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April 25, 2009

Motorsports: Kishbaugh: workingman's racer

NESCOPECK -- By day, Brian Kishbaugh works as a mechanic on vehicles at a mine reclamation project.

By night, he splits his time between the family farm and working on his micro sprint car.

Somewhere in between working 60 to 65 hours a week, the soft-spoken driver from Nescopeck has captured seven micro sprint car track titles since 2001, including three at Clinton County Raceway and two at Selinsgrove Raceway Park.

His first title, which came at Clinton County Raceway, was also the first year he started racing the 270 micro sprints, in 1996.

"My one buddy was racing motorcycles and he got me hooked on it," he said of how he got started in racing. "My brother, Scott, had a micro sprint for a while and then I got one. It was fun racing against Scott, but I race him like I race everybody else."

Prior to micro sprints, Brian raced everything from motorcycles to go-karts and 4-wheelers starting in 1981 at age 18.

He and Scott finished one-two in the final point standings at Clinton County last year for the 270 division. It was Brian's second straight micro sprint car track title.

What makes his championships at Clinton County unusual is that he and his wife, LeaAnn, usually arrive at the track at 6:45 p.m. after making the tow in from Nanticoke following the work day.

Racing at Clinton County starts at 7.

"I'd like to get hot laps with the 600 mini sprints as you can tell the difference between the horsepower in them and the 270s on the straightaways, but we're comfortable with the 270 without getting hot laps," he said.

Brian has also noticed an increase in the micro sprint car count at Clinton County since Vern Wasson took over as promoter.

"We're getting twice as many cars as we used to," he noted.

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