THE HOME OF THE NORTHERN RENEGADES SPRINT CAR SERIES
Sept 26-27 2020
On a beautiful Saturday afternoon the Renegades meet for one final weekend to conclude the 2020 racing season. 18 Traditional and 10 Wing cars would do battle to be immortalized as a winner of the local crown jewel event.
The event would start with 2 heat races for the Traditional racers. Grand Rapids Mn racer Paul Schultz and Duluth Mn's Lance Solem would immerge with the wins on a very fast track.
4 heat races from halfway in the nights event the beautiful fall day would give way to the dark clouds and rain would take over the evening. After a 2 hour delay the Bemidji officials were forced to cancel the nights events meaning Sundays schediled event would have to be cancelled to give way for the conclusion of Saturdays race.
Sunday would fire off with the very first ever Northern Rneengade Wing Car heat races and the first time winged sprint cars would take the speedway in competition at the Bemidji Speedway since 1991!
Winners of the inaugural heats were Ramsey Mn racer Mark Chevalier and with a last lap pass and his first time in a wing sprint car, Ken Hron of Grand Rapids Mn.
The feature lineups were set and the Traditional sprints were up first. Teal Arneson of Nashwauk Mn and Zach Olson of Grand Rapids Mn would lead the field to green. Hotly pursued by Caley Emerson and Josh Braford both of Grand Rapids Mn, for the first couple laps you cover the lead group with a blanket.
On lap 4, a tangle between Paul Schultz and Grand Rapids native Chris Lewis would slow the field when the pair ran out of space in turn one. Both would continue.
As the cars paced back to green the faint smell of methanol and rubber was filling the air. The racers all knew what this meant. The lap times were blistering and the track was getting narrow.
Back to green the new leader Josh Braford was smoking the right rear trying to distance himself from the field. Behind him Arneson and the rest of the racers were forcing the issues and taking chances creating breath taking action throughout the field.
Just after halfway Bemidji Mn rookie Chad Wulff lost both steering and brakes entering turn one. This sent the first time racer at full speed off the end of the treacherous speedway! The car would take flight and land over 50' beyond the high banks, fortunately landing on its wheels proving he has solid pilot skills. Still not being able to stop the car would crash through the fence and come to a rest in the ditch just before the highway. The boys a Aazies Auto Salvage just across the road almost had an addition to the salvage yard!
After a long caution to verify Chad was okay and extract the car from the ditch, the restless field would return to green. Braford would again take charge but the resistance to him getting his first win was strong. Thief River Falls Mn racer Zach Wilde was up next to try to take the lead away. In a daring move entering turn 3, Zach would show complete disregard for human life entering the corner with his foot squarely on the floor. As Wilde's black #6 was just about to clear the 56 of Braford, it would lose traction and skate up to the turn 4 wall, smashing into it sending the car air born! Wilde would limp damaged car off the speedway not drawing a caution.
Meanwhile Grand Rapids Mn racer Jake Barsness and St. Cloud Mn racer Troy Gessner were carving their way through the gaggle of open wheel cars. Gessner would emerge the pack in third, only to loose fuel pressure and be sidelined for the remainder of the event. Barsness would continue his march into a personal best second place finish.
Bradford however, would not be denied his first ever sprint car win as he sped to victory. Barness, Schultz, Arneson and Brad Larson of Ely Mn would round out the top 5.
Next up the wing cars would take the speedway in the inaugural Renegades event. Tyler Wass on the pole and Caley Emerson on the outside. Emerson raced to the lead with Zach Wilde second followed by Mark Chevalier, Wass and Paul Schultz in the top five.
The top three pulled away from the field as Chevalier raced inside to pass Emerson for second and Wilde powered up into the lead. The laps were flying by as the winged sprints tore around the track.
Late in the race, several of the sprints slowed into the infield with flat RR tires, including Emerson, Schultz and Barsness, moving Chris Lewis up into third and Josh Braford up into fourth followed by Brad Larson in fifth as Wilde took the checkered flag for the win.
It would be Wilde's first win and the be recorded in history as the first ever Northern Renegade Wing Feature Win.
-Photos Courtesy of Dennis Peterson -
It would not only come down to the final turn but also the final inch as Paul Schultz of Grand Rapids Mn would pick up his second victory of the 2020 racing season. Ken Hron also of Grand Rapids would take second but only by tenths of a second.
A beautiful night at the Benidji Speedway set the scene as the stars of the Northern Renegades were set to do battle. On what would be their last chance to get laps in before the final weekend of racing for 2020, there would be no mercy given on the track.
The heat race action was fierce seeing race passes for the lead and a blistering pace set by the mighty sprint cars. Winners would be Caley Emerson of Grand Rapids and Ken Hron again piloting the Dave Braford owned #91.
A small rain shower came out of nowhere as the Renegades were rolling onto the speedway for the main event. The track had to send out more cars to help roll in the surface. After about 10 minutes and the Renegades pulling in for fresh tear offs the stage was set for hammer down feature.
The lineup would see one of the series star rookie's Jake Barsness of Grand Rapids leading the field to the green. Outside pole sitter Paul Schultz would jump out to an early lead and set sail trying to distance himself from the field. Second thru tenth was a hornets nest of passing as Grand Rapids native Chris Lewis and Josh Bradford would put the boxing gloves and and exchange blows for the majority of the race.
Nashwauk's Teal Arneson, Ely Mn's Brad Larson, Hastings Mn racer Brian Trembath and Minot ND's Ross Cummings spent the entire race thrilling the fans with a spirited battle for position with Cummings finally taking hold in the closing laps.
Meanwhile Ken Hron was carving his way from his 6th place starting spot toward the front. Eventually sneaking past Jake Barsness for second and setting his sights on the leader Schultz.
He would reach the leader as the pair caught lap traffic with only a handful of laps left. Splitting lap cars and crossing the speedways now blown off multi groove surface. Not a breath was to be had as the pair took the white flag. Hron tried to cross over Schultz in turn 1-2 having the door slammed in his face.
