BARROWS — Saturday night was track championship night at North Central Speedway, and the end of an incredible racing season for Shane Sabraski.
Driving the 7A car, Sabraski took points titles in the Midwest Modified, Super Stock, and A-Modified classes, and also claimed a win in the A-Modified feature.
The night started on kind of an ominous note as two of his three draws had him starting from the back of the pack. Drivers often have their pit crew, or family members draw for them during the season, and it becomes a superstitious thing for a number of drivers, including Sabraski.
“I am a little superstitious. I probably would have had my wife Katie draw for me, but she was taking a nap with my daughter and I didn’t want to bother her so I went up and did it,” Sabraski said. “To be honest with you, when I did walk up there I thought they were lining us up by points so I was a little surprised, but I guess it worked out for the best.”
It certainly did as Sabraski finished second in the Midwest Modified feature behind Dennis Czech. The key was finishing in front of Danny Vang, who finished third, as he trailed Sabraski by just four points heading into the last night of racing. Sabraski ended up defeating Vang by six points.
Sabraski had a comfortable lead in the Super Stock, and A-Modified classes. Tim Johnson won the Super Stock feature, with Sabraski winning the A-Modified feature.
One of the driving forces behind Sabraski’s success is his family.
“It’s very important, and I don’t think I would be able to do it if my family didn’t come with me all the time,” he said. “Sometimes they don’t come with me and it doesn’t feel the same. It’s much more fun when they do and I know it’s easier for my wife. She is very supportive because I spend a lot of time in the shop during the week and she has to take care of the kids. It is a lot of fun, and it is what we like to do.”
His Saturday night feature races are a carbon copy of his season at NCS. Sabraski made 36 features in the 2013 season, and finished in the top three 31 times. He also tallied 16 feature wins while sweeping all three class features June 15 and again Aug. 17.
“We have been pretty consistent up here,” Sabraski said. “I don’t know what it is about this place but I have always gotten along with Brainerd really well and I enjoy coming up here.”
There were tight races in other classes, and also a few drivers who had titles locked up coming into the final night. Jake Hagemann finished second to Brandon Mehrwerth in the Hornet feature race, but ran away with the points championship.
Aaron Johnson sealed the Pure Stock championship with a third-place finish in the feature behind Dylan Nelson. Johnson claimed his second points title in two years.
The Street Stock feature was one of the most hotly contested classes as Scott Baron led by the slimmest of margins over Dave Read. Pat Zerfas won the feature with Read coming in second place. Baron finished in sixth but claimed the track championship by just two points.
Dean Larson finished second to Rob Vanmil in the Mod 4 feature event, but he claimed the points championship over Dustin Zieske by eight points.
With the regular season winding down, the Mighty Axe Nationals will be at NCS next Saturday and Sunday with a full program both days, including Sprint cars.
There will be four more racing nights in September and October featuring Late Model Racing cars. This will give drivers another opportunity to accumulate more points for the national standings.
On the national level, Sabraski is second in the Modified class, and also leads the Super Stock class with Dexton Koch in fourth place. Dave Read stands in second place in the Street Stock class.
Dustin Zieske and Dean Larson are both in the top five for Mod 4s, and Kyle Dykhoff is the rookie leader in points in the Street Stock class.
Feature: 1-Brandon Mehrwerth, 2-Jake Hagemann, 3-Dru Nelson
NCS PURE STOCK
Feature: 1-Dylan Nelson, 2-Mike Nelson, 3-Aaron Johnson
Heat 1: 1-Aaron Fenstermaker, 2-Dylan Nelson, 3-Devin Larson
Heat 2: 1-Aaron Johnson, 2-Billy Kendall, 3-Ryan Larson
Heat 3: 1-Mike Nelson, 2-David Dosh, 3-Tami Naslund
WISSOTA STREET STOCKS
Feature: 1-1-Pat Zerfas, 2-Dave Read, 3-Robert Young
Heat 1: 1-Pat Zerfas, 2-Tom Anderson, 3-Wade Blumke
Heat 2: 1-Kyle Dykhoff, 2-Dave Read, 3-Mark Johnson
WISSOTA MIDWEST MODIFIEDS
Feature: 1-Dennis Czech, 2-Shane Sabraski, 3-Danny Vang
Heat 1: 1-Tom Gill, 2-Todd Rizer, 3-Ashley Mehrwerth
Heat 2: 1-Dennis Czech, 2-Shane Sabraski, 3-Danny Vang
Heat 3: 1-Corey Koenig, 2-Terry Merten, 3-Matt Weisman
WISSOTA SUPER STOCKS
Feature: 1-Tim Johnson, 2-Shane Sabraski, 3-Dave Read
Heat 2: 1-Tim Johnson, 2-James Trantina III, 3-Dave Read
Heat 3: 1-Shane Sabraski, 2-Dexton Koch, 3-Jake Goetze
WISSOTA MOD 4s
Feature: 1-Rob Vanmil, 2-Dean Larson, 3-Bryce Bjerken
Heat 1: 1-Dean Larson, 2-Bryce Bjerken, 3-Luke Johnson
Heat 2: 1-Rob Vanmil, 2-Dustin Zieske, 3-Corry Vanmil
WISSOTA A MODIFIED
Feature: 1-Shane Sabraski, 2-Don Eischens, 3-Tim Johnson
Heat 1: 1-Shane Sabraski, 2-Tim Johnson, 3-Eric Martini
Heat 2: 1-Don Eischens, 2-Rick Jacobson, 3-Mark Pruese