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Laurie leads the way as local racers have great weekend in Brainerd

Provided Photo Mohawk native Teddy Laurie (left) leads a Semi Pro Open race during a recent event at the Brainerd International Raceway back on June 6-7.

BRAINERD, Minn. — On June 6-7, several local watercress riders traveled to Brainerd, Minnesota, to take part in a series of faces at the Brainerd International Raceway (BIR). Mohawk native Teddy Laurie led the way among the racers, earning a pair of wins in Semi Pro Open and Semi Pro Stock.

The races took part during the first weekend the BIR was open. For all the riders, the experience was less than ideal, but they enjoyed the experience all the same.

“It was a very long weekend for all of the racers because of the COVID virus,” said Neil Marietta Jr.

Because it was the opening weekend of the 2020 season, the rules made racing difficult. However that did not deter the racers.

“It was the first weekend BIR was open and due to social distancing,” said Marietta Jr., “we were only allowed one person per driver into BIR. So everyone was very busy in the pits.”

Laurie took first in the Semi Pro Open, with Marietta Jr. taking third. Later in the day, Laurie won the Semi Pro Stock. He finished up a strong showing with a fourth-place finish in the 800 Drags.

Another local racer, Cole Lassila, won the 600 Drags. Nick Trezona earned a third-place finish in the drags as well.

Other racers who took part in the races included James Marietta, Bradley Barrette, Paul Voelker Jr., Bradley Barrette Jr., Austin Serotzke, and Tom Hodges.

To learn more about IWA snowmobile watercross racing and the upcoming race on Aug. 22-23 in Lake Linden, check out IWA Racing on Facebook and also Marietta Racing on Facebook.

The BIR Brainerd International Raceway

Results from June 6-7

Pro Open

David Fischer, Cole Engstrand, Brian Zuccaro, Chris Erzar, Nick Gustafson, Shawn Zurn.

Semi Pro Open

Teddy Laurie, Blake Higgins, Neil Marietta Jr, Jerry Eason, Auston Lasky, Cassie Swanson

Women’s Open

Kerry Simpson, Cara Knapp, Rachel O’Brien.

Pro Stock

David Fischer, Blake Higgins, Blake Pendzimas, Justin Mackedanz, Cassie Swanson, Rachel O’Brien.

Semi Pro Stock

Teddy Laurie, Brian Bornetun, Austin Lasky, Andrew Storm, Corey Kostreba, Matt Czeczok.

Mod Drags

David Fischer, Aaron Lundeen, Nick Gustafson, Brian Zuccaro.

800 Drags

Aaron Lundeen, Austin Lasky, Kara Knapp, Teddy Laurie.

600 Drags

Cole Lassila, John Fox, Nick Trezona.

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