With only a brief loss of momentum Hron would reload his guns for one final charge. Clear of traffic now it would all come down to the final corner. Again Hron drove in above Schultz showing total disregard for life and limb as the 91 would dig for traction. Obviously under heavy attach Schultz remained calm and never missed his marks as you would expect of the salty haired veteran pilot.
Exiting turn 4 the pair was side by side in a drag race to the strip. The crowd came to its feet as the orange 101 inched out the black and orange 91 at the line!
This is Renegade racing at its best!
Please join us for the season finale again at the Bemidji Speedway next weekend Sept 26-27th. Details on that event will be posted soon!
God bless the USA and all you hard working Renegade racers and fans!
30 cars checked in at the famed River Cities Speedway! Always one of the most professional and classy tracks, not to mention it being the World Famous Bullring, Renegade fans were treated to not 1, but 2 feature events for the evening!
Heat race action would be intense as is almost all the racing at the Bullring. (check out rivercitiesspeedway.tv to see all the action) The sobering moment of the evening would occur in the 2nd of 3 heat races, when the Lawless Motorsports #49 entry of Eric Serabian became air born after jumping a right rear tire. After a violent set of barrel rolls the rookie driver would come to rest past the exit road for the speedway off of turn 1. Rescue crews sprang into action and the Ocala Florida driver would be transported by ambulance to the Altru Medial Center in Grand Forks ND with extensive injuries. Please click the link to donate to Eric and watch our FB page for updates on his long road to recovery.
Feature 1 action would begin with 13 cars doing battle for bragging rights and there was sure to be a first time winner.
The Renegades feature rolled onto the track with Tyler Wass and Danny Wait bringing the field to the green.
Wass would jump to the early lead with Matt Knudsen charging up behind him. As they flew around the fabled 1/4 mile oval Wass and Knudsen battled for the front spot. Brody Hutton started outside the 4th row. it took him a few tries to find his grove but once he did, Hutton sliced, diced, cubed and julienned his way through traffic, held up briefly in traffic a few times slowing his march.
Tom Cummings moves up to challenge Knudsen for the lead as Wass and Wait begin to fade.
Hutton resumes the march he was on, reeling in the leaders. Teal Arnason picked up a groove and started to work forward after an early fade.
Hutton challenges the leaders finding the fast way around the bullring.
In the end it would be Grand Forks own #6 of Brody Hutton taking home his first career non-wing victory in impressive fashion and to the delight of the crowd!
Arnason, Cummings, Zach Hultstrand (coming from last after a dnf in his heat) and Knudsen rounding out the top five
Feature 2 would see 18 of the best non wing sprint car racers in the upper Midwest lock horns for 20 laps of action. The 2 previous feature winners of the Bullring would go side by side for the majority of the 20 laps. Tower Mn's Jori Hughes on the low side and Rush City Mn's Rob Caho Jr on the top. They would fend off several challenges from the likes of Jon Lewerer of Coon Rapids Mn and Caley Emerson of Grand Rapids Mn. In the end though it would be Hughes proving unbeatable as he captured his second Labor Day weekend Bullring title.
Emerson would blow off the end of the track late in the race leaving the top five to be Caho, Lewerer, Joel Larson of Fertile Mn and Adam Sobolic of Grand Forks ND. Other notable performances were that of Ryan Johnson of East Bethal Mn and Cory Palm of Bismark ND, both passing more then 10 cars each to reach into the top 10.
Saturday the Northern Renegades would travel North East to Greenbush Race Park for their annual 2 days of thrills at the tight and fast 3/8 mile track.
Night 1 would see 2 heat races that kept fans on the edge of their seats.
Heat 1 had Duluth Mn's Lance Solem and Caley Emerson nose to tail at a blistering pace with Emerson coming out with the win.
Heat 2 would be an instant classic for the fans. Grand Rapids Mn's Josh Bradford would start off the action by storming to the front of the field only to blow off the end of turn 1 to show off some of his now famous doughnuts. He would return to the track unassisted but not until after the caution had come out. On the restart the cars were 2 and 3 wide around the speedway with Grand Rapids Mn racer Jake Barsness showing the way by the narrowest of margins over Jori Hughes. Deeper in the pack trouble was brewing again as Grand Rapids Mn racer Paul Schultz in his unmistakable orange 101 touched tires with fellow Grand Rapids driver Zach Olsen sending the 101 air born and backwards. Schultz's luck and skill would prove to be enough to keep the car on all four wheels after a couple of scary bounces. Bradford was forced to high speed exit the speedway for a second time down the back stretch. He would again return to the speedway without assistance and to the delight of the crowd. The Renegade racers would take the green with the hotly contested top spot still up for grabs. Finally on the last corner of the last lap it would come to a head with Hughes and Barsness making contact sending Hughes to victory and Barsness careening to the wall for a near miss - another rivalry seems to be on the horizon!
The feature will also not be forgotten soon as moving around the track and changing lanes lap to lap searching for moisture seemed to be the name of the game.
The Renegades took to the Greenbush Race Parks Surface with Zach Olson and Jori Hughes on the front row.
Olson got the jump on Hughes dimming the light on Hughes chance of a repeat win.
Olson would lead the first two circuits while being heavily pressured by Troy Gessner and Hughes.
Paul Schultz moves to the high side. Like a surfer, Schultz ripped the the curl and blew by the front pack with a huge momentum move.
Caley Emerson saw schultz grab the lip and rip it. Moving to the high line Emerson slowly started clicking past competitors.
With laps waining and Schultz out to a commanding lead. Emerson fought with Hughes until wrestling the third spot away.
Gessner wasn’t going to give his number two spot up easily. Duking it out with Emerson right up to the finish line. The cagey veteran once again used the Highside to get past gessner at the lone.
Schultz grabs his first win of the season with Emerson, Gessner, Hughes and tenth starting Josh Braford the top 5
Sunday the 6th was set to be a long day as some of last nights features got postponed to Sunday.
Racing set to resume at 4pm on a very windy afternoon in Northern Minnesota.
