Bowtie Challenge Returns to NMD

The trash talk has been going on for over a year. But now it’s time for the rematch. Racers are eager for this weekend’s 6th Annual Bowtie Challenge. The event is sponsored by Heiges Performance and Heiges Body Shop.

A special attraction is sponsored by Hlavka Heating and Cooling. The “Top Doorslammer Shootout” is taking place Saturday night, with qualifying sessions both Friday night and Saturday, to determine the quickest 8 full-bodied entries. A champion will be determined after three rounds of heads-up, Pro-tree racing!

In last season’s annual event, Chevrolet “Bowtie” racers matched up against competitors 354 times. The final score was tallied at 177 wins apiece.

Last year’s crowd exceeded 1,600 people in attendance. NMD is anticipating over 2,000 this weekend, with racer entry numbers expected to be over 300 total entrants, battling it out for over $25,000 in prize money.

Early Testing/time trials are scheduled for Thursday from 8 pm to 10 pm, with a “Run for the Money” competition to wrap up the evening.

Friday’s time trials will begin at 4 pm and eliminations scheduled for 7 pm. Saturday’s time trials start at 2 pm and eliminations slated for 5 pm.

See the 6th Annual Bowtie Challenge event page on Facebook!

June 8, 2016 Press Release


NMD photo: A third generation racer, 8-year-old Isaac Mikus of Bear Lake approaches the starting line with his junior dragster. He is currently in 7th place in the NMD Force Engineering Junior division. His father, Corey Mikus, is leading the Pro Systems Bracket 1 points standings, while his grandfather Steve Mikus is in second.
Racers are hoping to get plenty of racing action in this weekend, after last weekend’s rain put a damper on MiCellularClinic Points Event #4.
NMD has added a Friday evening Tune and Test event due to popular demand, to precede Saturday night’s Points Race #5. This will be the final race weekend for racers to get ready for the 6th Annual Bowtie Challenge on June 24th and 25th.
Track promoter Brian Ledford said “Basically the racers aren’t getting the number of passes down the track they have been used to getting. They’ve been asking if we could put together another open testing night, and we agreed to do so.”
All racers will be welcome to make time trials from 6 pm to 9 pm Friday. After 9 pm until approximately 11 pm will be street legal vehicles only.
Saturday evening’s bracket race will feature time trials beginning at 5 pm and eliminations planned for 8:00 pm. NMD has been contacted by TV 9 and 10 about filming at the track Saturday night, along with other possible dates, including the exciting possibility of live coverage at the 6th Annual Bowtie Challenge.
NMD is located three miles north of Kaleva on Potter Road. For further information, visit NorthernMichiganDragway.net and follow the Facebook page. Call (231)362-3439 for more info.

NMD Points Event #4 this Saturday


NMD PHOTO: The John Williams Racing ’72 Challenger is driven by Mike Stokes of Kaleva. The Mopar entry was one of four Bracket I semi-final finishers who agreed to split the purse Saturday night. With only 3 of 19 races completed, Stokes currently is in 6th place in the standings.

With a stellar turnout at last weekend’s 2nd Annual Bonfire Salute, Northern Michigan Dragway racers are eagerly anticipating the MiCellularClinic Points Event #4 Saturday.
Corey Mikus of Bear Lake continued his undefeated season in Bracket I, increasing his lead in the points chase. On Saturday night, rain halted the race at the semi-finals with Mikus and three other racers still in contention. The racers voted to split the remaining purse. Sunday night’s runner-up was Travis Verrett of Harrietta.
Bracket II action found Bill Fluette taking his second victory of the season on Saturday. Runner-up was Brad Harris of Mesick. Klint Bailey of Clare took the Sunday night win in a tight race against Harrison’s Dan Snyder.
Pro Trophy had exciting racing with Benzonia racer, Jim Evans, taking the Saturday win over Martin Moore from Manistee. Jim Bacon from Luther grabbed the top honors Sunday night, with his final round victory against Kyle Kidder from Frankfort.
Junior Eliminator was dominated by Emma Helsel from Lake City, with two wins. Saturday night runner-up was Cody Marlatt from Bailey. James VanderBrook of Fife Lake took 2nd on Sunday.
Due to a large increase in race entries, NMD has announced it will start all remaining races on the 2016 schedule one hour ahead of the originally posted times. Saturday’s Points Event #4 will begin with time trials at 5 pm. Eliminations will follow two time trial sessions per class; expected to begin at 8 pm.
NMD is located three miles north of Kaleva on Potter Road. For further information, visit NorthernMichiganDragway.net and follow the social media page. Call (231)362-3439 for more info.

