Press Release

Bonfire Salute on Memorial Day Weekend

13217615_10154163844079675_6232150139057682726_oNMD Photo: Randy Stoykovich of Manistee launches his 1971 Pinto last weekend in a time trial against John Reid of Traverse City. Stoykovich had his best pass of his racing career last Saturday night with a 5.98 seconds elapsed time run at 114 miles per hour. Reid’s Arctic Cat holds the NMD snowmobile mph record at 132 mph which was set on opening day testing, April 30th.
Northern Michigan Dragway’s 2016 season schedule features five two-night weekend events. This coming weekend will showcase the first of those dual-nighters as the 2nd Annual Bonfire Salute takes place Saturday and Sunday evenings.

An added bonus to Saturday night’s event will be approximately 30-40 snowmobile racers on hand for a traveling race series known as the Michigan Snowmobile Asphalt Drag Racing Association.
Several racers from other states are expected, with one travelling from near Minneapolis, Minnesota expected to be the longest-distance competitor. The first MSADRA points event of their inaugural 2016 campaign takes place Saturday night at NMD.

At last weekend’s MiCellularClinic Points opener at NMD, four racers emerged as division leaders going into this weekend’s second and third points events.
Corey Mikus took the Bracket I points lead with his victory over Robby Girven in an all Bear Lake final round. In Bracket II, Bill Fluette of Interlochen topped South Boardman racer Perry Daniels.
Pro Trophy action found Kristina Mardlin of Bear Lake outlasting the field, with Jim Evans of Benzonia settling for a runner-up finish. In Junior Dragster, it was Parker Cesaro of East Jordan victorious over Emma Helsel of Lake City.
In Street Trophy, Robert Knop took the win trophy, with Amber Vandewater getting runner-up.
The Cicero’s Pizza reaction time contest was won by Fred Schwedt of Cheboygan with a .003 reaction time in the first time trial session.
Gates open Saturday at 12 pm. Time trials will begin at 5 pm Saturday and 6 pm Sunday, with eliminations planned at 8 pm each night.

Fantastic Opening Day Turnout at NMD!


NMD photo: Bob Vandewater of Cadillac races his ‘71 Dodge Challenger against Coldwater’s Kip Burkhardt, who’s driving a Ford-powered dragster.
Racers and fans alike had been anxiously awaiting the Saturday April 30th season opener for several months. Coming off a record-breaking season in all attendance categories, Northern Michigan Dragway started the 2016 season where it left off the previous year.
Over 200 spectators were on hand, to watch 93 race entries participate in Saturday’s opening day test and tune event. The previous best turnout for opening day had been 65 entries.
The newly-poured concrete starting line performance came around quickly. The fastest dragster was driven by Kip Burkhardt of Coldwater, running the eighth-mile in 5.03 seconds elapsed time (E.T.) at a top speed of 137.34 miles-per-hour with his Ford-powered entry.
Frank Piltz of Cadillac had the quickest door slammer entry, as his 90 Pontiac Firebird performed a best pass of 5.31 E.T. and topping out at 137.37 mph.
The fastest snowmobile pass was made by Mike Brown of Traverse City with a 2017 Arctic Cat, 5.93 seconds at 132.10 mph.
Racing action will continue this Saturday with another test and tune scheduled from 2-6 pm. The following Saturday, May 14th will be the first bracket race event of the season with time trials set to begin at 6 pm.
NMD is located 3 miles north of Kaleva on Potter Road. For more information visit or call (231)362-3439.

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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Kaleva –

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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Press Release from July 17th at Northern Michigan Dragway


Sunday July 17, 2011

– Kaleva, MI

Northern Michigan Dragway once again had another great turnout for this past Weekend’s events. Friday Night was the 3rd Night Moves of the Season with over 50 totals entries. Night Moves is Heads-Up Format Race where racers compete against others of a similar Estimated Time (E.T.) on the Pro Tree. 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 After Hours Street Drags event is Friday August 12 and the next Night Moves is Friday August 26.

