Tommy Murray of Brainerd remained in first place in the junior dragster season points chase at Grove Creek Speedway near Litchfield despite losing in the quarterfinals last weekend.
Murray only holds less than a round-lead over Trevor Larson of Starbuck with only two races left. Bryana Sather of Baxter is third. Both Larson and Sather lost in the semfinals last weekend.
Rookie Sandy Aanerud of Brainerd on her snowmobile won Saturday's jackpot race and took second in Sunday's jackpot race.
Snyder 9th in feature
SAUK CENTRE -- Trent Snyder of Ironton raced his Chevrolet Monte Carlo to a 9th-place finish in the 30-lap late model feature at I-94 Raceway Saturday night. Brian Brickzin of Little Falls finished 11th.
Earlier, Snyder qualified 12th and won his heat race. Brickzin finished sixth in the same heat race.
Snyder is currently sixth in the class's points standings, 128 points behind leader Jesse Klug. Brickzin is 11th.
9-11 gives Force
wake up call
NHRA Funny Car pilot John Force said the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks gave him a "wake up call."
He said from his cellular phone in August that he will never compare a drag race to war since the attacks.
"I will never allow myself to compare myself to someone in the military," he said. "Yeah we can get hurt out here. We can die out here but it's not war."
He said overall the attacks made become closer to his children and to value the lifestyle he has.
"Thank God we live in a country that is free," he said.
There will be two NASCAR Winston Cup racers with U.S. Army related sponsors next season.
NASCAR.com reported Aug. 29 that the National Guard will sponsor a racer driven by Ron Hornaday for three NASCAR Winston Cup racers this season and the full 2003 schedule.
The car owned by a new owner is painted red, white and blue and will be number 54 for the 50 states, three territories and District of Columbia.
The NASCAR Daily news website reported that according to NASCAR sources the U.S. Army has decided to step into the public-relations fray with a major-league racing NASCAR Winston Cup budget of its own.
Next season "Army" is expected to be on the quarterpanels of the Pontiacs owned by Nelson Bowers and Thomas Beard and driven by Ken Schrader the past two seasons. Jerry Nadeau is expected to get the ride.
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