The 17th John Seitz Memorial saw NLRA regulars run strong all weekend capped off by Shane Edginton’s $9,200 triumph in the No. 5E Performance Auto MB Custom during Saturday night’s 92-lap finale, becoming the first series regular since Ricky Weiss to win the race since 2018. Mike Greseth matched a feat on Thursday night only accomplished by one other series driver, winning his third straight series title in the No. 17 Superior Customs Rocket XR1, matching John Seitz’s three straight titles from 2003-05.
Brody Troftgruben (14), Shane Edginton (5E), and Brad Seng (12S) battle at River Cities last Friday night.
Speedway Shots photo.
Kicking off the three-day 17th annual John Seitz Memorial at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks will be the 14th running of the 'Prelude to the Johnny' which gives the series the opportunity to crown its champion on home turf while the field of around 50 drivers get a night of racing at the high-banked quarter-mile Bullring under their belts before the qualifying heat races on Friday night.
Mike Greseth, driver of the No. 17 Superior Customs Rocket XR1, put himself in prime position to secure his third consecutive series championship over the holiday weekend, winning both features held at Greenbush Race Park in Greenbush, MN. The victories were Greseth's 16th and 17th series victories in just 55 series starts since his debut in May of 2021. The victories also earned him an 84-point lead heading into Thursday night's season finale during the running of the 'Prelude to the Johnny' at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks which kicks off the John Seitz Memorial weekend.
We're down to the final three events of the 2023 campaign with two of which scheduled for Labor Day weekend as the series will head back to Greenbush Race Park in Greenbush, MN for a double header on this holiday weekend. The races will be the fourth and fifth held at the high-banked Roseau County oval that measures just over one-quarter mile. These races will also be the 42nd and 43rd for the series at the track and will be the 19th and 20th of the series' season which would be the first time the series has run 20 events in a season since 2003, and just the second time that the series has run 20 times in a season in its 26 season history.
One of the biggest weeks of racing in series history is in the books as Chad Becker and Mike Greseth split victories during the two-night Howie Schill Memorial at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, ND while Joey Pederson scored the $5,000 triumph Saturday night at Devils Lake Speedway, winning the fifth annual Golden Hammer Classic.
Three more big events with big money on the line lie ahead for the Northern Late Model Racing Association this weekend starting Thursday night in West Fargo, ND when the series returns to Red River Valley Speedway for the first of two consecutive nights in memory of former series regular Howie Schill. Following Friday night's $2,404-to-win top prize is handed out, the series will head northwest back to Devils Lake Speedway near Doyon, ND to make up the previously postponed Golden Hammer Classic which will hand $5,000 to the victor.
Tyler Peterson (Norman County; left and Greenbush; right) and Mike Greseth (River Cities; center) were last week's NLRA main event winners. Photos by Speedway Shots and Lisa Jean Designs.
It was another great weekend if you were, or still are, a Modified ace, as two of the most impressive additions to the NLRA series in recent years split the weekend. Two-time and defending series champion, and current point leader, Mike Greseth picked up his 14th series win Friday night at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, while rookie Tyler Peterson won his fourth and fifth features of the season at Norman County Raceway in Ada, MN and Greenbush Race Park in Greenbush, MN.
Shane Edginton (5E), Tyler Peterson (1TPO), and Bryce Sward (1-2) battle at Devils Lake last Saturday.
Speedway Shots photo.
This weekend sees a stretch of seven races in 15 days come to a close with three more big events scheduled at Minnesota speed plants Norman County Raceway in Ada and Greenbush Race Park bookending a return trip to River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks.
Dustin Strand (left) and John Seng (right) scored NLRA wins last weekend. Speedway Shots photos.
Four-time NLRA champion Dustin Strand won his 29th NLRA feature last Friday night at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, with John Seng winning his first series feature last Saturday night at Devils Lake Speedway in Doyon, ND.
Ryan Dahl (33) and John Seng (21S) battle at Devils Lake during the series and track opener in May. Seng is the most recent winner at the track, winning in regular season action on June 17th. Speedway Shots photo.
This weekend, the series continues the busiest stretch of the 2023 campaign, while heading back to familiar surroundings, with a pair of races starting Friday night at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks and Saturday night at Devils Lake Speedway near Doyon, ND.