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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Brittny Bzdok fought back tears Thursday night. The Pequot Lakes senior just smacked down 15 kills to lead the Pequot Lakes Patriots to a 25-21, 29-27, 26-24 sweep of the Brainerd Warriors at Brainerd High School to open the season. It was a bittersweet victory for the outside hitter as Pequot head coach Kate Dale was mourning the death of her father. Following the game, a very happy group of Patriots used Facetime to talk to their coach after the win.
Warriors volleyball Head coach: Jared Diem, eighth year 2014 finish: 5-7 CLC, 18-15 overall Career record: 86-120 (.417) Returning starters: Maddy Stall, Kirsten Johnshoy Captain: Maddy Stall Assistant coaches: Dawn Genz, Carla Stall (JV1), Shelley Kennedy (JV2), Anne Nicklaus (9A), Melissa Hagen (9B) Player versatility is the buzzword for this year's Brainerd Warriors. With a number of spots vacated due to last year's large senior class, this year's Warriors will be playing different positions, different roles, while hopefully still maintaining the upward swing in the program. Few
Jason Line said Brainerd International Raceway, site of this weekend's Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, is like no other track on the NHRA's 24-race schedule. And for the Wright, Minn., native that is neither good nor bad. After all, Line is coming home for the first time in his 26-year career as the defending Pro Stock champion. The monkey of winning at his home track is off his back. Unfortunately for the Summit Racing Equipment driver he still technically hasn't won at BIR.
Greg Anderson's address isn't Minnesota anymore. He's even got a slight accent that battles against his Nordic last name. Still, it's hard to question where Anderson's heart feels most at home. Unfortunately for the Summit Racing Equipment Pro Stock driver, that heart made last season a frustrating anomaly in an otherwise spectacular NHRA career. Heart surgery kept Anderson out of his Chevy Camaro for the first five races and the four-time Pro Stock champion never recovered, missing the Countdown to the Championship for the first time since the six-race countdown was brought into the sched
Tony Schumacher's voice was different this week before the start of the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. There was a tone coming out of the U.S. Army dragster driver that wasn't there the last time Schumacher stormed into Brainerd leading NHRA's Top Fuel standings. His answers were filled with excitement, laced with a quiet confidence. The confidence wasn't concerning himself, the defending and eight-time Top Fuel champion. Rather, Schumacher wanted to talk crew chiefs.
Ron Capps picked up his fifth Brainerd International Raceway victory nearly 800 miles away from the track. It was the unhappiest victory of Capps' career as he has become a cornerstone or at least a corner at the Brainerd race track that is site of the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, which is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. Friday. Last year's Lucas Oil championship round for the Funny Car class was postponed until the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis a week later because of severe weather forecast for Brainerd. "That was unique," said Capps.
Eddie Krawiec returns to Brainerd International Raceway as the defending Pro Stock Motorcycle champion. Unfortunately for him, that was three years ago. That was the last time motorcycles competed at the Lucas Oil Nationals and some things have changed since 2012. What hasn't changed is Krawiec's winning ways.
If the trend continues, Matt Hagan will win the Funny Car Class Sunday at Brainerd International Raceway. The defending season champion and current points leader has never won the Lucas Oil Nationals at BIR. But then he had never won at Bristol, TN, before until this year. It took a victory over teammate Ron Capps, but Hagan got the monkey off his back at his home track. Will it be a year of many firsts for Hagan and his Mopar/Rocky Boots Dodge Charger? He hopes so.
Driving 300 mph is a lot less stressful for Morgan Lucas than sitting in a meeting. Winning his main sponsor's title event is also lot more fun than closing a business deal. But despite his success in a Top Fuel dragster and his tremendous achievements at Brainerd International Raceway, where Lucas Oil Products, his parents company is the main sponsor, Lucas is slowly transitioning into the business life. But not completely. Lucas will bring his Lucas Oil Dragster to BIR where he is the defending Top Fuel champion.
Thirty nine points. That was the margin Erica Enders clung to in becoming the first female to win an NHRA Pro Stock World Championship last year. She needed a final round victory against Jason Line, who was the driver that finished 39 points behind her, to claim her first season title. Pro Stock's most accomplished female driver has not let titles get in the way of her continued search for more success, however. Enders and her Elite Motorsports Chevy Camaro team enter Brainerd International Raceway Aug. 21-23 for the Lucas Oil Nationals 51 points out of first place.