EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. (August 15, 2023) - With just one race on the schedule before the busy fall specials season begins, Dustin Strand parked the No. 71 Q&Z Plumbing and Heating / Keewatin Truck Service Millenium SRT NLRA Late Model in victory lane at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks on Friday night for the fourth time during the 2023 campaign.
Following a run from fourth to first in his heat race, Strand lined up ninth in the 20-lap main event. Three cautions in the first three laps slowed the pace of the race following a rain delay earlier on in the evening.
An eleven-lap green flag run followed with Strand climbing into the top five. On the ensuing restart, Strand passed Tom Corcoran for third, then went around Brody Troftgruben and John Seng to take the lead while running around the bottom of the quarter-mile Bullring with three laps left.
Strand led the final three laps to score his fourth Late Model win of the season at the track, and seventh overall with three Modified wins combined.
“Yeah, we were pretty lucky there,” Strand said after the race. “Had we just stayed green we were probably a fourth-place car. [The track] was pretty narrow. The dang rain kind of screwed us up and then Brody and John had a heck of a race and I think they just touched tires which was unfortunate for both of them, and I was able to sneak under him.
Strand continued, “it feels great to win against the caliber of drivers like this. Any way we can get it, we'll take it.”
This week, Strand has three opportunities at some pretty good pay days with the two-night Howie Schill Memorial at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, ND and the Golden Hammer Classic on Saturday night at Devils Lake Speedway near Doyon, ND.
Thanks to all of our great sponsors who help get us here!
Walhalla Building Center Inc.
Keewatin Truck Service
Q&Z Plumbing and Heating
Bemidji Welders Supply, Inc
Novacek Honey Farms
Shocks by Hammer-Brian Diede
Miller Motivations, LLC.
Sturdy Racing Engines
Carrs Grain Service
Double Deuce Sports Bar and Grill
Wehrs Machine & Racing Products
Highside Truck Accessories & Sales
2023 Stats (Late Model):
Top 5’s: 14
Top 10’s: 21
2023 Stats (Modified):
Top 5’s: 9
Top 10’s: 10