By Mike Spieker
GRAND FORKS, ND (August 16) - As the race season enters the dog days of summer, Brad Seng and the Valley Oral/Anderson Brothers Body Shop team is still grinding it out and racing hard. Last week alone, Seng endured four races where he picked up two runner-up finishes and a couple more heat race wins.
It all started last Monday at Red River Co-op Speedway in Winnipeg, Manitoba. After starting the night by winning his heat, Brad backed that up with a solid second place finish in the feature.
Racing continued for the S&S Transport #12 on Friday night at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks. Compared to his runs as of late, it was not a stellar night for Seng. He finished second to Dustin Strand in his heat, which put him sixth on the starting grid for the feature. Brad moved up and down the running order throughout the 20-lap race, but ended up finishing in sixth.
Saturday night the NLRA tour fired back up for their second and final appearance of the season at Jamestown Speedway. When the series last visited the high-banked quarter-mile back in June, Brad suffered one of his two DNF’s of the season so he was looking to rebound and extend his NLRA point lead.
A second place finish in his heat placed him fourth in the 17-car starting lineup. Brad got by Dave Smith and Dustin Strand during the race, but was surpassed by eventual winner Shane Edginton which relegated him back to third at the checkers. The podium finish marked his 20th top-five finish of the season.
Things wrapped up Sunday night at Buffalo River Race Park in Glyndon, MN with the NLRA Late Models. In heat number three Brad drove from dead last (6th) to the win; his 14th heat win of 2016. Brad then rolled off third for the 25-lap, 24-car main event. As the green flag flew, pole sitter Dustin Strand grabbed the lead over Donny Schatz, as Seng settled into third.
At the mid-point of the race, Seng got a run on Schatz and was able to sneak into the second spot. Seng chased Strand until the yellow flag flew as the field was coming to the white flag. On the green-white-checkered restart, Schatz was able to get back by Seng to reclaim the second position. Seng battled back down low, but crossed the line in third to round out the podium.
Brad still sits atop the NLRA standings with a 46 point advantage over Shane Edginton with seven races remaining.
TOP 5's: 13
TOP 10's: 23
HEAT WINS: 14
August 19: River Cities Speedway
August 20: Devils Lake Speedway