On Saturday night, August the 13th, the NLRA will make its' second and final appearance this season, and 22nd overall, at Jamestown Speedway in Jamestown, ND. The popular quarter-mile bullring on the Stutzman County Fairgrounds, produced a new winner in June as Zach Naastad won the NLRA season opener on June 11th.
Naastad, driver of the Q&Z Plumbing & Heating No. Z17, lead 22 of the 25 laps, and fended off challenges by Shane Edginton, driver of the No. 4 General Signs Victory by Moyer, and Cole Schill, driver of the No. 44 Mid Ag Dispatch MasterSbilt, for his first career NLRA series victory.
Naastad also had to defend his lead on a number of restarts, as five caution periods, three of which were multi-car pileups, plagued the main event.
Schill and Edginton finished second and third respectively, while Dustin Strand and Ryan Corbett rounded out the top five.
Naastad's win also kept all non Q&Z sponsored late models winless at the speedway since 2014, as Dustin Strand swept the pair of late model events at the speedway last season including the NLRA race in August and the Stampede in September.
In NLRA competition Since 2012, Dustin Strand is yet to finish outside the top ten, while Shane Edginton, Mike Balcaen, driver of the No. 10 Enns Brothers Black Diamond, and Brad Seng, driver of the No. 12S S&S Transport MB Custom, have only missed the top ten once.
Point leader Brad Seng comin' at ya inside Steffen Snare at Jamestown in June. Mike Spieker photo.
Saturday night will also be the final opportunity for area late model drivers to see the track before the 45th running of the Jamestown Stampede on September 22nd-24th. Racing begins at seven on Saturday night. For more info on the Jamestown Speedway check out our tracks section.
On Sunday night, August the 14th, the NLRA returns for the fourth time to the Buffalo River Race Park near Glyndon, MN. The track is listed as a 3/8 mile oval, but its actual size is likely smaller than that, and the action it produces, makes it seem smaller still.
Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 OMG Candy MasterSbilt by JMR, lead the first eleven laps of last seasons' to Buffalo River, before giving way to Donny Schatz in his No. 15 K3 Farms Rocket. Brad Seng then took the point one lap later, and lead the remainder of the race, his first win at BRRP, and 29th series victory overall.
Brad Seng (12S), Mike Balcaen (10), and Cole Schill (44) battle off turn four at Buffalo River last June. Mike Spieker photo.
Cody Skytland, driver of the No. 75 Langdon Implement MasterSbilt by JMR, finished second, with Mike Balcaen third, Schatz fourth, and Dustin Strand rounding out the top five.
Zach Johnson bested two-time and defending series champion Dustin Strand in 2013, while Shane Edginton picked up his first win ever as a late model pilot during the series debut at the track in 2012.
Heading into Sunday night, only Brad Seng and Dustin Strand have scored top ten runs in each of the three previous visits to Buffalo River.
Edginton, Schatz, Mike Balcaen, Zach Johnson, Troy Schill, and Steve Anderson, driver of the No. 9 Big Trucks by Jimco Pierce, have scored top tens in two of the previous three races. Racing begins at six on Sunday evening. For more info on the Buffalo River Race Park check out our tracks section.
Previous NLRA Feature Winners at Jamestown Speedway:
2016 - Zach Naastad on June 11
2015 - Dustin Strand on August 1
2014 - Brad Seng on August 2
2013 - Mike Balcaen on August 10
2012 - Ricky Weiss on June 9; Dustin Strand on August 11
2011 - Mike Balcaen on June 25; Bill Mooney on August 13
2010 - Cody Skytland on August 14
2009 - Blaine Doppler on June 27
2008 - Chad Becker on June 28
2007 - Mitch Johnson on June 23
2006 - Troy Olson on July 1
2005 - Curt Gelling on May 21; Curt Gelling on July 2
2004 - John Seitz on May 8; John Seitz on July 24
2003 - Brad Seng on August 9
2002 - Brad Seng on August 10
2001 - John Seitz on July 14; Mitch Johnson on August 18
Previous NLRA Feature Winners at the Buffalo River Race Park:
2015 - Brad Seng on June 28
2013 - Zach Johnson on August 11
2012 - Shane Edginton on August 26
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