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Sand does it again, with trifecta win at Showdown

Kevin Sand is officially the hottest drag racer in Brainerd International Raceway’s Muscle Car Series.

Three-time winner Kevin Sand

Three-time winner Kevin Sand

During last weekend’s Street Car Showdown – the first race in the three-race Muscle Car Series – Sand drove his 1983 Olds Cierra to wins in the Strip Eliminator 1 and 10.00 Index classes and then won the Index Class Champion by beating the nine other Index class winners. He won 12 straight races during Sunday’s elimination rounds, collecting an armload of trophies and plaques in the Winner’s Circle, and heading into the next series race as “the guy to beat.”

“I was super stoked,” Sand said of his final win. “My dad was smiling and I had a smile from ear to ear.”

Sand and the other drivers almost didn’t get a chance to finish the race. Rain continually interrupted  racing Sunday, but the BIR track crew was able to scramble late afternoon to dry the track for the remaining pairings. Sand was in the last pair of cars to race – at 9:06 p.m. It was for the Strip Eliminator 1 title and the finish to a great day of racing for the Cambridge driver.

What makes Sand’s finish even more impressive is that he did the same thing last year during the GSTA Muscle Car Shootout on Labor Day weekend, which is the series’ finale. He won 14 straight races to earn the same three titles. In fact, the last time he lost a series race was July 3 during the 2016 PleasureLand RV Show & Go, when he lost in the finals of all three classes.

Rick Schmidt, Outlaw Pro Mod

Rick Schmidt, Outlaw Pro Mod

Bubba Romanyshyn, Outlaw

Bubba Romanyshyn, Outlaw

The Street Car Showdown also featured the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) on BIR’s Competition Road Course for the Harvey West Memorial Day Classic.

Back on the drag strip, Rick Schmidt ended Ray Fuchs’ three-race win streak in the Outlaw Pro Mod class. Schmidt’s 2011 Mustang was by far the fastest car on the track last weekend, in any class. He qualified first with a time of 6.261 seconds at 234.90 mph, which could be a series record. He beat Fuchs in the finals when Fuchs fouled at the starting line.

Bubba Romanyshyn has his 1967 Camaro flying down the drag strip, which should make the drivers in the Outlaw class nervous this year. He qualified first with a time of 6.780 seconds at 220.69 mph and then beat Todd Mueller in the finals when Mueller fouled at the starting line.

Brian Mahnke, King Street

Brian Mahnke, King Street

Jason Nelson, Real Street Unlimited

Jason Nelson, Real Street Unlimited

Brian Mahnke has his own streak going when he won  the King Street class. He also won the class during the GSTA Muscle Car Shootout last year, making it two in a row. He beat Jake Waste in the finals with a run of 8.056 seconds and 180.52 mph. Waste ran 8.182 seconds and 166.50 mph.

In Real Street Natural, Robert Wilczek kept his winning streak alive with a win over Bob Wallin in the finals. Wilczek hasn’t lost since the 2015 GSTA Muscle Car Shootout, having swept the class last year. He ran 9.283 seconds and 142.87 mph in his 1969 Mustang to beat Wallin, who posted a run of 9.569 seconds and 141.15 mph.

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

The next Muscle Car Series race is June 30-July 2 during the 31st Annual PleasureLand RV Show & Go,

Robert Wilczek, Real Street Natural

Robert Wilczek, Real Street Natural

Zach Novak, True Street

Zach Novak, True Street

which also includes two 100-mile races on the road course by the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli. The SCCA is on the road course as well, and the event includes fireworks, live music, a classic car show and more.

RESULTS

Outlaw Pro Mod
Finals: Rick Schmidt of Dickinson, N.D. def. Ray Fuchs of Bowman, N.D.

