As has become an unfortunate trend for NLRA shows at Greenbush, rain put the evening in doubt a few times, but the series stole another one from Ma' Nature, as the feature was completed before the rains came.
Brad Seng, driver of the No. 12S Schill Construction MB Custom, and Mike Balcaen, driver of the No. 10 Enns Brothers Black Diamond, lead the field to the start of the third and final feature at Greenbush for 2018.
Balcaen grabbed the early lead at the start as Seng settled into second.
The first ten laps saw only on caution period, as the best battle of that set of laps saw Manitoba racers Shane Edginton and Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 Lithia Toyota of Grand Forks MasterSbilt, swapping the fourth and fifth spot for a handful of circuits.
A caution on the eleventh round that saw Ryan Corbett, driver of the No. C4 Corbett Trucking MasterSbilt, head pit side early.
On the restart, Balcaen continued to set the pace out front, but it was then when Edginton, who started sixth, started his march to the front.
Shane Edginton at speed in Winnipeg during the Can-Am Classic. Speedway Shots photo.
As Edginton paced the field, Mooney and Joey Pederson, driver of the No. 7P Dynamic Welding & Machine Victory, traded the final spot on the podium in a back-and-fourth battle.
The high-banked quarter-mile Greenbush oval also produced one final flurry of activity inside the top five, as Dustin Strand, driver of the No. 71 Q&Z Plumbing & Heating Millenium SRT, took the fifth spot from Troy Schill and his No. 11 Mid Ag Dispatch MasterSbilt.
Edginton continued on for the win, with Balcaen following him home in second, as the lead duo built a straight away advantage over the rest of the field. Bill Mooney finished third, completing an all Manitoba podium. Joey Pederson and Dustin Strand rounded out the top five.
Troy Schill was sixth, with Steffen Snare seventh in the No. 71S High Mark Snomobile Rentals Bloomquist, and Brad Seng eighth.
Brody Troftgruben brought the No. 14 Shaw Trucking Rocket home ninth, and Mike Martin rounded out the top ten in the No. 55 Ledingham GM Pierce.
Winnipeg area Wissota Modified regular Ryan Kereluk made his Late Model debut at Greenbush, campaigning a backup Edginton mount to an eleventh place finish. Jesse Teunis was the final of the dozen finishers, bringing the No. 70 Grand Prix Amusements MasterSbilt home twelfth.
Edginton was also won the hard charger award, with his march from sixth to the win. Seng and Balcaen won the heat races. 13 cars made the trip to Greenbush.
NLRA series action continues with the traditional Labor Day Double Header at the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, MN. The races are on Saturday and Sunday, September the first and second.
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