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9/25/2021 - BRIAN L LEDFORD
NMD wraps up 2021 season this weekend Contact: Brian Ledford 231.218.2657 9/23/2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Kaleva- Northern Michigan Dragway's racing community came together last weekend for the first of two championship race weekends. The generous crowd raised approximately $2,500 to provide much needed funds for the family of Emily Orth, a 16 year-old racer from Traverse City who is recovering from a stroke. Orth is currently at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital in Grand Rapids for several weeks. Many racers displayed words of encouragement, such as "Emily Strong" or "Racing for Emily." The Authentic 231 Rider Class final points night came down to a final round thriller to decide the championship. Points leader Gordie Bosack of Marion made an outstanding effort to keep his lead, but bowed out in the semi finals with a foul start on his Ski-Doo Mach Z. The final round battle was between the Arctic Cat F7 of Rockford's Thom Rosely and Springdale racer Chris Hardesty on a Buell X-1 motorcycle. Hardesty needed a win to claim a tie, and force a run-off with Bosack. Rosely had suffered mechanical issues with his own snowmobile at the beginning of the night, but switched to his son's, the same make and model, prior to round 1 of the race. Rosely could claim the championship outright with a win in the finale. Both racers left with green lights, and Rosely used a reaction time advantage to take a come-from behind win in the 5th-round final and claim the class event and season championship. More season championships continue this weekend. Friday night will feature Thirlby Automotive Street Nights, with time trials at 5pm, and eliminations at 7pm. Two championship races are still undecided in the Street Nights series. The Performance Paint High School class is led by Bellaire's Dominic Dyer and followed closely by Patrick Boris of East Jordan. Robbie Kesling of Ludington still holds an outside chance in that points chase. The Chicks on Slicks class will also be decided, with Bear Lake's Mel Wade holding a slim lead over Onekama's Jazline Bredbanner. Saturday's TNT Specialized Transport Points event is the always-exciting season championship. Corey Mikus of Bear Lake clinched his 3rd championship in the Pro Systems Bracket I class with his $1,200 win last week. In Hlavka H&C Bracket II, Dale Mardlin of Kaleva opened up a 49-point lead in the class last week, with a runner-up finish, passing last week's leader Travis Mardlin. In order for Travis to regain his lead, he would need an early exit by the leader, coupled with a 7th round or better finish himself. SK Customs Pro Trophy is also decided, with David Evans clinching his fifth-straight championship. However a strong battle for second is in store, with Ty MacNeill of Lincoln deadlocked with Manistee's Martin Moore. Thirlby Advanced Juniors was claimed for the third-straight season by Manton's John Root, with his win last weekend. ModuGo Mini Juniors has a 14-point difference between new points leader, Hannah Moore of Cadillac, and Free Soil's Jesse Persinger. Both are in the running for the championship. Saturday time trials start at 1pm, with eliminations scheduled for 4pm. Northern Michigan Dragway is located 3 miles north of Kaleva at 13991 Potter Road. For further information, visit NMD's social media pages or NorthernMichiganDragway.com. attached photo: A special tribute pass was made during last Saturday's event at NMD. Emily Orth's purple Mustang was driven by her brother Devin Orth of Traverse City, while Dan Snyder of Houghton Lake drove Devin's car. Points Standings Top 10 each class Pro Systems Bracket I 1 Corey Mikus, Bear Lake, Chevy Camaro, 430 2 Travis Mardlin, Kaleva, Chevy S-10, 309 3 Chris Gee, Bear Lake, Ford Mustang, 267 4 Tom Whitaker, Muskegon, Chevy Camaro, 254 5 Mark Daniels, South Boardman, Pontiac Firebird, 249 6 Scott