Race Recap – IWA Brainerd, MN


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Story and captions by Trent Maurer

Last weekend marked the final stop in the IWA’s 2014 racing season with the fall Wet N Wild event at Brainerd International Raceway. Overall the IWA put on another great season that ended on a high note. Dale Lindbeck added another Pro Open win to his collection but it was Brian McCurdy Jr. claiming the series championship. 

One unique twist to the weekend saw backcountry video star Jay Mentaberry fly in for some racing action. Hosted by the Fischer crew, Mentaberry rode David Fischer’s stock sled in 800 Drags where he finished 2nd and Semi-Pro Ovals where he did not make it into Sunday’s Finals. Mentaberry who seamed to be hooked after the weekend plans on coming back next season for at least one round. 

Just like the season, the weekend was a great success for the IWA staff, racers and fan’s alike. With Shawn Zurn elected the new IWA president for next season the IWA has high hopes of continued growth of their sport. For now its time for some racers to convert back to snow.

Up next for the IWA is the Awards Banquet October 18th at Grandma’s in Duluth. If you would like to attend the event visit www.iwaracing.com for more info.


Krista Maki-Zurn had a great weekend taking home 1st place in both 800 drags and Women’s Ovals this weekend.


Warren Burger took home the checkers in Semi-Pro Stock.


Mike Simmons also ended the season on a good note by finishing 2nd place in both Semi-Pro Open and Pro-Stock.


Brian Kormanik had a good weekend making it into the Finals on Sunday.


1588-Mindy Zapa is looking better every race. Womens Ovals was a great class to add to the IWA this year.


Jeff Fischer giving Jay Mentaberry some advice as he competed in both 800 Drags and Semi Pro-Ovals all weekend. Despite taking a 1st in his first heat race, Jay did not make Sunday’s final but plans on coming back next year.


Jay made his first race look easy. We hope to see him out in full force next season.


Brian McCurdy Jr let son Austin McCurdy ride his sled for Semi Pro Open this weekend after Brain completed his races to lock in the Pro-Open Points Championship.


Dale Lindbeck ended the season on a great note with a win in Pro-Open.


Cody Engstrand takes his victory lap in Semi-Pro Open.


Gina Lamb was all smiles after a great season that including winning the Women’s Oval World Championship.


David Fischer putting the Timber Sled through the paces after racing wrapped up.