STOCK CAR RACING: Sabraski scores clean sweep at NCS
BARROWS — The view from Shane Sabraski’s window was a familiar one Saturday night as he saw a full field of cars behind him at the end of each his three feature races.
Sabraski pulled off a clean sweep for the first time this season in all classes in which he races, and served notice to other drivers that he’s feeling pretty comfortable in all three of his rides.
“The Super Stock has been working really well this year, but I have been struggling in my two modified cars all year,” Sabraski said. “We have been about a fifth-place car and we have been trying a lot of new stuff. I am excited because I think we might have finally hit something with both of them. Glad to be back up on top and we’ll see how long we can stay there.”
The first feature of the night for Sabraski was the Midwest Modified 15-lap event. He started from row five along with Dennis Czech. Sabraski was able to move through traffic and sat in second place five laps in.
He got by leader Rob Vanmil on a restart coming out of the second caution flag, and held back Danny Vang the rest of way.
Sabraski and Czech had top finishes with Sabraski taking first and Czech third.
Sabraski had a fourth row start next to Tim Johnson in the Super Stock feature. Sabraski was sitting on the outside of the top three for the first five laps of the 20-lap feature,
He worked his way into the top three with leader Tim O’Brien and Dave Read. With 12 laps left, the first caution flag of the night came out and Read chose to give Sabraski the inside lane on the restart. It was a curious call for some, but Sabraski said track conditions were good with a lot of bite for those wanting to pass on the high side.
Sabraski took advantage of Read’s choice, and moved his way into first place on the restart lap. At the end of the Super Stock feature, the scoreboard read Sabraski, Johnson, and Read in that order. That also matches the top three names in the season points standings with Johnson leading the class by three points over Sabraski.
The last feature of the night for Sabraski was the A-Modified feature. He admitted it was the feature that he felt the most confident about heading into the race, but also the one that ended up being the most difficult.
Sabraski received his best position of the night, sitting on the second row with Rick Jacobson for the start. Jacobson took the lead from Chuck Olson after two laps. Sabraski moved between second and third as just seven laps remained in the 20-lap event.
That’s when he seized the opportunity and moved past Jacobson into the top spot, and finished in front of Jacobson and Don Eischens for the win.
“The Midwest Modified feature was tough, and I have been struggling with that car,” Sabraski said. “We started from the fifth row inside so I didn’t know how I was going to do. But we picked our way through traffic and we were able to get through that right away which helped us out.
“With the A-Modified, I knew the car was working good in the heat race and I would have to say that was probably the hardest race, because I just couldn’t get past the top two guys. I finally did so that was good.”
After the night’s events, Sabraski sits in first place in the Midwest Modified and A-Modified classes. He trails leader Johnson by just three points in Super Stock. His success is also recognized on a national level where Sabraski is in fifth place for Super Stock, and fourth for Midwest Modified.
Other winners Saturday night were Robert Mueller in Pure Stock, and Scott Baron in Street Stock. Rob Vanmil took home first place in the Mod 4’s.
Mueller took the checkered flag for the second time in as many weekends and has moved into second place behind Aaron Johnson in the season points standings. Mueller bested Johnson in the feature, and now trails him by just 10 points for the season.
Baron led the entire 15 laps in the Street Stock feature. He held off Mark Johnson and Dave Read on a green-white-checker restart at the finish. Johnson was then disqualified due to a part that came off his car during the feature. That meant Read, who came from a row seven last-place start, finished second.
Vanmil took the win in the Mod 4’s feature with a first-place run for the entire 15-lap feature. Vanmil sits in fourth place nationally after the win. Dean Larson still has the top spot with Josh Abrahamson sitting second.
NCS PURE STOCK
Feature: 1-Robert Mueller, 2-Aaron Johnson, 3-Jonny Moe
Heat 1: 1-Robert Mueller, 2-Aaron Johnson, 3-Billy Devries
Heat 2: 1-Bill Nelson, 2-Rodney Larson, 3-Jim Love-Ringheimer
Heat 3: 1-Devin Larson, 2-Tim Bergerson, 3-Jonny Moe
WISSOTA STREET STOCKS
Feature: 1-Scott Baron, 2-Dave Read, 3-Tim Johnson
Heat 1: 1-Scott Baron, 2-Allen Brehmer, 3-Mark Johnson
Heat 2: 1-Tim Johnson, 2-Jack Peterson, 3-Tony Yezek
WISSOTA MIDWEST MODIFIEDS
Feature: 1-Shane Sabraski, 2-Danny Vang, 3-Dennis Czech
Heat 1: 1-Tom Gill, 2-Ashley Mehrwerth, 3-Rob Vanmil
Heat 2: 1-Shane Sabraski, 2-Dennis Czech, 3-Scott Engholm
Heat 3: 1-Allen Gessell Jr., 2-Danny Vang, 3-George Sniezek
WISSOTA SUPER STOCKS
Feature: 1-Shane Sabraski, 2-Tim Johnson, 3-Dave Read
Heat 1: 1-Dave Read, 2-Erick Thiesse, 3-Dexton Koch
Heat 2: 1-Tim Johnson, 2-Shane Sabraski, 3-Tim O’Brien
WISSOTA MOD 4s
Feature: 1-Rob Vanmil, 2-Dean Larson, 3-Brandon Kellen
Heat 1: 1-Brandon Kellen, 2-Tommy Sabraski, 3-Bryce Bjerken
Heat 2: 1-Rob Vanmil, 2-Troy Kuehl, 3-Corry Vanmil
Heat 3: 1-Dean Larson, 2-Brandon Linquist, 3-Ryan Bauer
WISSOTA A MODIFIED
Feature: 1-Shane Sabraski, 2-Rick Jacobson, 3-Don Eischens
Heat 1: 1-Chuck Olson, 2-Justin Jones, 3-Shane Sabraski