On Thursday night, August the 25th, the NLRA makes its' 26th appearance at the Red River Co-Op Speedway in Winnipeg, Manitoba, for the third annual Can-Am Late Model Challenge.
Four-time series champion and defending Red River Co-Op Speedway champion Mike Balcaen, driver of the No. 10 Northstar Canada Black Diamond, is the defending winner of this event, as he cruised to victory during the event last August, his sixth series win at his home track.
Dustin Strand, driver of the No. 71 Q&Z Plumbing & Heating Millenium, leads all drivers with three wins in Winnipeg, including both shows so far in August, and one on June 30th. Mike Balcaen scored wins on July 28th & June ninth.
Shane Edginton, driver of the No. 4 Performance Auto Victory by Moyer, won in Winnipeg on July 21st and the opener on June sixth. Brad Seng parked the No. 12S S&S Transport MB Custom on July 14, and Mike Martin picked up his first late model win on July eleventh, driving the No. 55 Reimer Overhead Door Pierce.
Shane Edginton is the track point leader heading into Thursday night. Kevin Sexton sits 22 markers back in the DAB's repair No. 8, while Balcaen and Martin are 25 points back in fourth. Rick Fawcett rounds out the top five in the No. 71 Fawcett Auto Body MasterSbilt.
The hottest driver on tour right now Dustin Strand. Mike Spieker photo.
On Friday night, August the 26th, the series heads back south to co-headline, for the second time this season, at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, ND, with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series. Mike Balcaen and Don Shaw, driver of the Shaw Trucking No. 42S, split the series visits at River Cities in June, with Balcaen's win coming during the first WoO/NLRA show, just one week after his roll over at the Speedway on June tenth. Shaw won the special fair race at the Speedway on June 25th, his first late model feature win at the Speedway since 1999.
Mike Balcaen, Brad Seng, Dustin Strand, Shane Edginton, and Jeff Hapala, driver of the No. 16S City Parcel Delivery Rocket, scored top tens during both series race at the track in June. Steffen Snare, in the No. 71S Todd's Electric Bloomquist and Zach Naastad, in the Q&Z Plumbing & Heating No. Z17, and Don Shaw, scored one top five each.
Dustin Strand leads all drivers with five wins at River Cities this season including the opener on April 29, and two of the last four. Mike Balcaen has three wins including the NLRA show in June. Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 OMG Candy MasterSbilt, has two wins this season, and is the defending winner of the August WoO/NLRA event.
Tom Corcoran, Donny Schatz, Brad Seng, and Don Shaw, and have one win each. Corcoran, driver of the No. T1 D&B Motors Rocket, scored a very popular win at the Speedway on July eighth, his first since 2010. Schatz, driver of the No. 15 Fargo Petro Rocket, won his third career late model win at the speedway last Friday night.
Dustin Strand is the point leader in weekly competition at River Cities, with Brad Seng 21 markers back in second. Mike Balcaen is third, while Shane Edginton and Zach Naastad round out the top five. Racing begins after sprint car time trials on Friday night. You can find out more about the River Cities Speedway at our Tracks page.
Brad Seng leads the NLRA series standings heading into Winnipeg by 52 points over defending series champion Dustin Strand. Shane Edginton sits in the third spot, with Mike Balcaen and Cole Schill, driver of the No. 44 Mid Ag Dispatch MasterSbilt, rounding out the top five. Steffen Snare, driver of the No. 71S High Mark Snomobile Rentals Bloomquist, is sixth, with Jeff Hapala seventh, Ryan Corbett, driver of the No. C4 Corbett Trucking MasterSbilt eighth, Tom Corcoran ninth, and Steve Anderson, driver of the No. 9 Big Trucks by Jimco Pierce, completing the top ten. Full standings can be found at our Points page.
Shane Edginton on June 6 and July 21
Mike Balcaen on June 9 and July 28
Dustin Strand on June 30, August 8, and August 18
Mike Martin on July 11
Brad Seng on July 14
Red River Co-Op Speedway Point Standings
1. Shane Edginton - leader
2. Kevin Sexton - 22
3. Mike Balcaen - 25
3. Mike Martin - 25
5. Rick Fawcett - 43
Previous NLRA Feature Winners at the Red River Co-Op Speedway:
2015 - Ricky Weiss on July 2; Mike Balcaen on August 20
2014 - Brad Seng on July 17
2013 - Joey Pederson on June 27
2012 - Brad Seng on June 28
2009 - Ricky Weiss on June 11; Troy Schill on August 6
2008 - Brad Seng on May 22; Mike Balcaen on August 7
2007 - Kevin Sexton on May 17; Scott Greer on June 21; Kevin Sexton on August 16; Joel Cryderman on Sept. 8
2006 - Mike Balcaen on June 15; John Seitz on August 17; Kevin Sexton on Sept. 9
2005 - John Seitz on June 16; Mike Balcaen on Sept. 10
2004 - Troy Schill on May 1; Kevin Sexton on Sept. 11
2003 - Mike Balcaen on May 3; Joey Pederson on Sept. 6
2001 - Joey Pederson on April 28
1998 - Howie Schill on June 25; Mike Balcaen on July 15
Winners In Weekly Competition at the River Cities Speedway This Season:
Dustin Strand on April 29, June 10, July 1, July 29 and August 6
Mike Balcaen on May 6, June 17, and August 13
Brad Seng on May 20
Bill Mooney on May 27 and July 22
Don Shaw on June 25
Tom Corcoran on July 8
Donny Schatz on August 20
River Cities Speedway Point Standings
1. Dustin Strand - leader
2. Brad Seng - 21
3. Mike Balcaen - 36
4. Shane Edginton - 75
5. Zach Naastad -113
Previous NLRA Feature Winners at River Cities Speedway:
2016 - Mike Balcaen on June 17th, Don Shaw on June 25th
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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