Aaron Turnbull would love to race at River Cities Speedway every week.

But he lives in Estevan, Sask. -- 330 miles from Grand Forks.

“It’s a five-hour drive on a Friday night and that’s tough,” said Turnbull.

So, he’s making the most of his limited visits to The Bullring.

Turnbull won his second-straight John Seitz Memorial Late Model Invitational late Saturday night, holding off fellow two-time winner A.J. Diemel at the flagstand by 0.138 seconds to claim $9,200 for the win in the demanding 92-lap feature.

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Canadian Late Models driver Aaron Turnbull (21) keeps A.J. Diemel (58) at bay during the final laps of the John Seitz Memorial feature race Saturday night at River Cities Speedway. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald
Canadian Late Models driver Aaron Turnbull (21) keeps A.J. Diemel (58) at bay during the final laps of the John Seitz Memorial feature race Saturday night at River Cities Speedway. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks HeraldNick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

Turnbull grabbed the lead from Diemel on Lap 67, driving hard into Turn 3 and overtaking the Wisconsin driver coming out of Turn 4.

From there, he had to fend off challenges from Jesse Glenz, who finished third, Casey Meyer, who finished fourth, and fifth-place finisher Jeffrey Massingill.

Diemel slipped back to fifth after giving up the lead but was on the move in the final laps.

“I found a line at the top and (Diemel) was kind of running the middle,” said Turnbull of his pass for the lead. “He was kind of creeping up higher and higher so I wanted to get by him before it was too late.”

Diemel had the dominant car early. Starting 10th, Diemel grabbed the lead from Don Shaw on Lap 24. After the mandatory fuel stop on Lap 33, Diemel started strong on the restart. Turnbull moved into second but Diemel had built a big cushion -- holding a lead of 4.316 seconds on the field on Lap 59.

But the yellow flag came out a few laps later to wipe out Diemel’s lead.

“If it wasn’t for that caution, I probably wouldn’t have caught him,” said Turnbull.

Turnbull raced The Bullring only three times before this weekend.

The track suits his style.

“I like the steep banking of the track,” said Turnbull. “I’m not really good on flat tracks. The car works well here.”

With the U.S.-Canadian border closed due to the pandemic, it wasn’t easy for Turnbull to get to Grand Forks.

He flew to Grand Forks and will have to quarantine for two weeks when he returns to Estevan. And he had limited help in the pits.

Also, the pandemic has severely limited the number of race nights this season for Turnbull. He has raced six times this season, three nights in Canada.

Three other classes raced on Saturday night to wrap up the 14th annual Seitz Memorial.

Kyle Dykhoff won the 25-lap streets feature; Lance Schill dominated the 25-lap Midwest modifieds feature; and Tyler Peterson captured the 20-lap modifieds feature.

The RCS season wraps up Friday, Sept. 17, with five classes on the schedule.

Auto racing

River Cities Speedway

John Seitz Memorial

Saturday’s results

Past champions race

1. A.J. Diemel; 2. Chad Mahder; 3. Brad Seng; 4. Aaron Turnbull; 5. Lance Schill; 6. Dustin Strand; 7. Don Shaw; 8. Ryan Corbett

Streets

B Feature 1 -- Seth Klostreich; 2. Dustin Ebensteiner; 3. Joe Potter

Feature -- 1. Kyle Dykhoff; 2. Aaron Blacklance; 3. Tucker Pederson; 4. Justin Vogel; 5. Ryan Pommerer

Midwest modifieds

B feature -- 1. Ryan Schow; 2. Jake Smith; 3. Matt Schow; 4. Nathan Raasakka; 5. Jamie Dietzler

Feature -- 1. Lance Schill; 2. Mike Nichols; 3. Hunter Hougard; 4. Aaron Blacklance; 5. Reise Stenberg

Modifieds

First heat -- 1. Brent Dutenhoffer; 2. Richard Jacobson; 3. Ryan Gierke

Second heat -- 1. Joseph Thomas; 2. Matt Gilbertson; 3. Tyler Peterson

Third heat -- 1. Mike Greseth; 2. Mike Stearns; 3. Zach Johnson

Feature -- 1. Tyler Peterson; 2. Mike Greseth; 3. Zach Johnson; 4. Matt Gilbertson; 5. Corky Thomas

Late models

B1 feature -- 1. Jeff Provinzino; 2. Scott Ward; 3. Brad Seng

B2 feature -- 1. Tom Corcoran; 2. Chad Mahder; 3. Josh Skorczewski

Last chance -- 1. Chad Becker; 2. Trevor Anderson; 3. Trent Grager

Championship -- 1. Aaron Turnbull; 2. A.J. Diemel; 3. Jesse Glenz; 4. Casey Meyer; 5. Jeffrey Massingill; 6. Chad Mahder; 7. Cole Searing; 8. Brad Seng; 9. Joey Pederson; 10. Dave Mass; 11. Cole Schill; 12, Ryan Mikkelson; 13. Shawn Meyer; 14. Kevin Robertson; 15. Josh Skorczewski; 16. Brody Troftgruben; 17. Ryan Corbett; 18. Scott Ward; 19. Bryce Sward; 20. Trent Grager; 21. Dan Dowling

Feature -- 1. Aaron Turnbull; 2. A.J. Diemel; 3. Jesse Glenz; 4. Casey Meyer; 5. Jeffrey Massingill; 6. Chad Mahder; 7. Cole Searing; 8. Brad Seng; 9. Joey Pederson; 10. Dave Mass; 11. Cole Schill; 12. Ryan Mikkelson; 13. Shawn Meyer; 14. Kevin Robertson; 15. Josh Skorczewski; 16. Brody Troftgruben; 17. Ryan Corbett; 18. Scott Ward; 19. Bryce Sward; 20. Trent Grager; 21. Dan Dowling; 22. Don Shaw; 23. Dustin Strand; 24. Jeff Provinzino; 25. Tom Corcoran; 23. Chad Becker