Outlaw
Finals: Bubba Romanyshyn of Belfield, N.D. def. Todd Mueller of Ham Lake

King Street
Finals: Brian Mahnke of Proctor def. Jake Waste of Loretto

Real Street Unlimited
Finals: Jason Nelson of Champlin def. Duane Godbout of Cloquet

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

True Street
Finals: Zach Novak of Sauk Rapids def. Todd Malik of Coon Rapids

660 Outlaw Street
Finals: Chris Gullickson of North Branch def. Brian Carpenter of Forest Lake

Strip Eliminator 1
Finals: Kevin Sand of Cambridge def. Brian Peterson of Park Rapids

Strip Eliminator 2
Finals: Tony Scheunemann of Champlin def. Dean Markuson of Pequot Lakes

Strip Eliminator 3
Finals: Kurt Lotis of Merrifield def. Andrew Novak of Foley

Truck Eliminator
Finals Taylor Tesar of Medina def. Dan Huttsten of Becker

Manual TransmissionFinals: Kelly Rutz of Randall def. Mike Newman of Little Falls

Index Class Champion
Finals: Kevin Sand of Cambridge def. Karl Eckardt of Pequot Lakes

9.50 Index
Finals: Austin Siemers of Milaca def. Greg Bednar of Mapleton

10.00 Index
Finals: Kevin Sand of Cambridge def. Joe Marudas of Milaca

10.50 Index
Finals: Mike Hammerstrom of Bemidji def. Mark Angier of Waconia

11.00 IndexFinals: David Brostrom of Mora def. Dan Boyce of Minnetonka

11.50 Index
Finals: Karl Eckardt of Pequot Lakes def. Zach Stengel of Blaine

12.00 Index
Finals: Jeff Purdham of St. Michael def. Jerry Eischeus of Park Rapids

12.50 Index
Finals: Gary Olson of Sartell def. Bobbi Halverson of Cook

13.00 Index
Finals: Jesse Backstrom of Grand Marais def. Cole Scofield of Little Falls

13.50 Index
Finals: Ryan Hansen of Esko def. Shannon Halverson of Cook

14.00 Index
Finals: Steve Enberg of Winstead def. John Peterson of St. Michael

BIR fills with RVs for PleasureLand RV Sale/Show

PleasureLand RV Center is filling Brainerd International Raceway with more than 200 RVs and campers for its annual Brainerd RV Show and Sale, May 31-June 3.

Admission is free for the show, where you can see motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheels and toy haulers. Low-rate financing is available, too.

Hours:
Wednesday – Friday    10 am-7 pm
Saturday        10 am-6 pm

PleasureLand

KQDS Morning Show broadcasts live from BIR

KQDS-FM will broadcast its wildly popular morning show from BIR’s Tower Suites Friday morning, May 26. KQDS, the top radio station in the Duluth market and throughout most of northeast Minnesota, will broadcast live from 6-10 a.m.

The show stars Jason Manning and Scott Savage, who will be talking about this weekend’s 9th Annual Street Car Showdown all morning. The conversation will include interviews with some of the drivers who will compete this weekend.

If you’re in northeast Minnesota, tune in to 94.9 FM or stream it online by clicking here to go to KQ’s website.

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Event T-shirt Special

BIR is selling event T-shirts for the three Muscle Car Series: Street Car Showdown (this weekend), PleasureLand RV Show & Go (Fourth of July weekend) and GSTA Muscle Car Shootout (Labor Day weekend).

The T-shirts are selling separately for $25 each. If you buy all three this weekend, the cost is only $60. All are printed in black T-shirts.

Below are the designs. You can buy them at BIR’s Shirt Shack, which is on the ground level of the condos.

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This weekend: Street Car Showdown

If the competition among drivers in this year’s Outlaw Class is anything like last year, fans better strap themselves in for a good ol’ fashioned battle royal.

The Outlaw Class in Brainerd International Raceway’s three-race Muscle Car Series couldn’t get any closer for the top three drivers last year. Greg Schmidt finished as the series champion but was only one point ahead of defending champion Warren Peterson and Bubba Romanyshyn, who tied for second place.

Schmidt will be behind the wheel this weekend to defend his title and, with any luck, repeat as champion. But based on last year’s finish, it won’t be easy.

The Outlaw Class is one of the seven Heads-Up classes that will be featured this weekend during the 9th Annual Street Car Showdown, which kicks off the Muscle Car Series. More than 300 drag racers are expected to compete in the three-day event, which includes the Sports Car Club of America’s (SCCA) Harvey West Memorial Day Classic on BIR’s 2.5-mile Competition Road Course.

The Street Car Showdown, which runs Friday through Sunday, is also BIR’s first major race of the 2017 season. The other two races are PleasureLand RV Show & Go on the Fourth of July weekend and the GSTA Muscle Car Shootout on Labor Day weekend.

