Celebrating it's 5th season, the NLSA promises to be the showstopper that racing fans have come to expect from the high-flying open wheel class. Manitoba's fastest cars on dirt will be showcased every Monday night starting on May 27th at Winnipeg's Red River Co-op Speedway and 7 Sunday afternoons at Morden's ALH Motor Speedway including 2 dates during the Corn and Apple Festival. Morden's first date for the Lightning Sprints is June 2nd.
Returning to action will be 3-time NLSA Champion Roland Bernard in his familiar #2 sprinter. He will also have plenty of company vying for the checkered flag this season. In 2012 many teams found their way to victory lane and will be hunting for more including Chris Sorin, Dylan Sabatini, Chris Unrau, Frank Elias, Wally Butler and Amber Balcaen.
Speaking of Amber Balcaen, she will be driving for WB Racing this season. In 2012, Balcaen chalked up multiple wins plus she got a taste of success, earning her first Track Championship at ALH Motor Speedway. Raising her game to the next level and racing one of Wally Butler's cars will make Amber a greater threat each and every race night. Fans who remember Butler's blistering performances from last season will know why this could be a huge deal for Balcaen.
In the coming weeks, many questions will start to be answered. Who will take the first checkered flag of the season? Who will be victorious and win the 2 Manitoba Track Championships up for grabs? Who will become the 2013 Northern Lightning Sprint Association Champion?
On any given night, any team is capable of winning. This is why the Northern Lightning Sprint Association is arguably the most competitive and evenly matched field of cars to race on a Manitoba dirt oval track. Dirt slinging action that will leave you on the edge of your seat.
The green flag drops on May 27th for the NLSA and open wheel racing in Manitoba is about to heat up Monday nights this summer to new record highs.
About the Northern Lightning Sprint Association: Created in September of 2008, the Northern Lightning Sprint Association is a rapidly growing organization committed to the creation and maintenance of safe, fast, fun, and affordable open wheel racing. Many of the organization's members are dedicated to helping charities such as the Children's Hospital Foundation and Cancer Care of Manitoba. More information can be found at http://www.nlsprints.com
From Greg Cybulski/ NLSA Director of Media Relations // http://dirtfromthestands.blogspot.ca