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Diemel Takes Top Honors in 10th Annual John Seitz Memorial

By Mike Spieker

GRAND FORKS, ND (September 10) - For the previous nine John Seitz Memorial Late Model specials, the winner has taken home a hefty $9,200 check. Being that the 2016 edition was the 10th running of the event, RH Rebel Storage of Jamestown pitched in to make the winner’s payout the largest in WISSOTA’s history: $10,092. For the second time in the last three years, AJ Diemel of Elk Mound, WI was crowned champion and became the event’s second multi-time winner. 

“I’ve just got to thank everybody for putting this race on,” said Diemel in Victory Lane. “It’s just awesome. [River Cities Speedway] is about the raciest place you can run in the country. It was good racing all night long, it was a great night.”

Steve Laursen sat on the pole and jumped out to the early lead over 2009 Seitz Memorial champion, Pat Doar. Laursen and Doar ran first and second, respectively, until fifth starter Don Shaw moved into the runner-up position on lap 13. Shaw then set his sights on Laursen and drove by the Bobcat of Morris #19 on lap 30 to take over the lead. 

The caution was displayed on lap 32 for the mandatory fuel stop. At the break, Shaw led Diemel, Laursen, Jake Redetzke, and Brad Seng. 

When the race resumed, Shaw and Diemel went toe to toe for the race lead, setting up a rematch of their classic battle in 2014, which ended in disaster for Shaw and triumph for Diemel. Diemel put heavy pressure on the Shaw Trucking #42, but for the time being Shaw had the speed to hold off Diemel. The caution was displayed again on lap 37 as Seng and Laursen made contact in turn three, which sent Laursen off the banking. The incident ultimately brought an early end to the night for Laursen and he was credited with a disappointing 24th place finish. 

The Evergreen Insurance restart brought the green flag back out as Redetzke slid by Seng into third. Shaw fended off Diemel for the next couple laps before stretching out to a comfortable 10 car length lead. On lap 50 Shaw began to encounter lapped traffic, which allowed Diemel to close in. Within three laps the top two runners were side by side for the lead with Diemel running along the berm on the bottom and Shaw way up top on the thin, treacherous cushion. Diemel had a strong run down the back stretch on lap 57 and looked as though he was going to clear Shaw for the lead, but a lapped car impeded Diemel’s momentum and allowed Shaw to maintain the point. Diemel battled back on the next circuit and cleared for the lead as Shaw got stuck in the middle groove. 

Redetzke followed Diemel and filed into second and the two Wisconsinites paced the field until the final caution on lap 80. On the restart, Shaw moved back into second and set his sights on Diemel one last time. Shaw had his Victory by Moyer wound up on the top and was right on the heels of Diemel, but Diemel was just too tough on the bottom. Diemel withstood Shaw’s final challenge and went on to score his second Seitz Memorial title, joining Brad Seng as the only two drivers with two Seitz wins on their resume. 

“Once we got rolling I knew we had a pretty good car,” continued Diemel. “A lot of those guys were running right in the middle and using their stuff up quite a bit. I hate to pass Don [Shaw], I know this race means a lot to him too. But everything turned out great and I couldn’t ask for anything more.”

Shaw, and Jeffrey Massingill finished on the podium as Joey Pederson drove from 13th to fourth with Brad Seng rounding out the top five. 2015 champion, Chad Mahder drove from 18th to sixth and was the race’s hard charger. 

It looked as though Ryan Johnson was going to sweep the Wells Concrete Street Stock action for the weekend until defending WISSOTA national champion, Jordan Tollakson, placed a bid for the lead in the final laps of the main event. Tollakson found an opening at the bottom of the speedway and pulled even with Johnson with two laps to go. The two drivers rubbed a bit coming off of turn four as Tollakson won the drag race to the Valley Sunrise Properties flagstone to capture the $920 win. Johnson, Kyle Dykhoff, Ryan Flaten, and Jonny Carter rounded out the top five. 

After topping the field of Happy Harry’s Midwest Modifieds last Friday night, but being denied the victory for not scaling after the race, Rick Hamel dominatedSaturday’s 24-car, 20-lap A-main. Hamel led every circuit around the three-tenths mile bullring en route to the victory, as a highly contested battle for second waged on behind him. 

Brock Gronwold, Brent Schmidt, and Jason Halvorson raced three wide for the runner-up spot at the halfway point with seventh place starter, Gronwold, taking the position. Gronwold chased Hamel to the checkers to finish second as Schmidt, Grant Hall, and Mike Nichols, who started 22nd, rounded out the top five. Austin Hunter, who started 19th, also had an impressive performance with his drive from 19th to sixth. 

Matt Gilbertson led the bookends of the WISSOTA Modified feature, but there was a whole lot of action in between. On lap seven Friday night’s winner, Zach Johnson, moved by Gilbertson for the lead, but Gilbertson came back to regain the point the following lap. Right there in the mix was two-time WISSOTA Modified national champion, Blake Jegtvig, who ran in the third spot. On lap 13 Johnson came back at Gilbertson once again to take the lead, bringing Johnny Broking with him. 

