May 28, 2023


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Stock Car Racing: Sabraski returns, Nelson looks ahead – Brainerd Dispatch


BARROWS — Driving his No. 18 IMCA Inventory Motor vehicle, Alex Dostal led all 20 laps of the aspect race and drove to his 1st profession Inventory Vehicle gain Saturday, Could 15, at North Central Speedway.

Dostal and runner-up Kris Peterson had been in side-by-side competitors until finally the past transform when Dostal surged ahead for the earn.

Super Stock legend Shane Sabraski made his return immediately after several years and gave fans a glimpse of his racing greatness. Sabraski finished guiding Dexton Koch in the next heat race and earned a place on the within fourth row immediately after the redraw.

Andrew Johnson and Jesse Smolik begun on the entrance row in the 16-car characteristic. Johnson led for the 1st four laps right before Sabraski overtook him with a pass on turn two of lap five. Sabraski widened the hole and easily took the checkered flag in entrance of Dexton Koch and Johnson.

At the height of his driving at North Central Speedway, Sabraski typically competed in three classes, the Midwest Mods (now the Northern Sport Mods), the Tremendous Stocks and the Modified and it was not exceptional for him to get all a few aspect races in the same evening.

Final week’s winner Dylan Nelson completed fourth. Now starting his sixth time in the Super Inventory Motor vehicle, he has been driving autos given that 13. Both of those his father and grandfather raced on filth and after commencing out in go-karts at 5, Nelson and his father made a decision it was time to transfer to Pure Stock and race at North Central Speedway

“My dad raced dirt track and so experienced my grandpa so it was his decision,” Nelson explained. “He was shelling out for it by functioning two careers. I was just driving and I was pleased with whatever we have been undertaking.

“My dad’s rule was ‘If I am heading to function on it you at minimum have to be out listed here observing and discovering and getting a component of it or else we will never go racing.’”

Nelson waved the checkered flag a couple instances throughout his operate in a Pure Inventory and it wouldn’t have been a shock for him to move up to a distinctive class, but as a smaller family operation, something else drove that conclusion.

“We never definitely thought about it right until the end of the yr (in 2016), it was just how factors worked out,” Nelson said. “With the Pure Stock, we set a higher marketing selling price on it not contemplating it would offer and then somebody bought it so we figured it was time to go up.”

Following getting the feel of the vehicle and the class in the to start with two decades, Nelson’s racing occupation climbed. He claimed the 2109 championship with a few wins and 12 top-5 finishes in 17 features. In 2020 he positioned third powering Austin Niemeyer but scored two wins and had 9 leading-10 finishes in 10 attribute races.

Last yr he and Dustin Nelson battled all season. In the conclude, just five details separated them. Dustin Nelson claimed the track championship, but Dylan led the class in wins with five and totaled 12 best-5 finishes in 14 feature races.

Nelson and his father look at the finances right after each and every time and are obvious-eyed about objectives for the next season.

“Commonly in the off-period, you devote a lot of funds and then in the summertime you just appear to crack even or obtain just a little bit, but with fuel price ranges and tires we are just content if we are breaking even,” Nelson stated. “We just adore undertaking it and it is all my father and I have recognized.”

Nelson would welcome the option to generate in several lessons, but is happy with his profession. If the price range enables he hopes to improve his time behind the wheel in 2022.

“I wouldn’t be able to manage one particular to be sincere so if a experience came up with someone I would drive, but I am joyful with just the 1 car,” he said. “We are generally 1 evening and then get around to a second night if we sense like it. This 12 months, we are heading to attempt and do two nights each weekend if we can and then perhaps add a third night. Now it is more challenging traveling with gas rates, but we are getting enjoyment with it.”

Alongside with Sabraski and Dostal, the other element winners had been Devin Fouquette, Justin Jones, Skyler Smith, Brandon Bombardo and Nathan Kohl.

Saturday, Could 21, will be the 2nd-once-a-year Ron Johnson Memorial and racing will start a person hour earlier at 5:45 p.m. The pits will be open at 3 p.m. and the gates will be open up at 4 p.m.

IMCA Specialist Insulation ModifiedsFeature: 1-Devin Fouquette, 2-Erick Thiesse, 3-Zackry FletcherHeat 1: 1-Devin Fouquette, 2-Jeff Nelson, 3-Jared HinesHeat 2: 1-Aaron Johnson, 2-Pete Hines, 3-Erick Thiesse

WISSOTA Super StockFeature: 1-Shane Sabraski, 2-Dexton Koch, 3-Andrew JohnsonHeat 1: 1-Andrew Johnson, 2-Jack Koranda, 3-Jesse SmolikHeat 2: 1-Dexton Koch, 2-Shane Sabraski, 3-Bailey Rosch

IMCA Northern SportmodsFeature: 1-Justin Jones, 2-Tim Bergerson, 3-Jake HagemannHeat 1: 1-Chris Siercks, 2-Justin Jones, 3-Jake HagemannHeat 2: 1-Tim Bergerson, 2-David Siercks, 3-Tim Siercks

WISSOTA Mod FourFeature: 1-Skyler Smith, 2-Dustin Holtquist, 3-Tommy PogonesHeat 1: 1-Nick McCann, 2-Tommy Bawden, 3-Tommy PogonesHeat 2: 1-Skyler Smith, 2-Gerrald Nohner, 3-Albert Hemmesch

IMCA Inventory CarFeature: 1-Alex Dostal, 2-Kris Peterson, 3-Dave JohnsonHeat 1: 1-Tim Gonska, 2-Kris Peterson, 3-Dave Johnson

IMCA Pastime StocksFeature: 1-Brandon Bombardo, 2-Tim Otterness, 3-Scott HerronHeat 1: 1-Brandon Bombardo, 2-Tim Otterness, 3-Cory LodermeierHeat 2: 1-Scott Herron, 2-Chad Visser, 3-Chris Seidel

IMCA Activity CompactsFeature: 1-Nathan Kohl, 2-Brandon Nyberg, 3-Josh MaleskiHeat 1: 1-Nathan Kohl, 2-Josh Maleski, 3-Ellen LangeHeat 2: 1-Jenna Hagemann, 2-Alyssa Nelson, 3-Harry RuikkaHeat 3: 1-Brandon Nyberg, 2-John Aderman, 3-Bayden Ruikka


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