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.
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.
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.
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.
Shane Edginton in victory lane at River Cities on Friday night. Speedway Shots photo.
Shane Edginton parked the No. 5E Performance Auto Sniper in victory lane Friday night, winning the inaugural Howie Schill Memorial at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks. The win is Edginton's fifth career NLRA feature win, and first since 2019. Edginton lead lap nine, and the final three laps to pick up the win. Brad Seng and Mike Greseth were also in the thick of it late, as the lead trio fought for the win in the waning laps. Seng was second, with Bryce Sward third, Cole Babcock fourth, and Jason Strand rounding out the top five. Babcock was also the hard charger, as he stormed from the B Main, and the 18th starting spot to improve 14 spots in the main event. Edginton also took the point lead with the victory, and will carry the SRT Specialties and TNT Coatings point leader spoiler into Thursday's race at the Norman County Speedway by 12 markers over Brad Seng.
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.
Don Shaw in victory lane in Devils Lake. Speedway Shots photo.
Don Shaw won his 12th career NLRA feature Saturday night at the Devils Lake Speedway near Crary, ND. Shaw took the lead from Cole Babcock on lap seven, and continued on to park the Shaw Trucking No. 42S in victory lane. The win broke a tie with Zach Johnson on the series all-time wins list as Shaw now sits alone in eighth on the list. Tyler Peterson wheeled Donny Schatz's No. 15 to a runner-up finish in just his second night in the car. Brandon Fuller and Dustin Strand finished third and fourth respectively, while rookie Jason Strand scored his first top five, finishing fifth. Brody Troftgruben won the hard charger award, improving 15 spots to finish 6th. Mike Greseth's eighth place run was good enough to keep the point lead, which is now ten markers ahead Brad Seng who passed Shane Edginton for second in the standings. Bryce Sward and Dustin Strand complete the top five. NLRA series action continues Sunday night at the River Cities Speedway. The races start at six.
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.
Aaron Turnbull and Shane Edginton battle for the lead at the John Seitz Memorial. Mike Spieker photo.
It was another exciting John Seitz Memorial at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, with Jake Redetzke winning the 'Prelude to the Johnny' on Thursday night, while Brad Seng captured his fourth NLRA championship, and the pole for the 92-lap finale on Saturday night by winning Friday's 'Go Hard Or Go Home' Pole Dash. But is was Estevan, Saskatchewan's Aaron Turnbull that came away as the weekend's big winner, by scoring his first John Seitz Memorial victory.
Brad Seng (12S), Dustin Strand (71), and Shane Edginton (4), battle for the lead at River Cities last Friday night.
The trio will head into Thursday night separated by 66 points. Mike Spieker photo.
This Thursday night, September the 5th, the 22nd season of NLRA action comes to a close with the ninth running of the 'Prelude to the Johnny,' kicking off the three-day, thirteenth annual John Seitz Memorial, which honors our three-time series champion, the late great John Seitz, whom we lost in 2007. Thursday's race allows the Grand Forks based series to crown its' series champion on home turf, the high-banked, quarter-mile River Cities Speedway.