Troftgruben Sweeps Late Model Portion
Grand Forks, N.D. (August 26, 2022) - One year and one day following his first win at the Bullring, three-time and defending World of Outlaws series champion Brad Sweet parked in RydellCars.com victory lane for the second time Friday night, while Brody Troftgruben swept Late Model competition at the Outlaw specials, scoring his second victory of the year.
June's fast qualifier Sheldon Haudenschild and Spencer Bayston led the Outlaws to the green flag to start the 35 lap main event.
Sweet wasted little time moving forward, as the third place starter, and quickest qualifier of the night, moved into second on the second trip around the Bullring.
Already in thick lapped traffic seven laps into the race, Sweet had Haudenschild within his reach, with Sweet eventually taking the top spot on lap 11.
From there, David Gravel and June winner Carson Macedo moved in on Haudenschild for the second spot.
Both passed Haudenschild, and brought the now eleven-time Knoxville Nationals champion, Fargo's Donny Schatz with them before a caution with 20 laps remaining.
Sweet didn't let the sight of his championship rival faze him through three restarts through the middle of the race, as Gravel had to fend off a hard charging Donny Schatz to keep second.
The race came to a halt due to Austin Pierce rolling off the fourth turn with eleven laps left, but Sweet went unchallenged in the waning laps to win his second feature at the Bullring.
Gravel, Macedo, Schatz, and Haudenschild completed the top five.
Grand Forks, N.D. (August 19, 2022) - With the summer winding down, a perennial favorite at the speedway saw the annual School Bus races run alongside weekly racing action at the Bullring Friday night. Three drivers ended the night with their first wins of the season, as Jade Hastings Aaron Turnbull, and Tanner Theis joined four-time Big Al's Construction Street Stock winner Tucker Pederson in RydellCars.com victory lane.
Austin Pierce and Brendan Mullen led the Buffalo Wild Wings NOSA Sprints to green for their 25 lap main event. Mullen took the early lead, as a returning Tim Estenson challenged Pierce for second.
A lap three caution and restart saw Wade Nygaard move past Estenson for third before Blake Egeland went for a scary ride off of the first turn. He emerged from his destroyed No. 26 ok.
Estenson got the best restart, regaining third, and resuming a bid for second with Pierce. Estenson took second on the seventh lap, setting his sights on Mullen's lead.
With ten to go, Jade Hastings joined the now three car battle for the lead, which was now held by Estenson in lapped traffic.
The great three car battle came to an unfortunate end, as a blown engine in Mullen's No. 11M collected Pierce and rookie Gage Pulkrabek, ending the evening for all three.
Estenson, looking for his first NOSA win, was unable to hold off the hard charging Hastings, as the latter led the final eight laps for his first win of the season. Nygaard, Mark Dobmeier, and Jack Croaker completed the top five.
Hastings, with his regular crew enjoying a weekend off at the drag races in Brainerd, had the 2003 Track Championship winning crew of Mike Johnson and speedway Hall-of-Famer Jeff Leebrick as help to score the win.
Pierce, Strand, Schill, and Pederson Also Winners
Grand Forks, N.D. (August 12, 2022) - With drivers from every time-zone, as far apart as San Diego, Calif. and Montreal, Canada, the POWRi Minn-Kota Lightning Sprint Summer Shootout added to another exciting night of action at the Bullring, as California native Brent Sexton went on to win night two of the series. Austin Pierce went back-to-back in the Buffalo Wild Wings NOSA Sprints, while Dustin Strand, Lance Schill, and Tucker Pederson all returned to RydellCars.com victory lane.
Brent Sexton and Kelsi Pederson brought night two of the POWRi Minn-Kota Lightning Sprint Summer Shootout to green. Sexton led early over Colorado natives Andy Flood and Chris Crowder as Pederson slipped back to fourth.
Flood reeled in Sexton and took the lead in lapped traffic on lap eight, leading through the midpoint of the 25 lap event.
With ten circuits left on the scoreboard, Crowder stalked Flood in thick lapped traffic, hoping for a sneak to the inside to gain the top spot.
Flood kept the lead, as Crowder fell back to fourth before a caution with five to go. Alex Truscinski took the lead the following lap, and was about to take the white flag, when another caution bunched the field back together for another restart.
Flood ran out of luck on the restart, as he spun and headed to the rear of the field, moving Alex's dad Alan Truscinski onto the podium.
The final restart saw Lakeside, California's Brent Sexton rip the cushion around the outside of Alex Truscinski, taking the lead as the white flag flew, and continued on to victory.
Kelsi Pederson moved back up to fourth, while Val Joli, Quebec, Canada racer Eric Sunborg took fourth, with Alan Truscinski finishing fifth.
The Summer Shootout continues this weekend at Greenbush Race Park and Buffalo River Speedway.
FIVE different winners visited Rydell Cars Victory Lane on Friday night! Congrats to them all!
Buffalo Wild Wings Northern Outlaw Sprint Association (NOSA): Austin Pierce Racing
Cirrus Aircraft Late Models: Joey Pederson Racing
Modifieds: Joseph Thomas
Happy Harrys Midwest Mods: Reise Stenberg
Big Al’s Construction Street Stocks: Kyle Dykhoff Racing #11
Photos by Speedway Shots
Thomas, Stenberg, and Dykhoff Net First Wins of '22
Grand Forks, N.D. (August 6, 2022) - Austin Pierce started from the pole alongside last week's winner Nick Omdahl at the beginning of the 25 lap Buffalo Wild Wings NOSA Sprints feature. Pierce brought Mark Dobmeier with him, as the pair pulled into the top two spots on the initial start.
Jade Hastings joined the lead duo following a lap three restart, as Dobmeier challenged for the lead on the top side of the quarter-mile.
Restarts on laps five and six saw Pierce change his restart choices from the bottom to the top, as he continued to lead in lapped traffic through the midway point.
After another pair of cautions shortly thereafter, Pierce continued to stave off advances by Dobmeier by returning to green on the cushion of the track.
Pierce held off Dobmeier by about a car length in traffic to score the win. Brendan Mullen, Hastings, and Wade Nygaard rounded out the top five.
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