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BIR racers steal the thunder at NHRA Divisional Race

Thunder at the Lakes winners, back row from left, Jim Greenheck, Phil Unruh, Gary Loeffelholz, Brett Speer, Glen DeMenge. Front row, Trevor Larson, Randy Nygaard, Joel Sandstrom, Beau Drexler

Thunder at the Lakes winners, back row from left, Jim Greenheck, Phil Unruh, Gary Loeffelholz, Brett Speer, Glen DeMenge. Front row, Trevor Larson, Randy Nygaard, Joel Sandstrom, Beau Drexler

Drag racers from throughout the country were at Brainerd International Raceway last weekend, competing for NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series West Central Division points, but it was five local drivers who stole the show.

Brett Speer, Gary Loeffelholz, Glen DeMenge, Joel Sandstrom and Trevor Larson, all of whom regularly race at BIR, stole the show by winning five of the nine classes Sunday during the elimination rounds of the Thunder at the Lakes NHRA Divisional Race.

Speer won the Super Stock class after beating Byron Worner  by about 11 inches at the finish line. Speer clock in at 10.152 seconds, 125.56 mph to Worner’s quicker 9.940, 129.80.

DeMenge beat out Candace Jurgens in the finals of the Stock Eliminator class. Jurgens fouled at the starting line, handing DeMenge the win. Larson won a close race over John Lobner in Super Comp.  Larson ran 8.925 seconds at 168.91 mph while Lobnor ran  8.907 seconds at 167.01 mph.

Cam Grundman beat Sandstrom off the starting line but still lost to Sandstrom’s 10.915 seconds at 136.75 mph. Loeffelholz won on a holeshot in the Jerry Haas Racecars Top Sportsman class. He beat Paul Pittman with a time of  7.480 seconds at 182.45 mph to Pittman’s 6.573, 213.64.

Jim Greenheck took the win in Comp Eliminator by beating former national champion Bruno Massel. Greenheck motored down the quarter mile, clocking in at 7.318 seconds, 184.80 mph for the win in his ’12 Camaro. Massel was off the pace with car problems.

The Madcap/Fineline Top Dragster trophy went to Phil Unruh, who covered the quarter mile in 6.426 seconds and 205.19 mph, just six inches ahead of Shawn Anderson, who posted a time of 7.264 seconds at 180.16 mph.

Rounding out the winners were Randy Nygaard defeating Dale Evens in Super Gas.  Nygaard recorded a 9.921-second lap at 137.85 mph to Evens’ 9.919, 156.12.  The Sportsman Motorcycle presented by Harley-Davidson title went to Beau Drexler.  Drexler and Kyle Lundberg left the line together but Drexler was better at the strip to take the win in 8.303 seconds at 155.45 mph.

The NHRA Summit Jr. Drag Racing League was also in action this weekend as Meagen Neil beat Erik Crooks in the Advanced class; Joseph Lindberg downed Jordin Jurgens in Intermediate; Cam Giese won over Brody Thompson in Novice; and Ryler Mohr took the Youth class over Addyson Scheleck.

In the Karl Performance Super Shootouts presented by Karl Chevrolet, Tony Leonard won in Super Comp, Tom Carlson took Super Gas and Sandy Cawsey scored in Super Street.

West Central division racers are back at BIR this weekend when they will be joined by the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, Aug. 18-21.

The following are Sunday’s final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, West Central division Thunder at the Lakes:

COMP ELIMINATOR
Jim Greenheck of Schofield, Wis., 7.318, 184.80  def. Bruno Massel of Elmhurst, Ill.,  7.788, 148.31

SUPER STOCK
Brett Speer of Little Falls, 10.152, 125.56  def. Byron Worner of Duncannon, Pa., 9.940, 129.80

STOCK ELIMINATOR
Glen DeMenge, of McGregor, 10.017, 131.32  def. Candace Jurgens of Watertown, S.D., foul

SUPER COMP
Trevor Larson of Starbuck, 8.925, 168.91  def. John Lobner of  DeSoto, Kan., 8.907, 167.01

SUPER GAS
Randy Nygaard of Watertown, S.D., 9.921, 137.85  def. Dale Evens of St. Cloud

SUPER STREET
Joel Sandstrom of Penqilly, 10.915, 136.75  def. Cam Grundman, St Cloud, 10.883, 138.31

TOP SPORTSMAN
Gary Loeffelholz of Shafer, 7.480, 182.45  def. Paul Pittman, Bloomington, 6.573, 213.64

TOP DRAGSTER
Phil Unruh of McPherson, Kan., 6.426, 205.19  def. Shawn Anderson, Eau Claire, Wis.,  7.264, 180.16

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE PRESENTED BY HARLEY-DAVIDSON
Beau Drexler of Lakewood, Colo., 8.303, 155.45  def. Kyle Lundberg, Isanti, 8.562, 154.40

JUNIOR DRAGSTER ADVANCED
Meagen Neil of West Fargo, N.D., 7.996, 83.17  def. Erik Crooks of Brandon, 8.015, 78.94

JUNIOR DRAGSTER INTERMEDIATE
Joseph Lindberg of Lindstrom, 9.061, 74.29  def. Jordin Jurgens of Watertown, S.D.,9.023, 72.58

JUNIOR DRAGSTER NOVICE
Cam Giese, Kandiyohi, 11.796, 55.49  def. Brody Thompson of Nowthen foul

JUNIOR DRAGSTER YOUTH
Ryler Mohr of Mitchell, S.D., 14.669, 45.89  def. Addyson Scheleck of St Cloud, foul

KARL PERFORMANCE SUPER COMP SHOOTOUT PRESENTED BY KARL CHEVROLET
Tony Leonard of Hastings, 8.903, 152.19  def. Tom Nygaard, of Watertown, S.D., 8.876, 156.21

KARL PERFORMANCE SUPER GAS SHOOTOUT PRESENTED BY KARL CHEVROLET
Tom Carlson of Two Harbors, 9.886, 154.95  def. Trevor Larson of Starbuck, 9.876, 159.97

KARL PERFORMANCE SUPER STREET SHOOTOUT PRESENTED BY KARL CHEVROLET
Sandy Cawsey of Regina, Sask., 10.902, 130.03  def. Dan Smith of Buffalo, 10.884, 144.58

Thunder at the Lakes signals start of NHRA MegaWeek

Thunder at the Lakes rolls into Brainerd International Raceway this weekend, but the NHRA divisional drag race has an all-new significance this year.

