From MSR Mafia (Article by Jeremy Shields)
Dustin Strand Tops Wild West Shootout Field on Friday Clinches Arizona Miniseries Modified Points Title
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (01/21/20) – Dustin Strand took his Q&Z Plumbing & Heating No. 71 Keewatin Truck Service/ Flagstaff Nissan Subaru/ Millenium Chassis/ Ben Adams Racing Engine Modified to the Winner’s Circle on Friday night at FK Rod Ends Arizona Speedway (Queen Creek, Ariz.).
Strand concluded the six-night, 14th Annual Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout with one win and five Top-5 finishes. The North Dakota ace also clinched the miniseries’ Modified Championship, earning him a $1,000 bonus.
“The car was bad fast all week. We’ve been trying to make it better and I’ve been telling the guys I think we just need to get the driver a little better,” an elated Strand joked in Victory Lane. “It feels great to get back to Victory Lane, especially with the cars we’re competing with here. We had a blast all week and I’m proud of our team.”
“It’s not easy to be a contender all week long against this caliber of cars,” Strand added. “I want to thank my team, my family, my sponsors, and all of my fans for making this possible.”
On Friday evening, Strand passed five cars in his heat race to place fourth. Starting the feature in fourth, Dustin blasted past Rodney Sanders for the lead on the high side following a caution on the fifth lap. Holding off Sanders through lapped-traffic late in the 25-lapper, Dustin Strand soared to his first win of the season over Sanders, Tyler Peterson, Mitch Keeter, and Calvin Iverson. He pocketed a $1,000 payday for the triumph.
Saturday afternoon saw Dustin lock his spot into the main event with an 8-lap heat race victory. Rolling off third, Strand dropped two spots in the 25-lapper to place fifth behind Matt Leer, Tyler Peterson, Lucas Schott, and Rodney Sanders.
Wrapping up the 14th Annual Wild West Shootout on Sunday, Strand gained six spots in his heat to register a fourth-place finish. Starting the finale in fourth, Dustin gained one spot to notch a third-place finish behind Tyler Peterson and Joe Duvall with Rodney Sanders and Lucas Schott trailing them to the checkers.
For full results from these events, please visit www.WildWestShootout.net.
Next on the schedule for Strand Racing is a trip to Red Dirt Raceway (Meeker, Okla.) on April 2-4 for a United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) event. The three-day extravaganza dubbed “The Godfather” boasts a $10,000 top prize. Additional information is available at www.USMTS.com.
Dustin Strand would like to thank all of his sponsors including Q&Z Plumbing & Heating, Keewatin Truck Service, Carr's Grain Service, Flagstaff Nissan Subaru, Naastad Acres, RHRebelStorage.com, Double Deuce Bar & Grill, Walhalla Building Center, Generations Salon, Sam’s Auto Body, Bemidji Welders Supply, RHR Swag.com, Air Seeder Parts LLC, Ben Adams Racing Engines, Forest Flying Service, Anytime Fitness EGF, Shocks by Hammer, Bilstein Shocks, Bemidji Marine, Millenium Chassis, Troy Pecka Trucking, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.
For more information on Dustin Strand, please visit his official internet home at www.StrandRacing.com .