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Millican looks for first win at Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals

First-win possibilities has Top Fueler Clay Millican still thinking Countdown

Clay Millican knows where he sits in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Top Fuel points standings. He is also aware it will take an incredible run in the next two races to move from his current 12th position into the top 10 and qualify for the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship.

Millican_WIn order to complete a magical run over the next two races, Millican would also capture something that has long eluded him in his NHRA career: his first Top Fuel win. That is motivation enough for Millican, who takes a must-win approach into the upcoming 33rd annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, which takes place at Brainerd International Raceway, Aug. 14-17.

“I’m sort of taking on that Al Davis mindset of ‘Just win, baby,’” Millican said, “The car has had its ups and downs, but we’re working real hard on it and I’m confident. We just need to go out there and turn on the win lights. All I’m thinking about is just winning. We may have dug ourselves too big of a hole (for the Countdown), but we just have to win. That will make everything that much better.”

Spencer Massey (Top Fuel), Ron Capps (Funny Car) and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) were last year’s winners of the event that will once again be televised nationally on ESPN2. The race also serves as the 17th of 24 races during the 2014 season and is the penultimate stop in the regular season before the upcoming Countdown to the Championship.

Millican trails J.R. Todd, who is currently in 10th, by 151 points, which means a lot would have to go Millican’s way to earn a playoff berth. But the always upbeat Millican is more focused on continuing to improve his 10,000-horsepower Parts Plus dragster.

The Parts Plus team, owned and tuned by Dexter Tuttle, came together right before the start of the 2014 season, and it has been an uphill battle to find consistency in an ultra-competitive Top Fuel class. Millican and his team, headed by crew chief Jimmy Walsh, has qualified at every event but a rigorous workload hasn’t hampered the team’s ability to make major strides.

“We just haven’t been able to get caught up,” Millican said. “It’s nobody’s fault and everyone has worked incredibly hard. We’ve made a lot of improvements and I feel like we’re getting a lot closer. We had five consecutive runs under power in Seattle and that’s what we like to see. I’m not happy with where we’re at in the points, but I am happy with our team.”

Millican fell in the first round at Seattle to defending Top Fuel world champion Shawn Langdon, but he remains impressed with how far the team has come in a short time. Despite not qualifying better than 12th at any event this season, Millican has advanced to two semifinals and has recorded seven round wins.

The next obvious step is making a late charge, even if that means not qualifying for the Countdown, and racking up round wins and possibly a first NHRA victory.

“My mindset is to keep getting the car to go down the track consistently and under power, and everything else will take care of itself,” Millican said. “We’ve been holding our own and we just have to keep moving forward.”

Doing so is difficult in Top Fuel, which includes a full field of marquee challengers. Leading the way is points leader Doug Kalitta, who won the most recent event in Seattle, while others include Massey, Tony Schumacher, who leads active Top Fuel drivers with three wins at Brainerd, Antron Brown, Brittany Force, Richie Crampton, J.R. Todd, Khalid alBalooshi, and category veteran Steve Torrence.

But Millican can simply look back to last year for motivation when it comes to racing at Brainerd. He qualified No. 1 and advanced to the final round before losing a memorable matchup to Massey in the championship round.

Millican also enjoys the impressive energy and atmosphere from the Brainerd fans, something he hopes to feed on again this year en route to another positive showing at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals.

“I love going to race in Brainerd and it’s always a lot of fun,” Millican said. “Last year was an awesome, awesome weekend. We qualified No. 1 and went to the final and ran real well against Spencer, so it was a big weekend all the way around. I love the fans there and that makes it more fun. It’s like one big group outing.”

In Funny Car, Capps took home the victory in Brainerd a year ago, marking his fourth win at the track. But no one owns Brainerd like 16-time and reigning world champion John Force, who has 11 wins at the facility. Both will be challenged from an ultra-competitive Funny Car class that also features Tommy Johnson Jr., points leader Robert Hight, 1992 Brainerd winner Cruz Pedregon, Matt Hagan, Courtney Force, Tim Wilkerson, Del Worsham, and two-time season winner Alexis DeJoria.