Ray Fuchs will be another Muscle Car Series drag racer who will begin defending his Pro Outlaw title this weekend. Fuchs and his mean-looking 1953 Studebaker swept the Pro Outlaw Class last year, knocking off two-time defending champ Rick Schmidt. Pro Outlaw is typically the fastest class in the Muscle Car Series, and Fuchs proved that last year by posting sizzling times (6.380 seconds) and ridiculous speeds (220 mph).

In addition to Pro Outlaw and Outlaw, the Muscle Car Series’ Heads-Up Classes include King Street, Real Street, True Street and the new 660 Outlaw Street. The race also has 10 Index Classes, the winners of who have a separate run-off to crown the Index Class Champion. Three Strip Eliminator classes, Truck Eliminator, and Manual Transmission class round out the race schedule. It’s a full weekend of racing, with qualifying that runs Friday and Saturday, and eliminations on Sunday.

On the road course, the SCCA will feature a variety of race cars piloted by some of the top amateur road racers in the Midwest. The road racing program is Saturday and Sunday and includes practice, qualifying and racing each day.

Prior to the Harvey West Memorial Day Classic, BIR will host the SCCA Competition Racing License School, which is how racers can get licensed to compete in SCCA races. The school runs Wednesday through Thursday at BIR and includes both classroom instruction and on-track sessions.

Gates open at 10 a.m. on Thursday and then daily after that at 7 a.m. Racing starts each day at 9 a.m. Daily admission is $25 and kids 12 and under are free. One ticket gets fans in to see both events. Parking is free and camping is free with a multi-day ticket.

Second Bracket Drag Racing weekend is a wash out

Mother Nature had other ideas for the drag racers who showed up for the second Bracket Drag Racing Series event last weekend. A few cars got down the track during time trials but rain washed out the race.

The Slowpokes Car Club, which was on the 2.5-mile Competition Road Course Saturday and Sunday, still was able to get its event in, as drivers are typically able to run rain or shine.

The racers who stuck around for the cold wet weekend still entertained themselves and each other, regardless of what the weather was doing. Some spent the time wrenching on their cars while others took refuge in The Wheelie Bar & Grille to play games or shoot the breeze. Below are a few photos from Soggy Weekend No. 2.

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Drag racing series continues this weekend, plus Slowpokes

The battle on Brainerd International Raceway’s quarter-mile drag strip continues this weekend with the second race weekend for the Bracket Drag Racing Series.

With one weekend under their belts, drag racers are wasting no time getting their dragsters, cars, bikes, trucks and Junior Dragsters dialed in. More than 300 cars showed up for the first series weekend May 5-7, with most of the drivers looking like they’re already in mid-season form. With valuable series points on the line, not to mention prize money, drivers will undoubtedly ratchet up the intensity this weekend.

While drag racers are taking care of business on the drag strip, the Slowpokes Car Club will be on BIR’s 2.5-mile Competition Road Course Saturday and Sunday for a club event. Despite the name of the club, there will be nothing slow about the action on the road course.

The drag racing program starts Friday, which is a “test and tune” day for drivers to work out the kinks in their cars. On Saturday and Sunday, each day starts with time trials and qualifying, followed by elimination rounds. Winners in the 11 classes are determined at the end of each day, giving drivers two chances to earn points and prize money.

Special to Saturday’s drag racing program is the season’s first Quick 16 Class race, where the eight cars that qualify as the quickest have a run-off to determine who races the quickest dragster from an eight-car field.

Daily admission is $25 and kids 12 and younger are free. Camping is free with a multi-day ticket, and parking is free.

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Enjoy the Street Car Showdown in style

BIR’s first major race of the season – the 9th Annual Street Car Showdown – is quickly approaching, and fans have an opportunity to enjoy all the racing action in style.

BIR still has Deluxe Condominiums and Tower Suites available for the weekend, and they’re super affordable.

The two-bedroom, two-bathroom condos are available for $250 a night (plus tax) with a two-night minimum stay. They have a full kitchen, fireplace and a wrap-around deck that overlooks the dragstrip’s staging areas. They’re also next door to The Wheelie Bar & Grille, which has a full menu (breakfast, lunch and dinner), on- and off-sale beer and liquor, and live music on Saturday night. For details and photos, click here.

