Jeff Wildung, in the No. 50 Veit Companies Rocket started fourth and took the lead from Ricky Weiss on lap seven, leading the remainder of the 30 lapper. The win is his eleventh NLRA series victory, and first away from the Viking Speedway. The win also ties him with Zach Johnson and Ricky Weiss for fifth on the NLRA all time wins list.
On Thursday night, two time NLRA champion Cody Skytland started tenth and took the lead on lap 24 of 30 to win his fourth series feature. Donny Schatz started second and jumped out to the lead, and held off charges by Brad Seng and Steven Pfiefer until Skytland made his way to the lead trio by lap 20. Schatz finished second, while Seng, Pfiefer, and Zach Johnson rounded out the top five. Jeff Wildung finished sixth, with Shane Edginton, driver of the No. 5E Avonlea Group entry following in seventh. Pat Doar in the No. 11 Speedwerx Capital, Marshall Fegers, and Ricky Weiss rounded out the top ten. Dusty Peterson was the hard charger, improving 16 spots finishing 13th after starting 29th. Wissota national rookie of the year point leader Dustin Bluhm rolled his No. 45 Weep No More Fuel Tank Repair Pierce off of corner three on the opening lap of his heat race. He was uninjured, but was unable to start the feature. Schatz, Pfeifer, Seng and Fegers were heat winners. 29 cars were in attendance on Thursday night.
The series was set to make its' debut at the I-94 Speedway in Fergus Falls, MN, but late afternoon thunderstorms cancelled the event with an estimated 45 cars in the area. Fridays' rain coupled with more showers on Saturday cancelled what was to be the third appearance of the season at the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, MN. Series action continues on Thursday night July the 17th at the Red River Co-Op Speedway near Winnipeg, MB.
2012 NLRA champion Brad Seng heads into July as the NLRA point leader, with a 36 point advantage over 2011 series champion Ricky Weiss. Pat Doar sits in the third spot, while Mike Balcaen and Dustin Strand, driver of the No. 71S Q&Z Plumbing & Heating Millenium round out the top five. Shane Edginton holds the sixth spot, with five time World of Outlaws sprint car champion Donny Schatz in seventh. Dave Smith, in the No. 06 Mobil 1 Capital is eighth, with Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 Lithia Toyota/Pizza Ranch Rocket and Cole Schill, driver of the No. 44 Rivinius Ranch Rocket rounding out the top ten.