Mike Greseth (17) and Shane Edginton (5E) are separated by just 8 points heading into the 'Prelude.' Speedway Shots photo.
Thursday night, September the 9th, the NLRA will wrap up its 24th season of racing with the 11th running of the "Prelude to the Johnny" at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, ND. The event kicks off the 15th annual John Seitz Memorial weekend, which honors four-time series champion John Seitz who passed away in 2007.
The fourteenth annual John Seitz Memorial at the River Cities Speedway is in the books, and the big winners were Lance Schill, driver of the No. 17 Schill Construction MB Custom, who collected his first career NLRA series feature win during the 'Prelude to the Johnny.' Dustin Strand, driver of the No. 71 Q&Z Plumbing & Heating Millenium SRT won his fourth NLRA series championship. And Aaron Turnbull, driver of the No. 21 Mack Auctions MB Custom, who won the 'Go Hard or Go Home' pole dash, and his second consecutive John Seitz Memorial championship.
Lance Schill Scores First NLRA Victory; Dustin Strand Wins Fourth Title
Lance Schill with his family and crew in victory lane after winning the 'Prelude to the Johnny.'
Speedway Shots photo.
On Thursday night at River Cities, Steffen Snare lined the No. 71S Todd's Electric Bloomquist on the pole, with Lance Schill to his outside. After a caution on the initial start, Schill took the lead, as Joey Pederson moved to second in the No. 7P Dahlstrom Motors Victory.
Mike Balcaen (10) and Shane Edginton (4) battle door-to-door at the Golden Hammer Classic last year.
Mike Spieker photo.
Before we start with the preview of our season opener this weekend, we hope you all have been well the past few months, and as all of us try to return to normal, our series will take the track on Saturday without seven of our own. As the Canadian border remains closed to non-essential travel, seven of our members will not be able to be with us, and as we are not just a series, but a family, this will weigh on us this weekend.
So, to Shane, Mike, Jesse, Ryan, Bill, Dave and Matt, your families and crews, fellow Canadian drivers that may have also made the trip, and to our Canadian fans... we miss you, and hope for a re-opening, sooner rather than later, to complete our season with you.
Aaron Turnbull and Shane Edginton battle for the lead at the John Seitz Memorial. Mike Spieker photo.
It was another exciting John Seitz Memorial at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, with Jake Redetzke winning the 'Prelude to the Johnny' on Thursday night, while Brad Seng captured his fourth NLRA championship, and the pole for the 92-lap finale on Saturday night by winning Friday's 'Go Hard Or Go Home' Pole Dash. But is was Estevan, Saskatchewan's Aaron Turnbull that came away as the weekend's big winner, by scoring his first John Seitz Memorial victory.
Donny Schatz in victory lane last Sunday night at the Nodak Speedway. Speedway Shots photo.
Donny Schatz, driver of the No. 15 Fastlane Car Wash Rocket, finished the 2019 visit to the Nodak Speedway in Minot, ND, just as he did the 2018 visit, in victory lane. The win is Schatz's second of the season with the club, and ninth overall.
Blake Anderson (9) and Cole Babcock (2*) battle at Devils Lake on June 1st. Mike Spieker photo.
This Saturday night, August the 3rd, the NLRA returns to the Devils Lake Speedway near Crary, ND, for the second and final time in 2019. This event is scheduled to be the 24th visit to the third-mile, high-banked oval that sits 15 minutes east of Devils Lake on Highway 2. This is the first of two races on Highway 2 for the series this weekend, as the NLRA will continue west on Sunday for a date at the Nodak Speedway in Minot.
Joey Pederson (7P) and Brad Seng (12S) battle at River Cities last Friday. Mike Spieker photo.
This Friday night, the NLRA season continues with the first of five visits to the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks. The series will be sharing the spotlight with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series for the first of three events in 2019. Friday's event is scheduled to be the 38th NLRA event at the high-banked, three-tenths mile "Bullring" on the Greater Grand Forks Fairgrounds.
Shane Edginton in victory lane at Devils Lake last Saturday night. Mike Spieker photo.
Shane Edginton, driver of the No. 4 Performance Auto Victory, picked up the season opening victory Saturday night at the Devils Lake Speedway near Crary, ND. The win is Edginton's fourth career series triumph, and third overall to start the 2019 season, as he has won both of the first two main events contested in weekly competition at the Red River Co-Op Speedway in Winnipeg. Edginton's victory was worth $2,000 dollars, with Walhalla Builders presenting the Golden Hammer Classic.
Tom Corcoran (T1) and Dustin Strand (71) battle door-to-door earlier this season. Mike Spieker photo.
This Sunday night, August the 5th, the series will return to the Nodak Speedway in Minot, ND, for the first time in six years, and the 13th visit overall to the semi-banked three-eighths mile oval on the North Dakota State Fairgrounds.
Ricky Weiss in victory lane at Devils Lake Saturday night. Mike Spieker photo.
Ricky Weiss won his first NLRA series feature of the season Saturday night at the Devils Lake Speedway near Doyon, ND. The win is Weiss' 19th career series victory, and his first with the series in nearly two years. Weiss took the lead from early leader Dave Smith, then held off a hard charging Dustin Strand at the line for the victory.