By Mike Spieker
June 30, 2020 – The Lucas Oil POWRi Minn-Kota / NLSA Lightning Sprints were back in action last weekend with a doubleheader at two different tracks. Racing began on Friday night as the series made their second appearance to Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, N.D.
Thirteen teams were checked in for action at the big, fast three-eighths mile oval. Heat wins went to Dexter Dvergsten and Alan Truscinski. Dvergsten and hometown driver Jason Berg made up the front row for the main event.
Dvergsten took the lead on the opening circuit and quickly distanced himself from the rest of the field. Kelsi Pederson, who won the first race at the speedway on June 12th, moved into second on lap two and set her sights on Dvergsten.
Dvergsten was clearly the class of the field, however. The driver of the Benitt Construction No. 11 cruised to his third win of the season and the 30th of his career by nearly six seconds over Pederson.
The series returned to Devils Lake Speedway on Saturday night. Again Alan Truscinski picked up a heat race win, along with second-year driver Byrce Haugeberg.
Haugeberg, in search of his second win of the season, jumped out to the early lead from the pole position. Pederson quickly worked her way into the runner-up spot from the eighth starting position.
Just as he did the previous week at River Cities, Haugeberg was tough to pass out front, running a smooth, steady line. In the waning laps, Pederson was able to reel in Haugeberg and make the pass for the lead with six to go.
Pederson went on to take the checkers – her fourth of the season.
This Saturday, the Minn-Kota / NLSA Lightning Sprints will make their season debut at Greenbush Race Park in Greenbush, Minn.
June 26: Red River Valley Speedway - West Fargo, N.D.
A Feature 1: 1. 11-Dexter Dvergsten; 2. 93-Kelsi Pederson; 3. 10A-Alex Truscinski; 4. 13-Alan Truscinski; 5. 100-Jason Berg; 6. 51-Cody Swenson; 7. 1-Mark Williams; 8. 40-Lawrence Veralrud; 9. 72-Kate Taves; 10. (DNF) 22-Bryce Haugeberg; 11. (DNF) 24-Jake Haugeberg; 12. (DNS) 10-Danny Hazemann; 13. (DNS) 60X-Patrick Brejcha
Heat 1: 1. 11-Dexter Dvergsten; 2. 51-Cody Swenson; 3. 100-Jason Berg; 4. 1-Mark Williams; 5. 72-Kate Taves; 6. 24-Jake Haugeberg; 7. 10-Danny Hazemann; 8. (DNS) 60X-Patrick Brejcha
Heat 2: 1. 13-Alan Truscinski; 2. 10A-Alex Truscinski; 3. 93-Kelsi Pederson; 4. 22-Bryce Haugeberg; 5. 40-Lawrence Veralrud
June 27: Devils Lake Speedway - Crary, N.D.
A Feature (20 Laps): 1. 93-Kelsi Pederson; 2. 22-Bryce Haugeberg; 3. 13-Alan Truscinski; 4. 11-Dexter Dvergsten; 5. 10-Alex Truscinski; 6. 51-Cody Swenson; 7. 100-Jason Berg; 8. 1W-Mark Williams; 9. 72-Kate Taves; 10. (DNF) 24-Jake Haugeberg; 11. (DNS) 00-Travis Surerus
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 13-Alan Truscinski; 2. 11-Dexter Dvergsten; 3. 51-Cody Swenson; 4. 1W-Mark Williams; 5. 72-Kate Taves; 6. 24-Jake Haugeberg
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 22-Bryce Haugeberg; 2. 10-Alex Truscinski; 3. 93-Kelsi Pederson; 4. 100-Jason Berg; 5. (DNS) 00-Travis Surerus