SPOTLIGHT ON SPEED: KORBYNN STALLBAUMER
Twenty-year-old Korbynn Stallbaumer is constantly on the run these days, juggling classes at University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth with college basketball for the Spires and her drag racing career.
But with her first Heartland Park track championship within reach, Stallbaumer isn’t about to let racing take a back seat.
With four races remaining in HPT’s E.T. Bracket Racing Series, Stallbaumer leads the Sportsman standings by 239 points over Nick Siebert.
“It’s been a lot tougher this year (to juggle things) because we’re doing a lot more weekend basketball practices, so I have to make those up on my own,’’ Stallbaumer said. “I tell (the Saint Mary coaches) that I’m in the running for the points (title) at Heartland Park and they’re very understanding, thankfully. They support me.
“As long as I get my own workouts in, I’m good to go.’’
Now the objective for Stallbaumer, who went to the final four in the E.T. Finals at Brainerd, Minn., is to close out what has been a banner racing season with a bang.
“This is my first full year with the car that I have and I had two weekends back to back where I was the runnerup,’’ Stallbaumer said. “This is the best season I’ve ever had of all 12 years of racing, even in the Jr. Dragster. It’s exciting.’’
Stallbaumer will compete at HPT Saturday and Sunday before the final two races of the year on Oct. 22-23.
Solid performances over those two weekends could bring her the coveted championship.
“The car’s been great all year,’’ she said. “There’s been no problems. It’s consistent, and it comes down to me doing my job and staying focused.’’