If you’re watching drag racing, the best seat in the house is located in one of BIR’s Tower Suites, which overlook the starting line and gives a birds-eye view down the track. These suites have overstuffed couches refrigerators, air conditioning, table and chairs. Priced at only $100 a day (plus tax), they have room for about 20 guests. The suites also have cable TV, so you can watch live drag racing while the Indy 500 is on the TV Sunday. For details and photos, click here.

For more details, contact the Ticket Office.

Hjelter wins Framstad Cup at CRA Round 1

Eric Hjelter won the CRA's 2017 Framstad Cup. Photo by Jessica Johnk

Eric Hjelter won the CRA’s 2017 Framstad Cup. Photo by Jessica Johnk

The 2017 Central Roadracing Association (CRA) season kicked off on Brainerd International Raceway’s Donnybrooke Road Course last weekend with the annual running of the Framstad Cup, the CRA’s most prestigious race.

The Framstad Cup is a tortoise-versus-hare style race held in honor of founding CRA member and all-around great guy Don Framstad. This invitation-only race sees riders on all styles of motorcycles battle it out over five laps. This year’s entry list saw riders equipped on machinery such as the Yamaha R3, Krämer HKR Evo II, Yamaha YZ450F, Suzuki SV650, Yamaha R6 and Yamaha R1. The 2017 edition was one of the more exciting races in recent memory with Novice rider Eric Hjelter taking his Triumph 675 across the line .331 seconds in front of ZX-10R mounted Scott Stall, who started the race one lap down to early leader Pam Dupont on her Yamaha R3. With the win, Hjelter’s name will be engraved on the traveling Framstad Cup next to CRA legends like three-time CRA champions Robert Jensen and Christian Schmidt.

The Unlimited class threw up a surprise in each race. The Supersport race started with the expected showdown between Rocky Mountain Kawasaki’s Christian Schmidt and Bell Helmets rider Scott Stall. Unfortunately for Schmidt, his challenge went up in smoke as his Kawasaki ZX-10R opted to give itself an impromptu oil bath. The demise of Schmidt’s powerplant ended his weekend and the former professional-Wolverine impersonator was forced to watch from the sidelines. The other big surprise was the expected domination of Kyle Ohnsorg on Mike Husman’s massively powerful BMW S1000RR not materializing. With Ohnsorg struggling to find the correct setup on one of his five bikes (yes, five – that’s one for each arm, leg and head) after an offseason switch from Michelin to Pirelli, Stall grabbed the opportunity with his tiny farmer hands and pulled off a clean sweep in all of the Unlimited races.

The Middleweight and Heavyweight classes were about two people – Ohnsorg in Expert and Josh Harein in Novice. Both riders cleaned house in all of their Middleweight and Heavyweight races, and while that was almost expected with Ohnsorg (although he did face some stiff competition from Fisk Brothers Racing’s Brian Hebeisen), Harein was making his first foray into the classes after a solid debut year in the Unlimited class. While Harein had a strong rookie year in 2016, his dominance in the Middleweight and Heavyweight races was impressive. He carried that momentum into the offseason and underwent an intense weight-loss program at the end of 2016, which mostly consisted of the removal of each of his finely formed dreadlocks. This clearly helped his drag coefficient, which is incredibly important on the high speed Donnybrooke track and his dedication has already paid off handsomely – in more ways than one.

Chris “Chimp” Mattson showed the world that he means business by taking the win in his first Expert race over reigning Lightweight champ Jon Champ. Mattson and Champ were teammates in the 2016 5-Hour Endurance race where they were the champs (unlike Jon and his wife Katie who are the Champs – that capital letter apparently makes a big difference). The student became the teacher in Lightweight Supersport. The champ, Champ, chastised “Chimp” for choosing to chase Champ down, with the charge making Champ more a chump than a champ. Mystified by Mattson’s many Marc Marquez-mimicking maneuvers, Champ challenged Chris (oohh, did I get you on that one?) Mattson, mounting multiple mesmerizing motorcycle-management masterclasses and wildly waving at wildlife while winning the weekend’s wemai… err… remaining races. On the Novice side of things, Dave Hanson and Steve Johnson had some fantastic battles further down the field with Hanson coming home in front of Johnson three times and the white-suited Miami native finishing in front of HBS Racing’s Hanson twice.