On the lap 19 restart, Broking found a way around Johnson to take the lead as Gilbertson raced back into second. Gilbertson then put his #23 up on the cushion and began to reel in Broking. With eight to go, Gilbertson made what ended up being the race winning move as he took the lead coming out of turn four. Broking hung on to finish second as Ward Imrie made a late race charge to finish third. Johnson and Bob Broking rounded out the top five. 


Late Models:
Feature - AJ Diemel, Don Shaw, Jeffrey Massingill, Joey Pederson, Brad Seng, Chad Mahder, Jeffrey Wildung, Curt Gelling, John Kaanta, Pat Doar, Zach Johnson, Dustin Strand, Aaron Turnbull, Scott Ward, Mike Balcaen, Jake Redetzke, Bill Mooney, David Mcdonald, Steffen Snare, Cole Schill, Nick Anvelink, Steve Anderson, Jeff Provinzino, Steve Laursen, Lance Matthees, Cody Skytland
B-Main 1 - Ward, Strand, Johnson, Mooney, Shane Edginton, Anvelink, Zach Naastad, Skytland, Brandon Fuller, Bryan Lepier, Cody Storbakken, Kevin Carlson
B-Main 2 - Mahder, Provinzino, McDonald, Anderson, David Smith, Matt Gerlach-Smith, Dusty Peterson, Ryan Corbett, Michael Martin, George Ledin, Dave Zimmerman

Feature - Matt Gilbertson, Johnny Broking, Ward Imrie, Zach Johnson, Bob Broking, Ryan Schroeder, Richard Johnson, Alex Guthmiller, David Carlson, Ryan Kereluk, Alex Engelstad, Josh Thoennes, Trevor Anderson, Aaron Olson, Aaron Holtan, Dustin Wahl, Bryan Dyrdahl, Gavin Paull, Eric Haugland, Nolan Olmstead, Scott Greer, Jerome Guyot, Blake Jegtvig, Rick Hamel
B-Main 1 - Greer, Holtan, Rick Delanie, Jason Good, Brody Strachan, Michael Tiani, Nathan Higginbotham, Al Giesbrecht, Ryan Cousin, Brian Strand
B-Main 2 - Wahl, Haugland, Jeff Davis, James Wall, Davey Mills, Jordan Duray, Chris Unrau, Don Platow, Morgan Ward, Cody Skytland
Heat 1 - Gilbertson, Kereluk, Olmstead, Hamel, Giesbrecht, Wall, Unrau, Strachan
Heat 2 - Jegtvig, Dyrdahl, Thoennes, Guyot, Haugland, Cousins, Tiani, Good
Heat 3 - Imrie, J. Broking, Carlson, B. Broking, Greer, Davis, Mills, Ward
Heat 4- Guthmiller, Olson, Paull, Jacobson, Wahl, Strand, Holtan, Duray
Heat 5 - Johnson, Schroeder, Anderson, Engelsman, Higginbotham, Delaine, Platow, Skytland

Midwest Modifieds:
Feature - Rick Hamel, Brock Gronwold, Bret Schmidt, Grant Hall, Mike Nichols, Austin Hunter, Jason Halverson, Blake Higginbotham, Jamie Davis, Jeremy Lizakowski, Dean Eggebraaten, Aaron Blacklance, Troy Randall, Dale Kraling, Lance Schill, Scott Vasichek, Dallas Brevik, Murray Kozie, John Halverson, Les Schoon, Jason Marko, Darren Pfau, Bryan Kakela, Tanner Armstrong
B-Main 1 - Hunter, Kozie, Randall, Skyler Smith, Stoney Kruk, Zachery Laqua, Todd Johnson, Scott Zimmerman, Dave Blasey, Eric Haugland, Justin Olson, Cole Haugland, Jason Schuh, Brandon Bahr, Ron Reed, Erich Frey, Chris Kruk, Brandon Rehill, Steve Hougard
B-Main 2 - Schill, Nichols, Kraling, Matt Schow, Reise Stenberg, Jess Brekke, Nate Reynolds, Cody Wall, Jeremy Castro, Gary Nelson, David Hultstrand, Tom Morrisow, Preston Carr, Ryan Oppegaard, Doyle Erickson, Timothy Berg, Hunter Hougard
Heat 1 - Schmidt, Gronwold, Marko, Laqua, Zimmerman, Blasey, Schuh, S. Hougard, Morrisow, E. Haugland
Heat 2 - Hamel, Pfau, Kakele, Schill, Carr, Nichols, Wall, Hultstrand, Frey, Rehill
Heat 3 - Hall, Eggebraaten, Armstrong, Kozie, S. Kruk, C. Kruk, Bahr, Olson, Slama
Heat 4 - Ja. Halverson, Lizakowski, Davis, Erickson, Kraling, H. Hougard, Schow, Nelson, Reynolds
Heat 5 - Higginbotham, Brevik, Schoon, Randall, Hunter, Smith, Johnson, Reed, C. Haugland
Heat 6 - J. Halverson, Blacklance, Vasichek, Castro, Brekke, Berg, Oppegaard, Stenberg, Fehr

