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 NorthernMichiganDragway.net 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
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.
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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.
Press Release from May 22, 2011 – Bow Tie Challenge and Upcoming Events at Northern Michigan Dragway
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.