AUTO RACING: Seng takes Seitz Memorial feature
Brad Seng is a River Cities Speedway regular, one who knows more than most how to race at the quarter-mile bullring.
He put his experience and knowledge of the track to great use late Saturday night as the Grand Forks driver won the 92-lap Seitz Memorial feature -- one of the region's top races of the season.
Seng, a close friend of the late Seitz, won $9,200 and also became the first repeat winner of the event, which began in 2007.
Seng won the Seitz in 2011 as well, but said his repeat win was even more special.
"It's unreal," he said while mobbed by family and friends in Victory Lane. "The first time you win it, you wonder if it's a fluke. It's always nice to back it up."
Seng started fourth and powered to the front on Lap 52, slipping past A.J. Diemel for the lead.
Lapped traffic helped Seng make the pass. From there, the driver of the No. 12 late model managed to survive two restarts and efficiently maneuvered his way through lapped traffic during the final few laps.
"We got caught up in lapped traffic," said Diemel, a Wisconsin driver who started second. "Our cars looked to be equal but Brad runs well here every week."
Seng said he knew his car would be strong after a mandatory break around Lap 32.
"At the end of that first segment, the middle of the track was working good for me," Seng said. "I just started running that line and it worked well."
He also praised the RCS track officials for providing a track with multiple grooves, despite a heavy amount of racing at the facility for the three-day event. On Friday night, there were 138 cars that raced at RCS in four different classes.
"You have to tip your hat to the River Cities crew," he said. "The track had multiple lanes for three straight nights."
Diemel finished second, followed by Zach Johnson, Jeff Wildung and Jeff Provinzino.
It also perhaps was the best turnout for the Seitz Memorial, as an estimated crowd of 4,000 turned out.
Three other classes raced as well.
Casey Mack won the 25-lap sprint feature; Tyler Peterson won the Midwest modifieds feature, his second win in as many nights; and Ryan Johnson captured the streets feature.
The RCS season wraps up Friday night.