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River Cities Speedway

Weiss captures third NLRA victory of week

August 20, 2011, 11:08 am
From track reports
Runner-up Mike Balcaen (10) rallies from his 15th starting spot. (crpphotos.com)
Runner-up Mike Balcaen (10) rallies from his 15th starting spot. (crpphotos.com)

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (Aug. 19) — Ricky Weiss held off fellow Winnipeg, Manitoba, driver Mike Balcaen on Friday at River Cities Speedway for his third victory of the week on the Northern LateModel Racing Association's eight-race Western Tour.

Weiss started outside the front row and raced to a $1,250 victory over Balcaen, who rallied from his 15th starting spot to finish second. Second-row starter Steve Laursen of Cumberland, Wis., was third followed by polesitter John Kaanta of Elk Mound, Wis., and hometown driver Brandon Burke. | Slideshow

Weiss stretches his NLRA points lead along with his points lead on the minitour, which wraps up with a pair of Saturday-Sunday events at Devil's Lake (N.D.) Speedway.

The NLRA action at River Cities was on the undercard of the World of Outlaws sprint car feature, where Steve Kinser topped teammate Donny Schatz.

NLRA @ River Cities: (1) Ricky Weiss, (2) Mike Balcaen, (3) Steve Laursen, (4) John Kaanta, (5) Brandon Burke, (6) Steffen Snare, (7) Joey Pederson, (8) Steve Anderson, (9) Jordan Yaggy, (10) Troy Schill, (11) Shawn Holden, (12) Jake Bitker, (13) Bryan Lepier, (14) Norm Olson, (15) Adam Fischer, (16) Brad Seng, (17) Corey Seckerson, (18) Dave Zimmerman, (19) Michael Johnson, (20) Mitch Johnson, (21) Cole Schill, (22) Harold Schill, (23) Bill Mooney, (24) Joel Cryderman. Heat race winners (among 32 cars): Kaanta, Weiss, Seng, Laursen. Consolation winners: T. Schill, Yaggy.

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