Brad Seng steals the victory from Steve Anderson in the final laps.
By Mike Spieker
GRAND FORKS, ND (June 5) - West Fargo’s Jeff Hapala and veteran East Grand Forks, MN driver, Tom Corcoran led the field of 16 WISSOTA Late Models off of turn four and to the green flag.
Positions were quickly swapped as the drivers swarmed into turn one. Steve Anderson came from outside the second row to challenge Corcoran for the lead down the backstretch. On lap two, Anderson claimed the point and checked out on the field. Anderson amassed a full straightaway lead as he bobbed and weaved through lapped traffic, but it was completely erased when the caution flew with seven to go for a stalled Joey Pederson, who was running in second at the time of his mechanical failure.
This put two of the best Late Model drivers River Cities Speedway has to offer, Mike Balcaen and Brad Seng, right behind the Big Trucks by Jimco #9. The race resumed and Balcaen found some bite on the low side of the speedway and rocketed to the lead down the back stretch, but it was all for not as the yellow flag was quickly displayed for debris. On the ensuing restart, Seng threw his car into the high-banks of turn one, caught the cushion, and screamed by Balcaen and Anderson to take the lead. Seng quickly drove away from the other competitors and left Balcaen and Anderson to fight for second. Seng cruised to his 44th career RCS win.
“It’s great to get such a good start,” said Seng, who already has two RCS wins in 2015. “(The Late Models) are such a competitive class that the guy who has the least amount of DNF’s at the end of the year probably wins the championship because we are all right there.”
Anderson held on for second, while Balcaen, Dustin Strand, and Bill Mooney rounded out the top five.
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