Former NLRA driver Tim Sattler passed away this past weekend at the age of 53. Sattler raced Late Models in our area from 1995 to 1998, and again in 2001 and 2002. On behalf of the entire NLRA, we would like to send our condolences to Tim's family and friends during this difficult time. Above is a slideshow of Tim during his racing career.
Speedway Shots photo.
The schedule for the 22nd season of NLRA racing has been completed, and it features 17 events at eight area tracks. The season is set to begin on Devils Run weekend at the Devils Lake Speedway near Crary, ND, on June 1st.
The series will co-headline the following week with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series at the River Cities Speedway on June 7th. This will be the first of three NLRA and WoO events in the area, as both series will return to Grand Forks, and the Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, ND in August.
June continues with a return to Devils Lake on June 15th, the series first of three visits to the Greenbush Race Park in Greenbush, MN on June 22nd, before rounding out the month with a new addition to the schedule, a Sunday race during the Greater Grand Forks Fair at River Cities on June 23rd.
The series will take a short break before returning to action on July 20th at the Jamestown Speedway in Jamestown, ND, for the series only visit in 2019. July ends with a River Cities and Greenbush double header on July 26th and 27th.
The dog days of summer will begin with the series third and final visit to Devils Lake on August 3rd, while continuing west one night later, with the series lone visit to the Nodak Speedway in Minot, ND.
The aforementioned NLRA and WoO August double dip will be capped off with the series one and only appearance of the campaign at the Sheyenne Speedway in Lisbon, ND.
After the third and final visit to Greenbush on August 24th, the series will round out the 2019 slate with the Traditional Labor Day Double at the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, MN, on August 31st and September 1st, before heading home to crown our 2019 champion during the 'Prelude to the Johnny' at River Cities on September 5th.
For the full schedule, check out our schedule page here.
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Ricky Weiss with Crew Chief Shawn Gage in victory lane after winning the Wild West Shootout finale last weekend.
Mike Ruefer photo.
Before setting out to compete for rookie of the year with the World Of Outlaws Late Model Series next month, Ricky Weiss, driver of the No. 7 J&C Properties Bloomquist, bounced back from a DNF after running fourth on the opening night of the 13th Annual Wild West Shootout at the Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Arizona, to score solid finishes of ninth and sixth. When all was said and done, the Headingley, Manitoba native finished out the final three rounds of the series, with two big victories.
Ricky Weiss (7) and Dustin Strand (71) battle for the top spot at the Jamestown Stampede last September.
Mike Spieker photo.
Five NLRA championships will once again be represented this year during the 13th Annual Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout at the FK Rod Ends Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, AZ.
The first three events of the 2019 NLRA season have been announced, as the series will visit the Greenbush Race Park in Greenbush, MN three times during the series 22nd season.
Ricky Weiss won all three features contested at River Cities on the John Seitz Memorial weekend.
Dustin Strand won the pole dash, and clinched his third series title with a fourth place run on Saturday afternoon.
Mike Spieker photos.
It was a big weekend for two-time series champion Ricky Weiss, driver of the No. 7 Keewatin Truck Service Bloomquist, as he won all three main events contested during the 12th annual John Seitz Memorial weekend at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks.
Mike Spieker photo.
This Thursday night, September the 6th, the 21st season of NLRA action comes to a close with the annual running of the 'Prelude to the Johnny' at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, which will kick off the twelfth annual John Seitz Memorial weekend. This Thursday's event will be the 37th time the Speedway has hosted the series since 1999.
Cole Schill and Don Shaw in victory lane at the Viking Speedway last weekend. Collin Nelson photos.
Cole Schill, driver of the No. 44 Mid Ag Dispatch MB Custom, and Don Shaw, driver of the No. 42S Northern Metal Recycling Victory, scored their first NLRA series wins of the season last weekend during the traditional Labor Day Double at the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, MN.
Shane Edginton (4) and Mike Balcaen (10) battle at last season's Double at Viking. Edginton heads into Viking as the most recent series winner, while Balcaen is the current Wissota national point leader. Mike Spieker photo.
This weekend, the NLRA will head south for the Traditional Labor Day Double at the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, MN. The races are scheduled to be the 42nd and 43rd races for the series at the 'High Flyin' Half Mile' on the Douglas County Fairgrounds, the most times a track has hosted the NLRA in series history.
Shane Edginton in victory lane in Greenbush on Saturday night. Val Truscinski photo.
Shane Edginton, driver of the No. 4 Performance Auto Victory, won his first NLRA feature of the season Saturday night at the Greenbush Race Park in Greenbush, MN. The win is Edginton's third career series win, and first since his win via a last corner pass of Mike Balcaen at the Jamestown Speedway two years ago.