GRAND FORKS, N.D. (August 30, 2023) – A top five caliber car throughout the Royal River Casino night at Huset’s Speedway in Brandon, SD last Sunday night, Brendan Mullen completed a three-race stretch with a sixth-place run at the South Dakota oval following two more showings with the World of Outlaw as they returned to River Cities Speedway and Red River Valley Speedway.

Mullen started the weekend carrying speed from the previous week’s Blazin’ Challenge at River Cities where he won the King of the Hill event with a 9.9 second lap. Mullen improved on that effort, putting down a 9.875 second lap which earned him a spot on the second row of his heat race.

In a bit of a ‘full circle’ moment, Mullen beat Tim Kaeding, who drives the Lunstra Motorsports No. 3, to turns one and two to take the third spot. Kaeding’s 2017 version of the No. 3 became Mullen’s first Sprint Car for his rookie season in 2018.

Mullen finished the heat hot on the heels of Outlaws regular Robbie Price in a bid for a spot in the dash.

Starting 12th in the 40-lap main event, Mullen was running in and around the top 15, but a vibration ended his night early.

The team headed an hour south to Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo on Saturday night where Mullen again transferred directly to the feature from his heat race. Mullen started the race in 17th, finishing all 30 laps in the 19th spot.

The team then made the four-hour trip back to Huset’s Speedway on Sunday night where Mullen put down the seventh quickest lap in time trials and finished second in his heat race to earn a spot on the front stretch for the feature redraw.

Starting the 25-lap main event on the outside of the third row, Mullen moved past Scott Winters on the fourth lap to move into the top five. Mullen, still running in the fifth spot, followed defending track champion Brooke Tatnell as the leaders reached lapped traffic near the midway point of the race.

Mullen then had to try and defend his spot in the top five against Chase Randall but lost the spot on the 14th lap. Following a caution on lap 19, Mullen got fifth back from Randall, returning to the top five with five laps left.

With four to go, second running Tim Kaeding shredded a left rear tire, moving Mullen up to fourth. A caution for Randall with three to go saw Mullen enter in a three-car battle for third on the ensuing restart with Tatnell and Mark Dobmeier.

The final two circuits saw Mullen battle with Tim Estenson for fifth with Mullen crossing under the checkers with a solid sixth place finish.

This week Mullen starts the week at River Cities again for the third Wayne Anderson Cup finale. Mullen won the inaugural Anderson Cup title in 2021 and won the final feature of the series last September. Mullen also won the Anderson Cup hard charger award in 2021, passing a total of 22 cars in the four races held that season.

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2023 Stats:
Races: 48
Wins: 1
Top 5’s: 12
Top 10’s: 17

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