Eriksen, East Jordan, Chevy Camaro, 229 7 Patrick Boris, East Jordan, Dragster, 208 8 Steve Mikus, Ashley, Chevy Nova, 207 9 Eric Johnson, Onekama, Chevy II, 193 10 Bud Roof, East Jordan, Dragster, 190 Hlavka Heating & Cooling Bracket II 1 Dale Mardlin, Kaleva, Ford Falcon, 490 2 Travis Mardlin, Kaleva, Chevy S-10, 441 3 David Evans, Benzonia, Chevy Monte Carlo, 408 4 Scott Eriksen, East Jordan, Chevy Camaro, 360 5 Al McChesney, Kaleva, Plymouth Belvedere, 356 6 Kyle Kidder, Benzonia, Chevy Camaro, 277 7 Dan Snyder, Houghton Lake, Altered, 273 8 Andrew Heinig, Traverse City, Plymouth Barracuda, 245 9 Bob Vandewater, Cadillac, Dodge Challenger, 243 10 Donnie Heinzer III, Manistee, Chevy Camaro, 220 S.K. Customs Pro Trophy 1 David Evans, Benzonia, Chevy Monte Carlo, 699 2 Martin Moore, Manistee, Chevy Nova, 446 tie Ty MacNeill, Lincoln, Chevy Monte Carlo, 446 4 Parker Cesaro, East Jordan, Chevy S-10, 404 5 Dustin Cesaro, Kalkaska, Chevy S-10, 382 6 Bill Moody, Bear Lake, Ford Mustang, 346 7 Jim Bacon, Luther, Chevy Nova, 345 8 Jim Evans, Benzonia, Buick Skylark, 301 tie Nathan Cebula, Bear Lake, Ford Mustang, 301 10 Gary Wood, Manistee, AMC Spirit, 285 Thirlby Automotive Advanced Juniors 1 John Root, Manton, 509 2 Leah Helsel, Manton, 430 3 Hunter Cesaro, East Jordan, 234 4 Toby Helsel, Manton, 232 5 Carley Guerne, Bear Lake, 218 6 Hunter Sanford, Ludington, 199 7 Cheyenne Martin, Manistee, 153 8 Lexie Sanford, Ludington, 132 9 Damian Snow, Brethren, 120 10 Ean Guenthardt, Manistee, 118 ModuGo Mini Juniors 1 Hannah Moore, Cadillac, 391 2 Jesse Persinger, Free Soil, 377 3 Knox Schmidt-Stoykovich, Kaleva, 334 4 Tyler Thompson, Grawn, 319 5 Ava Cebula, Bear Lake, 238 6 Ann Cerka, Free Soil, 218 7 Wyatt Martin, Manistee, 173 8 Emmett Omar, Bear Lake, 150 9 Nevaeh Adams, Kaleva, 132 10 Eli Omar, Bear Lake, 102 Performance Paint High School 1 Dominic Dyer, Bellaire, Pontiac Firebird, 77 2 Patrick Boris, East Jordan, GMC Terrain, 71 3 Robbie Kesling, Ludington, Ford Mustang, 44 4 Chase Clark, Central Lake, Dodge Ram, 38 5 Gannon Dougherty, Honor, Ford Crown Victoria, 31 6 Madelyn Ledford, Bear Lake, Jeep Cherokee, 17 7 Dakota Sutter, Chesaning, Ford Mustang, 16 8 Sean Lamb, Pickford, Pontiac Trans Am, 10 9 Alexis Rosenburg, Kalkaska, Ford F-150, 6 tie Brennan Tallquist, Rothbury, Subaru Legacy, 6 Chicks on Slicks 1 Mel Wade, Bear Lake, Chevy Monte Carlo, 155 2 Jazline Bredbanner, Onekama, Ford Ranger, 146 3 Angela Freeman, Kaleva, Chevy S-10, 92 4 Kim Crawford, Kingsley, Chevy Camaro, 83 5 Darci Simpson, Free Soil, Chevy S-10, 71 6 Pam Snyder, Houghton Lake, Chevy El Camino, 70 7 Kristina Mardlin, Bear Lake, Chevy S-10, 61 8 Leanna Sorensen, Kaleva, Chevy S-10, 60 tie Kalia Wiederhold, Grawn, Chevy S-10, 60 10 Rebecca McNinch, Beulah, Chevy Nova, 56 Authentic 231 Rider season completed Champ Thom Rosely, Rockford, Arctic Cat F7, 137 2 Gordy Bosack, Marion, Ski Doo Mach Z, 127 3 Chris Hardesty, Springdale, Buell X-1, 116 4 Jeremy Krueger, Wellston, Arctic Cat Thundercat, 93 5 Scott Bosack, Cadillac, Yamaha, 79 6 Danniel Dean, Kaleva, Harley Sportster, 57 7 Travis Mardlin, Kaleva, Jonway, 52 8 Tyler Fisher, Benton Harbor, Suzuki, 48 9 Thommy Rosely, Rockford, Arctic Cat F7, 47 10 Dan Marcinkowski, Kaleva, Harley Fat Boy, 40 Grand Rapids Machine Repair Top Doorslammer (season completed) Champ Dru Williams, Manton, Chevy Nova, 115 2 Sean Nagy, Houghton Lake, Ford Mustang, 97 3 Ron Brow, Belmont, Chevy II, 91 4 Brad Rentsman, Stanton, Chevy Malibu, 66 5 Tim Heiges, Traverse City, Chevy Corvette, 41 6 Mark Daniels, South Boardman, Pontiac Firebird, 37 7 Bill Bruske, Glen Arbor, Chevy II, 36 8 Justin LaRocque, Essexville, Ford Mustang, 31 tie Bill Heiges, Honor, Chevy Roadster, 31 10 Jason Helsel, Manton, Chevy II, 26 Brian & Rebecca Ledford NorthernMichiganDragway.com Track Manager & Promotions (231)218-2657 (231)429-4411
7/17/2021 - Brian Ledford
