Muscle Car Series ends in grand fashion

Jake Delmonico didn’t have the fastest car in the Outlaw Class Sunday during the grand finale of the three-race Muscle Car Series but it was fast enough to carry him to the Winner’s Circle to finish off a series sweep.

Jake Delmonico, Outlaw Class winner
Jake Delmonico, Outlaw Class winner

Driving his 1968 Camaro, Delmonico was as consistent as any other driver on the track last weekend, with a string of runs at 7.7 seconds and about 175 mph. He also had some good luck working in his favor when the fastest car in the Outlaw Class, a 1998 Firebird driven by Brian Carpenter, broke in the second round of eliminations. Carpenter was the No. 1 qualifier with the top speed of 1878.08 mph and low time of 7.385 seconds.

Without Carpenter in the mix, Delmonico raced his way to the finals where he disposed of Vern Laurin Jr. with a run of 7.749 seconds and 175.71 mph. Laurin ran 7.956 seconds and 170.97 mph. With that win, Delmonico finished the Muscle Car Series with three wins and a series crown.

The season finale of the Muscle Car Series was only part of the racing program last weekend during the 25th Annual Muscle Car Shootout. A perennial favorite among BIR’s fan base, the Shootout featured drag racing, road racing, a fireworks display, live music and a classic car show.

On BIR’s 2.5-mile Competition Road Course, 22 drivers in the Tran Am Series battled during a 40-lap, 100-mile showdown Sunday, with Doug Peterson taking the checkered flag after earning the pole position. The road course was also busy all weekend with the SCCA Jack Pine Sprints. Click here for results from the Tran Am Series race.

Back on the drag strip, the Pro Outlaw finals was a showdown between heavyweights Craig Braun, Bill Krech and Ray Fuchs, with the series championship up for grabs. Krech and Fuchs each have Pro Outlaw wins this season and were on top of the points standings. Braun was in third after missing the Street Car Showdown.

Craig Braun won Pro Outlaw.
Craig Braun won Pro Outlaw.

Braun entered eliminations as the No. 1 qualifier with the lowest time of 6.431 seconds but Krech owned the top speed of the weekend at 215.48 mph, which he posted in the semifinals.Fuchs fouled and broke in the semifinals against Braun, leaving Braun and Krech in the finals.

Krech beat Braun off the starting line but Braun’s ’68 Firebird was too quick for Krech and his ’69 Camaro. Braun caught him at the finish line with a run of 6.460 seconds and 211.30 mph. Krech ran 6.859 seconds and 202.27 mph.

The King Street Class played out like a broken record. Brian Mahnke won the class, just as he did in the other two series races, and claimed the series championship, just as he has done in the previous four seasons.

On Sunday, Mahnke and his ’72 Camaro was the No. 1 qualifier and faced off against Evan Boettcher and his ’68 Chevelle in the finals. Mahnke spotted Boettcher almost 3/10ths of a second off the starting line but squeaked out a win at the finish line with a time of 8.362 seconds and 167.78 mph. Boettcher finished with a time of 8.712 seconds and 154.40 mph.

Jim Ripley earned his second series win in the Real Street Unlimited Class. He won the Street Car Showdown and finished second in the Show & Go but outlasted the field Sunday with a win over Dennis Orr, who was the No. 1 qualifier with the best time of 8.123 seconds and top speed of 176.33 seconds. Orr handed Ripley the win, though, when he fouled at the starting line and his car broke.

The newest class in the series, 660 Outlaw Street, has proven to be the tightest and most competitive class, and Sunday was no exception. The class races on an eighth-mile track and has tire restrictions that evens the playing field. Lucas Minor entered eliminations as the No. 1 qualifier with the top speed of 163.55 mph. Nick Strohbeen had the best time with a 4.803-second pass, so it was no surprise that the two faced off in the finals. Driving an ’01 Trans Am, Minor was a hair quicker off the starting line and easily won with a time of 4.839 seconds and 157.48 mph. Strohbeen finished with 6.052 seconds and 86.45 mph.

The winners of the 10 Index Classes were paired up to determine the Index Class Champion. Bruce Morley, who won the 12.50 Index, earned his way to the finals, where he faced Mike Hammerstrom, the 10.50 Index winner. Morely was quicker off the starting line and took the win.

The winners of all the classes are listed below, along with those who advanced to the semifinals and finals. Click here to view the finals standings for each class.

