The series took to the high-banked quarter-mile bullring on the Greater Grand Forks Fairgrounds two weeks ago, as the series co-headlined with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series for the first of three times for the 2018 season.
It was two-time and defending series champion Ricky Weiss who parked the No. 7 Derrick's Sandblasting Bloomquist in victory lane.
Weiss fended off charges by late charging Dustin Strand, driver of the No. 71 Generations Spa & Salon Millenium SRT, who will be coming fresh off his 15th series victory, which came at the Greenbush Race Park in Greenbush, MN last Saturday night.
Another pair of drivers had chances to take the top spot two weeks ago included Bill Mooney, driver of the Lithia Toyota of Grand Forks No. 2 and Travis Robertson, driver of the The Bowler No. 1R.
The duo, and their pair of MasterSbilts by JMR, went three wide with Weiss for the lead at one point during the twenty-five lap main event. Weiss continued on, despite a few late cautions, for his 22nd NLRA series victory.
Ricky Weiss was the winner at River Cities on June 15th.
Mike Spieker photo.
Strand became the second repeat winner this season at the speedway last Friday night, one of his three victories last week. His other win came in Modified competition at the Red River Co-op Speedway last Thursday night. He also won at River Cities on June 1st.
Ricky Weiss, the speedway's other repeat winner in 2018, scored the win on opening night, while Joey Pederson, driver of the No. 7P Channel Seed Victory, was the winner on May 25th.
Strand holds the point lead in the speedway point standings, as he has a slim three point advantage over Mike Balcaen. Brad Seng, driver of the No. 12S Schill Construction MB Custom, is third, with Ryan Corbett, driver of the No. C4 Corbett Trucking MasterSbilt, in fourth. Bill Mooney rounds out the top five.
Strand also leads in the NLRA season point standings, holding a 46 point lead over Balcaen, once again. Seng is third in the NLRA standings, as well, while Mooney holds the fourth spot, and Shane Edginton, driver of the No. 4 Performance Auto Victory, rounds out the top five.
Devils Lake Speedway point leader Brody Troftgruben, driver of the No. 14 Kaz Brothers Construction Rocket, is sixth, with Corbett seventh, and rookie Jesse Teunis, driver of the Grand Prix Amusements No. 70 sitting in the eighth spot.
Inaugural series champion Troy Schill, driver of the No. 11 Forks Finest Auto Body & Wash MasterSbilt, and Ricky Weiss round out the top ten.
Racing starts at seven on Friday night.
2018 - Ricky Weiss on June 15
2017 - Dustin Strand on June 16; Dustin Strand on June 30; Donny Schatz on August 18; Don Shaw on September 7
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
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