Life is better in the fast lane.
Especially when you finish 1st.
That’s exactly what Brady Weinman of Arnold managed to do July 6 at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds in North Platte.
Weinman races in the International Motor Contest Association (IMCA) Stock Car Hobby Division on a weekly basis.
The point system is broken down by tracks. Different racers can be ranked different in points standings at different tracks.
At Lincoln County fairgrounds, Weinman sits in 5th place with 176 points and is 5th in McCook as well with 103 points.
In total, Weinman has racked up three heat race wins and three feature race wins.
Weinman pulled off the victory after going through two caution lights due to incidents involving other cars on the track and lost a big lead momentarily before regainining his lead off the final turn and pulling off the win.
“When I saw his front bumper, we were side-to-side,” Weinman said. I had just enough horsepower to get past him.”
Laps under the caution flag are frustrating for a leader of a race because once the caution flag is lifted, it allows the other cars to start up closer to the leader.
Weinman hasn’t been immune to the caution flag himself however.
He was part of a pile up in the previous week’s race in Doniphan.
“It was the 3rd lap of the feature and three cars spun out right in front of me,” Weinman said. “When you’re going 60-70 miles per hour, you don’t really have anywhere to go.”
The incident caused parts of his car to get bent and subsequently most of the following week working on repairing it to get it ready for the next race.
The amount of time spent working on the car can vary from week to week depending on the most recent performance, but on average, Weinman feels there is about 12 hours of work per week.
Brady’s father Darren raced in the IMCA for 10 years and his grandfather owns and operates the Lincoln County Raceway.
Weinman, a state champion pole vaulter for the South Loup Bobcats has grown up around the racetrack.
“I got old enough and my Grandpa took over this track about four years ago and I just loved racing.”
When a hobby stock car came on the market, Weinman saw his opportunity and talked to his dad about getting the car.
Brady’s hard work on the family farm had paid off and he was given his own racecar at the age of 16.
In his second season at the track, Weinman is still learning the tricks of the trade.
It didn’t take him long to figure out that spinning around in the dirt on the farm in the truck is a lot different than in these high-powered, medal racing machines.
Handling the car and learning the ins and outs was a tough task.
“My car, at North Platte, goes around 75 on the straightaways and you’re turning a sharp corner, so you have to lock the breaks up right away and get it drifting down,” Weinman said. “Then you can’t hit the throttle right away or else your wheels will just spin. You have to ease into it.”
Weather is another big factor playing into how the car runs. When it rains more than usual the week of the race, the tires will have to be set at a pressure that will allow them to grip the track better.
While there are challenges, it’s all part of the love Weinman has for the sport.
“It’s all about just going fast and having fun,” Weinman said.