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Jade Hastings collects 12th career NOSA win at River Cities
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (August 7, 2020) - Tim Estenson and Jordan Graham led the Buffalo Wild Wings NOSA Sprint cars to green with a 17-car field. Graham inherited the early lead out of turn one, but was being stalked by Jade Hastings. An early race caution flew and lined the cars side-by-side lining Hastings up to the outside of Graham. Again Graham shot to the lead, but was pestered by Hastings on the high side. Three laps in and using the extreme high side, Hastings took over the lead and checked out to pick up his third win at River Cities of the season. "This was probably the best car I've had [at River Cities} all year," said Hastings, who now has 12 career NOSA wins, one behind Thomas Kennedy for 10th on the all-time wins list. "This is by far the best season we've ever had. I think we've really stepped up our game and it feels really good to compete night in and night out. Hastings sits 14 points behind Austin Pierce in track points, but holds a 33 point advantage in NOSA points over Wade Nygaard. Pierce, Nygaard, Brendan Mullen, and Blake Egeland rounded out the top five finishers. Lap Leaders: Jordan Graham (1-3), Jade Hastings (4-25) Hard Charger: Brendan Mullen & Tom Egeland (+5) RZS Enterprises Quick Time: Brendan Mullen (11.007 - 98.119mph) RESULTS: A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 8H-Jade Hastings; 2. 2A-Austin Pierce; 3. 9N-Wade Nygaard; 4. 11M-Brendan Mullen; 5. S26-Blake Egeland; 6. 20A-Jordan Adams; 7. 0-Nick Omdahl; 8. 10TRB-Bob Martin; 9. 14-Tom Egeland; 10. 31-Shane Roemeling; 11. 14T-Tim Estenson; 12. 99-Jordan Graham; 13. 8BALL-Jack Croaker; 14. 17-Zach Omdahl; 15. 2-Tee Young; 16. 41T-Travis Strandell; 17. (DNF) 4-Colton Young Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 8H-Jade Hastings; 2. 20A-Jordan Adams; 3. S26-Blake Egeland; 4. 99-Jordan Graham; 5. 0-Nick Omdahl; 6. 17-Zach Omdahl; 7. 11M-Brendan Mullen; 8. 4-Colton Young; 9. 2-Tee Young Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 31-Shane Roemeling; 2. 9N-Wade Nygaard; 3. 2A-Austin Pierce; 4. 14T-Tim Estenson; 5. 10TRB-Bob Martin; 6. 8BALL-Jack Croaker; 7. 14-Tom Egeland; 8. 41T-Travis Strandell
Nick Omdahl wins NOSA Sprint Car special at Norman County Raceway
ADA, Minn. (August 6, 2020) - The Buffalo Wild Wings NOSA Sprint Cars made their first and only visit of the season to Norman County Raceway on Thursday night with seventeen 410 cubic inch winged machines checked in for action. East Grand Forks, Minnesota's Nick Omdahl won the 25-lap feature, presented by Norman County Implement. Brenden Wilde of Thief River Falls, Minn. jumped out to the early lead from the pole position with Tim Estenson, who is no stranger to victory lane at NCR, riding in second. On lap seven, Omdahl found his groove as he moved past both Estenson and Wilde to take the lead on lap eight. Omdahl felt pressure from Brendan Mullen of Grand Forks, N.D., winner of two of the last three NOSA events, and Jade Hastings of Grand Forks, NOSA series point leader, in the second half of the event. However, Omdahl went on to lead the final 13 laps to collect his ninth career win. "Starting up front was huge," admitted Omdahl after the race, who started on the outside of the front row. "We haven't had any luck lately. We've been fast, but we always seem to start in the back. I got nervous on one restart when Mullen got next to me. We ended up making contact and I feel bad for that. But I knew as long as I hit my marks, I'd be okay." The contact between Omdahl and Mullen on the front straightaway ended Mullen's bid at a podium finish as it wrecked the front end on the 17-year-old's No. 11M. The win for Omdahl came just five days after he went for a nasty tumble after the checkered flag on Saturday night in Mandan, N.D. "It was a huge effort," said Omdahl of what it took to be ready for Thursday's event at NCR. "My dad worked all week getting this thing ready. He pretty much rebuilt this car himself while I was at work. Ricky, Alex, Kenny, they are there helping out every week too. It's a team effort for sure." The race was brought to a halt on lap 10 when Wilde and Jack Croaker made contact in turn two. The end result was Croaker going for a wild series of end-over-end flips before coming to rest on all four wheels. Both drivers were okay. Croaker's car was destroyed, while Wilde was able to continue. Hastings and 17th place starter Wade Nygaard rounded out the top three at the checkers. Lap Leaders: Hard Charger: Wade Nygaard (+14) RESULTS: A Feature: 1. 0-Nick Omdahl; 2. 8H-Jade Hastings; 3. 9N-Wade Nygaard; 4. 14T-Tim Estenson; 5. 20A-Jordan Adams; 6. 31-Shane Roemeling; 7. 10S-Josh Swangler; 8. 17-Zach Omdahl; 9. 91A-Reed Allex; 10. 35-Brenden Wilde; 11. (DNF) 11M-Brendan Mullen; 12. (DNF) 4-Colton Young; 13. (DNF) 12-Brayden Pengilly; 14. (DNF) 8-Jack Croaker; 15. (DNF) 26-Blake Egeland; 16. (DNF) 2-Tee Young; 17. (DNF) 14-Tom Egeland Heat 1: 1. 8H-Jade Hastings; 2. 14-Tom Egeland; 3. 35-Brenden Wilde; 4. 26-Blake Egeland; 5. 2-Tee Young; 6. 12-Brayden Pengilly; 7. (DNF) 20A-Jordan Adams; 8. (DNF) 9N-Wade Nygaard; 9. (DNF) 91A-Reed Allex Heat 2: 1. 11M-Brendan Mullen; 2. 0-Nick Omdahl; 3. 14T-Tim Estenson; 4. 31-Shane Roemeling; 5. 8-Jack Croaker; 6. (DNF) 17-Zach Omdahl; 7. (DNF) 4-Colton Young; 8. (DNF) 10S-Josh Swangler
