Urbach in Pursuit of First Feature Win in Wissota Midwest Modifieds
It was about a decade ago when a friend had purchased a Bomber to race at Sheyenne Speedway in Lisbon. Brennan Urbach figured it was time to join him.
“If he’s doing it, I’m going to do it to,” Urbach said.
Ten years later, Urbach, 31, is one of the mainstays in the Wissota Midwest Modified class at Sheyenne. He’s fifth in the points at the 1/4-mile track and coming off of a sixth-place finish Sunday at Sheyenne after running in the top five much of the race.
The Lisbon driver got his start in the Bombers and was a successful driver in the class. He won the track title at Sheyenne in 2016 and compiled 17 feature wins during that time.
Since 2017 he’s been in the Wissota Midwest Modified class. He’s still looking for his first feature win in the class but has finished as high as second.
“Each year – we’re slowly picking it up,” Urbach said. “This is the toughest class there is for competition. I’m only doing it one night a week, so it’s hard to get good fast.
“This is a new car to me, so I’m learning all the new things with this. It’s been a little bit of a struggle but I think we’re close.”
Urbach, who works at Skalicky’s Auto Repair in Fargo (owned by racer Jesse Skalicky), has made improvements each year in the class. This season, because of all of early rainouts this season at Sheyenne, he’s raced five times.
“Newer chassis and a good motor,” Urbach said. “We can run the quick change now so we have that. The left-front limiter chain, that’s pretty cool to mess around with; you can tell quite a bit with that."
Because of travel costs and a busy family life, which includes his son in go-karts, Urbach has focused on his hometown track this season. He says he may hit the Sauerkraut 500 and the Jamestown Stampede late in the season.
He’d also like to find victory lane in his 33 machine.
“I’d like to get a feature win. That’s my main goal,” Urbach said.
Wissota Midwest Modified #33
Residence: Lisbon, N.D.
Sponsors: Skalicky’s Auto Repair, BS Farms, Job Erection of Gwinner; Larson Grain, Fury Chassis, Beast Customs, KS Engineering