Shane Edginton remained patient for much of the first Howe Schill Memorial late model feature at River Cities Speedway.
Sometimes, patience is a virtue for a race car driver.
It was for Edginton, who overtook Brad Seng for the lead with two laps to go Friday night at The Bullring. Edginton then hung on for the final two laps for his biggest win of the season.
The night at RCS was special since it honored the late Howie Schill, who had a lot of success as a late model driver in the region and who also was instrumental in helping launch the Northern Late Model Racing Association, which promotes late model racing throughout the region.
Edginton said running in second sometimes has its advantages.
“It was Brad’s track right through the middle so I knew I had to be patient,” said Edginton. “I knew I wasn’t going to get him in clean air so I waited for lapped traffic. It’s always tough going through lapped traffic when you’re leading. You’re kind of a sitting duck.
“Fortunately, he made a little mistake and I was able to get around him.”
Edginton said the win was special. “It’s always great to win a memorial race,” said Edginton. “Howie was a great guy. This win definitely ranks up there.”
Seng finished second in the 24-lap event, 0.931 seconds off the pace. Bryce Sward was third, followed by Cole Babcock and Jason Strand.
Four classes competed Friday night. Joining the late models were modifieds, Midwest modifieds and sprints.
The modifieds feature went 40 laps as it was part of the Advantage RVs Modified Tour. Johnny Broking captured the win, holding off hard-charging Tyler Peterson who came from deep in the field and finished 0.761 seconds behind the winner..
In the Midwest modifieds feature, which was part of the $1,000-to-win Rebel Midwest Modified Tour, Lucas Rodin captured the 25-lap feature. Corey Storck was second while RCS regular Jamie Dietzler finished third.
In all, there were 105 cars that raced Friday night.
In the 25-lap sprint feature, Austin Pierce dominated -- leading from start to finish.
Pierce started on the front row and wasn’t challenged. He had to handle lapped traffic and a number of restarts. But he was never seriously threatened as he finished 4.033 seconds ahead of Wade Nygaard. Pierce’s top lap time was 12.046 seconds, coming in Lap 2.
Tom Egeland, with his strongest run of the season, finished third, followed by Brendan Mullen and Nick Omdahl.
“The car was working so good and it’s been working well the last few weeks on the top side of the track,” said Pierce. “And we were lucky enough to draw the pole the past two nights. It helps to get in that clean air.”
Pierce ran the high groove throughout. In Turn 2, the cushion was a bit tricky.
“The cushion was shrinking quite a bit coming off Turn 2.," said Pierce. "We started pulling our wing back and we almost had to run the line below the cushion. And there was a little bit of a rut there.”
Pierce won his fourth feature at RCS this season and fifth overall in 13 nights of racing.
Overall, it was his 40th career win.
“That was my goal, to get my 40th,” said Pierce of the season. “And this is my home track. I couldn’t be more proud to win it here.”