Records fall during first day of qualifying at NHRA Nationals

Race fans were treated to a pair of national records Friday during Top Fuel and Funny Car qualifying rounds at the 36th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals.

Leah Pritchett (Top Fuel) and Robert Hight (Funny Car) ran national elapsed-time record runs in their respective categories. Tanner Gray (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also provisional qualifying leaders at the 17th of 24 events on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

Leah Pritchett set a national record in Top Fuel.

Leah Pritchett set a national record Friday in Top Fuel.

Robert Hight broke a record in Funny Car.

Robert Hight broke a national record Friday in Funny Car.

Pritchett piloted her Papa John’s Pizza dragster to the quickest run in NHRA history with a pass of 3.640 seconds at 330.63 mph to close out the second qualifying session, while Hight’s 3.793-second pass at 338.00 mph in his Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS also landed him in the record books.

Pritchett held the previous Top Fuel national record of 3.658 seconds set in Phoenix at the beginning of the season.

“We’ve looked forward to this night session for a long time,” Pritchett said. “Knowing that Brainerd, this track, this surface, the conditions and what NHRA is able to do to it, lays down the ground work for us to pull out the most power possible. That’s what this team did. They have been working tirelessly at finding small amounts of power here, there and everywhere and to be able to put it on the track tonight was incredible.”

Rounding out the top three heading into Saturday’s qualifying session are Brittany Force, who ran a 3.685-second pass at 333.16 mph in her Monster Energy machine and Doug Kalitta with a 3.694-second pass at 330.31 mph in his Mac Tools dragster.

Hector Arana, Jr., Pro Stock Motorcycle

Hector Arana, Jr., Pro Stock Motorcycle

Hight’s pass was the first 3.7-second run in Funny Car history. He also holds the Funny Car national speed record of 339.87 mph, set recently at Sonoma Raceway.

“I could tell it was running fast and I saw the 3.79 on the scoreboard,” Hight said. “It’s just something you dream about. There are so many things that have to happen and work together for it all to come together. It’s not that easy. This is a big milestone. To be part of a milestone as a driver, this was big for me.”

Matt Hagan in his Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T qualified second iswith a 3.807-second pass at 336.57 mph and 16-time world champion John Force is third in his PEAK Coolant & Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro SS.

In Pro Stock, rookie Gray holds the No. 1 position with a 6.607-second run at 208.617 mph in his Gray Motorsports / Vavoline Chevrolet Camaro, holding off points leader Bo Butner who is second with a 6.617-second run at 207.69 mph in his Jim Butner’s Auto Chevrolet Camaro.

“We went out there and made a conservative run for (first qualifying session) to make sure we could get some data,” Gray said. “It kind of paid off. If you can go out there and make, obviously, a fast run, but just a solid run to collect data then it sets you up really good for sessions like this. I’m very fortunate to be able to drive this thing and it’s going well right now.”

Pro Stock veteran and 2012 world champion Allen Johnson is in the third position with a 6.622-second run at 206.86 mph.

Arana Jr. leads the Pro Stock Motorcycle field after running 6.879 seconds at 194.24 mph on his Lucas Oil Buell in the second qualifying session.

“It feels good to be up here. It’s been a while. It’s about time,” Arana Jr. said “We’re really working hard and we got the bike running well and it just seems that there’s something that just gets right by us. Hopefully this is the weekend where that turns around. We feel pretty confident that we still have room to improve off that run so we’re excited to see what happens tomorrow.”

Matt Smith qualified second with 6.884 seconds at 195.22 mph on his Polaris Racing Victory and Scott Pollacheck is  third on his Suzuki Extended Protection Suzuki with 6.908 seconds at 193.54 mph.

Qualifying at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals will continue Saturday at 12:50 p.m.


Friday’s results after the first two of four rounds of qualifying for the 36th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway, 17th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Qualifying will continue Saturday for Sunday’s final eliminations.

Top Fuel: 1. Leah Pritchett, 3.640 seconds, 331.53 mph; 2. Brittany Force, 3.685, 333.16; 3. Doug Kalitta, 3.694, 330.31; 4. Tony Schumacher, 3.695, 329.42; 5. Clay Millican, 3.706, 324.67; 6. Steve Torrence, 3.709, 330.15; 7. Antron Brown, 3.723, 321.73; 8. Scott Palmer, 3.768, 328.22; 9. Shawn Langdon, 3.859, 265.43; 10. Terry McMillen, 4.053, 239.87; 11. Troy Coughlin Jr., 4.664, 157.78; 12. Rob Passey, 8.808, 60.51. Not Qualified: 13. Chris Karamesines, broke.

Funny Car: 1. Robert Hight, Chevy Camaro, 3.793, 338.00; 2. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger, 3.807, 336.57; 3. John Force, Camaro, 3.852, 334.15; 4. Courtney Force, Camaro, 3.863, 335.98; 5. Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 3.880, 329.58; 6. Jack Beckman, Charger, 3.886, 333.25; 7. Tim Wilkerson, Ford Mustang, 3.898, 329.26; 8. Ron Capps, Charger, 3.928, 325.14; 9. J.R. Todd, Toyota Camry, 3.937, 327.98; 10. Alexis DeJoria, Camry, 3.947, 330.31; 11. Del Worsham, Camry, 3.985, 321.27; 12. Jonnie Lindberg, Camry, 3.988, 326.63; 13. Dale Creasy Jr., Charger, 4.315, 224.02; 14. Bob Bode, Charger, 4.855, 168.62; 15. Brian Stewart, Mustang, 5.015, 150.73; 16. Jim Campbell, Charger, 9.537, 67.32. Not Qualified: 17. Cruz Pedregon, 9.804, 83.54.