Reigning Pro Stock world champion Jeg Coughlin has four wins in Brainerd and has two wins this season. Native Minnesotan Greg Anderson moved to 10th in points with his runner-up finish in Seattle and his fourth Brainerd victory could solidify his position in the championship mix. Pro Stock points leader Erica Enders-Stevens, who has four wins this season, has one career victory at the track while other top contenders are Allen Johnson, Dave Connolly, Jason Line, Vincent Nobile, Shane Gray, Jonathan Gray, V Gaines and Chris McGaha.

As always, fans will have the opportunity to interact with their favorite drivers as they’re granted an exclusive pit pass to the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet. This unique opportunity in motorsports gives fans direct access to the teams, allowing them to see firsthand the highly-skilled mechanics service their hot rods between rounds, and enjoy some cherished face time and get autographs from their favorite NHRA drivers.

Fans also will want to visit NHRA’s popular Nitro Alley and Manufacturers Midway, where sponsors and race vendors create a carnival atmosphere, with interactive displays, simulated competitions, merchandise, food and fun for the entire family.

The event will also feature thrilling competition in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.

Mello Yello Drag Racing Series qualifying begins Friday, Aug. 15, with sessions at 3 and 5:30 p.m. The final two qualifying sessions will take place Saturday, Aug. 16, at 1 and 3:30 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 17.
To purchase general-admission or reserved seats, call Brainerd International Raceway at (866) 444-4455 or visit www.brainerdraceway.com.

DeForrest wins drag racing Classic, ChumpCars return

Last weekend’s inaugural Paul Bunyan Classic at Brainerd International Raceway was intended to attract a large field of Stock/Super Stock drag racers by offering up a guaranteed purse of $4,000 ($2,000 to the winner) both Saturday and Sunday.

Jason DeForrest (third from left) and his winning crew.

Jason DeForrest (third from left) and his winning crew.

Dangling that kind of money seemed to work as 59 drag racers showed up at BIR for a shot at pocketing some cash. The only hitch in the race, which was presented by Midwest Class Racers, came about Sunday when rain washed out the race.

Saturday’s race, which was during BIR’s Bracket Drag Racing Series event, was won by Jason DeForrest and his ’87 Camaro, who beat Glen DeMenge in the finals to pocket $2,000. DeMenge took home $1,000.

Saturday’s racing included all 10 classes in the Bracket Drag Racing Series, which has only one weekend left (Sept. 27-28), so competition is heating up and the points standings are getting tight.

Jeff Korol won Super Pro.

Jeff Korol won Super Pro.

Last weekend’s event also included the annual ChumpCar World Series on BIR’s 2.5-mile Competition Road Course. The Chumps showed up in force to compete in a pair of seven-hour endurance races. ChumpCars are $500 junkers that are raced by teams of four drivers, some of whom wrench on their cars as much as they drive them. The winner is the team that completes the most laps in seven hours.

Saturday’s field featured 38 teams, most of which had amusing names like Perpetual Adolescents Racing, 365 Racing Tuna No Crust, and Still Chumps. But it was Chump Faces that had the last laugh by completing 207 laps for the win. Three laps behind and in second place was Ambitious

Dale Hildreth got a beer shower in the Winner's Circle after winning Pro ET.

Dale Hildreth got a beer shower in the Winner’s Circle after winning Pro ET.

But Rubbish Racing, which nudged out Tubby Butterman Racing, which finished a lap later in third place.

Sunday’s field fell to 32 cars as six cars couldn’t make the start. Chump Faces finished strong again, but couldn’t catch British American Racing, which completed 138 laps for the win. Chump Faces was among three cars that finished two laps behind the winner and within six seconds of each other. The Most Interesting Chumps In The World finished second, three seconds ahead of Chump Faces and six seconds ahead of MKR.

