Ryan Flaten parks his 1955 Chevy in RydellCars.com Victory Lane.
An ecstatic Ryan Flaten poses for a victory lane photo after his Street Stock win. Photo courtesy of Mike Spieker.
By Mike Spieker
GRAND FORKS, ND (May 15) - The Well's Concrete WISSOTA Street Stocks were 17 cars strong for their 15 lap main event. Nick Minske and Ryan Flaten led the field to the green flag, with Flaten jumping out to the early advantage. By lap three, Flaten had established a 15 car length lead over second place, Bryce Reimer. A caution on lap six, however, erased Flaten's lead and put the pack right on his rear bumper.
The caution was for debris which fell off the Anderson Properities #18 of Mike Anderson, who was running third at the time, but was sent to the tail of the field as a result. The Evergreen Insurance restart ensued with five laps remaining. Reimer and Jim Geringer of Harwood ran side-by-side for second until Flaten went bouncing through the ruts in turn one. That allowed the Reimer-Geringer duo to close in on Flaten and make it a three car battle for the lead. They ran three wide coming off of turn two, but Flaten and Reimer made contact down the back stretch, which forced Reimer to lift.
The white flag flew and all three drivers were still in the hunt. Reimer and Geringer were door-to-door in turn one, with Flaten a car length and a half out front. Geringer got a great run down the back straightaway and pulled even with Flaten into turn three. It came down to a drag race off of turn four to the ND Eye Clinic Finish Line, where Flaten narrowly edged out Geringer by about three feet.
The win was Flaten's 11th at RCS, tying him for fourth all-time with Jordan Duray on the RCS Street Stock wins list.
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