Happy Harry's WISSOTA Midwest Modified Recap
Jason Strand talks with Jon Roberts in RydellCars.com Victory Lane following his win. Photo by Mike Spieker.
By Mike Spieker
GRAND FORKS, ND (July 3) - It seems as though Portland, North Dakota’s Jason Strand can win anywhere he runs nowadays, including the tight little bullring in Grand Forks.
Strand and Lance Schill of Langdon put on a great battle for the lead in the early going of the Happy Harry’s Midwest Modified feature. The two drivers were mired in heavy lapped traffic and both were fighting for real-estate on the low side of the speedway. On lap 12, Schill drove his Millenium chassis too hard into turn one, and slid up the track ever so slightly, which allowed Strand to squeeze underneath and take the lead. Still in a gaggle of lapped traffic, Strand had to fight off Schill, along with newcomers to the front, Austin Hunter and Preston Carr in the final laps. The driver of the American Ethanol #E85 worked the traffic masterfully and took the win by 0.768 seconds over Schill. Following the race, Schill was disqualified for not going directly to the designated tech area.
“I was trying to hit my marks there,” said Strand of his battle with Schill. “It got a little hairy when we got into lapped traffic. I slipped up behind a guy and Lance got by me and I think the same thing happened to him, which allowed me to get back by him.”
The win was Strand’s first at RCS since opening night in 2013.