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.

NMD Prepares for Points Opener


NMD Photo: Paul Adomaitis of Idlewild heats up the tires on his ’65 Mustang earlier this season at the opening day test ‘n tune.  After a strong start in 2015, keeping in the top 10 through the first four events, Adomaitis finished in 31st place as his entry suffered some mechanical issues late in the season.


Due to the cold and rainy/snowy conditions, last weekend’s season opener bracket race at NMD was postponed to this Saturday. A much better weather forecast has been predicted.
Race fans are expected to see an excellent turnout, as the pre-season testing days, April 30th and May 7th drew about 180 racers.
The track will be open for testing Friday from 6 pm to 10 pm. Saturday’s MiCellularClinic points event #1 will have time trials starting at 6 pm with eliminations set to begin at 8 pm.

Drag Racers Car Show planned at Cadillac Sands


Approximately 25-30 drag racers will be showing off their race machines Friday May 27th at the Cadillac Sands Resort. Expect to see many drag racing cars, dragsters, junior dragsters, and even asphalt race-converted snowmobiles. Several of the racers have planned to have autographed photos available featuring their race machines.
The event is being promoted by Northern Michigan Dragway in Kaleva.
NMD track promoter, Brian Ledford, says “It’s going to be a fun get-together for some of our Northern Michigan Dragway racers. We have a big event scheduled that weekend for Saturday and Sunday evening, and the Friday show will be a nice start to the weekend.”
The show will take place from 5 pm until 9 pm. There is no cost to attend.
Call Brian for more info (231)218-2657

