This Friday night, August the 17th, the NLRA will co-headline with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series for the second time this season at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks. The race is scheduled to be the 36th visit to the quarter-mile, high-banked oval on the Grand Forks Fairgrounds, and the third of the 2018 season.
Ricky Weiss, driver of the No. 7 Hawkeye Construction Bloomquist won a thriller the last time the series ran with the Outlaws on June 15th.
Weiss chased down early leader Travis Robertson, driver of the No. 1R Tires Plus MasterSbilt, with the pair going three-wide with Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 Lithia Toyota of Grand Forks MasterSbilt.
Donny Schatz, driver of the No. 15 Fargo Petro Rocket, was also a contender in June, leading lap six, and eventually finishing fifth.
Dustin Strand finished second in the No. 71 Keewatin Truck Service Millenium SRT on June 15th, then went on to score the win two weeks later on Midco Night at the Speedway.
Shane Edginton, driver of the No. 4 Performance Auto Victory, finished second on June 29th, with Ryan Corbett completing the podium in the No. C4 Jess Rice Crary Realty MasterSbilt.
In weekly competition at the Speedway this season, Dustin Strand leads the way with four wins so far this season.
Ricky Weiss and Joey Pederson, driver of the No. 7P Big Jim's Tire Victory, have three wins each.
Brad Seng won at River Cities last Friday.
Speedway Shots photo.
Brad Seng, driver of the No. 12S Anderson Brothers Body Shop MB Custom, will head into Friday's race as the most recent winner at River Cities, scoring a convincing victory, his first of the season there.
Dustin Strand will take a 43 point lead over Mike Balcaen into Friday's race in the season long standings at the track. Brad Seng is third, with Joey Pederson fourth, and Troy Schill, driver of the No. 11 Mid Ag Dispatch MasterSbilt, rounding out the top five.
Dustin Strand leads all active drivers with five previous series wins in Grand Forks. Joey Pederson and Ricky Weiss have four wins a piece, while Donny Schatz and Brad Seng have three tallies to their own right.
Two of Schatz's victories were one of two wins at the track on the same night, as he would go on to score the World of Outlaws Sprint feature, as well.
Mike Balcaen has two wins, one of which came on the same night as his Daughter Amber's Outlaw debut in June of 2014. Bill Mooney and Steve Anderson, driver of the No. 9 Schmidt, Inc. MB Custom, have one win each during outlaw shows in the past.
Two-time series champion Dustin Strand currently has a 98 point lead over three-time series champ Brad Seng, with five-time series titlist Mike Balcaen third. Shane Edginton is fourth, with Troy Schill rounding out the top five.
2018 Devils Lake Speedway track champion Brody Troftgruben, driver of the No. 14 Shane's Landscaping Rocket, is currently sixth, with Jesse Teunis seventh in the No. 70 Imrie Demolition MasterSbilt.
Bill Mooney is eighth, while Ryan Corbett and Joey Pederson round out the top ten.
Racing begins after World of Outlaws time trials on Friday night. To find out more about the event, visit our Tracks page, or visit rivercitiesspeedway.com.
Previous NLRA Feature Winners at the River Cities Speedway:
2018 - Ricky Weiss on June 15; Dustin Strand on June 29
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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