In addition to offering fans some of the best Sportsman drag racing in the country, Thunder at the Lakes signals the kick-off to BIR’s new MegaWeek, which is 12 days of drag racing that starts with Thunder at the Lakes and ends with the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals. With the MegaWeek ticket, fans can enter BIR Thursday evening and stay until Aug. 22, watching seven days of drag racing in the process.

Traditionally scheduled in early June, Thunder at the Lakes showcases the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, which features many of the Sportsman drag racers that fans watch during the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, set for Aug. 18-21. Most of the drag racers compete in both events as they chase series points in nine different classes that can lead to divisional and national championships as well as a shot at part of the $519,000 year-end purse.

“We’ve had an excellent response from our fans who love this new format,” BIR Owner Jed Copham said. “There’s a large number of fans who start camping at BIR the Monday before Nationals anyway, so they’re planning to show up four days earlier to watch another weekend of awesome drag racing before the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals rolls into town.”

Thunder at the Lakes starts Friday with a Test & Tune day. Time trials and qualifying starts Saturday at 9 a.m., with the Top Sportsman, Top Dragster and Comp Eliminator classes qualifying at 11 a.m., 2 and 5 p.m. Elimination rounds are Sunday starting at 9 a.m. Gates open at 7 a.m. daily.

The drag racing categories this weekend are Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. The Jerry Haas Race Cars Top Sportsman, Fineline Graphics & Madcap Racing Top Dragster and NHRA Sportsman Motorcycle Series presented by Harley-Davidson are also in competition.

Daily admission for  Thunder at the Lakes is $25. Kids 12 and under are admitted free with a paid adult. Parking is free.

 

Watch TV coverage of Trans Am Series at BIR

Race fans got a double dose of the Trans Am Series earlier this summer when it was the featured event of the 30th Annual PleasureLand RV Show & Go. The two races were televised by CBS Sports Network and broadcast July 23 and 31. If you missed it then, here a chance to watch the two races at your leisure. Click on the links below to watch the entire broadcast.

Click here to watch TV coverage of the TA, TA3 and TA4 race.

Click here to watch TV coverage of the TA2 race.

 

Brad Haugaard is BIR’s King of the Track!

Brad Haugaard has had better weekends of drag racing at Brainerd International Raceway.

He entered last weekend in first place in the Stock/Super Stock point standings with a chance to lock up a championship in the Bracket Drag Racing Series. But Saturday and Sunday both started the same way, with a first-round loss, which basically guaranteed that he’d lose the championship.

King of the Track Brad Haugaard

King of the Track Brad Haugaard

The weekend was far from being a total bust for Haugaard, though. Saturday evening was BIR’s annual King of the Track race, where Haugaard and 13 other racers squared off to see who was the best of the best. The race is a showdown among the top two drivers in seven of the series’ 11 classes. They get paired up in an elimination format, with the last driver standing earning the title of King of the Track.

Haugaard won his way to the finals, beating 2014 King of the Track Ben Line in the first round, followed by a bye round and an easy win in the semifinals when Mike Simons fouled at the starting line.

Haugaard and his 2005 Dodge Stratus lined up against Brad Harder and his 1998 Kawasaki in the finals. Haugaard admits that Harder may have been a little distracted, having broke his chain in the semifinals against Wally Higby. He replaced the chain after a short delay but couldn’t beat Haugaard, who was 1/1,000ths of a second away from a perfect reaction time on the starting line, followed by a near flawless race by posting a time of 10.199 seconds and 124.36 mph.

“It was a cool deal,” Haugaard said of his win. “I guess everyone is out to get me now.”

His King of the Track win will be special, he said, especially if he could’ve polished off the season with a series championship. “It happens,” he said of the two first-round losses. “It would’ve been a nice way to cap off the season, but what are you going to do?”

Line went on to win the Stock/Super Stock class on Sunday to lock up the series championship. Last weekend was the final race of the season for Stock/Super Stock. The remaining classes will close out the season Oct. 1-2. The top of the point standings are getting clogged up with racers, setting the stage for a battle royal during the final weekend.

While more than 250 racers were tearing up the drag strip, 18 teams were on BIR’s 2.5-mile Competition Road Course competing in a pair of seven-hour endurance races during the ChumpCar World Series’ Brainerd Grand Prix. On Saturday, PBR Light won with 208 laps, a best time of 1:51.488 and a top speed of 80.726 mph. On Sunday, Panzyschrek! took home first place (no details were available).

Below are the finals of each day of racing.

SATURDAY, JULY 30

King of the Track
Finals: Brad Haugaard of Ham Lake def. Brad Harder of Waconia

Super Pro
Finals: Tanner Schiffer of West Fargo, N.D. def. Mike Anderson of St. Joseph

Pro ET
Finals: Brenden Bungert of Lakeville def. Pat Haubrich of New Ulm

Super Pro/Pro ET Shootout
Brenden Bungert of Lakeville def. Tanner Schiffer of West Fargo, N.D.

Sportsman
Finals: Neil Webster of Little Canada def. Brandon Schmall of Lino Lakes

Stock/Super Stock
Finals Corey Hopkins of North Branch def. Terry Johnson of Maple Grove

Pro Bike/Sled
Finals: Donnie Durenberger of Minneapolis def. Kyle Lundberg of Isanti

Comp Trophy
Finals: Chris Henry of Sauk Rapids def. Mike Larson of Brainerd

Street Trophy
Finals: Joe Moriarty Jr. of Ham Lake def. Daniel Wiebusch of Ham Lake

Quick 16
Finals: Gary Loeffelholz of Shafer def. Robert Fisher of Gibbon

Junior Dragster Advanced
Finals: Carter Lindquist of Minnetonka def. Sdney Thompson of Nowthen

Junior Dragster Intermediate
Finals: Dylan Dancer of Foley def. Riley Luberda of Foley

Junior Dragster Novice
Finals: Carter Luberda of Foley def. Brody Thompson of Nowthen

