Another John Seitz Memorial is in the books as the tenth running of the event took place at the River Cities Speedway last week. Thursday night was marred by rain delays, but produced a new track record holder in Wissota national point leader Dustin Strand, and a new three-time NLRA series champion in Brad Seng. Friday saw the original Seitz memorial pole sitter, Steve Laursen, earn the pole once again. Saturday saw Elk Mound, Wisconsin native AJ Diemel join Brad Seng as the only two-time champions in the events' history.
Ten years ago today, John Seitz raced in his final NLRA event at the Red River Co-Op Speedway in Winnipeg. Seitz had won his 26th and final NLRA feature at the track three weeks prior. Seitz won his heat, and finished third in the feature behind Kevin Sexton and Howie Schill. Troy Olson and Cody Skytland were crowned co-champions, joining Seitz, the four-time series champion, and winner of the previous three at that point, as the sixth and seventh champions of the series at the time.
Dustin Strand took the lead on lap ten, and lead the rest of the way, to win the 'Prelude to the Johnny' at the River Cities Speedway on Thursday night. With the win Strand tied the record for wins in a season with seven, set by John Seitz in 2004. Strand also set a new track record in the heat race, putting down a blistering 11.422 second lap at 94 Mph. for an average speed. The record was reset by Brad Seng on April 22 of this year at 11.514. Speaking of Seng, his sixth place finish was enough to secure his third NLRA series championship. Seng won the title by just eight markers over Strand. Bill Mooney won yet another hard charger award, charging from twelfth on the starting grid to finish second. David Mcdonald had a strong River Cities debut, as he finished third. Defending Seitz Memorial winner Chad Mahder and Don Shaw rounded out the too five. Full Results. Final Points.
Ten years ago today, John Seitz raced in his final race at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks. It was the Harvest Bowl Late Model Nationals, and some of the best in the region were on hand that night, as Steve Laursen, Brent Larson, Joel Cryderman, Mike Nutzmann, Don Shaw, and Terry Casey just to name a few. Seitz finished 24th in the event, a race he won in 2004, and the race that would be renamed in his honor the following season.
On Friday night, September the 8th, the NLRA will but a ribbon on its' 19th season with the sixth running of the 'Prelude to the Johnny' at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, ND. The event kicks off the three day, tenth annual John Seitz Memorial.
Last season, Elk Mound, Wisconsin's AJ Diemel, became the fourth native of the dairy state to win the Prelude in its' five years history. Adam Hensel of Barron, John Kaanta of Elk Mound, and Pat Doar on New Richmond, were winners of the event in 2011, 2012, and 2013 respectively. Ricky Weiss became the first non-Wisconsinite to win the race in 2014.
Don Shaw parked the No. 42S Shaw Trucking Victory by Moyer in victory lane both nights at the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, MN. The wins are Shaw's fifth and sixth career NLRA series wins, and seventh and eighth wins at Viking this season, as he also wrapped up the track points title after doing the same at the I-94 Speedway in Fergus Falls, MN last Friday night.
Rick Schroeder and Labor Day ace Zach Johnson lined up on the front row on night one, but it was Shaw who quickly took the point down the backstretch.
Don Shaw started second, and lead just three laps en route to winning his third NLRA feature of the season at the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, MN on Sunday night. The win is Shaw's sixth NLRA series triumph, and third win of the last four NLRA Labor Day races at Viking. Dustin Strand was denied of his seventh NLRA win of the season when Shaw, who lead lap one, took the lead on lap 24, and went on to victory. Brad Seng, Zach Johnson, and Corey Nelson rounded out the top five. Cole Schill picked up another hard charger award, improving to seventh after starting 16th. Brad Seng will carry an 18 point lead over defending series champion Dustin Strand into the final week of the season.
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Don Shaw started third, and lead all 25 laps en route to his second NLRA series win of the season Saturday night at the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, MN. The win is Shaw's fifth career win with the series, seventh at Viking this year, and the second straight win of the NLRA Labor Day double opener at the Speedway. Shaw is also on his way to scoring the track title at Viking with one race remaining. Zach Johnson, Brad Seng, Corey Nelson, and Dustin Strand rounded out the top five. Cole SChill racked up another hard charger award, improving nine spots to finish eleventh. Brad Seng gained six points on Dustin Strand in the NLRA points chase with three races left. Racing continues Sunday night at Viking at six.
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