The Hoosier Race Report: Sprint Week Aftermath
What follows is an informal listing of random thoughts I've had since the opening night of Indiana Sprint Week. They jumped out at odd times and I tried to make notes as soon as a thought popped into my head before it popped out. A lot of it is opinion. May we all be discerning enough to know the difference between my own opinion and whatever facts are slipped in here. Beginning… The cap that was put on the race entries, 48, was in general a good idea. But my guess is that Gas City, Kokomo and Lincoln Park could have attracted quite a few more cars. (Not a complaint.) I was not exactly a whiz kid at sociology or economics. It's interesting to me at least how a team can be considered a well-funded team for a regular show, but come Sprint Week time the definition of well-funded changes. This impression can be applied in many other ways as well. Over the years I've spent a lot of time standing away from the crowd, whether it's the pits or the bleachers. It is somewhat like school in that the people who run the entire USAC schedule, be they competitors, officials or fans, tend to congregate together. It's not necessarily a clique or some secret society. It's just a group of mostly young people who are taking similar paths. It's a form of fraternization within the tiny community; regulars or at least semi-regulars tend to associate with each other more often than with a backmarker. A sociologist could explain it a lot better than I could. Like most things, it isn't necessarily good or bad; it's what people make of it. Running just one class has been a popular decision by USAC and the promoters. I wonder if fans would mind paying an extra five bucks. My buddy Railroad Joe, a fellow retiree, says that he would dig a little deeper in those deep pockets of his to see that repeated. I first noticed it at Kokomo, but it could apply to any of the ISW tracks. As I walked around the pits and parking lots, I had a very faint memory of early 60s NASCAR races I went to with my dad. The atmosphere is laid back—until the drivers' meeting or when fans exit the parking lot and head to their seats. This was long before the corporations decided to remake what was an obscure regional sport into, well, a made for TV event, complete with subtle manipulation of rules and competition. If USAC ever gets to that point, and I'm still alive, I'm not sure that I'd be a USAC fan anymore. Over the past few years, we've seen the advent of new rules such as a mandated green/white/checkered finish (probably not Chase Stockon's favorite rule change), lapped cars tagging the field on late yellow flag periods, provisionals and fourteen-car heats. Those changes haven't always been popular with fans, but we've learned to live with them, if not to embrace them as they would embrace a cold adult beverage. Lots of newer fans this year, but several who have taken life's checkered flag or who were unable to make an appearance this year. First names only: Marv, Bob, Monica, Tim, Leroy, Ted, Gregg, Todd, Leann, Carolyn, Freddy, Susan and several more. I've learned to love the rituals, seen and unseen. Drivers' meetings are usually routine, mundane and sometimes downright boring. But, like everything else, you never know what will come up. One question seemingly out of the blue will ignite a lengthy—and occasionally spirited—discussion. There's the wheel packing/engine heat session. I enjoy it as it's another step to things starting to get real. Smiles and joking don't quite disappear, but one sees less of it. Hot laps are right around the corner. Some fans wait until wheel packing/engine heating begins before they come to claim their seats. Others hold off until the flagger waves the green for hot laps to begin. Still others wait for time trials and there are holdouts who wait until the National Anthem is performed. Speaking of the Star Spangled Banner, that, along with a pre-race prayer, is another ritual. Most everyone stops what they are doing to stand at attention for a couple of minutes. Occasionally someone will be oblivious and not notice at first. The Anthem's renditions range from inspiring to painful. Some are recorded while others are local singers. Prayers are offered at the end of each driver's meeting and again just before the race. Typically, whoever gives the invocation asks for safety, not just for those assembled but for our troops and safety personnel—from the local track to the other side of the planet. A lot of what's described above is ramped up for Sprint Week. And a lot of what's described above wasn't quite the same this year. Things have been a bit different this year. Let us do what we must to ensure that 2021 will bring yet another "new normal," but let us make it an even better one. As this essay is being edited and wrapped up, I'm headed to my first post-ISW race. I still feel the anticipation of going, even though it will be another long night. As long as I'm able to go, off I go. Reminding Louis Gohmert that the mask is meant to cover the mouth and nose, not the eyes, I'm... Danny Burton
- St-Guillaume Super Speedway - St-Guillaume, Quebec, Canada
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