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.
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.
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.
Don Shaw (42S) and Brad Seng (12S) waging war for the win during last year's return to the Sheyenne Speedway.
Mike Spieker photo.
This Sunday night, August the 19th, the NLRA will return to the Sheyenne Speedway in Lisbon, ND, for the second year in row, and the 13th time in series history. The series returned to the quarter-mile oval on the Ransom County Fairgrounds last August for the first time in eleven years.
Travis Robertson (1R), Erik Robertson (9R), and Jeff Hapala (16S) go three-wide at the Red River Valley Speedway last year.
Mike Spieker photo.
This Saturday night, August the 18th, the NLRA will co-headline for the third and final time this season with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series at the Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, ND. The race is scheduled to be the eleventh appearance by the series to the third-mile oval on the Red River Valley Fairgrounds.
After a third place run at the I-94 Speedway last Friday night, Cole Schill, driver of the No. 44 Mid Ag Dispatch MasterSbilt by JMR, won at the Viking Speedway last Saturday, Matt and Dave Smith were 1100 miles from home when they rounded out the top five respectively in their Polar Industries Capitals.
Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 Lithia Toyota MasterSbilt by JMR, won the season opener at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks last Friday night. Defending Wissota national champion Dustin Strand finished second in the No. 71 RHR Swag Millenium, with Zach Naastad, driver of the No. Z17 Q&Z Plumbing Millenium third, Brad Seng, driver of the No. 12 S&S Transport MB Custom fourth, and Joey Pederson, driver of the No. 7P Dalhstrom Motors MB Custom rounding out the top five.
On Saturday night, July the 23rd, the NLRA will head west for the 18th time in series history to the Devils Lake Speedway near Crary, ND. The track hosted two series events last season, and is scheduled to do so again this season.
Last season, Brad Seng, driver of the No. 12S S&S Transport MB Custom and Dustin Strand, driver of the No. 71 Q&Z Plumbing & Heating Millenium split the season series in Devils Lake last season.
On Sunday night, July the 17th, the NLRA will co-headline closing night festivities at the Red River Valley Fair with the NOSA Sprint Cars. This event marks just the fourth time the areas two premier racing series have shared an event at a speedway other than the River Cities Speedway, and first since June 10th, 2007.
Jeremy Keller and Jason Linnell were winners in 2007 at the Nodak Speedway in Minot, ND. The Norman County Raceway in Ada, MN hosted the other two in 1998 and 2001. This is also scheduled to be the ninth appearance by the NLRA on the Red River Valley Fairgrounds, seventh on the current three-eights mile configuration, and second since the track reopened this past May after sitting dormant since the conclusion of the 2012 racing season.