Brad Seng (12S), Shane Edginton (5E), and Brody Troftgruben (14) battle at Devils Lake last June. Speedway Shots photo.
Another four-day weekend is on tap for the NLRA this weekend, featuring the $5,000-to-win, 4th annual Walhalla Builders Golden Hammer Classic at the Devils Lake Speedway, near Crary, North Dakota.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 2021 NLRA schedule has been completed, with a big slate of twenty shows highlighting the series 24th season of racing action.
Brody Troftgruben at Speed at Devils Lake. Speedway Shots photo.
The three race NLRA weekend swing concluded at the Devils Lake Sepedway last Saturday night, and it was Brody Troftgruben parking the No. 14 Gateway Auto Tech Rocket in victory lane, becoming the first driver to win their first NLRA main event since 2016, and the 52nd winner in series history.
Father and Son duo, Blake and Steve Anderson battle door-to-door at Devils Lake on June 27th.
Speedway Shots photo.
The series wraps up a three race swing this Saturday night, August 1st, at the Devils Lake Speedway near Crary, ND. This will be the 26th series event at the one-third mile oval, which opened 20 years ago.
Brad Seng in victory lane last Saturday night at Devils Lake. Speedway Shots photo.
Brad Seng won the first NLRA series race of the season last Saturday night at the Devils Lake Speedway near Crary, ND. Seng's win was his series leading 38th victory, and was worth $2,000 as the Walhalla Building Center presented the second running of the Golden Hammer Classic.
Mike Balcaen (10) and Shane Edginton (4) battle door-to-door at the Golden Hammer Classic last year.
Mike Spieker photo.
Before we start with the preview of our season opener this weekend, we hope you all have been well the past few months, and as all of us try to return to normal, our series will take the track on Saturday without seven of our own. As the Canadian border remains closed to non-essential travel, seven of our members will not be able to be with us, and as we are not just a series, but a family, this will weigh on us this weekend.
So, to Shane, Mike, Jesse, Ryan, Bill, Dave and Matt, your families and crews, fellow Canadian drivers that may have also made the trip, and to our Canadian fans... we miss you, and hope for a re-opening, sooner rather than later, to complete our season with you.