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After strong 2017 season, Nick Omdahl to make a run at this season's NOSA sprint title

East Grand Forks' Nick Omdahl (#0) speeds down a straightaway at Devils Lake Speedway on Saturday, June 19, 2018. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald1 / 3
East Grand Forks driver Nick Omdahl (#0) breaks past Wade Nygaard in the 410 sprints feature Saturday night at the Devils Lake Speedway. Omdahl took first place in the race. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald2 / 3
Nick Omdahl celebrates after winning a NOSA feature at the Devils Lake Speedway last month. It was his second-straight win at the track. Photo/Wayne Nelson3 / 3

Last season, Nick Omdahl missed four NOSA points races. Still, the East Grand Forks sprint driver finished fourth.

"We did really well last year; we finished fourth and missed four shows," said Omdahl. "So we figured we might as well make a run at the points title this season."

With that, Omdahl is off and running toward the 2018 NOSA season points title. And he's off to a strong start.

Heading into one of NOSA's more demanding weekends in a number of years, Omdahl—with two wins this season—is in second place behind Wade Nygaard. Omdahl has 297 points while Nygaard sits in first with 309 as the region's sprint car circuit has seven shows in the books this season.

NOSA's demanding weekend opens tonight when the sprints race in Ada, Minn., in conjunction with the Norman County Fair.

On Friday, the sprints will race their regular show at River Cities Speedway. On Saturday and Sunday, however, NOSA will put on the miles as the circuit will compete at the Brown County Speedway in Aberdeen, S.D., and at the Casino Speedway in Watertown, S.D.

It's rare that NOSA runs four consecutive shows at tracks spread out that much.

But it's a challenge that Omdahl welcomes.

"Honestly, I've never been on a big racing road trip like that before, so it sounds fun to me," said Omdahl. "And it should be easy with the crew we have."

Alex Larson is included in that crew. And Omdahl credits Larson for his early season success. Omdahl raced Larson's car earlier this season and won at the Devils Lake Speedway in mid-May. It's a track that Omdahl has dominated in recent seasons.

When Omdahl finally got his motor ready to race, it blew up two nights after he received it.

"Talk about your ups and downs," said Omdahl. "But I'm really thankful for Alex. Otherwise, I probably wouldn't be racing this season. We're really pleased with the car we have. We're really comfortable with it."

Omdahl nearly had three wins this season. Two weeks ago, he was out front in a NOSA show at the Jamestown Speedway.

But a left front shock went out in the final laps, ending his shot at the win. Still, he finished third.

"That was a killer," he said.

But he's still alive for a realistic chance at winning the NOSA points title.

This is the 25th season of competition for NOSA. Nygaard, who is in his 28th season of racing, has captured nine NOSA titles. Austin Pierce is the defending champion.

Wayne Nelson
Nelson is the sports editor of the Herald
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