Dustin Strand in victory lane at the Red River Co-op Speedway on Thursday night. Speedway Shots photo.
Two-time NLRA champion Dustin Strand, driver of the No. 71 Q&Z Plumbing & Heating Millenium SRT, won his fourth series feature of the season last Thursday night at the Red River Co-op Speedway in Winnipeg, MB. The win is Strand's 18th series triumph, which is fifth on the all-time wins list.
Victoria Stutsky (24) and Mike Martin (55) battle in Winnipeg earlier this season. Stutsky is set to become the first female driver ever to compete with the NLRA this Thursday night at the Red River Co-Op Speedway.
Speedway Shots photo.
The Northern Late Model Racing Association has built a rich history of successes, from being built from scratch by it's drivers in the winter of 1997-98, but the series is about to be witness to another historic moment this Thursday night during the fifth running of the Can-Am Challenge at the Red River Co-Op Speedway.
Jesse Teunis (70) and Victoria Stutsky (24) battle door-to-door at the Red River Co-op Speedway earlier this season.
Speedway Shots photo.
This Thursday night, August the 16th, the NLRA will make it's lone trip to the great white north, as the Red River Co-Op Speedway will host the series for the 28th time. The fourth-tenths mile semi-banked oval was the sight of the inaugural NLRA event twenty years ago, and will be the site of the fifth annual Can-Am Late Model Challenge.
Donny Schatz in victory lane at River Cities (right) and Brad Seng in victory lane in Devils Lake (left).
Schatz photo by Mike Spieker.
Donny Schatz and Brad Seng were the big winners in NLRA action last week, with Schatz scoring wins at the Red River Co-op and River Cities Speedways, and Seng tallying another win at the Devils Lake Speedway.
On Thursday night at the Red River Co-op Speedway in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Donny Schatz parked the No. 15 Fargo Petro Rocket in victory lane.
Donny Schatz won his third career NLRA series feature Thursday night at the Red River Co-Op Speedway in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Schatz took the lead from early leader Don Shaw, cruising to a four second victory. Schatz, along with the rest of the American contingent, brought home the Can-Am Challenge trophy for the first time in the four runnings of the event. Cole Schill finished second, with Ricky Weiss third, Shane Edginton fourth, and Brad Seng rounding out the top five. Dave Smith was the hard charger, improving 14 spots to finish ninth after starting 23rd. NLRA series action continues Friday night at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, ND with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series.
NLRA Event Preview - Fourth Annual Cam-Am Challenge In Winnipeg, River Cities With The Outlaws, and Devils Lake
Donny Schatz (15) and Bill Mooney (2) race door-to-door at River Cities in June. Mike Spieker photo.
Another big week lies ahead during this 20th anniversary season for the NLRA and it's series regulars, as the series will run three races in as many days, with races at the Red River Co-op, River Cities, and Devils Lake Speedways.
Ricky Weiss (left) and Don Shaw (right) split last weeks events. Mike Spieker photos.
Ricky Weiss, driver of the No. 7 Derrick's Sandblasting Bloomquist, and Don Shaw, driver of the No. 42S Sure Step Victory, bested mother nature last week, splitting the races at Norman County and Sheyenne River.
Brad Seng will carry a six point lead over Joey Pederson heading into tomorrow night at River Cities. Speedway Shots photo.
Rick Fawcett picked up his first career feature win last Thursday night at the Red River Co-op Speedway in Winnipeg over Dustin Strand, Mike Balcaen, driver of the No. 10 Enns Brothers Black Diamond, and Bill Mooney in the No. 2 Weed Man MasterSbilt by JMR
Last Thursday night was the season opener at the Red River Co-op Speedway in Winnipeg, where Mike Balcaen, driver of the No. 10 Enns Brothers Black Diamond won Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 Litiha Toyota MasterSbilt by JMR was second, and Shane Edginton, driver of the No. 4 Noble Locksmith Victory by Moyer was third
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.