Pro Stock: 1. Tanner Gray, Chevy Camaro, 6.607, 208.17; 2. Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.617, 207.69; 3. Allen Johnson, Dodge Dart, 6.622, 206.86; 4. Drew Skillman, Camaro, 6.628, 208.65; 5. Jason Line, Camaro, 6.633, 207.59; 6. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.635, 207.43; 7. Shane Gray, Camaro, 6.637, 207.50; 8. Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.670, 207.02; 9. Jeg Coughlin, Camaro, 6.671, 208.30; 10. Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.679, 208.10; 11. Alan Prusiensky, Dart, 6.716, 205.60; 12. Deric Kramer, Dart, 6.727, 205.51; 13. John Gaydosh Jr, Chevrolet Camaro, 6.746, 205.47; 14. Mark Hogan, Pontiac GXP, 6.838, 201.49; 15. Dave River, Chevy Cobalt, 10.681, 85.19.

Pro Stock Motorcycle: 1. Hector Arana Jr, Buell, 6.879, 194.24; 2. Matt Smith, Victory, 6.884, 195.22; 3. Scotty Pollacheck, Suzuki, 6.908, 193.54; 4. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.939, 195.56; 5. Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.946, 195.00; 6. Angie Smith, Buell, 6.947, 191.08; 7. Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 6.963, 192.08; 8. Joey Gladstone, Suzuki, 6.965, 192.85; 9. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.975, 191.32; 10. LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 6.998, 194.10; 11. Freddie Camarena, Suzuki, 7.056, 191.81; 12. Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 7.061, 189.52; 13. David Hope, Buell, 7.119, 186.10; 14. Jim Underdahl, Suzuki, 7.184, 183.10; 15. Angelle Sampey, Victory, 7.492, 167.68; 16. Cory Reed, Victory, 9.215, 94.07. Not Qualified: 17. Andie Rawlings, 13.377, 58.68.

Saturday: Nitro School, fireworks, 2 rounds of nitro qualifying

Saturday’s a big day for drag racers who are trying to bust into the top 16 for Sunday’s elimination rounds. The racing really starts heating up.

Fans have some exciting opportunities on Saturday. Class is in session for the NHRA’s Nitro School. NHRA announcer Alan Reinhart and Funny Car driver Del Worsham will be on stage in the pit area where fans can gather and learn a little about what makes nitro cars tick. It’s entertaining, fun and educational, and it always attracts a big crowd. But better yet, it’s free!

Fans also have a chance to meet some of the stars of the NHRA during the Mello Yello Autograph Session in Mello Yello’s midway display. Get autographs from Tommy Johnson Jr., Shawn Langdon, Drew Skillman and Cory Reed.

The day ends with yet another incredible fireworks display. BIR is always known for putting on a pyrotechnics show that could wake up the dead. This year will be no different!



9 am         Sportsman Eliminations
9 am-8 pm    Helicopter Rides
9:30 am         Nitro Alley Midway Opens
10:45 am       Nitro School in pit area – with Del Worsham & Alan Reinhart
11:15 am       Mello Yello Autograph Session with Tommy Johnson Jr., Shawn Langdon, Drew Skillman
& Cory Reed, at the Mello Yello midway display
Noon              Top Alcohol Qualifying
12:45 pm       Pro Stock Motorcycle & Car Qualifying
1:30 pm         Nitro Qualifying
2:45 pm         Top Alcohol Eliminations – Round 1
3:45 pm         Pro Stock Motorcycle & Car Qualifying
4:30 pm         Nitro Qualifying
8:30 pm         Live music by Waves Collide
11 pm              Live music by Uncle Chunk
Dusk              Fireworks


Nitro School

Nitro School


Mello Yello Autograph Session

Mello Yello Autograph Session


Nitro classes are featured on Friday

The Mello Yello Drag Racing Series takes center stage on Friday afternoon and that can only mean one thing – NITRO!

The Mello Yello Drag Racing Series features the nitro-burning Funny Cars and dragsters as well as Pro Stock Motorcycles and Cars. The second qualifying session Friday evening is a fan favorite as the Funny Cars and Dragsters thrown out flames as they launch from the starting line.

The day ends with live music at the BIR Bandstage in The Zoo.


9 am         Sportsman Qualifying
9 am-8 pm   Helicopter Rides
11 am            Nitro Alley Midway Opens
2 pm               Top Alcohol Qualifying
2:45 pm         Pro Stock Motorcycle & Car Qualifying
3:30 pm         Nitro Qualifying
4:30 pm         Top Alcohol Qualifying
5:30 pm         Pro Stock Motorcycle & Car Qualifying
6 pm               Nitro Qualifying
8:30 pm         Live music by Rhino
11 pm              Live music by Blackout


Capps, Schumacher appearance tops Thursday schedule

It’s Thursday and that means the 36th Annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals is under way!

