Nygaard top 27 car field for BRRP victory.
By Mike Spieker
Glyndon, MN (May 24) - The Northern Outlaw Sprint Association made it's third-ever appearance at Buffalo River Race Park Sunday night with 27 Outlaw Sprints signed in to try to tame the tricky quarter-mile.
The race resumed with Nikitenko leading Jordan Adams and Bobby Martin, but eighth place starting Wade Nygaard came flying through the field and took over the third position on lap five. One lap later, Nygaard, with his brake rotors glowing bright red, was able to maneuver past Adams. From there he set his sights on Nikitenko, who was in search of his 12th career NOSA victory. Nygaard proved to be too tough, however, as he hunted down Nikitenko on lap nine and drove by him for the lead in turn three. At this point, Nygaard's brake rotors where bright orange, but he just kept getting faster.
Nygaard had established a healthy lead when the final caution flag flew with just six laps to go. This gave Nikitenko one final chance to reclaim the lead, but as the the green flag waved, Nygaard took off. With some rubber starting to be laid down on the racing surface, Nygaard kept his car in the groove and cruised to his first-ever Buffalo River Race Park victory. Nikitenko had to settle for second, while Chris Ranten came home third, followed by Mark Dobmeier who finished fourth from the 27th starting position. Adams rounded out the top five.
"We were in lapped traffic so quick," said Nygaard with a laugh after his win. "It was tough to get around some guys who were running in your lane, but luckily I didn't run into anybody and blow it."
The win was Nygaard's 115th career NOSA victory.