NLRA series action continues this Saturday night, August the 8th, with a trip to Minnesota's iron range, as the series will head east to take on the Hibbing Raceway and its' own stout contingent of late model racers, for just the fourth time in series history. Dustin Strand, driver of the Q&Z Plumbing & Heating No. 71, will try to carry his momentum into Hibbing, after coming off a win at the Jamestown Speedway last Saturday night. Mike Balcaen, driver of the No. 10 Northstar Canada Black Diamond, will try to hold the point lead that he has held since the NLRA series debut at the I-94 Speedway in June. Balcaen will head into Hibbing with only eight points separating himself and Strand atop the series standings. Brad Seng, driver of the No. 12S S&S Transport MB Custom will head into Hibbing as the defending winner of the NLRA event in Hibbing, and will be only 22 points back of Balcaen for the series lead.
Hibbing, Minnesota native Chris Olson at River Cities last June. The NLRA is scheduled to race at Olson's home track, the Hibbing Raceway on August 8th. The season starts at the Viking Speedway on Saturday May 23rd and Sunday May 24th. Photo courtesy of Rick Rea.
Brad Seng and Donny Schatz were NLRA series winners at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks last weekend. Seng's win on Friday night was his 26th NLRA series victory, tying him with John Seitz for the most in the series' history. Schatz's win on Saturday night came exactly one year to the day of his first series win, which also came at River Cities. On Friday night, Brad Seng, driver of the No. 12S S&S Transport Mars MB Custom took the lead from Ricky Weiss, driver of the No. 7 Derrick's Sandblasting machine on lap 16 and lead the rest of the way.
After mother nature swept the previous weekend of NLRA series action, Mike Balcaen and Brad Seng put there names in the win column during the first series races in nearly a month.
Mike Balcaen, driver of the No. 10 Northstar Canada Victory Circle parked in victory lane at River Cities for the first time since September 2, 2011, after defeating Pat Doar and Brad Seng last Friday night. The win is Balcaen's 21st NLRA series victory, at the time re-tying him with Brad Seng, who picked up his 21st series win on May 25th at the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, MN.
Zach Johnson, and Joey Pederson each kept their strong seasons going with NLRA series victories last week. The action began on Wednesday Night at the Norman County Raceway in Ada, MN. Zach Johnson of Kensington, MN moved up from the fourth starting spot in his heat race to pick up the victory that would lead to him drawing the pole for the main event. He never let that draw go to waste as he dominated the 30 lap main event, especially in the early going, as he lapped half of the races' 28 starters, before a caution on lap 22 bunched the field back up for an eight lap shootout.