Saturday Night was the 9th. Full Bracket Race Points event of the season and the best attended event of the season so far with over 250 adult pit passes sold with an estimated 50 – 75 children pit passes and over 60 total driver entries. In the Early Gamblers Race, Eric Johnson of Onekama in his ’85 Daytona took the win over Rick LaRocque of Beulah in his ’00 Mustang. What started out as Hot Summer Day, by evening had cooled down to perfect race condition before the start of eliminations. Around the end of 2nd round of eliminations the Fireworks in Kaleva began. Once that round was finished up a break was taken from racing action for those in attendance to enjoy another awesome Kaleva Days Firework show above the treeline. 12 year old Nathan Lane of Fife Lake won the Junior Bracket over 15 year old Drew Buozis of Hart. In Bracket I John ‘Hoot’ Gibson of Charlevoix in his ’69 Nova took the win over Bud Roof of East Jordan and his ’85 Toyota. Bracket II saw Rick LaRocque take the win over Bill Fluette of Interlochen in his 86 Monte Carlo SS. Bracket III saw a rematch of May 20th’s Final Round with Phil Gunther of Beulah in his ’79 Camaro this time taking the win over Donnie Heinzer of Manistee in his ’95 S-10. In Pro Trophy a pair of Muffle Man Mustangs facing off with Gary Rank II of Manistee and his ’88 Mustang taking the over Mark VanDerMoon of Cadillac in his ’88 Mustang. Street Trophy was Kevin Wood of Manistee in his ’70 Javelin over Mike Smith of Ludington in his ’90 Lumina. Finishing off the night with the Late Gamblers Race was Aaron Shackelford of Manistee with his ’98 Lumina over Joe Osga of Fife Lake and his ’57 Chevy.
Many first timers at Northern Michigan Dragway commented on how friendly everyone is and cannot wait to return. Most on hand are now preparing to return for Mopars against the World in 2 weeks. This year is the 14th. Annual Mopars against the World at Northern Michigan Dragway is the largest event of the season. This year’s event has an estimated total prize amount $20,000 to be awarded during the weekend including the $5,000 top prize for Bracket II on Saturday July 30th. This has become a cannot miss event for many racers and race fans, with racers expected from all over Michigan and maybe some from Indiana and even Soo Saint Marie, Ontario. The format will pit Chrysler Makes against competing makes of cars and score will kept based on total round for bragging rights. The Mopars have dominated many of the years. Come to see who will win the top prizes and who will win bragging rights ‘Mopars’ or ‘The World’.  Mopars against the World starts off Friday July 29th with Time Trials at 5pm and Eliminations at 8pm. Friday’s Adult Pit pass will be $12 or $20 for the Weekend and Children (ages 8-13) $5 each day. $1,500 to win in Bracket I and Bracket II, other classes available will be Pro & Street Trophy and Juniors. Mopars continues Saturday July 30th. with Time Trials at 5pm and Eliminations at 8pm. Saturday’s Adult Pit Pass is $12 and Children (ages 8-13) $5. $1,500 to win in Bracket I and $5,000 to win in Bracket II, other classes available will be Pro & Street Trophy and Juniors. Complete details including race entry fees for Mopars against the World check out our website. Mopars against the World Event Flyer and Promo Video at
Night Moves Points Leaders as of July 15
6.00 Pro $ Index
John ‘Hoot’ Gibson of Charlevoix
6.50 Pro $ Index
Randy Stoykovich of Manistee
7.00 Pro $ Index
3 Js Racing
7.50 Pro $ Index
Gary Rank II of Manistee
8.00 Pro $ Index
Phil Gunther of Beulah

8.00 Trophy Index
Perry Daniels of South Boardman
9.00 Trophy Index
Jim Evans of Benzonia
10.00 Trophy Index
Drew Bouzis of Hart
11.00/12.00 Combo Trophy Index
Rhet Brewer of Manistee
For complete Night Moves Points Standings check out the Points section of
Bracket Race Points Leaders as of July 16
Bracket I
John Gibson of Charlevoix
Bracket II
Mike Stokes of Honor
Bracket III
Phil Gunther of Beulah
Pro Trophy
Nolan Blanchard of Benzonia
Street Trophy
Mike Smith of Ludington
Nathan Lane of Fife Lake
For complete Bracket Points Standings check out the Points section of
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Press Release from May 22, 2011 – Bow Tie Challenge and Upcoming Events at Northern Michigan Dragway


Sunday 5-22-2010

1st Annual Bow Tie Challenge at Northern Michigan Dragway

-Kaleva, MI
Northern Michigan Dragway hosted this past weekend their Inaugural “Bow Tie Challenge”. Starting on Friday Night with After Hours Street Drags a Head-Ups Racing Program billed as a “Run Whatcha Brung, and Hope ya Brung Enough” style of event, where people can take their vehicles right off the street and Grudge Race Under the Lights against their friends in safe environment. Friday’s race also featured Street Legal Trophy Eliminations broken down in Time Indexes.

The “Bow Tie Challenge” is a Bracket Race similar to the “Mopars Against the World” Event held annually at Northern Michigan Dragway, the only difference is that Chevy (BowTies) were match up against all other makes (World). Time Trials for the Saturdays Night’s “Bow Tie Challenge” ran for about an hour before the rains set in, most racers and race fans waited on hand until all that could be done was postponed until Sunday Morning. With the track dried and prepped Time Trials resumed Sunday at 10am for the “Bow Tie Challenge” Bracket Race. Racers and Race Fans were awarded with nearly 7 hours of excellent racing on Sunday, starting with Rain Postponed Main Event, directly followed by the Bracket Race already schedule for Sunday. The “World” won the Bragging Rights for the 1st. ever Bow Tie Challenge with a score of 62 to 52 but many of the top prizes went to Chevy Drivers, including a $1,000 winner Phil Gunther of Benzonia.

Northern Michigan Dragway has just completed it first major event of the 2011 season and next weekend there is more racing for fans to enjoy. Starting Saturday May 28 for “Night Moves” with Time trials at 7pm/Eliminations 9pm. “Night Moves” is Similar to “After Hours Street Drags” were racers can Run what they Brung, and it also includes the Pro Racers running Heads-Up as well. $10 to Watch, $5 children (ages 8-13), Race $10, Pro $$ Race $20.
Racing continues Sunday May 29 with Bracket Racing with Time trials at 6pm and Eliminations at 8pm. $10 to Watch, $5 children (8-13) (Monday May 30 raindate if unable to race Sunday TT 11am/Race 1pm)
More Information on these events and others at, on Facebook at or on Twitter @NMDragway
Northern Michigan Dragway Phone # 231.362.3439 and E-mail