The series returns to Grand Rapids for just the third time in series history. Mike Greseth, driver of the No 17 Morton Buildings Rocket XR1, won his first career NLRA feature at the series return to the speedway last May, the first race in 11 years for the series at the 3/8ths mile Itasca County Oval.
Two races have already been run in Late Model competition at Grand Rapids this season, with Rick Niemi and Zack Wohlers picking up feature wins.
Along with Niemi and Wohlers, the area boasts a strong contingent of local runners, including Kyle Peterlin, Jeff Provinzino, Jeffrey Massingill and Danny Vang.
Massingill and Vang, a rookie in Late Model competition, have wins at the I-94 Speedway in Fergus Falls, MN this season, including Massingill’s victory in NLRA competition at the Dick Johanneck Memorial King of the Dirt.
Saturday night, the scene shifts to the Greenbush Race Park in Greenbush, where point leader Cole Schill, driver of the No. 44* Mid Ag Dispatch MB Custom won the first visit to the quarter-mile Roseau County oval three weeks ago. The track was also the site of Schill's first career NLRA win in 2016.
Points leader Cole Schill won his first NLRA feature at Greenbush in 2016, and won the first visit this season three weeks ago. Speedway Shots photo.
Brad Seng is the winningest driver in series history at Greenbush, with four previous victories, while Mike Balcaen, driver of the No. 10 Enns Brothers Black Diamond, has three wins of his own at the speedway.
Schill’s second career Greenbush win moved him into the multiple winners club at the Speedway, joining Tom Corcoran, driver of the D&B Motors No. T1, Shane Edginton, driver of the No. 5E Performance Auto Sniper, Joey Pederson, driver of the No. 7P Dahlstrom Motors Victory, and Dustin Strand, driver of the No. 71 Q&Z Plumbing Millenium.
Ryan Corbett, Mike Greseth, and Troy Schill complete the list as active series regulars with wins at Greenbush.
Cole Schill will take a 44 point lead in with his No. 44 car over Brad Seng into the weekend with Brody Troftgruben and Mike Greseth tied for third and Shane Edington rounding out the top five.
Ryan Kereluk is sixth with his Dirty Bodies by RJK No. 29K, with Ryan Corbett seventh, Jesse Teunis, driver of the Grand Prix Amusements No. 70 in eighth, Mike Balcaen ninth and Brandon Corbett, driver of the Stones Mobile Radio No. 00C rounding out the current top 10.
The NLRA would like to thank tour sponsors, Wes’ Plumbing, S & S Transport, Performance Auto, Adams Automotive and Machine, White Water Truck Wash, Grand Forks Subaru/Kia, Signs by deSigns, Storbakken & Sons Construction, Millar Engines, Gateway Cenex, SRT Specialties, Q & Z Plumbing, Fargo Forum, Hugo’s Family Marketplace, EGF American Legion Post 157, EZ Open Garage Door, Greg’s Lawn Care, Checkered Flag Services, Smeby Construction, Bigfoot BBQ, Signature Graphics & Apparel, and contingency sponsors, Speedway International Fuel, Schaeffer’s Oil & Lubricants, Hoosier Tire North, and FYE Motorsports Promotion, for their continued support.