SUNDAY, JULY 31

Super Pro
Finals:Brian Tuma of Pillager def. Gary Koch of Clearwater

Pro ET
Finals: Tevin Zavadil of Clearwater def. Travis Reutzel of Annandale

Super Pro/Pro ET Shootout
Tevin Zavadil of Clearwater def. Brian Tuma of Pillager

Sportsman
Finals: Jerry Heib of Maple Grove def. Mike Pflepsen of Duluth

Stock/Super Stock
Finals: Ben Line of International Falls def. Terry Johnson of Maple Grove

Pro Bike/Sled
Finals: Kyle Lundberg of Isanti def. Nick Fox of Hugo

Comp Trophy
Finals: Todd Thomas of Two Harbors def. Gregory Dancer of Foley

Street Trophy
Finals: Heather Ingman of Andover def. Mike Simons def. Pine City

Junior Dragster Advanced
Finals: Sydney Thompson of Nowthen def. Zachary Zavadil of Clearwater

Junior Dragster Intermediate
Finals: Dylan Dancer of Foley def. Riley Luberda of Foley

Junior Dragster Novice
Finals: Brody Thompson of Nowthen def. Carlee Reber of St. Joseph

 

 

This weekend’s all about Kings and Chumps

This weekend is one of the biggest races of the season for 14 drivers in Brainerd International Raceway’s (BIR) Bracket Drag Racing Series, because one of those drivers will be crowned King of the Track Saturday.

The annual King of the Track race is a showdown among the top two drivers in the series’ point standings in seven of the 11 classes. They’ll get paired up in an elimination format, with the last driver standing earning the title of King of the Track, who will take home a coveted Wally trophy like the stars of the NHRA win.

The King of the Track runoff is Saturday evening. Last year’s king, Joe Howell, will not have a chance to repeat but two former kings will be gunning for the crown again this year: Ben Line, who was king in 2014, and Wally Higby, who was king in 2011.

In addition to the King of the Track race, the drag strip will host the Bracket Drag Racing Series, which features eliminations both Saturday and Sunday. More than 300  drag racers are expected as they’ll be battling for series points in this fifth of six weekends for the series. Series championships and cash prizes are at stake.

While the drag racers are tearing up the drag strip, the ChumpCar World Series will be on BIR’s 2.5-mile Competition Road Course for a pair of seven-hour endurance races. Teams of four drivers, driving $500 “crap cans” will circle the track for seven hours, trying to complete as many laps as possible. The team with the most laps wins.

Last year’s 12-hour ChumpCar race attracted 39 teams, some of which spent more time wrenching on their cars than driving them. The winning team, Chump Faces, completed 328 laps, with a best lap time of 1:58.661 and a speed of 94.049 mph.

On both Saturday and Sunday, ChumpCar racing begins at 9 a.m. and finishes at 4 p.m. An awards ceremony will follow at 5:30 p.m.

Back on the drag strip, Friday’s schedule includes a Test & Tune. Saturday and Sunday’s racing begins at 9 a.m. with time trials and qualifying, followed by eliminations.

Daily admission is $25. Kids 12 and under are free. Camping is free with a multi-day ticket, and parking is free as well.

Below are the drag racers who will be competing for King of the Track honors.

SuperPro – Brian Johnson and Kyle Loeffelholz

Pro ET – Bryce Miller and Wally Higby

Sportsman – Steve Elzy and Lee Dugdale

Stock/Super Stock – Brad Haugaard and Ben Line

Pro Bike/Sled – Brad Harder and Kyle Lundberg

Comp Trophy – Chris Henry and Andrew Walcheski

Street Trophy – Mike Simons and Shelly Joel

Ohnsorg sets a track record, Bastein wins Framstad Cup

Adam Bastien

Adam Bastien

The big story coming into the third round of the Central Roadracing Association’s 2016 season, held on Brainerd International Raceway’s Donnybrooke course, was the annual running of the Framstad Cup but Kyle Ohnsorg stole the show during the last race of the weekend by setting a new track record of 1:39.412 and clocking in at a GPS verified top speed of 197mph on the 3/4 mile long front straight.

Second-year rider Adam Bastien’s performance in the 2016 edition of the Framstad Cup, the most prestigious race on the Central Roadracing Association’s calendar, can be summed up with one word: domination. Starting near the front in the tortoise vs. hare style race, Bastien quickly put his head down on the Schmalenberg Racing Services Kawasaki Ninja 300 and had more than a lap lead before Kyle Ohnsorg, Brandon Punt, Aaron Anderson and Bell Helmets rider Shane Keaveny were released to start their race on their 600cc-1000cc machinery. Once he had clear track ahead of him he pulled away from the field in a way not seen since fellow Schmalenberg Racing Services rider Christian Schmidt decimated the field while riding a Kawasaki Ninja 250 to victory in the 2011 edition of the classic race. John Roswick, Jr. put in an admirable ride on a borrowed Suzuki SV650 to come home in second place in front of young upstart Nate Minster on his KTM RC390 Cup bike.

Kyle Ohnsorg was in a class of his own all weekend with the only blot on his copybook being a fifth place finish in the Unlimited Supersport race where he lined up against the 1000cc field on his trusty Yamaha R6. Aside from that, he brought home top honors in every standard format race he competed in (the Framstad Cup is typically difficult for larger capacity motorcycles to win due to the amount of slower traffic toward the end of the race, and Ohnsorg qualified for the race on his Yamaha R6 and finished outside of the top six riders). Christian Schmidt and Shane Keaveny (proudly representing Ray Ban sunglasses for July only) continued to close in on a good setup on their Kawasaki ZX-10Rs but they had absolutely nothing for the Mike Husman tuned BMW S1000RR ridden by the flyweight Ohnsorg. An honorable mention in the Unlimited class goes to both Marlin Johnson and Josh Harein who consistently hung with the tail end of the expert Unlimited group which is not an easy thing to do, especially at BIR’s Donnybrooke course.

With Ohnsorg riding off into the sunset in the Expert classes, the story in Middleweight had to be first-year rider Jake Hennen storming to multiple wins through the weekend showcasing an aggressive riding style that will see him at the front of expert races sooner rather than later. James Mullen made Hennen’s life difficult in multiple races but an unfortunate off for Mullen toward the end of the day Sunday prematurely ended his weekend and possibly his season. Further down the pack there were many race long battles between Eric Hjelter, Ewa Kalinsky, new rider Josh Hultberg and Tim Rabe with each rider pushing each other to improve which was evident as they lowered their personal best lap times race after race.

