Seng, however, recaptured the lead on lap 14, and lead the rest of the 25 lapper to win his fourth series feature of the season, and third at the Devils Lake Speedway, as Seng won the series lone visit to Devils Lake last season, and another during the 2003 season.
Mike Balcaen, who won last Thursday in Winnipeg, and finished second on July 18th, won his first race in Devils Lake in 2001, and twice during the 2002 season, which helped bolster a series championship that year. Ricky Weiss in the No. 7 Derrick's Sandblasting Bloomquist finished third on July 18th, with A-Modified feature winner at Devils Lake on August 8th, Dustin Strand, driver of the No. 71 Q&Z Plumbing & Heating Moyer Longhorn finishing fourth.
Most recent NLRA series winner on Friday night at River Cities, Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 OMG Candy MasterSbuilt by JMR, who won at Devils Lake over Pat Doar and Brad Seng in 2013, rounded out the top five on July 18th after starting tenth, collecting his series high fourth hard charger award of the season.
Cole Schill, driver of the No. 44 Rivinius Ranch MasterSbuilt by JMR, finished sixth on July 18th, with Joey Pederson, driver of the No. 7P Dahlstrom Motors MB Custom, finishing seventh, and Steffen Snare, driver of the No. 71S Todd's Electric Bloomquist crossing the line in eighth. Nearby Brocket, ND native, a two-time series winner at Devils Lake, and River Cities Speedway Hall-Of-Famer, Brian Strand, in the Q&Z Plumbing & Heating No. 71B finished ninth, with Mandan, ND native Darrell Bauer rounding out the top ten.
Brad Seng has won the last two series appearances in Devils Lake, becoming the first American driver to win at the speedway since 2006, when then nearby Edmore, ND native Cody Skytland, and Roger Gendron split the series two events that season, with Skytland's win helping him on his way to becoming NLRA series co-champion with Troy Olson. Before Seng's wins, the a fore mentioned Canadian drivers, Bill Mooney and Ricky Weiss, had won the previous three visits, the first races at Devils Lake since the track re-opened after being closed for the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Racing starts at seven on Saturday night.
Heading into Devils Lake, Mike Balcaen remains atop the NLRA point standings with a 22 point advantage over Dustin Strand. Brad Seng sits in the third spot, while Ricky Weiss and Steffen Snare round out the top five. Steve Anderson, has his No. 9 Hi-Per-Flex Panel Systems Pierce in the sixth spot, with Bill Mooney in seventh, Jeff Hapala, driver of the No. 16S Auto Solutions Rocket eighth, Cole Schill ninth, and Norm Olson, in the No. 29 Disabled American Veterans MasterSbilt rounding out the top ten.
Previous NLRA Feature Winners at Devils Lake Speedway:
2015 - Brad Seng on July 18
2014 - Brad Seng on July 26
2013 - Bill Mooney on August 17
2012 - Ricky Weiss on June 23
2011 - Ricky Weiss on August 19
2006 - Cody Skytland on June 10; Roger Gendron on August 19
2003 - Brad Seng on June 28; Brian Strand on July 19
2002 - Ryan Corbett on June 8; Mike Balcaen on July 27; Mike Balcaen on August 31
2001 - John Seitz on June 23; Mike Balcaen on July 21; John Seitz on Sept. 1; Brian Strand on Sept. 2
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