Kevin Sand is officially the hottest drag racer in Brainerd International Raceway’s Muscle Car Series.
During last weekend’s Street Car Showdown – the first race in the three-race Muscle Car Series – Sand drove his 1983 Olds Cierra to wins in the Strip Eliminator 1 and 10.00 Index classes and then won the Index Class Champion by beating the nine other Index class winners. He won 12 straight races during Sunday’s elimination rounds, collecting an armload of trophies and plaques in the Winner’s Circle, and heading into the next series race as “the guy to beat.”
“I was super stoked,” Sand said of his final win. “My dad was smiling and I had a smile from ear to ear.”
Sand and the other drivers almost didn’t get a chance to finish the race. Rain continually interrupted racing Sunday, but the BIR track crew was able to scramble late afternoon to dry the track for the remaining pairings. Sand was in the last pair of cars to race – at 9:06 p.m. It was for the Strip Eliminator 1 title and the finish to a great day of racing for the Cambridge driver.
What makes Sand’s finish even more impressive is that he did the same thing last year during the GSTA Muscle Car Shootout on Labor Day weekend, which is the series’ finale. He won 14 straight races to earn the same three titles. In fact, the last time he lost a series race was July 3 during the 2016 PleasureLand RV Show & Go, when he lost in the finals of all three classes.
The Street Car Showdown also featured the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) on BIR’s Competition Road Course for the Harvey West Memorial Day Classic.
Back on the drag strip, Rick Schmidt ended Ray Fuchs’ three-race win streak in the Outlaw Pro Mod class. Schmidt’s 2011 Mustang was by far the fastest car on the track last weekend, in any class. He qualified first with a time of 6.261 seconds at 234.90 mph, which could be a series record. He beat Fuchs in the finals when Fuchs fouled at the starting line.
Bubba Romanyshyn has his 1967 Camaro flying down the drag strip, which should make the drivers in the Outlaw class nervous this year. He qualified first with a time of 6.780 seconds at 220.69 mph and then beat Todd Mueller in the finals when Mueller fouled at the starting line.
Brian Mahnke has his own streak going when he won the King Street class. He also won the class during the GSTA Muscle Car Shootout last year, making it two in a row. He beat Jake Waste in the finals with a run of 8.056 seconds and 180.52 mph. Waste ran 8.182 seconds and 166.50 mph.
In Real Street Natural, Robert Wilczek kept his winning streak alive with a win over Bob Wallin in the finals. Wilczek hasn’t lost since the 2015 GSTA Muscle Car Shootout, having swept the class last year. He ran 9.283 seconds and 142.87 mph in his 1969 Mustang to beat Wallin, who posted a run of 9.569 seconds and 141.15 mph.
Below are the finals for each class. Click here to view the standings for each class.
The next Muscle Car Series race is June 30-July 2 during the 31st Annual PleasureLand RV Show & Go,
which also includes two 100-mile races on the road course by the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli. The SCCA is on the road course as well, and the event includes fireworks, live music, a classic car show and more.
Outlaw Pro Mod
Finals: Rick Schmidt of Dickinson, N.D. def. Ray Fuchs of Bowman, N.D.
Finals: Bubba Romanyshyn of Belfield, N.D. def. Todd Mueller of Ham Lake
Finals: Brian Mahnke of Proctor def. Jake Waste of Loretto
Real Street Unlimited
Finals: Jason Nelson of Champlin def. Duane Godbout of Cloquet
Real Street Natural
Finals: Robert Wilczek of Little Falls def. Bob Wallin of Superior, Wis.
Finals: Zach Novak of Sauk Rapids def. Todd Malik of Coon Rapids
660 Outlaw Street
Finals: Chris Gullickson of North Branch def. Brian Carpenter of Forest Lake
Strip Eliminator 1
Finals: Kevin Sand of Cambridge def. Brian Peterson of Park Rapids
Strip Eliminator 2
Finals: Tony Scheunemann of Champlin def. Dean Markuson of Pequot Lakes
Strip Eliminator 3
Finals: Kurt Lotis of Merrifield def. Andrew Novak of Foley
Finals Taylor Tesar of Medina def. Dan Huttsten of Becker
Manual TransmissionFinals: Kelly Rutz of Randall def. Mike Newman of Little Falls
Index Class Champion
Finals: Kevin Sand of Cambridge def. Karl Eckardt of Pequot Lakes
Finals: Austin Siemers of Milaca def. Greg Bednar of Mapleton
Finals: Kevin Sand of Cambridge def. Joe Marudas of Milaca
Finals: Mike Hammerstrom of Bemidji def. Mark Angier of Waconia
11.00 IndexFinals: David Brostrom of Mora def. Dan Boyce of Minnetonka
Finals: Karl Eckardt of Pequot Lakes def. Zach Stengel of Blaine
Finals: Jeff Purdham of St. Michael def. Jerry Eischeus of Park Rapids
Finals: Gary Olson of Sartell def. Bobbi Halverson of Cook
Finals: Jesse Backstrom of Grand Marais def. Cole Scofield of Little Falls
Finals: Ryan Hansen of Esko def. Shannon Halverson of Cook
Finals: Steve Enberg of Winstead def. John Peterson of St. Michael