GLYNDON, Minn. (August 28, 2019) – On Sunday, September 1st, the Buffalo Wild Wings NOSA Sprints will make their 10th visit to Buffalo River Race Park (BRRP). The event will mark the first and only appearance of the season to the Glyndon quarter-mile after the Memorial Day Weekend race was canceled due to rain.
NOSA’s all-time wins leader Mark Dobmeier finally broke through last year to claim his first career BRRP feature win. The win was also Dobmeier’s 150th career NOSA win.
Many drivers look forward to racing at BRRP because of the uniqueness of the track.
“At the beginning of the night when you have some moisture, you can move around a little bit and drive around somebody if they give you a little bit of room. When it starts to slick off, it becomes a track that you probably use more brake than you do gas pedal,” said 10-time NOSA champion, Wade Nygaard. “Some nights, we are using so much brake that your butt feels like it’s on fire from the seat heating up (from the rear brake rotor).
“You just have to toss it into the corner and it’s a really cool feeling when it hooks up coming out of the corner. It’s a fun little place,” he said.
BRRP was the first track at which Nygaard ever turned a lap in a Sprint Car. His father, Eric, was testing at the speedway one day, and after he was done, he gave Wade the chance to hop into the car. Wade, who was a young teenager then, made about 100 laps and became hooked.
“Whenever I pull in to the track I still remember that was the first place I ever drove a race car when I was 13 years old. Winning at Buffalo River is always fun and special.”
Dobmeier is another driver who knows how to get around BRRP. Aside from his win last year, perhaps his most impressive performance at the speedway came in 2016 when he tagged the tail of the field and drove from 27th to third in 25 laps.
“Glyndon is a very small race track. It’s almost on the edge of being too small for Sprint Cars,” said Dobmeier with a laugh. “It’ll be an action-packed race to say the least. The track is so tight, if you get a hole, you’ve got to take it because you don’t get very many opportunities to pass there. You’ve just got to use every inch of that track whenever you can. A lot of it depends on the track surface – whether it’s slick or tacky.
“The track crew usually takes the time to rip up the track before the Sprint Car feature so the track surface can kind of change a lot as the race goes on. It might start heavy and by the end of it, it’s slick. They take good care of their track prep there and I’m excited to get back there to see what we can do.”
Racing, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings, starts at 6pm on Sunday, Sept. 1st. Tickets are $18.
Buffalo River Race Park Track Facts:
Track Record: 11.987 seconds, set by Austin Pierce on 9/6/15
Previous BRRP Winners:
2013: Dave Glennon (July 7)
2014: Thomas Kennedy (July 26)
2015: Wade Nygaard (May 24)
2015: Cory Mack (July 18)
2015: Austin Pierce (Sept. 19)
2016: Wade Nygaard (May 22) and (July 16), Austin Pierce (Sept. 4)
2018: Mark Dobmeier (May 27)