Yet again, the most anticipated races of the weekend belonged to the Ultralight and Featherweight riders. In Ultralight, it was non-stop battle between Krämer HKR Evo2 riders Jack Barton and Mark Praska. Praska debuted a beautiful orange livery for 2017. Based on the paint job alone, he looked set to take home every win. When Barton’s transmission decided that it was time for its gears to finally venture into the big bad world on their own during practice, Barton turned to arch rival Praska in a desperate bid for help. In one of the worst examples of sloppy seconds, Barton acquired Praska’s 2016 Krämer before racing began, and the two put on a massively entertaining show every time they hit the track.

The Featherweight races were hard fought affairs between Brad Kreller, racing in the memory of his brother Sean Kreller, and Brad Zajic, racing in the memory of friend Tyson Berger. Both riders fought tooth and nail in every race with Kreller taking the win total advantage 2-1 over Zajic. Sean Stettnichs joined the party occasionally while taking victory in every Featherweight Novice race but Kreller and Zajic were the class of the field.

Unfortunately, there was a low point of the weekend with Mario Anthony Ruffolo receiving serious injuries in the Unlimited Superbike race. A new member of the CRA family, Mario is a CCS Expert and a Meal Train page has been set up to support him and his family. To donate time or money to assist with Mario’s recovery, please visit www.mealtrain.com/trains/12dz25.

The CRA welcomes the Championship Cup Series from Texas to Brainerd International Raceway’s Competition Road Course for CRA’s second weekend, June 9-11. For more information, visit www.cra-mn.com or email pr@cra-mn.com.

Race Results

Framstad Cup
1 Eric Hjelter (Tri 675)
2 Scott Stall (Kaw ZX-10R)
3 Kyle Ohnsorg (Yam YZF-R6)
4 Tom Austin (Hon CBR600RR)
5 Sean Stettnichs (Kaw EX250R)
6 Wayne Minnichsoffer (Hon CBR600F2)

Unlimited SS Expert
1 Scott Stall (Kaw ZX-10R)
2 Shane Keaveny (Kaw ZX-10R)
3 Jacob Hennen (Kaw ZX-10R)
4 Lucas Wygant (Yam YZF-R1)
5 Billy Vossberg (Kaw ZX-10R)
6 Jake Schmotter (Yam YZF-R1)

Unlimited SS Novice
1 David Stone (Hon CBR1000RR)
2 Stephen Peterson (BMW S1000RR)

Unlimited SB Expert
1 Scott Stall (Kaw ZX-10R)
2 Shane Keaveny (Kaw ZX-10R)
3 Billy Vossberg (Kaw ZX-10R)
4 Jake Schmotter (Yam YZF-R1)
5 Jesse Nelson (Suz GSX-R1000)
6 Aaron Anderson (Suz GSX-R750)

Unlimited SB Novice
1 Seth Carsten (Suz GSX-R600)
2 David Stone (Hon CBR1000RR)
3 Stephen Peterson (BMW S1000RR)

Unlimited GP Expert
1 Scott Stall (Kaw ZX-10R)
2 Kyle Ohnsorg (BMW S1000RR)
3 Jake Schmotter (Yam YZF-R1)
4 Billy Vossberg (Kaw ZX-10R)
5 Aaron Anderson (Suz GSX-R750)

Unlimited GP Novice
1 Seth Carsten (Suz GSX-R600)
2 David Stone (Hon CBR1000RR)
3 Stephen Peterson (BMW S1000RR)

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

Heavyweight SS Novice
1 Josh Harein (Yam YZF-R6)
2 Seth Carsten (Suz GSX-R600)
3 Kyle Franz (Duc 899)
4 Steve Horsfield (Yam YZF-R6)
5 Eric Hjelter (Tri 675)
6 Jeff Somers (Yam YZF-R6)

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

Heavyweight SB Novice
1 Josh Harein (Yam YZF-R6)
2 Dillon Baumeister (Yam YZF-R6)
3 Seth Carsten (Suz GSX-R600)
4 Kyle Franz (Duc 899)
5 Jeff Somers (Yam YZF-R6)
6 Eric Hjelter (Tri 675)

