The winner's share of the increased purse Saturday night at Red River Valley will be $2,404, tied to Howie Schill's car number 4. Howie was the series first ever feature winner at the Victory Lane Speedway in Winnipeg in 1998, and won the first River Cities points title the following year in 1999.
Schill won three times with the series, and went on to race with and coach his son Cole, who is currently sixth in the series standings. The race will also be $444 to start the main event.
Defending series champion, and current point leader, Mike Greseth, driver of the No. 17 Morton Buildings RocketXR1, won the inaugural Howie Memorial last August at the speedway. Greseth won by half a lap over Brad Seng and the No. 12S S&S Transport MB Custom.
Mike Greseth swept last weekends races at Devils Lake and Sheyenne, increasing his point lead to 142 points.
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In the previous twelve NLRA shows in West Fargo, (two of them contested on the old half-mile,) Seng and Dustin Strand lead all drivers with two series wins at Red River Valley. Greseth and Cole Schill the only other active series regular with a win at Red River Valley.
On Sunday night, the series heads back to Buffalo River Speedway in Glyndon, MN for just the second time in six years, and will be just the sixth The series returned to the quarter-mile oval on the banks of the Buffalo River last June, where Ryan Mikkelson picked up his first NLRA feature win with a late pass on Joey Pederson and his Dahlstrom Motors No. 7P.
Shane Edginton and Brad Seng, who are two of the previous five winners with the series at the speedway, rounded out the top five last year.
Zach Johnson and Dustin Strand are the only other drivers to collect victories at the track, as there is yet to be a repeat winner at the speedway in NLRA competition.
Mike Greseth will take a 142 point lead over Brody Troftgruben and his Kaz Const. No. 14 into the weekend, with Brad Seng third, and Manitoba racers Ryan Kereluk, driver of the Alonlea Group No. 29K and Jesse Teunis rounding out the top five.
Teunis, driver of the Houde's Excavating No. 70, kept his spot inside the top five intact last Sunday with a heat win and a fifth place feature finish at Sheyenne Speedway, following a flat tire on the Interstate en route to the track.
Cole Schill is sixth in the current standings, with Ryan Corbett seventh in the NW Tire No. C4, Shane Edginton and eighth. Jeff Hapala, driver of the No. 16S Sturdy Racing Engines MasterSbuilt, and Greg Friestad, driver of the No. 12F Ray Nelson Const. MB Custom, round out the top ten.