Using cars borrowed from local drivers, NASCAR greats Kenny Wallace, Ken Schrader, Michael Waltrip, and Sterling Marlin take on the track at Red River COOP Speedway in St. Adolphe.
By Marianne Curtis
A racetrack near St. Adolphe was the place to be when four NASCAR drivers took to the dirt track alongside many local drivers.
On July 15, the Red River Coop Speedway held the Race of Champions which pitted NASCAR greats Kenny Wallace, Ken Schrader, Michael Waltrip, and Sterling Marlin against race car drivers from throughout the region.
Two- time Daytona 500 winner Marlin ran a stock car while Schrader and Wallace ran cars in the Modifieds class, with Schrader driving his own car and Wallace borrowed a local car. All four drivers raced in borrowed Super Stock cars in a special Race of Champions event later in the evening.
While Schrader and Wallace competed against several drivers from the southeast in the Modified class, it was a 19 year old Winnipeg driver named Shane Edginton that took home the bragging rights of having left the NASCAR drivers eating his dust. They followed him across the finish line in fifth and sixth place.
Sixteen year old Sarah Wood, a novice driver and one of the few females to take on the Red River Coop Speedway was thrilled to meet Waltrip before the race and ask him for some professional advice.
“Get in there and let them know you are there – ram them if you have to,” he advised. “That’s what I do.” And that is exactly what he did when he took to the track to race against his four buddies where he finished in first place.
This was the first time that the Red River Coop Speedway has invited NASCAR drivers to the area for a race.