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

Heavyweight GP Novice
1 Josh Harein (Yam YZF-R6)
2 Seth Carsten (Suz GSX-R600)
3 Eric Hjelter (Tri 675)
4 David Stone (Yam YZF-R6)

Middleweight SS Expert
1 Kyle Ohnsorg (Yam YZF-R6)
2 Justin Ebnet (Hon CBR600RR)
3 Brian Hebeisen (Yam YZF-R6)
4 Drew See (Yam YZF-R6)
5 Erik Devaan (Yam YZF-R6)
6 Chase Sellers (Yam YZF-R6)

Middleweight SS Novice
1 Josh Harein (Yam YZF-R6)
2 Seth Carsten (Suz GSX-R600)
3 Justin Miest (Kaw ZX-6R)
4 Steve Horsfield (Yam YZF-R6)
5 Dillon Baumeister (Yam YZF-R6)
6 Jeff Somers (Yam YZF-R6)

Middleweight SB Expert
1 Kyle Ohnsorg (Yam YZF-R6)
2 Tom Austin (Hon CBR600RR)
3 Brian Hebeisen (Yam YZF-R6)
4 Justin Ebnet (Hon CBR600RR)
5 Clark Davis (Yam YZF-R6)
6 Jordan Imrie (Duc 848)

Middleweight SB Novice
1 Josh Harein (Yam YZF-R6)
2 Sam Burke (Yam YZF-R6)
3 Seth Carsten (Suz GSX-R600)
4 Dillon Baumeister (Yam YZF-R6)
5 Justin Miest (Kaw ZX-6R)
6 Jeff Somers (Yam YZF-R6)

Middleweight GP Expert
1 Kyle Ohnsorg (Yam YZF-R6)
2 Brian Hebeisen (Yam YZF-R6)
3 Justin Ebnet (Hon CBR600RR)
4 Jordan Imrie (Duc 848)
5 Jesse Nelson (Yam YZF-R6)
6 Jacob Hennen (Hon CBR600RR)

Middleweight GP Novice
1 Josh Harein (Yam YZF-R6)
2 Justin Miest (Kaw ZX-6R)
3 Seth Carsten (Suz GSX-R600)
4 Jeff Somers (Yam YZF-R6)
5 Eric Hjelter (Tri 675)
6 David Stone (Yam YZF-R6)

Lightweight SS Expert
1 Chris Mattson (Suz SV650)
2 Jon Champ (Suz SV650)
3 Aaron Foss (Suz SV650)
4 Anthony Marcinek (Suz SV650)
5 David Hanson (Suz SV650)
6 Stephen Johnson (Suz SV650)

Lightweight SS Novice
1 Brian Rogers (Suz SV650)
2 Leif Nadeau (Suz SV650)
3 Sonia Pond (Suz SV650)
4 Chad Reinhart (Suz SV650)
5 Mitchell Donahue (Suz SV650)

Lightweight SB Expert
1 Jon Champ (Suz SV650)
2 Josh Pangier (Yam FZR400)
3 Bill Plucky (Suz SV650)
4 Peter Ens (Buell XB12R)
5 Chris Mattson (Suz SV650)
6 Anthony Marcinek (Suz SV650)

Lightweight SB Novice
1 Brian Rogers (Suz SV650)
2 Sonia Pond (Suz SV650)
3 Jeffrey Quam (Suz SV650)
4 Chad Reinhart (Suz SV650)

Lightweight GP Expert
1 Jon Champ (Suz SV650)
2 Bill Plucky (Suz SV650)
3 Mark Praska (Krä HKR-Evo2)
4 James Michaelson (Hon CBR600 F2)
5 Chris Mattson (Suz SV650)
6 Jack Barton (Krä HKR-Evo2)

Lightweight GP Novice
1 Wayne Minnichsoffer (Hon CBR600F2)
2 Brian Rogers (Suz SV650)
3 Sonia Pond (Suz SV650)
4 Chad Reinhart (Suz GSX-R600)

Ultralight Expert – Race #1
1 Jack Barton (Krä HKR-Evo2)
2 Timothy Ring (Duc Monster 620)
3 Mark Praska (Krä HKR-Evo2)
4 Trevor Treviranus (Yam YZ450F)
5 Robin Schmidt (Kaw EX300R)

