The upper-midwest's two premier racing series co-headlined events at the Red River Valley Speedway on July 17, and the Greenbush Race Park on July 30. This will be the first time in the 16 year history of the Devils Lake Speedway, which started out as the SAAGA International Speedway in 2000, that Late Models and Sprint Cars have raced on the same night at the track.
On July 23rd in Devils Lake, Dustin Strand, driver of the No. 71 Q&Z Plumbing & Heating Millenium, became the second driver this season to win two NLRA features in six days, as Strand's first win in the six day time period came at the Red River Valley Speedway on July 17th.
Strand matched Cole Schill's mark, as Schill, driver of the No. 44 Mid Ag Dispatch MasterSbilt, won on June 18th in Greenbush and June 24th in West Fargo.
Intermittent rain showers in the morning and early afternoon, closed what is normally the pit area off of turns one and two, as they moved to the grass behind the grandstand. The rain also caused the races to be delayed by one hour.
As Strand was near victory, a trio of Manitoba racers battled three-wide for fourth in lapped traffic with two to go, as 2013 Devils Lake winner Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 Winnipeg Hearing Centres MasterSbilt, dove to the inside of Shane Edginton, in the No. 4 General Signs Victory by Moyer, and Mike Balcaen in the No. 10 Enns Brothers Black Diamond, in turn one on the final lap, securing the second spot.
Dustin Strand with family and crew in victory lane in Devils Lake on July 23.
Tom Corcoran finished sixth in the No. T1 Greg's Lawn Care Rocket, with Joey Pederson finishing seventh in the No. 7P Big Jim's Tire MB Custom. Cole Schill ran eighth, while Ryan Corbett finished ninth in the No. C4 Greenworks Landscaping & Fencing MasterSbilt, and Zach Naastad rounded out the top ten in the Q&Z Plumbing & Heating No. Z17 on July 23rd. Racing begins at seven on Saturday night, for more info on the Devils Lake Speedway, check out our Tracks page.
Brad Seng leads the NLRA series standings heading into Devils Lake by 38 points over Shane Edginton. Dustin Strand sits in the third spot, while Mike Balcaen and Cole Schill round out the top five. Steffen Snare sits sixth in the No. 71S Todd's Electric Bloomquist, with Jeff Hapala, driver of the No. 16S Auto Solutions Rocket in seventh, Ryan Corbett eighth, Tom Corcoran ninth, and Steve Anderson, driver of the No. 9 R&R Dirt & Gravel Pierce, completing the top ten.
Who To Watch:
Dustin Strand: The two-time and defending series champion has won three of the last five NLRA series races including the most recent event at the Buffalo River Race Park in Glyndon, MN last Sunday night. Strand also won in his A-Modifieds in Devils Lake on August 6th.
Shane Edginton: Currently sitting in the runner-up spot in the series point standings, Edginton was the winner last Saturday night at the Jamestown.
Mike Balcaen: Balcaen lead 41 laps last weekend, winning his third feature of the season at River Cities on Friday, then finishing a very close second to Shane Edginton after leading 24 laps in Jamestown last Saturday night.
2016 - Dustin Strand on July 23
2015 - Brad Seng on July 18; Dustin Strand on August 29
2014 - Brad Seng on July 26
2013 - Bill Mooney on August 17
2012 - Ricky Weiss on June 23
2011 - Ricky Weiss on August 19
2006 - Cody Skytland on June 10; Roger Gendron on August 19
2003 - Brad Seng on June 28; Brian Strand on July 19
2002 - Ryan Corbett on June 8; Mike Balcaen on July 27; Mike Balcaen on August 31
2001 - John Seitz on June 23; Mike Balcaen on July 21; John Seitz on Sept. 1; Brian Strand on Sept. 2
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