By Mike Spieker
GRAND FORKS, ND (October 19) - After traveling several thousand miles up and down the road, chasing races since mid-April, the 2016 season has come to a close for Brad Seng Racing. While it wasn’t a year that lit up the win column, Brad was a model of consistency night in and night out, which led him to his third Northern Late Model Racing Association (NLRA) series championship.
By Mike Spieker
GRAND FORKS, ND (Oct. 13) - For the final time in 2016 Brad Seng and the S&S Transport crew will load up their No. 12 MB Customs into the big black hauler and hit the road! Brad’s season finale will come at Jamestown Speedway in Jamestown, ND in one of the region’s most prestigious events; the Stock Car Stampede. This will be the 45th edition of the speedway’s premier event and this weekend Seng will be looking for his second Stampede title, but first in the Late Model. Brad’s first win at the Stampede came in a Super Stock during the 1997 season and he’s been chasing win number two ever since.
Since moving up to a Late Model full-time in 2000, Brad has recorded a pair of runner-up finishes at the Stampede, both to Jeff Wildung in 2011 and 2014. During last year’s A-main, Brad advanced seven positions to score a seventh place finish in a field of 32 cars total.
In the previous two visits this year at Jamestown, Seng has shown plenty of speed, but the results have been hit or miss. A drive shaft failure in the first race in June left Brad with a disappointing 24th place finish after running in the top five. When the NLRA tour revisited the high-banked quarter-mile in mid-August, the driver of the Valley Oral & Facial No. 12 recorded a podium finish after taking the checkers in third.
Last weekend the Anderson Brothers Body Shop team make the trek out to Ogilvie, MN for the Shaw Trucking Fall Classic. Night one of the two-day event was designated for heat races only. Seng started third and finished third. In a format based off of passing points, that result placed Brad in the 11th starting spot for the main event. The Grand Forks, ND driver finished 12th in the big 40-lapper, but picked up the “Longest Tow” contingency award.
Brad was also in action the previous weekend (Sept. 30 & Oct. 1) north of the border at Red River Co-op Speedway in Winnipeg, MB for the Prairie Classic. The two-day show that featured two complete events (both heats and features) ended up being pretty successful for Seng. On night one Brad picked up his 19th heat race win before driving from fourth to second in the feature. He led several laps in the main event, but was surpassed in the closing stages by the hard charging WISSOTA national point leader, Dustin Strand.
Night two was a little quieter for Seng, but he still came home with a very respectable third place finish, which marked his 30th top five of the season.
Entering the final weekend of action in 2016, the newly crowned NLRA champion sits tied for fourth in the WISSOTA National Late Model Point Standings with Chad Becker of Aberdeen, SD.
TOP 5's: 30
TOP 10's: 33
HEAT WINS: 19