Brody Troftgruben at Speed at Devils Lake. Speedway Shots photo.
The three race NLRA weekend swing concluded at the Devils Lake Sepedway last Saturday night, and it was Brody Troftgruben parking the No. 14 Gateway Auto Tech Rocket in victory lane, becoming the first driver to win their first NLRA main event since 2016, and the 52nd winner in series history.
Brad Seng takes a victory lap after his win last Friday night at River Cities. Mike Spieker photo.
The series made it's first appearance of the 2020 campaign at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks last Friday night, and it was Brad Seng who parked the No. 12S S&S Transport MB Custom in victory lane for the second time in NLRA series action this season, and for the 39th time overall in his NLRA career.
Father and Son duo, Blake and Steve Anderson battle door-to-door at Devils Lake on June 27th.
Speedway Shots photo.
The series wraps up a three race swing this Saturday night, August 1st, at the Devils Lake Speedway near Crary, ND. This will be the 26th series event at the one-third mile oval, which opened 20 years ago.
Mike Balcaen (10) and Shane Edginton (4) battle door-to-door at the Golden Hammer Classic last year.
Mike Spieker photo.
Before we start with the preview of our season opener this weekend, we hope you all have been well the past few months, and as all of us try to return to normal, our series will take the track on Saturday without seven of our own. As the Canadian border remains closed to non-essential travel, seven of our members will not be able to be with us, and as we are not just a series, but a family, this will weigh on us this weekend.
So, to Shane, Mike, Jesse, Ryan, Bill, Dave and Matt, your families and crews, fellow Canadian drivers that may have also made the trip, and to our Canadian fans... we miss you, and hope for a re-opening, sooner rather than later, to complete our season with you.
Jeff Wildung (Saturday; left) and Don Shaw (Sunday; right) in victory lane at the Viking Speedway last weekend.
Collin Nelson photos.
Jeff Wildung, driver of the No. 50 Veit Companies MB Custom, and Don Shaw, driver of the No. 42S Shaw Trucking Rocket XR1, split the Traditional Labor Day Dobule at the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, MN. Wildung lead all twenty laps to score his fourteenth NLRA win, and twelfth at Viking. Shaw's win is his eleventh NLRA series win, and the sixth year in a row that his has one at least one of the two features contested at Viking on Labor Day weekend.
Mike Balcaen with crew member Paul Manske in victory lane Saturday night in Jamestown. Speedway Shots photo.
Mike Balcaen won his first NLRA series feature of the season Saturday night at the Jamestown Speedway in Jamestown, ND. The win is his third at the high-banked, quarter-mile, Stutzman County speedplant, and also his 26th with the series, tying the late great John Seitz for second on the all-time wins list.
Ricky Weiss (7) and Don Shaw (42S) battle door-to-door for the lead on Saturday night at the Viking Speedway.
Mike Spieker photo.
Last weekend at the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, MN, NLRA point leader Ricky Weiss, driver of the No. 7 Derrick's Sandblasting Bloomquist, and Don Shaw, driver of the No. 42S Sure Step Victory, finished one-two both nights, with Weiss taking the opening night, and Shaw coming out victorious on Sunday.
Brad Seng (12S) and Don Shaw (42S) racing for the lead at Lisbon. The pair have become the ones to beat at Viking of late. Mike Spieker photo.
The NLRA is set to invade the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, MN, for one of the staples on the series schedule, the Labor Day Double Header. The Viking Speedway is the biggest and fastest track, the only remaining half mile on the tour. The track sits on the Douglas County Fairgrounds, and will host the series for the 40th and 41st time, the record holder for any track the series has visited
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.