Glyndon giant: Wahpeton driver looks at home at Buffalo River Race Park
Patrick Brejcha hasn't gone so far as to buy a home in Glyndon, Minn., just yet. The Wahpeton, N.D., driver might be holding out for something a little closer to Buffalo River Race Park. Brejcha has turned the quarter-mile track into his home tur...
Patrick Brejcha hasn't gone so far as to buy a home in Glyndon, Minn., just yet.
The Wahpeton, N.D., driver might be holding out for something a little closer to Buffalo River Race Park.
Brejcha has turned the quarter-mile track into his home turf, winning seven of the 10 features in the Legends class at BRRP this season.
"I love Buffalo River," the 25-year-old Brejcha said. "I never thought I would be a short-track person, but that track has really fit me perfectly.
"We've had some very, very good luck there."
Brejcha is in his fifth year racing the Legends, and had never won a feature before taking the checkered flag at BRRP on May 17 - the second show of the season at the track.
Buffalo River Race Park is the only track where Brejcha runs regularly, but he also has run at tracks in Sauk Centre, Minn., Wishek, N.D., and Mandan, N.D.
The Glyndon, Minn., quarter-mile track is the only place he's ever won.
"I've been able to have a lot of success there, and we really enjoy running there," Brejcha said. "And it feels like the fans really appreciate us up there. Sometimes when you run at other tracks, it feels like the Legends are just a filler class.
"That makes it even more fun to run up there."
Brejcha's a big guy at
6-foot-2, but he has no problem cramming himself into the Legends ride. However, he said he has toyed with the idea of racing another class in the future.
"The first couple of weeks I raced, getting into and out of that thing was a chore," Brejcha said. "But when I win or it gets set on fire, I can get out of it pretty fast.
"I'd like to run an A-Modified some day. Right now, though, I am really enjoying (the Legends) class."
It's not hard for any fan to realize that Brejcha has a blast on the track.
Every victory has been treated with the same zeal. Every time he's made it to victory lane, Brejcha has popped out of his car with the excitement of a kid running toward his stocking on Christmas morning.
"I'm always excited when I win, but part of that comes from not winning for so long," Brejcha said. "I try to be humble, because I like to think that's what has gotten me here.
"I'm not going out there expecting to win every race, but you don't know if it's going to be the last one you win."
Despite all of the wins, Brejcha is still a whisker behind the always consistent Chad Sogge in the points standings - but it appears to be a two-horse race.
Sogge leads Brejcha by a mere five points. Kasey Kurtz is in third, but is a distant 29 points behind Brejcha.
"The great thing about this class is the guys you run against," Brejcha said. "It's close, and it's great guys.
"I'm glad to be able to run against guys like Chad and Kasey, because we all help each other, too. It's been a fun year."
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