Below is Thursday’s schedule. The autograph sessions are free and open to the public.

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9:30 am         Sportsman qualifying begins
5:30-6:30 pm   Autograph session with Leah Pritchett, at Papa John’s in Monticello
6-7:30 pm     Autograph session with Jack Beckman, at Walmart in Baxter
8-9 pm           Autograph session with Ron Capps, Tony Schumacher & Tommy Johnson Jr., at Sidetrack bar across from BIR
8:30 pm         Live music by Rock Godz, BIR Bandstage
11 pm              Live music by Junk FM, BIR Bandstage


Ron Capps

Ron Capps

Tony Schumacher, Top Fuel Dragster

Tony Schumacher, Top Fuel Dragster









Jack Beckman, Funny Car

Jack Beckman, Funny Car



Larson, Vandeventer among Thunder winners

True to its name, Thunder at the Lakes experienced soggy, unpleasant weather conditions Sunday, delaying the final rounds of 11 drag racing classes and causing the Comp Eliminator class to complete its elimination rounds next month at the next NHRA Division 5 race at Tri State Raceway in Earlville, Iowa.

By noon Monday, the 11 winners had been determined, though, including Kendra Larson, Jeremiah Vandeventer and Ben Line. All the winners took home Wally trophies and earned points toward an NHRA West Central Division title and a possible trip to Pomona, Calif., in November to compete for a national championship.

Kendra Larson, Top Dragster

Kendra Larson, Top Dragster


Jeremiah Vandeventer, Top Sportsman

Jeremiah Vandeventer, Top Sportsman

Thunder at the Lakes is Brainerd International Raceway’s annual Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series divisional race, and it now signals the start of MegaWeek, which concludes this weekend with the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals. Many of the Sportsman drag racers who raced last weekend will compete again next weekend during Nationals.

Larson had her 2007 dragster dialed in, mowing through the Fineline Madcap Top Dragster field and earning a trip to the finals against Todd Bruce. Larson beat Bruce off the starting line and held him off to win with a time of 7.486 seconds at 179.49 mph. Bruce crossed the line at 7.665 seconds and 169.15 mph.

In the Jerry Haas Top Sportsman class, Vandeventer and his 1996 Mustang pulled out a finals win over Michael Freischel. Freischel took a huge lead off the starting line but gave it all back to Vandeventer at the finish line, with Vendeventer posting a winning time of 8.818 seconds at 182.11 mph to beat Freischel’s 7.518 seconds and 177.86 mph.

In Stock Eliminator, Line showed why he’s a perennial powerhouse in BIR’s Bracket Drag Racing Series. He outlasted 83 other racers in the field, meeting up with Ron Mattson in the finals. Mattson was nearly perfect off the starting line but Line and his ’69 Mustang ran him down at the finish line with a 10.515-second winning time at 121.39 mph to Mattson’s 10.837 seconds and 119.73 mph.

The winners of 2017 Thunder at the Lakes. Not shown are the 3 Jr. Dragster winners.

The winners of 2017 Thunder at the Lakes. Not shown are the 3 Jr. Dragster winners.

Reigning West Central Division Lucas Oil Champion Brett Speer drove his ’87 Camaro to the Super Stock win over Eric Bell. Speer crossed the line in 10.038 seconds at 124.02 mph to Bell’s loosing but quicker 9.170 seconds at 142.42 mph.

Gary Stinnett added a win to his impressive resume. Stinnett and Ed Shaughnessy squared off in the finals of the Super Comp class. They nearly had identical reaction times off the starting line but Stinnett and his 2017 dragster won with a time of 8.894 seconds and 181.18 mph.

Rounding out Monday’s winners were Kevin Dyck in Super Gas, Corey Bentley in Super Street and Kyle Lundberg in Sportsman Motorcycle.

The NHRA Summit Jr. Drag Racing League was also in action this weekend with Chelsey Mohr leading the charge as she picked up a win in the Advanced class. Mohr beat Chandler Niemeyer with a winning time of 7.873 seconds to Niemeyer’s 8.046 seconds. Joseph Lindberg beat Aspen Meagher in Jr. Dragster Intermediate and Blake Noysen beat Eleanor Lindberg in Jr. Dragster Novice.

The following are Monday’s results from each final round:

Brett Speer of Pierz, 10.038, 124.02  def. Eric Bell of Chandler, Ariz., 9.170, 142.42

Ben Line of International Falls, 10.515, 121.39 def. Ron Mattson of Cloquet, 10.837, 119.73

Gary Stinnett of Emporia, Kan., 8.894, 181.18  def. Ed Shaughnessy of Coleraine, 8.889, 154.92

Kevin Dyck of Winnipeg, Manitoba, 9.913, 163.22  def. Scott McMasters of Rose Creek, 9.885, 145.39

Corey Bentley of Fremont, Neb., 10.939, 145.08  def. Ronnie Luberda of Foley 10.884, 140.31

Jeremiah Vandeventer of Hastings, Neb., 8.818, 182.11  def. Michael Freischel of Cottage Grove, 7.518, 177.86

Kendra Larson of Starbuck, 7.486, 179.49  def. Todd Bruce of Horace, N.D., 7.665, 169.15

Kyle Lundberg of Isanti, 8.598, 147.34  def. Toby Giese of Kandiyohi, 10.132, 124.67

Chelsey Mohr of Mitchell, S.D., 7.873, 82.64 def. Chandler Niemeyer of Brainerd, 8.046, 81.14

Joseph Lindberg of Lindstrom, 9.104, 73.08 def. Aspen Meagher of Hudson, Wis., 8.921, 74.24

Blake Noysen of Foley, 12.377, 50.25 def. Eleanor Lindberg of Lindstrom, 14.113, 44.40

Buying tickets for NHRA Nationals is now a snap

A new ticketing system purchased this year by Brainerd International Raceway makes buying tickets to the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals (Aug. 17-20) a snap. It’s fast and easy, and it’ll save fans time when they get to the track, allowing them to get inside the track quicker.

