With the first weekend of racing for the Bracket Drag Racing Series completed, some familiar names have already found their way to the top of the points standings.
Ben Line, for example, won his third straight Stock/Super Stock championship last year and appears to be gunning for a “four-peat” this year. He won Saturday’s race and lost in the semifinals Sunday to take the early lead in the standings.
Travis Reutzel, who won the King of the Track title last season and took home the Pro ET Class championship, is back on top of the points standings, too, after winning Sunday’s Pro ET race despite losing in the third round on Saturday.
The winner of last year’s Sportsman Class championship, Rory Emmans, won a pair of runner-up honors last weekend, which leaves him sitting on top of the points standings as well.
The weekend was the first of six weekends on the schedule for drivers in the Bracket Drag Racing Series. Despite rainy weather on Friday, more than 300 dragsters, cars, trucks and bikes competed in the 10 classes, including 30 Junior Dragsters for ages 8-18.
Each weekend’s racing features time trials and eliminations both Saturday and Sunday, giving drivers twice as many chances to win each weekend. Most are collecting series points with the goal of winning a series championship at the end of the season.
The next race in the series is June 6-8. Saturday’s racing will include the NHRA Summit Racing Junior Dragster Challenge, where the winners of the three Junior Dragster classes will receive Wally trophies, which are the same that the NHRA’s pro drivers win.
Below are the final two rounds for each day and class.
Top: Bruce Kaul won Sunday’s Super Pro race
Middle: Brad Backlund and his 1963 Corvette won Saturday’s Super Pro race
Bottom: Mel Knott doused Dale Hildreth with beer after Hildreth won Saturday’s Pro ET race
Finals: Brad Baklund of Rogers def. Myron Streit of St. Cloud
Semifinals: Baklund had a bye; Streit def. Dave Engler of Ramsey
Finals: Dale Hildreth of River Falls, Wis. def. Brenden Bungert of Lakeville
Semifinals: Hildreth had a bye; Bungert def. Nicholas Engler of South Haven
Finals: Mandy Anderson of Sartell def. Rory Emmans of Dayton
Semifinals: Anderson def. Troy Luberda of Foley; Emmans had a bye
Finals: Ben Line of International Falls def. James Findell of Zimmerman
Semifinals: Line def. Gene Mosbeck of Elk River; Findell def. Lance Line of Crowmwell
Finals: Jason Clampitt of Lino Lakes def. Mike Voss of Maplewood
Semifinals: Clampitt def. Bruce Sampson of Forest Lake; Voss def. Cameron Belisle of Hugo
Finals: Michelle Emmans of Dayton def. Jared Hutar of Cromwell
Semifinals: Emmans def. Dean Markuson of Pequot Lakes; Hutar def. Brian Schraut of Sauk Rapids
Finals: Andi Pesola of Duluth def. Josh Luberda of Foley
Semifinals: Pesola def. Darla Pesola of Nashwauk; Luberda def. Tyler Young of Nisswa
Jr. Dragster Advanced
Finals: Zach Zavadil of Clearwater def. Emma McFarland of Sabin
Semifinals: Zavadil def. McKenna Bungert of Lakeville; McFarland had a bye
Jr. Dragster Intermediate
Finals: Aaron Clampitt of Lino Lakes def. Zach McFarland of Sabin
Semifinals: Clampitt def. Wyatt Niesen; McFarland had a bye
Jr. Dragster Novice
Finals: Alex Clampitt of Lino Lakes def. Ally Giese of Kandiyohi
Semifinals: Clampitt def. Riley Luberda of Foley; Giese had a bye
Finals: Bruce Kaul of Racine def. Jesse Leonard of Inver Grove Heights
Semifinals: Kaul had a bye; Leonard def. Jeff Anderson of Sartell
Finals: Travis Reutzel of Annandale def. Brett Speer of Little Falls
Semifinals: Reutzel def. Reno Leoffelholz of Shafer; Speer had a bye
Finals: Bob Gillespie of Brainerd def. Rory Emmans of Dayton
Semifinals: Gillespie def. Mike Pfepsen of Duluth; Emmans had a bye
Finals: Tim Lisson of Solon Springs, Wis. def. Brian Zenzen of St. Cloud
Semifinals: Lisson def. Ben Line of International Falls; Zenzen def. Tim Mosbek of Andover
Finals: Bruce Sampson of Forest Lake def. Jason Clampitt of Lino Lakes
Semifinals: Sampson def. Mike Voss of Maplewood; Clampitt had a bye
Finals: Nick Arnold of Maple Grove def. Dean Markuson of Pequot Lakes
Semifinals: Arnold had a bye; Markuson def. Tony Michaels of Andover
Finals: Joe Moriarty Jr. of Ham Lake def. Tracy Arneson of Pillager
Semifinals: Moriarty def. Tony Loberg of Pequot Lakes; Arneson def. Tyler Godacz of Little Falls
Jr. Dragster AdvancedFinals: Emma McFarland of Sabin def. Maggie Ruzich of Hibbing
Semifinals: McFarland had a bye; Ruzich def. McKenna Bungert of Lakeville
Jr. Dragster Intermediate
Finals: Trevor Jelinski of Little Falls def. Zachary Jaenicke of Roseau
Semifinals: Jelinski had a bye; Jaenicke def. Cameron Beaulieu of Cambridge
Jr. Dragster Novice
Finals: Ayden Copham of Brainerd def. Alex Clampitt of Lino Lakes
Semifinals: Copham def. Owen Jaenicke of Roseau; Clampitt had a bye