Devils Lake Speedway Recap.
By Mike Spieker
DOYON, ND (June 20) - A total of 32 Northern Outlaw Sprints were signed in at Devils Lake Speedway Saturday night in what ended up being a wild and crazy night where tempers flared.
After starting 15th on the 24 car grid for the A-main, defending series champion, Austin Pierce, charged through the field and moved into second with eight laps remaining. In just three laps, he chased down the leader, Wade Nygaard, and it looked as though the two drivers were going to battle for the win just as they did at DLS on May 30th.
With four circuits remaining, however, Nygaard's Auto Finance Super Center #9N slowed considerably and Pierce had nowhere to go. Pierce drove over Nygaard's rear tire, launching him for a wild flip, ending his night and bringing out the red flag. That's when all the controversy began. Pierce walked away from the incident unharmed.
The reason Nygaard suddenly fell off the pace was because he ran out of fuel. For fear of many other drivers having the same problem, crew members were allowed to add fuel to their cars, but no other adjustments where to be made to the car.
Unfortunately Harwood, North Dakota's Lee Grosz, the second place runner at the time, was disqualified from the event for making unapproved changes to his machine under the red.
The race resumed with Nygaard leading Chris Shirek to the final restart. Nygaard narrowly held off the R&R Contracting #1K to the finish, but Nygaard himself was also disqualified after the race due to his involvement in the fuel stop.
That handed the win over to Shirek, which is his first of 2015, second at DLS, and 15th career NOSA victory.