There are two ways to buy Nationals tickets now: at the front gate or online. You cannot buy tickets over the phone.

You can buy tickets at the front gate when you get to BIR the day of the event. But the best way to buy tickets is online BEFORE you get to the track. You can buy online tickets and either print then at home on your printer or use mobile delivery on your mobile device. Both ways will save you time when you get to the track.

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Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals on TV

Below is the TV schedule for the 2017 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals

Friday, Aug. 18
8-9 pm – Friday’s qualifying sessions on Fox Sports 1

Saturday, Aug. 19
6-8 pm – Saturday’s qualifying sessions on Fox Sports 1

Sunday, Aug. 20
6-7 am – Qualifying re-run on Fox Sports 2
7-8 am – Qualifying re-run on Fox Sports 2
1-4 pm – Live coverage of the finals on Fox Sports 1
9-12 pm – Finals coverage re-run on Fox Sports 2

Monday, Aug. 21
5:30-8:30 am – Finals coverage re-run on Fox Sports 1

Thursday, Aug. 24
8-8:30 pm – NHRA in 30 on Fox Sports 2
9-12 pm – Finals coverage re-run on Fox Sports 2

Saturday, Aug. 26
5:30-6 pm – NHRA in 30 on Fox Sports 1





NHRA Nationals: Fans can get in on the action

The best part about the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals is that there are many things for fans to do when they’re not watching 10,000-horsepower nitro-burning dragsters flying down the dragstrip.

When you need a break from watching racing, wander down to the pits or Nitro Alley midway, there’s a lot to see and do. If you’re camping at BIR, you have access to live music and fireworks.

The Pit Area
The pit area is always hopping with activity. Every ticket includes a pit pass, so all fans have access to the pits and everything that goes on there. You can stand within several feet of the pro teams as they tear down the dragsters and rebuild them with incredible speed and precision. Brace yourself for when they fire them up, though, as you’ll get a face full of nitro and your ears will ring. There’s nothing like it.

When you’re there, watch for drivers as they frequently swing through the crowds to sign autographs, mug for photos and talk racing. Bring a Sharpie!

Nitro Alley
The Nitro Alley midway has a carnival atmosphere and features dozens of food vendors, interactive displays, apparel and merchandise stands and much more. Get your favorite BIR or NHRA shirts, hats and other apparel and merchandise, feast on some amazing food and drinks, and check out displays where you check out a variety of equipment and gear, and challenge yourself and your buddies on the interactive displays. There are also a bunch of opportunities to register to win great prizes. Nitro Alley opens at 11 a.m. Friday, 9:30 a.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday.

Nitro School
Increase your knowledge of NHRA drag racing during the NHRA’s Nitro School, which is scheduled for 10:45 a.m. on Saturday at the NHRA Midway Display. Nitro School stars NHRA announcer Alan Reinhart and Lucas Oil Funny Car driver Del Worsham. It’s free and open to anyone. Don’t miss it – we guarantee you’ll learn something and you’ll be entertained!

Mello Yello Autograph Session
Some of the stars of the NHRA’s Mello Yello Drag Racing Series will be on hand to sign autographs at 11:15 a.m. at the Mello Yello Display in the Nitro Alley midway.

Sealmaster Trackwalk
One of the events that’s really gaining in popularity is the Sealmaster Trackwalk. Fans are invited down on the track starting at 9:40 a.m. Sunday, and walk up and down the fastest track in the country as special guests entertain the crowd over the PA.

Pre-Race Ceremony
After walking the track, fans are invited to stay on the track for the Pre-Race Ceremonies, where the drivers who made Sunday’s finals will be introduced. The ceremony starts at 10 a.m., followed by the start of racing at 11 a.m.

Winner’s Circle
The place to be after racing is done Sunday is in the Winner’s Circle to celebrate with the winners.

Jack Beckman Appearance
Funny Car driver Jack Beckman will be at the Walmart in Baxter from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday signing autographs.

Thunder at the Lakes kicks off MegaWeek

When the gates open Thursday for Brainerd International Raceway’s Thunder at the Lakes, it marks the start of “12 Days of Drag Racing” that culminates with the 36th Annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals.

This weekend’s Thunder at the Lakes features the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series for Sportsman drag racers, many of who will be racing the following weekend at Nationals as well. Drivers are racing this weekend to earn points toward divisional and national championships as well as a chance at a share of the year-end purse of more than $500,000.

Pittman_WCategories this weekend include 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 are also in competition.

The schedule includes a Test & Tune Day on Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., followed by time trials and qualifying on Saturday starting at 9 a.m. Eliminations are Sunday. Tickets for Thunder at the Lakes are $25 daily. Kids 12 and under are free with a paid adult.