Back on the drag strip, Gary Loeffelholz slipped into first place in the Super Pro points standings with a runner-up finish to Jeff Korol. Loeffelholz has a slim lead over Mike Campbell and then Randy McFarland and Dave Engler.

Gary Loeffelholz’s son, Reno, is in second place in the Pro ET standings, nipping at the heels of leader Shane Boney. Dale Hildreth beat Joe Schmall in the Pro ET finals Saturday.

In the Sportsman Class, Brad Mickle beat Mandy Anderson in the finals. They’re both still in the hunt, with Anderson in fifth place with a small lead over sixth-place Mickle. Bob Gillespie continues to hold off Rory Emmans for the points lead.

Below are the finals for all the classes. Click here to view the points standings for each class.

 

SATURDAY

Super Pro
Finals: Jeff Korol of Davenport, N.D. def. Gary Loeffelholz of Shafer

Pro ET
Finals: Dale Hildreth of River Falls, Wis. def. Joe Schmall of Lino Lakes

Sportsman
Finals: Brad Mickle of Lino Lakes def. Mandy Anderson of Sartell

Stock/Super Stock
Finals: Jason DeForrest of Andover def. Glen DeMenge of McGregor

Pro Bike/Sled
Finals: Cameron Belisle of Hugo def. Jason Clampitt of Lino Lakes

Comp Trophy
Finals: Mike Larson of Baxter def. Chuck Hoppe

Street Trophy
Finals: Tyler Gadacz of Little Falls def. Tracy Arneson of Pillager

Junior Dragster Advanced
Finals: Abby Haben of Hibbing def. Amanda Young

Junior Dragster Intermediate
Finals: Sydney Haben of Hibbing def. Billy Anderson

Junior Dragster Novice
Finals: Alex Clampitt of Lino Lakes def. Riley Luberda of Foley

ChumpCars return this weekend, with Bracket Drag Racing

Start with $500 junkers, add teams of four drivers and then send them off on Brainerd International Raceway’s 2.5-mile Competition Road Course for a seven-hour endurance race, and you’ve got the ChumpCar World Series.

Chump12The Chumps return to BIR this weekend for a Dual Event Weekend with the Bracket Drag Racing Series, which features the Paul Bunyan Classic for the Stock/Super Stock class. Racers will be gunning for a piece of two $4,000 purse, so fans can expect to see big car counts and great racing action.

BIR has become a regular stop for the ChumpCar World Series, which features cars worth $500 or less and teams of four drivers. The teams are on the track for seven-hour endurance races on Saturday and Sunday, with the team that completes the most laps being crowned “Chump Champ” each day.

Reno Loeffelholz is the driver to beat in Pro ET.

Reno Loeffelholz is the driver to beat in Pro ET.

Check out the creative themes each of the teams come up with, including, in most cases, clever paint jobs and team names.

The races start at 9 a.m. both days and end at 4 p.m. An awards ceremony is scheduled for 5 p.m. Sunday.

On the drag strip, drivers will be battling for series points as the end of the season nears. This is the fifth weekend race for the six-weekend series, so points will be at a premium in all 10 classes. Expect to see more than 250 dragsters, cars, trucks, bikes, snowmobiles and Junior Dragsters compete, with eliminations and class winners announced both Saturday and Sunday.

Time trials and qualifying start at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, followed by elimination rounds.

Sponsored by Line Performance, the Paul Bunyan Classic is presented by Midwest Class Racers. There’s a $4,000 guaranteed purse Saturday and Sunday, with both winners taking home $2,000 each. Runners-up win $1,000 each.

Daily admission is $20 and tickets can be purchased at the gate. Kids 12 and under are free. Camping is free as well, with the purchase of a multi-day ticket.

Wednesday Night Street Drags are July 30

Make plans to be at BIR Wednesday for the next Wednesday Night Street Drags. Bring your car, bring your friends, bring your mom, bring someone who thinks they can get down the drag strip faster than you can. It’s going to be another great night for drag racing.

In addition to drag racing, you can try your hand at autocross or drifting as well. Each week, BIR gives drivers a chance to try their hand at one of those challenging driving events.