The Lightweight classes saw a potential new character in the Jon Champ Show with Matt Cina putting his exquisitely prepped Yamaha FZ-07 to good use to bring home a few second place finishes in the Expert class. The Novice class was the place to go for great racing as Chris Mattson, Corey Robinson had multiple battles throughout the weekend although Mattson consistently took top honors.

The newly created “Triple-D Award” (Dat Dude’s Dedicated) went to Ultralight rider Jack Barton for battling through a stomach bug that was serious enough to even affect his vision while wearing a helmet during the weekend. He persevered and even brought home a win through all of his troubles. Elsewhere in the little bike classes, the Ninja 250 Novice races were some of the best races of the entire weekend with Jayme Schmit, Corey Robinson and Sean Stettnichs battling every lap of every race.

On the lighter side of things, a welcome return was made to the CRA pitbike race. An annual event in the past, an impromptu pitbike race was run on Saturday evening with riders and CRA volunteers alike donning their race gear and preparing for battle – literally. Never a serious affair, the pitbike race featured many garbage cans, traffic cones, a figure-eight course and a water-spewing “car” joining the fun from time to time. Justin Craine, Jeff Japs and Nate Minster were the front-runners in this race but the crowd-favorite was undeniably the Yamaha Zuma being ridden in tandem by Kris Skellenger and Scott Stall. Wielding a traffic bollard as a jousting weapon, the duo wreaked havoc on things (mostly Skellenger’s beloved Zuma) and pulled off a daring in-motion rider swap to the delight of the tens of spectators. The race was won by someone (does it really matter) and fun was had by all, and we’re going to do it again in August.

The fourth round of the CRA season will take place on Brainerd International Raceway’s Competition Course, August 26-28 with a bigger, badder pitbike race happening on August 27.

CRA photo by Becca Erickson

Framstad Cup
1 Adam Bastien (Kaw Ninja 300)
2 Jonathan Roswick (Suz SV650)
3 Nate Minster (KTM RC390 Cup)
4 Joe Mastain (Yam YZF-R6)
5 William Miller (Yam YZF-R3)
6 Harry Jensen (Duc 620)

Unlimited SS Expert
1 Christian Schmidt (Kaw ZX-10R)
2 Shane Keaveny (Kaw ZX-10R)
3 John Staska (Suz GSX-R1000)
4 Tony Mahto (Yam YZF-R1)
5 Kyle Ohnsorg (Yam YZF-R6)
6 Lucas Wygant (Yam YZF-R1)

Unlimited SS Novice
1 Marlin Johnson (Hon CBR1000RR)
2 Josh Harein (Hon CBR1000RR

Unlimited SB Expert
1 Kyle Ohnsorg (BMW S1000RR)
2 Shane Keaveny (Kaw ZX-10R)
3 Lucas Wygant (Yam YZF-R1)
4 Tony Mahto (Yam YZF-R1)
5 Jesse Nelson (Suz GSX-R1000)
6 Brandon Punt (BMW S1000RR)

Unlimited SB Novice
1 Marlin Johnson (Hon CBR1000RR)

Unlimited GP Expert
1 Kyle Ohnsorg (BMW S1000RR)
2 Christian Schmidt (Kaw ZX-10R)
3 Rob Oliva (Yam YZF-R1)
4 Jesse Nelson (Suz GSX-R1000)
5 Aaron Anderson (Suz GSX-R750)
6 Brandon Punt (BMW S1000RR)

Unlimited GP Novice
1 Marlin Johnson (Hon CBR1000RR)

Heavyweight SS Expert
1 Kyle Ohnsorg (Yam YZF-R6)
2 Drew See (Yam YZF-R6)
3 Aaron Anderson (Suz GSX-R750)
4 Sean Edgett (Yam YZF-R6)
5 Erik DeVaan (Yam YZF-R6)
6 Lucas Wygant (Yam YZF-R6)

Heavyweight SS Novice
1 Jacob Hennen (Hon CBR600RR)
2 James Mullen (Yam YZF-R6)
3 Patrick Wagaman (Hon CBR600RR)
4 Joe Mastain (Yam YZF-R6)
5 Nathan Dotson (Tri 675)
6 James Michaelson (Yam YZF-R6)

Heavyweight SB Expert
1 Kyle Ohnsorg (Yam YZF-R6)
2 Aaron Anderson (Suz GSX-R750)
3 Sean Edgett (Yam YZF-R6)
4 Lucas Wygant (Yam YZF-R6)
5 Justin Craine (Suz GSX-R600)
6 Mike Schley (Kaw ZX-6R)

Heavyweight SB Novice
1 Jacob Hennen (Hon CBR600RR)
2 James Mullen (Yam YZF-R6)
3 Patrick Wagaman (Hon CBR600RR)
4 Joe Mastain (Yam YZF-R6)
5 Jeff Somers (Yam YZF-R6)
6 James Michaelson (Yam YZF-R6)

Heavyweight GP Expert
1 Kyle Ohnsorg (Yam YZF-R6)
2 Aaron Anderson (Suz GSX-R750)
3 Sean Edgett (Yam YZF-R6)
4 Erik DeVaan (Yam YZF-R6)
5 Justin Craine (Suz GSX-R600)

Heavyweight GP Novice
1 Joe Mastain (Yam YZF-R6)
2 Patrick Wagaman (Hon CBR600RR)
3 James Michaelson (Yam YZF-R6)
4 Martin Holte (Hon CBR600RR)
5 Daniel O’Day (Kaw ZX-6R)
6 Nathan Dotson (Tri 675)

Middleweight SS Expert
1 Kyle Ohnsorg (Yam YZF-R6)
2 Drew See (Yam YZF-R6)
3 Justin  Ebnet (Hon CBR600RR)
4 Sean Edgett (Yam YZF-R6)
5 Lucas Wygant (Yam YZF-R6)
6 Erik Devaan (Yam YZF-R6)

