CANCELLED: Rocky's Rental REMIX

So the weather app says it isn't raining. My eyes say it is. Today, Thursday, October 12th's Rocky's Rental is cancelled. #ButTheInternetSaid



See you all tomorrow for the Aeroquip Heads Up Season Finale REMIX. Spectator gates open at 2 PM.

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:
http://bit.ly/FleetDrMini2

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.

Fleet Doctor Bracket Points Race #10 Results

Wow. The racers in the Fleet Doctor Bracket Series are without a doubt some of the best bracket racers around. I found myself stopping what I was doing to really look at their numbers on the computer screen more than a few times as the day went on. When an .022 package isn’t getting it done for Justin Hardy because Dave Degregorio was .002 total or when that .014 package for someone in the left lane looked really good until I saw the right lane was .007. As I was finishing up the points standings at the end of the race day, I found that Greg McCurry who was sitting in second place in both Pro and Sportsman going into race #10 had taken over the points lead by ONE POINT in BOTH classes. If you line up next to him in either class, you better be prepared to put together a great package to win. He may have widened that points lead, but the heat of the day and all those rounds led to the car telling him it wanted to go home. This crew is already ready for Bracket Finals at Indy, in my opinion.

 

Masta Performance Pro saw Melvin Woods set himself up for the win off the starting line when he was .019 to William Swope’s .057 reaction time. Down track Swope broke out running a 9.828 on his 9.83 dial. Woods ran a 10.428 on his 10.40.

 

Carl Keil found his way to the Winners Circle and the points lead while borrowing Wes Buckley’s car since his dragster has been down the last couple weeks. Will Crawford lined up with Keil in the final round. Leaving first was Crawford, dialed in at 6.21, with a .008 light. Dialed in at 5.92, Keil left just after him with a perfect .000 light. At the 1/8 mile, Keil ran 5.937 for the win over Crawford’s 6.229. This runner up finish did help Will Crawford make a jump in the points into second place behind Carl.

 

Donnie Hagar made a jump into third place of the McCormack Racing Sportsman points standings with his win. 13.603 on his 13.58 dial with an .030 light was more than Donnie needed for the win. Brandon Bennett earned a runner up finish after a great day of racing. In the final round, Bennett was .084 then broke out by running 11.766 on his 11.79 dial.

 

Jason Drnach got it done in the Super Pro Motorcycle class over Mike Mullendore. Drnach left the line with an .019 light followed by Mullendore’s .022 reaction time. Down at the 1/4 mile, Drnach ran 8.797 on his 8.77 dial for the win while Mullendore ran a 8.351 on his 8.29 dial for the runner up finish.

 

Check out the full points standings at the link below!

http://bit.ly/Points10