Finals: Craig Braun of Hampton def. Bill Krech of Inver Grove Heights
Semifinals: Braun def. Ray Fuchs of Bowman, N.D.; Krech def. Dick Malik of Blaine

Finals: Jake Delmonico of St. Paul Park def. Vern Laurin Jr. of Duluth
Semifinals: Delmonico had a bye; Laurin def. Jason Rolow of Anoka

Finals: Brian Mahnke of Proctor def. Evan Boettcher of Andover
Semifinals: Mahnke def. Mike Sterling of Oak Grove; Boettcher had a bye

Finals: Jim Ripley of Duluth def. Dennis Orr of Superior, Wis.
Semifinals: Ripley def. Clint Gregerson of Grand Rapids; Orr def. Jad Carlson of Hermantown

Finals: Matt Sathre of Brooklyn Park def. Darrell Godbout of Carlton
Semifinals: Sathre def. Kelly Rutz of Randall; Godbout had a bye

Finals: Todd Malik of Andover def. Jason Nelson of Champlin
Semifinals: Malik had a bye; Nelson def. Andy Lehner of St. Paul Park

Finals: Lucas Minor of Winnipeg, Manitoba def. Nick Strohbeen of Roseville
Semifinals: Minor had a bye; Strohbeen def. Jim Frendt of Cottage Grove

Finals: Jesse Haugesag of Prior Lake def. Jeff Weston of Champlin
Semifinals: Haugesag had a bye; Weston def. Charlie Odden of Pine Center

Finals: Warren Anderson of Cambridge def. Dick Harnois of Brooklyn Park
Semifinals: Anderson def. Chris Carle of Virginia; Harnois had a bye

Finals: Kirk Leith of Prior Lake def. Gordon Hanson of Iron
Semifinals: Leith def. Lynne Wiita of Cloquet; Hanson def. Bob Ziebol of Princeton

Finals: Troy Anderson of St. Paul def. David Adams of Brooklyn Center
Semifinals: Anderson had a bye; Adams def. Jerry Jablonski of Duluth

Finals: Sheldon Lee of St. Peter def. Larry Jarosiewicz of Hugo
Semifinals: Lee had a bye; Jarosiewicz def. Marc Peters of Zimmerman

Finals: Bruce Morley of Brainerd def. Mike Hammerstrom of Bemidji
Semifinals: Morley had a bye; Hammerstrom def. Jesse Backstrom of Grand Marais

9.50 INDEX
Finals: Austin Siemers of Milaca def. Pat Huebner of Bloomington
Semifinals: Siemers def. Dave Sash of Duluth; Huebner def. Eric James of St. Cloud

10.00 INDEX
Finals: Kevin Sand of Cambridge def. Jeremy Doll of Richmond
Semifinals: Sand def. Eric Baker of Browerville; Doll def. Bruce Johnson of Duluth

10.50 INDEX
Finals: Mike Hammerstrom of Bemidji def. Kerry Hemenway of Park Rapids
Semifinals: Hammerstrom def. Dave Imgrund of Brainerd; Hemenway had a bye

11.00 INDEX
Finals: Jesse Haugesag of Prior Lake def. Mark Angier of Waconia
Semifinals: Haugesag def. Travis Larson of Rosemount; Angier had a bye

11.50 INDEX
Finals: Zach Stengel of Blaine def. Dave Vasseur of Rogers
Semifinals: Stengel def. Al Heinonen of Superior, Wis.; Vasseur def. Terry Drahosh of Aitkin

12.00 INDEX
Finals: Justin Iverson of Saginaw def. Gary Olson of Sartell
Semifinals: Iverson had a bye; Olson def. Ben Brooks of New Richmond, Wis.

12.50 INDEX
Finals: Bruce Morely of Brainerd def. Rick Gulbranson of Hermantown
Semifinals: Morely had a bye; Gulbranson def. Nicole Nelson of Norwood

13.00 INDEX
Finals: Jesse Backstrom of Grand Marais def. Craig Schneider of Viking
Semfinals: Backstrom def. Jim McFaul of Virginia; Schneider had a bye

13.50 INDEX
Finals: Gary Nelson of North Branch def. Natalie Laurin-Appleby of Duluth
Semifinals: Nelson had a bye; Laurin-Appleby def. Mike Twaddle of Virginia

14.00 INDEX
Finals: Gary Tesar of Medina def. Mike Simons of Pine Center
Semifinals: Tesar def. Frank Volk of Madison Lake; Simons def. Jessica Purdham of Albertville