Engelstads Inducted into Norman County Raceway Hall of Fame

By Mark Askelson markkrjb@loretel.net (8/8/19)

Beltrami, MN -- Thursday, August 8th is Hall of Fame night at the 101 year old Norman County Raceway and this year’s class features a couple who helped bring racing to local fans on a regular basis. Paul and Shelly Engelstad of Beltrami will be inducted into the Norman County Raceway Hall of Fame during intermission Thursday night and will be recognized for their work with bringing weekly racing throughout the summer months in Ada. Paul Engelstad was a racer prior to being a promoter. He says the idea formed after a conversation with a fellow racer.

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The first year of operation for the Engelstads was 2004 and they ran the 3/8 mile dirt track through 2010. Paul says that first year was quite the learning experience, but luckily they had a lot of help to make everything go.

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Just like the Bitkers, who took over the weekly racing series in 2011, the Engelstads also ran the track as a family operation, with the kids, cousins, and friends all chipping in. Paul talks about what it means for him and his wife to be inducted into the NCR Hall of Fame.

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Engelstad also gives credit to the Norman County Fairboard, who have been big supporters of the weekly racing throughout its history.

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Paul and Shelly Engelstad join Jim Corcoran, Leon Johnson, and Orville Johnson in the NCR Hall of Fame, who were all inducted last year.