Coming into last weekend’s Muscle Car Shootout at Brainerd International Raceway, Jake Delmonico hadn’t lost a Muscle Car Series race since the 2012 Shootout, when he lost in the semifinals. He was well on his way to sweeping the Outlaw Class again this year until he ran up against Bubba Romanyskyn in Sunday’s finals.
Romanyskyn ended Delmonico’s winning streak with a blistering 206 mph pass for his first win at BIR. Delmonico beat Romanyskyn off the starting line by 1/10th of a second but couldn’t hold off Romanyskyn and his 1967 Camaro, which caught him at the eighth-mile and finished strong with a time of 7.000 seconds and 206.64 mph. Delmonico’s time was 7.415 seconds and 184.25 mph.
“It cost me a piston at the end of the run but I’ve got all winter to work that out,” Romanyskyn said. “He killed me on the tree (starting line) but I caught him at the eighth. It was a great race.”
This is Romanyskyn’s first year racing at BIR. He earned his way to the finals of the Street Car Showdown Memorial Day weekend where he would’ve faced Delmonico again, but he had car problems and couldn’t make it to the starting line, handing the win to Delmonico. There’s a good chance the Outlaw Class will be seeing more of Romanyskyn next year, he said.
The race was part of the grand finale of the three-race Muscle Car Series on the drag strip, which will determine series champions in most of the classes. Those will be announced later this week. The Muscle Car Shootout also included the debut of the Pirelli World Challenge on BIR’s 2.5-mile Competition Road Course as well as the Trans Am Series and the SCCA Jack Pine Sprints.
In Pro Outlaw, Rick Schmidt was a repeat winner after beating defending Pro Outlaw Champion Bill Krech in spectacular fashion. Schmidt won the last Muscle Car Series event, the PleasureLand RV Show & Go, and is on his way to de-throning Krech for the series championship.
Krech was off the starting line first with a reaction time of .058 seconds compared to Schmidt’s .148 seconds but Schmidt and his 2011 Mustang ran down Krech and his 1969 Camaro, sneaking by him at the finish line with a time of 6.455 seconds at 215.07 mph. Krech’s time was 6.595 seconds at 209.62 mph.
The King Street Class may have a new champion this year after Mike Sterling beat Chris Orr in the finals for his second series win of the year. Orr was the No. 1 qualifier and Sterling was No. 2, setting up for a finals that would be a real slug fest. But Orr’s car broke on the final pass, handing Sterling the win.
“We’re fortunate to pull these wins off,” Sterling said. “We counted seven cars in our class that are capable of running in the 7s (seconds) so there’s a lot of really fast, nice cars in King Street. Our secret is always the same: Keep it consistent and go from A to B every pass.”
Sterling’s car is one of the only naturally aspirated cars in 24-car King Street field, but he’s determined to run 7 seconds – and keep winning.
Ian McNiven made it back to the Winner’s Circle Sunday with a win in the Real Street Unlimited finals. He won the class during the Street Car Showdown and proved that he had the fastest car in the class last weekend by entering the elimination rounds as the No. 1 qualifier. In the finals, he faced off against Mark Nolin. Driving a 1988 Mustang, McNiven beat Mark Nolin with a time of 8.738 seconds and 154.62 mph. Nolin’s time was 9.440 seconds and 143.14 mph.
In Real Street Natural, Tim Acker posted his first series win of the season by beating the No. 1 qualifier, Matt Sathre, in the finals. Acker and his 1971 Mustang ran 9.207 seconds and 146.26 mph. Sathre’s time was 8.630 seconds and 143.08 mph but Sathre had troubles at the starting line, with a .716-second reaction time.
Todd Malik continues to dominate the True Street class, which featured 16 cars last weekend. He had a three-race series winning streak going before losing in the finals of the Show & Go. Last weekend, he was the No. 1 qualifier and showed why, beating Jason Nelson in the finals with a time of 9.415 seconds and 149.75 mph. Nelson was slow getting off the starting line but still made a great race of it with a time of 9.461 seconds and 150.70 mph.
In the 660 Outlaw Street Class, Lucas Mlinar was the No. 1 qualifier and beat David Senderhauf in the finals when Senderhauf’s car broke.
