2019 Super Pro National Champion, Mikie Sturgill is in the DragChamp Racer Spotlight.
Mikie Sturgill is this week’s Racer Spotlight. After being introduced to the sport with his family, who’s been racing since the 70’s, Mikie has made his mark in the bracket racing world.
Recently, Mikie made his second trek out to Pomona, California, but this time he had a different outcome. Sturgill first made the trip in 2018 where he suffered a -.001 red light and his dreams of winning a national championship were over, or so he thought.
Fast forward to 2019, Sturgill found himself in the winner’s circle again at Indy with the Race of Champions trophy in his hands. He was headed to Pomona for the second year in a row.
“Having the opportunity to get a chance of redemption after last year was almost like it was meant to be,” Sturgill stated. “But we all know with racing, that isn’t how it works.”
During the chip draw before first round, Sturgill managed to pull the slowest car on the property for first round. Luckily, he managed the difference and was onto the next round.
In the finals, he was paired up with his long-time friend, Dave Meziere. Oddly enough, a couple of weeks prior to the race, Mikie shared a phone call with Dave’s son, Zack, and they jokingly talked about how cool it would be if they ended up in the finals together.
“After Dave turned it red, I had a party for about 1320 feet and even hopped on the jog a time or two.”
Mikie Sturgill came back for redemption with one goal on his mind: take home the trophy. And he did just that.
Learn more about Mikie Sturgill in the following Q&A.
DragChamp Racer Spotlight with Mikie Sturgill
How long have you been racing?
How did you get introduced to the sport?
My family has been racing since the 70’s.
Which class or classes do you compete in? Where do you normally race?
Super Pro/Box/Top depending on what part of the country you live in and I’ve dabbled in Super Comp and Super Street.
Tell us about your current race car. How long have you owned it, chassis builder, engine, drivetrain, how fast does it run, etc.?
2015 McIlvain named “Brusier.” I had the group at McIlvain Race Cars build it brand new between 2014-2015 with it hitting the track in June 2015. The engine is just a “run of the mill” Big Block Chevy. Everything in there is a shelf stocked part. The car can run 4.70s-4.80s @ 144mph.
Please list your major racing accomplishments.
- 2019 Super Pro National Championship
- 2018 & 2019 D3 Race of Champions Winner
- 2018 D3 Super Pro Divisional Champion
- 10K winner at 10 Grand Nationals
- 10K winner at the Ultimate 64
- 8K winner at the Ultimate 64 Shootout
- 2018 & 2019 Kilkare Dragway Super Pro Track Champion
What’s on your bucket list, future goals, what do you hope to achieve?
Next up on my bucket list is to collect a “Happy Gilmore” check for 20k+.
What is your favorite race car, and why?
My favorite race car must be either my dragster or dad’s Camaro. They are what I feel the most comfortable in and put all my time and effort into.
Who has made the biggest impact on your racing success?
My father, hands down. Racing is what we do together. Whether it’s in the garage working on the cars or at the race track it’s always been something we have to spend together doing.
Tell us what you do for a living?
Currently I am a production planner at a company called Nuvasive. We specialize in the manufacturing of spinal implants.
How do you support your racing, side hustle, sponsor, partner, etc.?
My racing is mostly supported by my wallet… sometimes mom’s when dad isn’t paying attention.
Who do you hate to see in the other lane, and why?
There’s another lane with someone in it? For the most part I focus on making the run I want to make without getting caught up in someone else game or theory. However, seeing Jason Lynch next to me is always fun, I think the handful of times we’ve ran the MOV added together is less than .005
What’s the hardest part of drag racing?
For me it’s either one or two things. It’s either working full-time plus keeping up with both race cars or it’s funding. That’s why, for the most part, I race locally. If I have a good weekend there, I’ll forward that money towards a big dollar race.
What’s your most embarrassing moment in a race car?
I don’t think I have many major embarrassments, I mean most of us have been dropped on our noggin pretty hard before..
Do you love to win or hate to lose?
I hate to lose. I’m very hard on myself when I mess up but on the upside, I think that’s what keeps me competitive and striving to always be better than I was yesterday.
What motivates you to continue racing?
My biggest motivation is always wanting to do better. Wanting to lay down better runs more consistently and my dad. Seeing him and how excited he is after a final round win at the race track is priceless.
If money were no object, what would your racing operation look like?
If money were no object I’d definitely have a big toterhome and a stacker. After driving Dean and Amber Mcilvain’s toterhome to Pomona with a stacker behind it and it handling/driving like a dream, it definitely seems the way to go! I’d also probably add another blue and black Mcilvain Dragster to the fleet and continue on with my current ride and the camaro.
How often do you use a practice tree?
Rarely, and to be honest I bought a house back in April and I couldn’t even tell you where it is, haha!
What is your daily driver?
I drive an old beat up Chevy S-10 with a 4 cylinder 5 speed. It’s bought, paid for, and still drives okay from time to time!
What’s your favorite thing to eat?
Meat and potatoes!!
Who would you like to thank, who helps you the most?
First off I have to thank my parents, they’ve helped me get to where I am today and they continue to help drive me further. I couldn’t forget Chelsie either, she puts up with me being in the garage constantly and doesn’t bat an eye about it and even helps me if she can.
- Mcilvain Race Cars
- Performance Clinic Race Engines
- Moser Engineering
- Bazzel Race Fuels
- Southland Flooring Supplies
- RB Designs
- Cased Insanity
- Meziere Enterprises
- Kilkare Dragway
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About the author: Megan Strassweg is a 22 year old Super Comp racer from Louisville, Kentucky. She races a 2015 American Dragster sponsored by Coolshirt Systems. She graduated from Western Kentucky University in May of 2020 with a degree in Photojournalism and a minor in Entrepreneurship. Megan works at Jim Butner Auto in the Finance Department. Growing up at the racetrack, drag racing is all she has known and never plans to give up on it.