The day took a hit that effected the renegades family when a phone call revealed a competitors family member had an incident.
There wasn’t a seconds hesitation as the renegades family, once again, banded together. Quickly loading, securing and sending them on their way a somber mood stilled the pits.
After a brief pit meeting laying out the details for the day. Chaplin Kahlsdorf took to prayer... with spirits lightened and races to be run
The renegades took to the track for their heats. With Chris Lewis grabbing his first heat win and Jori Hughes setting up for another possible sweep.
With all the races caught up and heading into the features for the Sunday Show. The Track prep crew made the call to work the track a bit. They did a great job all weekend against higher than normal winds. They also talked with reps from all divisions and formulated a plan that most all agreed with.
The renegades headed out to roll in the surface and got help from many in other classes. With the track rolled in, a quick hotlap session to confirm it, the renegades lined up side by side for their feature.
Jake Barsness and Danny Wait fires the field out of four where Barsness would grab an early lead.
Hughes worked his way to the bottom and found his rhythm.
Ninth starting Lance Solem found the bottom to his liking making a charge for the front.
Hughes worked his way out front as Solem worked to second. That’s how the front would stay for the remainder.
Josh Braford, Zach Olson and Teal Arnason round out the top five.
Catch the Renegades as they kick off the 32nd annual Northern Nationals Thursday Sept 10th!
8-23-20 Hibbing, Mn
For Immediate Release
The Hibbing Raceway Season Championship Night with The Lucas Oil POWRi Northern Renegades Non-Wing Sprint Car Series was worth waiting out the rains.
A beautiful Northern Minnesota day turned a little sour when mother nature entered the program a little late. With heat race action on the track. Good ole Mom Nature added some wet contestants bringing the evening to stand still. When the brief entry period ceased the raceway placed the call for assistance to reclaim the surface. The Renegades answered the call with 15 sprint cars taking to the raceways surface. The raceway soon filled with cars rolling the surface back to a raceable condition.
When Feature time rolled around and 16 sprints hit the surface with Josh Braford and Brian Trembath on the front row. The First lap seemed a little tough to get in and took a couple of tries.
You know what they say though, "Third times a Charm" and boy was it! Braford led them to the green and it was on like Donkey Kong.
Caution slowed thing a little for a mechanical issue and a spin-out.
Going Back to green would prove to be the magic one. Jori Hughes would lead the Delaware field back to green with Braford and Ken Hron(started 12th) hot on his heels.
Hughes and Hron broke from the field and fought tooth and nail with side by side, back and forth racing. Rookie Chris Lewis worked methodically, from his 4th row outside starting spot, up through the field.
The pack racing for third putting on show of their own while Hughes and Hron slowly pulled up on the back of the field. That didn't slow the leaders much as they had three-plus lanes of the racetrack to work.
The white flag flew with Hron trying to make the outside line work. Hughes was up to the task holding off the pressures from Hron and grabbing his First Feature win Ever at Hibbing.
Lewis crossed the line in third sneaking past Lance Solem and Ryan Johnson rounding out the top 5.
Heat races were won by Caley Emerson and Rick Neimi.
Thanks to Palmers Tavern for a couple of Bonus's on the night as Brian Trembath got a long tow Bonus for his haul up from Hastings, Mn. Ken Hron also got the Hard Charger Bonus for his charge from 12th to 2nd and that race-long battle for the lead.
Hats off to the Hibbing Raceway and Their Incredible fans!
Congratulations to all of the Hibbing Raceway Season Champions, Sponsors, Fans and Crew for an incredible season!
WE hope to see you tonight as the Renegades head to the Bemidji Speedway!
Thanks to Palmers Tavern, Liquid Nitro Racing, Old World Meats, Keller Fence Company - North, Inc., TCB Speed North and All of YOU! We are Nothing without any of you!
Sun, Aug 16th, 2020
The Lucas Oil POWRi Northern Renegades put on a pair of shows that started out Thursday, Aug 13th, at The Grand Rapids Speedway where a 17 car field took to the speedway surface.
Troy Gessner and Josh Braford fired the field for the green. Braford scored the Lead on the first lap with serious pressure from DaRonco, Emerson, and Gessner.
Emerson found a faster line stealing the point bringing DaRonco along.
Emerson got it way to slideways in turn one dropping back several spots as the field split around him. Reining in the wild horse the race continued with Daronco on Point.
Rookie Sprint Car Driver Chris Lewis has been on a mission this year. Evidence of that as he joined DaRonco up front and threw down the gauntlet for the lead.
Things ground to a halt as Emerson's pony kicked a shoe into the woods leaving him stranded in turn one.
Back to green with DaRonco still on the point, Lewis returned to the hunt for the checkers. Challenging DaRonco at every opportunity. Lewis, unfortunately, drew a caution as he clipped a tire and spun, Unable to return.
DaRonco defended a few late charges from Jori Hughes and another promising rookie, Jake Barsness.
DaRonco Grabbed the Checkers and the Sweep as Hughes, Barsness, Paul Schultz, and Ken Hron rounded out the Top 5.
The other heat was won by Lewis.
The Series took Friday to recoup and prep for Saturday at the ABC Raceway in Ashland, Wi,
14 entries rolled through the gates and fired off a pair of heat races that were won by Lance Solem and Nick DaRonco.
The 13 car Feature took center stage with Jimmy Kouba and Caley Emerson on the front row. Powering out of turn four the dance begins.
Jimmy Kouba and son, Jake(second row inside) Quickly turned the race into a Father-Son Challenge as Emerson got dispatched to third. Jimmy would score the lead with Jake heavily pressuring. Emerson didnt let them get far away but watched the battle from third as the trio broke free from the pack.
Not far behind them Lance Solem, Chris Lewis, Josh Braford, Brian Trembath and Nick DaRonco put on a show of Dance Moves like a group of kids playing Dance Fever on Xbox. The Curly Shuffle, The Electronic slide, Some Hair Whips, and (I think) even a hand full of Nay Nay's before Daronco threw in a Stanky Leg and broke free.
