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Two-time Seitz winner Brad Seng looking for another win this weekend at RCS

Brad Seng rounds Turn 2 during an earlier late model race this season at River Cities Speedway. Seng will be shooting for his third John Seitz Memorial Late Model Invitational win this weekend at River Cities Speedway. Photo/Nick Nelson, Grand Forks Herald1 / 2
Don Shaw of Ham Lake, Minn., celebrates after winning last year's Seitz Memorial late model race at River Cities Speedway. Photo/Wayne Nelson, Grand Forks Herald.2 / 2

Brad Seng and Wisconsin racer A.J. Diemel have something in common.

They are the only two-time winners of the John Seitz Memorial Late Model Invitational -- one of the biggest races each season in the Upper Midwest.

They’ll have even more in common this weekend as Seng will be driving one of Diemel’s late models. Seng was involved in a wicked wreck last weekend at the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, Minn., a crash that destroyed his familiar blue-and-white No. 12 late model.

Seng’s second car won’t be ready for this weekend so he will be borrowing one of Diemel’s cars -- the one that actually finished second to Don Shaw in the 2017 Seitz 92-lap feature.

The 12th annual edition of the Seitz weekend kicks off tonight at River Cities Speedway with the final night of the NLRA season -- the race that precedes the two-day actual Seitz weekend. On Friday, qualifying begins for Saturday night’s main event -- the 92-lap feature that pays $9,200 to win. Between 40 and 50 of the top late model drivers in the Upper Midwest are expected to compete.

Seng said his wreck last week in Alexandria was a rough one.

“It was really rough,” he said. “I went into the corner and somehow I got scooped up and turned backward off the end of the corner. Then I  hit the grass picked up speed and slammed into some concrete barriers.”

But he’ll be back this weekend to try to become the first three-time winner of the Seitz.

The actual two-day Seitz weekend is a marathon.

“With this format, all you want to do is get to the feature,” said Seng. “If you get to the feature, you have 92 laps. A lot can happen in 92 laps. It’s one of those weekends where you just don’t give up.”

Pat Doar of New Richmond, Wis., also is a past winner of the Seitz.

It’s an event he marks on his race calendar each season.

“I think it’s the biggest race we have all year,” said Doar. “River Cities is one of my favorite tracks. If your car is good, you can go to the front. It’s a multi-groove track. And it’s not predictable like some tracks.”

Last Friday’s late model, Midwest modifieds and sprint features were rained out at RCS.

Tonight, the makeup features for the late models and Midwest modifieds will take place in addition to the season finale for the NLRA.

On Friday, the $8,200 Buffalo Wild Wings back-row challenge for sprint cars will complement the Seitz qualifying races. The sprint driver who qualifies on the pole for the feature has the option of starting in the back with the chance of taking home $8,200 by winning the event.

The Seitz weekend has become one of The Bullring’s signature events each season.

“It’s the one weekend when all areas of late model racing converge on River Cities Speedway,” said Seng.

Wayne Nelson
Nelson is the sports editor of the Herald
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