Lane Teen Becomes “Miracle On Sand”
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Most people have heard about the Miracle on Ice when the United States hockey team defeated Canada for Olympic Gold, but the 2020 Sand Drag world witnessed a miracle as 18 year old Laura Feuerhelm, from Lane, scored three championships in one day.
The 2020 racing season was delayed first due to weather in March. April was cancelled due to Covid.
The first event was in May at Atoka Motorsports Park. Laura entered the Pro 2 Cars class but did not have a good race as she lost the first round.
The second event was Race 1 of the Mid America Sand Drag Series Heartland Nationals at Atoka Motorsports Park.
The Mid America Sand Drag Series is a four race series with two races at Atoka Motorsports Park and two at the Thunder Valley Sand Drags in Grain Valley, Missouri.
Laura entered the SportComp class Saturday night and made it to the final round but had to settle for 2nd place. Sunday was the main event and she made it to the final round again but once again had to settle for 2nd place.
The next event she attended was the June race at Atoka.
Feuerhelm made her Pro 1 Cars debut and also raced in Pro 2 Cars as well. She made it to the final round in Pro 1 Cars but fell short to John Pate.
She got the job done in Pro 2 Cars class and earned career win number 23. Laura and the team skipped race two of the Mid America Sand Drag Series in Grain Valley as rain was in the forecast.
The next event was back in Atoka the July double points Race. Laura continued to race in both classes. She had a first round loss and a semi-final round appearance in Pro 1 Cars.
Pro 2 Cars was a struggle with two first round losses. The August event saw Laura back in the final round in Pro 1 Cars but came up short again this time against Wyatt Fomby. Laura lost in the 2nd round in Pro 2 Cars.
September was similar to August she made another final round appearance in Pro 1 Cars this time Danny Mathews took the win as Laura settled for another second place. She lost during the second round in Pro 2.
The team traveled back to the Thunder Valley Sand Drags in Grain Valley, Missouri in September.
She made it to the semi-final round and earned 20 points going into the final Points race at Atoka Motorsports Park. Feuerhelm was tied for first in Mid America Pro 2 Cars points with Zella Kincaid and Craig McNeil.
Laura sat in third place in Atoka Motorsports Park points Pro 1 Cars points John Pate and Pat Ross tied for first heading into the final event, and third in Pro 2 Cars points behind Danielle Moss and Cliff Shull.
The Fall Fest Nationals is the final event of the Mid America Sand Drag Series and the final points race for the Atoka Motorsports Park track points. She won the first round in Pro 2 Cars class over Ava Winsor, and saw Zella Kincaid and Craig McNeil lose first round.
Those two losses sealed the Mid America Sand Drag Series Pro 2 Cars championship for Laura.
If Laura was going to win the Atoka Motorsports Park points championship she would need John Pate and Pat Ross to loose at least one round earlier than her.
She won the first round over Kenny Kapple in Pro 1 Cars. All three racers advanced to round two.
In the second round, she defeated Texas Racer Pruett Schultz.
Making it to the final round, she was up against John Pate in Pro 1 Cars. The winner would be the Atoka Motorsports Park track champion.
As the lights turned green, Laura got off the starting line first and got the win on a holeshot. Her first Pro 1 Cars event win, and the championship in her rookie season of Pro 1 Cars.
Not having time to celebrate, she fueled up and got ready for the Pro 2 Cars final round.
Laura would face off with another female, Brianna Acker from Texas. As the lights come down on the tree Brianna left too soon and turned on the red light, being automatically disqualified. Laura took the win and the championship.
She has now earned five championships: 2018 & 2020 Mid America Sand Drag Pro 2 Cars championships; 2019 & 2020 Back to Back Atoka Motorsports Park track championships; 2020 Atoka Motorsports Park Pro 1 Cars points championship; and 2019 Oklahoma Dirt Outlaw Battle of the Belt Best of the Best Champion for a total of 25 career wins.