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Strand captures late-model feature at RCS

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East Grand Forks' Dustin Strand (71) maintains a narrow lead against fellow Late Models driver Shane Edginton (4) during Sunday's feature race at River Cities Speedway. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

Sometimes, it’s not easy leading a race, especially one in which there is restart after restart.

With those restarts, the second-place driver sometimes can make life difficult for the leader.

Dustin Strand was in that position Sunday night at River Cities Speedway.

But Strand survived numerous restarts and managed to dominate the NLRA 25-lap feature at The Bullring -- his second win of the season.

The caution-plagued feature took its toll on the field. Twenty-one cars started and only 12 finished.

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“I was glad a couple of those yellow flags came out, but a few of them, I didn’t need,” said Strand. “With about five to go, we got a yellow and I was kind of hoping we could finish it off. But then I caught the lapped cars and the track was starting to get blocked so I thought, ‘Well, maybe a yellow would be good.’ ”

Second-place cars during a lengthy race, at times, have an advantage.

“Sometimes, it’s almost better to be in second,” said Strand. “Track position is always huge. But, especially on a restart, it’s a lot easier to see where the leader is making a mistake. Or you have room to try something where you might find something before the leader does.”

Strand led all 25 laps and beat Shane Edginton to the flag stand by 2.050 seconds. The driver of the No. 71 car also had the fastest lap time of the night at 13.326 seconds, that coming on Lap 4.

Brad Seng finished third, followed by Cole Schill and Mike Balcaen.

Track position also was huge for Eric Haugland in the Midwest modifieds feature. Haugland led from start to finish, holding off Nate Reynods for the win.

Haugland won by 0.489 seconds over Reynolds, who started fifth and had the fastest lap time of 14.630 seconds -- that coming on Lap 13.

Two other classes competed Sunday night -- the legends and the lightning sprints. Both classes do not run regularly at RCS.

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Zach Kwiatkoski won the lightning sprints feature. Kwiatkoski took the lead from Mike Schmiedeberg on Lap 8 as the drivers came out of Turn 2. Kwiatkoski then cruised to the win, beating Alex Truscinski by 3.276 seconds.
Kelsi Pederson, who won Friday night’s lightning sprints feature at RCS, was third, followed by Schmiedeberg and Josh Abrahamson.

In the legends feature, Steven Kuntz took the win, edging Andrew Jochim by 0.260 seconds.

A regular night of racing returns Friday at RCS.

River Cities Speedway

Sunday’s results

Legends

First heat -- 1. Andrew Jochim; 2. Steven Kuntz; 3. Tye Wilke

Second heat -- 1. Ryan Braseth; 2. Andrew Sommerfeld; 3. Brody Carslrud

Feature -- 1. Kuntz; 2. Jochim; 3. Braseth; 4. Blaise Deckert; 5. Kaitlyn Skalicky

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Lightning sprints

First heat -- 1. Mike Schmiedeberg; 2. Zach Kwiatkoski; 3. Kelsi Pederson

Second heat -- 1. Josh Abrahamson; 2. Dexter Dvergsten; 3. Lawrence Veralrud

Feature -- 1. Kwiatkoski; 2. Truscinski; 3. Pederson; 4. Schmiedeberg; 5. Abrahamson

Midwest modifieds

First heat -- 1. Lance Schill; 2. Jamie Dietzler; 3. Hunter Hougard

Second heat -- 1. Aaron Blacklance; 2. Nate Reynolds; 3. Ryan Schroeder

Third heat -- 1. Eric Haugland; 2. Reise Stenberg; 3. Jason Schuh

Feature -- 1. Haugland; 2. Reynolds; 3. Matt Schow; 4. Schroeder; 5. Hougard

Late models

First heat -- 1. Tom Corcoran; 2. Brad Seng; 3. Joey Pederson

Second heat -- 1. Mike Balcaen; 2. Shane Edginton; 3. Steffen Snare

Third heat -- 1. Dustin Strand; 2. Ryan Corbett; 3. Cole Schill

Feature -- 1. Strand; 2. Edginton; 3. Seng; 4. Schill; 5. Balcaen

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Late Models feature race winner Dustin Strand celebrates victory with his family Sunday night at the Bullring. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

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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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