It was Bryce Sward and Zach Naastad leading the field to the first green of the main event, as Sward moved the No. 1-2 Alexandria Appliance & Service MB Custom to the point over Naastad, who was debuting his No. Z17 Q&Z Plumbing & Heating Millenium SRT for the 2020 season.
Shawn Meyer in the Southern Valley Cenex No. 18X, and Lance Schill in the No. 17 Schill Construction MB Custom, went three wide with Naastad on the second lap, with the pair of 17's completing the top three at the end of lap two.
Schill looped his mount on the fourth lap, as he and Dave Mass battled for position in the top five, bringing out the first caution of the event.
On the ensuing restart, Mass moved the Shaw Trucking No. 2M into the runner-up spot, as he set his sights on Sward for the lead. Brad Seng went three-wide with Meyer and Naastad, using the cushion to move into third.
The lead duo eventually became the lead trio, as Sward ran low, Mass ran high, and Seng was their shadow through five laps.
Seng went low on Mass for second on lap six, then moved high on Sward for the lead on lap eight.
Teammates Dustin Strand (71) and Zach Naastad (Z17) battle for position in the main event. Mike Spieker photo.
With ten circuits remaining, the top three remained the same, as Brody Troftgruben drove the No. 14 Kaz Brothers Construction Rocket into fourth, and Dustin Strand completed the top five in the No. 71 Naastad Acres Millenium SRT.
Mass moved back to Sward's inside as the field reached the five to go mark. Mass made the pass for second, as Troftgruben stalked Sward for third.
Seng continued on to victory over Mass, Troftgruben, Sward, and Strand.
"The track kinda came to us," Seng said in victory lane. "Flawless. Greg [Konze] and Tanner [Corbett; Seng's crew] and myself put our heads together and made a couple little adjustments, and it worked well for us."
Seng also commented on the series car counts being so strong despite the current social climate, saying, "We are, but we'd love to have our Canadians. We miss Shane, Mike, Ryan, Jesse, Bill, and the Smiths, we miss them all, and we wish they were down here with us."
Schill, Seng, and Naastad won the heats, with Dustin Hapka winning the B Main in the No. 18 Sure Step Victory by Moyer. 27 cars were in attendance at River Cities.
The NLRA would like to thank Tour Sponsors: Wes’ Plumbing, S & S Transport, Performance Auto, Adams Automotive and Machine, White Water Truck Wash, DayDreams Specialties, Grand Forks Subaru/Kia, Boss Signs, Storbakken & Sons Construction, Millar Engines, Gateway Cenex, Fastlane Racing Equipment, Q & Z Plumbing, Fargo Forum, On The Edge Graphics, Hugo’s Family Marketplace, EGF American Legion Post 157, EZ Open Garage Door, Schill Construction, and Greg’s Lawn Care, and Contingency Sponsors: CMD Shocks, Hoosier Tire North, Mars Race Cars, Performance Auto, Speedway International Fuel, Schaeffer's Oil & Lubricants, for their continued support.