The Press Newspaper
The Gibsonburg High School graduate won 305 sprint car championships this season at both Fremont and Attica racetracks. They are the first two points championships Brubaker has won in four years or racing.
"Last year I ended up fourth," said Brubaker, 24. "We had better equipment this year and we added our crew chief. Last year I was doing it by myself and this year I had one of my best friends, Joe Laugherty, come on board. He helped me from time to time the year before when we finished fourth."
He used to race himself. Then he had a little girl and didn't want to race full-time. We sat down last winter and he said he wanted to race full-time again and he wanted it to be with me."
Brubaker, who has known Laugherty for more than five years, said adding a crew chief "took a lot of weight off my shoulders."
"Instead of me having to work on the car all the time, I could focus on driving," he said. "We saw eye-to-eye on what I wanted to do, and I would just drive."
The racing season at Fremont, a three-eighth-mile track, went from April through the end of September.Brubaker said he competed in 20 races and placed second three times, with four or five top-five finishes "and a lot of top 10 finishes."
He said he never started any race higher than the No. 8 position.Brubaker beat out runner-up Kevin Lee by 24 points for the 305 sprints points title at Fremont. Dustin Dinan finished third.
"It meant everything," Brubaker said of the title. "We talked about it this winter and put our heads together to try to win both championships. We worked really hard, and that's awesome. We're doing it for the trophy. We spent $30,000 for that $100 trophy. That's what it takes to run one year."
Brubaker thanked Tommy and Dawn Dussel, who own Kylynn Industries in Fremont, for sponsoring his ride this season.
"Tommy built a brand new motor and put it in our car," Brubaker said. "It made a tremendous difference, money-wise and horsepower-wise. That thing was awesome."
Brubaker competed in 19 races at Attica, which runs from the end of March through August. He won four races there - the most he's ever won in one season - and had two second-place finishes and three or four fourth-place finishes."
We had the best season I'ver had over there," Brubaker said. "It was awesome - better than anything at Fremont. Attica is a little bit wider and it fits my driving style a little better. I can get it back into the corner and it's a little easier to drive than Fremont."
Brubaker earned a fifth-place finish two weeks ago at Millstream Speedway in Findlay. He also intends to drive at Eldora in Rossburg, Ohio, on Saturday."I've never raced there before," Brubaker said. "That place can scare a guy. It's the coolest place to get around. I just want to go there and hopefully have fun down there."