Middleweight SS Novice
1 Jacob Hennen (Hon CBR600RR)
2 James Mullen (Yam YZF-R6)
3 Patrick Wagaman (Hon CBR600RR)
4 Jeff Somers (Yam YZF-R6)
5 Joe Mastain (Yam YZF-R6)
6 James Michaelson (Yam YZF-R6)

Middleweight SB Expert
1 Kyle Ohnsorg (Yam YZF-R6)
2 Justin Ebnet (Hon CBR600RR)
3 Sean Edgett (Yam YZF-R6)
4 Erik Devaan (Yam YZF-R6)
5 Lucas Wygant (Yam YZF-R6)
6 Drew Sivertsen (Suz GSX-R600)

Middleweight SB Novice – Race
1 Jacob Hennen (Hon CBR600RR)
2 James Mullen (Yam YZF-R6)
3 Joe Mastain (Yam YZF-R6)
4 Jeff Somers (Yam YZF-R6)
5 Daniel O’Day (Kaw ZX-6R)
6 Martin Holte (Hon CBR600RR

Middleweight GP Expert
1 Kyle Ohnsorg (Yam YZF-R6)
2 Justin Ebnet (Hon CBR600RR)
3 Sean Edgett (Yam YZF-R6)
4 Erik Devaan (Yam YZF-R6)
5 Justin Craine (Suz GSX-R600)
6 Drew Sivertsen (Suz GSX-R600)

Middleweight GP Novice
1 Jacob Hennen (Hon CBR600RR)
2 James Mullen (Yam YZF-R6)
3 Patrick Wagaman (Hon CBR600RR)
4 Joe Mastain (Yam YZF-R6)
5 Steve Horsfield (Yam YZF-R6)
6 Daniel O’Day (Kaw ZX-6R)

Lightweight SS Novice
1 Corey Robinson (Suz SV650)
2 Jesse VanderWeide (Suz SV650)
3 Anthony Marcinek (Suz SV650)
4 Sonia Pond (Suz SV650)
5 Chris Mattson (Suz SV650)

Lightweight SS Expert
1 Jon Champ (Suz SV650)
2 Stephen Johnson (Suz SV650)
3 David Hanson (Yam FZ-07)
4 Katie Champ (Suz SV650)

Lightweight SB Expert
1 Jon Champ (Suz SV650)
2 Matt Cina (Yam FZ-07
3 Stephen Johnson (Suz SV650)
4 Pierre Champon
5 David Hanson (Yam FZ-07)
6 Katie Champ (Suz SV650)

Lightweight SB Novice
1 Chris Mattson (Suz SV650)
2 Bill Plucky (Suz SV650)
3 Jesse VanderWeide (Suz SV650)
4 Anthony Marcinek (Suz SV650)
5 Jeffrey Quam (Suz SV650)
6 Sonia Pond (Suz SV650)

Lightweight GP Expert
1 Jon Champ (Suz SV650)
2 Matt Cina (Yam FZ-07)
3 Stephen Johnson (Suz SV650)
4 Pierre Champon (Suz SV650)
5 David Hanson (Yam FZ-07)
6 Katie Champ (Suz SV650)

Lightweight GP Novice
1 Chris Mattson (Suz SV650)
2 Jesse VanderWeide (Suz SV650)
3 Wayne Minnichsoffer (Hon CBR F2)
4 Jeffrey Quam (Suz SV650)
5 Sonia Pond (Suz SV650)

Sportsman Lightweight  Expert
1 Harry Jensen (Duc 620)

Sportsman Lightweight  Novice
1 Mark Praska (Kra HKR-Evo2)
2 Wayne Minnichsoffer (Hon CBR600F2)

Ultralight Expert – Race 1
1 Jack Barton (Kra HKR Evo2)
2 Timothy Ring (Duc 620)
3 Harry Jensen (Duc 620)

Ultralight Novice – Race 1
1 Mark Praska (Kra HKR-Evo2)
2 Justin Pittman (Yam YZ450F)
3 Adam Bastien (Kaw EX300R)

Ultralight Expert – Race 2
1 Harry Jensen (Duc 620)

Ultralight Novice – Race 2
1 Justin Pittman (Yam YZ450F)
2 Adam Bastien (Kaw EX300R)

Ultralight Expert – Race 3
1 Harry Jensen (Duc 620)

Ultralight Novice – Race 3
1 Justin Pittman (Yam YZ450F)
2 Adam Bastien (Kaw EX300R)

FWSS Expert
1 Nate Minster (KTM RC390 Cup)
2 William Miller (Yam YZF-R3)

FWSS Novice
1 Pamela DuPont (Yam YZF-R3)

FWSB Expert
1 Brad Zajic (Yam YZF-R3)
2 Nate Minster (KTM RC390 Cup)
3 William Miller (Yam YZF-R3)

FWSB Novice
1 Pamela DuPont (Yam YZF-R3)

FWGP Expert
1 Brad Zajic (Yam YZF-R3)
2 William Miller (Yam YZF-R3)
3 Nate Minster (KTM RC 390 Cup)

FWGP Novice
1 Pamela DuPont (Yam YZF-R3)

Ninja 250 Expert – Race 1
1 Eric Barbot (Kaw EX250R)
2 Bradley Kreller (Kaw EX250R)
3 Troy Pierson (Kaw EX250R)

Ninja 250 Novice – Race 1
1 Jayme Schmit (Kaw EX250R)
2 Corey Robinson (Kaw EX250R)
3 Sean Stettnichs (Kaw EX250R)
4 Jonathan Myers (Kaw EX250R)
5 Brian O’Mara (Kaw EX250R)
6 Jeffrey Quam (Kaw EX250R)

Ninja 250 Expert – Race 2
1 Eric Barbot (Kaw EX250R)
2 Bryan Lachmiller (Kaw EX250R)

Ninja 250 Novice – Race 2
1 Sean Stettnichs (Kaw EX250R)
2 Corey Robinson (Kaw EX250R)
3 Brian O’Mara (Kaw EX250R)
4 Jonathan Myers (Kaw EX250R)

Ninja 250 Expert – Race 3
1 Bryan Lachmiller (Kaw EX250R)
2 Eric Barbot (Kaw EX250R)

Ninja 250 Novice – Race 3
1 Sean Stettnichs (Kaw EX250R)
2 Corey Robinson (Kaw EX250R)
3 Jonathan Myers (Kaw EX250R)
4 Brian O’Mara (Kaw EX250R)