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to race your own car on the fastest drag strip in the country, or if you’d like to know how to get into competitive drag racing, here’s your chance. The Wednesday Night Drags – Street Legal Style is the perfect way to either test the waters of competitive drag racing or just have some fun with your buddies.

BIR opens the track to anyone with a helmet (Snell 2005 or newer), a valid drivers license and a street-legal car, truck or motorcycle. The gates open at 4 p.m. You can make as many runs as possible until the track closes at dusk. During that time, you get to use the starting line tree, the scoreboard and the burn-out box, just like the pros do. We even have an announcer calling the action over the PA system.

Thank our friends from NAPA Auto Parts for sponsoring our Wednesday Night Street Drags program!

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Boney’s turn to dominate Pro ET during Bracket Drag Race

Shane Boney had the hot hand last weekend during Brainerd International Raceway’s Bracket Drag Racing Series.

Shane Boney

Shane Boney

Driving a 1994 Chevy pickup, Boney came one win short of a weekend sweep in the Pro ET Class. He lost in the finals on Saturday and won the class on Sunday, which elevated him from eighth place in the point standings to second.

Boney disposed of his first six opponents on Saturday before facing off with Joe Scholla in the finals. Scholla nearly had a perfect reaction time on the starting line (.003 seconds) and posted a 10.314-second, 122.38 mph run to nip Boney by 16/100ths for a second.

Boney came back on Sunday and ran the table, beating Mike Casteel in the finals with a 9.417-second, 139.47 mph run. His reaction time was .005 seconds.

In Super Pro, Tanner Schiffner had his Yancer Dragster dialed in Saturday as he won his way to the finals, using a .007-second reaction time to dispose of Ronnie Luberda with a run of 8.923 seconds and 148.90 mph.

Brian Zenzen won Stock/Super Stock Saturday.

Brian Zenzen won Stock/Super Stock Saturday.

Schiffner’s bid to repeat ended quickly Sunday when he lost in the first round to Brad Wurtzberger. That opened the door for Don Kritzky and his TNT Dragster. He blew through six rounds of eliminations before beating Jesse Leonard in the finals with a quick run of 7.684 seconds and 174.30 mph.

Bob Gillespie held on to the points lead in the Sportsman Class by winning Saturday’s race. In the finals, he beat Mike

Joe Scholla won Saturday's Pro ET Class.

Joe Scholla won Saturday’s Pro ET Class.

Pflepsen, who fouled at the starting line. Rory Emmans won Sunday’s race, closing the gap in the point standings. Emmans is currently in second place after beating Shawn Carlson in the finals. Carlson fouled at the starting line.

Ben Line came into the weekend with a substantial lead in the Stock/Super Stock points standings. He lost both days in the second round but still maintained a sizeable lead over Jimmy Paulson, who won Sunday’s race over Dan Jeska. Saturday’s race went to Brian Zenzen, who beat Craig Meseroll in the finals.

In Comp Trophy, Nick Arnold maintained a thin lead in the points standings over Michelle Emmans, who won Saturday’s race by beating Mike Larson. Arnold won the class Sunday. He beat Darren Arnold, who fouled at the starting line.

In Street Trophy, Tracy Arneson added to her points lead with a runner-up finish Saturday and a win on Sunday. She lost to Dan Hyttsten on Saturday and beat Andi Pesola on Sunday.

The fifth weekend in the six-weekend Bracket Drag Racing Series is Aug. 2-3, a Dual Event Weekend with the ChumpCar World Series on BIR’s 2.5-mile Competition Road Course.

Below are the results of the final two rounds in each class each day. To view the point standings, click here.