Bowtie Challenge provides amazing finish (From NMD Email Shoutout) photo: Dru Williams of Manton was quick and consistent with his Chevy Nova, celebrating his second championship of the season in Grand Rapids Machine Repair Top Doorslammer. His three winning run elapsed times were 4.51, 4.52 and 4.51 at 159 miles per hour. The 2021 Bowtie Challenge brought a multitude of storylines. In this 11th-annual competition, the Chevy racers compete head-to-head with competitive makes, and a point is given to the "Bowtie/Chevy" team for every time they win a match-up, and vice-versa for the competition, aka "The World." The Northern Michigan Dragway event began Thursday evening, with the Chevy racers falling behind early by a score of 27-18 in preliminary Eriksen Towing & Recovery Street Trophy competition. A Harley-Davidson racer, Dan Marcinkowski from Kaleva, was the Thursday night winner. Friday's racing found a new track record in Grand Rapids Machine Repair Top Doorslammer, as Sean "Showtime" Nagy of Houghton Lake had his newest Ford Mustang race car in qualifying. He blasted through the 1/8-mile with an elapsed time of 4.17 seconds for a new record E.T., matching his previous-best speed of 168 miles-per-hour. Nagy claimed the top qualifier position in the "Quick 8" field. Racing action was outstanding in all classes. Bowtie racers collected a victory in SK Customs Pro Trophy as Brian Boeve of Nunica won with his Chevy S-10. The World, however, took wins in three classes. Mark Daniels of South Boardman topped Pro Systems Bracket I with his Pontiac Firebird. Chad Brintnell of McBain drove his Ford Fairmont to the Hlavka Heating and Cooling Bracket II victory. Each racer collected $2,000 for his efforts. The Street Trophy victory was captured by Manistee's Kevin Wood in a Ford Mustang, earning himself $600. Despite allowing the World racers to take three of four class wins, the Bowtie racers managed enough late-round finishes to bring the score back to a tie by the end of Friday competition. Heading into the final day, the stage was set for another classic finish Saturday evening. However, the Bowtie faithful found their hopes becoming dashed by the end of round 2 competition. At one point, they trailed by 19 points. Every race match-up was crucial for the Bowties to mount a comeback in round three of each class. Manton's Dru WIlliams' Chevy Nova was able to hold off Nagy's Mustang in round 2 of Top Doorslammer. Williams then defeated Stanton's Brad Rentsman in an all-Chevy final round, claiming the $2,000 prize. This may have been the spark the Chevy racers were needing. In Bracket I, Jared Ledford of Greenville picked up crucial Bowtie points, as he was the last stock-bodied vehicle in competition with his Chevy Camaro, as he was eventually ousted in a 6th-round semi-final by Fountain's Madisyn McCormick with her dragster. Madisyn then advanced to a very special event, a $3,000 final against her father, Jeremy McCormick. Jeremy was the beneficiary of a final-round foul start by his daughter, and claimed the championship with his dragster. Pro Trophy and Bracket II divisions found several Bowtie racers with outstanding finishes, to help set the stage for a remarkable comeback. Against the odds, the Bowtie racers clawed their way back to striking distance by the end of round 6. The Pro Trophy class had three of them winning their way into a 7th-round semi-final, racking up wins for Bowtie each round. David Evans of Benzonia bowed out in the semi-final against the superb teenage sensation from Bailey, Cody Marlatt. The youngster earned a trip to his first final-round appearance in his Chevy Vega. Jim Bacon of Luther took the solo pass "bye-run" into the final with his Chevy Nova. Bacon claimed the Pro Trophy championship with his win in the 8th-round final. Due to head-to-head Bowtie Challenge match-ups becoming increasingly scarce, Bracket II found all the pressure and the fate of the Bowties on the steering wheel of one racer. A crucial 6th-round quarter-final matchup was to be had by North Branch racer George McConnell