Archive for Thursday, July 29, 2010

Auto racing is a way of life for Bonner Springs brothers

July 29, 2010

Does a hot night under the lights on a dirt track sound like an ordinary Saturday night?

It is for the Isaacs brothers of Bonner Springs.

Ethan and Lucas Isaacs have been racing since they were 7 and 9 years old. Back then, their stomping grounds were the Douglas County Fair Grounds in Lawrence.

For the young go-kart racers, winning was second nature.

When the brothers decided to move up in racing class, they were not shy to compete with the big boys of Central Missouri Speedway in Warrensburg, Mo. They turned into a household name as big brother Ethan, a 2009 Bonner Springs High School graduate, won back-to-back races this summer. Meanwhile, little brother Lucas, who will graduate from BSHS in 2011, came close to a victory, though he’s still trying to overcome the problems of a rundown motor.

Racing is not an easy sport, and one of the greatest challenges is the expense. The brothers have only one week to work on their car and have it ready to go the next week.

“(You have to) work on your car or you’re not racing,” Lucas said.

Racing can be pricey. Ethan explained how he and Lucas have to put up about $500 of their own money to prepare for the approaching week.

“Recently it’s been a bad week,” Ethan said. “We have spent about $500; it just depends on what you tore up the week before.”

That may seem like a lot, but with the help of many sponsors like Fry Car Care and EQ Muffler and Tow, the Isaacs brothers have been able to pursue their hobby.

How will the 2010 race season end?

“The only thing you can predict is the unpredictable; it’s racing,” Ethan said.

Though the season isn’t over yet, the Isaacs brothers have a tough and upbeat mindset so that every Saturday night is one to remember in the pursuit of victory lane.

— Cordell Duncan is a senior at Bonner Springs High School.

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