Trophy Dash GP4 Expert
1 Christian Schmidt (Kaw ZX-10R)
2 Shane Keaveny (Kaw ZX-10R)
3 Brandon Punt (BMW S1000RR)
4 Aaron Anderson (Suz GSX-R750)
5 Jesse Nelson (Suz GSX-R1000)
6 Tony Mahto (Yam YZF-R1)

Trophy Dash GP4 Novice
1 Marlin Johnson (Hon CBR1000RR)
2 Josh Harein (Hon CBR1000RR)

Trophy Dash GP3 Expert
1 Kyle Ohnsorg (Yam YZF-R6)
2 Drew See (Yam YZF-R6)
3 Justin Ebnet (Hon CBR600RR)
4 John Anderson (Yam YZF-R6)
5 Drew Sivertsen (Suz GSX-R600)
6 Scott Masterton (Yam YZF-R6)

Trophy Dash GP3 Novice
1 Jacob Hennen (Hon CBR600RR)
2 Patrick Wagaman (Hon CBR600RR)
3 Joe Mastain (Yam YZF-R6)
4 Nathan Dotson (Tri 675)
5 Steve Horsfield (Yam YZF-R6)
6 Martin Holte (Hon CBR600RR)

Trophy Dash GP2 Expert
1 Jon Champ (Suz SV650)
2 Matt Cina (Yam FZ-07)
3 Stephen Johnson (Suz SV650)
4 Pierre Champon (Suz SV650

Trophy Dash GP2 Novice
1 Chris Mattson (Suz SV650)
2 Bill Plucky (Suz SV650)
3 Anthony  Marcinek (Suz SV650)
4 Jonathan Roswick (Suz SV650)
5 Jesse VanderWeide (Suz SV650)
6 Sonia Pond (Suz SV650)

Trophy Dash GP1 Expert
1 Harry Jensen (Duc 848)
2 Nate Minster (KTM)
3 William Miller

Trophy Dash GP1 Novice
1 Mark Praska (Kra HKR-Evo2)
2 Adam Bastien (Kaw EX300R)

Formula 40 – F2 – Race 1
1 John Staska (Suz GSX-R1000)
2 Todd Larson (Kaw ZX-10R)
3 Rob Oliva (Yam YZF-R1
4 Karl Rehpohl (Kaw ZX-6R)
5 “Business” Brad Kreller (Yam YZF-R6)
6 Pat Gill (Yam YZF-R6)

Formula 40 – F1 – Race 1
1 Matt Cina (Yam FZ-07)
2 Corey Robinson (Suz SV650)
3 Bill Plucky (Suz SV650)
4 Jeff Touhey (Suz SV650)

Formula 40 – F2 – Race 2
1 Rob Oliva (Yam YZF-R1)
2 Karl Rehpohl (Kaw ZX-6R)
3 Steve Horsefield (Yam YZF-R6)

Formula 40 – F1 – Race 2
1 Stephen Johnson (Suz SV650)

Supertwins Expert
1 Matt Cina (Yam FZ-07)
2 Aaron Anderson (Suz SV650)
3 Pierre Champon (Suz SV650)
4 Stephen Johnson (Suz SV650)
5 David Hanson (Yam FZ-07)

Supertwins Novice
1 Bill Plucky (Suz SV650)
2 Chris Mattson (Suz SV650)
3 Sonia Pond (Suz SV650)

Johnson claims double win in Bracket Drag Racing Series

Brian Johnson had a busy weekend on the drag strip at Brainerd International Raceway (BIR), but that’s what happens when you’re winning lots of races.

Johnson raced in 17 rounds Saturday and Sunday – in addition to time trials and qualifying runs – during the Bracket Drag Racing Series, winning the Super Pro class, the Super Pro/Pro ET Shootout and the Quick 16 class, after  losing in Saturday’s Super Pro quarterfinals. Along the way, he pocketed some prize money and earned the top spot in the points standings in both those classes, with two weekends of racing left in the season.

Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson

Mike Campbell

Mike Campbell

“It was a fun weekend,” Johnson said. “Everything ran pretty good, and I had a couple lucky rounds here and there, but that’s what it takes sometimes.”

Johnson’s dragster was flying down the track, with 7.6-second passes at 170 mph. After losing in Saturday’s quarterfinals, Johnson rebounded in the Quick 16 class, where the eight quickest dragsters and the eight quickest cars have separate run-offs, with the quickest dragster and quickest car paired up in the finals. Johnson’s dragster couldn’t be beat, even after lining up in the finals across from Vern Laurin. Johnson won with a time of 7.683 seconds at 169.21 mph.

The Super Pro class, which is typically the fastest class in the series after the Quick 16, featured 85 racers last weekend, including Brad Baklund and his 1963 Corvette, who raced his way to Sunday’s finals for a chance to go head to head with Johnson. Baklund was a hair quicker off the starting line but Johnson took the win with a time of 7.658 seconds and 169.53 mph. Johnson then raced the Pro ET winner, Mel Knott, in the Super Pro/Pro ET Shootout, where Johnson laid down a time of 7.634 seconds and 164.99 mph for the win and a check for $2,000.

The Bracket Drag Racing Series is heating up, with only two weekends remaining. Series points are at a premium as racers are gunning for series championships. Last weekend, 330 drag racers competed. Meanwhile, Superbikes were on BIR’s 2.5-mile Competition Road Course. On Saturday, the Zalusky Advanced Riding School was on the track, followed by Road Closed Promotion’s Track Day for bikes on Sunday.

Mel Knott

Mel Knott

Mike Voss

Mike Voss

The bracket series features 11 racing classes, all of which are tight at the top of the point standings. The only class that looked like it might be a blow-out was in Stock/Super Stock, where Brad Haugaard had almost twice as many points as the racer in second place. But he never won a round last weekend, opening the door for Ben Line to significantly close the gap with a win on Sunday. He beat Glen DeMenge to take over second place, and is now within striking distance of Haugaard.

The top five spots in the Pro ET standings tightened up as Mel Knott and Andy Schmall won last weekend. Schmall beat Steve Roehrs on Saturday with a run of 10.610 seconds and 118.52 mph. Knott beat Bob Ingman in Sunday’s finals with a time of 9.754 seconds at 134.73 mph.

