GRAND FORKS, ND (July 1) - The Northern Outlaw Sprints have had two weeks off from sanctioned racing, but all that is about to change as teams gear up for a double-header weekend.
NOSA Fires Up for Busy Fourth of July Weekend
March 3 2014 - Northern Outlaw Sprint Association (NOSA) has updated their 2014 schedule. It now includes scheduled race dates for area Red River Valley tracks and River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, ND.
Area tracks NOSA will be competing at this year include: Buffalo River Race Park, Devils Lake Speedway, Greenbush Race Park, Red River Co-Op Speedway, Norman County Raceway and Jamestown Speedway.
NOSA also frequently supports traveling sprint car circuits including the World of Outlaws and the All Star Circuit of Champions. NOSA will be supporting these area races in June, July and August of this year.
Photo Source: Rick Rea
GRAND FORKS, ND - August 22, 2013 - NOSA driver Jordan Adams' returns to school today as a senior at Central Valley Public School in Buxton, ND. However, Adams maintains more of a sophomore status in his other pastime, sprint car racing. Adams is in his second year of racing with the Northern Outlaw Sprint Association. He started mid-semester 2012 and has been competing regularly with NOSA throughout the 2013 season.
Although Adams is still the new kid in class when it comes to sprint car racing, he does have many years of experience in the subject of racing. He began his racing career at the age of 4, with the KC Pro West Racing circuit, driving a Kitty Kat and 120 snowmobile on Le Mans and ice oval tracks. He also grew up watching current driver, Mark Dobmeier, race and knew that he would jump at the chance to race a sprint car if it was ever presented to him.
Adams learned quickly what a time consuming hobby racing can be. He has had to give up playing football as the games started to conflict with race nights. He is able to maintain his involvement in other school activities though, including Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), student council and basketball. His homework each night also consists of working on the sprint car and helping out on the family farm. Adams commented that his full schedule "makes for some late nights and quick mornings!"
Adams' race team is supported by several alumni of the sport. It consists of pit crew chief, Ethan Thompson, and crew members; Scott Peterson, Ryan Sondrol, Greg Breidenbach and Tim Litzinger. Adams commented that he is grateful to Thompson for "setting up a good car for me each week, sharing his knowledge on the different lines on the track and most of all having patience with me." Adams is hoping to apply that knowledge and improve upon his race report card when he returns to Greenbush Racepark this Saturday. Adams finished 13th in the June NOSA race hosted there.
Jordan Adams is sponsored by: Andy's Harley Davidson, BSR, Beehive, Butler Built Seats, Canyon Apparel, Crop Production Services, Cornerstone Ag Services, Forks Finest Auto Body, Gowan Construction, Cindy Jo Adams- Greenberg Realty, Home of Economy, Nettum Seeds, LLC, Northern Muscle Auto Restoration, RML Trading, LLC, Reynolds United Co-op, SesVanderhave, Ryan Sondrol Farms, Weber Meats and Winfield Solutions.
NOSA Sprint Chris Ranten Photo Source: Rick Rea
Grand Forks ND June 26 2013: NOSA hopes to complete their first sanctioned event in 2 weeks tomorrow, Thursday, June 27th at the Norman County Raceway in Ada, MN. Rain events have shortened or cancelled many of the circuit's races this year.
The pits open at 3:00pm for drivers and crews. The draw begins at 4:00pm and is cut off at 6:15pm. Racing starts at 7:00pm. The track may not be conducting hot laps.
Austin Pierce, driving his 2A sprint, will work to maintain his NOSA points lead. Donny Schatz, of the World of Outlaws, will be in attendance racing his Schatz Motorsports car. Chris Ranten, a regular NOSA points contender, will be running a new car, after he suffered a crash while racing with the WoO at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks last Friday.
NOSA will continue their weekend tour with a race Saturday at Greenbush Racepark in Greenbush, MN.
NOSA Sprint / Austin Pierce
June 24 2013 Grand Forks ND: NOSA Sprints' Austin Pierce will be defending his points lead this week as the team travels to Norman County Raceway (Ada, MN) on Thursday, June 27 and Greenbush Racepark (Greenbush, MN) Saturday. Pierce is holding the NOSA points lead for the first time since his sprint car racing career began in 2009.
Several NOSA sanctioned races have been rained out this year, but Pierce is still getting laps in participating in other events. Pierce raced with the World of Outlaws over the weekend at Grand Forks' River Cities Speedway and I-94 Speedway in Fergus Falls, MN. "We didn't get the results we wanted," Pierce stated "I definitely used the weekend as a learning experience." However, qualifying for the A-Main with the Outlaws is a significant accomplishment, and one Pierce was able to achieve twice over the weekend. Pierce also raced in the sprint 410-360 race at Casino Speedway in Watertown, SD over the weekend. Pierce took the race lead on lap 3 and managed to maintain it until 2 laps remained, when he was passed by Jason Solwold for the win.
Pierce has been using these opportunities to gain experience on the track. Gaining experience is just one of the reasons Pierce gives for his success this year. He recognizes the contributions and dedication his crew has been showing at the track and in the shop this year; "Each guy on my crew has taken on their own responsibilities. They make sure those get done each and every week." Pierce also understands the importance of being consistent with his performance. "Consistency is one of my main goals for this season, if you're not consistent, you can't make a run for a points title."
Pierce is looking forward to racing at the some of the circuit's smaller tracks, including the rescheduled race at Buffalo River Race Park in Glyndon, MN. That race has been rescheduled for July 7th. The NOSA Sprints will not be racing at Pierce's favorite track, River Cities Speedway, this Friday due to the Grand Forks County Fair.
NOSA's Mark Dobmeier placed 6th during Friday's World of Outlaws stop in Grand Forks, ND and also captured the feature win at Knoxville Raceway on Saturday and a third place finish at Husset's Speedway.