Meanwhile, Up Front, the battle was close and intense as Jake and Jimmy continued the "Kouba Klash". Emerson decided he wanted to be a part of the duke-fest and stuck is nose in the middle.
With laps running out and a three-car slugfest for the top spot. The back of the field started to play into the equation. Jake Kouba fount the best way around first. Emerson and Jimmy Kouba quickly followed. Emerson now has to find a way to reel Jake in. Another tail car and Jake goes low for the slider while Emerson goes top shelf and the split the slower car.
Emerson found a little something extra as the hit turn 3. Out of turn four the white flag is coming out and Emerson finds the curb for a power shot past Jake.
Emerson runs undisturbed but still heavily pressured through the last circuit and Grabs the Checkers. Jake Kouba, Jimmy Kouba, Nick DaRonco, and Josh Braford close out the top five on barn burner of a non-stop Feature.
Huge thanks to both Facilities for their hospitality and excellent programs!
Thanks to Liquid Nitro Racing Palmers Tavern, Old World Meats, Nitro Lubricants, Keller Fence Company - North, Inc., TCB Speed North, Hoosier Racing Tire, Renegades on Dirt, SPEED SPORT TV, All the Fans, Crews, Tracks and Teams that make all this possible!
See you all next Saturday at the Hibbing Raceway and Sunday at the Bemidji Speedway!
Nick DaRonco along with his Parents in the Grand Rapids Speedway Victory Lane 8-13-2020
Sat, Aug 1st 2020 Grand Rapids, Mn For Immediate Release
Friday Night, July 31st, the POWRi Lucas Oil Northern Renegades Non Wing Sprint Car Series took to the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, ND. The Renegades fielded a 17 car feature with drivers representing three different series on board.
Brandon Palm(WRSS) and Josh Braford(NRSS) led the field to the green where caution immediately flew for a spin in turn one. The restart saw another cation as a contact induced spin collected three racers in turn two. Was the Bullring going to get the best of them?
Palm and Braford lead the field to the third attempt at getting things underway. With the green in the air Palm gets the edge on Braford and the race is on. Things get whoa’d up as the four wide try through turn two didn’t quite work.
Palm takes them back to green with Joshua Johnson and Rob Caho Jr(UMSS) hot on his heels. Caho and Palm set to a side by side battle for the lead. Johnson set time the high side looking for a faster way around in third. Caho wrestles the lead from Palm who now has to contend with Johnson for second. Caho using the low groove leads the field through halfway with Palm and Johnson battling on the high line and reeling in Caho. Johnson starts pressuring Caho using the high line. Palm just a half a car behind in the middle.
Caho saw Johnson make a move on his high side through one and two. The Wiley veteran took the cue, changed lines coming down the front straight. Stalling the March of Johnson, Caho had clear Speedway in front of him and never looked back. Johnson bobbled in turn four falling back to fifth giving palm Second. Eighth starter Ken Hron(NRSS) and Brody Hutton(WRSS) side by side for third. When the Checkers Flew Caho was first to grab them. Brandon Palm, Hron, Hutton and Caley Emerson(NRSS and Hard Charger, 17th to 5th) nipped past Johnson at the line.
Two Heat races were won by Caho and Hutton.
It was a Great night of racing action at the Baddest Bullring Around. Representing Three different area Sprint Car Series 17 teams put up a barn burner night.
The Upper Midwest Sprint Car Series, The Northern Renegades Non-Wing Sprint Car Series and the Western Renegade Non-Wing Sprint Car Series all represented.
Thanks to The River Cities Speedway, Palmers Tavern, Liquid Nitro Racing, Old World Meats, Keller Fence Company - North, Inc., and All the Fans!
Thanks Mike Spieker and Speedway-Shots for the VL Photo!
We will see you next at the @Grand Rapids Speedway on Aug 13th!
Rob Caho Jr Stands in Victory Lane with his car and Crew Chief at River Cities Speedway.
6-27-20 The Northern Renegades brought 14 cars to the historic home of the Red Clay Classic and the night got off to a frightening start. The 101 of Paul Schultz bicycled in turn one and in what would have been a spectacular flip fortunately ended in a rough landing on his wheels and an almost kiss with the turn 2 wall.
Heat race action found the track to be somewhat dryer but Schultz showed he had the courage to forge on to the win in heat race 1, hotly pursued by the 19 of Jori Hughes in second, 3 Ryan Johnson in third, 56 Josh Bradford in forth and in only his second night in a sprint car the 30m of Chris Lewis to round out the top 5.
Heat Race 2 would see another new sprint car racer 92 Dan Wait have to drop to the tail from mechanical issues leaving the 15e of Caley Emerson on the point. Emerson wasted no time storming back to 4th place leaving the door wide open for the 91 of Ken Hron to take the lead and never look back. Hron for the win followed closely by 34 Denny Stordahl in second, new sprint car (former pure stock and enduro champion) 47 Jake Barsness third, Emerson forth and another new racer, former hornet standout 15Z Zach Olsen rounding out the top 5.
At feature time, the track had good character with cars being able to run anywhere on the speedway for most of the race. Ryan Johnson and Caley Emerson would bring them to green but it wasn't to be on the original start when Hron and Braford would tangle sending both cars to the tail for the restart. Emerson wasted no time establishing the high groove and took an early lead. Several restarts bunched up the field including one at the halfway point when the 15e machine grudgingly surrendered the lead with ignition and likely driver problems.
Hughes and Johnson had a spirited battle for the lead position with Stordahl sneaking into the mix throwing his hat into the ring as a contender. Meanwhile Hron was dicing up the field showing he was not going quietly into the night. Teammates Barsness and Lewis duked it out mid pack as well as Schultz, Bradford and 04 Brian Trembath.
It would come down to the last lap with Stordahl all but beating down the door off Hughes for the lead, but it was not to be. Tower. Minnesota's own Jori Hughes would be victorious over Stodahl, Hron, Johnson and Barsness to round out the top five.
