A heat race forms in front of the grandstand at Grand Rapids last season. Speedway Shots photo.
The NLRA season continues this week with two more races in Northern Minnesota. The first comes on Thursday night, June the 30th, the Grand Rapids Speedway in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, and includes the second visit this season on Saturday, July 2nd, to the Greenbush race park in Greenbush, Minnesota.
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.
Tom Corcoran (T1), Shane Edginton (5E), and Dustin Strand (71) battle three-wide at River Cities last Friday.
Speedway Shots photo.
The NLRA is set to kick off its silver anniversary season this weekend with three big events. It all kicks off on Friday night, June the 3rd, At the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, ND, where the series will co-headline with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series. Race two of the weekend features the Dick Johanneck Memorial King of the Dirt at the Sure Step I-94 Speedway in Fergus Falls, MN, before wrapping up with the first of two more scheduled visits to the Sheyenne Speedway in Lisbon, ND.
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.