Ricky Weiss, driver of the No. 7 Derrick's Sandblasting Bloomquist, became the first non-Wisconsinite to win the 'prelude' as Adam Hensel, John Kaanta, and Pat Doar were the previous three winners of the season finale. Brad Seng, driver of the No. 12S S&S Transport MB Custom, clinched his second NLRA championship at the event last season.
Joey Pederson, driver of the No. 7P Dahlstrom Motors MB Custom, won his eighth career NLRA feature at the River Cities Speedway on June 19th. Pederson was never able to build a comfortable lead that night, due to the high number of cautions sprinkled throughout the race. Mike Balcaen, driver of the No. 10 Northstar Canada Black Diamond, finished second, with Brad Seng third, Dustin Strand, driver of the No. 71 Q&Z Plumbing & Heating Moyer Longhorn fourth, and World of Outlaw sprint car feature winner, Donny Schatz, driver of the K3 Farms Rocket in fifth.
John Seitz's son Zack running the 92 car during opening ceremonies for the 2012 Seitz memorial race. Photo courtesy of Traci Palya.
Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 OMG Candy MasterSbilt by JMR, lead flag-to-flag, winning his third career NLRA series feature on August 21st at River Cities. Mooney started on the pole, and held off Ricky Weiss and Dustin Strand, despite a number of restarts late in the 25 lapper. Weiss finished second, with Mike Balcaen, Donny Schatz, and Joey Pederson rounding out the top five.
The previous two NLRA series winners at River Cities, Joey Pederson (7P) and Bill Mooney (2) race side-by-side on June 19th. Photo courtesy of Traci Palya.
Dustin Strand will look to secure his second series title in three years on Thursday night, as he sits atop the series standings by 32 points over defending series champion Brad Seng, with four-time champion Mike Balcaen in third, 38 points back of Strand. Ricky Weiss and Steffen Snare round out the top five. Steve Anderson, driver of the No. 9 Hi-Per-Flex Panel Systems Pierce is in the sixth spot, with Bill Mooney in seventh, and Jeff Hapala, driver of the No. 16S Auto Solutions Rocket in eighth. Cole Schill is ninth in points, with Norm Olson, driver of the No. 29 Disabled American Veterans MasterSbilt, rounding out the top ten. Racing begins at seven on Thursday night.
2015 - Joey Pederson on June 19; Bill Mooney on August 21
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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