Fleet Doctor Bracket Results for April 29th

The 2018 Fleet Doctor bracket season kicked off yesterday, April 29th. It was a tough day of competition. We saw a blend of regular Milan Dragway bracket racers along with some different faces, but the Milan Dragway regulars took the win in every class of competition. We hope to see the different faces back shaking things up and becoming part of our group of “regulars” as the 2018 season goes on.

Our S & S Customs Super Pro Motorcycles decided to join in with the Insurance Man Super Pro class for the day to have a little extra fun before their points series starts on Sunday, May 13th. 

The Masta Performance Pro winner was John Linnabary from Taylor, MI after a tough start to his day. This was a great comeback for him after a tough 2017 season. Lance Provost (also from Taylor, MI) had a better start in the final round with his .009 light to Linnabary’s .019 light. Linnabary stopped the clocks at 9.234 on his 9.23 dial while Provost ran a 10.145 on his 10.11 dial. 

Codie Balcom from Maybee, MI was a little too eager in the final round of McCormack Racing Sportsman when he lined up next to Scott Fennell of Swanton, OH. Balcom was -0.006 red giving Fennell the automatic win.

Off the starting line it was anyone’s race in Insurance Man Super Pro, Bob Payton of Fowlerville, MI had the slight reaction time advantage over Will Crawford from Westland, MI. Payton was .013 to Crawford’s .016. Down at the finish line a 6.179 on the 6.17 dial gave Will Crawford the win over Payton. 

When you come to Milan Dragway on a Sunday, don’t expect to see any easy wins. These bracket racers are as tough as they come. 

Fleet Doctor Fall Mini Series Sportsman Champion

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Mother Nature has spoken, she decided our champions for the Fleet Doctor Fall Mini Series Bracket Program today when she gave us rainy weather that won't allow us to run our final race of the series. 

Below we discuss the McCormack Racing Sportsman Championship:

Lining up next Johnnie Cook this season has been a risky thing. This man finished #1 in Sportsman Mini Series, #3 in Pro Mini Series, #5 in the Sportsman Main Series, qualified for Team Milan in Pro, and WON at Division 3 Bracket Finals in Sportsman. When I say it was risky to end up next to him, I mean it. He had an EXCELLENT season. This Fall Mini Series Sportsman Championship only proved what we already knew: Johnnie Cook was on FIRE. It was no easy feat for him though as the main series Sportsman champion, Greg McCurry, was on his tail only 21 points out in 3rd place coming into our final race. Only 10 points behind Cook in 2nd place was Nathan Long who made his mark on the Sportsman class during this mini series. Ultimately, Cook's solid performance had him in that top spot coming into the final race so he locked in that championship today. There is something to be said about a strong beginning and middle, especially when at the end the weather gets so risky for this sport. 

Congratulations to Johnnie Cook on this championship and what I consider to be an excellent season of racing!

 

Fleet Doctor Fall Mini Series Super Pro Motorcycle Champion

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Mother Nature has spoken, she decided our champions for the Fleet Doctor Fall Mini Series Bracket Program today when she gave us rainy weather that won't allow us to run our final race of the series. 

Below we discuss the Super Pro Motorcycle Championship:

Race #4 was an important race for Joe Novak Sr as him and Ron Raymond were tied for points going into it. A bad day for Ron and a decent day for Joe Sr sent him to the top of the list. There was no clear champion coming into this final race as the Top 3 all had a real shot at the title. Ultimately, a good Mini Series showing and Mother Nature determined that Joe Novak Sr would again be our Fall Mini Series Super Pro Motorcycle Champion with son Joe Novak Jr. right behind him in 2nd place for a second year in a row. The two Novaks and Ron Raymond filled the Top 3 positions in both of our Super Pro Motorcycle series this season. These are some EXCELLENT riders!

Congratulations to Joe Novak Sr on another championship this season!

Fleet Doctor Fall Mini Series Super Pro Champion

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Mother Nature has spoken, she decided our champions for the Fleet Doctor Fall Mini Series Bracket Program today when she gave us rainy weather that won't allow us to run our final race of the series. 

Below we discuss the Insurance Man Steve Smith Super Pro Championship:

Insurance Man Super Pro resulted in back-to-back Fall Mini Series Championships for Will Crawford. The lead spot was grabbed by Crawford after his runner up finish in the 3rd race of the series and he wasn't planning on letting it go at race #4 where he made it down to 5 cars before that day's winner, Ricky Adkins, took him out. A solid performance by Amy Kirchen made Crawford put in some work to snatch the top spot from her at that 3rd race. This may be a different Kirchen this year, but this is the second year Crawford took the mini series with a Kirchen right behind him as Richard Kirchen tied for the second place slot last year with Jack Kassin.

