Speedway Shots photo.
The schedule for the 22nd season of NLRA racing has been completed, and it features 17 events at eight area tracks. The season is set to begin on Devils Run weekend at the Devils Lake Speedway near Crary, ND, on June 1st.
Cole Schill and Don Shaw in victory lane at the Viking Speedway last weekend. Collin Nelson photos.
Cole Schill, driver of the No. 44 Mid Ag Dispatch MB Custom, and Don Shaw, driver of the No. 42S Northern Metal Recycling Victory, scored their first NLRA series wins of the season last weekend during the traditional Labor Day Double at the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, MN.
Shane Edginton (4) and Mike Balcaen (10) battle at last season's Double at Viking. Edginton heads into Viking as the most recent series winner, while Balcaen is the current Wissota national point leader. Mike Spieker photo.
This weekend, the NLRA will head south for the Traditional Labor Day Double at the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, MN. The races are scheduled to be the 42nd and 43rd races for the series at the 'High Flyin' Half Mile' on the Douglas County Fairgrounds, the most times a track has hosted the NLRA in series history.
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
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
After a third place run at the I-94 Speedway last Friday night, Cole Schill, driver of the No. 44 Mid Ag Dispatch MasterSbilt by JMR, won at the Viking Speedway last Saturday, Matt and Dave Smith were 1100 miles from home when they rounded out the top five respectively in their Polar Industries Capitals.
Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 Lithia Toyota MasterSbilt by JMR, won the season opener at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks last Friday night. Defending Wissota national champion Dustin Strand finished second in the No. 71 RHR Swag Millenium, with Zach Naastad, driver of the No. Z17 Q&Z Plumbing Millenium third, Brad Seng, driver of the No. 12 S&S Transport MB Custom fourth, and Joey Pederson, driver of the No. 7P Dalhstrom Motors MB Custom rounding out the top five.
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.
Don Shaw parked the No. 42S Shaw Trucking Victory by Moyer in victory lane both nights at the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, MN. The wins are Shaw's fifth and sixth career NLRA series wins, and seventh and eighth wins at Viking this season, as he also wrapped up the track points title after doing the same at the I-94 Speedway in Fergus Falls, MN last Friday night.
Rick Schroeder and Labor Day ace Zach Johnson lined up on the front row on night one, but it was Shaw who quickly took the point down the backstretch.