Talk about a comeback.
Trent Snyder, 18, of Ironton, went from a crash that sent him to a hospital a week ago to winning his first 30-lap late model feature this season at the I-94 Raceway in Sauk Centre Saturday.
The raceway's Web site reported that Snyder started outside the front row and quickly assumed the lead. On lap 11, Jesse Klug passed Snyder for the lead.
Snyder executed a move on the next lap to retake the lead for good. Brian Brickson, Little Falls, placed eighth and Will Kendall, Baxter, finished 15th in the feature.
In heat races, Snyder won, Brickson was third and Kendall placed fifth.
"This week we blew them away in the heat race," Steve Snyder, Trent's father, said in a phone interview Monday.
Trent's heat victory came only hours after Steve had made Trent's 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo race ready after the prior week's wreck. Steve said he had to travel to Wisconsin to have the engine rebuilt.
The wreck also destroyed the car's front left suspension, Steve said.
The accident happened when Trent, running in second place, was going for the lead, Steve said.
He said Trent dove inside of the leader on a turn but at the same time, the third place racer hit the left rear of Trent's car. This hit sent the left front of Snyder's car into the wall. As Snyder's car came back down the track, he was hit again by the same racer.
"The car spun around in mid-air and the back end hit the wall," Steve said. "It gouged the concrete pretty good."
He noted that when the paramedics arrived, Trent was trying to start the car. The race was red-flagged.
Steve added that Trent was in shock after hitting the wall that fast. He said that Trent was overheated too. The oil tank by his feet was about 300 degrees and he was in his car for about an hour.
"He was so hot he could hardly breathe," he said.
He added that Trent's Hans Device really saved him from further injury.
But because the device transferred all of the impact to Trent's arms and shoulders, Steve said Trent was sore the day after.
"On Sunday, he couldn't sit up in bed by himself," he said.
Trent has had a couple rough weeks. Two weeks ago, his car's left front brake locked up and sent him into the wall at an estimated 40 mph.
He said the brake manufacturer said there was 170 reasons from hydraulic malfunctions to mechanical problems to cause a brake to lock up.
Walton or Rager could race at Knoxville
Wissota Championship Sprint Car racers Gary Walton, Baxter, or Roger Rager, Pequot Lakes, could race in the Tournament of Champions at Knoxville, Iowa, Aug. 4.
The race is for the top 50 Sprint Cars with 360 cubic inch engines in the United States. Walton said Wissota will send its four top racers. He said that as of Monday he is the fourth top Wissota racer, just a few points ahead of Rager.
Walton leads area racers
FARGO, N.D. -- Walton led a half-dozen area Wissota Championship Sprint Car racers at the Red River Valley Speedway Friday.
He finished eighth in the 20-lap feature. Rager was ninth, Dave Mass was 11th, Craig Ludvigson was 13th, Sye Anderson did not finish, and John Franzen did not start. Walton also finished seventh in his heat race.
Ludvigson said Monday this was the first time he raced since North Central Speedway's Sprint Special last month.
"I didn't have the right tire mounted up," he said. "I had plenty of horsepower."
He said he could keep up with the faster racers on the straightaways but fell behind on the corners.
Fredrickson finishes 5th
WEST SALEM, Wis. -- American Speed Association rookie Dan Fredrickson, whose crew chief is former Brainerd resident Nate Thiesse, finished fifth in the ASA Kul Brew 300 at La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway Sunday.
With the finish, Fredrickson of LaFavre Racing, Lakeville, is in fourth place in season points.
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