Brainerd, MN – Saturday night was the final night of the regular racing season at North Central Speedway. The night was full of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action and fun. Drivers and others donated 106 backpacks that NCS packed full of school supplies and were given to kids grades K-7 at the track. The night was sponsored by Mills Auto group, who had vehicles on display, O’ Brien’s Pub of Rice, who sponsored the Rice, Sartell, Royalton residents night, and KKIN radio
who did a live broadcast from the track.
Feature winners of the night were Tim Johnson in the Street Stocks and Shane Sabraski in the other three WISSOTA classes. 2011 Track Champions are Street Stocks, Tim Johnson, Super Stocks, Dave Read, Midwest Modified and Modified, Dan Ebert with Jonny Moe in the Pure Stocks and Derek Brenny and Derek Daudt in the Hornet classes.
The first feature of the night was for the WISSOTA Street Stocks. Tony Yezek and John Kropuenske led the drivers as the green flew. Yezek and Kropuenske battled for first with Dan Severson taking third and Tim Johnson and John Yilek going for fourth. Johnson and Yilek battled Severson for third as Yilek fell back. Johnson and Severson went side by side behind Yezek and Kropuenske. Johnson then went low and edged under Kropuenske and Yezek, Johnson quickly took the lead with Severson moving into second. Johnson and Severson began to pull away while Yezek took third and Kropuenske fell into fourth. Todd Wooden and Mark Johnson made contact and Mark slid into the wall bringing out the yellow. Johnson was first on the restart with Severson and Yezek in tow. Johnson and Severson began to pull away again with Johnson putting space between them. Johnson kept his lead and won the feature with Severson, Yezek, Kropuenske and M. Johnson as the top five.
Scott Atkinson and George Sniezek took off as the green flew for the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature. Atkinson took the lead with Dan Severson battling Sniezek for second. Mike Japp moved in behind them while Danny Vang and Matt Weisman batteld for fifth. Severson took second, Japp took third and Vang took fourth with Sniezek falling back in the pack. After a couple restarts, and a good wreck in turn two, the drivers were sorted with Dan Ebert, Dustin Joel, Travis Wermter and Jeremy Neyens all being taken out in the process. Atkinson was first on the restart with Severson and Matt Weisman behind him. Shane Sabraski made his was from fifth to third. Sabraski took second from Severson and made his way next to Atkinson for first. Sabraski quickly took the lead followed by Atkinson, Severson and Sniezek back in fourth. Ryan Studanski and Weisman began to work Sniezek for fourth. They ran three-wide with Studanski and Weisman going around Sniezek, but still going for fourth. Studanski got the fourth point, Weisman settled for fifth as Sabraski continued to lead and walked away with the feature win.
The WISSOTA Super Stocks were next up to race with Ross Reed and Ethan Sweet on the pole. Sweet took the lead as the green flew with Jake Goetze and Dave Read taking second and third. Behind Read was Shane Sabraski, Reed and Tim Johnson battling for fourth. Read moved next to Goetze for second and took the point. Sabraski took third, Johnson took fourth while Don Eischens took fifth and Goetze moved to sixth. Read moved in on Sweet for the lead but Sweet held his line and kept the lead. Read again moved next to him and took the point this round and Sabraski moved next to Sweet. Sabraski took second and moved right behind Read for first. Read continued to lead with Sabraski making him work for it. Sabraski then made his move taking the lead with Read, Johnson and Eischens close behind him. The lead drivers began to lap slower cars as Sabraski began to put space between him and Read. Johnson moved in on Read for second, but Read said “Nope” and pulled away with only two laps to go. Johnson again moved in on Read but Johnson settled for third and Read took second as they crossed the checkered line. Sabraski took the feature win and jumped in his mod for the next race.
Chuck Olson and Jerry Esler lined up the WISSOTA Modifieds for the last feature of the night and Olson grabbed the early lead. Esler and Don Shaw battled for second with Shawn Fletcher and Don Eischens going for fourth. Shaw grabbed second while Eischens took third and moved next to Shaw for the second point. Eischens ran low taking second and moved in on Olson for first. Eischens worked Olson for the lead until moving past him becoming the leader. Shaw slid next to Olson for second but Olson kept the point while speedy Sabraski moved next tot Ebert for fourth. Sabraski took fourth and went next to Shaw. Sabraski and Shaw went to the sides of Olson for second with Sabraski taking the position. Olson kept fourth as the yellow flew for Fred Aschenbauer going around in turn three. The restart slowed down Eischens and put Sabraski and Olson on his tail as the race went green. Eischens and Sabraski took off battling side by side for first with Shaw getting third. As Sabraski nosed ahead the yellow flew again. Eischens was first on the restart with Sabraski and Shaw in tow. Eischens sped away as the green flew with Sabraski in a close second. Sabraski moved next to Eischens for the lead and they battled hard for first. As they went down the back stretch, something malfunctioned in Eischens’ car and he lost all power bringing his car to a stop and the yellow flag. Sabraski got docked one point on the restart for running too low and taking down a barrel on the track. Shaw then got the pole on the restart with Sabraski and Ebert behind him. Shaw took off keeping first with Ebert challenging Sabraski for second. Sabraski and Ebert moved in on Shaw for first and Sabraski moved next to him. Shaw held Sabraski off for a bit, but Sabraski made his move taking first. Shaw kept second and Ebert took third as the checkered flew. Sabraski took his third feature win of the night.
Labor Day weekend is the Mighty Axe Nationals at North Central Speedway. Races will be held on Saturday and Sunday and will complete shows each night with same payouts. We will feature WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Mod Fours and NCS Pure Stocks. There is free camping and showers at the track and ticket deals for the 2-day special. Check out the newly designed website at www.racencs.net for more information.