By Mike Spieker
GRAND FORKS, ND (June 14) - Coming into last weekend, Brad Seng was red hot having finished inside the top five in each of his first seven events to start the 2016 season. That streak came to an end Friday night however, as a mechanical failure forced Brad to retire from the feature early.
The S&S Transport/Fargo Freightliner #12S looked to be the car to beat early in the evening as Brad took the lead on the opening lap of heat race number one and cruised to a two-plus second win over Mike Balcaen.
Unfortunately, the feature did not go as smooth. Brad rolled of the starting grid in the seventh position, but failed to complete a lap. As he charged into turn one, the Valley Oral/Mars Race Car got upset and took a severe bounce before spinning on the low side of turn one. A River Cities Speedway track and safety crew four-wheeler gave Brad a push up the banking, which revealed that Brad had lost the drive shaft, ending his night.
Saturday night the team loaded up and made the haul to Jamestown Speedway for the highly anticipated NLRA season opener. Thirty Late Models were signed in at the high-banked quarter-mile. Seng started fifth in his heat race and was able to come away with a second place effort on a track that was fairly difficult to pass on.
That put Brad eighth in the 24-car, 25-lap starting lineup. Brad found himself up in the fifth position in the early going, but drive shaft troubles struck again. The end result was a DNF and a disappointing 24th place finish for the Grand Forks, ND driver.
Brad and the Anderson Brothers Body Shop team believe they have found and fixed the issue and are ready for an NLRA double header beginning Friday night at River Cities Speedway. Saturday night will take them to Greenbush Race Park where Brad has two wins; first on June 1st, 2002 and most recently on June 20th, 2015.
Brad enters the weekend sitting atop the North Dakota WISSOTA Late Models State Points race.