Happy anniversary: Brad Seng dominates late model feature at River Cities Speedway

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Grand Forks NLRA Late Models driver Brad Seng cruises through turn four at the Bullring during Friday's feature race. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

Brad Seng has spent many nights at a race track over the years, no doubt missing out on some important family dates while driving his familiar blue-and-white No. 12 late model.

He raced on another important date Friday night at River Cities Speedway. This time, however, he didn’t miss out as his family was in the grandstand. And he didn’t disappoint, either, taking a dominating feature win.

On his 16th wedding anniversary, Seng cruised to the 20-lap late model feature win at RCS. He shared the win with his wife, Tina, in Victory Lane.

Seng, who started sixth, had a strong car from start to finish. By Lap 3, he was in the lead. From there, he checked out in a race that had only one caution flag.

By Lap 5, Seng had a straight-away lead. By Lap 15, Seng led second-place Joey Pederson by a whopping 4.234 seconds.


“The car was good; the track was good and the crew was good,” said Seng. “And we got a good start. The car just stuck when we went into the corners and it rotated well.

“Right now, we just want to keep riding this wave.”

Pederson finished second, 3.737 seconds off the pace. Dustin Strand was third, followed by Dave Dowling and Brandon Fuller.

In the 25-lap sprint feature, Austin Pierce made it two-for-two this season at The Bullring. Pierce started sixth but grabbed the lead from Jade Hastings on Lap 17 as he came out of Turn 4. He wasn’t threatened the rest of the way.

Bob Martin was the early leader, setting a blistering pace. He had the top lap time of the race at 11.221 seconds, coming on Lap 2.

Hastings finished second, 1.721 seconds behind Pierce. Chris Ranten was third, followed by Nick Omdahl and Wade Nygaard.

“I had to work for that one,” said Pierce, who took advantage of lapped traffic. “I had to move around in that lapped traffic, too.”

Ranten had the fastest car during time trials, posting a time of 10.678 seconds. It was the second straight week he has posted the fastest qualifying time. Only four of the 17 cars that qualified posted lap times under 11 seconds.


The Midwest modifieds had a repeat winner as well as Lance Schill won the 18-lap feature. The Langdon, N.D., driver took the lead on Lap 4 and held off Jaime Dietzler by 0.752 seconds. Matt Schow, the opening night winner at RCS, was third, followed by Nate Reynolds and Nathan Raasakka.

In the streets feature, which went green to checkered without a caution, Cavalier’s Bryce Reimer took the win. Ryan Johnson, who started sixth, finished second, followed by Tucker Pederson, Nick Minske and Chase Boen.

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Friday’s results


First heat -- 1. Dan Aberle; 2. Bryce Reimer; 3. Dan McNamee

Second heat -- 1. Ryan Johnson; 2. John Halvorson; 3. Chase Boen


Feature -- 1. Reimer; 2. Johnson; 3. Pederson; 4. Nick Minske; 5. Boen

Midwest modifieds

First heat -- 1. Jamie Dietzler; 2. Lance Schill; 3. Jory Berg

Second heat -- 1. Matt Schow; 2. Aaron Blacklance; 3. Nate Reynolds

Feature -- 1. Schill; 2. Dietzler; 3. Schow; 4. Reynolds; 5. Nathan Raasakka


First heat -- 1. Chris Ranten; 2. Nick Ranten; 3. Jade Hastings

Second heat -- 1. Wade Nygaard; 2. Shane Roemeling; 3. Brendan Mullen


Feature -- 1. Austin Pierce; 2. Hastings; 3. Chris Ranten; 4. Nick Omdahl; 5. Nygaard

Late models

First heat -- 1. Kevin Robertson; 2. Dustin Strand; 3. Dan Dowling

Second heat -- 1. Casey Meyer; 2. Shawn Meyer; 3. Joey Pederson

Third heat -- 1. Brad Seng; 2. Tom Corcoran; 3. Brandon Fuller

Feature -- 1. Seng; 2. Joey Pederson; 3. Strand; 4. Dowling; 5. Fuller


Wayne Nelson is the sports editor at the Herald.

He has been with the Grand Forks Herald since 1995, serving as the UND football and basketball beat writer as well as serving as the sports editor.

He is a UND graduate and has been writing sports since the late 1970s.

Follow him on Twitter @waynenelsongf. You can reach him at (701) 780-1268 or
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