in a Chevy Malibu "The Aggravator." The lead had been trimmed to 1 point. His opponent was a super-tough Mopar competitor in Kaleva's Al McChesney with his Plymouth Belvedere. With the NMD loudspeakers playing the Electric Light Orchestra classic song "Don't Bring me Down" the tension was as high as ever. The race was quickly decided with a foul start by Mopar. The Bowtie faithful celebrated the satisfaction of coming back to a tie score, where they had started the day's racing. A pair of Chevy racers then squared off as Kaleva's Travis Mardlin drove his S-10 to a win over Jonesville's Derek Shaw in a Camaro. The last Mopar racer, Tommy Aretakis of Ray advanced to round 7 with his bye-run in a Plymouth Barracuda. Three cars remained in the $7,500-to-win race. Mardlin earned the bye-run to the final due to his best reaction time in his 6th round win. The stage was set, yet again, with all the pressure on McConnell in his Malibu, as he faced yet another dominant Mopar racer in Aretakis. Both drivers left with nearly-identical reaction time, and the win light came on for the Malibu. It was announced that McConnell was the "hero of the day" for the Bowtie fans. In the 8th-round final, Travis Mardlin grabbed the win for the largest payout of his young racing career, and re-established himself atop the 2021 NMD points standings for Bracket II. In junior classes held Thursday and Friday, Tyler Thompson of Grawn won both nights in ModuGo Mini-Juniors. Thirlby Advanced Juniors also ran the first two nights. Carley Guerne of Bear Lake picked up the Thursday win, while Leah Helsel of Manton won Saturday. NMD management was pleased to see another participation record set for the event, as the total number of race entries surpassed 684 for the weekend. The previous record turnout (2020) was 636 entries. Racing action continues the next two weekends. This coming weekend features Street Nights, sponsored by Thirlby Automotive on Friday starting at 5 pm. Saturday resumes the NMD 2021 points series with a full race program in all bracket classes, with time trials slated for 1 pm and eliminations beginning at 4 pm. The following weekend, the 24th Annual Mopars Against the World, sponsored by Allstar Performance and Pertronix, will take place, starting Thursday, July 22nd. NMD is located 3 miles north of Kaleva on Potter Road. For further information, visit the social media page, see NorthernMichiganDragway.com, or call (231)218-2657 Brian & Rebecca Ledford NorthernMichiganDragway.com Track Manager & Promotions (231)218-2657 (231)429-4411
7/1/2021 - BRIAN L LEDFORD
6/27/2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Kaleva- Race fans had a big letdown this past weekend as the 11th Annual Bowtie Challenge was forced to be postponed due to the weather.. Northern Michigan Dragway's entire race weekend was rescheduled two weeks down the calendar; July 8-10. Next up on NMD's 2021 schedule is this coming weekend's God Bless America Race Saturday, July 3rd. The Hlavka Heating and Cooling sponsored race will be the 6th event of 18 TNT Specialized Transport points series annual events. Travis Mardlin of Kaleva is off to a hot start this season, leading both Bracket I and II divisions, seeking his first championship. David Evans of Benzonia is leading the pack and looking for his fifth-straight championship in Pro Trophy. John Root of Manton, back-to-back champ, is again leading in Advanced Juniors, while Jesse Persinger of Free Soil is leading in Mini Juniors. NMD's Rider class has an exciting new sponsor, Authentic 231, and a 6-race series debuts Saturday. The class features motorcycles and snowmobile riders, and is sure to bring even more excitement to the events they're running. Time trials are set to begin at 1 pm on Saturday, with eliminations starting at approximately 4 pm.. NMD is located 3 miles north of Kaleva on Potter Road. For further information, visit the social media page, see NorthernMichiganDragway.com, or call (231)218-2657.
