Dustin Strand, driver of the No. 71 Q&Z Plumbing Millenium, won over Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 Lithia Toyota MasterSbilt by JMR, at last years challenge. Mike Balcaen was third in the No. 10 Enns Brothers Black Diamond, with Cole Schill charging from 13th to fourth in the No. 44 Rivinius Ranch MasterSbilt by JMR, and Brad Seng rounding out the top five in the No 12S S&S Transport MB Custom.
Ricky Weiss, driver of the No. 7 Derrick's Sandblasting Bloomquist, leads all drivers with five wins in weekly competition at the speedway this season. Mike Balcaen won the opener on May 25. Rick Fawcett won his first Late Model feature on June 1. Dustin Strand won on June 8, and Bill Mooney won on June 29.
Mike Balcaen will head into Thursday night with a five point lead over Bill Mooney in the weekly standings at the speedway. Kevin Sexton is third, 14 markers back of the top spot. Rick Fawcett and Shane Holden round out the top five.
On Friday night, the series will co-headline for the second time this season at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series. Dustin Strand won both ends of what turned into a double header on June 30, as the series made up the feature that was rained out during the Outlaws first visit on June 16.
Dustin Strand leads all drivers with six wins in weekly competition at River Cities this season. Bill Mooney and Brad Seng have two wins each. Joey Pederson, driver of the No. 7P Dahlstrom Motors MB Custom, broke a nearly two-year drought with his win on May 19. Zach Naastad, driver of the No. Z17 Q&Z Plumbing Millenium, won his first at River Cities on June 9, nearly one year to the day since his first win at the Jamestown Speedway.
Strand will be the point leader at River Cities when action resumes this Friday night. Strand holds a 21 point lead over Joey Pederson. Balcaen, Mooney, and Seng round out the top five.
Finally, the series will finish it's three-race swing at the Devils Lake Speedway near Doyon, ND. Ricky Weiss won the series last visit to Devils Lake on July 22. Weiss held off Dustin Strand by .076 at the line in a rematch of their previous photo finish at the track. Weiss the first 24 laps during the series visit to Devils Lake in August 2015. Strand beat Weiss back to the line by .048 that night for the win. Strand had won three of four heading into Devils Lake in July.
Cole Schill was third on July 22 over two-time Devils Lake runner-up in 2016, and August 2013 winner, Bill Mooney. Minot's Robert Hellebust rounded out the top five.
2011 series champion Ricky Weiss will take a 46 point lead in the NLRA series standings into the weekend over two-time series champ Dustin Strand. Defending series champion Brad Seng is third, with Bill Mooney, and Shane Edginton, driver of the No. 4 Kennedy Flooring Victory, rounding out the top five.
Five-time series champion Mike Balcaen is sixth in the current standings, with Steve Anderson, driver of the No. 9 Big Trucks by Jimco MB Custom in seventh, Tom Corcoran, driver of the No. T1 Greg's Lawn Care MB Custom in eighth, rookie Travis Robertson, driver of the No. 1R IRET Properties MasterSbilt in ninth, and Jeff Hapala, driver of the No. 16S City Parcel Delivery MasterSbilt by JMR, rounding out the top ten.
2016 - Dustin Strand on August 25
2015 - Ricky Weiss on July 2; Mike Balcaen on August 20
2014 - Brad Seng on July 17
2013 - Joey Pederson on June 27
2012 - Brad Seng on June 28
2009 - Ricky Weiss on June 11; Troy Schill on August 6
2008 - Brad Seng on May 22; Mike Balcaen on August 7
2007 - Kevin Sexton on May 17; Scott Greer on June 21; Kevin Sexton on August 16; Joel Cryderman on Sept. 8
2006 - Mike Balcaen on June 15; John Seitz on August 17; Kevin Sexton on Sept. 9
2005 - John Seitz on June 16; Mike Balcaen on Sept. 10
2004 - Troy Schill on May 1; Kevin Sexton on Sept. 11
2003 - Mike Balcaen on May 3; Joey Pederson on Sept. 6
2001 - Joey Pederson on April 28
1998 - Howie Schill on June 17; Mike Balcaen on July 15
Previous NLRA Feature Winners at River Cities Speedway:
2017 - Dustin Strand on June 16; Dustin Strand on June 30
2016 - Mike Balcaen on June 17; Don Shaw on June 25; Dustin Strand on August 26; Dustin Strand on September 8
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
Previous NLRA Feature Winners at Devils Lake Speedway:
2017 - Ricky Weiss on July 22
2016 - Dustin Strand on July 23; Dustin Strand on August 20
2015 - Brad Seng on July 18; Dustin Strand on August 29
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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