SATURDAY, JULY 19

Super Pro
Finals: Tanner Schiffner of Fargo, N.D. def. Ronnie Luberda of Foley
Semifinals: Schiffner def. Brandon Schmall of Lino Lakes; Luberda had a bye

Pro ET
Finals: Joe Scholla of Andover def. Shane Boney of Belview
Semifinals: Scholla had a bye; Boney def. Ken Drevnich of Woodbury

Sportsman
Finals: Bob Gillespie of Brainerd def. Mike Pflepsen of Duluth
Semifinals: Gillespie def. Jaime Turcotte of Coon Rapids: Pflepsen had a bye

Stock/Super Stock
Finals: Brian Zenzen of St. Cloud def. Craig Meseroll of Cloquet
Semifinals: Zenzen had a bye; Meseroll def. Tracy Fairchild of Aitkin

Pro Bike/Sled
Finals: Keith Lundberg of Isanti def. Cameron Belisle of Hugo
Semifinals: Lundberg def. Jayme Bode of Gibbon; Belisle def. Kyle Olson of Moorland, Iowa

Comp Trophy
Finals: Michelle Emmans of Dayton def. Mike Larson of Baxter
Semifinals: Emmans def. Tim McKenzie of Foley; Larson def. Nick Arnold of Maple Grove

Street Trophy
Finals: Dan Hyttsten of Becker def. Tracy Arneson of Pillager
Semifinals: Hyttsten had a bye; Arneson def. Tyler Young of Nisswa

Junior Dragster Advanced
Finals: Sydney Thompson of Nowthen def. Karissa Simonton of Spring Lake Park
Semifinals: Thompson def. Emma McFarland of Sabin; Simonton had a bye

Junior Dragster Intermediate
Finals: Aaron Clampitt of Lino Lakes def. Ashley Doffing of Cottage Grove
Semifinals: Clampitt had a bye; Doffing def. Trevor Jelinski

Junior Dragster Novice
Finals: Ally Giese of Kandiyohi def. Riley Luberda Foley
Semifinals: Giese def. Alex Giese of Dayton; Luberda def. Ayden Copham of Brainerd

SUNDAY, JULY 20

Super Pro
Finals: Don Kritzky of Cottage Grove def. Jesse Leonard of Inver Grove Heights
Semifinals: Kritzky had a byte; Leonard def. Mike Campbell of Brooklyn Park

Pro ET
Finals: Shane Boney of Belview def. Mike Casteel of Thief River Falls
Semifinals: Boney def. Tony Leonard of Hastings; Casteel def. Joe Scholla of Andover

Sportsman
Finals: Rory Emmans of Dayton def. Shawn Carlson of Belle Plaine
Semifinals: Emmans had a bye; Carlson def. Joe Moriarty Sr. of Ham Lake

Stock/Super Stock
Finals: Jimmy Paulson of Stacy def. Dan Jeska of Eagan
Semifinals: Paulson had a bye; Jeska def. Brian Zenzen of St. Cloud

Pro Bike/Sled
Finals: Mike Voss of Maplewood def. Jayme Bode of Gibbon
Semifinals: Voss had a bye; Bode def. Cameron Belisle of Hugo

Comp Trophy
Finals: Nick Arnold of Maple Grove def. Darren Arnold of Eden Prairie
Semifinals: Nick Arnold def. Mike Larson of Baxter; Darren Arnold def. Michelle Emmans

Street Trophy
Finals: Tracy Arneson of Pillager def. Andi Pesola of Duluth
Semifinals: Arneson def. Dan Hyttsten of Becker; Pesola had a bye

Junior Dragster Advanced
Finals: Emma McFarland of Sabin def. Sarah Johnson of Nowthen
Semifinals: McFarland def. Zach Zavadil of Clearwater; Johnson had a bye

Junior Dragster Intermediate
Finals: Sydney Haben of Hibbing def. Cameron of Beaulieu of Cambridge
Semifinals: Haben def. Ashley Doffing of Cottage Grove; Beaulieu def. Aaron Clampitt of Lino Lakes

Junior Dragster Novice
Finals: Riley Luberda of Foley def. Alex Giese of Dayton
Semifinals: Luberda def. Ally Giese of Kandiyohi; Giese had a bye

 

This weekend, drag racing & Superbike racing

Superbikes will be flying around Brainerd International Raceway’s 2.5-mile Competition Road Course this weekend while drivers in the Bracket Drag Racing Series will be exchanging punches on the drag strip in the fourth of six weekend events.