Street Stocks:
Feature - Jordan Tollakson, Ryan Johnson, Kyle Dykhoff, Ryan Flaten, Jonny Carter, Adam Burrows, Royce Jawaski, Travis Robertson, Art Linert, Greg Jose, Hunter Carter, Terry Blacklance, Joe Engels, Steven Richards, Shawn Teunis, Dan McNamee, Chase Boen, James Meagher, Andrew Maxwell, Rory Opp, Ryan Pommerer, Cory Dykhoff, Mike Olson, Jason Babcock

B-Main 1 - Engels, Jose, Nick Minske, Zach Lee, Tommy Neihart, Trey Hess, Josh Barker, Matt Beehler, Jersy Porter, Riley Gregoire
B-Main 2 - Teunis, McNamee, Rick Schulz, Jesse, Teunis, Dan Aberle, Brad Wall, Jason Rethemeier, Tiffany Noreikis, Jamie Swanson
Heat 1 - K. Dykhoff, Blacklance, Maxwell, Meagher, Engels, Rethemeier, Neihart, Porter
Heat 2 - Babcock, Flaten, H. Carter, Robertson, Schulz, Minske, Teunis, Noreikis
Heat 3 - Johnson, Pommerer, Burrows, J. Carter, Lee, McNamee, Jose, Aberle
Heat 4 - Jawaski, Olson, Opp, Boen, Teunis, Barker, Swanson, Gregoire
Heat 5 - Tollakson, Richards, C. Dykhoff, Linert, Beehler, Wall, Hess

John Seitz Memorial Night #2

Steve Laursen Takes the Go Hard or Go Home Pole Dash Win

By Mike Spieker

GRAND FORKS, ND (September 10) - Steve Laursen of Cumberland, WI will roll from the pole position for tonight’s 92-lap, $9,200-to-win John Seitz Memorial Late Model finale, presented by Simplot. Laursen earned the honor by starting on the pole and leading all 20 laps during last night’s $920-to-win Go Hard or Go Home Pole Dash. 

“It’s always important to start up front. I usually prefer to start in the second or third row, but I’ll take it,” said Laursen in Victory Lane. 

Lauren held off fellow Wisconsinite, Pat Doar of New Richmond, to the checkers with Curt Gelling, AJ Diemel, and Don Shaw rounding out the top five. 

“We’re just going to have to keep it clean tomorrow night,” continued Laursen. “We’re going to have to manage things a little bit for the first 30-35 laps until the fuel stops. I have a tendency to get myself worked up and run wide open and you just can’t do that in a 92-lapper. Later in the race the track will slow down a bit and then you can start to get after it.”

A season-high 52 Happy Harry’s Midwest Modifieds were checked in for night two of the Seitz Memorial. After two B-mains, the field was set with the fastest 24 cars as Brock Gronwold and Prelude to the Johnny winner, Preston Carr, led them to the green flag. 

Gronwold won the race into turn one to lead the opening lap, as five cars piled up in turn two to bring out the first caution. Jeremy Castro and Eric Haugland had to retire from the event due to the extensive damage to their machines. 

Gronwold resumed at the point on the Evergreen Insurance restart while Carr, Rick Hamel and Reise Stenberg fought for second. The second caution was displayed on lap six and changed the complexion of the remainder of the event. On the restart, Stenberg drove to the outside of Hamel for second before racing side by side with Gronwold for the lead. The two drivers raced door to door for three consecutive circuits around the Bullring before Stenberg ultimately prevailed to take the point. 

From there the Argusville, ND driver went on to lead the final 11 laps and claim his first career River Cities Speedway win. Hamel, Gronwold, Troy Randall, and Dale Kraling rounded out the top five. Lance Schill was the race’s hard charger as he advanced from 19th to ninth. 

Thirty-five WISSOTA Modifieds entered Friday’s event with only the top 24 making the the starting grid for the A-main. Zach Johnson of Kensington, MN picked up his second Modified win at RCS as he passed Bryan Drydahl for the lead with nine laps to go. 

Drydahl started outside of the front row and grabbed the lead on the opening lap with Strand hot on his heels. Drydahl ran the extreme high side of the speedway while Strand entered low and let the car drift up the track before jumping on the throttle. By lap eight the two car breakaway up front became a five car party as Johnson, Rick Delaine, and Cody Skytland all fought for the lead. 

Johnson got by Strand on the 13th circuit and set his sights on the #55 of Drydahl. Within one lap Johnson not only erased Drydahl’s five car length advantage, but drove by him for the lead. Johnson led the last 10 laps en route to the victory. Matt Gilbertson drove from 12th to steal the runner-up spot as Drydahl, Delaine, and Strand rounded out the top five. 

Nick Omdahl topped the 24-car Buffalo Wild Wings NOSA Sprint Car field for his first career win at RCS. Omdahl, a fifth year NOSA driver, started seventh and drove through the field to take the lead on lap 13 of the 35-lap A-main. With Mark Dobmeier right in his tracks, Omdahl had to be perfect on the final double file restart with 16 to go. 

