The Northern Outlaw Sprint Association graced the track at the Devils Lake Speedway this weekend for perhaps the only time this summer, bringing with it a deafening noise level and blistering pace.
The Sprint cars are usually featured no more than twice a year at the Speedway, but their first run-out, originally scheduled for June 1, was cancelled due to poor weather, making this past weekend the one and only opportunity for fans to watch Sprint-car racing this summer in Devils Lake.
And they put on a show.
The 21K car of Lou Kennedy was the man who grabbed the checkered flag in what was a hectic race. With 26 cars on the track at the same time, slower cars became a hindering factor for those fighting for the lead.
But those cars didn’t phase Kennedy, who was able to make the adjustment and maneuver around the slower half of the field, something that he felt was the difference in the race.
“Heavy lap traffic. That’s what it was,” Kennedy said. “But that gave us a little bit of an advantage. Some of these young guys get frustrated because they can’t pass those guys. He (Cory Mack) went down low, got himself jammed up and that allowed me to go up top.
“That’s the big thing out there: patience.”
Mack, who drove the 25 car, led the first 10 laps before losing the lead. He finished second.
In other racing action, the Wissota Midwest Modifiers also put in a good race for the fans.
Last week’s winner Eric Haugland started the feature in second position looking to repeat with Rick Hamel, who finished just behind Haugland in second during Independence Day weekend, lining up in third.
But neither of them could pull out the win. That distinction fell square on the 111 car of Devils Lake native Jason Halvorson, who went on to edge Haugland in the end. Hamel’s day was ended early by a blown power steering hose.
The Pure Stock feature saw Josh Worrall in the 7J capture his third checkered flag of the season at the Devils Lake Speedway. Worrall could have made it four had it not been for a costly spin out on the final lap last weekend.
Ariska native Ryan Pommerer took the win in the Street Stock division, Colton Laber’s 850 car ran away with the Hornets feature, and Jason Rethemeier won again in the Circle Track Mini Truck feature to extend his lead in the point standings.
Next weekend, the Professional Dirt Series will be featured at 7 p.m. at the Devils Lake Speedway. One day prior to that, Radio Works presents “Rockin the Speedway” featuring the band “Hairball.” The concert will also begin at 7 p.m.