By Mike Spieker
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (September 7, 2017) – The Happy Harry’s Midwest Modified feature got off to a rocky start as Preston Carr looped his machine in turn two and collected five other machines on the opening lap. Joe Henninger, Brock Gronwold and Logan Salazar got caught the worst end of the melee. Gronwold and Carr were both able to continue while Salazar and Henninger were done for the night.
On the complete Evergreen Insurance restart, Hunter Hougard powered into the race lead over Nick Koehler on lap one. Behind them, Matt Schow and seventh place starter, Tyler Peterson jostled for the third position.
Peterson moved by both Schow and Koehler on the low side of turns three and four to take second at the completion of lap two. From there, Peterson, a two-time River Cities Speedway Midwest Mod track champion, set his sights on Hougard for the lead.
Peterson drove underneath Hougard for the lead on lap four before Hougard, Koehler, and Schow raced three wide for second the following circuit. Schow drove from fourth to second using the inside of the speedway as he and Peterson looked to run away from the field.
On the final lap, Schow was right on the rear bumper of Peterson heading into turn one in lapped traffic. A lapped car bobbled in front of Peterson, which forced Schow into the back of Peterson in a chain reaction sequence. The contact sent Peterson spinning into the infield and the caution was called on Schow.
On the green-white-checker restart, Koehler, who inherited the second position, gave Peterson everything he had, but it wasn’t enough as Peterson picked up his 11th career Midwest Mod feature win at River Cities.
Koehler, Hougard, Troy Randall, and Dylan Goplen, who started 13th, rounded out the top five.
A Feature 1 (20 Laps): 1. 1TPO-Tyler Peterson, ; 2. 13-Nick Koehler, ; 3. 188-Hunter Hougard, ; 4. 34-Troy Randall, ; 5. 6D-Dylan Goplen, ; 6. 96-Jeremy Lizakowski, ; 7. 6R-Nate Reynolds, ; 8. 1S-Scott Bintz, ; 9. 21-Todd Johnson, ; 10. 2G-Brock Gronwold, ; 11. 77R-Ryan Schroeder, ; 12. 01-Zach Bruer, ; 13. 67-Mike Nichols, ; 14. 39-Jamie Dietzler, ; 15. 14-Jeremy Castro, ; 16. 8T-Doug VanMill, ; 17. (DNF) 2S-Matt Schow, ; 18. (DNF) 10C-Cole Haugland, ; 19. (DNF) 5C-Preston Carr, ; 20. (DNF) 27-Les Schoon, ; 21. (DNF) 32-Eric Haugland, ; 22. (DNF) 3L-Logan Salazar, ; 23. (DNF) 68-Joe Henninger, ; 24. (DNF) 22-Rick Hamel, 
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