3/8/2019 - BRIAN L LEDFORD
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Brian Ledford 231. 218. 2657 7/30/2018 Kaleva- The 21st Annual MOPARS AGAINST THE WORLD event took place this past weekend at Northern Michigan Dragway. Racers were again out in record numbers, taking in the facility's multitude of improvements. They were treated to action-packed races along with a fantastic fireworks show. The total number of Day 2 entries grew from 374 entries last season, to a new record 423 entries. Spectator numbers (just over 3,000) were down just slightly, due to some rainy weather Thursday and Friday evenings, and temperatures fell to low 50's on the third night. The forced postponements created an arduous 18-hour race day Saturday. Racing action was heated, nonetheless, in ideal conditions for race machines. In head-to-head match-ups, the Mopar racers took the final score advantage 221-198, to claim their fourth straight championship. Last year's score was 174-164. The top money winner was Maverick Green, 18, of Grand Haven, riding a 2004 Suzuki Hayabusa dragbike. His efforts netted him the $10,000 Bracket II final round win. Green became the youngest to ever win the main event, and also became the first racer to do so on a motorcycle. Runner up, Manton racer Matt Letts finished with over $5,000 in winnings for the weekend with the Letts Express race team, moving from 19th in the TNT points series, up to 8th position. Billy Meier of Mattawan was awarded $1,000 for his 8th-round semi-final finish in a Dodge Dart. Scott Hoernlein of Freeland won the $6,000 Bracket I final over White Cloud racer Kelly Smith, who brought in over $3,000 for his efforts with his dragster. $2,000 winners included Robby Girven of Brethren, Friday race winner in Bracket I. Maple City racer, Phil Anderson also grabbed a $2,000 win Friday, taking the Bracket II win and also jumping into the class points lead. Eric Johnson of Onekama and Sean Nagy of Houghton Lake each took a class win in Top Doorslammer Friday and Saturday, respectively. Stan Jones, Jr. of Freeland and Joe Whitaker of Ithaca topped the 9-round Pro Trophy races. Street Trophy wins went to Pepe Hoose of Saginaw and Benzonia's Scott Swander. The next races on the NMD schedule will be the August 10th and 11th weekend featuring a make-up event for TNT Points Event #10, and the Cory Gunther Memorial Race. Ford racers will soon get their turn to take on all others, as the 6th annual Blue Oval Battle takes place August 23-25. Points standings and further information is available at NMD's website www. NorthernMichiganDragway. net and on the social media page.
8/6/2016 - Brian Ledford
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Brian Ledford 231. 218. 2657 Mopars Against the World Attendance hits 3100 8/3/2016 Kaleva- 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 Cory Gunther Memorial Race, points event #12 is taking place Saturday August 13th. Race #13 is slated for August 20th. The 4th Annual Blue Oval Battle, featuring Ford competitors taking on all others, takes place August 26th and 27th. NMD is located three miles north of Kaleva on Potter Road. Full race results, event times and points standings can be found at NorthernMichiganDragway. net and NMD's Facebook page.
5/2/2016 - Brian Ledford
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 1990 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.
7/28/2015 - Brian Ledford
Kaleva- In their 45 years of drag racing facility operation, Northern Michigan Dragway owners Tom and Sharon Ledford have seen some great weekends. They can easily recollect jam-packed race events in each decade, along with some lean times when it seemed the business was in jeopardy. The 18th Annual Mopars Against the World event this past weekend broke all attendance records by a substantial margin. The weekend's 1,966 paid spectator/pit admissions eclipsed the previous best 1,800 in 2012. The weekend event also drew a record 336 different race vehicle entries. The Ledfords' career has also included a very successful 24-year lease operation of a race facility in the Thumb area, Ubly Dragway, where an overall attendance record was set at a 1995 event with 2,400 people overall. Friday and Saturday night's overall attendance at NMD was at 2,600 overall, making it the largest-attended event the Ledfords have ever put forth. As an added bonus to the racers and fans, a spectacular fireworks show was conducted Saturday night. The crowd's reaction to the grand finale was similar to what you would expect to the home team getting the winning score at a professional ball game. Extensive plans for parking area expansion are in the works, as much of the crowd had to park on the road and walk in through the gates due to parking capacity being filled. Racing action at NMD will resume on August 8th for points event #12, the Cory Gunther Memorial Race. Full weekend race results, points standings and upcoming events schedule can be found at www. NorthernMichiganDragway. com.
