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Press Release from August 28, 2011 – McCormick Breaks Record at Northern Michigan Dragway & Upcoming Events

McCormick Sets Records at Northern Michigan Dragway.

(Contributing Author Tina Mikus)

For Immediate Release

Sunday, August 28, 2011

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Northern Michigan Dragway this past weekend on Friday Night held it’s 5th Night Moves Event and on Saturday Night the 13th Bracket Race of the Season. If you had gone a half of mile in either direction of the race track you would of been met with rain, nobody would of thought that there would be any racing Friday Night at Northern Michigan Dragway. To most surprise Northern Michigan Dragway was the only place that it was not raining. The great turnout of race entries and fans were treated to a fun night of racing. Night Moves is similar to After Hours Street Drags events where you can run whatca brung but your vehicles do not need to be street legal. Both After Hours Street Drags and Night Moves are Great events to have fun and are a affordable way to find out what your car can. Our next and final Night Moves of the Season is Saturday September 3rd at 7pm. The final After Hours Street Drags event of the season will be September 10th at 8pm.

Coming in to Saturday the two of the Dragster Track Records that would challenge at Northern Michigan Dragway was the Elapse Time (E.T.) record of 4.50 seconds and the Mile per Hour (mph) record of 162 mph. These records have stood at Northern Michigan Dragway for some time and have many have challenged them. Late this past week Northern Michigan Dragway learned that Jeremy McCormick of Fountain, a racer that would time to time race at Northern Michigan Dragway, was planning on bringing out his 06 Undercover Dragster to take down either one or both of the records. McCormick on his first attempt of the night he took down both records running an E.T. of 4.405 seconds at 163mph in the 1/8 mile. His 60 foot time was an amazing 1.018 seconds. Feeling that he had the car tuned in, Jeremy McCormick made a 2nd past, and this time his E.T. was 4.36 seconds at 164.74 mph in the 1/8 mile. This time the 60 foot time was 1.017 seconds. So the new Northern Michigan Dragway Dragster Track Record for E.T. is 4.37 and the New Track Dragster Record for Speed is 164.74mph.

Jeremy McCormick doing a Burnout

Once again the excitement for the McCormick family didn’t end there as Jeremy’s 12 year old daughter Madisyn added to the already thrilling night, by winning the Jr Dragster competition with her 2007 Gage Jr Dragster. This family may have added a new record to history but the history of racing is not new to them.  Madisyn is a 3rd generation racer guided by her dad and grandfather- Jerry McCormick. Both of the McCormick Sawmill sponsored dragsters completed the night in the Winner Circle together and when they were asked who they would like to give a special thanks to, they each said “my dad”.

With 13 of 14 Bracket Race Points events now complete, the track championships on the line in some classes and in other classes the championships are now cemented. With the close battles in some classes every point matters and a win can change a lot. With Saturday’s win Rick LaRocque of Beulah with his 2000 Mustang move from 3rd to 1st place in the Bracket II Point Standings. The former Points leader now 2nd place Mike Stokes of Honor is 29 Points back, and 3rd place Bill Fluette of Interlochen is 34 points out of first place. The points Finale for Bracket Racing are next Sunday September 4 starting with Time Trials at 6pm.

Next Weekend at Northern Michigan Dragway

Saturday, September 3 - Night Moves  * Final Points Day *

Pro Tree, Heads-Up, Time Trials, Fun Drags, Eliminations

Pro $$ 6.00, 6.50, 7.00, 7.50, 8.00

Pro Trophy 8.00, 9.00, 10.00, 11.00, 12.00

Time Trials 7pm/Race 9pm

Pit Pass $10, Children (8-13) $5

Sunday, September 4 - Bracket Race * Final Points Day *

Br I, Br II, Br III, Trophy & JD

Time Trials 6pm/Race 8pm

Pit Pass $10, Children (8-13) $5

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Current 2011 Points Leaders at Northern Michigan Dragway (updated August 27,2011)

