Races are on for Blue Oval Battle!

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

Blue Oval Battle IV Preview

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.

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19th Annual Mopars Against the World

Blue Oval Battle IV

Mopars Crowd hits 3100

Mopars Crowd

When last year’s record crowd of 2,600 people attended the Northern Michigan Dragway 18th Annual Mopars Against the World event, a question was raised. How big is this going to get?
The 2015 event drew in 1,966 spectators and had a total estimation of 2,600 overall attendance.
In keeping up with the recent tradition of breaking records, the crowd this past weekend’s 19th Annual MATW increased by 455 spectators to 2,421 pit and spectator admissions. The event’s overall attendance was approximately 3,100 people.
Plans are in place to accommodate for more parking, and even earlier starting times to keep from running so late into the morning hours.
Looking ahead on the 2016 schedule, the 4th Annual Blue Oval Battle, featuring Ford competitors taking on all others, takes place August 26th and 27th.

Mopars Thursday Run for the Money

PerryD Thursday night Run For the Money Winner! Perfect et run on the dial in
Perry Daniels 85 Trans Am 6.5800 et @ 105.0 mph wins run for the money!! Dead on .00!!
$136 + 10 lbs burger from Kaleva Meats!!
Travis Milliman 2nd place w/ dead on 6.5602 on 6.56 !! $68

McCormick Shatters Speed Record at NMD

HarrisSmithNMD 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.

Top 20 each division
9 of 18 Events Completed
Pro Systems Bracket 1
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

July 16th Weekend Race Flyer


Feel free to print off copies of this flyer and post them on bulletin boards at work and local businesses!

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.