Junior Drag Racing Challenge highlights Bracket weekend

More than 300 drag racers descended on Brainerd International Raceway last weekend for the Bracket Drag Racing Series’ third race weekend, but it was the Junior Dragsters that stole the spotlight.

Junior Dragster Challenge winners: Emma McFarland, Trevor Jelinski, Alex Clampitt

Junior Dragster Challenge winners: Emma McFarland, Trevor Jelinski, Alex Clampitt

Junior Dragsters (ages 8-18) competed in three classes Saturday during the NHRA Summit Racing Junior Drag Racing League Challenge and a chance to win a Wally trophy, like the ones their heros in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series win.

At the end of the day, Emma McFarland added another Wally to her trophy case, the second one in as many years. She won the Junior Dragster Advanced Class last year as well, and now has officially started a winning streak. She beat Caleb Schafer in the finals with a time of 8.024 seconds and 79.91 mph.

In Junior Dragster Intermediate, Trevor Jelinski beat Aaron Clampitt in the finals to take home a Wally trophy. His final pass was 9.116 seconds and 70.22 mph. Jelinski is now in first place in the point standings.

Alex Clampitt’s win in Junior Dragster Novice earned him a Wally trophy, while taking over first place in the point standings. Clampitt beat Dylan Dancer with a time of 13.035 seconds and 49.30 mph.

The Bracket Drag Racing Series was part of a big race weekend at BIR, with the International Watercross Association providing entertaining snowmobile racing on Lake BIR, and the Central Roadracing Association joining forces with the Championship Cup Series from Texas for a combined Superbike race.

Like their junior counterparts, the adult drag racers were responsible for some great racing last weekend as well.

Super Pro winner Myron Streit

Super Pro winner Myron Streit

Pro ET winner Joe Howell

Pro ET winner Joe Howell

In Super Pro, Myron Streit was one win away from sweeping the class. He was runner up Saturday and then came back on Sunday to win the class and take a nice lead in the point standings. There were 94 drivers racing in the Super Pro Class.

On Saturday, Streit and his 1968 Camaro lost to Larry Wiebusch Jr. in the finals. Wiebusch had a slight lead off the starting line and held off Streit at the finish line to win with a 9.651-second run at 142.37 mph.

That would be Streit’s only loss of the weekend. On Sunday, he ran the table and faced off with Greg Grundman in the finals. Grundman beat Streit off the starting line but Streit caught him at the finish line for the win, posting a time of 10.882 seconds and 118.79 mph.

The Pro ET Class had 96 racers who provided some great racing as well. On Saturday, Joe Howell and his ’86 Mustang finished off Jon Kelly in the finals for the win and sole position of first place in the standings. Howell’s winning time was 9.420 seconds and 140.43 mph.

Howell was bumped in Round 5 on Sunday, while Tevin Zavadil and his ’90 Cavalier outlasted the field to win the class and move into fourth place in the standings. He beat Shawn Carlson in the finals with a time of 9.401 seconds and 141.61 mph.

In the 33-driver Sportsman Class, Brandon Schmall won the class on Saturday, moving into first place in the standings by a slim margin. Schmall and his ’70 Challenger beat Bob Gillespie in the finals, despite Gillespie’s near perfect .004-second reaction time on the starting line. But Gillespie couldn’t hold off Schmall, who won with a time of 12.511 seconds and 100.88 mph.

In Sunday’s Sportsman finals, Mark Pease and his ’03 Silverado beat Joe Moriarty, who fouled at the starting line.

In Pro Bike/Sled, Jeremy Berg and his 2002 Suzuki qualified No. 1 on Saturday and then beat Kayla Lundberg in the finals when Lundberg fouled at the starting line. On Sunday, Troy Gasoigne and his 2012 Kawasaki beat Kyle Olson in the finals with a time of 9.428 seconds and 144.13 mph.

In Comp Trophy, Jared Hutar is starting to run away with the class. He swept the class last weekend, beating Sid Osterman in Saturday’s finals and Chad Rach in Sunday’s finals. He’s got a commanding lead in the point standings.

In Street Trophy, Tyler Gadacz qualified No. 1 both days but he couldn’t get past the semifinals round.  Moriarty beat Todd Anderson in Saturday’s finals and Suzie Helberg beat Kellie Kastner in Sunday’s finals when Kastner fouled at the starting line.

