Grand Forks, N.D. (May 6, 2021) – Coming off an abbreviated 2020 season due to COVID-19, the Buffalo Wild Wings NOSA Sprint Cars are coming back in 2021 with their most aggressive schedule since their inception in 1994.
The series will make eight appearances to Huset’s Speedway in Brandon, S.D. NOSA hasn’t visited the high-banked three-eighths mile oval since May 29, 2011 when Shane Stewart took the win. Two doubleheader weekends are scheduled at Huset’s. The first being May 30th-31st over Memorial Day weekend. The second will serve as the NOSA season finale during Cheater’s Day September 25th-26th.
The series will make its debut at three different tracks this season – Jackson Motorplex in Jackson, Minnesota on May 14th, which is a part of the $5,000-to-win Folkens Brothers Trucking Bull Haulers Brawl, I-90 Speedway in Hartford, S.D. on May 15th, and Park Jefferson Speedway in North Sioux City, S.D. on May 29th, which will be a $3,000-to-win event.
Devils Lake Speedway in Crary, N.D. will host its 37th NOSA show on June 5th. The NOSA Sprints will return on July 10th.
For the sixth consecutive season, the series will head to Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, N.D. with a midweek date on June 30th. Jamestown (ND) Speedway is set for July 24th before the Governor’s Cup doubleheader at Dacotah Speedway in Mandan, N.D. July 30th-31st.
The NOSA Sprints return to the newly resurrected Buffalo River Speedway in Glyndon, Minn. on August 8th. A South Dakota swing is also set August 27th-29th with trips to Brown County Speedway in Aberdeen, Casino Speedway in Watertown and Huset’s Speedway, respectively.
Grand Forks driver Jade Hastings earned his first career NOSA championship last season. Starting as a rookie in 2014, Hastings has quickly worked his way up the NOSA win list as he currently sits in a tie for 10th with Thomas Kennedy heading into Friday’s opener. Six of his 13 career wins came during his championship campaign in 2020.
“It meant a lot to me. It’s something I always hoped to do as a little kid,” said Hastings of what it meant to claim the 2020 series title. “Now that we’ve done it, it feels like the monkey is off our back so hopefully we can repeat and do it again.”
The NOSA Sprints have only run more than 30 races in a season once since 2008. Hastings said teams may have to pace themselves early in the season to ensure they make it through all 38 races.
“It’s going to be a grind, especially for the average weekend warrior like us,” he said. “We just have to hope all of our equipment and engines will make it through. We’re just going to have to stay out of trouble at the beginning of the year because there are a lot of races to get through. If you don’t have a car, you won’t be able to race.”
Despite the near 40-race schedule, Hastings said that the chase for the championship starts during the first three-race weekend.
“I’m really looking forward to the Jackson–I-90–Huset’s weekend,” said Hastings. “That’s going to be really fun and I think the way that weekend goes will set the tone for how the rest of the year will go for most teams. I think if we can get off to a hot start for those three shows, I think it’ll set us up well for the rest of the summer.”
If you can’t make it to Friday night’s season opener at River Cities Speedway, tune in live on www.RiverCitiesSpeedway.TV.
To view the full 2021 NOSA schedule, click here.
All of us with the NOSA Sprints would like to thank Todd and Susan LaHaise of Buffalo Wild Wings for their continued support of our series. Without them, several of our events could not happen.