8TH ANNUAL MULLIGAN RACE – September 26th, 2015

8TH ANNUAL MULLIGAN RACE – September 26th, 2015
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$2000 Win
Win Mark Daniels Camaro South Boardman
R-Up Monte Morey S-10 Augusta
Rd 8 Kip Burkhardt RED Coldwater
Rd 7 Scott Eriksen Camaro East Jordan
Rd 6 Pauline Schwedt Chevy II Cheboygan
Rd 5 Bud Thompson Camaro Niles
Rd 5 Kelli Acha RED Charlevoix
Rd 5 Eric Johnson Chevy II Onekama
Rd 5 Jack Plunkett Volvo Leonard
Rd 5 Steve Mikus Nova Ashley
Rd 4 Rob Lutzke RED Kent city
Rd 4 Robby Girven S-10 Brethren
Rd 4 Mike Landheer Bel Air Sparta
Rd 4 George Towns RED Ludington
Rd 4 Scott Hoernlein RED Freeland
$2000 Win
Win Jason Preston Camaro Six Lakes
R-Up Robby Girven S-10 Brethren
Semi Darren McChesney Duster Saginaw
Semi Scott Hoernlein Duster Freeland
Rd 7 Scott Sabin Chevy II Plainwell
Rd 7 Dan Snyder Imapla Harrison
Rd 7 Hunter Aha Chevy II Interlochen
Rd 6 Andrew Heinig Dart Traverse City
Rd 6 Scott Eriksen Camaro East Jordan
Rd 6 Rick Letts Chevelle Lake City
Rd 5 Dale Mardlin Falcon Bear Lake
Rd 5 Al McChesney Belvedere Saginaw
Rd 5 Corey Mikus Camaro Bear Lake
Rd 5 Andrew Wingo Lemans Gaylord
Rd 5 Dave McChesney Duster Saginaw
Rd 4 Neal Zielaskowski GTO Ossineke
Rd 4 Kristina Mardlin S-10 Bear Lake
Rd 4 Gary Wood Spirit Brethren
Rd 4 Gary Howell Cherokee Beulah
Rd 4 Mike Staley Chevy Pick-Up Kalamazoo
Rd 4 Jake Huntington Roadmaster Waltz
Rd 4 Martin Moore Nova Manistee
Rd 4 Stephen Verrett Mustang Bear Lake
Rd 4 Rick Mitchell Dart Rock
Rd 4 Aaron Starbuck Duster Grand Junction
Win Gary Wood Spirit Brethren
R-Up Devon Nelson El Camino Brethren
Semi Dan Snyder Impala Harrison
Rd 7 Wayne Henschel Camaro Harrison
Rd 7 Kristina Mardlin S-10 Brethren
Rd 7 Matt Letts Ranger Manton
Rd 6 Louis Gravelle Maverick Reed City
Rd 6 Terry Pendock Nova Kingsley
Rd 6 Steve Tennant Mustang Muskegon
Rd 6 John Dewbrock Harley
Rd 5 Neal Zielaskowski GTO Ossineke
Rd 5 Michael Todd Malivu Prudenville
Rd 5 Martin Moore Nova Manistee
Rd 5 Jim Bacon Camaro Luther
Rd 5 Nathan Cebula Camaro Bear Lake
Rd 4 Jim Evans Skylark Benzonia
Rd 4 Rendon Nowland S-10 Cadillac
Rd 4 Jason Moore Mustang Manistee
Rd 4 Doug Rondeau Duster Alpena
Rd 4 Gregg Salisburg Dakota Portage
Rd 4 Dan Marcinkowski Chevy Kaleva
Rd 4 Samantha Sarnowski Mustang Penwater
Rd 4 Steve Kirbach Camaro Benzonia
Rd 4 Michael Rondeau Nova Alpena
Rd 4 Bucky Raspotnik GMC Pick-Up Ludington
Rd 4 Mark MacPherson Malibu Kaleva
Rd 4 Ron Mallison Mustang Manistee
Rd 4 Kent Stevenas Nova Thompsonville
Win David Evans Monte Carlo Benzonia
R-Up Rob Vandewater Dakota Cadillac
Semi Hunter Acha Chevy II Interlochen
Rd 8 Jim Moore Chevy Cadillac
Rd 7 Tim Corcoran Harley South Lyon
Rd 7 Louis Gravelle Maverick Reed City
Rd 7 Josh Cebula Ranger Bear Lake
Rd 6 Robert Knop Barracuda Thompsonville
Rd 6 Jim Evans Skylark Benzonia
Rd 6 Jerry Gustafson Nova Pentwater
Rd 5 Bucky Raspotnik GMC Pick-Up Ludington
Rd 5 Johnathon Moore Cherokee Manistee
Rd 5 Scott Swander Challenger Benzonia
Rd 5 Michael Rondeau Chevy Pick-Up Alpena
Rd 4 Jake Huntington Roadmaster Waltz
Rd 4 Brandon Clark Ranger Bear Lake
Rd 4 Russ Lombardo Dodge Pick-Up Bear Lake
Rd 4 John Dewbrock Harley Howell
Rd 4 Thomas Lauber Camaro Gaylord
Rd 4 Bob Bushen Chevelle Whitehall
Rd 4 Amie Holmes Chevy Cedar Springs
JUNIORS Win Bailey Burkhardt Junior Dragster Coldwater
R-Up Jake Foster Junior Dragster White Cloud
Rd 7 Emmal Helsel Junior Dragster Lake City
Rd 6 Tobyn Kirbach Quad Benzonia
Rd 5 Patrick Boris Junior Dragster East Jordan
Rd 4 Ty Hamilton Quad Copemish
Rd 4 Isaac Mikus Junior Dragster Bear Lake
Rd 4 Coley Burkhardt Junior Dragster Coldwater