Finals: Rick Schmidt of Dickinson, N.D. def. Bill Krech of Inver Grove Heights
Semifinals: Schmidt def. Trent Larson of Farmington; Krech def. Lee Loew of Darvin
Finals: Bubba Romanyskyn of Belfield, N.D. def. Jake Delmonico of St. Paul Park
Semifinals: Romanyskyn had a bye; Delmonico def. Warren Peterson of Duluth
Finals: Mike Sterling of Oak Grove def. Chris Orr of Superior, Wis.
Semifinals: Sterling def. Dave Sash of Duluth; Orr had a bye
Real Street Unlimited
Finals: Ian McNiven of East Selkirk, Manitoba def. Marc Nolin of Tourond, Manitoba
Semifinals: McNiven def. Jesse Krause of Duluth; Nolin def. Duane Godbout of Cloquet
Real Street Natural
Finals: Tim Acker of White Bear Lake def. Matt Sathre of Brooklyn Park
Semifinals: Acker def. Kelly Rutz of Randall; Sathre had a bye
Finals: Todd Malik of Andover def. Jason Nelson of Champlin
Semifinals: Malik def. Dave Hodgman of Ramsey; Nelson def. Jason Bergeson of Cottage Grove
660 Outlaw Street
Finals: Lucas Mlinar of East St. Paul, Manitoba def. David Senderhauf of Zimmerman
Semifinals: Mlinar def. Richard Brown of Waterville; Senderhauf had a bye
Index Class Champion
Finals: Jon Kelly of Newport def. Reid Watson of Laport
Semifinals: Kelly def. Scott Turner of Andover; Watson had a bye
Strip Eliminator 1
Finals: Brandon Panning of Norwood def. Roger Peterson of Menahga
Semifinals: Panning had a bye; Peterson def. Luke Arendts of Dalbo
Strip Eliminator 2
Finals: Lee Purdham of Deerwood def. Guy Stengel of Blaine
Semifinals: Purdham had a bye; Stengel def. Jeff Lundeen of Buffalo
Strip Eliminator 3
Finals: Gary Tesar of Medina def. Jagger Hoffman of Lafayette
Semifinals: Tesar had a bye; Hoffman def. Andrew Rasmusson of Grand Rapids
Finals: Chad Cramble of Fridley def. Justin Olafson of Park Rapids
Semifinals: Cramble had a bye; Olafson def. Bob Peterson of Roseville
Finals: Keith Sand of Cambridge def. Chuck Hoppe of North Branch
Semifinals: Sand had a bye; Hoppe def. Keith Kuss of Zimmerman
Finals: Austin Siemers of Milaca def. Pat Huebner of Bloomington
Semifinals: Siemers def. Gerald Cook of Mora; Huebner def. Jody Monty of Thunder Bay, Ontario
Finals: Scott Turner of Andover def. Kevin Sand of Cambridge
Semifinals: Turner def. Eric Baker of Browerville; Sand had a bye
Finals: Jon Kelly of Newport def. Mike Hammerstrom of Bemidji
Semifinals: Kelly had a bye; Hammerstrom def. Larry Curtis of Bethel
Finals: Russ Storms of Cologne def. Pete Hoffmann of New Ulm
Semifinals: Storms def. Charlie Odden of Pine Center; Hoffmann had a bye
Finals: Zach Stengel of Blaine def. Doug Brown of Waterville
Semifinals: Stengel def. Jeff Ellis of Duluth; Brown def. Don Fotti of Winnipeg, Manitoba
Finals: Gary Olson of Sartell def. Steve Elzy of Lindstrom
Semifinals: Olson def. Robb Johnson of New Prague; Elzy had a bye
Finals: Reid Watson of Laporte def. Jim Carlson of Minneapolis
Semifinals: Watson def. Kevin Hemenway of Park Rapids; Carlson def. Bruce Morley of Brainerd
Finals: Jesse Backstrom of Grand Marais def. Lonnie Ellenson of Park Rapids
Semifinals: Backstrom def. Aaron Hall of Rogers; Ellenson def. Nicole Nelson of Norwood-Young America
Finals: Nathan Olson of Sartell def. KC Brager of Pillager
Finals: Gary Tesar of Medina def. Mike Simons of Pine City
Semifinals: Tesar def. Jessica Purdham of Albertville; Simons def. Travis Brekken of Crookston