The 2011 football season was a successful one in many ways for the Central Lakes College Raiders. They finished with a 7-2 record and earned a spot in the Valley of the Sun Bowl. With a stifling defense, led by Frank Mays, and an offense that saw quarterback Carson Wessinger lead the league in completion percentage (54.8 percent), the pieces were in place.
Erica Enders completed a magical weekend with a win in the Pro Stock final in the Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. Enders ran to the finish line with an elapsed time of 6.569 and speed of 210.05 mph to defeat Allen Johnson, who had to shut down with engine problems. Enders moved into fifth place in the Countdown Chase with one qualifying event left at Indianapolis.
Lucas, who won for the third time in 2012, said that there was no extra pressure to win the race that his sponsored by his parents Forest and Charlotte. “Anytime you can win here for my family, as much as my father is involved with this track and this race in general, it is a dream come to true. Hopefully it is a sign of better things to come.” Lucas had a run of 3.818 seconds at a speed of 316.90 miles per hour, which was better than runner up Antron Brown who finished with a time of 3.831 at a speed of 313.80 miles per hour.
Tony Schumacher ran a track record speed of 323.97 mph with an elapsed time of 3.791 to edge past Antron Brown in Top Fuel after the first two rounds of qualifying Friday at the Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. Brown just missed getting the top spot as he had the same ET, but lost out on speed with a 323.74. He was the top qualifier with an ET of 3.829 and a speed of 320.81 after the first round, with Spencer Massey close behind in second place with an ET of 3.837 and top speed of 319.14.
NHRA Pro Stock driver Erica Enders is on her way to a second win in a row as she notched the top spot in qualifying after the first two rounds Friday in the NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. Enders ran a speed of 210.50 mph to set the track record in round one of qualifying. She then followed that up with a track record elapsed time of 6.550 seconds in taking the number one spot from Allen Johnson.
BARROWS — Shane Sabraski made it another clean sweep at North Central Speedway Saturday, and earned a spot in the “Race of Champions” in the qualifying night of racing. He also tightened up the points race in the Modified class as he moved to four points of leader Tim Johnson.
Two Brainerd High School graduates have found a love of auto racing, but took two different roads to get there. Max Dondelinger is a 2011 graduate and Nick Jelacie, also of Brainerd, just graduated from Bemidji State University. Both Dondelinger and Jelacie participated in high school athletics, but came into racing in their own way. It’s no surprise that Dondelinger got the motivation from being around his dad, D.J.
BARROWS — It’s pretty normal to see a Sabraski holding the checkered flag at the end of the race. What was a little different on Saturday night was the first name. Tommy Sabraski earned his first win of the season in the Mod 4 class with a late run to the checkered flag. With the win Sabraski moved into seventh place in the season points standings behind leader Josh Abrahamson. It has been a difficult season at times for Sabraski, but he believes he’s finally hitting on the correct setup for his Y4 car.
BARROWS — It was all Jared Mees all the time Thursday night at North Central Speedway as he dominated the program in the inaugural running of the Vintage Outlaw Grand National. He then walked away with $3,500 in prize money for his effort. Not only did Mees win all three events, and the dash for cash, he also led every lap and won going away in each race. Mees made his return to North Central Speedway after winning the inaugural AMA flat track cycle event last September.
BARROWS — Dan Ebert returned to North Central Speedway and came away with a first-place trophy in the Midwest Modified feature event Saturday night. Shane Sabraski was a multiple winner again and Rob Vanmil gained a victory in the Mod 4’s feature, and led the Midwest Modified feature for most of the race before giving way to Ebert. It was all part of Brainerd Town Night, sponsored by Cub Foods. Ebert returned after more then a month away from NCS as he obtained a goal that he had always had.