Congratulations to Will on your back-to-back championships! Something notable here is that Crawford finished in #2 in our main points series, #1 in our mini series, and #3 in Amsoil Open Comp. Not a bad year when your worst series finish is 3rd place.

Fleet Doctor Fall Mini Series Pro Champion

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Mother Nature has spoken, she decided our champions for the Fleet Doctor Fall Mini Series Bracket Program today when she gave us rainy weather that won't allow us to run our final race of the series. 

Below we discuss the Masta Performance Pro Championship:

Jerry Lendzion took home the race win in Masta Performance Pro last Sunday (10/8) that catapulted him to a pretty solid lead in the points series over David Mullins who had been going lots of rounds for the past month or so and had found his way to the #1 slot after winning race #2 and going 4 round at #3. Unfortunately for Mullins, a bad day for him (2nd round loss) and a great day for Lendzion (class win) at what turned out to be the final race let Lendzion get quite the lead over 2nd place finisher Mullins! One racer said, "Jerry really came out of nowhere in this series!!"

Congratulations to Jerry Lendzion on a race win last Sunday and a championship this Sunday! What a way to end the season!

TEAM MILAN WINS DIVISION AND TWO CLASS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Milan Dragway sent their team to Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis to take part in the NHRA Division 3 ET Bracket Finals competition. The event is a competition among 16 tracks in the division and about 600 racers with four main classes of racing to win. Each track can bring a 38 person team; they’re always stacked with their best drivers. This event is like the Super Bowl for bracket racers. Many drivers never even dream they could win this competition.

 

This year, Team Milan took the event by storm as Carl Keil of Rossford, Ohio became the NHRA Division 3 Super Pro Champion and Johnnie Cook from Howell, MI the NHRA Division 3 Sportsman Champion. These two drivers will advance on to Pomona, California to race against the eight toughest competitors from around the country. They will face off in each of these classes from November 10-12 for the ultimate honor, the National Championship. Although these other competitors are tough, Keil and Cook are forces to be reckoned with themselves.

 

Not only did Keil and Cook win their classes, but they were enormously helpful in Team Milan clinching the title of NHRA Division 3 Team Champion. Milan Dragway was honored to bring this title home as they have not since 2009. The champion drivers didn’t snag this final title on their own though as we saw Joe Novak Sr. of Carleton, MI make it down to the final 3 bikes in Super Pro Motorcycle. David Mullins, Milan, MI, made it through 5 of 8 rounds of competition in Pro.

 

Cook may have been the champion of Sportsman, but all of the Sportsman racers performed exceptionally and contributed half of the team points to the team championship total alone. 

 

Team Milan Competitors and points contributed to the total:

Pro: Jason Proffitt Brownstown, MI, Greg McCurry South Lyon, MI, John Simone Amherstburg, Ontario, Wes Buckley Rossford, OH (1), Johnnie Cook Howell, MI, Bryan Panasiewicz Southfield, MI (1), Sue Campbell Belleville, MI (1), AJ Owen Milan, MI, Dustin Loynes Byron, MI, Andy Kasienc Saint Clair Shores, MI (1), Joe Mabelitini Romulus, MI, David Mullins Milan, MI (4), Lucas Buckley Rossford, OH, Rick Buyck Belleville, MI

Super Pro: Carl Keil Rossford, OH (8), Will Crawford Westland, MI (1), Tim Buckley Rossford, OH (2014 and 2016 NHRA Div 3 Super Pro Champion), Jack Kassin Saint Clair Shoes, MI (1), Dave Degregorio Coldwater, MI, Kendallyn Jacobs Toledo, OH (2), Josh Kull Wayne, MI, David Freeland Findlay, OH, Dr. Don Restauri Jr. Howell, MI, Greg Koesel Monroe, MI

Super Pro Motorcycle: Joe Novak Sr. Carleton, MI (4)

Sportsman: Greg McCurry South Lyon, MI (1), Codie Balcom Maybee, MI, Johnnie Cook Howell, MI (8), Marlon Howes Livonia, MI (1, 2016 NHRA Div 3 Sportsman Champion), Kevin Assad Elmore, OH (1), Brandon Bennett Perrysburg, OH, Scott Fennell Swanton, OH (2), Anthony Gabriel Maybee, MI (3), Eric Beauch Temperance, MI (1), Jason Prater Toledo, OH (1), Chris Klein Brownstown, MI (3), Josh Morgan Lambertville, MI (3), Tyler Nelkin West Bloomfield, MI (3)

Fleet Doctor Fall Mini Series Bracket Race #2 Results

It was an incredibly tough day of competition today for the Fleet Doctor Fall Mini Bracket Points Series Race #2. The 38 members of Team Milan were on their game as they prepare for the toughest competition of their season at Bracket Finals in Indy next weekend. The rest of our bracket racers weren’t going to let them steal all the round wins today though and were sure to keep them on their toes. 

