NMD 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 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.
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
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.
NMD would like to announce a special class to be added at the 6th Annual Bowtie Challenge June 24/25th 2016!
TOP DOORSLAMMER SHOOTOUT (Top 8 qualifiers 5.40 or quicker)
Open to all full-bodied entries, free entry fee ($20 testing pass required if not entered in another class)
$500 Win, $200 Runner-up, $100 Semis, $50 quarters
$100 to #1 qualifier.
2 qualifying sessions Friday night, 1 qualifying session Saturday.
Racers who are entered in other classes may use their regular time trial sessions in other classes as qualifying attempts.
Due to insurance coverage, we are no longer able to allow the racing of quads and ATVs.
If you have any questions regarding your race entry,
please email us at email@example.com or message us on Facebook.
Final Standings in the 2015 MiCellularClinic Points at Northern Michigan Dragway
1) Rick LaRocque – 306
2) Rich Mardlin – 250
3) Bud Roof – 222
4) Eric Johnson – 209
5) Bill Fluette – 180
1) Mark Daniels – 385
2) Danny Angell – 367
3) Stephen Verrett – 354
4) Brad Harris – 329
5) Bill Fluette – 298
1) Gary Bowman – 358
2) Kristina Mardlin – 281
3) Dustin Cesaro – 280
4) Jim Evans – 258
5) Martin Moore – 240
|8TH ANNUAL MULLIGAN RACE – September 26th, 2015
|Win||Mark Daniels||Camaro||South Boardman|
|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|
|Win||Jason Preston||Camaro||Six Lakes|
|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|
|R-Up||Devon Nelson||El Camino||Brethren|
|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|
|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
|R-Up||Rob Lutzke||RED||Kent City|
|Quarter||Matt Steiner||RED||Cedar Springs|
|Quarter||Mike Landheer||Bel Air||Sparta|
|Eighth||Chuck Vokes JR||RED||Cedar Springs|
|Eighth||Eric Johnson||Chevy II||Onekama|
|Win||Chuck Reynolds||Monte Carlo||Lake George|
|Semi||Corey Mikus||Camaro||Bear Lake|
|Quarter||Mike Stanton Jr||Chevelle||Shepherd|
|Quarter||Mike Staley||Chevy Pick-up||Kalamazoo|
|Eighth||Scott Sabin||Chevy II||Plainwell|
|Eighth||Scott Eriksen||Camaro||East Jordan|
|Eighth||Scott Allen||El Camino||Mesick|
|Eighth||Joe Osga||Altered||Fife Lake|
|Eighth||Jason Preston||Camaro||Six Lakes|
|Quarter||Mike Staley||Chevy Pick-Up||Kalamazoo|
|Eighth||Kristina Mardlin||S-10||Bear Lake|
|Eighth||Jeff Alexander||Camaro||Howard City|
|Semi||Melvin Cebula||Mustang||Bear Lake|
|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||John Root||Junior Dragster||Manton|
|Quarter||Parker Cesaro||Junior Dragster||East Jordan|
NEW TRACK RECORD SET BY JEREMY McCORMICK!!
McCORMICK SAWMILLS DRAGSTER 4.306 ET / 163.60 MPH
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