A heat race forms in front of the grandstand at Grand Rapids last season. Speedway Shots photo.
The NLRA season continues this week with two more races in Northern Minnesota. The first comes on Thursday night, June the 30th, the Grand Rapids Speedway in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, and includes the second visit this season on Saturday, July 2nd, to the Greenbush race park in Greenbush, Minnesota.
Brad Seng (12S), Shane Edginton (5E), and Brody Troftgruben (14) battle at Devils Lake last June. Speedway Shots photo.
Another four-day weekend is on tap for the NLRA this weekend, featuring the $5,000-to-win, 4th annual Walhalla Builders Golden Hammer Classic at the Devils Lake Speedway, near Crary, North Dakota.
Jeffrey Massingill took the lead from Jordan Tollakson early and went on to win his second career NLRA feature Saturday night at the Sure Step I-94 Speedway and Fergus Falls, MN. The victory was Massingill’s first with the series since 2013 at Hibbing Raceway. Being crowned King of the Dirt netted Massingill $2,089. Cole Schill finished second with Shane Edginton rounding out the podium. Tollakson and Mike Greseth completed the top five. Friday night's winner at River Cities, Brody Troftgruben, was the hard charger, improving nine spots and finishing 16th. The three race weekend concludes Sunday night at the Sheyenne Speedway in Lisbon, ND.
Photo by Nick Anderson.
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.
Brody Troftgruben (14) and Blake Anderson (9A) in action earlier this season. Speedway Shots photo.
This Thursday night, May the 27th, the NLRA will head to the Grand Rapids Speedway in Grand Rapids, MN for the first time in nearly eleven years. This will be the second consecutive show that will be a return, and a second overall visit, as the series returned to the Sure Step I-94 Speedway in Fergus Falls, MN last Friday night.
The fourteenth annual John Seitz Memorial at the River Cities Speedway is in the books, and the big winners were Lance Schill, driver of the No. 17 Schill Construction MB Custom, who collected his first career NLRA series feature win during the 'Prelude to the Johnny.' Dustin Strand, driver of the No. 71 Q&Z Plumbing & Heating Millenium SRT won his fourth NLRA series championship. And Aaron Turnbull, driver of the No. 21 Mack Auctions MB Custom, who won the 'Go Hard or Go Home' pole dash, and his second consecutive John Seitz Memorial championship.
Lance Schill Scores First NLRA Victory; Dustin Strand Wins Fourth Title
Lance Schill with his family and crew in victory lane after winning the 'Prelude to the Johnny.'
Speedway Shots photo.
On Thursday night at River Cities, Steffen Snare lined the No. 71S Todd's Electric Bloomquist on the pole, with Lance Schill to his outside. After a caution on the initial start, Schill took the lead, as Joey Pederson moved to second in the No. 7P Dahlstrom Motors Victory.
Ricky Weiss won all three features contested at River Cities on the John Seitz Memorial weekend.
Dustin Strand won the pole dash, and clinched his third series title with a fourth place run on Saturday afternoon.
Mike Spieker photos.
It was a big weekend for two-time series champion Ricky Weiss, driver of the No. 7 Keewatin Truck Service Bloomquist, as he won all three main events contested during the 12th annual John Seitz Memorial weekend at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks.
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.
Dustin Strand, driver of the No. 71 Q&Z Plumbing & Heating Millenium, continued his hot streak last week going undefeated in both heats and both features first on Thursday night in Winnipeg at the Red River Co-Op Speedway and at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks.
The wins are his fifth and sixth of the season in NLRA action, and his tenth and eleventh with the series overall, as he now sits tied for seventh on the all-time wins list.
He will head into the final four races of the season with the opportunity to tie and or break the record for wins in a single season, currently held by the late John Seitz, at seven victories. Strand has also won six of the last eight NLRA events, five of them have been sweeps, including four in a row.
Two-time and defending NLRA series champion Dustin Strand, driver of the No. 71 Q&Z Plumbing & Heating Millenium, picked up his first series win of the season Sunday evening at the Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, ND.
The win was Strand's sixth career series triumph, which puts him in a tie for eleventh on the NLRA series all-time wins list, as he joins Dale Skytland, Kevin Sexton, and Pat Doar. Strand also became the first driver to win multiple NLRA features at the speedway.