Don Shaw of Ham Lake, MN, parked his No. 42S in victory lane on Thursday night at the Norman County Raceway in Ada, MN. The win is his second NLRA series victory, the first coming on June 17, 1999 at the River Cities Speedway. Shaw also becomes just the fourth different winner in NLRA series competition this season. Shaw took the lead from Ricky Weiss on Lap 10, and lead the rest of the way. Cody Skytland finished second, with Weiss, Donny Schatz, and point leader Mike Balcaen rounding out the top five. Dustin Strand was the hard charger, improving twelve spots, finishing eighth, after starting 20th. Mike Balcaen increased his point lead, and will head into Saturday nights' race at the Jamestown Speedway, in Jamestown, ND, with a 24 point lead over Dustin Strand, with defending series champion Brad Seng just eight points back of Strand in third. Updated Points and Results found here. Photo of Shaw earlier this season at the I-94 speedway in Fergus Falls, MN, courtesy of Mike Spieker.
The NLRA series takes to the track two times this week with races at two very different race tracks, first On Thursday night, July the 30th, at the Norman County Raceway in Ada, MN, and on Saturday night, August the 1st at the Jamestown Speedway in Jamestown, ND. First on Thursday night, the series makes its' third and final appearance this season, and 16th overall at the three-eighths mile oval on the Norman County Fairgrounds. Ricky Weiss in the No. 7 Derrick's Sandblasting Bloomquist, swept the fair races in June, with Mike Balcaen, driver of the No. 10 Northstar Canada Black Diamond, Cole Schill, driver of the No. 44 Rivinius Ranch MasterSbuilt by JMR, and Dustin Strand, driver of the Q&Z Plumbing & Heating No. 71, also collecting top tens on both nights.
Ricky Weiss in the No. 7 Derrick's Sandblasting Bloomquist, won his fifth NLRA series feature of the season Saturday night at the Greenbush Race Park in Greenbush, MN, the 18th series win of his career. Weiss and Dustin Strand, driver of the Q&Z Plumbing & Heating No. 71, shared the front row at the start, with Strand winning the drag race to turn one at the start. Strand lead the first five laps, before Brad Seng, driver of the No. 12S S&S Transport MB Custom took advantage of a lap six restart to pass Ricky Weiss for second, and start reeling in Strand for the lead, which he took on lap nine.
Ricky Weiss won his fifth NLRA series feature of the season Saturday night at the Greenbush Race Park in Greenbush, MN. The win is also his 18th career NLRA series victory. Brad Seng finished second, with Dustin Strand, Mike Balcaen, and Bill Mooney rounding out the top five. Brad Seng continued to chip away at his deficit to the lead duo of Mike Balcaen and Dustin Strand atop the series standings, as the three are now separated by just 24 points. NLRA series action continues this Thursday night, July the 30th at the Norman County Raceway in Ada, MN. Click on Results and Points for full recaps.
This Saturday night, July the 25th, the NLRA returns for the second and final time this season to the Greenbush Race Park in Greenbush, MN. Brad Seng, driver of the No. 12S S&S Transport MB Custom, won his second NLRA feature of the season, and his second overall at the three-eights mile oval during the NLRA series first stop this season, and first event in nearly four years at Greenbush on June 20th. Seng lead the final three laps after chasing down race long leader Ricky Weiss in traffic. Seng will head into Greenbush having won two of the last three NLRA series events, including last Saturday nights' outing at the Devils Lake Speedway.
Defending NLRA series champion Brad Seng, driver of the No. 12S S&S Transport MB Custom held off a hard charging Mike Balcaen, driver of the No. 10 Northstar Canada Black Diamond, to win his 30th career NLRA feature, with his fourth series triumph of the season last Saturday night at the Devils Lake Speedway near Doyon, ND. Seng, who entered the night as the defending winner at Devils Lake, closed his deficit in the series point standings to 30 points behind Mike Balcaen, with Dustin Strand separating the pair, sitting in second just twelve markers back of the lead.
The NLRA season continues on Saturday night, July the 18th, with the series 16th appearance at the Devils Lake Speedway near Doyon, ND. Two-time and defending NLRA champion, Brad Seng, driver of the No. 12S S&S Transport MB Custom, won last years' race, leading all 25 laps for his second career victory at the three-eighths mile oval. Steffen Snare, driver of the No. 71S High Mark Snowmobile Rentals Bloomquist, was second with Mike Balcaen, driver of the No. 10 Northstar Canada Black Diamond, finishing third, Steve Anderson, driver of the No. 9 Hi-Per-Flex Panel Systems Pierce fourth, and Zach Naastad, driver of the Q&Z Plumbing & Heating No. Z17 rounding out the top five.
Dustin Strand (71) and Shane Clanton (25) in action at River Cities last Friday night. Photo courtesy of Mike Spieker.
When the World of Outlaws Late Model series visited the River Cities Speedway last Friday night during the second stop of their annual 'wild west tour', some of the NLRA's series regulars showed their ability to hold their own against some of the best in the business. Dustin Strand, driver of the Q&Z Plumbing & Heating No. 71 won his heat race in convincing fashion, winning by nearly a second over outlaw regular Chase Junghans, and by nearly a second and a half over eventual feature winner Tim McCreadie. Strand lead three laps in the feature, and was running in the top five late in the race when Josh Richards made contact with Strand, forcing Strand to the infield with seven laps left. Brad Seng in the No. 12S S&S Transport MB Custom, and Joey Pederson, in his No. 7P Dahlstrom Motors MB Custom, charged from 20th and 21st to finish eighth and seventh respectively. Zach Naastad, driving the Q&Z Plumbing & Heating No. Z17, and Steffen Snare, driving the No. 71S High Mark Snomobile Rentals Bloomquist, also made the main event, finishing 18th and 22nd respectively. You can see these drivers and the rest of the NLRA series regulars this Saturday night, July the 18th, at the Devils Lake Speedway, near Doyon, ND.
Ricky Weiss, driver of the No. 7 Derrick's Sandblasting Bloomquist, won his 17th NLRA feature of his career, and fourth this season, last Thursday night at the Red River Co-Op Speedway in Winnipeg, MB. Weiss started on the outside of the front row, and lead all 25 laps. The best battle of the night was for the fifth through seventh spots as Steffen Snare, Bill Mooney, and Brad Seng went three-wide coming out of turn four on laps five, eight and nine. While this was going on, Mike Balcaen and Dustin Strand were not only fighting for the second spot, but also for the point lead atop the NLRA series standings. Strand took second with eleven laps to go and started cutting into the advantage held by Weiss. Strand pulled up alongside Weiss with to laps to go as they split the lapped car of Kevin Sexton, but Weiss got a good bite off the high side of turn two and held Strand off for the win. The final pass of the night was made by Brad Seng, as he took fourth from Cole Schill on lap 23.
Ricky Weiss won his fourth NLRA feature of the season, and 17th overall, Thursday night at the Red River Co-Op Speedway in Winnipeg, MB. Weiss started second and lead all 25 laps. Dustin Strand finished second, with Mike Balcaen third, Brad Seng fourth, and Cole Schill fifth. Bill Mooney was the hard charger, improving seven spots, from his original 14th place starting spot. Weiss, Balcaen, and Schill won the heats. NLRA series action continues on July 18th at the Devils Lake Speedway, near Doyon, ND. Updated Points and full Results can be found by clicking on Results or Points. Photo courtesy of Mike Spieker.