PORTLAND, N.D. (July 23, 2021) – Jason Strand continued his strong start to his rookie season behind the wheel of the No. E85 North Dakota Corn Growers Millenium SRT last week, as he made his World of Outlaws Late Model Series debut.
The World of Outlaws Late Model Series made their annual visit to River Cities Speedway last Friday night, and Jason Strand started the night with the 12th fastest lap in his qualifying group, setting up a sixth place start in his heat race.
Strand raced around Brandon Fuller and Brody Troftgruben to transfer right into the 40 lap feature with a fourth-place run.
As many of the area’s NLRA regulars did, Strand spent the majority of the feature running with Outlaw veterans, going door-to-door with Chris Madden early in the race.
The Delaware double-file restarts hurt Strand’s progress, however, as he lost a few spots, but still finished in the 18th spot.
“It was a great opportunity,” Strand said about making his World of Outlaws debut. “Talk about a whole other level of speed. That was my first time doing any time trials. It’s a little different out by yourself, trying to make two laps as fast as you can.
Strand continued on to talk about his feature result, saying “At the beginning of the race, I was kinda hanging in there, and I passed Madden. I went on the outside of him and a few other guys, and I was actually ahead of him, but on that caution, I kinda got freight-trained, but I was up to 14th at one point. It’s just a great learning experience. The only way you can get better is if you race against the best.”
This week Strand will head back to River Cities on Friday night with the NLRA as they honor Howie Schill with the inaugural Howie Schill Memorial. Strand will head into the night ninth in the series standings.
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