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.
Guard Wayne Ellington, player development coach Shawn Respert and the Minnesota Timberwolves started their summer caravan Monday with a stop at the Washington Education Services Building in Brainerd, the first leg of their three-city journey throughout the state. Ellington and Respert entertained elementary and middle school age students with a shooting clinic and autograph session. Both are selling hope for the upcoming season and that’s easier after the promise the Wolves showed in 2011-2012 before injuries decimated their roster.
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.
Hannah Kangas came up with two big hits, and Nikki Anderson was magical as the Brainerd Warriors salvaged a split to stay alive in Section 8-3A action Monday afternoon. After losing to No. 5-seeded Elk River 5-0, and having their 14-game winning streak snapped, the top-seeded Warriors came back strong with an 11-3 victory over No. 7 Rocori and advanced in the losers’ bracket to a rematch with Elk River on Wednesday. Winner of the Brainerd/Elk River game Wednesday will then play No. 3 Big Lake, which is 2-0 in the section tournament. Brainerd 11, Rocori 3
Tires were smoking and gears were grinding Saturday. And, at the end of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West in the Brainerd 125, Michael Self was standing on the winners’ stand with his first career victory after a pass of leader Dylan Kwasniewski with two laps left in the 50-lap event. Kwasniewski, just 16 years old, had run comfortably in front of the field, but he ran into issues with his gear box and it was his undoing at the end. Kwasniewski was still able to build on his points lead with the second-place finish in front of Greg Pursley who was third.
By JOE LINDHOLM Sports Writer BARROWS — Robert Mueller took advantage of a smooth track, and good timing to get a victory and take home the belt on the first night of the first WWE Memorial weekend series at North Central Speedway. Mueller executed a pass on turn four of the 15-lap Pure Stock feature event to get past Devin Larson and into the leader’s spot. Mueller then held off the rest of the field for the last 11 laps and finished in front of David Eich and Aaron Johnson.
It was deja vu all over again for Street Stock racing fans at North Central Speedway Saturday. 2006 points champion Dave Read returned to the winners podium after executing a pass on turn four to move past leader Robert Young Jr. on the restart of lap six of the feature event. Read almost made it a sweep with his two cars as he led the Super Stock race for 17 laps before giving way to Tim Johnson. Johnson passed Read on the high side of turn four and held Read off for the win.