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2005 Rocket Speedway Season Opener

2005-03-23 21:15 by Rocket Speedway

Rocket Speedway Season Opener is scheduled for June 5th, 2005. The classes racing at "The Rocket" this year will be the WISSOTA Super Stocks, NOPA Street Stocks, NOPA Pure Stocks, NOPA 4-Cylinders and the new class will be the ROAD HOGS. For more information about the Road Hogs go to our web site: and click on Class Rules.

Greenbush Race Park season finale held on Labor Day

2004-09-07 10:13 by Greenbush Race Park

The Greenbush Race Park went with plan “C” to wrap up its 2004 season over the Labor Day weekend. After rain postponed the original Saturday race to Sunday, and then more rain cancelled the Sunday make-up date, the Race Park moved the season finale to Monday. And while it was windy and cool with an occasional mist, the program was held.

Nolan Olmstead started last in the nine car Modified feature, but by lap five, Olmstead had passed early leader Kevin Sexton and raced to the flag for the win. Sexton finished second with Rick Delaine finishing third.

John Halvorson went flag-to-flag in a caution free Super Stock feature for the win. Mike McCaughan finished a distant second with Paul Berggren in third.

Steffan Snare and Dave Wittner battled for the win in the Street feature. Snare and Wittner made contact with a couple of laps to go in the race. The incident sent Snare from the track and Wittner raced the final two laps for the win. Dave Hangslaben finished second with points champion Jamen Foss in third.

Jon Duray started mid-field in the Pure Stock feature, by lap four he passed Ed Lehrke for the lead and then drove to the feature win. Jamey Brandon, who started 10th followed Duray to the line with Lehrke holding off the pack for third.

The 4-Cylinder class was led flag-to-flag by Kurt Smith. Alain Touchette was never far behind in second while Hughes Plante finished third. The 4-cylinder feature was highlighted when brake fluid from Lowell Langaas’s car, caught on fire, producing a brilliant trail of flame as the car went down the front straight-away.

The Mini-Sprints final provided and exciting finish. Dan Wiskow would lead the first 14 laps, before Dennis Rantanen would make a pass on the back straight-away and lead to the finish line. Wiskow would finish second with Ken Perry Jr. in third.

Following the race program fans and racers were treated to a late night lunch and the annual awards program was held. Points plaques were presented to the top three points finished in each of the six classes that race on a regular schedule.

The Race Park also gave away the Brodin Sheet Metal Go-Cart to Cody Lovelace of Warroad.

The Greenbush Race Park would like to thanks all racers, fans and sponsors for thier participation and contribution to the 2004 racing season.

Special Awards
Rookie of the Year: Justin Olson of Thief River Falls
Hard Luck Award: Jeremy Swenson of Badger
D.W. Mechanical Sportsmans Award: Don bByfuglien of Roseau

Modifieds - 1)Rick Delaine 572 2)Aaron Holtan 503 3)Nolan Olmstead 501

Super Stocks - 1)Rod Peterson 543 2)John Halvorson 533 3)Scott Ripplinger 528

Street Stocks - 1)Jamen Foss 556 2)Dave Hangslaben 554 3)Steffan Snare 524

Pure Stocks - 1)John Duray 611 2)Justin Olson 603 3)Brandon Heddan 583

4-Cylinder Stocks - 1)Kurt Smith 446 2)Jason Solberg 417 3)Hughes Plante 336

Mini-Sprints - 1)Clay Sorteberg 576 2)Dennis Rantanen 571 3)Dan Wiskow 550

Track Champions Crowned at VLS

2004-09-03 13:15 by Victory Lane Speedway

On Thursday, September 2, five drivers were rewarded with the ultimate prize for a year of hard work- the Victory Lane Speedway Track Championship.

In the WISSOTA Modified division, Nolan Olmstead won his first Victory Lane Speedway Track Championship.

In the WISSOTA Super Stock division, Bill Mooney won his third Victory Lane Speedway Track Championship.

In the NOPA Super Truck division, Stu Fraser won his second consecutive Victory Lane Speedway Track Championship.

In the NOPA Street Stock division, Rick Lowey/Doug Gagnon won their second consecutive Track Championship.

In the NOPA Four-Cylinder Stock class, Lee McRae won his second consecutive track championship.

Although the points battle at the track has ended, there are three more full race programs left. On Sept. 11, the NLRA Late Models will join all five of our regular classes to put on one heck of a show. Racing starts at 4:00 PM.

On Sept. 25, all of the NOPA classes will be at the speedway for the NOPA Northern 100. Racing starts at 4:00 PM.

The season concludes on Oct. 2 with Cheater's Night, where the boys are gonna 'run what they brung.' Racing starts at 2:00 PM.