Reno Loeffelholz is the driver to beat in Pro ET.

Reno Loeffelholz is the driver to beat in Pro ET.

The Central Roadracing Association brings its incredible brand of Superbike racing to BIR again this weekend during the third of five weekend racing weekends. There’s nothing more amazing than watching these skilled riders fly around the corners while dragging their inside knee on the pavement. It’s thrilling road racing that is typical of what you’ll find at BIR.

Saturday’s Superbike racing includes a three-hour team challenge event that starts at 3 p.m. The rest of the weekend includes practice sessions on Friday, practice and 8-lap racing on Saturday prior to the three-hour race, and then 8-lap Racing6races on Sunday.

On the drag strip, Saturday and Sunday both feature time trials and eliminations, with class winners crowned at the end of each day. More than 250 dragsters, cars, trucks, bikes, snowmobiles and Junior Dragsters are expected to compete in seven classes plus three Junior Dragster classes. It’s some of the best amateur drag racing you’ll see anywhere in the Upper Midwest.

Daily admission is $20 for adults. Kids 12 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at the front gate. Camping is free with a multi-day ticket.

Superbike photo courtesy of SDE.

 

This week, Wednesday Night Street Drags

Make plans to be at BIR this Wednesday for the next Wednesday Night Street Drags. Bring your car, bring your friends, bring your mom, bring someone who thinks they can get down the drag strip faster than you can. It’s going to be another great night for drag racing.

In addition to drag racing, you can try your hand at autocross as well. Autocross is timed event where you drive your car through a course.

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to race your own car on the fastest drag strip in the country, or if you’d like to know how to get into competitive drag racing, here’s your chance. The Wednesday Night Drags – Street Legal Style is the perfect way to either test the waters of competitive drag racing or just have some fun with your buddies.

BIR opens the track to anyone with a helmet (Snell 2005 or newer), a valid drivers license and a street-legal car, truck or motorcycle. The gates open at 4 p.m. You can make as many runs as possible until the track closes at dusk. During that time, you get to use the starting line tree, the scoreboard and the burn-out box, just like the pros do. We even have an announcer calling the action over the PA system.

Thank our friends from NAPA Auto Parts for sponsoring our Wednesday Night Street Drags program!

Click here for more details!

Last call for advance tickets to the NHRA Nationals!

Wednesday, July 16 is the last day to purchase advance tickets to the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. The dates are Aug. 14-17.

After July 16, ticket prices will go up to gate prices, so buy today and save a bundle. Click here for ticket prices and instructions on how to buy them online, or call the ticket office at 866-444-4455 or 218-824-RACE (7223).

The Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals features the top drag racers on the planet, with nitro-burning dragsters that crank out 10,000 horsepower. It’s a show you’ll never forget. Every ticket includes a pit pass, and the drivers are accessible for autographs and photo ops. If you want the complete experience, stay in BIR’s campground and visit the infamous Zoo. You’ll never see anything like it again.

Buy your tickets today and join us for the Fastest Show on Earth!

 

Delmonico keeps streak alive; Schmidt wins Pro Outlaw

Jake Delmonico extended his winning streak to five Muscle Car Series races and Rick Schmidt earned his first trip to Brainerd International Raceway’s winner’s circle since 2012 during last weekend’s 28th Annual PleasureLand RV Show & Go.

Jake Delmonico

Jake Delmonico

Rick Schmidt

Rick Schmidt

Delmonico has won five straight Muscle Car Series races and is headed into the Muscle Car Shootout Labor Day weekend in position for a second series sweep as well as a series championship repeat. He hasn’t lost a series race since getting beat in the semifinals of the 2012 Muscle Car Shootout.

