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IMCA Modifieds, Northern SportMods new at North Central Speedway in 2015

December 7th, 2014

BRAINERD, Minn. – Weekly race programs at North Central Speedway feature two IMCA sanctioned divisions beginning next season.

Both the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods join weekly shows at the 1/3-mile, D-shaped dirt speedplant near Brainerd.

“What drew our attention to IMCA was the support they give, from the president on down, to their tracks. They want us to succeed,” said K.T. Torbert, promoter of the Cliff Sasker-owned venue for the past four years. “There’s definitely a different feel in sanctioning bodies. IMCA wants to work with us.”

In all, seven classes of race cars will run Saturdays at Brainerd beginning on April 25. The IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season continues through the Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 5 and 6 Mighty Axe Nationals.

“The IMCA Modifieds and Northern SportMods are divisions our drivers can easily transition to,” noted Torbert. “Everybody likes the Modifieds. They’re a thriller.”

“SportMods give drivers the ability to move up and not break the bank,” she continued. “You don’t have to have a gazillion sponsors to do it.”

Built in the mid-1950s, North Central Speedway boasts grandstand seating for 7,000, 31 enclosed suites – half of them with deck space – and a tailgating area on the backstretch.

Modified points earned at NCS will figure toward Belleville Motorsports North Central Region standings.

Final Season Night at NCS

August 31st, 2011

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 for more information.

VanderBeek wraps up USMTS Summer Speedweeks with victory at North Central Speedway

June 27th, 2011

BRAINERD, Minn. – A grueling and often wet month of June came to a conclusion Saturday night as the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour powered by Swan Energy made its final stop of USMTS Summer Speedweeks at the North Central Speedway in Brainerd, Minn.

It was also the last time that Zack VanderBeek would sport the colorful pink and black colors on his USMTS Modified in support of the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure to help fight and find a cure for breast cancer. And although he hadn’t led a single main event lap yet this season, VanderBeek found a way to put his special-themed machine in victory lane for the first time since the 4th Annual Texas Winter Nationals at the Houston Raceway Park last November.

VanderBeek drew the outside of the front row for the start of the 30-lap WIX Filters “A” Main but it was current USMTS Rookie of the Year points leader Jason Grimes taking control at the drop of the green flag to record his career-first laps as the leader of a USMTS feature race. But the 30-year-old from Jamestown, N.D., gave way to the 2004 USMTS Rookie of the Year when VanderBeek squeezed past Grimes to lead the fifth circuit. Back-to-back cautions on laps 11 and 12 didn’t help the cause of the rest of the 25-car field as VanderBeek was the class of the field for the final 25 laps. The win was worth $2,000 to the New Sharon, Iowa, driver while Grimes held on for a career-best runner-up finish.

Friday night’s winner Rodney Sanders of Happy, Texas, came from the 11th starting position to garner a third-place showing while Scott Ward of Watertown, S.D., was fourth and nine-time USMTS National Champion Kelly Shryock took fifth.

Jon Tesch, Al Hejna, 17th-starting Ryan Gustin, Doug Hillson and Don Eischens completed the top 10.

Gustin continues atop the Yeager Machine Upper Midwest Region points standings with a 57-point advantage (538 to 481) over Shryock and VanderBeek is just two points back in third with 479 markers. Fourth is Sanders with 424, followed by Tesch (415), Corey Dripps (412), Jason Miller (395), Hejna (392), Grimes (379) and Jason Krohn (376).

After a well-deserved vacation of nearly three weeks, the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour powered by Swan Energy returns to action on Tuesday, July 12 at the I-35 Speedway in Mason City, Iowa.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit online or call 515-832-7944. You can also follow the USMTS on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and YouTube.

DoubleHeader at North Central Speedway Bolsters USMTS National Tour State

February 8th, 2009

BRAINERD, MINN. (FEB. 4) – Two dates that were listed as “TBA” (to be announced) on the 2009 USMTS National Tour schedule are now officially “GBT” (gotta be there) events.

Officials announced on Wednesday that the North Central Speedway in Brainerd, Minn., will host the mudslinging monsters of the United States Modified Touring Series for the first time ever on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 18-19.

“There has not been an open Modified race in this part of the state in a very long time,” said North Central Speedway promoter Tim Boeder. “We are really looking forward to hosting many of the countries top touring Modified drivers in Brainerd.”

The addition of North Central Speedway rounds out the 18-race Casey’s General Stores Hunt for the USMTS National Championship, and precedes the season-ending 11th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree the following weekend.

A $2,000 top prize is on the line for Friday’s main event winner while Saturday’s victor will pocket $3,000.

“We have heard nothing but great things about the facility,” said USMTS Communications & Marketing Director Jeff Nun. “Knowing how many requests we get to race in that area should make for a tremendous weekend.”

Located just a few miles south of Brainerd, the North Central Speedway is a 1/3-mile semi-banked oval situated at the center of a state-of-the-art facility boasting 31 fully enclosed and air-conditioned suites for full racing enjoyment. For race fans who
prefer a trace of soil in their beverages, there are bleachers and full concessions on both sides of the track with seating for over
6,000 fans.

For more information about the North Central Speedway, visit the track’s website at[1] or call 218-839-9280. Race day information is available by calling the track hotline at 218-829-1545.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, call the headquarters at (515) 832-7944 or visit[2] online for the latest news and information from the USMTS.