Ryan Corbett and Mike Balcaen lead the field to the initial green of the event, but it was Balcaen grabbing the point in his No. 10 Sylmak, Inc. Black Diamond at the start.
Corbett settled into second in his No. C4 Jess Rice Crary Realty MastersBilt as the field cycled around the very fast, but narrow quarter-mile bullring.
The track was that way due to heavy rains throughout Thursday and early Friday. The feature itself was briefly delayed due to yet another show just as the Midwest Modifieds completed their main event.
Strand was the only driver making headway around the top of the high-banked oval, eventually taking over the top spot around five laps into the originally scheduled 25 lap affair.
Shortly thereafter, a caution flag flew for Troy Schill, who spun his No. 11 Todd's Electric MasterSbilt into the infield near the apex of turns one and two.
On the impending restart, Kevin Robertson drove the No. 10R H. Anderson Concrete MB Custom off the top of the second turn.
Nick Minske scored his first career top ten in NLRA competition last Friday night.
The field stacked up behind him, sending Bill Mooney, upside down in the No. 2 OMG Candy MasterSbilt by JMR. Mooney's car came to rest at the bottom of the second turn, bringing out the event's first red flag.
Mooney emerged unscathed from his wrecked mount, and the field re-stacked for another restart. Strand bicycled in turn one on the restart, but continued on with the lead. Shane Edginton moved the No. 4 Performance Auto Victory into the third spot as Travis Robertson moved into fourth in the No. 1R The Bowler Mastersbilt.
As Robertson moved in on Edginton for third, the former bicycled hard in turn three, went sailing over the banking, and though the poles holding up the billboards off of turn four. After a few anxious moments, Robertson exited his destroyed machine.
The race was shortened after that accident to a green-white-checkered finish. Strand cruised to his second win in six days, with Edginton second, Corbett third, eleventh starting Brad Seng moving the No. 12S S&S Transport MB Custom up to fourth. Joey Pederson, driver of the No. 7P Big Jim's Tire Victory, rounded out the top five. Pederson started 14th to earn the hard charger honors.
Brody Troftgruben finished sixth in the No. 14 Gateway Auto Tech Rocket, with early leader Balcaen settling into seventh. Nick Minske scored a career best eighth place run in his Advantage Ag Air No. 1M. Kevin Robertson, and Tom Corcoran, driver of the No. T1 Greg's Lawn Care MB Custom, rounded out the top ten.
Balcaen, Corbett, and Edginton were the heat winners. 17 cars were in attendance. NLRA action continues on Saturday night, July the 28th at the Greenbush Race Park in Greenbush, MN.
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