2004-08-27 10:32 by Victory Lane Speedway

Due to record rain-fall in the Winnipeg area on Thursday, August 26, the Victory Lane Speedway Track Championship scheduled for that night has been pushed back one week to Thursday, September 2.

All tickets valid for the August 26 show will be valid on September 2.

Weekly WISSOTA and NOPA points will be awarded to all competitors.


2004-08-16 14:29 by Victory Lane Speedway

Victory Lane Speedway was the victim of arson late Friday night, early Saturday morning.

The suspects broke into the facility and attempted to light the bleachers, announcer’s tower, and vendor on fire. Fortunately, the bleachers would not catch, and a passing motorist noticed the flames from the tower and vendor and contacted the Ritchot Fire Department. The fire department responded quickly and was able to put out the flames before it caused excessive damage.

Through the hard work of Bev Weiss, Jamie Vernaus, Shannon Zelmer, Darren Zelmer, Larry Grabowski, Rob Comeault, and ‘Pumpkin,’ the damage was repaired and the Enduro 300 Scheduled for that evening was able to go on as scheduled.

The damage will not affect the races scheduled for the rest of the season.

The speedway management would like to thank the Ritchot Fire Department for their speedy response.

The RCMP and Arson Squad are investigating the incident, and have several leads.

Media Championship Race August 5

2004-07-30 12:44 by Victory Lane Speedway

WINNIPEG (MB): Forget sweeps, the number one media outlet in Winnipeg will be decided on August 5, 2004 at Victory Lane Speedway as representatives from various Winnipeg media will take to the track and race to the checkered flags.

Representatives from television, radio and print media will be on hand to turn some laps in Four-Cylinder Stock cars. They will be given a driver’s suit, a helmet, a car and turned loose on the 3/8’s mile dirt oval just before intermission.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” says VLS General Manager Jamie Vernaus. “This is a chance to see the people you watch, listen to, and read, tearing it up in a race car.”

Eleven different media outlets have committed to the race, so the track will be packed as the personalities bump and grind their way to the finish. The competitors are:

A-Channel: John Evanson
CKY: Kevin Armstrong
Global: David Bastl
Winnipeg Sun: Adam Wazny
Winnipeg Free Press: Ashley Prest
92 CITI FM: Two drivers - TBA
CJOB: Brian Barkley
POWER 97: Wheeler
QX 104 FM: Bobby Feilds
FREQ 107: Steve the Slacker

Victory Lane Speedway is Central Canada's largest high bank dirt oval facility, averaging between 80 and 100 competitors every race, with 70,000 people coming through the gates every season. VLS is fully licensed with full-service concessions. Racing every Thursday at 7:30, tickets are available at any Ticketmaster or get them at the gate; Adults $ 15, Students/Seniors $ 12, as always, KIDS UNDER 12 FREE.

Norman County Raceway announces decision on Wissota Street class

2004-07-08 15:06 by Norman County Speedway

After several weeks of working on trying to secure Wissota sanctioning in conjunction with NOPA sanctioning of the Street division, a decision has been made to remain with a NOPA sanctioned Street division ONLY. Several key factors played into the decision, but the key factor was the timing of this type of decision considering drivers who have already made a committment to the track. In order to combine the two sanctioning bodies drivers registered with NOPA and NOPA legal would have been required to make changes to thier race cars along with the paying of an additional sanctioning fee. Combined together making it less attractive to the majority of the cars recently making the show at NCR. Although this is NOT going to work out in 2004, promoter Paul Engelstad has made the committment to continue on building this race class whether its NOPA or Wissota in the future.

Drivers who are Wissota legal are reminded that although you will NOT recieve wissota points, your cars are still legal with NOPA and any points you recieve from NCR will go toward your NOPA National title points total. In 2003 NOPA paid out nearly $ 6000 to the top NOPA National drivers and nearly $ 20,000.00 throughout the five NOPA divisions.

We'll see you at the races !!


2004-07-02 12:41 by Victory Lane Speedway

On July 1, 2004, the Mid-Season Champions were crowned at Victory Lane Speedway.

Nolan Olmstead finished second in the feature race to Kevin Sexton, but took home the Mid-Season Points Championship in the WISSOTA Modified division.

Bill Mooney won both the feature race and the Mid-Season track championship in the WISSOTA Super Stock Division.

Bill Klym won the feature on Mid-Season Championship night in the NOPA Super Truck division, but Stu Fraser took home the Mid-Season Points Championship. After the race, it was announced that Jim Hunter had taken the points title, but when the math was double-checked, Fraser had a one-point lead over Hunter.