Omdahl hung on to score his second NOSA win of the season over Dobmeier, Chris Ranten, Casey Mack who started 21st, and Austin Pierce, who started 22nd. Blazin’ Back Row Challenge drivers Dusty Zomer and Wade Nygaard came from 23rd to seventh and 24th to sixth, respectively. 


WISSOTA Late Models:
Dash - Steve Laursen, Pat Doar, Curt Gelling, Anthony Diemel, Don Shaw, Jake Redetzke, Brad Seng, Lance Matthees, Aaron Turnbull, Cole Schill, Jeffrey Massigill, John Kaanta, Joey Pederson, Jeff Wildung, Steffen Snare, Mike Balcaen
Heat 1 - Redetzke, Laursen, Schill, Ward, Mahder, Smith, Lepier, Ledin
Heat 2 - Wildung, Massingill, Balcaen, Provinzino, Anderson, Storbakken, Zimmerman, Carlson
Heat 3 - Diemel, Shaw, Kaanta, Johnson, Strand, Skytland, Naastad, Anvelink
Heat 4 - Gelling, Pederson, Matthees, Turnbull, Edginton, Mooney, Corbett, Peterson
Heat 5 - Seng, Doar, Snare, Mcdonald, Martin, Gerlach-Smith, Fuller

WISSOTA Modifieds:
Feature - Zach Johnson, Matt Gilbertson, Bryan Dyrdahl, Rick Delaine, Brian Strand, Ward Imrie, Aaron Olson, Josh Thoennes, David Carlson, Aaron Holtan, Blake Jegtvig, Bob Broking, Johnny Broking, Gavin Paull, Alex Engelstad, Ryan Kereluk, Morgan Ward, Rick Hamel, Herome Guyot, Ryan Schroeder, Jason Good, Scott Greer, Richard Jacobson, Cody Skytland
B-main 1 - Jegtvig, Greer, Rich Pavlicek, Joran Duray, Brody Strachan, Ryan Cousins, Alex Guthmiller, Don Platow, Nathan Sletto, Kenneth Geske, Chris Unrau
B-main 2 - Broking, Ward, Trevor Anderson, Jeff Davis, Nolan Olmsted, James Wall, Dustin Wahl, Michael Tiani, Nathan Higginbotham, Davey Mills, Ryan Pommerer, Eric Haugland
Heat 1 - Delaine, Olson, Carlson, Imrie, Pavlicek, Anderson, Greer, Pommerer, Higginbotham
Heat 2 - Strand, Thoennes, Gilbertson, Good, Broking, Cousins, Wall, Guthmiller, Olmstead
Heat 3 - Holtan, Engelstad, Guyot, Hamel, Duray, Wahl, Sletto, Ward, Unrau
Heat 4 - Johnson, Schroeder, Kererluk, Paull, Davis, Platow, Mills, Jegtvig
Heat 5 - Dyrdahl, Skyland, Jacobson, Broking, Strachan, Tiani, Geske, Haugland

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds:
Feature - Reise Stenberg, Rick Hamel, Brock Gronwold, Troy Randall, Dale Kraling, Bryan Kakela, Matt Schow, Austin Hunter, Lance Schill, Darren Pfau, Jason Marko, Skyler Smith, Rick Fehr, Jess Brekke, Dean Eggebraaten, Jason Halverson, Scott Zimmerman, Todd Johnson, Les Schoon, Cole Haugland, Preston Carr, Zachery Laqua, Jeremy Castro, Eric Haugland
B-Main 1 - Schill, T. Johnson, Halverson, Justin Olson, Steve Hougard, Grant Hall, Nate Reynolds, Bret Schmidt, Jason Schuh, Hunter Hougard, Brandon Rehill, Brandon Bahr, Murray Kozie, Ryan Oppegaard, Blake Higginbotham, Tyler Perkerwicz, Chase Slama
B-Main 2 - Brekke, Fehr, Laqua, Mike Nichols, Jamie Davis, John Halverson, Bill Yonke, Ryan Schow, Aaron Blacklance, Cody Wall, Dave Blasey, Tim Berg, Scott Vasichek, Tom Morrisow, Jeremy Lizakowski, Zach Reinke, Erich Frey
Heat 1 - Carr, Zimmerman, Hunter, Higginbotham, Ja. Halverson, Schmidt, Perkerewicz, Reinke, Reynolds
Heat 2 - Gronwold, Randall, Castro, Brekke, Lizakowski, Jo. Halverson, Wall, Rehill, Kozie
Heat 3 - Hamel, Pfau, M. Schow, Schill, Hougard, Bahr, Hall, Morrisow, Frey
Heat 4 - Smith, Marko, E. Haugland, Laqua, Nichols, Berg, Blacklance, Oppegaard, Slama
Heat 5 - Kakela, Kraling, Schoon, Olson, Johnson, Schuh, Hougard, Vasichek
Heat 6 - Stenberg, C. Haugland, Eggebraaten, Davis, Fehr R. Schow, Blasey, Yonke

