By Mike Spieker
GRAND FORKS, ND (August 23) - The first of two races last weekend brought the NOSA Sprints to their home track, River Cities Speedway. Where a full field of 24 cars were signed in to battle at the bullring.
Trent Stengl led the opening lap from outside of the front row, but he was quickly surpassed by Mitch Mack and Jack Croaker. Croaker rode in the second spot until eighth-starting Nygaard made the pass on lap six. Nygaard then chased the FM Truck Sales/Joe Black’s Bar & Grill #92 of Mack for several circuits. The race was slow by two cautions, but on each Evergreen Insurance restart, Mack was able to fend of Nygaard and pull away.
In the closing laps Mack had build up a one-second advantage over the eight-time and defending NOSA champion, but as they came to the white flag the split between himself and Nygaard was down to a half second. As they charged into turn three for the final time, Mack ran the middle of the turn while Nygaard threw his right rear up on the cushion. Nygaard got a great run off of turn four, passed Mack and stole the win at the line. Shane Roemeling, Chris Ranten and Casey Mack finished in positions two through five.
On Saturday the series went west to Devils Lake Speedway in Crary, ND for their third and final appearance of the season.
Coming off a second place finish in the June 4th race at DLS, Nick Omdahl had a bit of momentum coming into Saturday night and was hungry for the win.
Omdahl lined up behind Jordan Adams and Bob Martin for the 25-lap feature and saw Adams take the early. Omdahl and Martin fought for the second spot as Adams cruised out to a somewhat comfortable lead around the high-banked quarter-mile oval.
As the race wore on, rubber started to be laid down in the corners which ended up to play into Omdahl’s favor. Omdahl was able to find the rubber before Adams and not only reeled in the Home of Economy #20A, but made the pass for the lead.
Despite being shuffled back, Adams held tough in second but fuel filter problems made the Reynolds, ND driver fade back in the closing laps.
Omdahl went on to score his first career Northern Outlaw Sprint Association win over Austin Pierce and Jade Hastings. The East Grand Forks, MN was ecstatic in victory lane and gave the race fans a celebratory wing dance after being hugged and high-fived by crew and family.
Shane Roemeling and Adams rounded out the top five.
River Cities Speedway
Devils Lake Speedway