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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.
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.
Today we lost one of our own, one of our first members and drivers, and a big part of our NLRA family, Howie Schill.
Remembering Howie the racer, he began his career in 1994, joining his brother Troy in the Late Model division in Grand Forks. It took just two years for Howie to find victory lane, winning his first feature at the Grand Forks Speedway on June 2, 1996. He went on to win twelve times in Grand Forks.
In 1998, the NLRA embarked on it's first season of racing. Four races were run that season, and Howie was the first winner in series history, winning at the Victory Lane (now Red River Co-Op Speedway) in Winnipeg on June 25th. Howie finished third in the points that season, won by his Brother Troy.
The very next season, Howie became the first River Cities Speedway Late Model champion, winning three features, and securing the title by twenty points over Tom Corcoran.
Howie won two more NLRA series races, both coming at the Greenbush Race Park in 2007 and 2008.
Once the 2010 season came, Howie's son Cole joined him as a competitor, as the pair raced together that season, and again in 2011 & 2014.
Howie raced one more time, finishing fifth at the 2019 Stock Car Stampede at the Jamestown Speedway in Jamestown, ND. The race was won by his son Cole.
Most important, is the person we lost. Most of us with the series have had Howie as a fellow competitor, but all of us were lucky to have him as a friend. Howie and his wife Juanita, and now Cole and his wife Erica are always among the most popular among their fellow competitors night in, and night out.
Howie spent a majority of his later years not only getting Cole's career going, but helping friends like Jon Samuelson, Jeff Hapala and David Buringrud, and Dan Dowling get their careers started as well.
Whether you were a grizzled veteran, or new to the club, Howie always took time to have a chat or offer help when needed.
Howie's loss is and will be a tough one for all of us, but all of us with the NLRA are sending our love, thoughts, and prayers to Juanita, Cody, Cole, Erica, Howie's Grandchildren, Troy, Harold, Sr., and the entire Schill family today and beyond.
Cole and Howie in victory lane after Cole's first Jamestown Stampede victory in 2019.
Cole Schill and Don Shaw in victory lane at the Viking Speedway last weekend. Collin Nelson photos.
Cole Schill, driver of the No. 44 Mid Ag Dispatch MB Custom, and Don Shaw, driver of the No. 42S Northern Metal Recycling Victory, scored their first NLRA series wins of the season last weekend during the traditional Labor Day Double at the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, MN.
On Saturday night, July the 30th, the NLRA will take the track for the second and final time in 2016, and 24th time overall, at the Greenbush Race Park in Greenbush, MN. The series is also scheduled to make their second of now three away-from-River Cities appearances with the Northern Outlaw Sprint Association.
Cole Schill, driver of the No. 44 Mid Ag Dispatch MasterSbilt, lead all 25 laps en route to winning his first NLRA series feature on June 18th. Cole became the third Schill to win in Greenbush, as his father Howie won two races in a row in Greenbush in 2007 and again in 2008. Cole's uncle Troy won the series second appearance in Greenbush in July of 1999.