MULLIGAN WARM-UP RACE- September 25th, 2015

MULLIGAN WARM-UP RACE- September 25th, 2015
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$2000 Win
Win Scott Hoernlein RED Freeland
R-Up Rob Lutzke RED Kent City
Semi Mike Zednicek RED Charlevoix
Quarter Matt Steiner RED Cedar Springs
Quarter Mike Landheer Bel Air Sparta
Eighth Rick LaRocque Mustang Beulah
Eighth Chuck Vokes JR RED Cedar Springs
Eighth Robby Girven S-10 Brethren
Eighth Eric Johnson Chevy II Onekama
Eighth Kip Burkhardt RED Coldwater
$2000 Win
Win Chuck Reynolds Monte Carlo Lake George
R-Up Rick Mitchell Dart Rock
Semi Corey Mikus Camaro Bear Lake
Semi Cliff Mardlin Camaro Kaleva
Quarter Mike Stanton Jr Chevelle Shepherd
Quarter Mike Staley Chevy Pick-up Kalamazoo
Quarter Rick Joan Mustang Copemish
Quarter Brad Harris RED Mesick
Eighth Scott Sabin Chevy II Plainwell
Eighth Scott Eriksen Camaro East Jordan
Eighth Darren McChesney Duster Saginaw
Eighth Scott Allen El Camino Mesick
Eighth Joe Osga Altered Fife Lake
Eighth Steve Kirbach Camaro Benzonia
Eighth Jason Preston Camaro Six Lakes
Eighth Scott Hoernlein Duster Freeland
Win Robby Girven S-10 Brethren
R-Up Kyle Kidder Comanchee Frankfort
Semi Rendon Nowland S-10 Cadillac
Quarter Steve Kirbach Camaro Benzonia
Quarter Mike Staley Chevy Pick-Up Kalamazoo
Quarter Matt Letts Ranger Manton
Eighth Kristina Mardlin S-10 Bear Lake
Eighth Jeff Alexander Camaro Howard City
Eighth Dan Macinkowski Chevy Kaleva
Eighth Scott Swander Challenger Benzonia
Eighth Ron Mallison Mustang Manistee
Win Samantha Sarnowski Mustang Pentwater
R-Up Robert Knop Barracuda Thompsonville
Semi Melvin Cebula Mustang Bear Lake
Quarter Scott Swander Challenger Benzonia
Quarter Jake Huntington Roadmaster Waltz
Eighth Gary Stevens Nova Thompsonville
Eighth Johnathon Moore Cherokee Manistee
Eighth Jim Moore Chevy Cadillac
Eighth Hunter Acha Chevy II Interlochen
Eighth James Persinger Chevy Pick-Up Freesoil
JUNIORS Win Jake Foster Junior Dragster White Cloud
R-Up Emma Helsel Junior Dragster Lake City
Semi Isaac Pringle Gyro Bear Lake
Semi Hunter Cesaro Junior Dragster East Jordan
Quarter Ty Hamilton Quad Copemish
Quarter John Root Junior Dragster Manton
Quarter Parker Cesaro Junior Dragster East Jordan



Jeremy McCormick previously held record at 4.36 et 162 mph
1st Run FRI (Left Lane) .969 60′ time 4.310 et 163.04 mph
2. FRI (Right Lane) .967 / 4.336 / 160.16
3. FRI (Right Lane) .972 / 4.337 / 160.73
4. SAT (Right Lane) .972 / 4.306 / 163.60
5. SAT (Right Lane) .973 / 4.341 / 161.85

Results from Saturday, July 28th – 15th Annual Mopars against the World at Northern Michigan Dragway

