Scott Ward celebrates atop his car in the Big Buck Nationals.
What won the race: Outside front row starter Scott Ward of Watertown, S.D., drove to victory in Saturday’s 35-lap Big Buck Nationals finale at Brown County Speedway. Finishing 2.866 seconds ahead sixth-starting Curt Gelling, Ward earned $3,000.
Key notes: Ward earned his fourth WISSOTA win of the season and second at Brown County. … Thirteen of the 23 starters finished the feature. ... Feature lineups for the two-day program for WISSOTA-sanctioned Late Models was determined by using passing points through two sets of heats and then redraws for positions 1-4 and 5-8. … Aberdeen’s Chad Becker, who won $10,000 in Brown County’s WISSOTA Dacotah Rumble on July 11, finished seventh. ... In "grudge match" faceoffs between longtime track veterans, Curt Gelling won 2-1 over Kent Arment.
On the move: C.J. Eilers of Canby, Minn., started 20th and finished 12th.
Winner's sponsors: Ward’s Rocket Chassis is sponsored by Weelborg Crop Insurance, Boldt Construction, Cloud 9 Bar, Watertown Lawn and Garden/Small Engine Repair, Wehrns Machine, #1 Welding, Fleming Farms, Barrel House and Penske Racing Shocks.
Points chase: Chad Becker (2,161 points) of Aberdeen, S.D., leads WISSOTA’s South Dakota standings over David Carlson (1,974) and Josh Scorczewski (1,971).
Current weather: Clear, 70°F
Car count: 23
Polesitter: Cole Searing
Heat race winners: Kent Arment, Chad Becker, Eric Edwards, Chad Becker, Scott Ward, Cole Searing
Consolation race winners: Josh Skorczewski, Tyler McDonald