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.
After trailing Zach Naastad and Shane Edginton early on, Seng took over the NLRA points lead with his win at Norman County Raceway on June 22nd. Once in command, Seng never relinquished his spot on top, but it didn’t come easy. Two-time NLRA champion and eventual WISSOTA national champion, Dustin Strand, came on strong in the second half of the season and was within striking distance entering the final night of competition. When it was all said and done, however, Seng held off his fellow Grand Forks runner by just eight points to claim the series title.
Brad also finished second in the standings at his home track, River Cities Speedway, and edged out Aberdeen, SD driver Chad Becker in the final weekend of racing to secure fourth in the WISSOTA national standings.
Seng wrapped up 2016 at the 45th annual Stock Car Stampede at Jamestown Speedway last weekend. The two-day event began with heat races on Friday night where Brad started sixth. Brad quickly made his way up to fourth and had the second and third place runners in his sights when the caution was displayed. On the restart, Brad got held up on the bottom of turns one and two, which dropped him back to sixth. The driver of the MB Customs #12S was able to rebound in the closing laps and finish in the fourth position.
Brad then rolled off 12th on the starting grid for Saturday night’s 30-lap main event. As soon as the green flag dropped, Brad began picking off positions and moving forward. After a three lap, three wide battle with Cole Schill and Lance Matthees on lap seven, Seng moved by both competitors to take over the eighth spot. When the first caution of the race flew on lap 12, Brad found himself all the way up in the fourth position with 18 laps remaining.
With 10 to go Brad was able to get by the wounded S&S Transport No. 11 of Pat Doar after he suffered damage while battling for the race lead. The pass put Brad into the third position with Strand and Curt Gelling just ahead by a straightaway’s length. As the race came to a close, Brad wasn’t quite able to reel in the lead duo and took the checkers with a very respectable third place finish.
The podium effort was Brad’s 31st top five and 34th top 10 in 37 races this season. He also scored four feature wins and an impressive 19 heat race wins.
Brad and the entire team would like to thank all of their great sponsors for their support this year!
MV Collette Farms
Anderson Brothers Body Shop
Valley Oral & Facial Surgery
Race recaps and photos provide all season long by Mike Spieker.