6/26/2015 - Brian Ledford
For Immediate Release Contact: Brian Ledford 231. 218. 2657 5th Annual Bowtie Challenge slated for Friday and Saturday 6/25/2015 Kaleva- All indications are pointing towards another fantastic weekend at Northern Michigan Dragway. Racers and crew alike are anxiously anticipating the 5th Annual Bowtie Challenge. NMD racers have only been able to complete one points event in the last 30 days due to rainy weather conditions. The Bowtie Challenge features Chevy and Chevy-powered vehicles paired against other makes. A score is kept throughout the weekend for bragging rights. In last years event, it was the Bowtie faithful taking the victory in rounds-won, 149 to 131. Racers will be competing individually for over $20,000 in cash and prizes. Over 1,000 fans are expected in attendance. Both the west pit side and east spectator side (reduced price) gates will be open for admission both nights. Racing starts Friday at 6 pm for Time trials with eliminations by 9 pm. Saturday time trials start at 4 pm and races at 7 pm. For information on NMD, call (231)362-3439 or visit www. northernmichigandragway. com.
5/3/2014 - Brian Ledford
For Immediate Release 4/29/2014 Kaleva- After a very long and cold winter off-season, racing fans are eager to get back to racing action at Northern Michigan Dragway. The 2014 race season will be the 45th year of operation, and is shaping up to be the best ever. Upwards of $100,000 in cash and prizes will undoubtedly create incredibly exciting race battles all season long. Racing action kicks off this coming weekend with Opening Day Testing scheduled from 2-6 pm on Saturday May 3rd. The following weekend will feature the first Saturday night bracket race event of the season, with time trials beginning at 6 pm on May 10th. NMD is located three miles north of Kaleva on Potter Road. For a complete schedule and other information, please see NMD at www. northernmichigandragway. net or call(231)362-3439.
5/13/2013 - Sharon Ledford
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Kaleva- Coming off two consecutive years of record-breaking attendance, racers and fans are excited to get the 2013 racing season started this weekend at Northern Michigan Dragway. Friday and Saturday evening will see the Jados Media Points Series events 1 and 2 take place. The 2012 champs will be defending their titles. In Bracket I, Eric Johnson of Onekama had a runaway finish with his Chevy Nova, with Travis Milliman of Bear Lake taking second. Bracket II always seems to provide a thrilling finish, and 2012 was no exception. Scott Green of Manistee also used a Nova in taking the championship. Scott Eriksen of East Jordan needed an event win on the final points day to tie him, but came up just short with a quarter-final finish. Pro Trophy provided a thrilling finish as well. Gary Rank II of Manistee needed to get to round 5 on the final day. He accomplished the feat, and edged Ed Peffer of LeRoy by 5 points by doing so. Street Trophy also came down to a decisive final day. Jimmy Evans of Benzonia edged Gary Bowman of Prescott. In the Junior division, Drew Buozis of Hart used an early season string of four event wins, which enabled him to hold off Fife Lake's Nathan Lane for the championship. The action starts all over again this Friday and Saturday night. Time trials will begin at 6 pm, with eliminations at 8 pm. For further information, visit www. northernmichigandragway. net or call (231)362-3439. Attached photo thanks to Tina Mikus Photos: Brian Rockwell of Cassopolis heats up the tires in his 1932 Austin Bantam Roadster at NMD.
11/6/2011 - David Jados
The Zip Code for Bear Lake is 49614.
9/3/2008 - Brian Ledford
Here''s a great race we''ve added to the schedule to celebrate some good recent turnouts and falling gas prices!! It''s gonna be a MULLIGAN RACE - purchase your mulligan card to buy back any round through the final! Basically, it is double elimination for everyone! Looks like most of the other tracks will be closed on this weekend so mark your calendars!
