ADA, Minn. (June 24, 2020) – The Buffalo Wild Wings NOSA Sprints return to the big speedway in the little farm town – Norman County Raceway in Ada, Minn. – on Thursday, June 25th. Last Friday night at River Cities Speedway, the 410 Sprint Car series had a season-high car count of 22 and many of those drivers are expected to make the quick 60-mile drive to Ada.
Perhaps the odds on favorite entering Thursday’s event is 10-time NOSA champion, Wade Nygaard. Nygaard’s stats at Norman County speak for themselves.
That streak of three in a row for Nygaard is the second of its kind as he claimed the first three NOSA events at the speedway from 1996–1997.
Over the last seven races at Norman County, dating back to 2013, Nygaard hasn’t finished worse than fifth. Even more impressive is his average finish during that stretch, which is 2.5.
“Luck has a lot to do with it,” admitted Nygaard, who will be looking for his first win of the season on Thursday. “We’ve had a really good car both in the heat and the feature there over the years, which has gotten us in the redraw. If you can start in the first two rows, you can really mix it up in the early going of the feature.”
Norman County Raceway is one of the most unique tracks on the NOSA schedule. At three-eighths of a mile, it’s the biggest track the series will visit this season. It’s long straightaways and tight, high-banked corners are unlike any other oval seen throughout the year.
Those high speeds on the long straightaways can sometimes make for some massive wrecks. Nygaard recalls a night in 1997 when Jason Linnell made contact with a lapped car which resulted in a big flip.
“I came out of turn four going down the chute and something caught my eye by the flagstand. I saw it was a wing,” said Nygaard. “I was like, ‘holy crap that’s somebody’s wing’. Then as it continued to rotate, I was like, ‘holy crap there’s a car on that wing’. I drove underneath Jason as he flipped out of the park into the baseball field off turn one. He was way up there.”
Linnell was okay and went on to race another day. Nygaard picked up the win that night.
Racing begins at 7:00pm at the Norman County Fairgrounds.
For more information, visit ncraceway.com.
Previous Norman County Raceway Winners:
1996: Wade Nygaard
1997: Wade Nygaard (2)
1998: Brad Pake
1999: Wade Nygaard
2000: Brad Pake
2001: Loren Langerud
2003: Mark Dobmeier
2004: Mark Dobmeier
2005: Scott McDonald
2007: Lou Kennedy Jr.
2013: Donny Schatz
2014: Lee Grosz
2015: Casey Mack
2016: Austin Pierce
2017: Wade Nygaard
2018: Wade Nygaard
2019: Wade Nygaard
Pit Gates Open: 3:30 pm
Grandstands Open: 5:30 pm
The Subway-Ada Green flag drops at: 7:00 pm
Driver Pre-Registration Cutoff: 6:00 pm day of the event. No drivers can register at the track. If you have not registered online, you will start at the back. Register here: https://www.myracepass.com/tracks/3319/registrations
Purchase Pit Passes: https://market.myracepass.com/store/tickets/?i=1210266&store=12139
Adult General Admission: $15
Student General Admission (Ages 13-17): $10
Kids (Ages 6-12): $5
5 & Under: FREE
Military ticket – $10 – For Military members who have served past or present (Military ID must be shown at the ticket window)
Can’t make it to the race? Tune-in to 106.5 KRJB for LIVE racing coverage. You can also listen online at: http://www.rjbroadcasting.com Pre-race coverage begins at 6:45 pm.
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Norman County Raceway:
503 West Thorpe Avenue – Ada, MN
Mailing Address: 2287 170th street Halstad, MN 56548
Track Address: 503 west Thorpe Ave ADA, MN 56510
Track Surface: 3/8 mile dirt oval
General Information for all participants:
– Online tickets are available for purchase at: https://market.myracepass.com/store/tickets/?i=1210266&store=12139
– Practice social distancing.
– When seating yourself, go ahead and sit with the people you came with, but distance your group from other groups.
– While waiting in lines, remember to stay six feet away from people.
– We will have the gate on the south side of the grandstands open to help with traffic flow in and out of the grandstands throughout the night. The chutes will be one way only. You can go up the south chute and down the north chute. Watch for signs. At the end of the night, we will also open the gate on the north side of the grandstands.
– The Candy Toss will not be happening for a while.
– Trophy presenters and honorary flagmen are also on hold.
– We are adults and in charge of our own health and safety and you are in charge of your minor children. If you are sick, stay home. If you have a fever, stay home.
– The CDC recommends the wearing of face masks.
– Signs will be up to help explain and remind you of the things you need to do.
– You must register to race online by noon on the day of the event. To register go to: https://www.myracepass.com/tracks/3319/registrations. Make sure you finish your registration. No drivers can register at the track. If you have not registered online, you will start at the back.
– If you haven’t already, fill out your W-9 and bring to the track filled out -we only need page 1. (https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw9.pdf) We cannot pay you without it.
– You can purchase pit passes online at: https://market.myracepass.com/store/tickets/?i=1210266&store=12139. Online pit passes must be purchased by noon on the day of the event. If you do not purchase online, EXACT CHANGE or check only at the gate will be accepted.
– One vehicle at a time at the pit gate. Please wait until the people in front of you have finished before approaching the sign in.
– Bring your own pen.
– Participants will put on their own wristbands.
– EVERYONE must still sign a waiver at the pit gate. We will also have contact tracing slips to fill out.
– Things may look different, but we are doing everything we can to put on a fun night of racing. Bear with us as we expect things to change throughout the season.