NOSA Sprint Cars:
Feature - Nick Omdahl, Mark Dobmeier, Chris Ranten, Casey Mack, Austin Pierce, Dusty Zomer, Wade Nygaard, Zach Wilde, Thomas Kennedy, Mitch Mack, Jordan Adams, Jade Hastings, Shane Roemeling, Brenden Wilde, Jordan Graham, Jackson Moffett, Tom Egeland, Blake Egeland, Jon Sorenson, Marcus Rothenbacher, Ty Haten, Greg Nikitenko, Trent Stengl, Bob Martin
B-Main - Nikitenko, T. Egeland, Graham, Sorenson, Moffett, Rothenbacher, Cale Mack, Sabrina Hockenson, Jack Croaker
Heat 1 - Omdahl, Dobmeier, Roemeling, B. Egeland, Stengl, Nikiteno, T. Egeland, Moffett, Cal. Mack, Hockenson
Heat 2 - M. Mack, Ranten, Martin, Hanten, B. Wilde, Sorenson, Graham, Croaker, Rothenbacher
Heat 3 - Zomer, Nygaard, Pierce, Cas. Mack, Hastings, Z. Wilde, Adams, Kennedy

Strand Scores Ninth RCS Win of 2016 at Prelude to the Johnny
By Mike Spieker

GRAND FORKS, ND (September 8) - The River Cities Speedway faithful were out in full force Thursday night as the 10th annual John Seitz Memorial, presented by Simplot, commenced with the sixth running of the “Prelude to the Johnny.” Fans endured two lengthy rain delays that halted the action, but once things dried up they were treated to 129 competitors taking on the high-banks of River Cities. Up for grabs was the NLRA Late Model season championship, as well as a qualifying spot in Friday night’s $8,200-to-win Buffalo Wild Wings Blazin’ Back Row Challenge for the NOSA Sprints. Dustin Strand, Preston Carr, and Ryan Johnson were victorious in WISSOTA PolyDome Dirt Track Series action, while Thomas Kennedy found victory lane with the NOSA Sprints. 

A season-high 36 NLRA Late Models were signed for the final NLRA points paying event of the 2016 season. Two-time champion, Brad Seng, held a slim 16 point lead over two-time and defending series champion, Dustin Strand. The night began with Seng starting on the pole and winning his heat race with none other than Strand hot on his heels in the runner-up position. 

Seng started outside of the front row for the 25-lap, $1,192-to-win main event and jumped out to the early lead over pole sitter, David McDonald. The driver of the S&S Transport MB Customs went on to lead until Nick Anvelink took the point away on lap six. On the following circuit, however, Anvelink entered turn one and his machine bicycled hard over onto the right side, which brought his left side tires about three feet in the air. When Anvelink landed he suffered heavy damage to his ride as he coasted to the top of turn two and retired from the event. 

That handed the lead back over to Seng, who then led a few more laps until his NLRA championship foe, Strand, stole the top spot on the lap 11 restart. Once out front, Strand drove away with the victory as Seng began to fade back in the running order. When the checkers flew, Strand collected his 20th win of the year over 12th starter, Bill Mooney, McDonald, 18th starter and defending Seitz Memorial champion, Chad Mahder, and Don Shaw. Other notable runs were had by Bryan LePier, who drove from 20th to ninth, Brandon Fuller’s charge from 21st to 11th, and George Ledin, who raced to 15th from 25th.

Seng hung on to finish sixth and claim NLRA championship number three. 

Twenty-four Wells Concrete Street Stocks made up the starting grid for their 20-lap A-main. Rick Schulz and Jonny Carter led them to the green with Schulz taking the early lead over Ryan Johnson, Carter, and Travis Robertson. A caution on lap four slowed the pace and gave Johnson a clear shot at Schulz on the restart. Johnson took advantage of the opportunity as he raced the Horace, ND driver side by side as the Evergreen Insurance green flag waved. Johnson cleared for the lead on lap seven, but on the next lap, he got loose in turn two and made heavy contact with Schulz. As a result, Schulz suffered a flat right rear tire and ended up finishing 21st. 

Johnson held on the lead and went on to score his second RCS win of the season over Carter, Robertson, Ryan Flaten and Adam Burrows. Royce Jawaski was the hard charger of the race, advancing from 20th to seventh. 

It took two B-mains to find the fastest 24 Happy Harry’s Midwest Modifieds, but once we did Hunter Hougard and Preston Carr sat on the front row and took the green flag. The caution was displayed early as Jason Strand’s #E85 machine biked hard in turn one, which nearly sent him in a series of barrel rolls. Fortunately the Portland, ND driver was able to keep his ND Corn Growers car on all fours, but only after significant damage was done to his car. 