Ultralight Novice – Race #1
1 Jonathan Roswick (Kaw EX500)
2 John Roswick (Kaw EX500)
3 Roy Konicek (Yam YZF-R3)

Ultralight Expert – Race #2
1 Jack Barton (Krä HKR-Evo2)
2 Trevor Treviranus (Yam YZ450F)
3 Timothy Ring (Duc Monster 620)
4 Mark Praska (Krä HKR-Evo2)

Ultralight Novice – Race #2
1 John Roswick (Kaw EX500)

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

Featherweight SS Expert
1 Bradley Kreller (Yam YZF-R3)
2 Brad Zajic (Yam YZF-R3)
3 Bryan Lachmiller (Kaw EX250R)
4 William Miller (Yam YZF-R3)

Featherweight SS Novice
1 Sean Stettnichs (Kaw EX250R)
2 Pamela Dupont (Yam YZF-R3)
3 Jayme Schmit (Kaw EX250R)
4 Ewa Kalinsky (Yam YZF-R3)
5 David Juntunen (KTM RC390)
6 Lawrence Lin (Kaw EX300R)

Featherweight SB Expert
1 Brad Zajic (Yam YZF-R3)
2 Bradley Kreller (Yam YZF-R3)
3 Bryan Lachmiller (Kaw EX250R)
4 Robin Schmidt (Kaw EX300R)
5 Jesse Nelson (Kaw EX250R)

Featherweight SB Novice
1 Sean Stettnichs (Kaw EX250R)
2 Lawrence Lin (Kaw EX300R)
3 Ewa Kalinsky (Yam YZF-R3)
4 Jonathan Myers (Kaw EX250R)
5 David Juntunen (KTM RC390)
6 Roy Konicek (Yam YZF-R3)

Featherweight GP Expert
1 Bradley Kreller (Yam YZF-R3)
2 Brad Zajic (Yam YZF-R3)
3 Bryan Lachmiller (Kaw EX250R)
4 Robin Schmidt (Kaw EX300R)

Featherweight GP Novice
1 Sean Stettnichs (Kaw EX250R)
2 Lawrence Lin (Kaw EX300R)
3 Jonathan Myers (Kaw EX250R)
4 David Juntunen (KTM RC390)
5 Roy Konicek (Yam YZF-R3)

Formula 40 – F2
1 Shane Keaveny (Kaw ZX-10R)
2 Brian Hebeisen (Yam YZF-R6)
3 Brett Donahue (Suz GSX-R750
4 Karl Rehpohl (Kaw ZX-6R)
5 Dwayne Stroman (Kaw ZX-6R)
6 Gregory Bambach (Yam YZF-R6)

Formula 40 – F1
1 Josh Pangier (Yam FZR400)
2 Matt Cina (Yam FZ-07)
3 Chad Reinhart (Suz SV650)
4 David Juntunen (KTM RC390)

Formula 30 – F2
1 Brett Donahue (Suz GSX-R750)
2 Scott Masterton (Yam YZF-R6)
3 Nathan Dotson (Yam YZF-R6)
4 Martin Holte (Hon CBR600RR)
5 Bill Plucky (Suz SV650)
6 Eric Hjelter (Tri 675)

Formula 30 – F1
1 Wayne Minnichsoffer (Hon CBR600F2)
2 Anthony Marcinek (Suz SV650)
3 Bryan Lachmiller (Kaw EX250R)

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

Supertwins Expert
1 Peter Ens (Buell XB12R
2 Bill Plucky (Suz SV650)
3 Matt Cina (Yam FZ-07
4 Chris Mattson (Suz SV650)
5 Anthony Marcinek (Suz SV650)
6 David Hanson (Yam FZ-07)

Supertwins Novice
1 Kyle Franz (Duc 899)
2 Jeff Franz (Duc 899)
3 Brian Rogers (Suz SV650)
4 Sonia Pond (Suz SV650)
5 Jeffrey Quam (Suz SV650)
6 Mitchell Donahue (Suz SV650)

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

Sportsman Middleweight Novice
1 Jason Weidholz (Hon CBR600F3)

