This Friday night, July 14th and on Saturday night July 15th, the Northern Late Model Racing Association makes its second and third ever appearances in the state of South Dakota, as the Grand Forks, North Dakota based series will be part of the annual Rumble event held at Aberdeen's Brown County Speedway.
This season, the Rumble will also serve as the Dennis Moser Tribute Race, as the longtime former racer at the Speedway passed away last off-season.
His number 63 will show up on the winner's checks each night, as each full show will pay $2,563-to-win, while Saturday night's Rumble will pay $6,363.
Dustin Strand heads into the weekend with a two-point lead in the series standings over Brad Seng. Speedway Shots.
If the same driver wins both NLRA features, then 19 points qualifiers will make the show. The top 6 (or 7) in combined points, plus winner(s) will redraw for starting spots in the Rumble Feature, while the rest will line up by points.
It's been 20 seasons since the series has visited the 1/3 mile oval. On that evening, it was Kent Arment defending home turf, winning from the seventh starting spot over John Seitz, Chad Becker, Blaine Doppler, and Troy Olson.
Arment and Becker are still regulars at the speedway, as they sit second and fourth in the current standings at the track. Among the other local talent to look out for will be Josh Skorczewski, who leads the track standings, and Dustin Arthur and rookie Mike Rohwedder who are third and fifth in the standings respectively.
Becker leads all drivers with three wins at Brown County this season, while Becker, Cole Searing, and Morgan Ward-Grosz have one win apiece. Ward-Grosz is the most recent winner in Aberdeen, as she was last Friday night's feature winner.
On the NLRA side, Dustin Strand will head into the weekend as the series point leader, as he'll bring the No. 71 Q&Z Plumbing & Heating Millenium SRT to the Rumble with just a two point edge over Brad Seng and his No. 12S S&S Transport MB Custom.
Strand hasn't won in series action yet during the 2023 campaign, but does have two wins at River Cities Speedway, where he also leads the points over Seng, albeit by just three markers in that battle.
Seng enters the weekend with two series wins, both of which were his first career victories at I-94 emr Speedway in Fergus Falls, MN, including the Dick Johanneck Memorial King of the Dirt.
Two-time and defending series titleist Mike Greseth sits third with the No. 17 Superior Customs Rocket XR1 just 22 points behind the lead duo. Cole Schill, driver of the No. 44* Mid Ag Dispatch MB Custom is fourth, while Shane Edginton and Brody Troftgruben, driver of the No. 14 Applegren Construction Rocket are tied for fifth.
Edginton won the full show portion on Saturday night of last season's Rumble in his No. 5E Performance Auto Sniper.
Jesse Teunis, driver of the Houde's Excavating No. 70, is seventh, with John Seng sitting eighth in the No. 21S TrendLESS MB Custom. Two-time series winner this season in the No. 1TPO QuickLift Rocket XR1, Tyler Peterson is ninth, with Brandon Corbett completing the top ten with the Farmers Union Insurance No. 00C.
The NLRA would like to thank tour sponsors, Performance Auto, Wes’ Plumbing, S & S Transport, Adams Automotive and Machine, White Water Truck Wash, Grand Forks Subaru/Kia, Signs by deSigns, Storbakken & Sons Construction, Millar Engines, Gateway Cenex, SRT Specialties, Q & Z Plumbing, Fargo Forum, Hugo’s Family Marketplace, EGF American Legion Post 157, Greg’s Lawn Care, Checkered Flag Services, Smeby Construction, Advanced Drain Systems, Signature Graphics & Apparel, and contingency sponsors, Performance Auto, Schaeffer’s Oil & Lubricants, Hoosier Tire North, and FYE Motorsports Promotion, for their continued support.