Minn. won both INEX legends qualifying heat races in the Young Lions division on opening night of the Dirt Nationals. The 14-year-old, who is in his second year of INEX legends competition, wheeled his way from eighth to win the first qualifying heat. "I just had to focus on holding my line out there, going towards the front and picking cars off one by one," said Wilke.
WEST FARGO—For the first time ever, Red River Valley Speedway will play host to the INEX Dirt Nationals this Friday and Saturday. The event for the INEX legends division is the first of a series of three national events, which also cover the Asphalt Nationals at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the Road Course Nationals near Atlanta. The country's top talent is expected to be on display both nights at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds. In turn, the track is gearing up for a record-breaking INEX legend car count.
GLYNDON, Minn.—Buffalo River Race Park closed the books on its 63rd season of auto racing Sunday evening. The track's most prestigious event of the year, the Corn Cob Nationals, brought in a season high 119 race teams and a packed house full of race fans for the final night of action.
GLYNDON, Minn.—While the local points season has wrapped up, IMCA sportmod driver Jesse Skalicky is still chasing points on the national level. Skalicky currently sits fourth in the IMCA sportmod national point standings with two weeks left in the season. Skalicky helped his cause with another win on Saturday at Buffalo River Race Park. Jacob Jordan had a solid lead over Wetterlin in the early going. However, significant contact with a lapped car severely damaged his machine. That handed the lead over to Aaron Wetterlin with Skalicky in tow.
GLYNDON, Minn.—Buffalo River Race Park's 63rd consecutive season of weekly auto racing will come to a close this weekend with the annual running of the Corn Cob Nationals. The event will host eight different divisions this year. Racing kicks off Saturday and continues on Sunday, starting at 6 p.m. each night. The unique name of the event derives from the free corn-on-the-cob feed fans enjoy during the two days of racing. Track organizers will go through about 5,000 to 6,000 ears of corn.
GLYNDON, Minn. ——Buffalo River Race Park wrapped up its 68th regular season Sunday night with Michael Greseth of Harwood, N.D., picking up his third consecutive IMCA modified feature win in dominating fashion, while Tyler Hall claimed his first modified track championship. "This is just one of those race tracks I grew up on and I just love racing here," Greseth said. "We took the whole car apart and found some stuff wrong with it. The car has definitely woken up at the end of the year here."
GLYNDON, Minn.—Michael Greseth recorded his second consecutive IMCA modified feature win at Buffalo River Race Park Sunday. The Harwood, N.D., driver started on the pole of the 20-lap feature event after winning his heat race earlier in the night. Greseth got the jump on outside front row starter, Karmith Christenson, to lead the opening lap. Sixth place starter, Bryce Borgen, was on the move in the early going. Borgen quickly moved into the second spot and challenged Greseth for the lead.