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Tyler Peterson (1TPO) and Rob VanMil (4D) race wheel to wheel for the lead during the IMCA modfied feature Sunday at the Buffalo River Race Park near Glyndon, Minn. Photo by Mike Spieker / Special to The Forum1 / 2
Dan Dowling (2D) and Chris VanMil (44D) battle side by side during their IMCA sportmod heat race Sunday at the Buffalo River Race Park near Glyndon, Minn. Photo by Mike Spieker / Special to The Forum2 / 2

GLYNDON, Minn.—Two brief showers slowed the show Sunday at Buffalo River Race Park, but a big crowd stuck through a one hour rain delay to watch Tyler Peterson record his first win at the track since 2013.

Peterson topped the stout field of IMCA Modifieds to grab his first win in the track's premier division.

"It feels nice to get back to victory lane here at one of the closest tracks to home," Peterson said. "I loved racing here back when I ran WISSOTA Midwest Mods. It feels great to get our first Modified win here, too, because it's been a long month for us."

Peterson took the lead on the opening lap and held a comfortable advantage until Rob VanMil challenged him for the lead. With eight laps to go, VanMil placed a bid for the lead, but got into the right rear quarter panel of Peterson, which sent him spinning to a stop in turn two.

VanMil was charged for the incident, which sent him to the tail of the field.

Peterson regained his spot up front for the restart and ran the final circuits relatively uncontested as he went on to score the victory.

"After the final restart, I moved down to the bottom because that was the faster lane," continued Peterson of Hickson, N.D. "That helped us pull away from the field and get the win."

The IMCA SportMod feature went to Barnesville's Chris VanMil. VanMil made the winning for the lead on Kelly Jacobson en route to claiming his second win at BRRP.

Kevin Thomas, Sr. was the NLSA Lightning Sprint feature winner. The driver hailing from Cullman, Ala. utilized a mid-race restart to drive by Josh Abrahamson and Presley Truedson to take the lead. Once out front, Thomas, Sr. was untouchable as he cruised to his third win of the season at BRRP.

Torey Fischer picked up a thrilling win in the IMCA hobby stocks. The West Fargo driver drove by Thursday night's winner at Norman County Raceway in Ada, Nick Nelson, in the closing laps to to secure the win. The win marks Fischer's second win in the last three weeks.

The INEX legends feature went to Flasher, North Dakota's Troy Hoff. Hoff overcame challenges from Andrew Jochim, Josh Julsrud and Tim Estenson in the final stages of the event. At one point, Hoff, Jochim and Estenson were three wide for the lead until the caution flag waved.

Hoff's win was his second at Buffalo River and sixth win overall. Brady Moore won his first IMCA Sport Compact feature.

IMCA Modifieds

Feature: 1. Tyler Peterson, Hickson, N.D. 2. Allen Kent, West Fargo, N.D. 3. Tyler Hall, Fertile, Minn. 4. Bryce Borgen, Perley, Minn. 5. Michael Johnson, Moorhead, Minn.

IMCA SportMods

Feature: 1. Chris VanMil, Barnesville, Minn. 2. Kelly Jacobson, Fargo, N.D. 3. Matt Talley, Sabin, Minn. 4. Dan Dowling, Wheatland, N.D. 5. Mike Johnson, Menahga, Minn.

NLSA Lightning Sprints

Feature: 1. Kevin Thomas Sr., Cullman, Ala. 2. Presley Truedson, Kennedy, Minn. 3. Roland Bernard, Lockport, Man. 4. Zachary Kwiatkoski, Grand Forks, N.D. 5. Jason Berg, West Fargo, N.D.

INEX Legends

Feature: 1. Troy Hoff, Flasher, N.D. 2. Josh Julsrud, Barnesville, Minn. 3. Andrew Jochim, Glyndon, Minn. 4. Donavin Wiest, Wishek, N.D. 5. Dauntae Martin, Bismarck, N.D.

IMCA Hobby Stocks

Feature: 1. Torey Fischer, West Fargo, N.D. 2. Nick Nelson, Georgetown, Minn. 3. Tim Gonska, Brainerd, Minn. 4. Tim Church, Moorhead, Minn; 5. Brandon Schmidt, Hillsboro, Minn.

IMCA Sport Compacts

Feature: 1. Brady Moore, Ulen, Minn. 2. Tanner Engen, Detroit Lakes, Minn. 3. Chase Golliet, Fargo, N.D. 4. Kyle Helgedalen, Ulen, Minn. 5. Levi Lease, Harwood, N.D.