Last season, for the first time ever, Viking aces Jeff Wildung and Zach Johnson were held out of the win column. Brad Seng, driver of the No. 12S S&S Transport MB Custom, and Don Shaw in the Shaw Trucking No. 42S, became just the third and fourth drivers not named Wildung or Johnson to win on Labor Day weekend in Alexandria.
Ricky Weiss in 2014 and Dave Mass in 2007 are the only other two to beat Vikings' dynamic duo on Labor Day Weekend.
Seng's win was his second of the season at the speedway, as he also won on May 23rd last season.
Two races at the Speedway were lost to rain last season, including the second half of the Memorial Day Double header on May 24th, and round four of last seasons' Minnesota Speedweek on June 27th during the heat races.
Shaw has been dominant in weekly competition at Viking this season, as he has won six of the ten late model features this season.
The other four races were won by four different drivers, and the list is a who's who in Late Model racing in our area. Jeremy Keller, Brad Seng, John Kaanta, and Zach Johnson are the other winners.
Shaw is also the point leader heading into the final weekend for points at the Speedway, as he leads all three members of the Meyer family, Casey being the closest to Shaw, with 32 markers separating the pair.
Steffen Snare (71S), Steve Anderson (9), Jeffrey Massingill (6M) three-wide at River Cities last Friday. Mike Spieker photo.
On Monday evening, September 5th, the series heads back to the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, ND. Mike Balcaen, Shaw, and Dustin Strand have won the previous three NLRA events at the Speedway this season. Balcaen returned to win the event on June 17th, just one week removed from a grinding crash that destroyed his No. 10 Sylmak, Inc. Black Diamond.
Shaw held on to win on June 25th despite a left rear tire that was going flat in the waning laps. Strand parked the No. 71 Q&Z Plumbing Heating Millenium in victory lane last Friday night, securing both his sixth win at River Cities, and his sixth series win of the season.
Only four drivers have finished inside the top ten in all three NLRA events at the Speedway this season. Mike Balcaen, Brad Seng, Jeff Hapala, driver of the No. 16S Sweets by Tay Rocket, and Dustin Strand are those drivers. Strand has finished with podiums in all three races, while Balcaen and Seng have two top fives. Hapala's best run was sixth last Friday, in a race that saw him run as high as fourth.
Strand leads all drivers at River Cities with six wins this season. Mike Balcaen has three, Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 Emerson Duty Free MasterSbilt, has two, while Tom Corcoran, driver of the No. T1 Greg's Lawn Care Rocket, Donny Schatz, driver of the No, 15 K3 Farms Rocket, Brad Seng, and Don Shaw have one each. Dustin Strand has a big lead at River Cities in weekly action, as he leads Brad Seng by 32 points heading into the final race for track points this Friday. Mike Balcaen, Shane Edginton, driver of the No. 4 General Signs Victory by Moyer, and Zach Naastad, driver of the No. Z17 Q&Z Plumbing Heating Millenium, round out the top five.
Racing begins at five on Monday evening. Remember, every fan who comes out on Monday receives a free ticket to the 'Prelude to the Johnny' at River Cities on September 8th. You can find out more about the River Cities Speedway at our Tracks page.
Brad Seng has seen Dustin Strand eat away at his lead in the NLRA series standings. Seng's 62 point lead he took into the race at the Red River Valley Speedway on July 17th, had dwindled to just 16 markers, as the areas hottest driver Dustin Strand looks to defend his NLRA title, and win his first Wissota national Late Model title. Shane Edginton is third, while Mike Balcaen and Cole Schill, driver of the No. 44 Gateway Chevrolet MasterSbilt, round out the top five.
Steffen Snare, driver of the No. 71S Northern Sanitation Bloomquist, sits sixth, with Jeff Hapala in seventh, and Tom Corcoran eighth. Corcoran is in position to finish in the top ten with the series for the first time since 2005. Ryan Corbett, driver of the No. C4 Greenworks Landscaping MasterSbilt, is ninth, and is close to clinching his first top ten with the series since 2001. Steve Anderson, driver of the No. 9 Jimmy Johns Pierce, rounds out the top ten.
Don Shaw - 6 (May 7, June 18, July 9 & 30, August 6 & 27)
Zach Johnson - 1 (August 20)
John Kaanta - 1 (July 2)
Brad Seng - 1 (June 4)
Jeremy Keller - 1 (May 21)
Current Point Standings at the Viking Speedway:
1. Don Shaw 522
2. Casey Meyer 490 -32
3. Shawn Meyer 483 -39
4. Greg Meyer 447 -75
5. Kevin Robertson 412 -110
2015 - Brad Seng on May 23; Don Shaw on September 5; Brad Seng on September 6
2014 - Ricky Weiss on May 24; Brad Seng on May 25; Ricky Weiss on August 30; Jeff Wildung on August 31
2013 - Pat Doar on May 25; Zach Johnson on May 26; Zach Johnson on September 1
2012 - Zach Johnson on Sept. 1; Jeff Wildung on Sept. 2
2011 - Pat Doar on May 28; Joel Cryderman on May 29; Jeff Wildung on Sept. 3; Jeff Wildung on Sept. 4
2010 - Jeff Wildung on May 29; Zach Johnson on May 30; Jeff Wildung on Sept. 4; Zach Johnson on Sept. 5
2009 - Matt Aukland on May 23; Jeff Wildung on May 24
2008 - Justin Fegers on May 24; Zach Johnson on May 25; Zach Johnson on August 30; Jeff Wildung on August 31
2007 - Mitch Johnson on May 26; Mitch Johnson on May 27; Dave Mass on Sept. 1; Zach Johnson on Sept. 2
2006 - Mitch Johnson on May 27; Jeff Wildung on May 28
2005 - Mitch Johnson on May 29; Brad Seng on July 9; Jeff Wildung on August 27
2004 - Mike Balcaen on August 28
2003 - Jeff Wildung on May 31
Winners In Weekly Competition at the River Cities Speedway This Season:
Dustin Strand - 6 (April 29, June 10, July 1 & 29 and August 6 & 26)
Mike Balcaen - 3 (May 6, June 17, and August 13)
Bill Mooney - 2 (May 27 and July 22)
Brad Seng - 1 (May 20)
Don Shaw - 1 (June 25)
Tom Corcoran - 1 (July 8)
Donny Schatz - 1 (August 20)
Current Point Standings at the Viking Speedway:
1. Dustin Strand 806
2. Brad Seng 774 -32
3. Mike Balcaen 755 -51
4. Shane Edginton 714 -92
5. Zach Naastad 686 -120
Previous NLRA Feature Winners at River Cities Speedway:
2016 - Mike Balcaen on June 17, Don Shaw on June 25; Dustin Strand on August 26
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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