|NLRA Northern Late Model Racing Association|
AJ Diemel (Left) and Mike Greseth (right) celebrate their victories Thursday night. Speedway Shots photos.
AJ Diemel took the point from race long leader Don Shaw with two laps remaining to win the 'Prelude to the Johnny' at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks Thursday night. The win was Diemel's second career NLRA series triumph, and his first since the 2015 running of the 'Prelude,' which kicks off John Seitz Memorial weekend. Dustin Strand, Brad Seng, and Mike Greseth rounded out the top five. Greseth's fifth place finish gave him enough points to earn the 2021 NLRA series championship. Greseth, in his rookie season in a Late Model, earned the nickname "Super Rookie" after his first career series win at Grand Rapids Speedway in May. From then, Greseth has won six more features, including five in NLRA competition. Greseth won by 24 points over Shane Edginton. Brody Troftgruben was the hard charger, finishing sixth after starting 18th.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dustin Strand in victory lane at Norman County. Speedway Shots photo.
Dustin Strand won his second NLRA feature in three weeks at the Norman County Raceway in Ada, MN. The win is his second of the season with the NLRA, and the twenty-third of his career, which is one win behind Ricky Weiss for fourth on the series all-time wins list.
Dustin Strand (71) and Don Shaw (42S) battle for the lead at Norman County three weeks ago.
Speedway Shots photo.
This Thursday night, August 20th, the NLRA will race for the second time in three weeks, and for the final time for the 2020 season, at the Norman County Raceway in Ada, MN. This will be the twenty-first visit by the series to the three-eighths mile oval on the Norman County Fairgrounds.
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.
Dustin Strand celebrates his Norman County victory last Thursday. Mike Spieker photo.
The series made it's return, for the first time in nearly three years, to the Norman County Raceway in Ada, MN last week, and it was Dustin Strand who scored the win in the No. 71 Q&Z Plumbing & Heating Millenium SRT. It was Strand's first Late Model win at the three-eights mile oval on the Norman County Fairgrounds since 2012, and his 22nd series win overall, fifth best on the all-time list.