By Mike Spieker
GRAND FORKS, ND (June 28) - The NLRA Late Model season may have just started a little over two weeks ago, but things really began to heat up last week as the series entered a four-race tour through the Red River Valley. Brad Seng got the week off to a good start with a win Wednesday night at Norman County Raceway in Ada, MN.
After finishing a close second to Jeff Massingill in his heat race, Brad started fifth on the 25-car grid. At the drop of the green flag Massingill grabbed the early lead, but was quickly chased down by Seng. On lap four Brad put the CMD Shocks/Mars Race Cars #12S into the lead. Once out front Seng built up a comfortable lead, but his advantage nearly vanished as Don Shaw threatened in the closing laps. Seng fended off the #42 of Shaw and took his third win of the year.
The win was also Brad’s third at Norman County Raceway, which separates himself from a six-way tie atop the Late Model wins list at the Ada, MN 3/8th mile oval.
Thursday night completed the NCR double header with 27 cars signed in to battle. Brad picked up his eighth heat race win of the year to begin the night, which put him on the pole for the feature.
In the early going of the 25-lapper it looked as though Seng was destined for back to back NCR wins as he opened up a 10 car length lead over Jeff Wildung. The caution was displayed on lap 10 when a lapped car spun in turn one and made fairly heavy contact with Seng. Soon thereafter, smoke began to billow out of the S&S Transport machine, but Brad stayed on track and led the field to the restart.
As they entered turn one, Jeff Wildung went topside and drove around the outside of Seng for the lead. Seng stayed true to the low side and challenged Wildung in turns three and four, but the Veit #50 Rocket blasted off the corner and cleared Seng to take sole possession of the point. Brad would hold on to finish third and assume the NLRA point lead heading into Friday night’s event at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo.
In his first appearance at the high-banked 3/8th mile oval, Brad drove from eighth to fifth in his heat, which buried him back in 15th for the main event.
Seng put on an impressive performance throughout the 25-lap feature as he wheeled his way up to the second spot with seven to go. He threw everything he had at the leader in the closing laps, Cole Schill, but couldn’t track him down in lapped traffic.
The weekend finale brought the Valley Oral/MV Collette Farms team back to their home track, River Cities Speedway. Yet another heat race win put Brad third in the lineup for the feature. Brad moved into the second spot around the halfway point of the race and set his sights on Shaw, but the Ham Lake, MN racer was too strong on the freshly farmed cushion on the top side of the speedway. Seng put up a tough fight running the middle to low grooves, but ultimately he would slip back to finish in the third spot.
Brad will hold a 28 point advantage atop the NLRA standings entering the series’ next event at Red River Valley Speedway on July 17th.
Top Fives: 12
Top Tens: 12
Heat Wins: 9
July 1 - River Cities Speedway
July 8 - River Cities Speedway
July 15 - River Cities Speedway - World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Models