BIR now has a MegaWeek ticket where fans can enter the track this Thursday and stay for Thunder at the Lakes and all of next week, including Nationals, leaving for home on Aug. 21. The Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals is Aug. 17-20.

“Some of the best Sportsman drag racers in the country will be here for Thunder at the Lakes,” BIR Owner Jed Copham said. “The cars are really fast and the competition is intense. It’s always a great racing weekend.

“And those fans who want the ultimate drag racing experience – one that they can’t get anywhere else in the country – will hang around all of next week, getting primed for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals. It’s the 12 greatest days of the year for us.”

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Nelson, Skellenger, Stall win CRA’s 3-Hour Team Challenge

Jesse Nelson rides to victory during CRA's 3-Hour Team Challenge.

Jesse Nelson rides to victory during CRA’s 3-Hour Team Challenge. Photo by Brad Knight

The highly anticipated 3-Hour Team Challenge made its return to Brainerd International Raceway last weekend during the Central Roadracing Association’s third race weekend of the season.

After a brief hiatus, the multi-rider relay race made a triumphant return and saw 27 teams take to the grid. In the run-up to the weekend, there was no clear favorite with Billy Goats (Jake Schmotter, Billy Vossberg and Lucas Wygant), Full Nelson (Jesse Nelson, Kris Skellenger and Scott Stall), Fully Stroked Jamokes (Aaron Anderson, Bell Helmets rider Shane Keaveny and Christian Schmidt) and Middleweight Express (Brian Hebeisen, Kyle Ohnsorg and Drew See) all capable of taking the overall win.

At the start of the race, Full Nelson took hold of the lead. (Get it? Because of the wrestling move?) Surprisingly, Fully Stroked Jamokes – uniquely named after the latest frappalatteccino from a well-known Seattle-based coffee chain – struggled at the start, finishing the first lap in fifth place, but they moved into a solid second during the first stint. What followed was a rather hectic race featuring a large amount of close racing as the GP3 and GP4 front-runners flowed through the lapped traffic like water through the cardboard box of shop towels that was left out in the rain last night.

In the final hour, the race seemed to be shaping up to be a duel between Fully Stroked Jamokes and Middleweight Express, who sent reigning CRA champion Kyle Ohnsorg out for the last 90-minutes of the race with a full tank of fuel and an order to ride it to the end, hoping their extra-large fuel tank would allow them to finish the race without another pit stop.

With 45-minutes left, the red flag flew. Fully Stroked Jamokes’ lead of more than one minute was instantly erased and Middleweight Express was fully aware that their shot at victory was over. With a full restart scheduled and a misunderstanding in the pits, Full Nelson threw a new tire and Scott Stall onto their ZX-10R, filled the fuel tank and told Stall that he had 25 minutes to unlap himself, catch the leader and win the race.

At the start, Stall put the hammer down and clicked off numerous laps quicker than anyone had turned during the entire weekend other than Christian Schmidt. Unbeknownst to Stall, but knownst to others, he was in the lead and pulling away, eventually taking the victory over Billy Goats and Fully Stroked Jamokes.

The sprint races had their fair share of action as well with semi-pro talker Kris Skellenger’s award for Rider of the Weekend going to Jake Hennen, with a VERY close second to Jon Champ and an honorable mention to Sam Burke.  Hennen has shown his form on his Kawasaki ZX-10R during previous rounds this season but he apparently forgot to pack that in the rush to get to the track. Luckily for him, he found form on his Honda CBR600RR hidden in a drawer in the trailer and turned up ready for battle.

In the Unlimited Expert class, Stall collected two wins compared to Schmidt’s one. The Unlimited Supersport race was hands down the best of the weekend with Schmidt pulling a phenomenal last-lap pass three corners from the end, only to be out-dragged to the line by Stall, who won by .009 seconds.

Later in the weekend, Schmidt grabbed the Unlimited GP win after Stall DNF’ed and Ohnsorg threw the hammer down, only to forget to let go of the hammer when he threw it down at the apex of turn 11 unceremoniously falling down with it. Luckily, Ohnsorg walked away uninjured from the crash which the crowd was very happy to see as his bones are seemingly as fragile as peanut brittle. Or Tostitos. Seriously, every time I open a bag it looks like someone filled it with beach sand instead of delectable tortilla chips. Anyway, I digress…

Before Kyle “Peanut Brittle” Ohnsorg ended the weekend in the dirt, he grabbed multiple wins in Middleweight and Heavyweight Expert, and was seemingly never troubled on his way to victory, although Fisk Brothers Racing/Dryject, Inc’s Brian Hebeisen was coming home second in every Middleweight and Heavyweight race but one, getting snookered by Aaron Anderson in Heavyweight Superbike. The aforementioned Sam Burke had it all his way in Middleweight/Heavyweight Novice, romping away to six victories in all six of his races. Eric Hjelter brought his A-game in July, impressing many on his way to multiple podium finishes as well as two race wins. The question on everyone’s lips… well, a few people’s lips… okay, the question that no one has yet asked (but probably should) is “will Sam Burke make the jump to Expert before the season is over?” To find out, tune in to the next episode of “Novice No More: The Life and Times of Samuel (or is his legal name Seamus?) Burke,” coming to you live on the CRA’s unofficial radio station, KRIS, Aug. 25-27.

