The field storms out of turn four at River Cities. Speedway Shots photo.
This Thursday night, September the 10th, the 23rd season of NLRA action comes to a close with the tenth running of the 'Prelude to the Johnny.' The event kicks off the three-day, fourteenth annual John Seitz Memorial, which honors our three-time series champion, the late great John Seitz. Thursday's race serves as the series opportunity to crown its' series champion at their home track, the high-banked, quarter-mile River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, racing at the speedway for the 45th time overall in series history.
Dustin Strand in victory lane with his Dad Brian, and crew Tim and Nate after his win at River Cities.
Speedway Shots photo.
Dustin Strand, driver of the No. 71 Keewatin Truck Service Millenium SRT, spent a majority of the race in the second spot, but lead the final few feet of the 25 lap event at the River Cities Speedway, winning his second consecutive series feature. The win was also his twenty-fourth with the series, tying Ricky Weiss for fourth all-time on the series wins list.
Lance Schill (17) and Tom Corcoran (T1) battle at River Cities earlier this season. Both have wins at the speedway this season.
Speedway Shots photo.
This Friday night, the NLRA will co-headline with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks. This will be the 44th time the series has held an event at the quarter-mile "Bullring" on the Greater Grand Forks Fairgrounds, and the twentieth time the series has shared the spotlight with the Outlaws in Grand Forks since 2009.
Dustin Strand (71) and Brody Troftgruben (14) battle at River Cities earlier this season. The pair have won two of the last three series races. Strand is the series point leader, while Troftgruben is currently second. Speedway Shots photo.
This Saturday night, August 15th, the series will try, for the third time this season, to race at the Greenbush Race Park in Greenbush, MN. This will be the 31st event at the high-banked Roseau County oval that measures in at just over a quarter-mile.
Dustin Strand (71) and Brad Seng (12S) battle at River Cities earlier this year. The pair have combined for four of the seven victories at the track in 2020. Speedway Shots photo.
This Friday night, July 31st, the series will take to the River Cities Speedway for the first time in 2020. This is scheduled to be the 43rd series race held at the quarter-mile "Bullring" on the Greater Grand Forks Fairgrounds. This Friday's date was scheduled to be the third series race of the 2020 campaign, but the first two were lost due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The field left the inside row open last week at Devils Lake for our Canadians, who are unable to race with us.
Speedway Shots photo.
This Saturday night, July the 4th, the series will celebrate Independence Day at the Greenbush Race Park in Greenbush, MN. This will be the 31st event at the high-banked Roseau County oval that measures in at just over a quarter-mile. This is scheduled to be the first time in series history that the series will hold a race on the 4th of July holiday.
Aaron Turnbull and Shane Edginton battle for the lead at the John Seitz Memorial. Mike Spieker photo.
It was another exciting John Seitz Memorial at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, with Jake Redetzke winning the 'Prelude to the Johnny' on Thursday night, while Brad Seng captured his fourth NLRA championship, and the pole for the 92-lap finale on Saturday night by winning Friday's 'Go Hard Or Go Home' Pole Dash. But is was Estevan, Saskatchewan's Aaron Turnbull that came away as the weekend's big winner, by scoring his first John Seitz Memorial victory.
Dustin Strand in victory lane last Saturday in Greenbush. Val Truscinski photo.
Dustin Strand, driver of the No. 71 Q&Z Plumbing & Heating Millenium SRT, won the second and final appearance for the NLRA of the 2019 season at the Greenbush Race Park in Greenbush, MN. The win is Strand's third of the season with the series, which ties him with Donny Schatz for most victories on tour this season. The win is also Strand's twenty-first NLRA win, which is fifth on the all-time list.
Shane Edginton (4) and Brad Seng (12S) battle at Devils Lake on August 3. They are currently first and second in the point standings, separated by just eight points heading into Alexandria. Speedway Shots photo.
This Saturday night, August the 31st, and Sunday night, September the 1st, the NLRA takes part in another edition of a popular staple on each season's schedule, the Labor Day double header at the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, MN. The races are scheduled to be the 44th and 45th times that the High-flyin' Half Mile on the Douglas County Fairgrounds will host the series, the most of any track in series history. It's also the tenth year in a row, and twelfth overall, that the club is scheduled to spend Labor Day weekend at Viking.
Mike Balcaen (10) and Brad Seng (12S) go door-to-door last Friday at River Cities. Mike Spieker photo.
This Saturday night, August the 24th, the NLRA heads back north to the Greenbush Race Park in Greenbush, MN. This will be the 30th trip to the high-banked Roseau County oval that measures in at just over a quarter-mile. If the race does not fall to weather, Greenbush will become the third track in series history to host the club at least 30 times, joining the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, MN (43 races), and the River Cites Speedway in Grand Forks, ND (41.)