My career at the Brainerd Dispatch began May 11, 1999 after graduating from North Dakota State University.
My areas of emphasis includes local high school sports, Central Lakes College, the lakes area golf mecca and once a year I dabble in the NHRA when the Lucas Oil Nationals come to Brainerd International Raceway.
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Jason Line is hoping a week of family, friends and relaxing racing will rejuvenate him for the NHRA's stretch run. The Wright native and driver of the Summit Racing Equipment Chevy Camaro is likely worn out from winning so much in this year's campaign of the Pro Stock division. Line and teammate Greg Anderson have won 14 of the 16 events so far and Line has led the class every week except the first when he was second to Anderson. The Summit Racing team owns a 510-point lead over the rest of the class heading into this weekend's Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.
In pre-Countdown to the Championship days, NHRA's Pro Stock division would be a foregone conclusion. The Summit Racing Equipment team of Greg Anderson and Jason Line have dominated the class with Line leading Anderson by 30 points and Anderson leading the rest of the field by 510. Anderson has seven victories this season and a 47-9 round record. He's enjoyed five No. 1 qualifying spots and four second-place finishes. Of Anderson's nine losses, five have been to Line.
Antron Brown Hometown: Chesterfield, N.J. Sponsor/car: Matco Tools Dragster Crew chief: Brian Corradi/Mark Oswald Last year: Won the Top Fuel division This year: Leads Top Fuel class by 100 points over Doug Kalitta Twitter: @AntronBrown As a former 100-meter dash sprinter, Antron Brown knows all about strides. The Matco Tools Dragster team with Brown driving will be working to hit their stride this weekend at the NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International raceway.
Ron Capps Hometown: Carlsbad, Calif. Sponsor/car: NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger Crew Chief: Rahn Tobler Last year's finish: Finished fourth in Funny Car Current standings: Leads Funny Car division Twitter: @NapaRonCapps Ron Capps is hoping for a rare weekend double. Because of bad weather, the nitro finals for the 29th annual Protect the Harvest NHRA Northwest Nationals in Seattle were postponed to the Saturday of this weekend's Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.
Eddie Krawiec Hometown: Englishtown, N.J. Sponsor/bike: Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Crew chief: Matt Hines Last year: Finished second in Pro Stock Motorcycle Currently: Leads the Pro Stock motorcycle division by 89 points From Race One, Eddie Krawiec has owned NHRA's Pro Stock Motorcycle division this season.
Robert Hight Hometown: Anaheim Hills, Calif. Sponsor/car: Auto Club Chevy Camaro SS Crew chief: Mike Neff Current standings: Sixth in Funny Car Twitter: @roberthight7000 Robert Hight still doesn't know how fast he could have gone last year. With optimal weather conditions, Hight and his Auto Club Chevy Camaro flew down the Brainerd International Raceway track to capture the NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals title with an elapsed time of 3.956 and a speed of 323.58 mph.
The frustration is real and it's real frustrating. It seems like all Erica Enders has talked about during this year's NHRA Pro Stock season has been fuel injection rather than round wins. One reason is because Enders and her Elite Motorsports Dodge team haven't won many rounds. She owns just a 7-16 round record compared to last year's 58-15 record that led her to her second straight NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock world championship.
Richie Crampton is hoping last year's routine will result in last year's results. Crampton arrived in the Brainerd lakes area for last year's NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals earlier than most because of media obligations. After fulfilling those responsibilities, the second-year Top Fuel driver captured the Wally at Brainerd International Raceway. Guess who is showing up early again this year?
Despite having a track and field coach for a father, Mace Twigg, or Mace Michaels as he's known on television, grew up a baseball fan. But never in a million years did he ever think he would land in the Major Leagues. That's what happened this spring when Michaels was contacted by the Minnesota Twins to become their weekday game day meteorologist.
It was a summer spent speed dating for Crosby-Ironton's Noah Gindorff. The senior quarterback and defensive end visited five college football camps and was recruited by many more programs this summer. That was until around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday when Gindorff announced via social media that he'll attend North Dakota State University next season to play football and likely study engineering. The son of Mike and Wendy Gindorff visited the University of Minnesota, South Dakota State University, The University of North Dakota and the University of Minnesota, Duluth. He said he couldn't ignore five-straight national titles.