Stock Car Racing: Race to Race – Brainerd Dispatch
BARROWS — Seth Kramer loves the rush.
The self-diagnosed adrenaline junkie is in his 14th racing season. A farmer by trade, Kramer chooses his work points on his car during the week, with the ultimate goal of achieving top speed, something he may not be solely focused on with his car.
“It’s random, whenever I have a moment,” Kramer said of his store time. “I usually do most of my work on Saturday mornings. On rainy days and whenever I can get to the store. I have many friends who help me and without them I couldn’t do it.
“I just finished an engine overhaul this spring for my 7810 (tractor) so we upped that one a bit. You always have to give it a little more than it had. That’s how that happens.
Kramer didn’t have a passion for the dirt track during his teenage years, but he did have time to sit down and do some drag racing once in a while. He had a skill that is crucial for a dirt track racer, but had to find a way to exploit it inside a dirt oval.
“I’ve definitely been a step ahead since I started racing, but I didn’t really discover track racing until later in life,” Kramer said. “I did some drag racing right out of high school for a little while, just playing a little bit, but never track racing. But I used to drive sideways on dirt roads when I was younger.
He caught the track racing bug when he was asked to help haul Tim Johnson’s car to the race track. He was hooked.
“The next year I bought a car in pieces and we put it back together and went racing,” he said.
He made his debut in Super Stock before switching to the modified car. He also tried a B-Mod and also rode in Jerry Esler’s Mod 4 car once, as well as experience in a late model car limited to Cedar Lake.
He hasn’t driven a full season in the last five seasons and his last win came in a Super Stock race in 2019. However, Kramer’s car can be seen from the middle to the front of the field when He is running.
In 2022, he ran in seven out of 10 characteristics with two top-five finishes. He has only driven five times in 2020 and 2021 combined.
“I’m really hard on my engine,” said Kramer. “I try to build all my own stuff, especially later on now. I loved ringing every last ounce of power I could squeeze out of the car.
He also gives credit to his circle of friends who help him with the car.
“Without them, I wouldn’t be able to do this,” he said.
Although he doesn’t drive every week, Kramer knows he needs the adrenaline rush of being in the car and it’s not something he’s ready to part with anytime soon.
“I kind of have to pick my battles now. I don’t think I can ever get rid of it. The cars are still for sale. I have another project online tomorrow and I don’t think it will go away,” he said. “It’s too fun and I’m too adrenaline junkie to stop. I don’t care if I win or not. It really doesn’t matter to me. It’s great there.
“It keeps me out of trouble. You spend all Saturday night and can’t get much more trouble during the week.