GRAND FORKS, N.D. (August 10, 2018) – With the 58th annual Knoxville Nationals taking place in Knoxville, Iowa, no track or series points were on the line for the Buffalo Wild Wings NOSA Sprints Friday night at River Cities Speedway. The event at the Bullring was the only one on the schedule last weekend for Wade Nygaard and the Auto Finance Super Center team.
Nygaard started eighth on the grid, but quickly worked his way to the front. Nygaard cracked the top five on lap three before moving into second on lap six. From there, Nygaard set his sights on Ty Hanten for the race lead.
Several cautions plagued the race, but Nygaard was able to get by Hanten with four laps to go.
Once out front, Nygaard checked out and took the win by 1.6 seconds over Hanten.
“There were a lot of yellows and we definitely needed them to bunch everybody up. It was extremely hard to pass tonight. There was really only groove one on top and it had a lot of ruts in it,” said Nygaard after the race. “There was one rut in turn one that I hit and it spun me towards the infield. I banged wheels with my teammate (Brendan Mullen), but I’m glad we were both able to keep going.”
Nygaard attributes patience to being the key to victory.
“Towards the end, I just had to be patient. Hanten gave me one little opportunity and I had to take it,” said Nygaard. “After that, I never looked back.”
Nygaard, a nine-time Buffalo Wild Wings NOSA champion and current series point leader, holds a 60 point lead over Nick Omdahl heading into the final month of the season.
“We’re just going out there trying to win races, make good decisions and do the best we can every night,” said Nygaard. “I’m not really worried about points… I don’t really look at points… but if we are lucky enough to win the championship this year, that would be a great way to end the season.”
This weekend, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series make their final appearance of the season in the Red River Valley. When the Outlaws made their first visit to River Cities in June, Nygaard started 26th in the loaded field and was working for the 14th spot when contact knocked out the front end and ended his night.
Nygaard’s only other appearance with the Outlaws came two days later at Nodak Speedway in Minot where the Grand Forks driver raced to a 21st place finish.
August 17: River Cities Speedway – World of Outlaws
August 18: Red River Valley Speedway – World of Outlaws
Wade and the entire crew would like to thank their great sponsors for their continued support!
Auto Finance Super Center
C&M Ford Sales, Inc
Valley Oral & Facial Surgery
Ground Round Grill & Bar-Grand Forks, ND
Tammy Howard, Greenberg Realty
Superior Steering Wheels
Northland Custom Woodworking
Rider Racing Engines
J&J Auto Racing
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📸 by Steven Young