While Hennen received the award for Rider of the Weekend (and with it, an expired coupon for a 12-pack of Pepsi Clear), Jon Champ truly made waves in the Lightweight class when he set a new personal best lap time of 1:42.436. To put that in perspective, that lap on his Suzuki SV650 (which was built WAY before anyone had ever heard of Justin Bieber) would have put him seventh quickest out of 28 riders in the Middleweight Superbike race. Champ was in a different league all weekend and while he was seen celebrating with champagne, his competition was seen suffering from Champ-pain. Oooof, that was so bad it was difficult to type.

The Ultralight class failed to live up to some of the hype surrounding the class as Mark Praska and Jack Barton only finished one race, crossing the line side-by-side. The show that Praska and Barton have put on in almost every race throughout the season means their fan (yes, there’s only one) has very high expectations when it comes to what constitutes a close finish. If the gap doesn’t start with .0, they can’t be bothered. Hopefully Praska and Barton will up their game during the August weekend, or perhaps another rider will show up on one of the beautiful Krämer HKR Evo 2’s to join the party.

The Featherweight class saw a new addition to the fold Kyle Ohnsorg hopped astride Ewa Kalinsky’s Yamaha R3 to attempt to win the Battle of the Brads and break the class domination by Brad Kreller and Brad Zajic. Unfortunately, a fairly hard crash in the Ultralight Supberbike race put Zajic out of the action for the weekend and the three-rider battle never materialized. Ohnsorg took advantage of Zajic’s absence pulling a large gap on Kreller and bringing home the win in his first “small-bike” race.

The CRA returns to action on BIR’s Competition Road Course Aug. 25-27. For more information on racing, spectating or volunteering with the CRA please visit the CRA website by clicking here or emailing


Endurance GP4
1 Full Nelson (Jesse Nelson, Kris Skellenger, Scott Stall)
2 Billy Goats (Jake Schmotter, Billy Vossberg, Lucas Wygant)
3 Fully Stroked Jamokes (Aaron Anderson, Shane Keaveny, Christian Schmidt)
4 Midnight Motorcycle (Glenn Hinton, Matthew Nardo, Austin Tschida)

Endurance GP3
1 Middleweight Express (Brian Hebeisen, Kyle Ohnsorg, Drew See)
2 Lazy Union Racers (Josh Harein, Jake Hennen)
3 #tracklivesmatter (Mark Dargis, Nathan Dotson, Scott Masterton)
4 The Gorillas (Martin Holte, Ken Nielsen)
5 Team Meatball (Eric Hjelter, Steve Horsfield, Dave Stone)

Endurance GP2
1 Sagan’s Elbow Grease (Chris Mattson, Brian Rogers)
2 Wild Bill and Jesse James (Bill Plucky, Jesse VanderWeide)
3 Hamburglars (Matt Cina, Harry Jensen, Andy Palmer)
4 Scandinavian Heat (Jon Champ, Ephtephan Johnson)
5 2 Bikes No Souls (Aaron Foss, Leif Nadeau)
6 Beeg Deeks Antique Furniture (Adam Harrison, Bradley George Kreller, James Michaelson)

Endurance GP1
1 The Knobs (Trevor Treviranus, Where’s Luke Trombley)
2 Tech Tres (Mike Knoll, Kurt Mosher, Dwayne Stroman)
3 Where’s Jayme (Tom Conroy, Justin Miest, Jayme Schmit)
4 Creepy Cripples (Dave Juntunen, Jonathan Myers)
5 Darkhorse Motorsports (Lawrence Lin, Sean Stettnichs)
6 3 Cubed (Billy Lachmiller, William Miller)

Unlimited SS Expert
1 Scott Stall (Kaw ZX-10R)
2 Christian Schmidt (Kaw ZX-10R)
3 Shane Keaveny (Kaw ZX-10R)
4 Kyle Ohnsorg(Yam YZF-R6)
5 Jake Schmotter (Yam YZF-R1)
6 Brian Hebeisen (Yam YZF-R6)

Unlimited SS Novice
1 David Stone (Hon CBR1000RR)

Unlimited SB Expert
1 Scott Stall (Kaw ZX-10R)
2 Kyle Ohnsorg (BMW S1000RR)
3 Christian Schmidt (Kaw ZX-10R)
4 Shane Keaveny (Kaw ZX-10R)
5 Lucas Wygant (Yam YZF-R1)
6 Jake Schmotter (Yam YZF-R1)

Unlimited SB Novice
1 Eric Hjelter (MV F3)

Unlimited GP Expert
1 Christian Schmidt (Kaw ZX-10R)
2 Lucas Wygant (Yam YZF-R1)
3 Jake Schmotter (Yam YZF-R1)
4 Brian Hebeisen (Yam YZF-R6)
5 Kyle Ohnsorg (BMW S1000RR)

Unlimited GP Novice
1 Eric Hjelter (MV F3)

Heavyweight SS Expert
1 Kyle Ohnsorg (Yam YZF-R6)
2 Brian Hebeisen (Yam YZF-R6)
3 Drew See (Yam YZF-R6)
4 Aaron Anderson (Suz GSX-R750)
5 Justin Ebnet (Hon CBR600RR)
6 Mark Dargis (Yam YZF-R6)

