Former Brainerd resident Nathan Thiesse finished sixth in his inaugural NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series tour race at Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif., Saturday.
Thiesse, in his Pontiac Grand Prix, started 29th. He won the last chance qualifier Friday to make the 200-lap feature (only the top two from the LCQ advanced).
On his first lap of qualifying Friday, Thiesse's crankshaft on his car's engine broke. His crew installed a new engine in time for the LCQ.
Thiesse earned $1,150 and is 25th in season points (most racers have competed in two races this season). The race winner won $4,325.
Flyers win state academic title
The Little Falls Flyers boys' basketball team was named the Class 3A and Section 8 academic champions by the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association.
It was Little Falls' second straight state academic title and third straight section title.
The Brainerd Warriors boys' basketball team also was named the Section 8, Class 4A academic champions.
Flyers capture one win
The Little Falls Flyers boys' track and field team won the 4x800-meter relay at the Huskies Invitational at St. Cloud State University Saturday.
Members of the relay include Jonathan Stoltman, John Loscheider, Andrew Fiea and Jason Thelen.
Other top eight finishers:
4x100 relay -- 4-Little Falls (Richard Backus, Tony LeMieur, Ryan Bezurik, Cody Olson) 47.72
55-hurdles -- 4-Derek Monnier 8.45
Shot put -- 5-Blake Smith 47-1 3/4
Long Jump -- 6-Olson 18-10 1/2
1600 -- 7-Stoltman 4:47.14
4x400 -- 8-Little Falls (Sheffield Goodrich, Monnier, Bezurik, Sean Freipag) 3:59.1
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