BRANDON, SD -
Auto racing has long been a tradition here in the Midwest.
Sunday night, history was made at Huset's Speedway when a driver took his first win at the track. And for sprint car racer Isaac Schreurs, the win was about much more than his accomplishment on the track.
With 600 to 900 horsepower, sprint cars can be a handful to handle. For Isaac Schreurs, that's certainly the case. He was paralyzed from the chest down in a dirt bike accident in 2005. But needing a wheelchair didn't keep him from getting into the driver's seat.
"I knew I could race sprint car all the way through it. Whether I would be good or not, I just wanted to get in one and say I did it. That was one of my life goals," Schreurs said.
And on Sunday night, Schreurs went beyond that goal. Using his hands to control the steering wheel, gas and brakes on his white number 612 sprint car, he took the win.
"I don't remember much. I wasn't even that excited, I didn't even know, like wow, I just won that race. I didn't even know where to go; I just went around and pulled in. There was a lot going through my mind at that point," Schreurs said.
Monday, the 19-year-old watched what fans witnessed Sunday night, and he's starting to realize why his personal accomplishment brought thousands of fans to their feet.
"It has sunk in a little bit. I'm starting to realize that I finally did it. I've been waiting a long time to get it done and I'm glad I could get it done in my first year," Schreurs said.
Schreurs says getting to victory lane takes the same attitude that can get people through difficult situations in life.
"Whether it's your career, hobby, sport, anything, you just have got to go out and do it. You may not be great at it; you might be the best at it. It doesn’t matter. If you want to do it, then try your hardest to get it done," Schreurs said.
Schreurs did just that, adding his name to the Huset's Speedway list of winners that is more than 600 people long, but he's the first winner to ever climb from a car and into a wheelchair.
Schreurs says what made the win even more special is his closest two competitors are also two close friends.
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