Brandon Schmall and Rory Emmans contributed to a close points race at the top of the Sportsman standings, as they won Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Schmall beat KC Brager in Saturday’s final with a final pass of 13.205 seconds and 66.57 mph, while Emmans snuck by Troy Luberda in Sunday’s finals by posting a 12.188-second, 102.53-mph run.

Stage_WBrad Harder took over first place in the Pro Bike/Sled standings with a runner-up finish on Sunday. Harder lost to Mike Voss in the finals when Voss run 10.198 seconds and 117.80 mph. Kayla Lundberg beat Jeremy Berg in Saturday’s finals with a time of 9.185 seconds at 140.21 mph.

The next Bracket Drag Racing Series weekend is July 30-31. Saturday’s race also features the King of the Track race for the top racers in Super Pro, Pro ET, Sportsman, Stock/Super Stock, Pro Bike/Sled, Comp Trophy and Street Trophy. The last drag racer standing is crowned King of the Track.

The road course will be busy as well. The ChumpCar World Series will be at BIR for a pair of seven-hour endurance races that start at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Below are the results from each finals last weekend.

SATURDAY, JULY 9

Super Pro
Finals: Mike Campbell of Roseville def. Willie Grey of Ladysmith, Wis.

Pro ET
Finals: Andy Schmall of Idaho Falls, Idaho def. Steve Roehrs of Frederic, Wis.

Super Pro/Pro ET Shootout
Mike Campbell def. Andy Schmall

Sportsman
Finals: Brandon Schmall of Lino Lakes def. KC Brager of Pillager

Stock/Super Stock
Finals: Doug Jonak of Zimmerman def. Jared Hutar of Cromwell

Pro Bike/Sled
Finals: Kayla Lundberg of Isanti def. Jeremy Berg of Newport

Comp Trophy
Finals: Bob Kuntz of Thompson, N.D. def. Eric Blumke of Pillager

Street Trophy
Finals: Luke Schneider of St. Joseph def. Keith Larson of Brainerd

Quick 16
Finals: Brian Johnson of Nowthen def. Vern Laurin of Duluth

Junior Dragster Advanced
Finals: Chandler Niemeyer of Brainerd def. Jazper Wiebusch of Ham Lake

Junior Dragster Intermediate
Finals: Riley Luberda of Foley def. Connor Antony of Lonsdale

Junior Dragster Novice
Finals: Stella Pastee of Oronoco def. Davis Godwin of Pengilly

 

SUNDAY, JULY 10

Super Pro
Finals: Brian Johnson of Nowthen def. Brad Baklund of Rogers

Pro ET
Finals: Mel Knott of Prior Lake def. Robert Ingman of Andover

Super Pro/Pro ET Shootout
Brian Johnson def. Mel Knott

Sportsman
Finals: Rory Emmans of Nowthen def. Troy Luberda of Foley

Stock/Super Stock
Finals: Ben Line of International Falls def. Glen De Menge of McGregor

Pro Bike/Sled
Finals: Mike Voss of Maplewood def. Brad Harder of Waconia

Comp Trophy
Finals: Chris Henry of Sauk Rapids def. Greg Dancer of Foley

Street Trophy
Finals: Mike Simons of Pinc City def. Keith Larson

Junior Dragster Advanced
Finals: Zachary Zavadil of Clearwater def. Chandler Niemeyer of Brainerd

Junior Dragster Intermediate
Finals: Samantha Cielinski of Gilman def. Dylan Dancer of Foley

Junior Dragster Novice
Finals: Brody Thompson of Nowthen def. Wyatt Knott of Otsego

 

 

Second half of Bracket Drag Racing Series starts

With half the season in the rear view mirror, drivers in the Bracket Drag Racing Series are gearing up for the second half, starting this weekend at Brainerd International Raceway.

While drag racers are slugging it out on the quarter-mile track, BIR’s 2.5-mile Competition Road Course will be busy with two different bike events. The Zalusky Advanced Riding School will be on the track Saturday, while Road Closed Promotions will host an open Track Day for bikes on Sunday. The track will be open to spectators all weekend.

The gates open Thursday at 5 p.m. Friday is a Test & Tune Day on the drag strip from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Both tracks will have activity starting at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Back on the drag strip, this weekend is the fourth of six racing weekends for the Bracket Drag Racing Series. Fans can expect to see more than 250 dragsters, cars, trucks, bikes, snowmobiles and Junior Dragsters, who are battling for series points and prize money in 10 different classes. Each weekend, racers have two changes to win since the format involves elimination rounds both Saturday and Sunday, with winners crowned each day in each class.

Bryce Miller is one of the drag racers to watch this weekend. He’s one of the hottest racers in the series right now, having lost only one race during the last series race weekend. He won the Pro ET Class on Saturday and then beat the Super Pro Class winner in the Super Pro/Pro ET Shootout, which earned him $2,000 in prize money. Along the way, he earned a spot in the Quick 16 race, which includes the eight quickest cars and the eight quickest dragsters. He won that race as well.

Miller’s weekend launched him into first place in the Pro ET point standings, although Wally Higby isn’t far behind. The standings in all the racing classes are tight, expect for Stock/Super Stock Class, where Brad Haugaard is doubling up on the field.

Daily admission is $25, and kids 12 and under are free. And parking is free.

 

 

Fuchs, Orr among repeat winners in Muscle Car Series

Heading into last weekend’s Muscle Car Series drag race, drivers in the Outlaw Class were all well aware of how fast Bubba Romanzshyn’s car is. He was the top qualifier during the series’ first race this season, with the fastest time (6.895 seconds) and the top speed (212.69 mph), which was quicker than any other car in the field. And even though he failed to advance past the first round, all the other drivers knew that they had their work cut out for them when Bubba was at the track.

Fast forward to last Sunday’s elimination rounds during the 30th Annual PleasureLand Show & Go. Bubba was nearly a full second faster than the rest of the field. He qualified No. 1 again with a sizzling time of 6.780 seconds and 218.80 mph, which is within a half second of the fastest cars in the Pro Outlaw class.

