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.
Brad Seng (12S) and Don Shaw (42S) racing for the lead at Lisbon. The pair have become the ones to beat at Viking of late. Mike Spieker photo.
The NLRA is set to invade the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, MN, for one of the staples on the series schedule, the Labor Day Double Header. The Viking Speedway is the biggest and fastest track, the only remaining half mile on the tour. The track sits on the Douglas County Fairgrounds, and will host the series for the 40th and 41st time, the record holder for any track the series has visited
Another John Seitz Memorial is in the books as the tenth running of the event took place at the River Cities Speedway last week. Thursday night was marred by rain delays, but produced a new track record holder in Wissota national point leader Dustin Strand, and a new three-time NLRA series champion in Brad Seng. Friday saw the original Seitz memorial pole sitter, Steve Laursen, earn the pole once again. Saturday saw Elk Mound, Wisconsin native AJ Diemel join Brad Seng as the only two-time champions in the events' history.
For the ninth time in series history, the NLRA will spend its' Labor Day weekend at the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, MN. The regulars of the NLRA series will take on the 51-year-old half-mile oval on the Douglas County Fairgrounds for the 38th time in series history.
Last season, for the first time ever, Viking aces Jeff Wildung and Zach Johnson were held out of the win column. Brad Seng, driver of the No. 12S S&S Transport MB Custom, and Don Shaw in the Shaw Trucking No. 42S, became just the third and fourth drivers not named Wildung or Johnson to win on Labor Day weekend in Alexandria.
The NLRA is coming off a four race stretch, which started last Wednesday night at the Norman County Raceway in Ada, MN, helping kick off the 121st Norman County Fair.
The stretch kicked off last Wednesday night, as heat winners Kevin Robertson, driver of the No. 10R Nugget Vending MasterSbilt and Adam Fischer, and his No. 30 Northwest Auto Body Rocket, lead the field to the green flag in the feature. Iron Ranger Jeffrey Massingill, driver of the No. 6M Tesar Racing Engines Club 29, got off to a great start on the bottom of the track, and lead the field into turn one from the third starting spot.
Jeff Wildung of Nassau, MN picked up the NLRA series win Thursday night at the Norman County Raceway in Ada, MN. Wildung took the lead on lap 10 after Brad Seng survived being struck by a lapped car a few laps prior. Wildung's win is his 13th career NLRA series triumph, tying him with Mitch Johnson for fifth on the all time list. its' also his second win at Norman County, the other coming in 2014, with his other eleven NLRA victories coming at the Viking Speedway. Dustin Strand finished second, with Seng, Jeremy Keller, and Don Shaw rounding out the top five. Seng's podium finish was more than enough to make him the fourth series point leader in five events so far this season. Seng will carry a 22 point lead over Shane Edginton into Friday nights' event at the Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, ND. You can buy tickets online for the show in West Fargo, visit redrivervalleyspeedway.com
Mike Spieker photo.
Brad Seng took the lead from Jeffrey Massingill on lap four, and went on to victory during night one of the NLRA double header at the Norman County Raceway in Ada, MN. The wins is Seng's 32nd victory with the series, the most all time. The two-time series champion also closed his gap in the season long points race, as he'll head into night two at Norman County just two markers behind new point leaded Shane Edginton. Edginton is the third different point leader in four nights of action thus far this season, as former point leader Steffen Snare is just four points back in third. Winner at Norman County last July, Don Shaw, finished second, with Massingill, Mike Balcaen, and Jeff Wildung rounding out the top five. The races started just after seven pm, and were done at ten after nine. That fact coupled with the addition of Donny Schatz to what was already a stellar field, makes Thursday night at Norman County a can't miss. Remember you can by tickets online at ncraceway.com.
Mike Spieker photo.
The NLRA is set to embark on a stretch of four races in as many nights, as three of four will take place during active fairs, while the other will mark the return to the Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, ND.
On Wednesday night, June the 22nd and Thursday night, June the 23rd, the NLRA will headine the opening night events of the 121st Norman County Fair in Ada, MN, as the series is secheduled to make its' 17th and 18th appearances at the three-eighths mile oval.
Don Shaw and Brad Seng picked up victories on Sunday during the series annual Labor Day Double Header events at the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, MN on Sunday. Shaw's win was his second of the season, and third overall, while Seng kept his title hopes alive with his fifth series win of the season, and second at Viking. This marks the first time in series history that racers other than Jeff Wildung or Zach Johnson won races on Labor Day weekend in Alexandria, as the pair had won all but two labor day events at the big half mile since 2007.
Brad Seng won his fifth NLRA series feature of the season, and second at the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, MN on Sunday night. The win is also Seng's 31st career series victory. Seng took advantage of a mistake by then-leader Ricky Weiss with three to go, and lead the remainder of the race. Dustin Strand finished second, with Weiss falling back to third, while Jeff Wildung and Cole Schill rounded out the top five. Strand's runner-up finished coupled with a DNF by Mike Balcaen, sees Strand move atop the series standings for the first time since the series left the Norman County Raceway in Ada, MN on June 25. Strand now leads by 32 points over Seng, with Balcaen falling back to third, 38 points back of Strand, with one race remaining. The season finale takes place this Thursday night at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, ND, with the running of the annual 'Prelude to the Johnny' on John Seitz Memorial weekend. Click on the highlighted words for full Results and updated Points here. Photo of Brad Seng at speed on Friday night at the I-94 Speedway in Fergus Falls, MN, courtesy of Mike Spieker.