MARTIN, Mich. - US 131 Motorsports Park repeated as champions at the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Division 5 (Thunder) Team Finals held over the weekend at their home facility.
US 131 captured the team title 51-38 over Muncie Dragway which finished runner-up for a second straight year. The competition included some of the most iconic tracks in the Midwest and Canada.
Other tracks who participated were: Bunker Hill Dragstrip, Central Illinois Dragway, Cordova International Raceway, Eddyville Raceway Park, Grand Bend Motorplex, Great Lakes Dragaway, Mid-Michigan Motorplex, Onawa Racing and Events Complex, Osecola Dragway, St. Thomas Raceway Park, Ubly Dragstrip, US 41 Motorplex and Wisconsin International Raceway
Leading up to the main event, racers participated in Gambler's races and "best of" awards.
Mod Donnie Hagar (US 131) had both the faster reaction time at .022 and matched his 6.40 dial-in on a 107.14 mph run. Rich Perdue (Ubly) was runner-up with a 6.02 second pass at 113.32 mph against a 6.03 dial-in.
Street Steve Mesik (US 131) won with a .025 reaction time as Jordan Wilhelm (Muncie) red-lighted. Mesik had an 8.21-second run at 80.73 mph against an 8.20 dial-in. Wilhelm went down the track in 7.47 seconds at 90.05 mph against an 7.50 dial-in.
Junior Dragster Evan Mulcher (US 131) had a .038 reaction time and added a 9.10-second pass at 69.09 mph. Mason Osborne (Great Lakes) finished runner-up with an 8.03-second run at 77.21 mph along with a .090 reaction time.
Friday's Gambler's Race Top - Steve Riggins (Muncie) 7.06 on a 7.03 dial-in, .040 reaction time defeated Todd Strefling (Osecola), 4.94 on a 4.95 dial-in, .050 reaction time.
Mod - Stan Jones Jr. (US 131) 5.97 on a 5.99 dial-in, -.005 reaction time defeated Nathan Schroeder (Cordova) 6.06 on a 6.07 dial-in, -.009 reaction time.
Junior - Mason Osborne (Great Lakes) 8.09 on an 7.97 dial-in, .021 reaction time defeated Peyton Gortney (Osecola) 7.93 on a 7.92 dial-in, -.082 reaction time.
Sunday's Gambler's Race
Mod - Jordan Wilhelm of Delphos, Ohio 6.77on a 6.76 dial-in, .001 reaction time defeated Donnie Hagar of Clark Lake, Mich., 6.42 on a 6.41 dial-in, .032 reaction time.
Junior - Kenzie Lieferman of Comanche, Iowa 7.99 on an 8.00 dial-in, .206 reaction time defeated Tyler Howard of Battle Creek, Mich., 8.91 on an 8.90 dial-in, -.101 reaction time.
Special Awards Best Appearing Open Bodied Car - Joe Bauman, Mid-Michigan Motorplex Best Engineered Open Bodied Car - Don Speer, Cordova International Raceway Best Appearing Full Bodied Car - Rex Ambrose, Bunker Hill Dragstrip Best Engineered Full Bodied Car - Jeff Kirkpatrick, Muncie Dragway Best Appearing Junior Dragster - Kyla Feit, Great Lakes Dragaway Best Engineered Junior Dragster - Corbin Dittenber, Mid-Michigan Motorplex Best Appearing Motorcycle - Calvin Hill, Osecola Dragway Best Engineered Motorcycle - Josie Brooks, Grand Bend Motorplex Best Team Spirit - Mid-Michigan Motorplex Best Appearing Sponsor Banner - St. Thomas Raceway Best Appearing Grandstands - Muncie Dragway Best Appearing Team - US 131 Motorsports Park SSS Track of the Year - Bunker Hill Dragway Team Standings 1. US 131 Motorsports Park 51 2. Muncie Dragway 38 3. Mid-Michigan Motorplex 34 4. US 131 (Team 2) 33 5. Muncie (Team 2) 30 6. Cordova International Raceway 29 7. Great Lakes Dragaway 24 8. Grand Bend Motorplex 21 9. Osecola (Team 2) 19 10. Mid-Michigan (Team 2) 19 11. Grand Bend (Team 2) 18 12. St. Thomas Raceway Park 17 13. Osceola Dragway 14 14. US 41 Motorplex 13 15. Ubly Dragway 10 16. Bunker Hill (Team 2) 10 17. Bunker Hill Dragstrip 10 18. Wisconsin International Raceway 9 19. US 41 (Team 2) 3 20. Central Illinois Dragway 2 21. St. Thomas (Team 2) 2 22. Onawa Racing and Events Complex 1 23. Eddyville Raceway Park 0