Buffalo River Race Park recap
By Mike Spieker
GLYNDON, MN (July 18) - After being rained out Friday night, the Northern Outlaw Sprint Association teams geared up for their Buffalo River Race Park season finale Saturday night. Jordan Adams, Ty Hanten, and Alex Larson were heat race winners.
After the complete restart, Cory Mack jumped out to a comfortable lead over Adams and Wade Nygaard. On lap eight, Nygaard drove by Adams on the high side of turn three and took over the runner-up position. Nygaard then set his sights on Mack, who was mired in heavy lapped traffic. The driver of the Auto Finance Super Center #9N quickly caught the leader and claimed the position. Once out front, Nygaard opened up a big lead and left Mack and Adams to battle for second.
With 10 to go, Mack began reeling in Nygaard, who was now struggling in lapped traffic himself. Mack's hopes of catching Nygaard looked to be over with seven laps to go as he drove into turns one and two too hard and slid off the banking, but the Fargo, ND driver kept his Miracle Ear #25 machine going and held his position.
Mack continued to erase Nygaard's advantage as the laps wound down, but with four laps to go Nygaard got crossed up in turn two and spun off the track, bringing out the caution. Nygaard was sent to the rear of the field, while Mack inherited the race lead.
The green flag was displayed once again and Mack had Adams all over his tail tank. Adams went to the low side in turn one, but Mack's momentum on the high side opened up a four car length lead down the backstretch. That's all Mack needed as he cruised around the quarter-mile track for three more circuits and took the checkers.
Mack has been a contender for the win nearly every night as of late, which is impressive considering he hasn't been in a Sprint Car since the end of the 2013 season up until a few weeks ago.
"It feels great, I had a great run," said Mack in victory lane. "My mechanic, Todd Slocum, had the car hooked up great tonight. I tried to keep it to the bottom because that seemed like the fast lane and it stuck for me. I got a little lucky with Nygaard spinning out in turn two, but that just happens sometimes."
Adams came up one spot shy of his second career NOSA victory, but was a threat for the win all race long.
"We started going backwards right away, but the car came in towards the end," said Adams after the race. "I thought I had something for Mack at the end, but it just wasn't enough. He had it wound up on the high side and that's just how it went."
Austin Pierce, Ty Hanten, and Nick Omdahl rounded out the top five, while Nygaard, who was the point leader coming into the night, salvaged a ninth place finish. Casey Mack was the race's hard charger, coming from 24th to seventh.