By Mike Spieker
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (September 1, 2017) – After finishing second to Mark Dobmeier last week, Chris Ranten led all 25 laps of the Buffalo Wild Wings NOSA Sprint Car feature for his second win of the season. Ranten beat Austin Pierce into turn one on the opening lap from the outside of the front row to take the lead. Ranten had no time to get comfortable out front as he caught the tail of the field on lap two.
Ranten efficiently sliced through lapped traffic and put four cars between himself and Austin Pierce.
The race was marred by two red flags, the worst of which came on lap 10 when Jordan Adams took a hellacious ride down the front straightaway. Adams and Ty Hanten got together, which spun Adams and dug his left rear tire into the track. From there, Adams had to hang on as his Home of Economy No. 20A flipped a total of six times down the front straightaway into the entry of turn one. Adams fuel cell was ripped from the car and flew over the catch fence, over part of the turn one grandstand, and landed in a nearby vacant campground approximately 80-100 yards from the incident.
The 21-year-old driver claimed from his mangled machine and was immediately checked out by the Altru medical staff. Adams was reported to be ok, despite some minor injuries.
The second red flag occurred with five laps to go when Jack Croaker was exiting the racing surface. As he was doing so, Rick Bates climbed the left rear of Croaker and flipped end over end twice into the infield. Both Bates and Croaker were ok.
When the race resumed, Ranten paced the field as Pierce and Wade Nygaard gave chase. Nobody had anything for Ranten as he cruised to the win over Pierce, Nygaard, Casey Mack and Nick Omdahl.
A Feature 1 (25 Laps): 1. 27-Chris Ranten, ; 2. 2A-Austin Pierce, ; 3. 9N-Wade Nygaard, ; 4. 8-Casey Mack, ; 5. 0-Nick Omdahl, ; 6. 99-Jordan Graham, ; 7. 10TRB-Bob Martin, ; 8. 8H-Jade Hastings, ; 9. 31-Shane Roemeling, ; 10. 1AJ-Trevor Mell, ; 11. 26-Blake Egeland, ; 12. 12-Brayden Pengilly, ; 13. (DNF) 91M-Jackson Moffett, ; 14. (DNF) 6-Zach Wilde, ; 15. (DNF) 14-Tom Egeland, ; 16. (DNF) 4M-Cale Mack, ; 17. (DNF) 8C-Jack Croaker, ; 18. (DNF) 42-Rick Bates, ; 19. (DNF) 51-Alex Larson, ; 20. (DNF) 20A-Jordan Adams, ; 21. (DNF) 13T-Ty Hanten, ; 22. (DNF) 24-Jon Sorenson, ; (DNS) 22-Tanner Wisk,
Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 8H-Jade Hastings, ; 2. 91M-Jackson Moffett, ; 3. 13T-Ty Hanten, ; 4. 6-Zach Wilde, ; 5. 99-Jordan Graham, ; 6. 8C-Jack Croaker, ; 7. (DNF) 42-Rick Bates, ; 8. (DNF) 22-Tanner Wisk, 
Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 0-Nick Omdahl, ; 2. 9N-Wade Nygaard, ; 3. 20A-Jordan Adams, ; 4. 31-Shane Roemeling, ; 5. 1AJ-Trevor Mell, ; 6. 4M-Cale Mack, ; 7. 51-Alex Larson, ; 8. 24-Jon Sorenson, 
Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 27-Chris Ranten, ; 2. 2A-Austin Pierce, ; 3. 8-Casey Mack, ; 4. 14-Tom Egeland, ; 5. 26-Blake Egeland, ; 6. 12-Brayden Pengilly, ; 7. (DNF) 10TRB-Bob Martin, 
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