10th Anniversary John Seitz Memorial Late Model Invitational
For Immediate Release – FYE Motorsports Promotions
Grand Forks, North Dakota (August 22nd, 2016)
The 10th anniversary running of the John Seitz Memorial Late Model Invitational presented by Simplot 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 $1,192 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, including the Buffalo Wild Wings Blazin’ Back Row Challenge.
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, Shane Edginton, Zach Naastad, Bill Mooney, Steffen Snare, 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.
Street Stock drivers will be competing for $500 to win on Thursday night and $920 to win on Saturday night. Modified drivers will be competing for $700 to win on Friday night and $920 to win on Saturday night and Midwest Modified drivers will be competing for $350 to win on Thursday night, $500 to win on Friday night and $920 to win on Saturday night PLUS new this year, the weekend-long Midwest Modified point champion will also earn an additional $500 bonus courtesy of RH Rebel Storage in Jamestown, ND! Oh, and if the same Midwest Modified racer wins all three nights, FYE Motorsports Promotions will offer up a Weekend Sweep Bonus, which, on top of winnings and the point bonus, would allow one WISSOTA Midwest Modified racer to leave River Cities with a cool $2,500 for his or her efforts during the three day event!
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.
River Cities Speedway is also offering a Fan Appreciation Promotion, where if you attend their Labor Day Monday (September 5th) NLRA Late Model, NOSA Sprint, WISSOTA Street Stock and Lightning Sprint event, you will receive a FREE grandstand ticket to the Thursday night portion of the Seitz Memorial weekend.
Tons of contingency awards will be provided in all divisions throughout the course of the weekend by some great sponsors. For ticket prices and more information please log onto www.rivercitiesspeedway.com or www.fyemotorsports.com for more event information or call Chris at (715) 497-8916.
World of Outlaws Sprint Cars
NLRA Late Models
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Enjoy Outlaw Sprints and Late Models at the Best Dirt Track in North America
Great Weather And Great Racing Friday May 6th
May 5th 2016 Grand Forks, ND:
Great Weather and Great Racing are two things that go together like Cheese on a Cheeseburger with cool beverages with good friends on a summer evening. All of which will be experienced this Friday at The World Famous Legendary Bullring River Cities Speedway. Mid 70's and overcast is the forecast when the green flag drops this Friday at The Bullring. A great time will be had by all that is for sure! This year has started early, very competitive & thrilling leaving everyone wanting more.
Last week the WISSOTA NLRA Late Models had a surprise visit from Donny Schatz in his NLRA Late Model and in the heat race Donny had the fastest lap times in the ending laps as you can see by the stats in the image below, but in the last lap with 2 turns to go local NLRA drivers Steve Anderson Jr and Mike Balcaen held 1 and 2 at the finish and Donny Schatz landed 3rd at the line. Click here for VIDEO
Wissota NLRA Late Model Race Recap.
Joey Pederson cruising through turn two during heat race action. Photo by Mike Spieker.
By Mike Spieker
GRAND FORKS, ND (June 19) - Joey Pederson has had the fastest Late Model in the field for the past couple of weeks at River Cities Speedway, but something has always inhibited him from getting the win and parking in RydellCars.com Victory Lane.
Robert Bladow to wheel #00 WISSOTA Late Model at The Bullring in 2015
By Mike Spieker
GRAND FORKS, ND (April 23) - The Northern Outlaw Sprint Association isn't the only series with young talent entering its ranks. The NLRA Late Models will have 19-year-old Robert Bladow joining the tour this year in search of the 2015 NLRA Rookie of the Year title. Bladow began his racing career in the Pure Stock division, where he picked up a feature win at Norman County Raceway in 2012, and has competed in a WISSOTA Midwest Modified/IMCA Sport Mod for the previous two seasons.
The highly anticipated 8th Annual John Seitz Memorial brings three big nights of racing to The Bullring.
By Mike Spieker
GRAND FORKS, ND (September 2) - The biggest, most prestigious and highest paying Wissota Late Model event highlights three consecutive nights (Sept. 4-6) of AmsOil Dirt Track Series action at River Cities Speedway.
Brad Seng Pulls the "Spin & Win" in the NLRA Late Model Feature
06.24.14 Donny Schatz Tested His New Rocket Dirt Late Model At The Legendary Bullring With Josh Richards, Pat Doar & Brad Seng
8 Years Of Outlaw Champions At The Legendary Bullring During Schatz Private Rocket Dirt Late Model Test
Donny Schatz - 5x WoO Sprint Car champion, Josh Richards - 3x WoO Late Model champion, Pat Doar - 2012 WoO Late Model Rookie of the Year, Brad Seng - 2x Seitz Memorial Dirt Late Model Champion and Kalen Helle RCS - Super Fan visiting after Rocket Chassis test session at The World famous Legendary Bullring
Mike Balcaen picks up big NLRA Dirt Late Model win on World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series night.
By Mike Spieker
GRAND FORKS, ND (June 20)- After an incredibly rough start to the season, Mike Balcaen picked up that elusive victory Friday night at River Cities Speedway. It was no walk in the park, however. Balcaen had to battle the two-time Seitz Memorial champion, Brad Seng, and the 2011 World of Outlaws Late Models rookie of the year, Pat Doar.
The three drivers swapped the lead back and forth multiple times throughout the first half of the 25 lap feature, until the caution waved on lap 18. On the restart, Balcaen, Doar, and Seng went three wide for the lead off of turn two. Seng, being the meat in the sandwich, backed out of the gas early in turn three which left Balcaen and Doar racing side-by-side for the top spot. Doar ran in the thick cushion on the top of the speedway, but Balcaen found the tacky dirt right around the berm on the bottom and claimed the lead. Balcaen went on to lead the final six circuits around the dry-slick 3/10th mile track to take the victory in front of the sold out grandstands.
The win was Balcaen's 206th career feature win, but this one might have meant a bit more given his recent string of terrible luck. Through the first three races of the season at RCS, Balcaen was running in the top three in the feature when he had to retire from the event due to mechanical problems. The first two cases were the result of an overheating engine, the third instance happened when Balcaen was leading on a rough, tacky track and hit a hole in turn three which broke the engine fan loose and caused it to get lodged into the radiator. But the veteran Canadian driver proved he has put all the bad luck behind him and will be a force to be reckoned with the remainder of the season.
Ricky Weiss wheeled his way from the 13th starting position to finish in the runner up spot, while Doar, Seng, and Steve Anderson rounded out the top five.
After a second place finish in his heat, Donny Schatz came home with a 10th place finish after starting 23rd.
The NLRA Late Models will have next Friday off at RCS, but will return to action on July 4th. As always, hot laps are at 6:30 with racing beginning at 7:30.
Brad Seng Leads From Green to Checkers
Brad Seng, #12S from Grand Forks, ND started out front and dominated the Late Model Feature to take the win. Steve Anderson, #9 from Grand Forks, ND had an impressive run starting 14th finishing 3rd at The World Famous Legendary Bullring River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks ND
Brad Seng in RydellCars.com Victory Lane
Seng Makes History - Peterson Sweeps Midwest Mods
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