Photos courtesy of Nick Anderson
As Troftgruben opened up an early lead, a caution on lap six bunched the field back up for a restart. Troftgruben continued to lead, but a new contender for the race lead, Tyler Peterson, ripped around the top of the tricky little Brown County oval for the lead.
The two remained door-to-door on the following lap, before Peterson took the lead at the end of lap seven. Troftgruben remained close to the leader until the lead trio reached a lap traffic with ten laps complete.
In lapped traffic, Greseth caught back up to Troftgruben to re-enter in a battle for second. After going door-to-door for a few laps, Greseth finally grabbed the position on lap 14.
From there Greseth started to reel in Peterson, but the leader was able to work the traffic better as he was running the high line, where the runner-up running Greseth was running low where most of the traffic was cycling.
Peterson continued to lead when the race slowed for a caution with nine to go. This looked to be the caution that may possibly put local ace Chad Becker back into contention, as he lined up to Greseth’s outside on the ensuing double file restart.
Peterson continued to lead as Becker took second on the backstretch. With Becker in second, Troftgruben reeled in Greseth again for what was now a battle for third, but the pair then saw Scott Ward throw his hat in the ring in the battle, entering in what was now a three-way battle for third.
In the final five laps, it was smooth sailing for Peterson, even though he reached lap traffic one final time in the closing laps. It wasn't enough for Becker to contend for the win as Peterson continued on for his third win of the season with the series.
Becker was second, with Ward third, Cole Searing fourth, and Brody Troftgruben rounding out the top five.
Saturday night's NLRA portion saw Cody Martin and defending race winner of the non-Rumble portion of Saturday Night’s event Shane Edginton lead the field to green.
Searing used the top as Edginton did one lap prior to move into the second spot on lap two. Chase Gelling followed the lead pair on the third lap to make up a new lead trio.
Running the top side and moving into third a little further back, Tyler Peterson and Dustin Strand followed Scott Ward as he joined the new all-South Dakota lead trio in working the top to move into the top six spots.
The leaders caught traffic on lap eight, and were nose to tail as they started to work the traffic on the highline. Edginton had to duck down low on lap 11, allowing Searing to take the lead down the back stretch, which he held and brought Gelling with him at the conclusion of the circuit.
From there, Searing and Gelling went door-to-door in traffic for the top spot. Traffic remained thick around the midway point, allowing Edginton to close in on the top two. As Gelling took the lead at the halfway point for the first time, the thick traffic also allowed Dustin Strand to close in to make it a four car battle for the lead.
Edginton, Strand, and Searing went three-wide on the backstretch with 14 to go in a battle for the second spot, while not allowing Gelling to build much of an advantage out front.
With 10 laps remaining, Gelling and Searing remained the class of the field while Strand lapped closely behind them in third. Strand caught the leaders a lap later, and made it a three-car battle for the lead.
As the leaders battled for the top spot, they were unable to pass a single lapped car, making for very close racing for the top spot.
The race was slowed by a caution with five to go, however, with Searing taking the lead on the ensuing restart with Gelling, Scott Ward and Dustin Arthur making it an all All-South Dakota top four.
Strand and Arthur made contact on the exit of turn four on the ensuing restart, with Arthur slipping off the top of the track, and Strand being charged with the caution. Shane Edginton replaced Strand as the NLRA regular in the top three on the final restart of the race, as Gelling and Searing continued to be the class of the field up front.
Searing slipped off the top of turn four as the field came to the three to go sign, allowing Edginton and Peterson to become the new second and third runners as Gelling opened up a big lead with two to go.
Gelling continued on to win his first NLRA feature, though he slipped off of the top of turn four, just as Searing did three laps earlier, and crossed the line throwing a cloud of dust into the crowd as he crossed under the double checkers.
Peterson was second, with Arthur third, Edginton fourth, and Searing rebounding for fifth.
Though the NLRA portion of the event was over, it was time for the 40 lap rumble.
Gelling and Peterson led the field to green, in what was about to be an instant classic. Gelling and Peterson remained door-to-door, with Chad Becker a close second through the opening lap.
The lead trio broke away from the rest of the pack from there, as Gelling and Becker worked the bottom with Peterson alone ripping the top side of the Brown County oval. The top three continued on in the three-car battle for the top spot until a caution with eight laps completed restacked the field.
Gelling brought the field back to green, as the South Dakota regulars continued to run the bottom with Peterson continuing to use the top to his advantage. The lead trio continued to go to war as they had before the caution after the ensuing restart, until the leaders went three wide off of turn four coming to 25 laps to go.
Becker and Peterson both got past Gelling to become the new lead trio, then went on to work lapped traffic. From there, it was all Becker, as he broke away, using lapped traffic masterfully to build the first advantage for any leader of the race.
A caution for Shane Edginton just before the midway point re-stacked the field for a restart, with Becker going on to rebuild his lead again in clean air while Peterson and Gelling were joined by Cole Searing in a three-car battle for fourth.
Becker had built a straightaway advantage in the three laps following the caution, but had to resume working lapped traffic shortly thereafter, a few laps before Edginton saw his hopes of a Rumble win dashed with another caution a few laps later.
Troftgruben and Tyler Peterson then made it three North Dakota cars in the top five in hopes to strike a blow against the South Dakota regulars on their home turf.
On the final restart. Becker again led on the restart, while Peterson moved across the bottom of Searing in turn three to take second.
With no lap traffic, and the leaders running around the bottom with ten laps to go, Peterson slowly reeled Becker back in for the race lead.
The leaders ran into lap traffic one final time with five laps ago. Peterson moved back up to the top side in turn three, then dove back low going into turn one with four laps to go as Becker moved up top.
Peterson took the lead off turn two, and brought Cole Searing with him into second. Searing remained within striking distance as the white flag flew. Searing snuck to Peterson's inside in the final trip into turn three.
The pair made contact, but Peterson was able to hold on and come back to the checkered flag as the race winner.
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