Bubba Romanzshyn

Bubba Romanzshyn

Dennis Orr

Dennis Orr

He won his way to the finals where he faced off against Greg Schmidt, who won the Outlaw Class during last year’s Show & Go and was itching to repeat this year. But Bubba was too much for Schmidt, who ran 7.927 seconds and 169.25 mph. Bubba ran 7.133 seconds and 214.31 mph for the win.

“We had a few issues (with the car) last weekend but the car’s not broken so that’s a bonus (to winning the class),” he said.

Bubba admitted that his reaction times weren’t very good Sunday, as they hovered around .150 seconds, but he knew that his car was fast enough to catch all the other cars if they beat him off the starting line, which was the case during all his elimination runs Sunday.

The Show & Go’s Muscle Car Series was three days of big horsepower and very fast cars on the drag strip by 400 drivers that competed. The event also featured the National Auto Sport Association on BIR’s 2.5-mile Competition Road Course for two days of road racing, followed by the event finale, which was a pair of 100-mile Trans Am Series races on the road course as part of the Ryan Companies Independence Day Classic. For more details of those races, click here.

With only one race left in the three-race Muscle Car Series, the leaders in four of the seven Heads-Up Classes are gunning for a clean sweep and series championships.

Ray Fuchs, Dennis Orr, Robert Wilczek and Brian Carpenter all won their respective classes last weekend and will race for the sweep Labor Day weekend during the 28th Annual GSTA Muscle Car Shootout.

Robert Wilczek

Robert Wilczek

Brian Carpenter

Brian Carpenter

Fuchs and his 1953 Studebaker is on his way to dethroning Rich Schmidt, who has won the Pro Outlaw series championship the last two years. Fuchs was the No. 1 qualifier this weekend with the fastest numbers of any car on the track: 6.390 seconds and 220.76 mph. There was room for improvement with his reaction times, but his car was able to catch the opposition by the end of the quarter mile. He faced off with Matthew Braun in the finals and made a 6.536-second, 217.74-mph pass, even through Braun broke on the run.

Orr was another repeat winner and has his sights set on stealing the Real Street Unlimited series title away from defending champ Duane Godbout. Orr was the top qualifier last weekend with the top speed of 178.76 mph in his 1970 Camaro. He met up with Godbout in the finals. Godbout, who had the best time in qualifying at 7.386 seconds, had trouble getting off the starting line and Orr motored his way to victory with a time of 8.480 seconds and 174.55 mph, while Godbout clocked a 9.004-second, 162.82-mph run.

Real Street Natural was dominated by Robert Wilczek and his ’69 Mustang. As the No. 1 qualifier last weekend, Wilczek saved his fastest time and speed for the finals against Bob Wallin. The two were off the starting line at nearly the same time but Wilczek nipped Wallin at the finish line with a time of 9.115 seconds and 149.22 mph. Wallin ran 9.618 seconds and 138.81 mph.

Brian Carpenter and his 2003 Mustang is looking for a sweep in the 660 Outlaw Street class, which only competes over an eighth-mile track. In the finals, No. 1 qualifier Carpenter lined up across from defending champion David Senderhauf, who was clocking numbers similar to Carpenter’s. Senderhauf was off the starting line first but couldn’t hold off Carpenter, who caught him at the finish line with a run of 4.685 seconds and 166.68 mph, versus Senderhauf’s 4.783 seconds and 147.70 mph.

In King Street, Chris Orr avenged his finals loss during the Street Car Showdown but winning the class Sunday. Jason Geiger was the No. 1 qualifier but was knocked out in the second round of eliminations. That opened the door for Orr, who faced off against Coy Christmas in the finals. But Christmas was no match for Orr and his ’67 Firebird, which ran 7.882 seconds and 177.95 mph. Christmas posted a 9.244-second, 154.67-mph run.

Below are the finals of each class during the Show & Go.

Pro Outlaw
Finals: Ray Fuchs of Bowman, N.D. def. Matthew Braun of Dennison

Outlaw
Finals: Bubba Romanzshyn of Belfield, N.D. def. Greg Schmidt of Baxter

King Street
Finals: Chris Orr of Superior, Wis. def. Coy Christmas of Superior, Wis.

Real Street Unlimited
Finals: Dennis Orr of Superior, Wis. def. Duane Godbout of Cloquet

Real Street Natural
Finals: Robert Wilczek of Little Falls def. Bob Wallin of Superior, Wis.

True Street
Finals: Dan Gefre of Coon Rapids def. Wayne Bellanger of St. Louis Park

660 Outlaw Street
Finals: Brian Carpenter of Forest Lake def. David Senderhauf of Zimmerman

Strip Eliminator 1
Finals: Scott Heilscher of Otsego def. Kevin Sand of Cambridge

Strip Eliminator 2
Finals: Jeremy Richter of St. Joseph def. Kevin Hemenway of Park Rapids

Strip Eliminator 3
Finals: Cameron Novak of Rice def. Scott Davich of Pequot Lakes

Truck Eliminator
Finals: Lane Zuidema of Woodbury def. Bob Peterson of Roseville

Manual Transmission
Finals: Keith Sand of Cambridge def. Mike Hed of Mehnaga

Index Class Champion
Finals: Jesse Haugesag of Prior Lake def. Greg Marninga of Mehnaga

9.50 Index
Finals: Pat Huebner of Bloomington def. Gerald Cook of Mora

10.00 Index
Finals: Greg Marninga of Mehnaga def. Kevin Sand of Cambridge

10.50 Index
Finals: Mike Hammerstrom of Bemidji def. Bruce Morley of Brainerd

11.00 Index
Finals: Jesse Haugesag of Prior Lake def. Jason Hartkopf of Eden Valley

11.50 Index
Finals: Jesse Covington of Fifty Lakes def. David Imgrund of Brainerd

12.00 Index
Finals: Jeff Purdham of Albertville def. Colleen Dircks of Carver

12.50 Index
Finals: Gary Olson of Sartell def. Jake Stanley of Zimmerman

13.00 Index
Finals: Jesse Backstrom of Grand Marais def. Justin Nelson of Norwood-Young America

13.50 Index
Finals: David Hyttsten of Monticello def. Nick Siebenaler of Pine City

14.00 Index
Finals: Ryan Baker of Isanti def. Kris Leonard of Robbinsdale

 

 

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