Speedway Shots photo.
The field left the inside row open last week at Devils Lake for our Canadians, who are unable to race with us.
Speedway Shots photo.
This Saturday night, July the 4th, the series will celebrate Independence Day at the Greenbush Race Park in Greenbush, MN. This will be the 31st event at the high-banked Roseau County oval that measures in at just over a quarter-mile. This is scheduled to be the first time in series history that the series will hold a race on the 4th of July holiday.
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.
Dustin Strand in victory lane last Saturday in Greenbush. Val Truscinski photo.
Dustin Strand, driver of the No. 71 Q&Z Plumbing & Heating Millenium SRT, won the second and final appearance for the NLRA of the 2019 season at the Greenbush Race Park in Greenbush, MN. The win is Strand's third of the season with the series, which ties him with Donny Schatz for most victories on tour this season. The win is also Strand's twenty-first NLRA win, which is fifth on the all-time list.
Mike Balcaen (10) and Brad Seng (12S) go door-to-door last Friday at River Cities. Mike Spieker photo.
This Saturday night, August the 24th, the NLRA heads back north to the Greenbush Race Park in Greenbush, MN. This will be the 30th trip to the high-banked Roseau County oval that measures in at just over a quarter-mile. If the race does not fall to weather, Greenbush will become the third track in series history to host the club at least 30 times, joining the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, MN (43 races), and the River Cites Speedway in Grand Forks, ND (41.)
Donny Schatz celebrates after his NLRA win Friday night at River Cities. Mike Spieker photo.
Donny Schatz, driver of the No. 15 Fastlane Car Wash Rocket, won his third NLRA feature of the season Friday night at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks. The win is his tenth career NLRA win, as he went on to win the World of Outlaws Sprint Car feature as well, the fourth time he has won both features on the same night.
Dustin Strand with crew members Nate and Tim in victory lane Saturday at Devils Lake.
Speedway Shots photo.
Dustin Strand parked the No. 71 Walhalla Builders Millenium SRT in victory lane last Saturday night at the Devils Lake Speedway near Crary, ND. Strand's win is his second of the season with the club, his fourth at Devils Lake, and twentieth series win, as he becomes just the fifth racer all-time to win twenty features in series history.
Joey Pederson in victory lane last Saturday in Greenbush. Val Truscinski photo.
Joey Pederson parked the No. 7P Vesey Plumbing Victory in victory lane last Saturday night at the Greenbush Race Park in Greenbush, MN. The win is Pederson's ninth with the series, and his first since his win at River Cities with the Outlaws on June 19, 2015.
Brad Seng with his family and crew in victory lane last Friday night. Adrienne Spieker photo.
Brad Seng, driver of the No. 12S S&S Transport MB Custom, scored his first NLRA series victory of 2019 last Friday night at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks. The win is also his series best 37th overall, and 50th at River Cities in the Late Model division.
Shane Edginton (4) and Dustin Strand (71) battle at River Cities on opening night. Mike Spieker photo.
This Sunday, the NLRA season continues with the second of five visits to the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks. Sunday's event is scheduled to be the 39th NLRA event at the high-banked, three-tenths mile "Bullring" on the Greater Grand Forks Fairgrounds. This event will headline the final hours of this year's edition of the Greater Grand Forks Fair.