Points Standings
Night Moves Points Leaders after 8/26
Pro 6.00 – John Gibson of Charlevoix
Pro 6.50 - Randy Stoykovich of Manistee
Pro 7.00 - 3 Js Racing of Traverse City
Pro 7.50 - Gary Rank of Manistee
Pro 8.00 - Phil Gunther of Beulah
8.00 Trophy – Perry Daniels of South Boardman
9.00 Trophy - Jim Evans of Benzonia
10.00 Trophy – Drew Bouzis of Hart
11/12.00 Combo Trophy – Rhet Brewer of East Lake

Bracket Points Leaders after 8/27

Bracket I – John Gibson of Charlevoix
Bracket II – Rick LaRocque of Beulah
Bracket III – Phil Gunther of Beulah
Pro Trophy – Nolan Blanchard of Benzonia
Street Trophy – Aaron Shackelford of Manistee
Junior Eliminator – Nathan Lane of Fife Lake

For Complete Points Standings Check out the Points section of the NMD Website at http://northernmichigandragway.net

Race Results from August 27 Bracket Race at Northern Michigan Dragway

Results from August 27 Bracket Race

Name Car City
BRACKET
I
(Box)
Win Chris Darling Dragster Kentucky
R-Up Eric Johnson 85 Daytona Onekama
Semi Bill Fluette 86 Monte Carlo SS Interlochen
BRACKET
II
(No Box)
Win Rick LaRocque 00 Mustang Beulah
R-Up Phil Gunther 79 Camaro Beulah
Semi Stacey Bigelow 69 Camaro Manton
Semi Al Johnson 74 Nova Marion
Quarter Rick Letts 65 Chevelle Lake City
Quarter Kevin Huntley 70 Duster Beulah
Quarter Joe Osga 57 Belair Fife Lake
BRACKET
III
Win Phil Gunther 79 Camaro Beulah
R-Up Matt Omar 95 Mustang Bear Lake
Semi Donnie Heinzer III 95 S-10 Manistee
PRO
TROPHY
Win Nolan Blanchard 86 Monte Carlo SS Benzonia
R-Up James Persinger 79 Fleetwood Manistee
Semi Gary ‘Buck’ Howell 86 Jeep Beulah
Quarter Gary Rank II 88 Mustang Manistee
Quarter Jason Watt 86 Mustang Bear Lake
STREET TROPHY Win Mike Smith 90 Lumina Ludington
R-Up Bruce Douglas 81 ElCamino Thompsonville
Semi Aaron Shackelford 98 Lumina Manistee
JUNIORS Win Madisyn McCormick 12 Jr. Dragster Fountain
R-Up Cheyenne Douglas 11 Jegster Ludington
Semi Grace Reckow 8 Jr. Dragster Kingsley
EARLY GAMBLERS Win Eric Johnson 85 Daytona Onekama
R-Up Mike Stokes 72 Challenger Honor
Semi Phil Gunther 79 Camaro Beulah
Semi Travis Milliman 86 Firebird Kaleva
Quarter Klint Bailey 72 Dart Harrison
Quarter Bob Shultz 69 Camaro Manistee
Quarter Dean Spaulding 87 Monte Carlo SS
LATE GAMBLERS Win Gary Rank II 88 Mustang Manistee
R-Up Mike Stokes 72 Challenger Honor
Semi 3Js Racing 93 Mustang Traverse City
Semi Jim Evans 71 Skylark Benzonia