Fall Bracket Championships
Saturday and Sunday October 11th and 12th (Rain Date October 18th and 19th)
NORTHERN MICHIGAN DRAGWAY
Mulligan Race for All Brackets both Days
(Purchase a separate tech card to re-enter any round including the final)
Saturday: Time Trials Begin at Noon; Gamblers Race #1 @ 1:00 PM with Time Trials between rounds; Gamblers Race #2 @ 3:00 PM. Eliminations for the main event begins @ 4:30 PM
Sunday: Time Trials Begin at Noon; Eliminations for the main event begins @ 2:00 PM
For full class breakdowns, entry fees and payouts for this event, see web site www.northernmichigandragway.net
Thank you WaterWinterWonderLand for this message board!!
8/5/2008 - Lapeer Dragway
Brian, let us know if MMM brings back the Michigan Bracket Finals ,and we will see what we can do. thank you ED
7/27/2008 - Unknown
Thank you Lapeer Dragway for your compliments! We''re hoping to get the Michigan Bracket finals revived this year at Mid Michigan, do you think you guys might be able to get a team of 20 - 25 racers together? Maybe we can see if Ubly can too. Just a thought, we''ll see if it is worth looking into.
Mopars Dominate Day I action
Bracket I Winner - Milo Ayres of Ithaca in a ''68 Dodge Charger, Runner Up - Archie Spires of Mancelona in a ''66 Plymouth Valiant
Bracket II - Eric Johnson of Onekama in a Dodge Daytona over Gary Rank of Manistee in a Mustang.
Gamblers - Bob Cornell of Kingsley in a Monza, over John Cerka of Freesoil
Trophy - Rhet Brewer of Eastlake in an Audi, over Ron Dougherty of Honor in a Cadillac
*Sat. July 26 - Day two action, we''re keeping score of the head to head battles today!
7/23/2008 - LAPEER DRAGWAY
Brian, I just checked out your aerial photo of your track ,it looks like you have a real nice track for the racers to run, you should be proud of your place. Also I like the way you run the 1/8 mi I wish evey track would go to 1/8 mi. it is the safest all the way around .Nice track you have. Ed Vakula Lapeer Dragway
5/29/2008 - Brian
Racers from all over Michigan traveled to Northern Michigan Dragway this past weekend, braving the tough fuel costs. Entrants were from as far away as Sturgis, Clawson, Middleville and East Jordan.
However, the two biggest winners for the weekend had the shortest tow distance in getting to the track. Saturday night''s main event winner was Corey Mikus, who lives just a couple hundred yards west of the dragway entrance. Then, Sunday night''s top earner was Mike Stokes, who lives about the same distance east of the dragway on the same road.
Traveling expenses apparently weren''t a concern for either racer, which may have been a big help for them. Other racers doing well this weekend included Kevin Huntley from Beulah, who had a runner-up finish in the main event, and a Gamblers race win Saturday night, and a semifinal finish in the main event Sunday. Bob Vandewater of Cadillac also made it to the semifinals both nights, with a runner-up finish to Stokes on Sunday night.
Bear Lake racers Cody Guerne, Travis Milliman, Cole Verrett, Anthony Thomas and Robby Girven all posted victories in different classes. John "Tater" Tatreau of Kaleva, and Gary Rank of Manistee were also victorious.
Several classes were in competition over the two-day weekend, and full results are available on www.northernmichigandragway.net .
This coming weekend''s "After-Hours Street Drags" will take place Friday night at 8 p.m. with time trials and grudge racing until midnight. This event with the low admission fee of $5 race or watch will be sure to bring in an excellent crowd. The popular "smokey burnout contest" will be scheduled for 10:00 p.m.
For NMD info, please visit the website, or call (231)362-3439.
5/2/2008 - Sharon Ledford
SUNDAY HAS BEEN ADDED TO THIS WEEKENDS SCHEDULE AT NORTHERN MICHIGAN DRAGWAY, DUE TO THE WEATHER FORECAST Sat. May 3 - Street Drags + Open Testing - Pro Tree, Heads Up; Time Trials, Fun Drags & Grudge Racing. No Eliminations; $5 to Race or to Watch. Race 5 - 9 pm Sun. May 4 - Open Testing; Time Trials 12 - 4 pm; Driver $10, Spectator $5
10/25/2007 - KURT KARTER
Sharon Ledford, did you have any luck buying property in the u.p. to put a strip on ?