Next up is Night 3 of the Northern Tour at Gondik Law Speedway in Superior WI on Sunday June 28th, 5:30 pm. See everyone tomorrow night!
6-7-20 Conclusions from opening weekend
As I sit right now outside the gate at Devils Lake Speedway after a wide night of racing and enduring a severe thunderstorm overnight I wanted to share a couple of observations.
-One thing the pandemic has hopefully pointed out to all of us is how much we love the sport and the people involved.
-North Dakota is full of friendly people, great racing and it was like a vacation from the daily mess we all have to deal with.
-The Western Renegade Non-Wing Sprintcar Series is lead by the right people and its racers are folks just like us that are in it for the right reasons.
-To say it won't be long until they are fast and competitive would be about two weeks too late. They already are.
-You can't beat the hospitality of local race tracks. I hope you all find this to be true wherever you are racing as well.
- Ken Hron worked his a** off in the seat of that race car all weekend and truly "earned" his last lap heroic victory last night. He was slightly excited- I'm sure the pics will come out.
-You can see in the pic below a bunch of sprint car racers helping out a young man new to the sport having engine issues. I could write an article about just this team and overcoming issues, but another day. Point being, if you don't see this scene at your track- you have the power to change that. Be the change you want to see.
-The true value in racing isn't wins, it is uniting for a common goal, time spent with family and friends and pushing yourself and everyone around you to be their absolute best- in all categories.
-Sitting in a restaurant is very nice.
-Guys like Zach Hultstrand who flipped violently on Friday, are the reason we work so hard to put shows on. Myles (owner of the Western Renegades) is turning over every rock to find him a new frame.
-There are not enough days that we get to spent doing what we love- so you MUST enjoy them. Take a moment the next time you're at the track. Let the sun shine on your face, suck in some dust, help that guy next to you, thank the track workers and promoter.
-The biggest task we have in front of us is protecting the families that have invested in our series. We will not allow someone trying to buy victories or break our family spirit to continue to compete. There are many other places to race where they will fit right in I am sorry to say.
-Finally always keep in mind that history may remember the wins but the only people who give a crap about that history, will remember much longer the person who helped them when they were down or cared that they even made it onto the track- even if their name is never printed on a t shirt.
-Okay one more... it takes money to race, but it takes heart and will to be a Renegade.
Thank you to our awesome sponsors who allow us to do what we love - POWRi Lucas Oil, Hoosier Racing Tire, Liquid Nitro Racing, Keller Fence Company - North, Inc., Old World Meats, TCB Speed North, Upper Midwest Sprintcar Series (UMSS), Chequamegon Renegades Sprint Series,
And look for new episodes of Renegades on Dirt Podcast coming soon!
J6-5-20 Jack Berger Wins Wild NR Opener at Red River Valley Speedway!
In what will go down as one of the craziest nights in NR history, the fans in Fargo ND were treated to a nail biter.
A record 20 cars entered competition for the season opener for both the speedway and the Renegades. 3 Heat races were won by Nolan Olmstead, Jake Kouba and Caley Emerson with both Kouba and Emerson coming from deep starts. Jori Hughes and Troy Gessner also come from the back to post top 3 heat race finishes.
The feature would have Ken Hron and Caley Emerson see the field to the green flag. By the end of the first lap the sparks had already started to fly as the top 10 positions were hotly contested.
Hron, Emerson and Hughes would battle up front for the first 8 laps until the red was brought out when Zach Hultstrand, in his first year of sprint car competition, flipped violently down the front stretch into turn one after contact with Ross Cummings. Cummings would also tip over but both drivers were okay and exchanged high fives to the pleasure of the crowd after the incident.
After the red, Emerson took a swing for the lead leaving the door open for Hughes to take second place. Behind them, Josh Braford, Kouba, Paul Schultz, Myles Tomlinson and others were 2 and 3 wide scraping for position.
The caution and then the red were again brought out when Brian Trembath's throttle stuck going into turn one and Brandon Palm jumped the infield tire in turn 3. Palm would end up on his head, but both drivers would be okay.
What would follow that caution was a green, white checkered for the win and the air was charged with excitement as at least 8 cars clearly had the speed to win.
The field again took the green with 3 wide action front to back but not a huge adjustment to the order as the drivers crossed for the white. Going into turn one, after many close calls, Hron and Hughes both rolled up their sleeves and decided to end the suspense making contact. It would send Hughes spinning into the infield and Hron bicycling across the track almost going over.
In the chaos the caution did not come out and it was clear that the first to checkered flag would still determine the win. Through the dust and tire smoke of the incident, 2 cars stormed down the back stretch for the win. Emerson and from a 13th place starting spot Jack Berger. Berger dove under Emerson entering turn 3 as Emerson tried to cross him over. but it was not enough and for the first time in NR history and from a record deep starting spot, Jack Berger would claim victory at the hallowed speedway!
As always none of this would be possible without the help of our sponsors - POWRi Lucas Oil, Liquid Nitro Racing, Keller Fence Company - North, Inc., TCB Speed North, Old World Meats, Hoosier Tire North
Thank you all!
God Bless America and our Veterans!
The 2nd annual Rene Hughes Tribute race is going to be even bigger than last season!
Rene Hughes was a man that touched the lives of so many. For the Northern Renegades it was not only through his son, the all star Jori Hughes, but also at the Hope Lodge where he single handedly saved the life of series president and competitor Caley Emerson's mom, Candace Emerson during her bout with brain cancer.
Rene was brought into the race world on Nov. 18, 1963, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, by the late George “Ab” Smith and the late Irene Elaine Hughes. Rene lived the Renegade spirit his whole life. He was known for the quote "Racing isn’t about how long it takes you to get from the start to the finish, it’s the adventure you have along the way, the people you meet, and the unique moments you share.” A motto the Renegades have lived by.
"He is truly missed and it is our honor to host this event annually" stated Renegade Motorsports Vice President Jim Mullen.
