The win was Strand's sixth career series triumph, which puts him in a tie for eleventh on the NLRA series all-time wins list, as he joins Dale Skytland, Kevin Sexton, and Pat Doar. Strand also became the first driver to win multiple NLRA features at the speedway.
Strand and Brad Seng, driver of the No. 12S S&S Transport MB Custom, lead the field to the green, with Strand grabbing the lead from the outside of the front row.
Seng and Mike Balcaen, driver of the No. 10 Enns Brothers Black Diamond, fell into place behind Strand, as the top three remained in that order for the next seven minutes, as no caution flags fell for the duration of the 25 lapper. The trio did, however, have to navigate through thick lapped traffic for the final four minutes of the green-white-checkered affair.
Shane Edginton, driver of the No. 4 General Signs Victory by Moyer, made it into the top five on lap six. Jeffrey Massingill, in the No, 6M Tesar Engines Club 29, made the final pass into the top five with eight to go, moving past Edginton for fifth.
Most of the action during the race occurred in the middle of the pack, as eight starting Cole Schill, driver of the No. 44 Mid Ag Dispatch MasterSbilt, eleventh starting Donny Schatz, driver of the No. 15 K3 Farms Rocket, and 17th starting Bill Mooney, in the No. 2 Emerson Duty Free MasterSbilt, were the big movers.
Dustin Strand speeds down the front stretch last Sunday evening. Mike Spieker photo.
Schatz moved into the top ten past Steffen Snare on lap six. Schatz, who flew back to town after becoming "King Donny the 33rd" at the King's Royal at the Eldora Speedway in Ohio about 20 hours prior, continued to move forward as he set his sights on Cody Skytland, in the No. 75 Langdon Implement MasterSbilt, who was making his season debut with the series.
Schatz was obviously the fan favorite, as everytime he passed one of the five cars he made it around from his eleventh starting spot, fist pumps and cheers from the crowd. Schatz made it past Skytland on lap nine, then past Shawn Meyer, in his Southern Valley Cenex No. 18X, on lap eleven. He then chased down and passed Steve Anderson for seventh on lap 14. Schatz and Shane Edginton swapped the sixth spot for the remaining eleven laps, with Schatz making the final move with two laps remaining.
Mooney, made steady gains, taking eleventh with ten laps left. Mooney moved into the top ten with six laps left, passing Greg Meyer with six to go. Steve Anderson and Mooney settled the final spot in the top ten, as the latter took ninth on the final lap.
Two-time champ and current NLRA series point leader Brad Seng finished second, with five-time series champion Mike Balcaen third, two-time series winner this season Cole Schill in fourth, and Minnesota Iron Ranger Jeffrey Massingill rounding out the top five. Donny Schatz finished sixth, with Shane Edginton seventh, Cody Skytland eighth, Bill Mooney ninth, and Steve Anderson tenth.
Bill Mooney was the hard charger, with a charge from the 17th spot to finish ninth. Shawn Meyer, Seng, Balcaen, and Strand won the heats, Mooney won the B Main. 29 car were in attendance, NLRA series action continues this Saturday night at the Devils Lake Speedway near Crary, ND.
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