|NLRA Northern Late Model Racing Association|
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.
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.
On Saturday night, June the 11th, the NLRA storms into Jamestown to take on the quarter-mile bullring on the Stutzman County Fairgrounds for the 21st time in series history.
Two-time and defending series champion Dustin Strand, driver of the No. 71 Q&Z Plumbing & Heating Millenium, was the only driver to emerge from a late model in victory lane at the speedway last season. Strand won the NLRA series race on August 1st, and the Late Model portion of the Jamestown Stampede last September. Strand's NLRA win last August was his second at the Speedway, his first coming in August of 2012.
Thursday: Diemel Wins The Race; Strand Wins Second Series Title
Defending Seitz Memorial champion AJ Diemel of Elk Mound, WI kicked off his title defense in style with a win Thursday night at the 'Prelude to the Johnny' at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, ND.
Diemel and Joey Pederson, driver of the No. 7P Dahlstrom Motors MB Custom, shared the front row at the start, in a rematch of last years' finale at the Seitz Memorial, as the pair was separated by just .114 seconds last September.