Mike Balcaen with crew member Paul Manske in victory lane Saturday night in Jamestown. Speedway Shots photo.
Mike Balcaen won his first NLRA series feature of the season Saturday night at the Jamestown Speedway in Jamestown, ND. The win is his third at the high-banked, quarter-mile, Stutzman County speedplant, and also his 26th with the series, tying the late great John Seitz for second on the all-time wins list.
Speedway Shots photo.
The schedule for the 22nd season of NLRA racing has been completed, and it features 17 events at eight area tracks. The season is set to begin on Devils Run weekend at the Devils Lake Speedway near Crary, ND, on June 1st.
Dustin Strand won his third NLRA feature of the season last Saturday in Jamestown. Mike Spieker photo.
Two-time series champion, and current point leader Dustin Strand, driver of the No. 71 Q&Z Plumbing & Heating Millenium SRT, scored his third NLRA victory of the year last Saturday night at the Jamestown Speedway in Jamestown, ND. The win is Strand's 17th career win with the series, which is fifth on the all-time wins list.
Ryan Corbett (C4), Brad Seng (12S), and Zach Naastad (Z17) go three-wide at last year's Stock Car Stampede.
Speedway Shots photo.
This Saturday night, August the 4th, the NLRA will make it's only appearance this season at the Jamestown Speedway in Jamestown, ND. This is scheduled to be the 23rd visit by the series to the high-banked quarter-mile oval on the Stutzman County Fairgrounds, and the first visit in two years, after last season's visit was lost to rain at five o'clock.
June 2016 winner at Jamestown Zach Naastad (Z17) and Travis Robertson (1R) at River Cities. Speedway-Shots photo.
The NLRA is set to embark on the busiest stetch of the series twenty anniversary season this week, as four races in five nights lie ahead.
The stretch will feature a return for the first time in eleven years to the Sheyenne River Speedway in Lisbon, ND. The race is scheduled to be the twelfth for the series on the quarter-mile oval on the Ransom County Fairgrounds on Lisbon's west end.
The Northern Late Model Racing Association's 20th season of action will feature 17 big events during this anniversary season. In 1998, the Grand Forks, ND based racing series debuted with four races on its' initial slate of races, setting a foundation that the series continues to build off of today.
The 2017 season will begin on June 16th, as the series will co-headline events at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series. Both series will make the 80 mile trip south to race together again at the Red River Valley Speedway in Fargo the following night.
Shane Edginton won on a last lap pass in turn four at the Jamestown Speedway on Saturday for his second career series victory, while Dustin Strand won his third NLRA feature victory in five races Sunday night at the Buffalo River Race Park in Glyndon, MN.
Edginton Steals One at the Line in Jamestown
Canadians Mike Balcaen, driver of the No. 10 Enns Brothers Black Diamond, and Dave Smith, in the No. 06 Polar Industries Capital lead the field to the green. Balcaen won the drag race to turn one, but Smith motored around the outside, and took the lead down the back stretch.
Shane Edginton won on a last lap pass in turn four, beating race long leader Mike Balcaen to the line for his second career NLRA series victory at the Jamestown Speedway in Jamestown, ND Saturday night. The margin of victory was .074 seconds. Brad Seng finished third, with Dave Smith and Ryan Corbett rounding out the top five. The races were delayed about an hour and a half after a rain shower in the just before five o'clock soaked the track and the pits, but the Jamestown Speedway track crew work hard to try to get the track back. Edginton was also the races hard charger, as he started fifth, passing four cars for the victory. Edginton also closed in on point leader Brad Seng, as he'll head into tonight's event at the Buffalo River Race Park in Glyndon, MN with a 38 point disadvantage to the two-time champion. Edginton won the NLRA debut in Glyndon in 2012.
Zach Naastad, driver of the Q&Z Plumbing & Heating No. Z17, won the NLRA season opener at the Jamestown Speedway in Jamestown, ND Saturday night. Naastad became the 50th different driver to win an NLRA series feature, and is the second first time series winner in a row, as AJ Diemel won last September's 'Prelude to the Johnny' at the River Cities Speedway. Naastad's win didn't come easy, as he had to defend his lead on a number of restarts, and regain the lead on other restarts, as multiple caution periods, three of which were multi-car pileups, that plagued the main event.
Zach Naastad won the NLRA season opener at the Jamestown Speedway in Jamestown, ND Saturday night. Naastad lead 22 of the 25 laps, and fended off challenges by Shane Edginton and Cole Schill for his first career NLRA series victory. Naastad also had to defend his lead on a number of restarts, as five caution periods, three of which were multi-car pileups, plagued the main event. Schill and Edginton finished second and third respectively, while Dustin Strand began his title defense by finishing fourth ahead of Ryan Corbett who finished fifth in his series return. Naastad will be the series point leader heading into Friday nights' event at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, ND. Mike Spieker photo.