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

Fantastic Opening Day Turnout at NMD!


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 or call (231)362-3439.

Special Class Added for the 6th Annual Bowtie Challenge at NMD

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)
Pro-tree, Heads-up
$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.

Changes to the Junior Program at Northern Michigan Dragway

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 or message us on Facebook.

Final Standings in the 2015 MiCellularClinic Points at Northern Michigan Dragway

Final Standings in the 2015 MiCellularClinic Points at Northern Michigan Dragway

Bracket I

1) Rick LaRocque – 306
2) Rich Mardlin – 250
3) Bud Roof – 222
4) Eric Johnson – 209
5) Bill Fluette – 180


Bracket II

1) Mark Daniels – 385
2) Danny Angell – 367
3) Stephen Verrett – 354
4) Brad Harris – 329
5) Bill Fluette – 298


Pro Trophy

1) Gary Bowman – 358
2) Kristina Mardlin – 281
3) Dustin Cesaro – 280
4) Jim Evans – 258
5) Martin Moore – 240



Complete Standings

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