The new Quick 16 Shootout paired up Brad Baklund, who was the fastest door car, and Brian Johnson, the fastest dragster. Backlund’s reaction time was .007-seconds, and he never looked back as he beat Johnson with a run of 8.090 seconds and 167.97 mph.

The next Bracket Drag Racing Series event is July 11-12. A new King of the Track will be crowned that Saturday.

Below are the results from each day of racing.

SATURDAY’S RESULTS

Junior Dragster Advanced
Finals: Emma McFarland of Sabin def. Caleb Schafer of Burnsville
Semifinals: McFarland def. Sydney Haben of Hibbing; Schafer had a bye

Junior Dragster Intermediate
Finals: Trevor Jelinski of Little Falls def. Aaron Clampitt of Lino Lakes
Semifinals: Jelinski def. Chandler Niemeyer of Brainerd; Clampitt def. Samantha Cielinski of Gilman

Junior Dragster Novice
Finals: Alex Clampitt of Lino Lakes def. Dylan Dancer of Foley
Semifinals: Clampitt def. Riley Luberda of Foley; Dancer had a bye

Super ProFinals: Larry Wiebusch Jr. of Nowthen def. Myron Streit of St. Cloud
Semifinals: Wiebusch had a bye; Streit def. Les Feist of Clearwater

Pro ET
Finals: Joe Howell of Big Lake def. Jon Kelly of Newport
Semifinals: Howell def. Rory Emmans of Nowthen; Kelly had a bye

Sportsman
Finals: Brandon Schmall of Lino Lakes def. Bob Gillespie of Brainerd
Semifinals: Schmall def. Brad Mickle of Lino Lakes; Gillespie def. Nick Arnold of Maple Grove

Pro Bike/Sled
Finals: Jeremy Berg of Newport def. Kayla Lundberg of Isanti
Semifinals: Berg def. Mike Voss of Maplewood; Lundberg def. Aaron Schrupp of Mount

Comp Trophy
Finals: Jared Hutar of Cromwell def. Sid Osterman of Pequot Lakes
Semifinals: Hutar had a bye; Osterman def. Mike Larson of Brainerd

Street Trophy
Finals: Joe Moriarty of Ham Lake def. Todd Anderson of Brainerd
Semifinals: Moriarty def. Tyler Gadacz of Little Falls; Anderson def. Kellie Kastner of Clearwater

Quick 16
Finals: Brad Baklund of Rogers def. Brian Johnson of Nowthen
Semifinals: Baklund def. Tom Carlson of Two Harbors; Johnson def. Dan Narusiewics of St. Paul
SUNDAY’S RESULTS

Super Pro
Finals: Myron Streit of St. Cloud def. Greg Grundman of St. Cloud
Semifinals: Streit def. Tony Leonard of Hastings; Grundman had a bye

Pro ET
Finals: Tevin Zavadil of Clearwater def. Shawn Carlson of Elbow Lake
Semifinals: Zavadil had a bye; Carlson def. Tony Leonard of Hastings

Sportsman
Finals: Mark Pease of Corcoran; def. Joe Moriarty of Ham Lake
Semifinals: Pease def. Russ Elzy of Becker; Moriarty def. Darin Altmann

Pro Bike/Sled
Finals: Troy Gasoigne of Zumbrota def. Kyle Olson of Moorland, Iowa
Semifinals: Gasoigne had a bye; Olson def. Jimmy Paulson of Stacy

Comp Trophy
Finals: Jared Hutar of Cromwell def. Chad Rach of Aitkin
Semifinals: Hutar def. John Takacs of Thunder Bay, Ontario; Rach had a bye

Street Trophy
Finals: Suzie Helberg of St. Croix Falls, Wis. def. Kellie Kastner of Clearwater
Semifinals: Helberg def. Joe Moriarty of Ham Lake; Kastner def. Tyler Gadacz of Little Falls

Junior Dragster Advanced
Finals: Sarah Johnson of Nowthen def. Erik Johnson of AnokaSemifinals: Johnson def. Carter Lindquist of Minnetonka; Johnson had a bye

Junior Dragster Intermediate
Finals: Aaron Clampitt of Lino Lakes def. Zach McFarland of Sabin
Semifinals: Clampitt def. Reese Reutzel of Annandale; McFarland def. Camryn Takacs of Thunder Bay, Ont.

Junior Dragster Novice
Finals: Alex Clampitt of Lino Lakes def. Dylan Dancer of Foley
Semifinals: Clampitt def. Riley Luberda of Foley; Dancer def. Travis Kurkosky of Annandale

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