Saturday update: We won’t let the weather rain on our parade. The radar is looking good for this evening’s races. Our goal is to get at least a portion of tonight’s race in, and will finish up tomorrow if we need to. Gates are open, with time trials hoping to get underway by possibly 3 pm. Please follow our Facebook page for regular updates.
Last night’s results:
BLUE OVAL BATTLE IV Day #1 Results –
FORD 62 – WORLD 62
$2000 Win Rick LaPouttre
R-Up Robby Girven
Semis Joe Bauman & Rick LaRocque
$2000 Win Darrin Noaker
R-Up Robby Girven
Semis Phil Anderson & Randy Birkenmeier
$300 Win Phil Wrobleski
R-Up Dan Snyder
Semi Phil Anderson
Win Bradley Anderson
R-Up Pam Henschel
Semi Scott Swander
Win Patrick Boris
R-Up James Vanderbrook
Semi Emma Helsel
NMD Photo: Recently, a new track record of 158 miles-per-hour (1/8 mile) was set by this 2010 Mustang driven by Sean Nagy of Houghton Lake. Nagy will be competing in the Top Doorslammer Quick 16 division at this weekend’s Blue Oval Battle IV, and hoping to get a win for the Ford fans.
Press Release sent to about 30 media outlets:
Over 250 racers are expected to compete this weekend at Northern Michigan Dragway. The third “mega event” on the 2016 race schedule, the Blue Oval Battle IV is taking place.
In June, the 6th Annual Bowtie Challenge saw the Chevrolet racers taking a close victory in their matchups, with a final score of 156-152.
Then came July’s 19th Annual Mopars Against the World, which brought in a record crowd of over 3,100 people. Mopar entries claimed the win in that event 137-130.
This weekend, with over $20,000 in total cash and prizes set to be awarded, it is Ford’s turn to take on all other makes. The fourth annual event is sponsored by C. Petersen and Sons Trucking and Excavating in Pentwater.
This weekend’s race is also stop #4 for the No Box Bracket Challenge, a traveling race series which hits premier tracks in Michigan, Ontario and Ohio. They finish up their season in Grand Bend Ontario next month.
Test n Tune is scheduled for Thursday evening at 7:30 with a Run for the Money at 9:30.
Races begin Friday with time trials at 4 pm and eliminations set for approximately 7 pm. Saturday time trials begin at 2 pm, with eliminations at 5.
NMD Photo: Brad Harris of Mesick, currently 8th in Bracket II points standings with the “Red Baron”454 BBC dragster, lines up against Joe Smith, III of Traverse City. Smith holds down the 12th position for the 3Js Performance “Gone Green” Mustang.
Saturday’s MiCellularClinic points event #9 provided all the excitement that was anticipated and then some. Race fans could see the Kaleva Days fireworks over at the Kaleva Village Park, which is about 3 miles south of the end of the strip. Racing action was similarly as explosive with over 140 race entries for the second-straight event.
Jeremy McCormick of Fountain yet again shattered the track record for speed with his dragster. On his first pass of the evening, McCormick uncorked a 4.23 seconds 1/8 mile elapsed time at a blistering 172 miles-per-hour reading.
Pro Systems Bracket I action found McCormick’s daughter, Madisyn, in the final round against the points leader, Corey Mikus of Bear Lake. Mikus took the win with his Chevy Camaro. Madisyn moved from 14th position up to 7th with her dragster’s runner-up finish. Her top speed was quite impressive as well, topping 145 mph.
The Absolute Auto Repair Bracket II standings also saw some drastic shifts in position. Andrew Heinig of Interlochen notched his first career win and moved from 12th all the way up to 4th with his Dodge Dart. Another Chevy Camaro racer, Cliff Mardlin of Kaleva took runner-up and improved from 9th to 5th.
Auto Body Complete Pro Trophy found Kristina Mardlin back in the winners’ circle with her Chevy S-10 victory. She also improved a position, moving into second place and only 22 points behind Benzonia’s Jim Evans. The Street Trophy win was captured by Beulah’s Phil Gunther.
The Reid Valve Dyno Rider class win went to Lake Ann’s Brent Wright on a Yamaha snowmobile. Force Engineering Junior class victory was earned by Cody Marlatt from Bailey. Marlatt moved from 7th to 4th in the standings.
Racers have this weekend off, as NMD prepares for the largest event of the season. The Stokes Auto Repair/VyperGraphics 19th Annual Mopars Against the World will take place July 29th and 30th.
