WISSOTA Late Model recap, presented by RydellCars.com
By Mike Spieker
GRAND FORKS, ND (July 31) - Nineteen WISSOTA Late Models made up the starting grid for the 20 lap feature. Shane Edginton and Bill Mooney led them across the North Dakota Eye Clinic starting line and took the green flag.
Mooney's promising start to the race took a turn for the worse when he slid the #2M Toyota Camry Late Model off the turn two embankment, bringing out the yellow. That moved up Thursday night's winner at Norman County Raceway (Ada, MN), Don Shaw, into the second position for the Evergreen Insurance restart.
The green flag flew from the North Dakota Eye Clinic flagstand and Shaw completed a beautiful slide job on Edginton in turn one to take the lead, but the yellow lights flashed upon the speedway for another spin. The race resumed once again with Edginton, Shaw, and Steffen Snare racing three wide for the point. Edginton prevailed as Snare slid into second, but Shaw moved by Snare to reclaim second on lap seven and was followed by Brad Seng, who moved into third on the same lap.
Edginton had just a two car length lead over Shaw on lap eight when he got too high in turn four, which allowed both Shaw and Seng to fly by. Seng led the lap by the slimmest of margins, but Shaw powered into the lead off the cushion.
Shaw held the race lead until he approached lapped traffic with five laps to go. Seng quickly erased the gap between he and Shaw and drove into the lead off the bottom of turn two. Almost immediately Seng opened up a 10 car length lead over Shaw, which was all he needed to cruise to his fourth RCS win of the year and 46th overall at 3/10th mile track.
"Don (Shaw) is a class act, a great competitor, and a great guy to gauge your performance off of," said Seng after the race. "I basically just had to go where he wasn't and it worked out."