10/8/2007 - Steve Fraley
So you guys how did the IHRA bracket nationals go for you? Lets see some pictures of some of the Detroit iron running up there!
8/14/2007 - Brian
hi my name is brian i am new to the area.scottville that is.does anyone out there have info on the track in bear lake.do they have bracket racing or any tipe of events there.what nites do they test and tune.i am teaching my girlfriend how to drive.she wants to know if any other woman are out at the track.hope someone can help me. thanks for your time. brian
7/26/2007 - Steve Fraley
Randy, use kenoshaki(AT)@(AT)netonecom.net just leave out the (AT)''s.
7/24/2007 - Randy
Steve, do you have an email address I can get? I''ll send ya pics of my 65. thanks! And again, I have to say...what an awesome site this is to be able to share so many memories and stories of all sorts. From the Webmaster - Thanks Randy - your welcome!
7/20/2007 - Steve Fraley
Randy, if you don''t have fun it''s not worth the time or trouble. A guy named Doug Gleason used to build some awesome stock class wagons his wagon is the one pictured taking off from the line. He went on to build some stout bracket cars. I have some video of a 66 or 67 Chevelle wagon at NMD. It said on the tailgate, "real race cars don''t have trunks". The car ran real well and hooked like crazy. Good luck with your wagon project!
7/20/2007 - Randy
Steve, awesome pics. I am a big fan of ''drag wagons''. I use to race a 69 Chevy II back in the 70''s, but got out of racin in the 80''s (always a fan thohugh)...oddly enough I have now bought a 65 Malibu Chevy Wagon and it is strictly a drag car - will not be streetable. I plan on having it ready for next year. I just want to go out and have fun with it, not trying to break any land speed records (lol). What I am about to mention is not related to the MI scene, but Norwalk (Summit Raceway Park) is having there Nostolgia drags Juy 27-29.
7/19/2007 - Steve Fraley
To Randy. A pic of my Galaxie is in the picture section. :) To Webmaster, Thank you!
7/13/2007 - Steve Fraley
To BOB VANDEWATER. Hey Bob did you ever take a starting line picture of my 64 Galaxie? My girlfriend took some great shots of the christmas tree and the roof of my car, and some great blurry burnouts! LOL! Steve
7/12/2007 - Randy
Steve...do you have some pic''s of your car...you should post ''em if so.
7/10/2007 - Steve Fraley
This is a great track to race at. Brian is doing a great job! Seems every year something new is added. I began racing at NMD(then Manistee County Dragway) in 1975! Right after my 16th birthday. This was the last dragstrip built in Michigan in, I think, 1973. We used to race 1/4 mile until someone felt the need to cut the shut down area in half. Then it went to 1/8 mile. The track shut down for awhile, until it was reopened in the late 80''s by a group of racers and was run by them and eventually turned back over to the Ledfords. The track has seen many improvements over the last decade or so. After a resurfacing it was like racing on a pool table! And REAL flush toilets! Yes we have real indoor plumbing up north. The people are always friendly and the purse return for entry is the best in Michigan in my opinion. Although I''ve been laid up for several years I still have my race car and I do plan on returning to NMD!
7/6/2007 - Steve Fraley
John, was Harvey your dad? If so this is your cuz!
5/29/2007 - John
Boy not much here, This is an awesome track, a real jewel in the north. I quit racing 20 years ago and bought a car last year, the plum crazy purple Duster (B&B Racing) These are the guys who owned the car, have been having a blast with the guys, they have helped me get it running and getting me back in the groove, thanks Mel, Phil and Jimmy. I went to the Semi finals two weeks ago and won the gambler race this year. these are a great bunch of guys, come on out a give it a shot.
12/5/2003 - Web
Located in the little finger of Mich used to pay out big purses in the seventies, racers from Detroit and Canada would make the loong trip. It was owned by Jim Ledford who later bought Central Michigan Dragway and turned it into Mid Michigan Motorplex.
1/7/2003 - Web
Racing selected Saturdays and Sundays, plus Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day; check Season Schedule to be certain of race dates. Open 10 am - Eliminations 1:00 PM Track info: 1/8 mile Brand New Asphalt! (May 2001); Chrondek timing & scoreboards; 120 concrete launch pad
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