|NORTHERN MICHIGAN DRAGWAY 2016 MICELLULARCLINIC POINTS STANDINGS
Top 20 each division
9 of 18 Events Completed
|Pro Systems Bracket 1|
|DRIVER NAME||CITY||VEHICLE||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||Corey Mikus||Bear Lake||Chevy Camaro||241|
|2||Steve Mikus||Ashley||Chevy Nova||215|
|3||Mike Stokes||Kaleva||Dodge Challenger||212|
|4||Travis Mardlin||Bear Lake||Dragster (Chevy)||121|
|5||Rick LaRocque||Beulah||Ford Mustang||115|
|6||Bud Roof||East Jordan||GMC Sonoma||107|
|7||Madisyn McCormick||Fountain||Dragster (Chevy)||104|
|8||Nolan Blanchard||Benzonia||Chevy Monte Carlo||80|
|9||Eric Johnson||Onekama||Chevy II Nova||75|
|10||Danny Angell||Scottville||Ford Mustang||65|
|Scott Eriksen||East Jordan||Chevy Camaro||65|
|12||Travis Verrett||Harrietta||Dragster (Ford)||63|
|Scott Hoernlein||Freeland||Dragser (Chevy)||63|
|14||Robby Girven||Brethren||Chevy S-10||57|
|15||Frank Piltz||Cadillac||Pontiac Firebird||55|
|16||Jeff Burdess||Saginaw||Chevy Malibu||52|
|17||Fred Schwedt||Cheboygan||Dragster (Chevy)||51|
|18||Keith Helsel||Lake City||Chevy II Nova||50|
|Chad Six||Parma||Ford Roadster||50|
|20||Bill Fluette||Interlochen||Chevy Monte Carlo||40|
|Travis Milliman||Kaleva||Chevy Monza||40|
|Rick LaPouttre||Bay City||Chevy Nova||40|
|Tom Whitaker||Muskegon||Chevy Camaro||40|
|Matt Steiner||Cedar Springs||Dragster (Ford)||40|
|Absolute Auto Repair Bracket 2|
|1||Fluette Racing||Interlochen||Chevy Monte Carlo||242|
|2||Rick Letts||Lake City||Chevy Chevelle||187|
|3||Perry Daniels||South Boardman||Pontiac Trans Am||172|
|4||Andrew Heinig||Interlochen||Dodge Dart||148|
|5||Cliff Mardlin||Kaleva||Chevy Camaro||147|
|6||Kevin Green||Cadillac||Ford Victoria||143|
|7||Dan Snyder||Harrison||Chevy Impala||137|
|8||Brad Harris||Mesick||Dragster (Chevy)||132|
|9||Al McChesney||Freeland||Plymouth Belvedere||128|
|10||Brian Peterson||Cadillac||Chevy Camaro||126|
|11||Dale Mardlin||Bear Lake||Ford Falcon||122|
|12||3Js Performance||Traverse City||Ford Mustang||102|
|13||Chris Roth||Essexville||Chevy Camaro||98|
|14||Paul Adomaitis||Idlewild||Ford Mustang||95|
|Scott Eriksen||East Jordan||Chevy Camaro||95|
|16||Bob Vandewater||Cadillac||Dodge Challenger||85|
|17||Tom Bray||Mears||Chevy Camaro||83|
|18||Dan Gorby||Sheridan||Chevy Camaro||82|
|19||Danny Angell||Scottville||Ford Mustang||81|
|20||Ron Osga||Fife Lake||Altered (Chevy)||80|
|Randy Stoykovich||Manistee||Ford Pinto||80|
|Auto Body Complete Pro Trophy|
|1||Jim Evans||Benzonia||Buick Century||254|
|2||Kristina Mardlin||Bear Lake||Chevy S-10||232|
|3||Jim Bacon||Luther||Chevy Camaro||216|
|4||Dustin Cesaro||East Jordan||Chevy S-10||206|
|5||Kyle Kidder||Frankfort||Jeep Comanchee||182|
|6||Martin Moore||Manistee||Chevy Nova||178|
|7||David Evans||Benzonia||Chevy Monte Carlo||137|
|8||Gary Bowman||East Tawas||Oldsmobile Cutlass 442||123|
|9||Ron Mallison||Manistee||Ford Mustang||96|
|Louis Gravelle||Reed City||Ford Maverick||96|
|11||Don Oliver||Brethren||Chevy Monte Carlo||95|
|12||Samantha Sarnowski||Pentwater||Ford Mustang||90|
|James Persinger||Free Soil||Cadillac Fleetwood||90|
|14||Matt Letts||Manton||Ford Ranger||85|
|15||Andrew Heinig||Interlochen||Dodge Dart||83|
|16||Chuck Marlatt||Bailey||Ford Mustang||81|
|17||Rick Joan||Copemish||Chevy Nova||75|
|Fluette Racing||Interlochen||Chevy Monte Carlo||75|
|19||Scott Glinski||Bear Lake||Chevy S-10||70|
|20||Jason Mikula||Eagle||Chevy El Camino||63|
|Force Engineering Junior Eliminator|
|1||Emma Helsel||Lake City||Jr Dragster||203|
|2||Parker Cesaro||East Jordan||Jr Dragster||164|
|3||Hunter Cesaro||East Jordan||Jr Dragster||120|
|4||Cody Marlatt||Bailey||Jr Dragster||116|
|5||Patrick Boris||East Jordan||Jr Dragster||108|
|6||Gannon Dougherty||Honor||Go Kart||89|
|7||Isaac Mikus||Bear Lake||Jr Dragster||82|
|8||James VanderBrook||Fife Lake||Jr Dragster||79|
|9||Bailey Burkhardt||Coldwater||Jr Dragster||63|
|10||John Root||Manton||Jr Dragster||62|
|11||Jaden Petersen||Pentwater||Jr Dragster||50|
|12||Cameron Shaw||Clio||Jr Dragster||21|
|13||Leah Helsel||Manton||Jr Dragster||15|
|Noel Cebula||Bear Lake||Go Kart||15|
|15||Coley Burkhardt||Coldwater||Jr Dragster||10|
|Coleman Hanson||Crystal||Jr Dragster||10|
|Jared Petersen||Pentwater||Mini Bike||10|
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!
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.