Lawrence Enns won the feature race, and Rick Lowey finished second in the NOPA Street Stock feature. The two were tied going into the event, and it seemed as though Enns had won the Mid-Season points championship, but due to Lowey’s heat race win and Enns’s fourth place finish in the heat, Lowey took the points championship by one point.

Lee McRae won the Mid-Season Championship race in the NOPA Four-Cylinder Stock division, with his brother Les finishing second. When the points were calculated, the brothers who have dominated the class all season long, are tied for the Mid-Season points championship.

Check out the full race-results and point standings in the Victory Lane Speedway section of

Record Night at Norman County Raceway Saturday June 26:

2004-06-28 11:02 by Norman County Speedway

87 Cars and drivers filled the pit area at the Norman County Raceway in Ada Minnesota on Saturday June 26th. Helped out by the fact that it was the Annual Fair and a NOSA Sprint Special Night at the races, officials of the speedway felt the night was a success and hopefully a sign of great things to come.

Track officials again did a bang up job preparing the track surface which quite frankly didn't look too good when teams took to the track to pack in moisture layed down for the night. With a demo derby two nights prior and an Enduro late the night before, track prep crews couldn't get to the track until late Friday night, which posed some questions as to moisture amounts that were going to be needed in the short amount of time to allow for proper track conditions considering the amount of racing to be done and the NOSA Sprints coming to town. But when the track was finally worked in.....most drivers felt it was again smooth and extremely tacky the entire night, allowing for record speeds to be set in most classes. The NOSA Sprints at one time were clocked at 114mph on the back straight away and even the Pure and Street stocks were being clocked between 75 and 80 mph throughout the night.

In race action.....Steve Beach of Long Prairie has been the driver to beat in the NOPA/Wissota Super Stock division. But with it being a Saturday night race and Beach staying closer to home on this day to race at Grove Creek, it opened the door for a new and different winner. Alex Engelstad of Fertile took advantage starting on the inside pole and piloted his number 7 Eagle Chassis Super to the win holding off the likes of Norm Olson, Karl Christian, Austin Broden, and Dustin Strand making his first visit to the speedway.

The nights other race action was fast and furious as well. In the streets Jim Gerringer raced past Steve Halberg out of turn four for the checkered flag. Last weeks feature winner Dave Wittner of Cass Lake started outside the last row and worked his way through traffic to pick up third.

The Mod 4's saw what could be one of the scariest roll overs ever seen at the speedway and the first under the current promoter, as Al Sadek Jr. of Bemidji rolled down the front straight after contact racing for second and third position. At last report Sadek was taken to the medical center for observation. The final talley showed Sadek finishing in the 3rd spot behind the twenty-one and thirty cars ( at the time of this article drivers NOT known). Paul Engelstad the current mod 4's point leader ended the night with a DNF in the feature event.

The nights other racing was excellent as well. In the Midwest Mod's Blake Borgen raced past Cory Wheeler and Mike Bergh for the win in his H20 entry. And in the Pure Stocks......Jim Olson used persistance to beat out Kodey Hegreberg with feature win.

All eyes were wide open come feature time for the NOSA Outlaw Sprints. Even though it was pushing midnight....NOBODY left or were sitting for the feature as the cars raced to speeds of 114 mph on the back straight away. Mark Dobmier started on the pole for this event with another young gun Chris Sherek on the outside of the 15 car field. Dobmier would grab the early lead and never look back as he powered to the feature win over a hard charging Brad Pake who came from a fifth starting position. The rest of the line looked like this behind Dobmier and Pake; Jason Linnell, Scott McDonald and Bobby Martin in fifth. The next scheduled "Special Program" will be the NLRA Late Models scheduled for August 19.

Next regular season action for NCR is scheduled for this Thursday at 7:30pm


2004-06-28 10:56 by Victory Lane Speedway

Canada Day at Victory Lane Speedway is the biggest bang for your buck. The sparks will fly as all five classes will be battling for the mid-season championship and everybody will be entertained with a professional fireworks display by Archangel Fireworks following the races.

The guys who are at the top of the point standings are rewarded with front row starting spots providing they qualify for the feature.

Nolan Olmstead (three wins), Scott Greer (two wins) and Kevin Sexton (three wins) have combined to win all of the features this year in the Modified division.

Bill Mooney (three wins), Rick Fawcett (two wins), Mike Martin, Scott Brown, and Derrick Weiss each have won features in the Super Stock Division.

Stu Fraser (four wins), Dave Buffie (two wins), Andy Proskurniak, and Rheal Vermette have feature wins in the Super Truck class.

