Four drivers finished within 32 points of the late model points championship last summer at River Cities Speedway.

Dustin Strand, Mike Balcaen, Brad Seng and Joey Pederson have long made the division incredibly competitive at the top.

Now, another driver is making the late model field even deeper.

Winnipeg's Shane Edginton is off to a terrific start to the 2019 season.

Edginton has raced eight times at three different tracks -- Grand Forks, Devils Lake and Winnipeg. He was unable to finish one of the races in Devils Lake, but he's finished in the top three in each of the other seven.

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Edginton has already won three features this summer -- two in Winnipeg and one in Devils Lake. The Devils Lake win came in the Walhalla Building Center Golden Hammer $2,000-to-win late model special, too.

He's raced three times in Grand Forks this summer and has finished in third place twice and second once. Edginton is the only late model driver to have three top-three finishes at The Bullring this season.

Last weekend, during the World of Outlaw Sprint show, Edginton finished third behind Outlaw sprint driver Donny Schatz and Pederson in the feature.

"The car has been really well balanced this year," Edginton said. "We tried a couple new things with the car. The track conditions have been great, too. It's been a real racy track, which makes it easier to get to the front."

Edginton is currently the Northern Late Model Racing Association points leader with 430. Strand, the defending champ, is second with 386, followed by Seng and Bill Mooney.

Edginton started to get some momentum at the end of last season with three top-five finishes at River Cities Speedway in the last month. In late August, he won a feature in Greenbush, Minn. That was Edginton's first feature win since 2016.

That momentum has carried over to this season.

"We put a lot of time into the car this year," he said. "We made some changes. We had time to do all of the little things that make a difference.

"Every year, we try to go out and have a good year. This year seems to be going really well. We're getting a lot of good help. Don Shaw has been helping us a lot, helping us with setups and giving us stuff to try. It all seems to be working out well."

Friday night races

When: 6:30 p.m. hot laps; 7 p.m. start.

Where: River Cites Speedway.

Classes: Streets, Midwest Modifieds, late models, sprints.

Tickets: Available in advance at Northdale Oil, El Roco, Home of Economy, Gateway Cenex, Casey's General Store and Stamart.

Of note: Next week is Greater Grand Forks Fair Week.