On the restart, drivers raced three and four wide throughout the pack as Preston Carr took the lead over Rick Hamel and Reise Stenberg. Things got interesting in the closing laps as Carr found himself in heavy lapped traffic with Hamel right in his tracks. The two drivers made contact in turn one on the final lap while battling for the win, which allowed Carr to pull away by three car lengths. Coming out of turn four towards the checkers, Carr made contact with a lapped car which slowed him up slightly, but not enough to let Hamel by. Carr took the win over Hamel, Stenberg, Matt Schow and Darren Pfau, who started in 21st. 

Thomas Kennedy held on to win a wild NOSA Sprint Car feature over Casey Mack. Kennedy regained the lead on the final restart with 19 laps to go. Kennedy used the rough, but fast outside groove to drive by the Paradis Trucking #8 and score his second consecutive win after going nearly two years without a victory at the high-banked three-tenths mile. 


Feature - Dustin Strand, Bill Mooney, David McDonald, Chad Mahder, Don Shaw, Brad Seng, Steve Laursen, Zach Naastad, Bryan LePier, Aaron Turnbull, Brandon Fuller, Mike Martin, Steve Anderson, Jon Samuelson, George Ledin, AJ Diemel, Nick Anvelink, Curt Gelling, Pat Doar, Cole Schill, Tom Corcoran, Mike Balcaen, Joey Pederson, Shane Edginton, Lance Matthees, Ryan Corbett
Heat 1 - Anvelink, Naastad, Diemel, Edginton, Mattees, Doar, Fuller, Kanata, LePier, Corcoran
Heat 2 - McDonald, Anderson, Turnbull, Samuelson, Storbakken, Pederson, Snare, Hapala
Heat 3 - Seng, Strand, Martin, Balcaen, Schill, Mahder, Wildung, Smith, Redetzke
Heat 4 - Laursen, Shaw, Mooney, Wilde, Gelling, Odegard, Gerlach-Smith, Ward
B Feature - Matthees, Mahder, Gelling, LePier, Fuller, Cole Schill, Tom Corcoran, Jacob Wilde, Jeff Wildung, Cody Storbakken, Joey Pederson, George Ledin, Pat Doar, 

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds:
Feature - Preston Carr, Rick Hamel, Reise Stenberg, Matt Schow, Darren Pfau, Ryan Schow, Aaron Blacklance, Troy Randall, Nate Reynolds, Les Schoon, Blake Higginbotham, Bret Schmidt, Jason Marko, Scott Vasichek, Jeremy Castro, Jess Brekke, Zach Bruer, Justin Olson, Zach LaQua, Mike Nichols, Dale Kraling, Brock Gronwold, Hunter Hougard, Jason Strand, 
Heat 1 - Gronwold, M. Schow, Brekke, Higginbotham, Vasichek, Blasey, Berg, Erickson
Heat 2 - Stenberg, Reynolds, R. Schow, LaQua, Smith, Armstrong, Schmidt, Nelson
Heat 3 - H. Hougard, Blacklance, Kraling, Marko, Pfau, Schoon, Schill, Davis
Heat 4 - Carr, Strand, Olson, Castro, S. Hougard, Oppegaard, Lizakowski, Eggebraaten
Heat 5 - Hamel, Randall, Nichols, Bruer, Schuh, Metzger, Johnson
B Feature 1 - Pfau, Vasicheck, Tanner Armstrong, Tim Berg, Jamie Davis, Jason Schuh, Doyle Erickson,  Dean Eggebraaten, Ryan Oppegaard, Lance Schill
B Feature 2 - Schoon, Schmidt, Skyler Smith, Gary Nelson, Todd Johnson, Dave Blasey, Noah Metzger, Steve Hougard, Jeremy Lizakowski

WISSOTA Street Stocks:
Feature - Ryan Johnson, Jonny Carter, Travis Robertson, Ryan Flaten, Adam Burrows, Jordan Tollakson, Royce Jawaski, Dan Aberle, Chase Boen, Joe Engels, Jeremy Gust, Hunter Carter, Matt Beehler, Terry Blacklance, Riley Gregoire, James Meagher, Greg Jose, Tommy Neihart, Jason Rethemeier, Mike Anderson, Rick Schulz, Dan McNamee, Kyle Dykhoff
Heat 1 - Schulz, Flaten, Gust, Blacklance, Beehler, Meagher, Barker, Minske
Heat 2 - Johnson, Carter, Burrows, Anderson, Rethemeier, McNamee, Porter, Swanson
Heat 3 - Dykhoff, Neihart, Aberle, Jose, Noreikis, Boen, Gregoire
Heat 4 - Tollakson, Robertson, Carter, Engels, Jawaski, Richards, Dykhoff
B Feature - Meagher, McNamee, Boen, Gregoire, Nick Minske, Cory Dykhoff, Steven Richards, Josh Barker, Jaimie Swanson, Jersy Porter

