Outlaw World Near Duel Back in North Dakota



The world of outlaws racing in River Cities. (Photo by Trent Gower)

GRAND FORKS, ND — The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will make its final adventure in the Upper Midwest at the end of August to duel it out on two iconic North Dakota tracks.

The Greatest Show on Dirt returns to River Cities Speedway – a track Hall of Fame announcer Johnny Gibson considers one of his favorites – on Friday, August 26, before making the short trip south to the Red River Valley Speedway on Saturday, August 27.

Both venues have produced wheel-to-wheel, edge-of-your-seat racing in later series tours and part of the road to the World of Outlaws World Finals Championship Finals at The Dirt Track in Charlotte, November 2-5Championship contenders will battle it out for every point they can collect.

Second leg of the tour: River Towns Tour

The last time the World of Outlaws visited the quarter-mile track, Carson Macedo defeated three-time defending series champion Brad Sweet to earn his first victory in River Cities.

Sweet had taken his first victory at River Cities the previous year, stealing victory on the final lap from Sheldon Haudenschild.

The track hosted one of the most memorable moments in series history in 2020 when Kyle Larson and Logan Schuchart went to war for victory. Their battle led to Larson turning into the grass at Turn 4, back onto the track and using every inch of the arena to hunt down Schuchart and pass him for the win.

Whether in a sprint car or a late model, 10-time series champion Donny Schatz was the most dominant driver at River Cities Speedway. He has 23 total victories in sanctioned events on the speedway, including three straight series wins between 2017 and 2018. His last World of Outlaws win on the track was in 2019.

Showdown in the Dakotas: Red River Valley Speedway

Located in his hometown of Fargo, ND, Red River Valley Speedway is another track dominated by Donny Schatz. He has nine sanctioned victories on the three-eighth-mile track, including six with the World of Outlaws. His most recent win was last season, beating championship contender David Gravel.

Other than Schatz, no other current series regulars have won at Red River Valley. Sheldon Haudenschild could be a prime candidate to end this streak. He has yet to finish outside the top 10 in his five starts at the track and he has finished in the top five in his last two stops there. He is also enjoying a career year, putting himself in contention for the championship and picking up eight wins before mid-season.

The North Dakota tracks will also bring out several local stars, who regularly compete in the Norther Outlaw Sprint Association (NOSA), such as Mark Dobmeier, Jade Hastings, Brendan Mullen, Wade Nygaard and more.


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