GRAND FORKS, ND (June 21) - After drive shaft issues slowed the Brad Seng Racing team with two DNF’s the previous weekend, Brad and the crew were ready to take on River Cities Speedway and Greenbush Race Park with a brand new Mars Race Car.
Co-headlining Friday night’s World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series special at the Grand Forks 3/10th mile oval, the NLRA Late Models were 19 cars strong for their second event of the season. Once again Brad got the night off to a good start as he led all eight laps and picked up his sixth heat win of the season.
The Broken Drum/Anderson Brothers Body Shop #12S then lined up outside the front row for the 20-lap main event. At the drop of the green flag, pole sitter Mike Balcaen took the lead with Seng in tow. Seng rode right in Balcaen’s tracks about a car length and a half off the bottom groove. The lone caution flew on lap seven and put Seng back on the rear bumper of Balcaen.
Once the green flag flew, Balcaen took off and cruised to the victory by nearly a full second. Brad went on to finish second in front of the sold out crowd.
Despite receiving four inches of rain throughout the week, the races went on as scheduled at Greenbush Race Park. Over the offseason the 1/3th mile track received a facelift with a brand new racing surface and a lot more banking in the corners. Given the recent weather conditions, the track was in excellent shape.
Just as he did the previous night, Brad claimed the heat race win which put him on the pole for the 25-lap feature. On the start, West Fargo’s Cole Schill took the lead from his second place starting position. Schill went on to lead all 20-laps, but it didn’t come without some heavy pressure by Seng. The win was Schill’s 1st career NLRA series victory as Brad followed him to the line for his second runner-up finish of the weekend.
Seng currently sits third in the NLRA point standings, 22 markers behind leader Steffen Snare and also ranks third in the North Dakota Late Model points, 15 points behind Shane Edginton.
A busy stretch of racing kicks off Wednesday, June 22 as the NLRA Late Models take on Norman County Raceway in Ada, MN for their annual double header. Friday night the series heads to Red River Valley Speedway for the first time in four years, before returning home to River Cities Speedway for a Saturday night special.
TOP 5's: 9
TOP 10's: 9
HEAT WINS: 7
June 22 - Norman County Raceway - Ada, MN
June 23 - Norman County Raceway - Ada, MN
June 24 - Red River Valley Speedway - West Fargo, ND
June 25 - River Cities Speedway - Grand Forks, ND
Race recap & photo by Mike Spieker
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