Race Results from August 26th Night Moves at Northern Michigan Dragway

Results from August 26th Night Moves

Name Car City
PRO $$$ Index
Run-Off
Win Phil Gunther 86 Jeep Beulah
R-Up Tim Baughan 72 Nova Reed City
Semi Travis Milliman 86 Firebird Kaleva
Quarter Kevin Huntley 70 Duster Beulah
Quarter John Gibson 69 Nova Charlevoix
6.00
PRO $$$
Index
Win John Gibson 69 Nova Charlevoix
6.50
PRO $$$
Index
Win Kevin Huntley 70 Duster Beulah
R-Up 3Js Racing 93 Mustang Traverse City
7.00
PRO $$$
Index
Win Travis Milliman 86 Firebird Kaleva
R-Up Al Johnson 74 Nova Marion
7.50
PRO $$$
Index
Win Tim Baughan 72 Nova Reed City
R-Up Gary Rank II 88  Mustang Manistee
8.00
PRO $$$
Index
Win Phil Gunther 86 Jeep Beulah
R-Up Perry Daniels 85 Trans Am South Boardman
8.00
PRO TROPHY Index
Win Perry Daniels 85 Trans Am South Boardman
R-Up Dean Spaulding 87 Monte Carlo SS Mesick
Semi Daryl Walton 92 Mustang Williamsburg
9.00
PRO TROPHY Index
Win Jim Evans 71 Skylark Benzoia
R-Up Nathan Cebula 89 Camaro Bear Lake
Semi Harvey Williams 96 Camaro Honor
10.00
PRO TROPHY Index
Win Scott Swander 70 Challenger Benzonia
R-Up Jim Evans 72 Monte Carlo Benzonia
11/12.00
PRO TROPHY Index
Win Donnie Heinzer III 95 S-10 Manistee
R-Up Ryan Cebula 92 S-10 Brethren
EARLY GAMBLERS Win Todd Baughan 68 Camaro Marion
R-Up 3 Js Racing 93 Mustang Traverse City
Semi Bill Reno 69 Firebird Alger
Semi Chad Brintnell 10 Challenger McBain

Northern Michigan Dragway Points Update (After 8/13/11)

Points Leaders after 8/13

Bracket I – John Gibson of Charlevoix with 309 Points
Bracket II – Mike Stokes of Kaleva with 214 Points
Bracket III – Phil Gunther of Beulah with 176 Points
Pro Trophy – Nolan Blanchard of Benzonia with 277 Points
Street Trophy – Aaron Shackelford of Manistee with 193 Points
Junior Eliminator – Nathan Lane of Fife Lake with 253 Points

For Complete Points Standings Check out the Points section of the NMD Website at http://northernmichigandragway.net

Results from August 13 Bracket Race at Northern Michigan Dragway

Results from August 13 Bracket Race

Name Car City
BRACKET I
(Box)
$500 to Win
Win Bud Roof 85 Toyota East Jordan
R-Up Travis Milliman 86 Firebird Kaleva
Semi John Gibson 69 Nova Charlevoix
BRACKET II
(No Box)
$500 to Win
Win Kevin Huntley 70 Duster Beulah
R-Up Ron Dougherty 73 Nova Honor
Semi Bill Fluette 70 Duster Interlochen
Quarter Mike Mayfield 67 Dart Harrison
Quarter Bob VanDeWater 71 Challenger Cadillac
Quarter Rick LaRocque 00 Mustang Beulah
BRACKET III Win Jim Evans 71 Skylark Benzonia
R-Up Phil Gunther 79 Camaro Beulah
PRO TROPHY Win Jason Watt 86 Mustang Bear Lake
R-Up Robby Girven Mustang
Semi Norman Derks 06 300 Leander, TX
Semi Gary Rank II 88 Mustang Manistee
Quarter Toby Hamilton Dragster Copemiah
Quarter Perry Daniels 85 TransAm S. Boardman
Quarter Dean Spaulding 87 Monte Carlo
STREET TROPHY Win Aaron Shackelford 98 Lumina Manistee
R-Up Jim Abbott 95 Camaro Lake
Semi Dan Allen 66 Chevrolet Lake
JUNIORS Win Nathan Lane 12 99 Motivational Tubing Fife Lake
R-Up Cheyenne Douglas 11 Jegster Ludington
EARLY GAMBLERS Win Mike Stokes 72 Challenger Kaleva
R-Up Donnie Heinzer III 95 S-10 Manistee
Semi Bud Roof 85 Toyota Truck Eastlake
Quarter Klint Bailey 72 Dart Harrison
Quarter Randy Stoykovich 71 Pinto Manistee
Quarter Mike Mayfield 67 Dart Harrison
LATE GAMBLERS Win Aaron Shackelford 98 Lumina Manistee
R-Up Donnie Heinzer III 95 S-10 Manistee
Semi Eric Johnson 85 Daytona Onekama
Semi Dennis Gilman 82 Firebird Bear Lake

