Brody Troftgruben at Speed at Devils Lake. Speedway Shots photo.
The three race NLRA weekend swing concluded at the Devils Lake Sepedway last Saturday night, and it was Brody Troftgruben parking the No. 14 Gateway Auto Tech Rocket in victory lane, becoming the first driver to win their first NLRA main event since 2016, and the 52nd winner in series history.
Brad Seng takes a victory lap after his win last Friday night at River Cities. Mike Spieker photo.
The series made it's first appearance of the 2020 campaign at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks last Friday night, and it was Brad Seng who parked the No. 12S S&S Transport MB Custom in victory lane for the second time in NLRA series action this season, and for the 39th time overall in his NLRA career.
Dustin Strand celebrates his Norman County victory last Thursday. Mike Spieker photo.
The series made it's return, for the first time in nearly three years, to the Norman County Raceway in Ada, MN last week, and it was Dustin Strand who scored the win in the No. 71 Q&Z Plumbing & Heating Millenium SRT. It was Strand's first Late Model win at the three-eights mile oval on the Norman County Fairgrounds since 2012, and his 22nd series win overall, fifth best on the all-time list.
Father and Son duo, Blake and Steve Anderson battle door-to-door at Devils Lake on June 27th.
Speedway Shots photo.
The series wraps up a three race swing this Saturday night, August 1st, at the Devils Lake Speedway near Crary, ND. This will be the 26th series event at the one-third mile oval, which opened 20 years ago.
Dustin Strand (71) and Brad Seng (12S) battle at River Cities earlier this year. The pair have combined for four of the seven victories at the track in 2020. Speedway Shots photo.
This Friday night, July 31st, the series will take to the River Cities Speedway for the first time in 2020. This is scheduled to be the 43rd series race held at the quarter-mile "Bullring" on the Greater Grand Forks Fairgrounds. This Friday's date was scheduled to be the third series race of the 2020 campaign, but the first two were lost due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ricky Weiss (7) and Dustin Strand (71) battle at the most recent series event at Norman County in 2017.
Speedway Shots photo.
This Thursday night, July 30th, the series returns to the Norman County Raceway in Ada, MN, for the first time in three years. The race is scheduled to be the twentieth visit by the series to the three-eighths mile, semi-banked, dirt oval on the Norman County Fairgrounds.
Tonight, July 24th, Mike Balcaen enters the River Cities Speedway Hall of Fame. Balcaen's career started in 1984, and since then he has amassed over 50 championships, and over 225 feature victories. It will be a bittersweet night for those of us in attendance as Mike still won't be able to be with us.
From all of us, your NLRA family!
(Photos by Palmer Berger, Julie Grassel, Chad Spieker, Mike Spieker, and Steven Young.)
The field left the inside row open last week at Devils Lake for our Canadians, who are unable to race with us.
Speedway Shots photo.
This Saturday night, July the 4th, the series will celebrate Independence Day at the Greenbush Race Park in Greenbush, MN. This will be the 31st event at the high-banked Roseau County oval that measures in at just over a quarter-mile. This is scheduled to be the first time in series history that the series will hold a race on the 4th of July holiday.
Brad Seng in victory lane last Saturday night at Devils Lake. Speedway Shots photo.
Brad Seng won the first NLRA series race of the season last Saturday night at the Devils Lake Speedway near Crary, ND. Seng's win was his series leading 38th victory, and was worth $2,000 as the Walhalla Building Center presented the second running of the Golden Hammer Classic.
Mike Balcaen (10) and Shane Edginton (4) battle door-to-door at the Golden Hammer Classic last year.
Mike Spieker photo.
Before we start with the preview of our season opener this weekend, we hope you all have been well the past few months, and as all of us try to return to normal, our series will take the track on Saturday without seven of our own. As the Canadian border remains closed to non-essential travel, seven of our members will not be able to be with us, and as we are not just a series, but a family, this will weigh on us this weekend.
So, to Shane, Mike, Jesse, Ryan, Bill, Dave and Matt, your families and crews, fellow Canadian drivers that may have also made the trip, and to our Canadian fans... we miss you, and hope for a re-opening, sooner rather than later, to complete our season with you.