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Lease Aims For Strong Finish in Short Trackers

Levi Lease (9) next to his Short Tracker car

Even though Levi Lease of Harwood plans to move to the Hobby Stock class next year, he still has some unfinished business in the Short Tracker division.

The 20-year-old leads the Short Tracker points by one at Buffalo River Speedway heading into Sunday’s program. He’s placed in the top five during all four shows at the 1/4-mile oval.

“I feel like for the last year in the short trackers, it’s going well,” Lease said.

Now in his sixth year, Lease has steadily improved each season. He was second in the points at I-94 Sure Step Speedway in 2020 and also earned his first career feature win.

He picked up his first career win at I-94 on July 10, 2020, and said crossing the finish line saw a combination of happiness and relief.

“I didn’t believe it,” Lease said. “I’ve been racing with a lot of fast cars since I started, and I finally got one.”

Like many, it was his dad, Joe, who got him into racing.

“Me and my dad would go every week, and ever since I was like since six and I wanted to get in there,” Lease said. “He bought me a car and I started from there.”

He started racing the full season in 2017 at Buffalo River and had 10 top five finishes. He’s kept building on that, and then had his best year in 2020 with a run and the runner-up finish at I-94 Sure Step Speedway.

“Every year I’ve been getting better,” Lease said.

He plans to race the Hobby Stock in some trophy races later this year to get some seat time before moving into the class in 2022.

That doesn’t mean he’s not focused on more success in his #9 Short Tracker for the rest of 2021.

“Have fun, and get my hobby stock ready for next year,” Lease said. “It’s be nice to get another one.”

Lease, who works at McNeilus Steel, has enjoyed his six years in racing.

“When you are behind the wheel, there are no other worries,” Lease said. “It’s just fun.”

Driver Profile

Levi Lease

Short Tracker #9

Age: 20

Residence: Harwood, N.D.

Sponsor: Grease Monkey

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