Strand's win is also his seventh career NLRA series triumph, tying him two-time series champion Troy Schill, and 2006 series co-champion Troy Olson for ninth on the series all time wins list.
Intermittent rain showers in the morning and early afternoon, closed what is normally the pit area off of turns one and two, as they moved to the grass behind the grandstand. The rain also caused the races to be delayed by one hour.
The heat races were one lane and hammer down after all the rain, but as more laps were put on the track from the other divisions of cars, the track widened out, allowing for what turned out to be a pretty good race track, and a feature was arguably the best of the season thus far in NLRA competition.
Shane Edginton, driver of the No. 4 Performance Auto Victory and Tom Corcoran, driver of the No. T1 D&B Motors Rocket, lead the field to the green, with Edginton winning the drag race to turn one.
As Edginton lead, Strand, who started fifth, immediately swept into third at the completion of the first lap. One more lap went in the books before a pair of back-to-back caution flags flew.
Dustin Strand prepares for hot laps in Devils Lake.
The pair had already opened up a full straightaway advantage over Corcoran and Mike Balcaen, driver of the No. 10 Enns Brothers Black Diamond, who battled for third. Edginton was able to open up a five car lenght advantage in the next pair of circuits, as Balcaen moved into the third spot, and ninth starting Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 Winnipeg Hearing Centres MasterSbilt, moved into the top five.
Edginton held the same interval between himself and Strand on lap nine, when the leaders caught the tail end of the field. The first lapped car was no problem for Edginton, but the second was another story. With traffic running the same lane as the leaders, Edginton's lead evaporated, alowing Strand to close in and throw a slider in turns one and two, taking the point on lap twelve. Strand was then able put two cars lapped car between himself and Edginton for some insurance.
It didn't take Strand long to open up a straightaway on Edginton with ten to go. The nose on Edginton's car began to fall apart as he made contact with a lap car, allowing Strand to pull away, and fellow Manitobans Bill Mooney and Mike Balcaen to close.
As Strand was near victory, the trio of Manitoba racers battled three-wide for fourth in lapped traffic with two to go, with Mooney diving to the inside of Edginton in turn one on the final lap, securing the second spot for his second consecutive hard charger award, over Edginton, who nursed his damaged car home third, and Balcaen who finished fourth. Brad Seng, driver of the No. 12S S&S Transport MB Custom, rounded out the top five after starting twelfth.
Tom Corcoran finished sixth, with Joey Pederson, driver of the No. 7P Dahlstrom Motors MB Custom running seventh, Cole Schill, driver of the No. 44 Mid Ag Dispatch MasterSbilt coming home eighth, Ryan Corbett, driver of the No. C4 Corbett Trucking MasterSbilt ninth, and Zach Naastad, driver of the Q&Z Plumbing & Heating No. Z17 rounding out the top ten.
Corbett, Edginton, and Corcoran won the heats, 17 cars were in attendance.
Brad Seng will carry a 30 point advantage over Shane Edginton when the series returns to the Greenbush Race Park this Saturday night July the 30th, as the series will one again co-headline an event with the Northern Outlaw Sprint Association Sprint Cars.
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