NOSA Sprint Cars:
Feature - Thomas Kennedy, Casey Mack, Mark Dobmeier, Wade Nygaard, Austin Pierce, Bob Martin, Dusty Zomer, Zach Wilde, Gregn Nikitenko, Jade Hastings, Jordan Adams, Mitch Mack, Blake Egeland, Jordan Graham, Brenden Wilde, Brayden Pengilly, Jon Sorenson, Tom Egeland, Nick Omdahl, Lawrence Veralrud, Trent Stengl, Ty Hanten, Jackson Moffett, Jack Croaker, Shane Roemeling
Heat 1 - Dobmeier, Z. Wilde, M. Mack, T. Egeland, Roemeling, B. Egeland, Stengl, Veralrud, Moffett
Heat 2 - Martin, Nygaard, Kennedy, Adams, Omdahl, Hastings, Graham, Sorenson
Heat 3 - C. Mack, Nikenko, Pierce, Zomer, Hanten, B. Wilde, Pengilly, Croaker

10th Anniversary John Seitz Memorial Late Model Invitational

For Immediate Release – FYE Motorsports Promotions
Grand Forks, North Dakota (February 26th, 2016)

The 10th anniversary running of the John Seitz Memorial Late Model Invitational at the highly competitive River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, North Dakota is set and ready to be the biggest and best Seitz Memorial in history. The event, unbelievably entering its tenth season, will kick off again this year with the crowning of the NLRA Late Model Series Champion on Thursday, an event that began in 2011. For the sixth year in a row on Thursday, September 8th, the event will kick off with racing program dubbed the ‘Prelude to the Johnny’. Late Models will compete in a $1,092 to win program which will begin and 7pm along with the first of three consecutive nights for the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, the first of two nights for the Street Stocks and the NOSA Outlaw 410 Sprint Cars will join the festivities for their first of two nights on Thursday night as well. This event will serve as the 2016 NLRA Championships and will be the final point night for the ’16 NLRA season, which will allow the tour champion to be crowned at River Cities just like the last five seasons. Defending NLRA champion Dustin Strand will be looking for his second straight and third overall NLRA championship entering the season finale.

Night number two of the memorial weekend will then begin again on Friday, September 9th with action for the WISSOTA Late Models, NOSA Sprint Cars, WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds and WISSOTA Modifieds. Friday’s program will feature heat races and the $920 to win Go Hard or Go Home pole dash for the Late Models featuring a revenge draw for the second year in a row, plus a complete program (heat races, semi-features and features) for the Midwest Modifieds, Modifieds and Sprint Cars.

Saturday, September 10th’s program will feature b-features, a last chance race and the 92-lap $9,200 to win feature event for the Late Models plus another complete program for the Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks plus for the first time ever, a second consecutive night for the WISSOTA Modifieds. All 3 support divisions will race for a $920 paycheck on Saturday night!

More than 50 of the Midwest’s best Late Model competitors from upwards of 5 states and several Canadian provinces, including previous champions, (Pat Doar, Cody Skytland, AJ Diemel, defending race winner Chad Mahder and the event’s only 2 time winner Brad Seng) are all expected to be in attendance to compete for this giant purse and the prestige of winning the John Seitz Memorial! In addition, Dustin Strand, Mike Balcaen, Joey Pederson and a host of local competitors will be looking to ‘defend their home turf’ from the travelers to try to keep the $9,200 in the Grand Forks area once the memorial weekend’s event is completed.

Thursday and Friday’s action will begin at 7pm, with Saturday’s show beginning at 6pm. This event has been ultra-successful over the first nine seasons and fans will want to make sure to be in Grand Forks for the tenth running of the event on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, September 8th, 9th & 10th.

Tons of contingency awards will be provided in all divisions throughout the course of the weekend by some great sponsors. Payouts, entry fees and other details will be announced at a later date. For ticket prices and more information please log onto or for more event information or call Chris at (715) 497-8916.

9th Annual Seitz Memorial Conquered by Chad Mahder

By Mike Spieker

GRAND FORKS, ND (September 11) - After six very highly fought heat races were contested and won by Jake Redetzke, Don Shaw, Shane Edginton, Dustin Strand, AJ Diemel and Jeff Provinzino, Friday night's racing program concluded with the Turk Enterprises “Go Hard or Go Home” $920-to-win Fast Dash with East St. Paul, Manitoba’s Shane Edginton and Edmonton, Alberta’s Dave Smith on the front row. 

Edginton grabbed the early advantage in Jake and Sharnel Bitker’s brand new Victory Late Model as Pat Doar slid into second. As the laps wore on, Doar’s “Double One Express” kept getting faster and faster. On lap six, Doar drove by Edginton to take the lead. Once out front, Doar put his machine on cruise control and checked out on the field. Back in the pack, however, a trio of Wisconsin drivers including Chad Mahder, Jake Redetzke, and AJ Diemel were all fighting for the runner-up position. 

Diemel took the position away from Redetzke on the final lap, but he was over a half lap behind Doar, who took the victory and will start on the pole for Saturday night’s 92-lap, $9,200-to-win A-main. Redetzke, Mahder, and 2015 NLRA champion, Dustin Strand, rounded out the top five. 

Two B-mains kicked off the night for the WISSOTA Late Models on Saturday night. In the first B-main, Steffen Snare, Joey Pederson who was last year’s runner-up, and Curt Gelling all transferred to the A-main. 

