On Wednesday night, June the 22nd and Thursday night, June the 23rd, the NLRA will headine the opening night events of the 121st Norman County Fair in Ada, MN, as the series is secheduled to make its' 17th and 18th appearances at the three-eighths mile oval.
Ricky Weiss, driver of the No. 7 A.I.E. Communications Rocket, was the big winner last season, as he picked both nights of the then two night series during the fair. Don Shaw won last July's race at the Speedway, his first NLRA series victory in 16 years.
Along with Weiss, Mike Balcaen, driver of the No. 10 Northstar Canada Black Diamond, Cole Schill, driver of the No. 44 Mid AG Dispatch MasterSbilt, and Dustin Strand, driver of the No. 71 Q&Z Plumbing & Heating Millenium, were the only four drivers to finish in the top ten in all three trips to Norman County last season.
Along with Weiss, Brad Seng, driver of the No. 12S S&S Transport MB Custom and fellow two-time series champion Cody Skytland lead all active drivers with two previous series wins at Norman County, although Pat Doar has two wins at the track, one NLRA, and one with the Wissota Challenge Series.
Viking Speedway regulars Zach Johnson and Jeff Wildung have once win a piece, as do Aberdeen, SD native Kent Arment, and two-time and defending series champion Dustin Strand.
Steffen Snare (71S) and Shane Edginton (4) sit atop the series standings heading into the four race stretch. Mike Spieker photo.
On Friday night, June the 24th, the series makes its' return to the Red River Valley Speedway for the first time since 2012. The show is slated to be the eighth appearance by the series overall, and sixth on the the three-eighths mile oval on the Red River Valley Fairgrounds.
Dustin Strand won the last visit to the West Fargo on August 25th, 2012, which was also the last time a race has taken place at the Speedway prior to this season, after the track was all but abandoned for the last three years. Strand also became the eighth different winner in the eight previous appearances in West Fargo with that win in 2012. Brad Seng finished second that night, with Mike Balcaen, Ricky Weiss, and Mike Johnson rounding out the top five.
Finally on Saturday night, June the 25th, the series returns for the second time in eight days to the River Cities Speedway, running alongside the Greater Grand Forks Fair. Mike Balcaen bounced back from a rollover on June 10th to pick up his 23rd career series victory last Friday night. Brad Seng and Dustin Strand finished second and third respectively, with series point leader Steffen Snare, driver of the No. 71S Todd's Electric Bloomquist, and former point leader Zach Naastad, driver of the Q&Z Plumbing & Heating No. Z17, rounding out the top five.
Mike Balcaen and Dustin Strand lead all drivers at River Cities with two wins each. Brad Seng, and Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 Winnipeg Hearing Centres MasterSbilt, have one win each. Seng leads the point in weekly competition at River Cities, with Dustin Strand two points back in second.
Shane Edginton is third, just event markers back from Seng, with Mike Balcaen twelve points beind in fourth, and Bill Mooney rounding out the top five. Zach Naastad is currently sixth, with Brandon Fuller, driver of the Goldmark No. F9 in seventh. Tom Corcoran, driver of the No T1 D&B Motors Rocket, sits eighth, with Steve Anderson, driver of the No. 9 Pro Mark Services Pierce, and Steffen Snare rounding out the top ten.
Racing begins at seven pm on each of the four nights. You can buy tickets online for the races at the Norman County Raceway and Red River Valley Speedway. Visit their websites below for more information. Saturdays' race at River Cities is a five dollar fan appreciation show courtesy of Buffalo Wild Wings.
Norman County Raceway - ncraceway.com
Red River Valley Speedway - redrivervalleyspeedway.com
River Cities Speedway - rivercitiesspeedway.com
Previous NLRA Feature Winners at the Norman County Raceway:
2015 - Ricky Weiss on June 24; Ricky Weiss on June 25; Don Shaw on July 30
2014 - Jeff Wildung on June 25; Cody Skytland on June 26
2013 - Zach Johnson on June 19; Brad Seng on July 18; Kent Arment on August 8
2012 - Brad Seng on June 27; Dustin Strand on August 9
2011 - Pat Doar on July 14
2009 - Cody Skytland on June 24
2008 - Troy Olson on June 25
2004 - John Seitz on August 19
2001 - John Seitz on June 30
1998 - Mitch Johnson on July 12
Previous NLRA Feature Winners at the Red River Valley Speedway:
2012 - Marshall Fegers on May 5; Matt Aukland on June 20; Dustin Strand on August 25
2011 - Jake Redetzke on June 23; Corey Seckerson on August 17
2010 - Chad Becker on July 14 (half-mile)
2009 - Brad Seng on June 20 (half-mile)
Previous NLRA Feature Winners at River Cities Speedway:
2016 - Mike Balcaen on June 17th
2015 - Joey Pederson on June 19; Bill Mooney on August 21; AJ Diemel on September 10
2014 - Mike Balcaen on June 20; Brad Seng on August 15; Donny Schatz on August 16; Ricky Weiss on Sept. 4
2013 - Joey Pederson in June 21; Donny Schatz on August 16; Pat Doar on September 5
2012 - Joey Pederson on August 17; John Kaanta on Sept. 6
2011 - Ricky Weiss on August 18; Adam Hensel on Sept. 8
2010 - Steve Anderson on June 19; Ricky Weiss on June 20
2009 - Brad Seng on June 19
2008 - Joey Pederson on June 13
2003 - Dave Zimmerman on August 8
2001 - Brad Seng on August 3
2000 - Mitch Johnson on May 31; Johnny Johnson on June 1; Mitch Johnson on August 18
1999 - Don Shaw on June 17; Joel Cryderman on August 19
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