Last weekend, Delmonico’s 1968 Camaro was consistently the quickest car in the Outlaw field, even though that

Jason Geiger

Jason Geiger

Jim Ripley

Jim Ripley

hasn’t always been the case. He has won with great reaction times and consistency. On Sunday, he was faster than everyone else, including Warren Peterson in the finals. Delmonico beat Peterson with a 7.516-second, 183.02 mph run while Peterson finished with 7.796 seconds and 175.46 mph.

Delmonico’s win was during the second leg of the three-race Muscle Car Series, which concludes Labor Day weekend during the 26th Annual Muscle Car Shootout. More than 300 cars were on hand to provide amazing drag racing action for the fans.

For those who preferred road racing, the event had plenty of road racing action as well, including a $10,000 winner-take-all race Saturday. It was also the debut of the Cheerios Racing Great North Legends Cars, which are five-eighths scale 1930s coupes and sedans. They raced Saturday and Sunday.

Rick Schmidt's 2011 Mustang

Rick Schmidt’s 2011 Mustang

Back on the drag strip, a newcomer made it to the winner’s circle Sunday in the Pro Outlaw Class. Rick Schmidt and his 2011 Mustang beat Rob Meservier in the finals with a blistering run of 6.476 seconds and 214.62 mph. He topped 218 mph in his semifinal run.

“We think there’s quite a bit left in that car,” Schmidt said, adding that the Show & Go was only the third race for his Mustang since he built the motor. The first race was at BIR Memorial Day weekend during the Street Car Showdown, when he lost to Bill Krech in the finals. “We ran the car hard all weekend but we plan on going after (the series championship) with it. We think we can get low 30′s with that car.”

With a runner-up finish at the Street Car Showdown, a win last weekend and first-round losses for Bill Krech and Ray Fuchs, Schmidt is in good position to take home his first Muscle Car Series championship this year.

Jason Geiger's '68 Camaro

Jason Geiger’s ’68 Camaro

In King Street, Mike Sterling earned his way to the finals where he was hoping for his second consecutive series win. He faced off against Jason Geiger but couldn’t keep up with Geiger’s ’68 Camaro, even after beating Geiger off the starting line. Geiger posted a 7.964-second run and 173.61 mph while Sterling finished with a time of 8.193 seconds and 166.37 mph.

Jim Ripley was dominating the Real Street Unlimited Class by winning all six races in 2012 and 2013, but he missed this year’s first race, during the Street Car Showdown. He made up for lost time Sunday by disposing of the field to start a new winning streak. He snuck by Clint Warpula in the finals with a time of 8.696 seconds and 155.56 mph to Warpula’s 8.870 seconds and 155.88 mph.

Kelly Rutz was poised to earn his second series win in Real Street Natural. He raced his 1990 Mustang to the finals where he lined up against Jerry Stellrecht. Stellrecht’s ’68 Dart proved too much for Rutz as he beat Rutz off the starting line and never looked back, winning with a 9.237-second time and 147.20 mph. Rutz ran 9.959 seconds and 138.26 mph.

In True Street, Todd Malik had won the last three series races, including last year’s series championship. He raced his way to the finals again Sunday but met up with Dave Hodgman and his beefy ’68 Chevelle. Hodgeman beat Malik off the starting line and ended Malik’s streak at three with a time of 9.040 seconds and 149.30 mph. Malik ran 9.218 seconds and 150.68 mph.

Below are the final two elimination round from each class. Click here for the points standings.

Pro Outlaw
Finals: Rick Schmidt of Dickinson, N.D. def. Rob Meservier of Thunder Bay, Ontario
Semifinals: Schmidt def. Joseph Wilczek of Little Falls; Meservier had a bye

Outlaw
Finals: Jake Delmonico of St. Paul Park def. Warren Peterson of Duluth
Semifinals: Delmonico def. Vern Laurin Jr. of Duluth; Peterson had a bye

King Street
Finals: Jason Geiger of Hanska def. Mike Sterling of Oak Grove
Semifinals: Geiger def. Brian Mahnke of Proctor; Sterling had a bye

