Mike Greseth (17) and Shane Edginton (5E) are separated by just 8 points heading into the 'Prelude.' Speedway Shots photo.
Thursday night, September the 9th, the NLRA will wrap up its 24th season of racing with the 11th running of the "Prelude to the Johnny" at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, ND. The event kicks off the 15th annual John Seitz Memorial weekend, which honors four-time series champion John Seitz who passed away in 2007.
Mike Greseth won his sixth NLRA feature of the year Saturday night at the Red River Valley Speedway. Speedway Shots photo.
Mike Greseth won his sixth NLRA feature of the 2021 season Saturday night at the Howie Schill Memorial at the Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, ND. Greseth led every lap, and won by over eight seconds over Brad Seng. Greseth, who is in his rookie season in Late Models, also closed to within eight points of the series point lead with one points race remaining. Point leader Shane Edginton finished third, with hard charger Dustin Strand in fourth, and Cole Schill rounding out the top five. Strand passed eleven cars en route to win the hard charger award. The series returns to action with a non-points race on Wednesday night at River Cities Speedway. The season concludes September 9th with the 'Prelude to the Johnny' at River Cities.
Troy Schill (11) and Howie Schill (4) battle at Grand Forks (River Cities) Speedway in 1996. Julie Grassel photo.
Two of the final three events of the 2021 NLRA season are set to take place this weekend at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks on Friday night, and at the Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo on Saturday night. Both races will be run alongside the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, while Saturday’s event will also honor Howie Schill, who we lost last December.
Kevin Robertson (10R) and Erik Robertson (9R) battle at River Cities earlier this season. Both Robertson's are in the top ten in the series standings heading into at return to their home track at Sheyenne Speedway Sunday night.
Speedway Shots photo.
The first of the final four races of the 2021 NLRA season is coming up this Sunday night, August the 15th, as the NLRA returns to the Sheyenne Speedway in Lisbon, ND. The race is scheduled to be the 14th event at the quarter-mile oval on the Ransom County Fairgrounds.
Chad Becker won at Nodak Speedway Sunday night. Speedway Shots photo.
Chad Becker took the lead with two laps remaining and won his first NLRA feature of the season Sunday night at the Nodak Speedway in Minot, ND. Becker's win is his fourth with the series, and first since 2019 at the Sheyenne Speedway in Lisbon, ND. Cole Schill finished second, with Brody Troftgruben, who led the first 23 laps, finishing third. New point leader Shane Edginton finished fourth, while Magic City native Steven Pfeifer rounded out the top five. Edginton will now carry a 64 point lead into Saturday's race at the Jamestown Speedway in Jamestown, ND.
Bryce Sward (1-2), Jeff Hapala (16S), and Kevin Robertson (10R) go three-wide at Norman County last week.
Speedway Shots photo.
The final month of NLRA action begins this weekend with two races set to be contested. First up is the second and final visit of the 2021 campaign at the Greenbush Race Park in Greenbush, MN on Saturday night. The scene shifts west to the Nodak Speedway in Minot, ND for the first series race at that facility in two year.
Bryce Sward at speed at Devils Lake. Speedway Shots photo.
Bryce Sward took the lead from Mike Greseth on lap eleven to score his first career NLRA feature win on Saturday night at the Devils Lake Speedway near Doyon, ND. Sward becomes the 56th different winner in series history with his triumph in the Endreson Custom Service No. 1-2, and is the third driver to get their first career win in 2021. Greseth finished second, and in doing so, will carry the SRT Specialties/TNT Coatings point leader spoiler heading into Saturday night at the Greenbush Race Park. Cole Schill, Steffen Snare, and Kevin Robertson rounded out the top five. Erik Robertson was the hard charger as he improved eight spots to finish ninth.
Don Shaw in victory lane at Norman County on Thursday night. Speedway Shots photo.
Don Shaw won his second NLRA feature of the season Thursday night at the Norman County Raceway in Ada, MN. Shaw started second in his Shaw Trucking No. 42S, and led every lap en route to his 13th career series win, tying him with Mitch Johnson for seventh on the all-time series wins list. His teammate Dave Mass finished second, with Cole Schill third, Jason Strand fourth, and point leader Shane Edginton rounding out the top five. Four-time series winner in 2021 Mike Greseth was the hard charger, coming back from a DNF in his heat race, and finishing seventh after starting in the 23rd and final spot. Edginton will carry a 32 point lead over Brad Seng into Saturday's race at the Devils Lake Speedway near Crary, ND.
Brad Seng (12S), Shane Edginton (5E), and Brody Troftgruben (14) battle at Devils Lake in June. Speedway Shots photo.
This week of NLRA action features a pair of return and final visits for the 2021 campaign at the Norman County Raceway on Thursday night July the 28th and at the Devils Lake Speedway on Saturday night July the 31st.
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.