Mike Spieker photo.
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.
Victoria Stutsky (24) and Mike Martin (55) battle in Winnipeg earlier this season. Stutsky is set to become the first female driver ever to compete with the NLRA this Thursday night at the Red River Co-Op Speedway.
Speedway Shots photo.
The Northern Late Model Racing Association has built a rich history of successes, from being built from scratch by it's drivers in the winter of 1997-98, but the series is about to be witness to another historic moment this Thursday night during the fifth running of the Can-Am Challenge at the Red River Co-Op Speedway.
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.
On Saturday night, July the 23rd, the NLRA will head west for the 18th time in series history to the Devils Lake Speedway near Crary, ND. The track hosted two series events last season, and is scheduled to do so again this season.
Last season, Brad Seng, driver of the No. 12S S&S Transport MB Custom and Dustin Strand, driver of the No. 71 Q&Z Plumbing & Heating Millenium split the season series in Devils Lake last season.
This Saturday night, August the 29th, the NLRA makes its' second and final appearance this season, and 17th overall, at the Devils Lake Speedway near Doyon, ND. This race was postponed due to rain last Saturday, but the series schedule included this Saturday as a rain date when the schedule was made in the off season. During the series previous visit to Devils Lake on July 18, Brad Seng, driver of the No. 12S S&S Transport MB Custom, lead the first ten laps before relinquishing the lead to Mike Balcaen, driver of the No. 10 Northstar Canada Black Diamond, in lapped traffic on lap eleven.
Ricky Weiss in the No. 7 Derrick's Sandblasting Bloomquist, won his fifth NLRA series feature of the season Saturday night at the Greenbush Race Park in Greenbush, MN, the 18th series win of his career. Weiss and Dustin Strand, driver of the Q&Z Plumbing & Heating No. 71, shared the front row at the start, with Strand winning the drag race to turn one at the start. Strand lead the first five laps, before Brad Seng, driver of the No. 12S S&S Transport MB Custom took advantage of a lap six restart to pass Ricky Weiss for second, and start reeling in Strand for the lead, which he took on lap nine.
Defending NLRA series champion Brad Seng, driver of the No. 12S S&S Transport MB Custom held off a hard charging Mike Balcaen, driver of the No. 10 Northstar Canada Black Diamond, to win his 30th career NLRA feature, with his fourth series triumph of the season last Saturday night at the Devils Lake Speedway near Doyon, ND. Seng, who entered the night as the defending winner at Devils Lake, closed his deficit in the series point standings to 30 points behind Mike Balcaen, with Dustin Strand separating the pair, sitting in second just twelve markers back of the lead.
Brian Strand is set to become one of the newest inductees to the River Cities Speedway Hall of Fame. Brian is the father of defending NLRA champion Dustin Strand, driver of the No. 71S Q&Z Plumbing & Heating Millenium. Brian won six Grand Forks Speedway late model championships from 1987-89 and from 1993-95. Brian also won back-to-back Wissota national championships in A modifieds in 1997 and 1998. Brian is also the founder of Fastlane Racing Equipment and Millenium Nightmare Chassis. Brian had three NLRA wins during his career, two at the Devils Lake Speedway in 2001 and 2003, and one at the Greenbush Race Park in 2001.