For the second consecutive year "the Rene", as it has become affectionally known by its competitors, will be held at the historic Hibbing Speedway in Hibbing Mn on Saturday June 27th.
Both the Traditional and Winged sprint cars of the Northern Renegades and the Upper Midwest Sprint Car Series will go head to head in hopes to win this prestigious event.
You will see several racers pulling "Double Duty" as they change carbs and add some wings to compete in BOTH sprint divisions!
See Harry Hanson return to the Hibbing Raceway as he competes in Both Sprint Divisions! Can Harry return to the raceways Victory Lane or will Brad Peterson show the local legend how to get around the historic 3/8 mile once again?
"Rocket" Rob Caho Jr the 2019 UMSS points champion will likely flex his muscle not to mention Paul Schultz, who is now a full time sprint car driver, and will surely be a contender in 2020.
Perhaps Jori Hughes will hoist the trophy in honor of his dad.
Whom will it be to grab the second annual RENE?
This is Night three of the Northern Swing in conjunction with the Upper Midwest Sprintcar Series (UMSS) .
Find out who will Reign Supreme SATURDAY June 27th 2020!
Races set to start at 6pm with a FULL Compliment of Hibbing's Regular Classes!
See you AT the Races!
Here is all the information for the PIRTEK UMSS and Northern Renegades banquet. All are invited to participate including our fans!
WHEN - March 14.
WHERE - Grand Casino Hinkley.
TIMES - Happy Hour - 5 to 6, dinner - 6 to 7, awards to follow.
COST - $27 per adult, $10 for kids 5 to 15, under 5 is free.
ROOMS - Under Upper Midwest Sprint Car Series or UPP0314. The block of rooms will be held until February 22 for $149 per two queen bed room.
FOOD - Appetizers (fruit, vegetable and meat and cheese trays) during Happy Hour, pizza buffet, salad and breadsticks and cake for dessert. A cash bar will be available.
SIGN UP - Send check BEFORE FEBRUARY 28 to P. O. Box 66, Harris, Minnesota 55032. Please specify how many adult and children. Again, BEFORE FEBRUARY 28.
The PIRTEK UMSS will be recognizing the top 5 in season long points and CLS dash points in both programs along with top rookie awards. We will also pass out checks to all traditional teams that made all shows at Rice Lake, Eagle Valley and Menomonie.
The Northern Renegades will also pass out several awards (nothing to do with points) during the evening.
Top 5, PIRTEK UMSS season long points;
TRADITIONAL - Rob Caho Jr, Brad Peterson, Harry Hanson, Jon Lewerer, Jack Berger. Rookie, Ryan Johnson.
WING - Gunner Cummings, Denny Stordahl, Jack Berger, Harry Hanson, Carter Chavalier. Rookie, Jack Berger.
Top 5, CLS Dash series;
TRADITIONAL - Harry Hanson, Brad Peterson, Jack Berger, Al Stettner, Jon Lewerer.
WING - Harry Hanson, Gunner Cummings, Carter Chavalier, Jack Berger, Denny Stordahl.
Make this event a family weekend get-a-way before the season starts.
A quick reminder that the $99 block of rooms for the Northern Renegades and PIRTEK UMSS banquet expires on February 14. After that it is going rate or no room if sold out. Mention UPP0314 when making reservations.
Also, reservations need to be in the PIRTEK UMSS P. O. box by February 28.
Northern Renegade racers we have at least 13 awards to hand out for all of you as well!
One of them may or may not be “most likely to yard sale the whole operation on lap one”
Just kidding but they are all unique and well deserved! Hope to see all of you there!
Caley Emerson- "On Sunday November 10 it became absolutely clear to me that the most important thing we can do for both the series and todays society is to show everyone that we are not afraid of what we believe in and stand for. For that reason we have asked Travis to become a full time Chaplain / Liaison to help guide the Northern Renegades and the families it represents into the future. He has graciously accepted."
At minimum we will be covering his expenses, allowing Travis to travel with the series and be available for both prayer and consultation during most, if not all, our events. If any of you have been fortunate enough to meet Travis, you will agree that he over qualified for this role. We are so blessed and proud to have him on our team.
So far we have been and will continue to be unapologetic in our resolve to run a racing series for the common working family to both enjoy and participate in as well as providing valuable entertainment for our race track partners. Our faith and trust in God needs to be a visible part of our mission.
Please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
We will continue to welcome everyone to our series with open arms. Sincerely we hope that anytime spent with the Northern Renegades, gives you more strength and the support to help make our world a better place.
Grand Rapids, Mn 5-31-19
The POWRi Lucas Oil Northern Renegades Invaded the Grand Rapids Speedway last night.
The Big Winner on the night was Jori Hughes as he brought the Big Broom.
Jori held off a hard Charging Paul Schultz in the heat. Later he held off a late charge from Josh Braford and claimed the Sweep.
Josh Braford and Hughes sat upon the front row as the feature wheeled through turn four for the green. Braford Jumped out to an early lead with Paul Schultz and Hughes hot on his tail. Lance Solem, making his Sprint Car debut, found himself embroiled with Caley Emerson and Al Stettner.
Braford held the lead while Schultz and Hughes figured things out behind him. Hughes getting the best of Schultz set his sights on Braford and the Battle was on!
Meanwhile, Stettner and Emerson cleared Solem and entered the arena poised for battle with Schultz. Solem's debut plans hindered by some mechanical issues, though he would race it out and soldiered on.
Up front though, Hughes took advantage of his smooth style and set Braford firmly into second place. Braford would find himself shuffled back to fifth as Emerson, Stettner, and Schultz joined the bruhaha for the second spot. The quad duked it out like a four-man wrestling match! Slicing, dicing, chopping, and (I believe) even some Julienned laps ensued!
Braford found his way back to the front of the quad and tried to reel in the 19 of Hughes. He would fall short as Hughes checked out to an insurmountable lead by then. Hughes took the Checkers for the second time this night with Braford, Stettner, Emerson and Schultz the top 5.
