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.
Corcoran Wins At River Cities
Tom Corcoran, driver of the No. T1 D&B Motors Rocket, picked up a popular victory at the River Cities Speedway last Friday night, his first at the track since June 4, 2010. The 61-year-old veteran of 47 racing seasons, started on the pole, and lead all twenty laps, while doing a text book job in lapped traffic, which was key to his victory.
Joey Pederson, driver of the No. 7P Dahlstrom Motors MB Custom finished second, Dustin Strand was third in the No. 71 Q&Z Plumbing & Heating Millenium.
After running the seasons first seven races in a span of 14 days, the NLRA schedule is on a bit of a hiatus, but that doesn't mean its' series regulars have taken any time off.
Last Thursday night at the Red River Co-Op Speedway in Winnipeg, Dustin Strand, driver of the No. 71 Q&Z Plumbing & Heating Millenium, won the feature in his first appearance at the speedway in 2016. Current speedway point leader Mike Balcaen, driver of the No. 10 Enns Brothers Black Diamond, finished second to Strand, while Shane Edginton, driver of the No. 4 Performance Auto Victory finished fourth, and sits four points back of Balcaen for the point lead.
Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 Winnipeg Hearing Centres MasterSbilt, won his first race of the season last Friday night at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks. The win was his sixth in late model action at the speedway, as he fended off charges from two-time and defending NLRA series champion, and defending River Cities champion Dustin Strand, driver of the No. 71 Q&Z Plumbing & Heating Longhorn. Mooney became the fourth different winner in four nights in what is arguably the most competitive class at the three-tenths mile oval on the Grand Forks county Fairgrounds, that will host five NLRA series races this season. The first NLRA race at River Cities is two weeks from this Friday night when the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series hits town for the first of two scheduled visits.
Brad Seng, driver of the No. 12S S&S Transport MB Custom, won his first race of the year at River Cities Speedway last Friday night. Mike Balcaen, winner at the Speedway two weeks prior crossed the line second in the No. 10 Enns Brothers Black Diamond, with Shane Edginton, driver of the No. 4 Performance Auto Victory rounding out the podium in third. Steffen Snare, driver of the No. 71 Todd's Electric Bloomquist finished fourth in his season debut, while two-time track champion Joey Pederson, driver of the No. 7P Dahlstrom Motors MB Custom rounded out the top five.
Mike Balcaen, driver of the No. 10 Enns Brothers Black Diamond, won his first feature at River Cities since 2014 last Friday night, rebounding from a DNF at the opener the week prior. Balcaen went on to finish second to Don Shaw at the season opener at the Viking Speedway last Saturday night.
Shane Edginton, driver of the No. 4 Performance Auto Victory, finished second at River Cities, with Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 Winnipeg Hearing Centres MasterSbilt rounding out the podium. Winners of seven of the last eight River Cities season points titles, Joey Pederson, driver of the Dahlstrom Motors No. 7P, and Brad Seng, driver of the S&S Transport No. 12S, guided their pair of MB Customs to top five finishes.
Ricky Weiss won at the River Cities Speedway last Friday night, with Brad Seng, in the No. 12S S&S Transport MB Custom, Dustin Strand, in the Q&Z Plumbing & Heating No. 71, Joey Pederson, in the No. 7P Dahlstrom Motors MB Custom, and Steve Anderson, in the No. 9 Hi-Per-Flex Panel Systems Pierce rounding out the top five.
Don Shaw won at the I-94 Speedway in Fergus Falls last Friday night, with Cole Schill, driver of the No. 44 Rivinius Ranch MasterSbilt by JMR continuing a strong season in second.
The NLRA embarked on a grueling five race stretch last week, and only saw one event lost to rain, and two different winners. The action began an hour late on Wednesday night at the Norman County Raceway in Ada, MN, as a rain storm that his just before six o'clock. Ricky Weiss, driver of the No. 7 Derrick's Sandblasting Bloomquist, pulled away from a hard charging Don Shaw, and lead the final 21 laps to win his 14th career NLRA main event. The win gave Weiss sole posession of fourth on the all-time wins list, breaking a tie he held with Mitch Johnson.
Ricky Weiss won his third series feature in as many nights on Friday night during the NLRA's debut at the I-94 speedway in Fergus Falls, MN. Ricky Weiss took the lead on lap 15 after Don Shaw retired from the race. Shaw lead the first 14 laps. Veteran Lance Matthees finished second, with Eric Breeschoten finishing third, Mike Balcaen fourth, and Dustin Strand finishing fifth after starting eleventh. Mike Balcaen will take a six point advantage over Strand into Saturday nights event at the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, MN. Click on Results or Points for updated standings and a complete rundown of Friday nights action. Photo courtesy of Corey Litton. You can catch Corey on Checkers and Wreckers, Mondays on KFGO 790.
The busiest stretch of the NLRA season continues this week with a demanding run of five races in as many nights. The action starts on Wedesday night, June the 24th and Thursday night, June the 25th at the Norman County Raceway in Ada, MN. On Friday night, June the 26th, the drivers will head south to make the series first appearance at the I-94 Speedway in Fergus Falls, MN. Saturday night, action continues for the second time this season at the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, MN, before the five race swing ends on Sunday night at the Buffalo River Race Park near Glyndon, MN.