Heavyweight SS Novice
1 Sam Burke (Yam YZF-R6)
2 Eric Hjelter (MV F3)
3 David Stone (Yam YZF-R6)
4 Steve Horsfield (Yam YZF-R6)
5 Jeff Somers (Yam YZF-R6)
6 Alex Peterson (Hon CBR600RR)

Heavyweight SB Expert
1 Kyle Ohnsorg (Yam YZF-R6)
2 Aaron Anderson (Suz GSX-R750)
3 Brian Hebeisen (Yam YZF-R6)
4 Jesse Nelson (Yam YZF-R6)
5 Brett Donahue (Suz GSX-R750)
6 Josh Harein (Yam YZF-R6)

Heavyweight SB Novice
1 Sam Burke (Yam YZF-R6)
2 Eric Hjelter (MV F3)
3 Jeff Somers (Yam YZF-R6)
4 David Stone (Yam YZF-R6)
5 Kyle Franz (Duc 899)
6 Alex Peterson (Hon CBR600RR)

Heavyweight GP Expert
1 Kyle Ohnsorg (Yam YZF-R6)
2 Brian Hebeisen (Yam YZF-R6)
3 Aaron Anderson (Suz GSX-R750)
4 Brett Donahue (Suz GSX-R750)
5 Justin Ebnet (Hon CBR600RR)
6 Aaron Duchon (Yam YZF-R6)

Heavyweight GP Novice
1 Sam Burke (Yam YZF-R6)
2 Eric Hjelter (MV F3)
3 David Stone (Yam YZF-R6)
4 Kyle Franz (Duc 899)
5 Alex Peterson (Hon CBR600RR)
6 Jared Thompson (Yam YZF-R6)

Middleweight SS Expert
1 Kyle Ohnsorg (Yam YZF-R6)
2 Brian Hebeisen (Yam YZF-R6)
3 Drew See (Yam YZF-R6)
4 Jesse Nelson (Yam YZF-R6)
5 Justin Ebnet (Hon CBR600RR)
6 Josh Harein (Yam YZF-R6)

Middleweight SS Novice
1 Sam Burke (Yam YZF-R6)
2 Eric Hjelter (Tri 675)
3 Jeff Somers (Yam YZF-R6)
4 David Stone (Yam YZF-R6)
5 Steve Horsfield (Yam YZF-R6)
6 Francois Yang (Hon CBR600RR)

Middleweight SB Expert
1 Kyle Ohnsorg (Yam YZF-R6)
2 Brian Hebeisen (Yam YZF-R6)
3 Jacob Hennen (Hon CBR600RR)
4 Drew See (Yam YZF-R6)
5 Jesse Nelson (Yam YZF-R6)
6 Justin Ebnet (Hon CBR600RR)

Middleweight SB Novice
1 Sam Burke (Yam YZF-R6)
2 David Stone (Yam YZF-R6)
3 Francois Yang (Hon CBR600RR)
4 Alex Peterson (Hon CBR600RR)
5 Jeff Somers (Yam YZF-R6)
6 Jared Thompson (Yam YZF-R6)

Middleweight GP Expert
1 Kyle Ohnsorg (Yam YZF-R6)
2 Brian Hebeisen (Yam YZF-R6)
3 Jacob Hennen (Hon CBR600RR)
4 Jesse Nelson (Yam YZF-R6)
5 Josh Harein (Yam YZF-R6)
6 Justin Ebnet (Hon CBR600RR)

Middleweight GP Novice
1 Sam Burke (Yam YZF-R6)
2 David Stone (Yam YZF-R6)
3 Francois Yang (Hon CBR600RR)
4 Jeff Somers (Yam YZF-R6)
5 Jared Thompson (Yam YZF-R6)
6 Alex Peterson (Hon CBR600RR)

Lightweight SS Expert
1 Chris Mattson (Suz SV650)
2 Stephen Johnson (Suz SV650)
3 Katie Champ (Suz SV650)
4 Anthony Marcinek (Suz SV650)

Lightweight SS Novice
1 Brian Rogers (Suz SV650)
2 Jesse Vanderweide (Suz SV650)
3 Leif Nadeau (Suz SV650)
4 Sonia Pond (Suz SV650)
5 Nathan Jessup (Suz SV650)

Lightweight GP Expert
1 Jon Champ (Suz SV650)
2 Bill Plucky (Suz SV650)
3 Matt Cina (Yam FZ-07)
4 Jack Barton (Krä HKR-Evo2)
5 Mark Praska (Krä HKR-Evo2)
6 James Michaelson (Hon CBR600F2)

Lightweight GP Novice
1 Brian Rogers (Suz SV650)
2 Jesse Vanderweide (Suz SV650)
3 Wayne Minnichsoffer (Hon CBR600F2)
4 Kyle Franz (Yam FZ-07)
5 Sonia Pond (Suz SV650)
6 Jeff Franz (Yam FZ-07)

Formula 40 – F2
1 Shane Keaveny (Kaw ZX-10R)
2 Mark Dargis (Kaw ZX-10R)
3 Brett Donahue (Suz GSX-R750)
4 Karl Rehpohl (Kaw ZX-6R)
5 Bill Plucky (Suz SV650)
6 Tate Guckin (Kaw ZX-6R)

