The first night of the Labor Day double header at the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, MN fell to rain after a severe thunderstorm blew through right around five o'clock. The NLRA is scheduled to race again tomorrow night at the Viking Speedway with the inaugural 4444 race scheduled to begin at six o'clock. 26 drivers will race a 44 lap main event, with the winner taking home $4,444. A fuel stop is planned during the race, somewhere between laps 15 and 22.
The NLRA's final road trip of the 2013 season features its' customary Labor Day double header at the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, MN, this year featuring a new twist.
Action will begin on Saturday night, August the 31st, with the series' 30th appearance on the Douglas County Fairgrounds half mile oval. On Sunday night, September the 1st, the series will take part in the speedway's inaugural '4444' race, where 26 drivers will have a chance to win $4,444 for winning the 44 lap main event.
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Champion Donny Schatz, and NLRA series regular Bill Mooney captured NLRA series victories last weekend at the River Cities and Devils Lake Speedways.
Friday night at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, ND, Donny Schatz won his first NLRA series feature with a last lap pass on Joey Pederson. Schatz started second and took the point from pole sitter Brian Bernotas at the start. Joey Pederson, driver of the No. 7P Dahlstrom Motors Mars MB Custom passed Schatz for the lead on lap eight and held the lead until the leaders ran into heavy lap traffic with five to go.
Bill Mooney captured his second career NLRA series feature Saturday night at the Devils Lake Speedway near Doyon, ND. Mooney held off charges from Brad Seng and Pat Doar, leading all 25 laps of the main event.
Donny Schatz used a last lap pass on Joey Pederson to win Friday nights' NLRA show at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, ND. Schatz also lead every lap of the World of Outlaws sprint car main event. Photo courtesy of Rick Rea.
The busy month of August continues this weekend for the NLRA, and its' series regulars with a return trip to the River Cities Speedway, and its' lone trip this season to the Devils Lake Speedway.
Friday night, August the 16th, the NLRA makes its' second appearance of the season at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, ND. Joey Pederson, driver of the No. 7P Dahlstrom Motors Mars MB Custom has three wins at the speedway this season, including the NLRA series race on June 21.
First on Thursday night, Kent Arment won his second career NLRA feature at the Norman County Raceway in Ada, MN. The win was his first with the NLRA since June 26, 2004, when he won at the Brown County Speedway in Aberdeen, SD during the series only visit to the speedway to this date. The main event got off to a rocky start with multiple cautions before a lap could be completed. Once action got underway, Dustin Strand, driver of the No. 71S Q&Z Plumbing & Heating Millenium jumped out to the point and held the lead, including after restarts on laps seven, and twelve for Bill Mooney in the No. 2 freehearingtest.ca Rocket, and Brian Bernotas respectively.
Zach Johnson won his third NLRA feature of the 2013 season Sunday night at the Buffalo River Race Park near Glyndon, MN. The win was also Johnson's 10th NLRA series victory tying him with Ricky Weiss and Jeff Wildung for fifth on the all time wins list.
Mike Balcaen became the second NLRA series regular this season to score his 20th series victory Saturday night at the Jamestown Speedway in Jamestown, ND. The win was also his 204th career main event triumph, and his second win of the 2013 season. Brad Seng picked up his 20th NLRA series victory on July 18th at the Norman County Raceway in Ada, MN. Balcaen, and Seng are now tied for second on the all time series wins list, now six behind the late John Seitz. Above is a picture of Mike on the gas at the River Cities Speedway earlier this season. Photo courtesy of Rick Rea
Kent Arment scored his second career NLRA feature victory Thursday night at the Norman County Raceway in Ada, MN. The win was his first with the NLRA since June 26, 2004 when he bested the NLRA series regulars at his home track during the series' only event to this date at the Brown County Speedway in Aberdeen, SD. Arment started thirteenth in the main event, and took the lead on lap 25.