Results from August 12 After Hours Street Drags at Northern Michigan Dragway

Results from August 12 After Hours Street Drags

Name Car City
8.00 Index Win Mark Daniels 86 Camaro S. Boardman
R-Up Henry Patton 87 Camaro Fife Lake
9.00 Index Win Lester Ely 79 Malibu Honor
R-Up Rick Thomas CBR 1100XX Bear Lake
10.00 Index Win Gary Rank II 88 Mustang Manistee
R-Up Dusin Cesaro 92 Mustang East Jordan
11.00/12.00 Index Win Rhet Brewer Honda Spree Eastlake
R-Up Mike Smith 90 Lumina Ludington

Results from ’14th Annual Mopars Against the World’ Saturday, July 30th, 2011 at Northern Michigan Dragway

 ’14th Annual Mopars Against the World’
Saturday, July 30th, 2011
MOPARS 105
WORLD 95
Name Car City
BRACKET I
(BOX)
$1500 Win
Win John ‘Hoot’ Gibson 69 Nova Charlevoix
R-Up Robby Girven 86 Firebird Bear Lake
Semi Bud Roof 85 Toyota East Jordan
Semi Greg Kish Shelby Twp.
Quarter Chris Davis Springport
Quarter Mike Stokes 72 Challenger Kaleva
Quarter Larry Lorenz 69 Camaro Traverse City
BRACKET II
(NO BOX)
$5000 Win
Win Pat Ney 68 Dart Bad Axe
R-Up Scott Green 74 Nova Stronach
Semi Scott Hoernlein 73 Duster Saginaw
Quarter Roger Reed 79 Futura Ionia
Quarter Milo Ayers 68 Charger Ithaca
Quarter Klint Bailey 72 Dart Harrison
Eighths Gary Williams Columbiaville
Eighths Chad Brintnell 86 Mustang McBain
Eighths Al McChesney 67 Belvedere Freeland
Eighths Jeff Green 02 Hayabusa Grand Haven
Eighths Steve Milliman 75 Monza Bear Lake
Eighths Ron Hagar 94 Roadmaster Clark Lake
Sixteenths David McChesney 70 Duster Saginaw
Sixteenths Gary Rank II 88 Mustang Manistee
Sixteenths Gary Wood 69 AMX Manistee
Sixteenths Joe Osga 57 Belair Fife Lake
Sixteenths Michael Daugul 69 Dart Swinger Rogers City
Sixteenths Mike Stokes 72 Challenger Kaleva
Sixteenths Bob VanDeWater 71 Challenger Cadillac
Sixteenths Skylar Drews St. Johns
Sixteenths Geoff Pitts 67 Camaro Shelby Twp.
Sixteenths Phil Gunther 79 Camaro Beulah
Sixteenths Rich Perdue 68 Mustang Bay City
PRO
TROPHY
Win Robby Girven 86 Firebird Bear Lake
R-Up Nathan Cebula 89 Camaro Bear Lake
Semi John Creel 84 Mustang Bear Lake
Semi Dennis Gilman 82 Firebird Bear Lake
Quarter Gary ‘Buck’ Howell 86 Jeep Beulah
Quarter Marissa McLaughlin 68 Chevelle SS Manistee
Quarter Gary Rank II 88 Mustang Manistee
Quarter Calvin Lutz Bear Lake
STREET TROPHY Win Williams Racing Honor
R-Up Randy Price 95 TransAm Charlevoix
Semi Jim Evans 71 Skylark Benzonia
Quarter Ron Dougherty 88 Mustang Manistee
Quarter Daniel Saffron 87 TransAm
Eighths Dustin Cesaro 92 Mustang GT East Jordan
Eighths Aaron Shackelford 98 Lumina Manistee
Eighths Dan Allen 66 Chevrolet Lake
Eighths Jim Abbott 95 Camaro Lake
JUNIORS Win Hunter Acha 12 07 Gage Interlochen
R-Up Jameson Perdue 15 Quad Bay City
Semi Cheyenne Douglas 11 Jegster Ludington
Semi Austin Williams 10 Dragster Columbiaville