WORLD – 101

Results from Saturday, July 28th – 15th Annual Mopars against the World

Name Car City
$2000 to Win
Win Erin Staley Dragster Kalamazoo
R-Up Scott Hoernlein Dragster Saginaw
Semi Travis Milliman 86 Firebird Bear Lake
Semi Jeff Burdess 80 Malibu Wagon Saginaw
Quarter Gary Williams 65 Chevelle Columbiaville
Quarter Greg Kish 68 Mustang Shelby Twp.
Quarter Dale Mardlin 63 Falcon Lapeer
Eighths Robby Girven 81 Camaro Bear Lake
Eighths Matt Gramlich 02/8 Diamond Dragster Monroe
Eighths Bud Roof 85 Toyota East Jordan
Eighths Rich Perdue 68 Mustang Bay City
Eighths Klint Bailey 72 Dart Clare
Eighths Randy Craft Dragster Onondaga
Eighths Larry Gramlich 08 Diamond Dragster Maybee
$6000 to Win
Win Jason Mikula 66 Nova Lansing
R-Up Rich Perdue 68 Mustang Bay City
Semi Bill Reno 69 Firebird
Quarter Mike Stanton, Jr. 66 Chevelle SS Shepherd
Quarter Brian Kuta 72 Maverick New Boston
Eighths Gary Howell 86 Jeep Beulah
Eighths Mike Dewey 88 Mustang GT Roscommon
Eighths Scott Eriksen 69 Camaro SS East Jordan
Eighths Bill Heiges 80 Monza Honor
Sixteenths Pat Ney 68 Dart Bad Axe
Sixteenths Gary Williams 65 Chevelle Columbiaville
Sixteenths Chad Brintnell 79 Fairmont McBain
Sixteenths Joe Osga 57 Bel Air Fife Lake
Sixteenths Dan Gorby 69 Camaro Sheridan
Sixteenths Milo Ayres 68 Charger Ithaca
Sixteenths Roger Reed 79 Futura Ionia
Sixteenths Dale Bannick 70 Road Runner Bay City
Sixteenths Ron Hagar 94 Wagon Clarklake
32nds Dave McChesney 70 Duster Saginaw
32nds Mike Stokes 72 Challenger Benzonia
32nds Bill Fluette 86 Monte Carlo SS Interlochen
32nds Klint Bailey 72 Dart Clare
32nds Al McChesney 67 Belvedere II Freeland
32nds Chuck Reynolds 81 Monte Carlo Farwell
32nds Kevin Huntely 66 Belvedere II Beulah
32nds Rick LaRocque 00 Mustang Beulah
32nds Scott Hoernlein 73 Duster Saginaw
32nds Chad Six 27 Roadster Eaton Rapids
32nds Mickey Adams 67 Camaro Ypsilanti
32nds Ron Melnick 68 Firebird Ubly
32nds Dick Simpson 68 Dart Bay City
32nds Mickey Bergdahl 87 Mustang GT Beulah
32nds Chris Roth 67 Camaro Essexville
32nds Bob Geer 99 Jeep Charlevoix
PRO TROPHY Win Calvin Lutz 86 Buick
R-Up Tony Thomas 89 S-10 Bear Lake
Semi Ed Peffer 75 Vega LeRoy
Semi Mark VanDerMoon 88 Mustang GT Cadillac
Quarter Dennis Gilman 82 Firebird Bear Lake
Quarter Dean Spaulding 87 Monte Carlo SS
Quarter Ron Girven 65 Corvair Benzonia
STREET TROPHY Win Ted Green 03 Monte Carlo Manistee
R-Up Robert Knop 66 Barracuda Thompsonville
Semi Josh Teall 05 Silverado Alpena
Semi Jim Evans 71 Skylark Benzonia
Quarter Gary Bowman 87 Corvette Prescott
Quarter Austin St. Denis 12 Terrain Caro
Quarter Jimmy Evans 72 Monte Carlo Benzonia
JUNIORS Win Austin Williams Jr. Dragster Columbiaville
R-Up Alex Brandow Jr. Dragster Sand Lake
Semi Jared Ledford Jr. Dragster Greenville
Semi Hunter Alexander Jr. Dragster Howard City