Dale Jackson, Lawrence Enns, Sheldon VanKooten, Steve Smith (2 wins), Rick Lowey, Steffan Snare and Doug Gagnon all have feature wins in the Street Stock class.

Lee McRae has four wins, Les McRae has three wins and Keith Forsyth has one feature win in the Four-Cylinder Stock class.

Any driver coming to VLS for the first time, we will be starting heads-up by points. If you finish in the top five in your heat, and have zero points, you will be starting tenth. If you finish out of the top five in your heat, you will be starting last in the feature. We will draw for starting position in the heat.

Thursday, July 1, Racing starts at 7:30, gates open at 6:30. Adults $ 15, Students/Seniors $ 12, Kids 12 and under FREE. Tickets for the rained out June 24 race are valid for the July 1 race.


2004-06-21 11:10 by Victory Lane Speedway

Thursday June 24, 2004, is the Mid-Season Championship and the points are still up in the air in all five classes at Victory Lane Speedway. This is one of the few times this year the feild will not be inverted by point average, rather they will start heads-up by the point standings, providing they qualify for the feature.

Nolan Olmstead, Scott Greer and Kevin Sexton have combined to win all of the features this year in the Modified division. Olmstead has three, Sexton has three and Greer has two feature wins.

Bill Mooney has three feature wins, Rick Fawcett has two feature wins; Mike Martin, Scott Brown, and Derrick Weiss each have one feature win in the Super Stock Division.

Stu Fraser has four feature wins, and Dave Buffie has two feature wins; Andy Proskurniak and Rheal Vermette have one feature win each in the Super Truck class.

Dale Jackson, Lawrence Enns, Sheldon VanKooten, Steve Smith (two feature wins), Rick Lowey, Steffan Snare and Doug Gagnon all have feature wins in the Street Stock class.

Lee McRae has four wins, Les McRae has three wins and Keith Forsyth has one feature win in the Four-Cylinder Stock class.

Get your tickets at Ticketmaster or at the gate; Racing starts at 7:30. Adults $ 15.00, Students/Seniors $ 12.00, KIDS 12 AND UNDER FREE.


2004-06-01 15:33 by Victory Lane Speedway

Jamie Vernaus has been hired as the new General Manager of Victory Lane Speedway.

Jamie comes from a racing family; his father Pete was the original promoter and built Winnipeg Speedway, which became Victory Lane Speedway in 1996. The management team welcomes him aboard, and looks forward to a great season of Thursday night racing at Victory Lane Speedway.

In accepting his resignation, the management team would also like to thank Paul Pfrimmer for his work over the last five months, and wish him the best in all his future endeavors.


2004-05-26 12:09 by Victory Lane Speedway

Due to standing water in the pits, the races sheduled for Thursday, May 27, have been postponed. The Street Stock Special will go Friday, May 28, at 7:30.

The full Victory Lane Speedway race program of Modifieds, Super Stocks, Super Trucks and Four-Cylinder Stocks will be racing with the Street Stocks.

THERE WILL BE WISSOTA points for the Modified and Super Stock division.


2004-05-25 11:38 by Victory Lane Speedway

Thursday Night Thunder Continues with the second Street Stock Special of the year.

Sheldon VanKooten won the feature at the first Street Stock Special, and sits in first place in the points standings. The Street Stocks have provided exciting action, with four different winners in four features this year. Dale Jackson won the season opener, and Lawrence Enns passed Rick Lowey on the last lap to take the second race of the season. Steve Smith won last weeks feature.

As always, the full Victory Lane Speedway race program of Modifieds, Super Stocks, Street Stocks, and Four-Cylinder Stocks will be racing with the Street Stocks.

Tickets available at Ticketmaster or get them at the gate. ADULTS $ 15, STUDENTS/SENIORS $ 12, KIDS UNDER 12 FREE. Gates open at 6:30 PM, racing starts 7:30.

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Thursday Races Postponed until FRIDAY

2004-05-20 14:20 by Victory Lane Speedway

The Thursday, May 20, 2004, races have been postponed until Friday, May 21, 2004.

With the rain Wednesday, the pits and parking lot are too wet-we could park cars and haulers in them, but we'd never get them out.

Tickets valid for Thursday's race are valid for Friday's race.

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 T1 Tom Corcoran1391 
 1R Rick Delaine1604 
 5G Scott Greer1353 
 57 Kevin Sexton1278 
 X Royce Rostecki799 
 52 Steve Glass790 
 21b Brandon Jensen1668 
 14 George Balcaen1262 
 16 Billy Brown568 
 5E Shane Edginton1169 
 2T Derek Pollock1116 
 92s Sheldon Van Kooten754 
 2D D. Jackson/S. Englisbee644 
 67 Matt Martel298 
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