CRARY, ND (May 14) – Twenty-two high flying, 900 horse powered NOSA Sprint Cars made the haul to Devils Lake Speedway on Saturday night for the series’ first “out of town” event of the year. It was a cool and windy evening, but the track held up nicely and provided great racing all night long.
“It feels good,” said Nygaard. “[Devils Lake] is one of my favorite race tracks to go to. They always take really good care of the racing surface and they worked their butts off last night to give a good surface. For as many times as we’ve raced there, last night was actually one of the raciest tracks we’ve had. There was a nice cushion on top and a nice groove down on the bottom”
Cory Mack and Nygaard led the charge off of turn four to the green flag for the 25-lap Buffalo Wild Wings main event. Mack got out to the early lead and withstood several restarts with Nygaard right on his tail tank.
On the lap five restart, the night ended for 2014 series champion, Austin Pierce, and a host of others. It all started on the front straightaway when Casey Mack, Pierce, and Bob Martin made contact, which resulted in Pierce getting upside down, bringing out the red. Martin, as well as Jordan Graham, were unable to continue, but the Paradis’ Inc team got Mack back out on the track after changing the top wing.
On the ensuing double file restart, Cory Mack once again took the point as Nygaard filed back in second. Nygaard remained within striking distance of the Miracle Ear #25 and with 14 to go, Nygaard powered by to take the lead. The next circuit, Cory’s great run was halted when he spun in turns one and two.
“Cory had the better lane for taking off, there was better traction on the bottom,” said Nygaard. “He’d get a good jump on the restarts, but on the last restart that he was up there, we got by him and I guess he spun out after a lap or so.”
Once out front, Nygaard built up a commanding lead and fought his way through lapped traffic to pick up his series leading 12th victory at the Devils Lake quarter-mile.
The top five was filled with youth as Jordan Adams wheeled his way from 13th to second, Trent Stengl came from 12th to third, and Jade Hastings cruised from 22nd to round out the top five. Casey Mack also restarted from the back and rebounded for a fourth place finish.