PORTLAND, N.D. (August 2, 2023) – A series of re-bounds saw Jason Strand, driver of the No. E85 Victory Diesel / Rocket XR1, passed 16 cars in the 50 laps he ran last weekend with the Northern Late Model Racing Association at Norman County Raceway in Ada, MN and River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, ND.

Strand’s night started with a second-place run in his heat race, which led to a redraw of four which set up a start on the outside of the second row in the 25-lap main event.

Strand has had a string of bad luck follow him all season long, and that continued at the beginning of the race when he slipped over the top of corner two of the three-eighths mile oval, falling all the way back to 20th.

The race went green-to-checkered giving Strand just over eight minutes to earn back as many spots as he could. It took until lap five for Strand to start the climb back through the field, making a pair of passes to run 18th on lap five.

Strand continued forward with three passes in two laps to move up to 15th on lap ten. Strand’s run through the field continued as he ripped around the top of the track, passing Rusty Kollman with nine to go, and Mitch Johnson with seven to go to move up to 12th.

Strand’s bid for a top ten improved one more spot with three to go as he battled Shawn Meyer for position. Strand ran out of time, however, but still recovered for a 12th place finish.

Strand headed back to River Cities on Friday night where a fourth-place heat finish from the sixth starting spot set up a 16th place start in the main event.

With another 25 laps to climb from the outside of row eight, Strand slipped back to as low as 18th early as he spent the first half of the feature for the second straight week at the speedway looking for any chance he could to maneuver through traffic.

Strand began the second half of the race advancing four spots on a lap 12 restart to move up to 12th. Strand continued to roll around on the outside of the quarter-mile ‘Bullring’, and entered into battles with some of the best drivers to ever run in our area.

Strand moved past Tom Corcoran with eight to go, and then Mike Balcaen the following lap to move into the top ten. Not done with his charge yet, Strand passed Mitch Johnson for ninth six laps remaining.

Strand completed the race in ninth for his 23rd top ten in 28 completed features at the track since he moved into the division in 2021. Strand also finished the race winning the series’ hard charger award for the second straight week. Strand’s eight car climb followed his 17-place rebound from the week prior.

Thanks to all of the great sponsors that support E85 Racing!
North Dakota Corn Utilization Council
Sower Power Racing Engines
Hatton Co-op
Millenium Chassis / SRT Specialties
Victory Diesel

Races: 28
Wins: 0
Top 5’s: 8
Top 10’s: 13

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