CRARY, N.D. (July 23, 2017) – The Buffalo Wild Wings NOSA Sprint Cars made their third appearance of the season at Devils Lake Speedway Saturday night in front of a huge crowd. The night highlighted a rare double header, which featured both the NOSA Sprints and NLRA Late Models.
Blake Egeland and Brant O’Banion led the field of 22 NOSA Sprints to the green flag, with Egeland grabbing the point on lap one. O’Banion battled back on lap two before Wade Nygaard entered the fray to fight the Sioux Falls, S.D. driver for the runner-up spot.
On lap three, Nygaard and O’Banion made contact exiting turn four, which caused O’Banion to lose three positions.
As Egeland entered lapped traffic on lap seven, he held a five car length advantage over Nygaard. Meanwhile, Casey Mack and Austin Pierce advanced their way into the top five as they ran third and fourth, respectively.
At the halfway point, both Mack and Pierce were able to move by Nygaard down the back straightaway, but fortunately for Nygaard the caution flew for a two-car spin in turn four.
“We got lucky there with that yellow flag,” said Nygaard after the race. “I was trying to figure out how to get by (Blake) Egeland. He was running really well tonight. Then Casey and Austin both got by me at the same time. Right after that, the yellow came out, which really saved us.”
On the restart, Egeland, who was in search of his first career NOSA win, led Nygaard, Mack and Pierce.
As the race resumed, Egeland, Mack, Nygaard, and a hard charging Shane Roemeling briefly went four wide for the lead off of turn four. Mack and Nygaard used the extreme low and high grooves to distance themselves from the pack down the frontstretch as a thrilling race for the lead ensued.
“Casey was running really well on the bottom. I just had to calm down and not spin the tires,” Nygaard continued. “I think it worked because I lost him out of my peripheral vision. Then I just told myself not to drive in the corner too hard and screw up.”
After four laps of side by side racing, Nygaard prevailed on the top side to take the lead. Once out front, Nygaard cruised the win; his fifth of the season overall.
Mack, Nick Omdahl, Pierce and Egeland rounded out the top five. Jade Hastings was the hard charger of the event, cruising from 14th to sixth.
The NOSA Sprints will be back in action Friday night at River Cities Speedway.
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 9N-Wade Nygaard, ; 2. 8-Casey Mack, ; 3. 0-Nick Omdahl, ; 4. 2A-Austin Pierce, ; 5. 26-Blake Egeland, ; 6. 8H-Jade Hastings, ; 7. 27-Chris Ranten, ; 8. 31-Shane Roemeling, ; 9. 6-Zach Wilde, ; 10. 92-Mitch Mack, ; 11. 47-Brant OBanion, ; 12. 35-Brenden Wilde, ; 13. 10TRB-Bob Martin, ; 14. 20A-Jordan Adams, ; 15. 4M-Cale Mack, ; 16. 99-Jordan Graham, ; 17. 14-Tom Egeland, ; 18. 55-Sam Miller, ; 19. 12-Brayden Pengilly, ; 20. 6A-Terry Arneson, ; 21. (DNF) 51-Alex Larson, ; 22. (DNF) 91M-Jackson Moffett, 
Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 8-Casey Mack, ; 2. 20A-Jordan Adams, ; 3. 92-Mitch Mack, ; 4. 8H-Jade Hastings, ; 5. 14-Tom Egeland, ; 6. 55-Sam Miller, ; 7. (DNF) 6A-Terry Arneson, ; (DNS) 51-Alex Larson,
Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 2A-Austin Pierce, ; 2. 47-Brant OBanion, ; 3. 27-Chris Ranten, ; 4. 26-Blake Egeland, ; 5. 6-Zach Wilde, ; 6. 12-Brayden Pengilly, ; (DNS) 91M-Jackson Moffett,
Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 0-Nick Omdahl, ; 2. 10TRB-Bob Martin, ; 3. 9N-Wade Nygaard, ; 4. 35-Brenden Wilde, ; 5. 31-Shane Roemeling, ; 6. 99-Jordan Graham, ; 7. 4M-Cale Mack,