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Shane Edginton (4) and Troy Schill (11) battle for position at the season opener at Devils Lake last Saturday.
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This Saturday night, the NLRA returns to action with the lid lifter to the 2019 season at the Devils Lake Speedway near Crary, ND. The race kicks off the 22nd season of action for the NLRA, and will be the 23rd visit by the club to the high banked, third-mile oval.
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.
Six weeks ago, Dustin Strand was in St. Cloud being feted as the newest Wissota National Late Model champion. This weekend, his 2017 season gets off to another early start, as he will once again pilot his Q&Z Plumbing & Heating No. 71 at the eleventh annual Wild West Shootout, which moves from Tucson to the greater Phoenix area, for its debut at the Arizona Speedway, in San Tan Valley, Arizona.
Mike Spieker of Speedway-shots.com, and All The Dirt, caught up with the two-time NLRA series champion to talk about his 2016 season, and what his future has in store.
The first date of the Northern Late Model Racing Association's 20th season of racing has been announced. The series will head to the Greenbush Race Park in Greenbush, MN on June 24th, 2017.
The race would be the 25th for the series at the high banked three-tenths mile oval. The NLRA visited Greenbush twice in 2016. Cole Schill won his first NLRA series feature during the first event on June 18th. Brad Seng won the second visit on July 30th.
The Greenbush Race Park has been a regular stop on the NLRA tour. Greenbush was one of three tracks featured in the four race inaugural season for the tour in 1998. Tom Corcoran won the inaugural event at Greenbush that season.
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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.
On Friday night, September the 8th, the NLRA will but a ribbon on its' 19th season with the sixth running of the 'Prelude to the Johnny' at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, ND. The event kicks off the three day, tenth annual John Seitz Memorial.
Last season, Elk Mound, Wisconsin's AJ Diemel, became the fourth native of the dairy state to win the Prelude in its' five years history. Adam Hensel of Barron, John Kaanta of Elk Mound, and Pat Doar on New Richmond, were winners of the event in 2011, 2012, and 2013 respectively. Ricky Weiss became the first non-Wisconsinite to win the race in 2014.
Don Shaw parked the No. 42S Shaw Trucking Victory by Moyer in victory lane both nights at the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, MN. The wins are Shaw's fifth and sixth career NLRA series wins, and seventh and eighth wins at Viking this season, as he also wrapped up the track points title after doing the same at the I-94 Speedway in Fergus Falls, MN last Friday night.
Rick Schroeder and Labor Day ace Zach Johnson lined up on the front row on night one, but it was Shaw who quickly took the point down the backstretch.
Don Shaw started second, and lead just three laps en route to winning his third NLRA feature of the season at the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, MN on Sunday night. The win is Shaw's sixth NLRA series triumph, and third win of the last four NLRA Labor Day races at Viking. Dustin Strand was denied of his seventh NLRA win of the season when Shaw, who lead lap one, took the lead on lap 24, and went on to victory. Brad Seng, Zach Johnson, and Corey Nelson rounded out the top five. Cole Schill picked up another hard charger award, improving to seventh after starting 16th. Brad Seng will carry an 18 point lead over defending series champion Dustin Strand into the final week of the season.
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Don Shaw started third, and lead all 25 laps en route to his second NLRA series win of the season Saturday night at the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, MN. The win is Shaw's fifth career win with the series, seventh at Viking this year, and the second straight win of the NLRA Labor Day double opener at the Speedway. Shaw is also on his way to scoring the track title at Viking with one race remaining. Zach Johnson, Brad Seng, Corey Nelson, and Dustin Strand rounded out the top five. Cole SChill racked up another hard charger award, improving nine spots to finish eleventh. Brad Seng gained six points on Dustin Strand in the NLRA points chase with three races left. Racing continues Sunday night at Viking at six.
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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.