Grand Forks Launches Aggressive NOSA Campaign
The NOSA Sprint Car Series opens its 2021 season on Friday at River Cities Speedway. (Photo by Mike Spieker)
GRAND FORKS, ND – After an abridged season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Buffalo Wild Wings NOSA Sprint car series returns this year with the most aggressive schedule since its inception in 1994.
A 38-race schedule awaits us for the 410 speed racing car series, starting with the season opener on May 7 at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks. River Cities will host 18 events this season, six of which will receive more scholarships.
The series will make eight appearances at Huset’s Speedway in Brandon, SD NOSA hasn’t visited the three-eighth-mile oval at strong bank since May 29, 2011, when Shane Stewart claimed the victory. Two double weekends are planned at Huset’s. The first will take place May 30-31 over Memorial Day weekend. The second will serve as the NOSA season finale during Cheater’s Day, September 25-26.
The series will debut on three different circuits this season – Jackson (Minn.) Motorplex on May 14, as part of the $ 5,000 Folkens Brothers Trucking Bull Haulers Brawl; I-90 Speedway in Hartford, SD, May 15; and Park Jefferson Speedway in North Sioux City, SD on May 29, a $ 3,000 event up for grabs.
Devils Lake Speedway in Crary, ND, will host its 37th NOSA Show on June 5th. The NOSA Sprints will return there on July 10.
For the sixth consecutive season, the series will head to Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, ND, with a midweek date June 30. Jamestown (ND) Speedway is set for July 24, ahead of the two-time Governor’s Cup title at Dacotah Speedway in Mandan, ND, July 30-31.
The NOSA Sprints will also return to the newly resurrected Buffalo River Speedway in Glyndon, Minnesota on August 8. A swing in South Dakota is also scheduled for August 27-29, with trips to Brown County Speedway in Aberdeen, Casino Speedway in Watertown and Huset’s Speedway, respectively.
Grand Forks rider Jade Hastings won her first career NOSA Championship last season. Starting as a rookie in 2014, Hastings quickly rose through the ranks of NOSA’s winning list, currently ranking tied for 10th with Thomas Kennedy ahead of Friday’s opening.
Six of Hastings’ 13 career wins came during his championship campaign last year.
“It meant a lot to me. It’s something I always hoped to do when I was little,” Hastings said of what it meant to claim last year’s crown. “Now that we have it. ‘did, we feel like the monkey is out of our back, so hopefully we can repeat and start over. “
NOSA sprint cars have only raced more than 30 races in a season since 2008. Hastings said teams may have to stall early in the season to ensure they get through all 38 races. .
“It’s going to be tough work, especially for the average weekend warrior like us,” he says. “We just have to hope that all of our equipment and engines will be successful. We’re just going to have to avoid trouble at the start of the year because there are a lot of races to go. If you don’t have a car, you won’t be able to run.
Despite the nearly 40 race schedule, Hastings said the championship race begins in the first weekend of three races.
“I’m really looking forward to the Jackson – I-90 – Huset weekend,” Hastings said. “It will be really fun and I think the way this weekend goes will set the tone for the rest of the year for most teams. I think if we can get a good start on these three shows, I think it will set us up well for the rest of the summer.
For fans who can’t make it to Friday night’s season opener at River Cities Speedway, the action can be watched live on River Cities Speedway TV, affiliated with the SPEED SPORT Network.