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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.
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.
Mike Greseth took the lead from Ryan Corbett on lap ten, and went on to win his fifth NLRA feature of the year on Sunday night at the Sheyenne Speedway in Lisbon, ND. Greseth's win, in just his fourth month behind the wheel of a Late Model, is now tied with Tom Corcoran and Joel Cryderman on the series all-time wins list. Enderlin native Kevin Robertson finished second, with Corbett third, Bryce Sward fourth, and Dustin Strand rounding out the top five. Greseth's win also helped him cut into Shane Edginton's point lead, as the gap will be 26 heading into Friday's event at the River Cities Speedway, as the series will co-headline with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series for the second time this season.
Speedway Shots photo.
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.
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.