Formula 40 – F1
1 Matt Cina (Yam FZ-07)
2 Jeff Franz (Yam FZ-07)
3 Denyse Brooks (Yam FZ-07)
4 David Juntunen (KTM RC390)

Supertwins Expert
1 Jon Champ (Suz SV650)
2 Bill Plucky (Suz SV650)
3 Matt Cina (Yam FZ-07)
4 Aaron Foss (Suz SV650)
5 Anthony Marcinek (Suz SV650)

Supertwins Novice
1 Jesse Vanderweide (Suz SV650)
2 Brian Rogers (Suz SV650)
3 Sonia Pond (Suz SV650)
4 Jeff Franz (Duc 899)
5 Nathan Jessup (Suz SV650)
6 Kyle Franz (Duc 899)

Sportsman Middleweight Expert
1 Ken Nielsen (Yam YZF-R6)
2 Martin Holte (Hon CBR600RR)

Sportsman Lightweight Expert
1 Jack Barton (Krä HKR-Evo2)
2 Mark Praska (Krä HKR-Evo2)
3 James Michaelson (Hon CBR600F2)
4 Bradley Kreller (Hon CBR600F2)
5 Adam Harrison (Hon CBR600F2)

Sportsman Lightweight Novice
1 Wayne Minnichsoffer (Hon CBR600F2)

Sportsman Middleweight Novice
1 Si Klien (Yam YZF-R6)

Ultralight #2 Expert
1 Jack Barton (Krä HKR-Evo2)
2 Mark Praska (Krä HKR-Evo2)
3 Trevor Treviranus (Yam YZ450F)

Featherweight SB Expert
1 Bradley Kreller (Yam YZF-R3)
2 Mike Knoll (Yam YZF-R3)
3 Jesse Nelson (Kaw EX250)
4 Bryan Lachmiller (Kaw EX250)
5 William Miller (Yam YZF-R3)
6 Robin Schmidt (Kaw EX250)

Featherweight SB Novice
1 Sean Stettnichs (Yam YZF-R3)
2 Lawrence Lin (Yam YZF-R3)
3 Justin Miest (Yam YZF-R3)
4 David Juntunen (KTM RC390)
5 Jayme Schmit (Kaw EX250)
6 Ewa Kalinsky (Yam YZF-R3)

Lightweight SB Expert
1 Jon Champ (Suz SV650)
2 Bill Plucky (Suz SV650)
3 Matt Cina (Yam FZ-07)
4 Aaron Foss (Suz SV650)
5 Stephen Johnson (Suz SV650)
6 Katie Champ (Suz SV650)

Lightweight SB Novice
1 Brian Rogers (Suz SV650)
2 Jesse Vanderweide (Suz SV650)
3 Kyle Franz (Yam FZ-07)
4 Sonia Pond (Suz SV650)
5 Jeff Franz (Yam FZ-07)
6 Nathan Jessup (Suz SV650)

250GP Expert
1 Jack Barton (Krä HKR-Evo2)
2 Mark Praska (Krä HKR-Evo2)

Ultralight #3 Expert
1 Mark Praska (Krä HKR-Evo2)
2 Jack Barton (Krä HKR-Evo2)
3 Trevor Treviranus (Yam YZ450F)

Featherweight GP Expert
1 Kyle Ohnsorg (Yam YZF-R3)
2 Bradley Kreller (Yam YZF-R3)
3 Jesse Nelson (Kaw EX250)
4 Bryan Lachmiller (Kaw EX250)
5 William Miller (Yam YZF-R3)

Featherweight GP Novice
1 Justin Miest (Yam YZF-R3)
2 David Juntunen (KTM RC390)
3 Jayme Schmit (KTM RC390)
4 Sarah Boughton (Yam YZF-R3)
5 Roy Konicek (Yam YZF-R3)

Ultralight #1 Expert
1 Mark Praska (Krä HKR-Evo2)
2 Jack Barton (Krä HKR-Evo2)

Featherweight SS Expert
1 Bradley Kreller (Yam YZF-R3)
2 Brad Zajic (Yam YZF-R3)
3 Dwayne Stroman (Yam YZF-R3)
4 Bryan Lachmiller (Kaw EX250)
5 William Miller (Yam YZF-R3)
6 Mike Knoll (Yam YZF-R3)

Featherweight SS Novice
1 Sean Stettnichs (Yam YZF-R3)
2 Justin Miest (Yam YZF-R3)
3 Dave Juntunen (KTM RC390)
4 Ewa Kalinsky (Yam YZF-R3)
5 Tom Conroy (Yam YZF-R3)
6 Jayme Schmit (Kaw EX250)

Last Chance Qualifier
1 Alex Peterson (Hon CBR600RR)
2 Brandon Connett (Tri 675)
3 Ryan Alvar (Yam YZF-R6)
4 Jon Durant (Yam YZF-R6)
5 Anthony Marcinek (Suz SV650)
6 Nathan Jessup (Suz SV650)

New Rider Race
1 Boyd Hedstrom (Yam YZF-R1)
2 Jeff Kandt (Tri 675)
3 Forrest Allen (Kaw ZX-6RR)
4 Sarah Boughten (Yam YZF-R3)

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