Even though the NLRA season has come to a close, most of its' series regulars continued their racing seasons over the past two weekends. 2015 NLRA series champion Dustin Strand, driver of the No. 71 Q&Z Plumbing & Heating Moyer Longhorn, won the 44th annual Jamestown Stampede after starting third, and surviving a four car pileup that included the top three and a lapped car, continuing on to victory over Cody Skytland and Matt Aukland. NLRA series runner-up this season, Brad Seng, driver of the No. 12S S&S Transport MB Custom, finished seventh at stampede after starting 14th.
Thursday: Diemel Wins The Race; Strand Wins Second Series Title
Defending Seitz Memorial champion AJ Diemel of Elk Mound, WI kicked off his title defense in style with a win Thursday night at the 'Prelude to the Johnny' at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, ND.
Diemel and Joey Pederson, driver of the No. 7P Dahlstrom Motors MB Custom, shared the front row at the start, in a rematch of last years' finale at the Seitz Memorial, as the pair was separated by just .114 seconds last September.
Defending Seitz Memorial champion AJ Diemel of Elk Mound, WI kicked off his title defense in style with a win Thursday night at the 'Prelude to the Johnny' at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, ND. Diemel and Joey Pederson shared the front row at the start, in a rematch of last years' finale at the Seitz Memorial, as the pair was separated by just .114 seconds last September. Diemel lead all 25 laps, and became the fourth different Wisconsin native to win the event in five races. The top five included four previous Seitz Memorial champions, as Diemel was followed home by 2009 champ Pat Doar, who finished second, 2010 champ Cody Skytland, who finished third, and two-time winner Brad Seng, who finished fourth. Dustin Strand rounded out the top five, and in doing so, secured his second NLRA series title in three years. Strand won by 32 points of last seasons' champion Brad Seng. An incredible 47 cars entered the show Thursday night, with drivers like Zach Johnson and Curt Gelling among some of the drivers rumored to show up for the rest of the weekend. Final Point standing and full Results can by found by clicking the highlighted words. Photos of Diemel (58) and Strand (71) are courtesy of Mike Spieker, and Traci Palya respectively.
The 2015 NLRA season comes to a close this Thursday night, September the 10th, when the series kicks off the 9th annual John Seitz Memorial weekend with the fifth running of the 'Prelude to the Johnny'. Thanks to Todd and Susan LaHaise of Buffalo Wild Wings, the feature winner will receive no less than $1,500, with the feature paying $300 to start. The race is scheduled to be the series' 25th appearance at the three-tenths mile oval on the Grand Forks County Fairgrounds. The race kicks off the three-day 9th annual John Seitz Memorial race weekend, culminating with the $9,200 to win 92 lap feature on Saturday night. The weekend of racing honors four-time NLRA series champion, and 26 time series feature winner John Seitz, who passed away in the winter of 2007.
Don Shaw and Brad Seng picked up victories on Sunday during the series annual Labor Day Double Header events at the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, MN on Sunday. Shaw's win was his second of the season, and third overall, while Seng kept his title hopes alive with his fifth series win of the season, and second at Viking. This marks the first time in series history that racers other than Jeff Wildung or Zach Johnson won races on Labor Day weekend in Alexandria, as the pair had won all but two labor day events at the big half mile since 2007.
Brad Seng won his fifth NLRA series feature of the season, and second at the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, MN on Sunday night. The win is also Seng's 31st career series victory. Seng took advantage of a mistake by then-leader Ricky Weiss with three to go, and lead the remainder of the race. Dustin Strand finished second, with Weiss falling back to third, while Jeff Wildung and Cole Schill rounded out the top five. Strand's runner-up finished coupled with a DNF by Mike Balcaen, sees Strand move atop the series standings for the first time since the series left the Norman County Raceway in Ada, MN on June 25. Strand now leads by 32 points over Seng, with Balcaen falling back to third, 38 points back of Strand, with one race remaining. The season finale takes place this Thursday night at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, ND, with the running of the annual 'Prelude to the Johnny' on John Seitz Memorial weekend. Click on the highlighted words for full Results and updated Points here. Photo of Brad Seng at speed on Friday night at the I-94 Speedway in Fergus Falls, MN, courtesy of Mike Spieker.
Don Shaw lead flag-to-flag, winning his second NLRA series feature Sunday afternoon at the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, MN. The feature was postponed from last nights' rain out. The win is also Shaw's third career series triumph. Cody Skytland, Ricky Weiss, Jeff Wildung, and Dustin Strand rounded out the top five. Strand will take an eight point lead into tonight's program in Alexandria. Full results of this afternoon's race, and updated points can be found on our website, with live updates of tonight's program on our facebook, and twitter sites to follow. Photo courtesy of Traci Palya.
For the sixth consecutive season, and eighth overall, the NLRA is scheduled to run its' annual Labor Day double header this Saturday night, September the 5th, and Sunday night, September the 6th, at the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, MN. The races are scheduled to be the second and third appearances by the series during this, the 50th year of racing at the big half-mile oval on the Douglas County Fairgrounds. A pair of rain-outs claimed two previous series events on Sunday May 24th, and during the heat races on Saturday June 27th. The races are scheduled to be the 36th and 37th appearances by the series at the Viking Speedway, the most of any track on the NLRA calendar.
2013 NLRA series champion Dustin Strand, driver of the No. 71 Q&Z Plumbing & Heating Moyer Longhorn, won his second NLRA series feature of the season in dramatic fashion Saturday night at the Devils Lake Speedway near Doyon, ND. The win is also Strand's fifth NLRA series triumph, tying him with a pair of all-time greats, Joel Cryderman and Tom Corcoran. Strand's win also tightened up an already super close battle at the top of the NLRA series season long point standings, as Strand now sits just 14 markers back of Mike Balcaen, driver of the No. 10 Northstar Canada Black Diamond, with three races remaining in the season.