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Navigating lapped traffic is never easy for the leader of a sprint car race. And Wade Nygaard had to pick his way through a lot of lapped traffic Friday night at River Cities Speedway, where he won the 25-lap feature. "Sometimes it helps you; som...

Mitch Mack wins his heat race in the Sprints at River Cities Speedway Friday.photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald
Mitch Mack wins his heat race in the Sprints at River Cities Speedway Friday.photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Navigating lapped traffic is never easy for the leader of a sprint car race.

And Wade Nygaard had to pick his way through a lot of lapped traffic Friday night at River Cities Speedway, where he won the 25-lap feature.

"Sometimes it helps you; sometimes it doesn't," said Nygaard. "But I think we got through it OK."

Nygaard started on the pole and led from start to finish. But Austin Pierce never was too far behind Nygaard and finished second, 0.955 seconds off the pace. Jordan Adams finished third while Casey Mack and Casey Miller of Lethbridge, Alberta, rounded out the top five.

Conditions were fairly demanding as the track was heavy in places.

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"Coming out of Turn 4 was the worst I've seen it in years," said Nygaard. "I really had to hang on. And that's not good for an old guy like me. Turns 1 and 2 were pretty normal."

For Nygaard, the win was the second this season at The Bullring and sixth overall. For his career, it was win No. 263.

Nygaard turned the fastest lap time at 12.119 seconds (89.116 mph), that coming on Lap 9.

Dustin Strand captured another late model feature win at RCS. The Grand Forks driver passed Brandon Fuller for the lead on Lap 7 and took off, winning by 1.477 seconds.

Fuller was second, followed by Joey Pederson, Bill Mooney and Brad Seng. Fuller turned the fastest lap of the race at 12.579 (85.847 mph).

It was a long night as racing as A modifieds were also added to the lineup.

Lance Schill was the winner of the A mods and he also captured the Midwest modifieds feature earlier for a double checkered flag night.

Schill beat Scott Greer by 1.240 seconds in the A modifieds feature.

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"We run against tough competition every night," said Schill in Victory Lane. "This is unbelievable. This is only the fourth night we've been in this car."

In the Midwest modifieds feature, Schill nipped Todd Johnson for the win. Jesse Aho was third while Rick Hamel and Austin Hunter rounded out the top 5. Schill came from the 14th starting spot to grab the win.

Ryan Johnson won the closest race of the night, taking his fifth streets feature win of the season at RCS. Johnson edged Trey Hess by 0.002 seconds while Aaron Blacklance was third, 0.100 seconds off the pace.

Tom Corcoran (T1) and Dustin Strand (71) race through turn 3 at River Cities Speedway Friday. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald
Tom Corcoran (T1) and Dustin Strand (71) race through turn 3 at River Cities Speedway Friday. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Wayne Nelson is the sports editor at the Herald.


He has been with the Grand Forks Herald since 1995, serving as the UND football and basketball beat writer as well as serving as the sports editor.



He is a UND graduate and has been writing sports since the late 1970s.



Follow him on Twitter @waynenelsongf. You can reach him at (701) 780-1268 or wnelson@gfherald.com.
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