Real Street Unlimited
Finals: Jim Ripley of Duluth def. Clint Warpula of Chisholm
Semifinals: Ripley def. Ian McNiven of East Selkirk; Warpula had a bye

Real Street Natural
Finals: Jerry Stellrecht of Goodhue def. Kelly Rutz of Randall
Semifinals: Stellrecht def. Bill Meyer of Andover; Rutz def. Matt Elhardt of Bigfork

True Street
Finals: Dave Hodgman of Ramsey def. Todd Malik of Andover
Semifinals: Hodgman def. Jason King of Saginaw; Malik def. Kevin Pallow of Andover

660 Outlaw Street
Finals: David Senderhauf of Zimmerman def. Richard Brown of Waterville
Semifinals: Senderhauf had a bye; Brown def. Dale Peterson of Big Lake

Strip Eliminator 1
Finals: Gerald Cook of Mora def. Roger Peterson of Menahga
Semifinals: Cook had a bye; Peterson def. John Bolander of Duluth

Strip Eliminator 2
Finals: Tony Hager of Red Wing def. Shawn Hammre of Zimmerman
Semifinals: Hager def. Dan Boyce of Minnetonka; Hammre def. Jeff Lundeen of Buffalo

Strip Eliminator 3
Finals: Gary Misfeldt of Andover def. Gordy Hanson of Iron
Semifinals: Misfeldt had a bye; Hanson def. Cameron Novak of Rice

Truck Eliminator
Finals: Sue Seidel of Battle Lake def. Derek Rasmusson of Cohasset
Semifinals: Seidel def. Kris Leonard of Robbinsdale; Rasmussen def. Zack Novak of Sauk Rapids

Manual Transmission
Finals: Jeremy Reitmeier of Crookston def. Greg Dancer of Foley
Semifinals: Reitmeier def. Mike Hed of Menahga; Dancer had a bye

Index Class Champion
Finals: Bryan Hansen of Minneapolis def. Nick Enberg of Winsted
Semifinals: Hansen def. Austin Siemers of Milaca; Enberg had a bye

9.50 Index
Finals: Austin Siemers of Milaca def. Eric James of St. Cloud
Semifinals: Siemers def. Pat Huebner of Bloomington; James def. Gerald Cook

10.00 Index
Finals: Kevin Sand of Cambridge def. Zane Kornmann of Bloomington
Semifinals: Sand def. Joe Marudas of Milaca; Kornmann had a bye

10.50 Index
Finals: Nick Enberg of Winsted def. Brian Peterson of Park Rapids
Semifinals: Enberg def. Mike Plachey; Peterson had a bye

11.00 Index
Finals: Bryan Hansen of Minneapolis def. Charlie Odden of Pine Center
Semifinals: Hansen def. Roger Peterson of Menahga; Odden had a bye

11.50 Index
Finals: George Dinzeo IV of Stillwater def. Douglas Brown of Waterville
Semifinals: Dinzeo def. Bob Whiting of Mankato; Brown def. Brian Oberg of Minneapolis

12.00 Index
Finals: Justin Iverson of Saginaw def. Shawn Hammre of Zimmerman
Semifinals: Iverson def. Nick Pirkola of Duluth; Hammre had a bye

12.50 Index
Finals: Kevin Hemenway of Park Rapids def. Lonnie Ellenson of Park Rapids
Semifinals: Hemenway def. Bruce Morley of Brainerd; Ellenson had a bye

13.00 Index
Finals: Jesse Backstrom of Grand Marais def. Scott Hielscher of Otsego
Semifinals: Backstrom def. Aaron Hall of Rogers; Hielscher had a bye

13.50 Index
Finals: Gary Nelson of North Branch def. Kari Conner
Semifinals: Nelson def. Nathan Olson of Sartell; Conner had a bye

14.00 Index
Finals: Brad Nybo of Coon Rapids def. Joann Delezalek of Stacy
Semifinals: Nybo had a bye; Delezalek def. Jessica Purdham of Albertville

 

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