This Friday night, July the 23rd, the NLRA returns to action at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks to honor one of its own. The series will take to the track in honor of longtime series regular Howie Schill who passed away last December. Howie was the series first ever feature winner at the Victory Lane Speedway in Winnipeg in 1998, and won the first River Cities points title the following year in 1999.
Mike Greseth in victory lane at River Cities on Thursday night. Speedway Shots photo.
"Super Rookie" Mike Greseth took the lead on lap ten and went on to score his fourth NLRA win of the season Thursday night at the Wayne Anderson Cup at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks. Greseth's win also made him the first repeat winner at the speedway this season. Defending series champion Dustin Strand finished second, while Shane Edginton's third place run was enough to jump back into second in the series points. Brad Seng and Cole Schill rounded out the top five. Bryce Sward won the hard charger award, moving up from 20th to ninth. Greseth will keep the SRT Specialties and TNT Coatings point leader spoiler, as he'll carry a 34 point lead over Edginton into the next series race, the Howie Schill Memorial at River Cities on July 23rd.
Tom Corcoran (T1) and Jason Strand (E85) battle at River Cities earlier this season. Speedway Shots photo.
This Thursday night, July the 8th, the NLRA will be back in action at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks as part of the first night of the inaugural Wayne Anderson Cup. The event will be the 46th at the quarter-mile Bullring, and will honor one of the men that built the track into the success that it is today.
Mike Greseth in victory lane on Thursday night. Speedway Shots photo.
Mike Greseth started second, and lead flag to flag for his third NLRA feature win of his incredible rookie season. Greseth previously parked the No. 17 Quality Engines Rocket XR1 in victory lane with the NLRA at Grand Rapids Speedway and at the Greenbush Race Park. The win also gives Greseth back the point lead, as he'll head into Saturday's 3rd Annual Golden Hammer Classic at the Devils Lake Speedway up four points on Shane Edginton. Brad Seng finished as the runner-up Thursday night, and he'll be just 14 markers back of the lead in the standings heading into Saturday. Pat Doar, Edginton, and Tyler Peterson, making his Late Model debut in the No. 15 Fargo Petro Rocket, rounded out the top five. Cole Schill rebounded from mechanical woes in his heat race to win the hard charger award, as he climbed from 19th to ninth.
Joey Pederson (7P), Shane Edginton (5E), and Brody Troftgruben (14) battle at River Cities last Friday. Speedway Shots photo.
This week, the NLRA returns to action, with three big races on tap at the Norman County Raceway in Ada, MN, The Devils Lake Speedway near Doyon, ND, and at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks.
Two-time NLRA winner Mike Greseth in action. Speedway Shots photo.
Mike Greseth took the lead from Dustin Strand on lap 19, and continued on to his second NLRA series win of the season Saturday night at the Greenbush Race Park in Greenbush, MN. Greseth previously parked the No. 17 Quality Engines Rocket XR1 in victory lane at the Grand Rapids Speedway in Grand Rapids, MN. Strand finished second, with Cole Schill in third, Shane Edginton fourth, and Bryce Sward in fifth. Edginton was the hard charger, as he went from ninth to fourth. Edginton will also head into the next NLRA event as the series point leader by 22 markers over Greseth. Brad Seng, Sward, and Strand round out the current top five in points. NLRA series action continues on Thursday June 24th at the Norman County Raceway in Ada, MN.
Blake Anderson (9A) Mike Greseth (17) and Kreig Kasin (47) battle at the Buffalo River Speedway last Sunday.
Speedway Shots photo.
This Saturday night, June the 12th, the series will head to the Greenbush Race Park in Greenbush, MN, for the first time this season and for the 32nd time overall to the high-banked Roseau County oval the measures in at between a quarter and a third of a mile.
Dustin Strand (left Richard Keech photo;) and Ryan Mikkelson (right; Speedway Shots photo) split the NLRA shows at I-94 and Buffalo River last weekend.
Dustin Strand and Ryan Mikkelson split the pair of NLRA races run last weekend at the Sure Step I-94 Speedway in Fergus Falls, MN and at the Buffalo River Speedway in Glyndon, MN. Strand's win was his twenty-fifth win with the series, while Mikkelson became the second first time winner with the series on Sunday night.
Today we lost one of our own, one of our first members and drivers, and a big part of our NLRA family, Howie Schill.
Remembering Howie the racer, he began his career in 1994, joining his brother Troy in the Late Model division in Grand Forks. It took just two years for Howie to find victory lane, winning his first feature at the Grand Forks Speedway on June 2, 1996. He went on to win twelve times in Grand Forks.
In 1998, the NLRA embarked on it's first season of racing. Four races were run that season, and Howie was the first winner in series history, winning at the Victory Lane (now Red River Co-Op Speedway) in Winnipeg on June 25th. Howie finished third in the points that season, won by his Brother Troy.
The very next season, Howie became the first River Cities Speedway Late Model champion, winning three features, and securing the title by twenty points over Tom Corcoran.
Howie won two more NLRA series races, both coming at the Greenbush Race Park in 2007 and 2008.
Once the 2010 season came, Howie's son Cole joined him as a competitor, as the pair raced together that season, and again in 2011 & 2014.
Howie raced one more time, finishing fifth at the 2019 Stock Car Stampede at the Jamestown Speedway in Jamestown, ND. The race was won by his son Cole.
Most important, is the person we lost. Most of us with the series have had Howie as a fellow competitor, but all of us were lucky to have him as a friend. Howie and his wife Juanita, and now Cole and his wife Erica are always among the most popular among their fellow competitors night in, and night out.
Howie spent a majority of his later years not only getting Cole's career going, but helping friends like Jon Samuelson, Jeff Hapala and David Buringrud, and Dan Dowling get their careers started as well.
Whether you were a grizzled veteran, or new to the club, Howie always took time to have a chat or offer help when needed.
Howie's loss is and will be a tough one for all of us, but all of us with the NLRA are sending our love, thoughts, and prayers to Juanita, Cody, Cole, Erica, Howie's Grandchildren, Troy, Harold, Sr., and the entire Schill family today and beyond.
Cole and Howie in victory lane after Cole's first Jamestown Stampede victory in 2019.
The fourteenth annual John Seitz Memorial at the River Cities Speedway is in the books, and the big winners were Lance Schill, driver of the No. 17 Schill Construction MB Custom, who collected his first career NLRA series feature win during the 'Prelude to the Johnny.' Dustin Strand, driver of the No. 71 Q&Z Plumbing & Heating Millenium SRT won his fourth NLRA series championship. And Aaron Turnbull, driver of the No. 21 Mack Auctions MB Custom, who won the 'Go Hard or Go Home' pole dash, and his second consecutive John Seitz Memorial championship.
Lance Schill Scores First NLRA Victory; Dustin Strand Wins Fourth Title
Lance Schill with his family and crew in victory lane after winning the 'Prelude to the Johnny.'
Speedway Shots photo.
On Thursday night at River Cities, Steffen Snare lined the No. 71S Todd's Electric Bloomquist on the pole, with Lance Schill to his outside. After a caution on the initial start, Schill took the lead, as Joey Pederson moved to second in the No. 7P Dahlstrom Motors Victory.