Strand, Hunter, and Anderson win Wissota Mains
An hour rain delay didn't end the night early at the Bullring on Friday night, as action on the high-banked quarter-mile oval was run through its conclusion headlined by Mike Neau winning the POWRi Minn-Kota Lightning Sprints National event along with Dustin Strand and Austin Hunter making return trips to RydellCars.com victory lane and Kyle Anderson winning his first Street Stock feature of the season.
Neau shared the front row with California's Grant Sexton to start the 25-lap POWRi Nationals main event. Sexton led the opening lap over Neau as the lead pair pulled away from the rest of the field.
The leaders caught up to the rear of the field on the fifth lap, with Neau taking the lead two laps later when Sexton bicycled in turn one. The initial lap ten restart saw Colorado's Johnny Boos take the lead, which was erased by another caution.
Neau and Boos became the new top two as Matthew Taves became the new top local as he moved up into third.
Neau continued to lead in lapped traffic with ten laps left, though Boos tracked the lead back down with seven laps left on the scoreboard. The race was stopped one lap later when Jason Berg blew up in turn two.
Neau pulled away on the restart to pick up the victory. Johnny Boos was second with Matthew Taves third, Alex Truscinski fourth and Bryce Haugeberg rounding out the top five.
Matt Jarvis and Jesse Teunis brought the 20-lap Cirrus Aircraft NLRA Late Model feature to the drop of the green. Along with the lead duo, four of the top six starters were looking for their first Late Model victory at the Bullring with Brandon Fuller and John Seng included.
Following three cautions in the first three laps, the race went green for the following 11 trips around the Bullring with Jarvis leading all of them.
With the second-generation driver leading past the midway point, Jarvis and a lapped car made contact at the exit of turn two, causing damage to both Jarvis and second running John Seng.
Jarvis tried to bring the field back to green, but too much damage to his car gave Seng the lead on the following restart.
Seng and Brody Troftgruben battled for the lead at the beginning of the final green flag run of the race but contact between the duo coming off of turn four coming to the two to go sign saw Dustin Strand move to second.
Strand took the lead coming off turn two the following lap and led the final two laps to win his fourth Late Model feature of the season at the Bullring.
John Seng was second with Troftgruben third, Corcoran fourth, and Brad Seng fifth.
Kevin Gagnon and Jason Halverson paced the field to green to start the 20-lap Happy Harry's Midwest Mod feature. Halverson led the opening circuit and continued to lead following a lap two restart.
Halverson continued to lead until contact with a lapped car with 12 to go saw his night end early. That gave Chris Edmonds the lead on the restart, though a three-wide battle with Austin Hunter and Jory Berg saw those two drivers become the new lead pair.
Hunter led the rest of the way to win his third Bullring feature of the season, and 14th overall. Berg was second with Joseph LaValley third, Gagnon fourth, and Ryne Uhrich fifth.
James Meagher and Chris Ekren made up the front row of the scheduled 20-lap Big Al's Construction Street Stock main event.
Meagher led through five caution periods through the first five laps, including the final caution which saw Jamestown regulars Kyle Anderson and Jay Schlotfeldt get together on the backstretch.
Anderson, who started tenth, resumed the race in the second spot as Meagher led past the midway point. Meagher continued to lead Anderson in lapped traffic with five to go. On the final restart with two to go, Anderson passed Meagher for the lead in turns one and two and continued on to his second career Bullring victory.
Tucker Pederson was second with Meagher third, Josh Barker fourth, and Shane Swenson completing the top five.
Racing action continues this Friday night with the Buffalo Wild Wings Blazin’ Challenge for the NOSA Sprint Cars. The Superior Customs Red River Sprint Series, Midwest Mods, Street Stocks, and School Bus races will also be on the card with racing beginning at seven.
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