Spencer Massey can add the Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway as a notch to his win 2013 win belt, while Clay Millican has to wonder when his time is going to come. Massey picked up his fourth win of the season with an elapsed time of 3.811, and a speed of 322.11 mph. That was just enough to overcome Millican who ran a 3.856 at a speed of 320.66. Massey picked up his first career win in Top Fuel at BIR.
The Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway represent moving weekend for the Funny Car drivers in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship. With just one racing weekend left, the Labor Day event at Indianapolis, only Matt Hagan has clinched a spot in the 10-car field that will compete for the championship over the last six weeks of the season.
BARROWS — The Mod 4 feature event Saturday at North Central Speedway was a family affair as Rob Vanmil and his dad Corry ran in the first and second spots for the majority of the feature event, with Rob getting the win. “It’s always fun racing my dad and I got a good lead there and just was able to walk away with the win,” said Rob Vanmil. “The track was good and tacky and very racy but with a few bumps in it, but that is to be expected at a race track.”
For any baseball fan, Cooperstown, N.Y. is on the must visit list. Cooperstown is recognized as the town where baseball was born, and is also home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The Cooperstown Dreams Park website proclaims its mission is to “serve, preserve, and protect baseball as it was meant to be played.” Throughout the summer, the fields host 12-and-under tournaments with 104 teams competitory in the week long competition. With all those games, many umpires are needed.
BARROWS — Fifteen years had passed for Don Shaw since his last feature win in a Modified car at North Central Speedway. He broke that streak Saturday, surving a late restart to get the win. Shaw was also driving Dave Mass’s car in the Super Stock feature and was on his way to a win before a broken part ended his night early. “It took me half a lap to figure out what was wrong,” Shaw said. “It was a right rear axle that broke on me. I would have liked to have had two wins, but it was a good night overall.”
BARROWS — It has been a long week for Mike Frolic. On June 29 at North Central Speedway, Frolic and Shane Sabraski locked into a duel for the checkered flag in the Super Stock feature. By the narrowest of margins, Sabraski edged Frolic by the nose of the car to take the win. The fact that Frolic and Sabraski are teammates did not help at all to ease the sting of that loss. On Saturday night, Frolic earned his trip to the winners’ stand in a race that was not close at the end. He finished in front of Tim Johnson and Don Eischens on a night that saw three rain delays.
The early 2012 summer was one of unease for Minnesota Wild fans. The team was fresh off a disappointing 2011-2012 campaign and the NHL lockout loomed. The signing of Ryan Suter and Zach Parise ignited the fan base. After the lockout ended in January, expectations were high for the 2012-13 season. The Wild made the playoffs, but a disappointing regular season finish, including home losses to Calgary and Edmonton, put Minnesota in the eighth spot with the daunting task of facing the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round of the NHL playoffs.
BARROWS — It has been a series of near-misses for Tim Johnson reaching the winners’ circle at North Central Speedway in the early part of the 2013 season. Car issues and weather conditions have made it difficult for consistency, but Saturday’s weather and track conditions were ideal, and the racing was the same, as Johnson took the win in the 20 lap A-Modified feature event while finishing second to Shane Sabraski in the Super Stock feature.
BARROWS — Shane Sabraski has visited the winners’ podium many times at North Central Speedway, and he has also swept all three of his feature events before. But Saturday night was a little different as Sabraski won the Midwest Modified and A-Modified race when the leader broke down. “I thought I had Dennis (Czech) in the Midwest Modified race, but then the caution came out,” Sabraski said. “Then the next time I tried it again and he ended up losing a spring so I was able to get by him for the win.”
NISSWA — Paxton Beadle had a big offensive night but his ninth-inning at bat was the loudest hit of all as Nisswa defeated Bemidji on Friday in the season opener 5-4. Beadle recorded two hits and three RBI and scored a run, but his bunt in the bottom of the ninth drove in Nathan DeChaine and made a winner out of pitcher T.J. Graumann. “I knew I had to get it down there,” Beadle said. “I saw Nathan coming as soon as I squared to bunt so I knew that I had to get it down,”