Tyler Wass took an unfortunate tumble in the heat for the only caution of the night. Tyler was okay on the scene and later went to the hospital for some shoulder pain.
Feature Results 1, Jori Hughes (19) 2, Josh Braford (56) 3, Allen Stettner (38) 4, Caley Emerson (15e) 5, Paul Schultz with Lance Solem and Brian Trembath
It was a great Night at the Grand Rapids, Minnesota speed mill.
Endless Thanks to Palmers Tavern, Liquid Nitro Racing, Old World Meats, Camelion Batteries, Reds Racing Supplies, Nitro Lubricants, Keller Fence Company - North, Inc., TCB Speed North, Hibbing Community College CDL, Rivertown Furniture, Renegades on Dirt and Each and Every one of YOU! Thank You all for your support!
Car Owner Rhys Leighton Joins Hughes in Victory Lane.
(photo credit TaylorMae Photography)
Congratulations to Northern Renegade Harry Hanson on his Legendary 100 win from 12th!
Paul Schultz had a great run going until contact would ruin his chances for a good finish.
Also we are so thankful to report that Northern Renegade competitor Kevin Lear is fine after this scary crash in turn 1. Chatted with Kevin this morning and he is sore but otherwise in great shape. He will be back next season proving that he was born to race just like his dad, the great Dave Lear! Bright future for this young man ahead.
Finally Congratualtions to NR friend and all around good guy Cody T. Emmans on his first race win! Cody is also a talented young man with a very bright future and we hope to see him at a NR event very soon!
Up next The 1st Annual Chicken Shack Nationals and Jack Spraby Memorial! Details to be released later this week. Sept 29th and 30th will be two nights you wont want to miss!
Thank you to all our friends and sponsors that make the Renegades such a great organization!
POWRi Lucas Oil, Upper Midwest Sprintcar Series (UMSS), Nitro Lubricants, Liquid Nitro Racing, TCB Speed North, Snap Signs, Rivertown Furniture, Camelion Batteries, Keller Fence Company - North, Inc.
Grand Rapids, MN July 12th 2018
Mother Nature finally showed some mercy on the good folks in Grand Rapids Mn and the thunder in the pines was finally able to be heard. On what turned out to be a gorgeous evening the stage was set for fun night of racing action.
Ken Hron and Paul Schultz took the green representing the front row for the POWRi Northern Renegade Heat Race action, with Troy Gessner, Caley Emerson and Jori Hughes all making a bid for the lead down the front stretch. Emerson would jump to the top and make it 3 wide for the lead coming off of turn 2. Schultz and Emerson would battle back and forth for the next 4 laps. Finally Emerson slowed with a flat RR and Schultz was able to fend off all comers to pick up the win. Ken Rohn was also forced to the sidelines with engine issues.
During intermission the Renegade drivers were very busy giving away both a boys and girls bike, Paul Schultz shirts, UMSS tattoos and even a set of VIP passes to Friday Aug 24 “Traditional Sprint Car Challenge” at Cedar Lake Speedway! (VIP tickets are available through the Renegades at any time but hurry as space is limited!)
Feature action began with Paul Schultz and rookie standout Troy Gessner taking the green from the front row. Schultz appeared to have things well in hand down the back stretch but Gessner wasn’t going to let the sunset on a chance to win his first feature, driving deep into turn 3. As he wheeled to the outside of Schultz and could see the wide open front straightaway ahead of him, Gessner fearlessness was punished as the car spun in turn 4 bringing out the only sprint caution of the night.
On the restart, Hughes, Schultz and Hron battled for several laps for the lead, each driver trying to best the others with bold move after bold move. Each time though at the strip, the 101 of Schultz would squeak out the lead, eventually finding the right combination and inching away from the field to pick up his first Lucas Oil, POWRi Northern Renegade Feature win, followed by Hughes, Hron and coming from the back Gessner.
“Things have been coming together and I knew with all the support from my family that this was only just a matter of time.” Schultz said post race.
Schultz would go on later in the evening to lead almost every lap in the Modified event as well. “One of my favorite things about the sprint car series is that it’s mostly driver. You can’t just buy your wins with expensive equipment or slam your way through the field”
We want to thank our sponsors that make Renegade racing possible- Nitro Lubricants, Snap Signs, TCB Speed North, Liquid Nitro, Camelion Batteries, and Keller Fence Company - North, Inc.
John Schultz Joins Son Paul, Kids Club Member and Renegades President Caley Emerson In Victory Lane
Bemidji, Mn. June 10th, 2018
The POWRi Lucas Oil Northern Renegades Non Wing Sprints Pushed out for the Feature with Jori Hughes and Josh Braford on the Front Row. At the drop of the green Hughes Jumped out in front. Braford, relegated to second, had to do battle trying to hold off Caley Emerson.
Emerson made a move to the inside of Braford taking over second. Neil Matuska Followed Emerson's lead and Put Braford back to fourth.
Hughes Never looked back after the green and led Flag to Flag picking up the win for Schultz Racing. Emerson, Matuska, Braford and Troy Gessner rounded out the field.
Emerson won the heat Making the Highside Heart Breaker pass on Matuska with one lap to go. Hughes, Braford and Gessner rounding it out.
Car Owner Paul Schultz stands in victory lane with Kids Club Winner Payton and Driver Jori Hughes
The POWRi Lucas Oil Northern Renegades Non-Wing Sprint Car Series kicked off the 2018 season with a good deal of successes.
This young series opens it's 2018 season on a very positive note. Having more than Doubled it's contingent of competitors in off the off season. The Northern Renegades have come out of the gate swinging and look forward to a good season.
Tyler Wass brought his #33 out to compete for his first time ever. Having only previously run his car during Practice sessions Tyler's first night in competition went very well.
Jori Hughes Made a return to Sprint Cars after and Injured Paul Schultz needed a fill in Driver. It didn't take Jori long to knock the rust off and wheel the 101. we think Jori had Way more fun than he lets on!
Harry Hanson grabs the nights win and opens the season on a solid note. After a very storied career in the Late Model Division we are very glad to have Harry in a Sprint with the Renegades. His Class and competitive nature male him a threat anytime he's on the track.
