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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Finals: Jake Delmonico of St. Paul Park def. Warren Peterson of Duluth
Semifinals: Delmonico def. Vern Laurin Jr. of Duluth; Peterson had a bye
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
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
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
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
Finals: Austin Siemers of Milaca def. Eric James of St. Cloud
Semifinals: Siemers def. Pat Huebner of Bloomington; James def. Gerald Cook
Finals: Kevin Sand of Cambridge def. Zane Kornmann of Bloomington
Semifinals: Sand def. Joe Marudas of Milaca; Kornmann had a bye
Finals: Nick Enberg of Winsted def. Brian Peterson of Park Rapids
Semifinals: Enberg def. Mike Plachey; Peterson had a bye
Finals: Bryan Hansen of Minneapolis def. Charlie Odden of Pine Center
Semifinals: Hansen def. Roger Peterson of Menahga; Odden had a bye
Finals: George Dinzeo IV of Stillwater def. Douglas Brown of Waterville
Semifinals: Dinzeo def. Bob Whiting of Mankato; Brown def. Brian Oberg of Minneapolis
Finals: Justin Iverson of Saginaw def. Shawn Hammre of Zimmerman
Semifinals: Iverson def. Nick Pirkola of Duluth; Hammre had a bye
Finals: Kevin Hemenway of Park Rapids def. Lonnie Ellenson of Park Rapids
Semifinals: Hemenway def. Bruce Morley of Brainerd; Ellenson had a bye
Finals: Jesse Backstrom of Grand Marais def. Scott Hielscher of Otsego
Semifinals: Backstrom def. Aaron Hall of Rogers; Hielscher had a bye
Finals: Gary Nelson of North Branch def. Kari Conner
Semifinals: Nelson def. Nathan Olson of Sartell; Conner had a bye
Finals: Brad Nybo of Coon Rapids def. Joann Delezalek of Stacy
Semifinals: Nybo had a bye; Delezalek def. Jessica Purdham of Albertville