GRAND FORKS, N.D. (August 22, 2017) – Wade Nygaard and the Auto Finance Super Center team returned to Buffalo Wild Wings NOSA Sprint Car action Saturday night at Greenbush Race Park in Greenbush, Minn. Nygaard picked up right where he left off from his last NOSA event, where he claimed the July 28th victory at River Cities, by winning heat number one at Greenbush.
Wade drew an invert of eight during intermission, which lined him up in the eighth position for the 25-lap main event.
Once the green flag flew on the feature, Wade quickly began moving his way forward. Wade took advantage of a restart to propel himself into the top three before challenging Nick Omdahl for the lead.
“We got into the lead shortly after the restart and led the entire race until there were about five or six laps to go,” said Wade. “Then I got together with a lapped car and knocked the rear wing tree off. It actually snapped the rear uprights off so my wing was completely up in the air in the opposite direction. I couldn’t steer it to save my life and I backed up to fourth. I would get to the end of the straightaway and the front end is just dancing around. I can’t get it into the corner at all and when I do get it into the corner, it’s hopping all around. It started to lay rubber out of the corners, which made it even harder to keep the front end on the ground.”
Until he made contact in lapped traffic, Wade felt as though he had the car to beat.
“I think we had that one in the bag,” he said. “I was really disappointed. But that’s what happens sometimes. It could have been worse.”
On Friday, the C&M Ford / Valley Oral team unloaded at River Cities Speedway to compete with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars. With the race immediately following the Knoxville Nationals, many national runners followed the Outlaws up to Grand Forks, leading to a stout 40-car field. Wade made the A-main, finishing in the 21st position, but he and the team weren’t satisfied with that.
“Friday was disappointing,” he said. “At the beginning of the race, we started 20th and worked our way up quite aways and we were going pretty good. Then all of the sudden the car got really tight and I just fought it for the rest of the race. We went forward in the beginning and backwards at the end.”
Wade will look to get back to victory lane this Friday night as the NOSA Sprints return to River Cities Speedway.
August 25th: River Cities Speedway – NOSA Sprints
September 2nd: River Cities Speedway – NOSA Sprints
September 7-8th: River Cities Speedway – NOSA Sprints – John Seitz Memorial
Wade and the entire crew would like to thank all of their sponsors for their continued support including, Auto Finance Super Center, C&M Ford Sales, Inc, Valley Oral & Facial Surgery, Ground Round Grill & Bar-Grand Forks, ND, DeMer’s Stor-All, Superior Steering Wheels, Gary Paulson Farms, Energy Release, Northland Custom Woodworking, Bosh Enterprises, Rider Racing Engines, & J&J Auto Racing!
Top Fives: 21
Top Tens: 22
Heat Wins: 7