GRAND FORKS, N.D. (May 15, 2018) – The 2018 season is underway for the Buffalo Wild Wings Northern Outlaw Sprint Association (NOSA) and River Cities Speedway. The season opener was held last Friday night at the high-banked three-tenths mile clay oval.
After starting back in the pack, Pierce raced to a top five finish by night’s end.
“We had a tough heat race and we tried a new setup. It obviously didn’t work out,” said Pierce of his seventh place run in the heat.
“We ran some stuff out in Mansfield, Ohio that worked really well out there and we thought we would try it out here too. It didn’t work at all. After the heat we went back to what we normally run in Grand Forks and that helped quite a bit in the feature.”
Pierce rolled from inside the seventh row for the 25-lap feature. The driver of the Opp Construction / Lithia Ford No. 2A moved into the sixth position by the halfway point, but his charge forward stalled out there.
Pierce ran behind Wade Nygaard for the next 10 circuits until he was able to get by both Nygaard and Blake Egeland with five laps to go to claim fourth.
“Anything inside the top five is a good night, but we would have liked to been a little closer to the front,” said Pierce. “After that disappointing heat race, a fourth place finish is pretty good.”
Pierce and will return to action this Friday night at River Cities Speedway and Saturday at Devils Lake Speedway with the NOSA Sprints. Pierce picked up three top fives at Devils Lake in 2017, but he remains winless at the high-banked quarter-mile oval. He’ll look to pick up that elusive victory on Saturday.
Green flag drops at 7pm both night.
The entire APR crew would like to thank their sponsors for their continued support!
Lithia Ford Lincoln of Grand Forks
Dahlstrom Motors Inc.
Auggie’s Flying Service
AJ’s Sandblasting & Painting
Elite Pole Buildings LLP
Grand Forks Abstract & Title (GFabstract.com)
Adams Marketing Promotions
Ostrich Racing Engines
EMi – Eagle Motorsports, Schnee, Henchcraft, Stallard
Top Fives: 1
Top Tens: 1
Photo by Speedway Shots.