The trio will head into Thursday night separated by 66 points. Mike Spieker photo.
Last season, Ricky Weiss, driver of the No. 7 Derrick's Sandblasting Bloomquist, won a rain delayed version of the 'Prelude,' as heavy rains postponed the perennial Thursday night event to Saturday afternoon.
It was one of three features Weiss won in less than 24 hours, as he won a make-up feature from the final week of weekly competition near the end of Friday nights proceedings.
After winning the 'Prelude' in the afternoon, Weiss won the $9,200-to-win Seitz Memorial, as well.
It was Weiss' second 'Prelude' victory, the only driver to have won the event more than once. Weiss has since moved on to the World of Outlaws Late Model Series, where he currently sits second in the standings.
Last season's 'Prelude' also featured the end to one of the closest title battles in series history, as Dustin Strand, driver of the No. 71 Keewatin Truck Service Millenium SRT, and Mike Balcaen, driver of the No. 10 Eastern Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Black Diamond, came into the postponed race, separated by just eight markers.
Strand's fourth place finish, bested Balcaen's sixth place run, earning him his third series title.
Brad Seng has a 30 point lead heading into Thursday night. Mike Spieker photo.
Seng will head into Thursday night with a thirty point lead over Shane Edginton. Edginton will be coming off his first career River Cities Speedway win last Friday night, besting his two title foes, Seng and Strand, to park his No. 4 Performance Auto Victory in victory lane for the first time at the 'Bullring.'
Strand will head into Thursday night with a tall task, as he slid to 66 points back of Seng after the Double at Viking.
This season at River Cities in NLRA action, Donny Schatz parked the No. 15 Fargo Petro Rocket in victory lane during both series shows with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series. Strand was best in show at Sunday at the Fair at the speedway on June 23rd, while Seng won the July 26th event.
In weekly competition at the speedway in 2019, Strand leads all drivers with four wins, while Seng won three-in-a-row in late July into early August. Schatz is the third and final driver with multiple wins at River Cities in 2019, while Edginton joined Ryan Corbett, Joey Pederson, and Cole Schill as drivers with a single victory this season.
Corbett's win in his No. C4 Jess Rice Crary Realty MasterSbilt on August 9th, was his first at the speedway in eleven years. Pederson parked the No. 7P Vesey Plumbing Victory in victory lane on May 17th, which was the season opener. Schill won two weeks later, parking the No. 44 Rivinius Ranch MB Custom in victory lane on May 31st.
Edginton's win also earned him the points title at the speedway, as he won by a single point over Brad Seng. Strand was third, with Pederson fourth, and Tom Corcoran rounding out the top five in points with his No. T1 D&B Motors MB Custom, as his 50th season of racing winds down.
Behind the lead trio in the NLRA standings heading into the final race, Mike Balcaen and Brody Troftgruben, driver of the No. 14 Gateway Auto Tech Rocket, round out the top five.
Jesse Teunis is sixth with the No. 70 Grand Prix Amusements MasterSbilt, with Ryan Corbett seventh, and Cole Schill eighth.
A pair of rookies round out the current top ten, as Cole Babcock has the No. 2* lucha.bet Pierce in ninth, and Ryan Kereluk has the No. 29K Dirty Bodies by RJK Victory in tenth.
Action begins at seven on Thursday night. For more information, visit our Tracks page, or log on to rivercitiesspeedway.com
2019 - Donny Schatz on June 7; Dustin Strand on June 23; Brad Seng on July 26; Donny Schatz on August 16th
2018 - Ricky Weiss on June 15; Dustin Strand on June 29; Donny Schatz on August 17; Ricky Weiss on September 8
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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