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Home-State Pride Driving Torok At Sandusky

SANDUSKY, Ohio – After a solid showing during his Must See Racing Sprint Car Series debut, teenager Brenden Torok is hoping to take the next step in Sunday's Border Wars finale at Sandusky Speedway.

Torok, 15, enters the half-mile after an 11th-place finish during his maiden voyage at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway back in May, carrying confidence in his No. 99 Koyan Racing team.

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Brenden Torok is making his second Must See Racing sprint car start this weekend at Sandusky Speedway. (Jacob Seelman photo)

What's more, he's returning to the 410ci winged asphalt sprint car series at his home race track, buoyed by a crate sprint feature win at Lorain County Speedway following his Must See debut.

The opportunity to compete at the famed facility is one that's not lost on the young Torok.

"It's awesome, especially with Lorain County closing for the rest of the year, to be able to put down some laps at a track that I grew up around," said Torok. "To be able to race there with some of the people that I grew up watching and looked up to is super special for me at this stage in my career. Out of all the tracks in Ohio, I feel like Sandusky is one of the best choices to bring the Must See series to.

"I'm looking forward to seeing a lot of people there that might not otherwise get a chance to watch these amazing race cars, and hopefully we can put on a great showing for them."

Torok also knows that there's home-state pride on the line at Sandusky and wants to perform well, considering that a majority of the full-time Must See Racing drivers hail from the state of Ohio.

"Any time you come to a race in your home region, you want to go out and run strong, and it's no different this weekend at Sandusky," Torok noted. "We want to grab as many positions as we can and really end up with a great day for Dave Koyan and all the people who support this No. 90 team.

"It does add a little bit of pressure, considering that you're racing in front of a lot of family and friends, but we thrive on that and want to rise up to the intensity," he added. "We'll just see what happens."

As far as his personal goals for the event, Torok hopes to crack that top-10 threshold on Sunday evening and put himself among the frontrunners at the end of the 30-lap Border Wars finale.

"My goal for this week is definitely to get up inside the top 10," he explained. "I almost got there ... and actually ran inside the top 10 for a lot of the race back at Anderson, so I think we're definitely capable of making it happen. Having more laps at this track, compared to others, I believe will help us as well.

"As long as we roll it back into the trailer in one piece, we'll be happy, but we're aiming high this week."

Qualifying for Sunday's Border Wars finale at Sandusky Speedway is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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Jacob Seelman
Freelance Writer
Series Announcer for Must See Racing