He’s had considerable success at RCS, and the driver of the No. 58 late model had more good fortune Thursday night when he won the 25-lap NLRA season finale, which also serves as the kickoff for the annual John Seitz Memorial Late Model Invitational.
Diemel, who started fifth, passed pole-sitter Don Shaw out of Turn 4 with two laps to go and hung on for the win and a winning check of $1,492.
More importantly, he got another feel for the track as the Seitz weekend officially begins Friday night with qualifying for Saturday’s 92-lap, $9,200-to win feature.
Diemel has won the Seitz twice, one of only three drivers to do so.
The NLRA finale drew 44 late models from North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Canada. While Diemel won the race, Harwood’s Mike Greseth wrapped up the NLRA season points title with his fifth-place finish.
Most of the non-RCS regulars raced the NLRA finale to prepare for the two-day Seitz race.
Diemel’s NLRA win makes him a strong favorite to become the first three-time Setiz winner.