First on Thursday night, Kent Arment won his second career NLRA feature at the Norman County Raceway in Ada, MN. The win was his first with the NLRA since June 26, 2004, when he won at the Brown County Speedway in Aberdeen, SD during the series only visit to the speedway to this date. The main event got off to a rocky start with multiple cautions before a lap could be completed. Once action got underway, Dustin Strand, driver of the No. 71S Q&Z Plumbing & Heating Millenium jumped out to the point and held the lead, including after restarts on laps seven, and twelve for Bill Mooney in the No. 2 freehearingtest.ca Rocket, and Brian Bernotas respectively.
Zach Johnson won his third NLRA feature of the 2013 season Sunday night at the Buffalo River Race Park near Glyndon, MN. The win was also Johnson's 10th NLRA series victory tying him with Ricky Weiss and Jeff Wildung for fifth on the all time wins list.
Mike Balcaen became the second NLRA series regular this season to score his 20th series victory Saturday night at the Jamestown Speedway in Jamestown, ND. The win was also his 204th career main event triumph, and his second win of the 2013 season. Brad Seng picked up his 20th NLRA series victory on July 18th at the Norman County Raceway in Ada, MN. Balcaen, and Seng are now tied for second on the all time series wins list, now six behind the late John Seitz. Above is a picture of Mike on the gas at the River Cities Speedway earlier this season. Photo courtesy of Rick Rea
The championship picture could look a lot different this time next week, as the NLRA, and its' series regulars are set to embark on a three race swing in four nights.
First on Thursday night the NLRA will make its' third and final appearance of the 2013 season to the Norman County Raceway in Ada, MN. Zach Johnson of Kensington, MN, and Brad Seng, driver of the No. 12S S&S Transport Mars MB Custom have chalked up victories at the 3/8 mile oval this season. Seng will also be looking for his third series win in a row. Six drivers own top ten finishes in both previous events in Ada this season. Those drivers are Brad Seng, Zach Johnson, Dustin Strand, driver of the No. 71S Q&Z Plumbing & Heating Millenium, Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 freehearingtest.ca Rocket, Donny Schatz, and Brian Bernotas. Racing begins Thursday Night at 7pm.
NLRA Tour regulars Cole Schill and Mike Balcaen used a break in the series schedule to pick up their first wins of the 2013 season during the last week. In Schill's case, it was also his first career victory. Schill lead the first seven laps of the main event at the River Cities Speedway back on June the 14th when the rains came, ending the night early, and forcing a make-up later in the season. That make-up came last Friday night, and this time Schill picked up right where he left off, leading all 20 laps, parking his No. 44 Quaker Steak and Lube Rocket in victory lane.
Brad Seng captured his second consecutive NLRA victory Thursday night, when the series made its' second appearance at the Norman County Raceway in Ada, MN this season. Seng, driver of the No. 12S S&S Transport Mars MB Custom, became the second driver in NLRA series history to win 20 features, second only to the late great John Seitz, who still leads the NLRA all time wins list with 26 triumphs. Seng was running second with two laps to go when race long leader Donny Schatz was penalized for purposely spinning a car he was attempting to put a lap down. Schatz won his heat race, and drew the pole for the main event.
NLRA regular Joey Pederson will look to stay undefeated twice tonight at the River Cities Speedway. Pederson, driver of the No. 7P Dahlstrom Motors Mars MB Custom will try to win his fourth feature of the season at River Cities in his late model, then he will try to complete the three-peat in the River Cities Speedway school bus races. Pederson is the events' only winner, having won the previous two events for the Sacred Heart school. He also won in his late model on school bus night the previous two seasons. The annual school bus race night at the River Cities Speedway was started in 2011 as a fun way to benefit area schools.
The NLRA's Season continues Thursday night July the 18th when the NLRA makes it's second appearance this season, and its' tenth visit all-time to the Norman County Raceway in Ada, MN. Zach Johnson of Kensington, MN won the previous race at the 3/8 mile oval, dominating most of the main event. Dustin Strand, and his No. 71S Q&Z Plumbing & Heating Millenium finished second, while Ricky Weiss settled for third. Brad Seng in the No. 12S S&S Transport Mars MB Custom, and Donny Schatz rounded out the top five. Cody Skytland, Mike Balcaen in the No. 10 Northstar Canada Victory Circle, Bill Mooney in the No. 2 Freehearingtest.ca Rocket, Jeff Provinzino, and Brian Bernotas rounded out the top ten. Steve Anderson, driver of the No. 9 Hi-Per Flex Panel Systems Pierce, was the hard charger, finishing in the 13th position after starting the race in the 23rd spot. Racing begins at 7pm.
Two NLRA drivers remained hot at local tracks last week, as Joey Pederson, and Steffen Snare picked up victories. Last Thursday night, Steffen Snare, driver of the No. 71 Todd's Electric Swartz, captured his second win of the season at the Red River Co-Op Speedway near Winnipeg, MB. Then on Friday night, Joey Pederson, driver of the No. 7P Dahlstrom Motors Mars MB Custom, remained undefeated this season at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, ND, winning his third race in as many nights. Some other NLRA regulars who had strong runs include Mike Balcaen, driver of the No. 10 Northstar Canada Victory Circle, who scored a pair of top five finishes, both in Winnipeg and Grand Forks.
Brad Seng won his first NLRA feature of the 2013 season Sunday night at the Emo Speedway in Emo, Ontario, Canada. The victory is Seng's 19th NLRA series victory, tying him with Mike Balcaen for second on the series all-time wins list. Above is a picture of Seng in action during the season opener at the River Cities Speedway on May 17th. Photo courtesy of Traci Palya