Josh Braford Returned to Racing this season after a 14 year break. Josh didn't even have the motor in the car Thursday evening. Yet Saturday evening there he was spinning laps and having a blast!
Another Racing Rookie, Jason Surface didn't plan to attend Saturday's racing. A late Night Phone call with Series President and "matchmaker" saw that change. Surface got teamed up with Modified Hot Shoe Ken Hron and let Ken grab the controls.
A pretty guts move as Surface and Hron had never met before shaking hands at the raceway.
They had some issues with surfaces car. In what we like to call "Renegades Style" Hron, Surface and John Schultz dug in and started getting to the base of the issues. Before long long they had pushed off and had the hot rod up and ready with the assistance of several of the other renegades.
President Caley Emerson Wheeled his 15e to a second place finish. The former Late Model Racer says he's "Loving these Sprint Cars".
The POWRI Lucas Oil Northern Renegades would Like to Send out a HUGE Thanks to everyone at Nitro Lubricants, Liquid Nitro Racing, Snap Signs, TCB Speed North Camelion Batteries and You, The FANS! Without the support of these great folks we are Just a bunch of kids in the sandbox.
The POWRI Lucas Oil Northern Renegades take to the Grand Rapids Speedway this Thursday, June 1st at 7pm
Then Sunday, June 4th they take on the Proctor Speedway in Proctor, Mn at 6!
See you At the Races!!
Hanson, Hughes, Emerson, Hron, Wass and Braford.
Harry Hanson, Caley Emerson, Jori Hughes, Josh Braford and Tyler Wass
Harry Hanson Parked his Triple XXX Chasis Sprint Car in Victory During the Season Opening event !
Tuesday May 22, 2018
POWRi Northern Renegades Set to Kick Off Season in Fitting Manner - By Randy Murray
Saturday May 26th 2018 will mark the official start to the newly formed POWRi Lucas Oil Northern Renegades Non-Wing Sprint Car Series.
"We started this process with a ton of different ideas, but a single goal in mind." remarked Northern Renegade Vice President Jim Mullen earlier today. "Over the course of time and against all of the adversity that has lead us to this point, we were finally able to put words to that single goal. We are already close to most of our teams and all of this craziness has only brought us closer."
Mullins refers to the Renegades new mission statement.
"To create an entry point where common people with uncommon values can become united in competition and bound together through experience allowing them to live more enriched lives and rely on one another during desperate times."
2018 has already been a very eventful year for many of the Renegades teams.
Top modified competitor and 2nd year sprint racer Paul Schultz is out for at least 30 more days with a fractured rib following a heat race incident, driving a modified a week ago at the Proctor Speedway.
Last years Legendary 100 2nd place finisher, Caley Emerson's mother was found to have a brain tumor and is recovering at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. Caley is expected to leave the hospital and join us to race on Saturday.
New racer and NR Rookie of the year hopeful, Troy Gessner, blew his engine last week competing with the UMSS at Cedar Lake Speedway. He hopes to rejoin the Renegades tour in a week or two.
New racer and NR Rookie of the year hopeful, Jason Surface, is very close but due to demands of his daily life will be unable to make the opener although there are rumors of a mystery driver making an appearance on Surfaces behalf.
Newly Wed and Former 2 time UMSS Champion, Rob Caho Jr, was expected to run the full season with the Renegades. Rob is temporarily sidelined while making repairs on his brides SUV.
A Former Mod 4 Champ is returning to racing after a 14 year absence. Josh Braford is feverishly assembling his engine and is confident he will make it to Hibbing on Saturday. Josh turned some laps at Hibbing Raceways practice in Emerson's car and looks to be top contender very soon.
Tyler Wass of Bigfork, Mn.is also a new racer and Rookie contender. Has practiced at a couple of tracks and will debut his #36 on Saturday.
Jori Hughes, a former UMSS racer turned pro Snow cross rider, will return Saturday. Piloting the 101 for the injured Schultz. Jori made several starts last season in Paul's backup car and will likely be up front all night.
Doug Talbert, a former sprint car owner and driver, is expected to make his 2018 racing debut Saturday night.
Finally, last years champion and muti-race winner. Harry Hanson is expected to continue his 2018 season after last weeks strong 2nd place run in Princeton. Harry is the odds on favorite going into the evening as was the case in his many years of late model racing.
"The support we have received from the racing community has been overwhelming" said Emerson about his moms struggle with a cancerous brain tumor. "This has really given me time to think and reassess what is important and how quickly things can change. I think it will be a most fitting start to our season (aside from mom not likely not being there) that we have competitors dealing with real life issues. This is a real life series for regular people with families, jobs and obligations. I hope we never have more then 15 shows in a season."
The Northern Renegades Non-Wing Sprint Car Series has already shown growth in this only its 2nd full time season. With the additional support of POWRi, Lucas Oil, Nitro Lubricants, Snap Signs, Keller Fence Company North, Liquid Nitro Energy Drink, Camelion Batteries and TCB Speed North the series seemed as if it was already maturing into a full time semi - professional promotional giant.
" I began to think that as well, you know, kind of sub-consciously." Emerson exclaimed Monday night. " I was starting to feel this overwhelming pressure to achieve all of our (long term) goals, this season! I can't begin to express how much I felt like I was letting everyone down when I dropped the ball to take care of my mom. Of course there was no choice, but the outpouring of support from all of the people I have met, my racing family, has been quite simply overwhelming. Paul and I were chatting this morning and it has finally sunk in, we are not professional racers. We are family men and women that are bound by this passion we have for racing. The Northern Renegades was founded on this and we needed to be reminded."
You can follow all the stories behind these "Renegade Racers" both on their websites and in the weekly handout at the race tracks.
If you are interested in how you too could become a sprint car driver visit www.nrsprints.com .
You can catch the POWRi Northern Renegades Non-Wing Sprint Car Series in action this Saturday May 26, at the Hibbing Raceway!