Howie won three times with the series, and went on to race with and coach his son Cole through last September, when Cole became a back-to-back Stock Car Stampede Late Model champion at the Jamestown Speedway.
The event on Friday night will pay $1,404-to-win, and $404 to start in honor of Howie. This will be the first of two Howie memorials, as the NLRA show at the Red River Valley Speedway in August will also honor him.
Only one of three scheduled NLRA shows at the high-banked quarter-mile Bullring on the Greater Grand Forks Fairgrounds have been run this year due to mother nature.
NLRA point leader Mike Greseth parked the No. 17 Quality Engines Rocket XR1 in victory lane on July 8th. The win was Greseth's second at the track this season, and fourth in NLRA competition in his rookie season.
Lance Schill won the opener on May 7th in the No. 17 Schill Construction MB Custom, while Dustin Strand won on May 14th in the No. 71 Q&Z Plumbing & Heating Millenium.
Brody Troftgruben won his first feature at the track on June 11th, and Joey Pederson picked up a win on June 18th in the Dahlstrom Motors No. 7P.
Howie Schill in 1998, the year he won the first NLRA Feature.
Three of our regulars to look out for on Friday night include three of the top eleven finishers in last week's World of Outlaws Late Model Series event at River Cities.
Brad Seng was the best finishing local, as he finished seventh in the No. 12S S&S Transport MB Custom. Joey Pederson finished eighth, while Cole Schill finished 11th in the No. 44 Mid Ag Dispatch MB Custom.
Heading into Friday's event, Mike Greseth will carry the SRT Specialties and TNT Coatings point leader spoiler, as he'll have a 34 point lead over Shane Edginton. Brad Seng, Dustin Strand, and Bryce Sward, driver of the Klinder Processing No. 1-2, round out the top five.
Cole Schill is currently sixth, with Kevin Robertson in seventh in the MLCG No. 10R. Brody Troftgruben is eighth, with Jason Strand, driver of the No. E85 North Dakota Corn Growers Millenium SRT ninth, and Steve Anderson rounding out the top ten in the Pro Mark Services No. 9.
Racing begins at seven on Friday night with the NOSA Sprints, the Advantage RV Mod Tour, and the Rebel Midwest Mod tour also on the card.
The NLRA would like to thank Tour Sponsors: Wes’ Plumbing, S & S Transport, Performance Auto, Adams Automotive and Machine, White Water Truck Wash, DayDreams Specialties, Grand Forks Subaru/Kia, Signs by deSigns, Storbakken & Sons Construction, Millar Engines, Gateway Cenex, SRT Specialties, Q & Z Plumbing, Fargo Forum, On The Edge Graphics, Hugo’s Family Marketplace, EGF American Legion Post 157, EZ Open Garage Door, Schill Construction, Greg’s Lawn Care, Checkered Flag Services, and Contingency Sponsors: Speedway International Fuel, Schaeffer’s Oil & Lubricants, Hoosier Tire North, FYE Motorsports Promotion, for their continued support.