Mullen looks to inch closer to first NOSA title at Anderson Cup finale
By Spieker Promotions
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (September 10, 2021) – With just five races remaining in the NOSA Sprint Car Series season, Brendan Mullen and the No. 11M Native Nations Cannabis crew will look to secure their first series championship with a strong finish to the Wayne Anderson Cup Friday night at River Cities Speedway.
Mullen’s week started last Friday night at River Cities Speedway at the track’s annual track championship night. Being second in track points heading into the night, Mullen earned the pole position for the second heat race, which he went on to win.
Mullen ran third for the majority of the first 15 laps of the 25 lap main event, but a restart with six to go saw Mullen briefly fall out of the top five. On the final restart of the race with four remaining, Mullen got back into the top five, finishing fifth.
Three nights with the MSTS/Midwest Power Series 360 Sprints were next on the schedule for Mullen and crew. A Saturday night return to Jackson Motorplex in Jackson, MN saw Mullen score a heat race victory.
Starting seventh in the 25 lap main event, Mullen spent the entire race running in and around the top ten, coming home with a 12th place finish.
The first of two nights at Huset’s Speedway in Brandon, SD last Sunday night saw Mullen finish third quick in his qualifying group, and fourth in his heat race. Mullen started 14th in the 25 lap main event, and finished 15th.
What looked like what was going to be Mullen’s best night was Monday’s race at Huset’s, where Mullen was second in his heat race, setting up a ninth place start in the 30 lap main event.
Mullen made a fantastic move to stay out of a seven car pileup on the initial start. Moving up a row on the restart, Mullen ran sixth for the next 22 laps.
While stalking Matt Juhl to move into the top five, and holding off multiple time Knoxville 360 champion Clint Garner, an engine failure ended Mullen’s brilliant performance on lap 25.
This Friday night could be a big night for the 11M crew, as Mullen leads the NOSA standings by 12 points over teammate Wade Nygaard. Mullen also leads the Wayne Anderson Cup point standings by seven points over Austin Pierce, and the Anderson Cup Hard Charger standings by five over Pierce.
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