McKayla Housey photo.
The field cycled through twenty caution free rounds at the start of the race. It was Strand leading the pack, making his way around the high-banked quarter-mile Greenbush oval, the second season in which the track has been in it's current configuration.
The rest of the spots inside the top five were up for grabs, however. It was two-time Greenbush victor since it's re-opening in 2014 Brad Seng, driver of the No. 12S S&S Transport MB Custom, making his way up to the runner-up spot.
Seng was lapping in this car for just the second night. His brand new MB looked strong throughout the race, as front row starter Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 OMG Candy MasterSbilt by JMR, Joey Pederson, in his No. 7P B&E Meats Victory, and Ricky Weiss, pilot of the No. 7 Allied Roofing Bloomquist, who duked it out for the remaining spots inside the top five.
Defending I-94 Speedway champion Cole Schill was the biggest mover during this period, as he moved his No. 44 Metz Company MasterSbilt by JMR solidly inside the top ten after starting eleventh.
Strand preparing his No. 71 earlier this season.
The field lined up in a single-file formation, as Strand lead the field back to green, and held on for the win after the races only caution with five laps remaining.
Brad Seng held on for second in his mount, while 2011 Greenbush winner Joey Pederson crossed under the checkers with the final podium spot. Mooney and defending series champion Ricky Weiss finished fifth and fourth respectively.
Shane Edginton, driver of the No. 4 Red River Messenger Courier Victory, finished sixth, with Cole Schill, who scored his first series victory at Greenbush in 2016, coming home seventh. Schill was the races hard charger, advancing four spots from the eleventh starting spot.
Mike Balcaen, who also gained four spots during the race, finished eighth in the No. 10 Imrie Demolition Black Diamond, with Steffen Snare, who was making his season debut in the No. 71S Northern Sanitation Bloomquist running ninth. Brody Troftgruben rounded out the top ten in the No. 14 R&R Dirt & Gravel Rocket.
Strand and Mooney won the heats that were contested by the 16 cars that entered the event.
NLRA series action continues this Friday night at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, as the series makes it's second appearance at the speedway in 2018. The race will also be broadcasted live on Midco Sportsnet.
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