Sportsman Lightweight Expert
1 Josh Pangier (Yam FZR400)
2 James Michaelson (Hon CBR600F2)
3 Jack Barton (Krä HKR-Evo2)
4 Mark Praska (Krä HKR-Evo2)

Sportsman Lightweight Novice
1 Wayne Minnichsoffer (Hon CBR600F2)
2 John Roswick (KTM 690)

Trophy Dash GP4 Expert
1 Scott Stall (Kaw ZX-10R)
2 Lucas Wygant (Yam YZF-R1)
3 Billy Vossberg (Kaw ZX-10R)
4 Mario Anthony Ruffolo (Yam YZF-R1)
5 Jake Schmotter (Yam YZF-R1)
6 Brett Donahue (Suz GSX-R750)

Trophy Dash GP4 Novice
1 David Stone (Hon CBR1000RR)

Trophy Dash GP3 Expert
1 Kyle Ohnsorg (Yam YZF-R6)
2 Justin Ebnet (Hon CBR600RR)
3 Tom Austin (Hon CBR600RR)
4 Clark Davis (Yam YZF-R6)
5 Chase Sellers (Yam YZF-R6)
6 Erik DeVaan (Yam YZF-R6)

Trophy Dash GP3 Novice
1 Josh Harein (Yam YZF-R6)
2 Steve Horsfield (Yam YZF-R6)
3 Eric Hjelter (Tri 675)
4 Tom Conroy (Kaw ZX-6R)

Trophy Dash GP2 Expert
1 Jon Champ (Suz SV650)
2 Bill Plucky (Suz SV650)
3 Matt Cina (Yam FZ-07)
4 Aaron Foss (Suz SV650)
5 Chris Mattson (Suz SV650)
6 Adam Harrison (Suz SV650)

Trophy Dash GP2 Novice
1 Wayne Minnichsoffer (Hon CBR600F2)
2 Leif Nadeau (Suzuki GSX-R450)
3 Sonia Pond (Suz SV650)
4 Jeffrey Quam (Suz SV650)

Trophy Dash GP1 Expert
1 Mark Praska (Krä HKR-Evo2)
2 Jack Barton (Krä HKR-Evo2)
3 Bryan Lachmiller (Kaw EX250R)
4 Josh Pangier (Yam FZR400)
5 Trevor Treviranus (Yam YZ450F)

Trophy Dash GP1 Novice
1 Sean Stettnichs (Kaw EX250R)
2 Jonathan Roswick (KTM 690)
3 Pamela Dupont (Yam YZF-R3)
4 Jayme Schmit (Kaw EX250R)
5 Lawrence Lin (Kaw EX300R)
6 David Juntunen (KTM RC390)

New Rider Race

1 Sam Burke (Yam YZF-R6)
2 Justin Miest (Kaw ZX-6R)
3 Stephen Peterson (BMW S1000RR)
4 Kyle Franz (Duc 899)
5 Francois Yang (Hon CBR600RR)
6 Jared Thompson (Yam YZF-R6)

Last Chance Qualifier

1 Ken Nielsen (Yam YZF-R6)
2 Jeff Somers (Yam YZF-R6)
3 Brandon Connett (Tri 675)
4 Anthony Marcinek (Suz SV650)
5 Trevor Treviranus (Yam YZ450F)
6 Jeff Franz (Duc 899)

High schoolers target fuel efficiency in Supermileage Challenge

Some of them looked like a box on wheels while others looked like motorized bullets. All benefited from a wide variety of materials, engineering and creativity to power their “car” around Brainerd International Raceway’s Donnybrooke Road Course during the 29th Annual Supermileage Challenge, May 15-16.

Student teams from more than 75 high schools from around the state entered 119 cars in the event this year, all of which were designed and engineered by students. The goal is to build a single-person vehicle with a single-cylinder, four-stroke engine that is super fuel efficient. That’s done by running the vehicles around BIR’s track and then measuring the amount of fuel used.

It’s incredible to see these high school boys and girls working together. Awards are given for the best fuel efficiency in five classes: Stock, Modified, Experimental, E-85 and Plug-In Electric.

This event is sponsored by The Minnesota Technology and Engineering Education Association, Briggs and Stratton, Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association and Brainerd International Raceway.

Click here to watch a great video on the event by Briggs & Stratton.

Click here for videos from this year’s event.

 

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