In Super Pro Motorcycle, Ron Raymond raced his way to the win over Joe Novak Jr in the final round. Raymond was .004 to Novak’s .017 then ran a 8.505 on his 8.47 dial while Novak Jr ran a 8.731 on his 8.69 dial. The final round wasn’t the only place we saw tough competition as Jeff Cada and Mary Spitler didn’t make it easy for Raymond and Novak Jr to make it to the final round. 

Darrell Ciaravino took the win over Kevin Assad in McCormack Racing Sportsman when he was .006 off the line then ran 12.200 on his 12.16 dial. Assad wasn’t letting Ciaravino have it easy as he was .034 then ran 11.998 on his 11.97 dial. Donnie Hagar was taken down by Kevin Assad in the semi-finals while Ciaravino met up with Jeff Kulik.

Cody Heidt got it done in Insurance Man Super Pro when he lined up with Dave Heller. After Heidt left the line, Heller who has been deadly on the tree this weekend went -.003 red. Heidt was ready for a race though as he left with an .017 then ran a 6.284 on his 6.28 dial. Before taking the final round win, Heidt took out Jeff Smith in the semi-final round.

Masta Performance Pro saw David Mullins take home the win when he cut a perfect light .000 then ran a 10.391 on his 10.37 dial while Donnie Hagar went through at a 13.475 on his 13.46 dial after leaving the line with an .025. Tyler Borman and Larry Pawluck were who Mullins and Hagar had to make it past in the semi-finals.

Check out the points standings here:
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Fleet Doctor Bracket Points Race #11

With only one race left in the Fleet Doctor Bracket Points Series, we already know who two of our champions are barring any insane (unrealistic) circumstances. So, we want to congratulate Carl Keil on winning Insurance Man Super Pro for the second year in a row and Joe Novak Sr for adding another Super Pro Motorcycle championship to his many. 

At Sunday, August 13th’s race, Matt Cornell took the win in Insurance Man Super Pro over the Insurance Man himself Steve Smith. A red light start for Smith gave Cornell the win. Cornell made his way to the final by beating, now, two-time class champion Carl Keil. Cornell was .007 to Keil’s .015. Then ran a 6.575 on his 6.57 dial while Keil ran 4.947 on his 4.94. Uncharacteristic first round losses for the 2-4th place points members paved the way for Keil’s championship, though, he still had to put in work to take advantage of that opening. 

Joe Novak Sr. took the win against Bill Stetz in the Super Pro Motorcycle final. An .046 for Novak to Stetz’s .058 helped Novak off the line then he ran a 8.412 on his 8.39 dial while Stetz finished by breaking out by .005. Ron Raymond locked himself in at a second place points finish by making it to the semi-finals in Sunday’s race. 

Dustin Loynes, whose wife and daughter proved to be his good luck charms, took the win in Masta Performance Pro over AJ Owen. Loynes’ .007 light set him up for success as Owen left with a .031. We saw AJ breakout running a 10.594 on his 10.62 dial while Loynes went through at 9.717 on his 9.67. Loynes best package of the day was against Warren Smith in the semi-finals when he was .004 and ran dead on with a 0 for a .004 package. He needed it as Smith was no duck with his .009 light and running 8.828 on his 8.82 dial. 

Bill Morand took out Johnnie Cook in the final round of McCormack Racing Sportsman. The runner up finish did put Johnnie Cook within reach of the championship though. Morand was .033 to Cook’s .060 to earn the win over Cook on a double breakout. 

Looking at the points standing for Sportsman and Pro is interesting as we have one person who could very realistically become champion in BOTH classes. Aside from Greg McCurry being within reach of both of these, we have two other drivers (Marlon Howes and Johnnie Cook) who it would take a little more luck, fate, and work but are still in the running for both. 

The final Fleet Doctor Bracket Points Race is this upcoming Sunday, August 20th, we are very excited to watch the race play out and see who will become our Masta Performance Pro Champion and McCormack Racing Sportsman Champion, as well as, name our team for the NHRA Division 3 Bracket Finals team in September.