Brad Seng, the only two-time champion of the Seitz, also found himself in a B-main, despite winning his heat race on Friday night. That’s because Seng was light at the scales and was disqualified, forcing him to start dead last in the consolation race. Seng went on to finish seventh in the B-main, but since Pederson was able to race his way into the show, Seng received the final provisional as the highest finishing driver from last year’s event not yet locked in the main event.

Steve Laursen won B-main two and brought Kyle Peterlin, and Tommy Waselski along with him to the A-main. Grand Forks’ Steve Anderson came home one spot shy of a transfer spot.

The “win and you’re in” last chance race took Blake Jegtvig into the 92-lapper. The former WISSOTA Modified national champ held off multiple threats from Anderson, who once again finished one spot short of making the big dance.

The 92-lap, $9,200-to-win main event was set with 2009 champion, Pat Doar, on the pole and defending champion, AJ Diemel, to his outside. The green flag flew and the thunderous field charged into turn one, led by Doar. Diemel. Jake Redetzke, Chad Mahder, and Dustin Strand all shuffled into the top five on the freshly farmed racing surface. By lap four Strand moved his #71 into third as he made passes on Redetzke and Mahder. Mahder quickly returned the favor to regain third and set his sights on Diemel for second. Mahder passed the Elk Mound, WI driver’s #58 to take the runner-up spot as Doar began to enter lapped traffic on lap 13. By lap 30 Mahder had reeled in Doar and made a bid for the lead in traffic. Doar and Mahder went three wide with Jeff Hapala down the back stretch. Mahder came around to lead the lap at the line.  The yellow flag was displayed on the following lap for the scheduled fuel stop. The running order at the stop was led by Mahder, Doar, Strand, Diemel, and Don Shaw.

Then after eight minutes, the race resumed and so did the action. Strand, Diemel, and Shaw went three wide for third off of turn two. The result was Shaw moving into fourth and Diemel sliding back to sixth as Redetzke seized an opportunity to crack the top five once again. Diemel quickly found his groove again, however, and drove back to the fourth position. 

With 42 to go, Shaw realized that it was go time and the Ham Lake, MN pilot was charging through the field. Shaw moved from fifth to third in one corner as he made a pass on Diemel and Strand which put the second place runner, Doar, in his crosshairs. Shaw maneuvered past the “double one express” of Doar with 37 to go, but he wasn’t done yet. With Mahder caught in lapped traffic, Shaw quickly erased the gap and challenged for the lead. Shaw powered by the Toppers Pizza #55C with 31 to go and began to pace the field. Shaw was fast on the low side of the speedway and opened up a comfortable lead. It looked as though Shaw was destined to win the race he so desperately wants to win, but with 11 circuits remaining Shaw found himself at a disadvantage. A pack of three soon-to-be lapped cars were all racing for position right in front of Shaw on the bottom of the track. Shaw was very patient as he tried to get by the slower cars, which allowed Mahder to pull right up to his rear bumper. Mahder then switched his line to the cushion and drove by Shaw for the lead. Shaw watched helplessly as the gap between himself and Mahder became larger with each passing lap. When the checkers flew Mahder took the victory with Diemel in second, and Shaw in third. Jeff Massingill finished fourth from 13th, while John Kaanta rounded out the top five. 

Brad Seng was the race’s hard charger. Seng drove the S&S Transport #12s from 26th to ninth. 

Late Models - Feature
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown
1 4 55C    Chad Mahder    Eau Claire, Wi
2 2 58    Anthony Diemel    Elk Mound, Wi
3 8 42S    Donald Shaw    Ham Lake, Mn
4 13 6M    Jeffrey Massingill    Keewatin , Mn
5 6 85    John Kaanta    Elk Mound, Wi
6 1 11D    Pat Doar    New Richmond, Wi
7 3 27    Jake Redetzke    Eau Claire, Wi
8 5 71    Dustin Strand    Grand Forks, Nd
9 26 12S    Brad Seng    Grand Forks, Nd
10 15 75    Cody Skytland    Fargo , Nd
11 20 19L    Steve Laursen    Cumberland , Wi
12 10 73    Zach Johnson    Kensington , Mn
13 21 7P    Joey Pederson    East Grand, Nd
14 19 71S    Steffen Snare    Hallock , Mn
15 9 06    David Smith    Edmonton , Ab
16 7 4    Shane Edginton    East St., Mb
17 23 18    Curt Gelling Racing    Aberdeen , Sd
18 17 16S    Jeff Hapala    West Fargo, Nd
19 22 23    Kyle Peterlin    Hibbing , Mn
20 18 11    Troy Schill    Grand Forks, Nd
21 14 28    Jeff Provinzino    Hibbing , Mn
22 11 90    Lance Matthees    Winona , Mn
23 12 10K    Shawn Kirwin    Morris , Mn
24 24 1W    Tommy Waselski    Pengilly , Mn
25 25 2J    Blake Jegtvig    Hawley , Mn
26 16 33X    Adam Hensel    Barron , Wi
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