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Aretakis Dominates 29th Annual World Super Pro Challenge

Aretakis Jr. wins Thursday’s $10K & Saturday’s $55K; Barker captures Friday’s $10K win at the Todd’s Extreme Paint 29th Annual World Super Pro Challenge at Mid Michigan Motorplex.

Write-up & photos provided by Mid Michigan Motorplex.

STANTON, MI- Mid Michigan Motorplex roared to life this past weekend, August 4-7, 2022 with the Todd’s Extreme Paint 29th Annual World Super Pro Challenge. The event originally was to feature three $10,000-to-win races and one $50,000 main event on Saturday. With rain in the forecast on Sunday, Saturday & Sunday’s purses were combined to $55,000 and was contested on Saturday.

In addition, there were also numerous Gamblers Races, shootouts and a “FREE” $2,000-to-win McCarty Auto Parts Racer Appreciation Gambler Race which was made up of random drawings of sixteen weekend entries.

Full results below!

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Thursday $10K

Thursday Kicked off the OG $50k 29th Annual World Super Pro Challenge with a Digital Delay $10,000-to-win race along with three Gamblers Races at the end of the day.

In the 1/4 final, Jimmy Fancisco received the bye, Chase Mckay in his Camaro matched up with Staci Jones in her dragster. McKay was .023 6.518 on a 6.50 to come up short as Jones was .011 5.164 on a 5.15. Darren McChesney defeated Mike Fuqua when Fuqua was under his 4.55 dial. In the final pair Jim Hamilton faced Tom Aretakis Jr. Although Aretakis was behind on the tree, Hamilton brokeout with a 4.586 on his 4.59 to hand the win to Aretakis.

Jake Foster, Thursday No Box 32 Winner
Jake Foster, Thursday No Box 32 Winner

In the Semis, Aretakis defeated Francisco with a 6.440 on his 6.43, and Francisco was dead on his 5.64 but was behind at the tree. McChesney turned it red handing the win to Jones to advance to the final.

In the final, Jones had a .003 starting line advantage but went 5.165 on her 5.14 while Aretakis went 6.445 on his 6.43 to pick up his first win of the weekend.

Tom Aretakis Jr, Thursday $10K Winner
Tom Aretakis Jr, Thursday $10K Winner

Thursday Gamblers Races

After the $10k final was run, three 16-car Gamblers Races were contested. Blake Fuqua picked up the $2000 Dragster win over Collin Estes. Scott Taylor picked up the Doorcar win over Joe Bauman in the battle of roadsters and Eric Pabesich picked up the win over Danny Angell in the Open Gambler.

Friday $10K

Friday was the Pro Systems $10k along with four more gamblers races ran at the completion of the main event.

In the 1/4 final, the No Box 32 winner Jeff Alexander turned it red against Cody Heidt who was .002 6.214 on a 6.21. Cody was in his 2nd entry against Brandon Barker where Heidt was red to advance Barker. Warren Smith & Bernie Vanderploeg matched up after Smith had trouble on the starting line handing the win to Vanderploeg. Mike Bonebright completed the round with the bye run.

Jeff Alexander, Friday No Box 32 Winner
Jeff Alexander, Friday No Box 32 Winner

In the semis, Barker & Heidt had to matchup again where Barker picked up the win .009 5.029 on a 5.01 while Heidt was .015 6.224 on the 6.21  to be .001 behind. Bonebright was .000 5.020 on a 5.01 to beat Vanderploeg’s .013 6.026 on a 6.02 by .009.

In the final round, Brandon Barker collected the win going .009 5.029 on his 5.02 when Bonebright was .002 4.999 on his 5.00.

Brandon Barker, Friday $10K Winner
Brandon Barker, Friday $10K Winner

Friday Gamblers Races

The McCarty Auto Parts/FTI Racer Appreciation Gamblers Race had 16 random draw weekend tech cards racing for $2,000 to win, $750 Runner up & $500 FTI certificates to the semis. Semi-finalists were AJ Ashe & Mike Bonebright, Jeff Burdess picked up the win over a red lighting Billy Farrell.

The 50 years old & older gambler had Jack Kassin picking up the win over Kenny Underwood.

The Doorcar Gambler saw Wes May pick up the win over Collin Estes & the Dragster Gambler winner was Scott Hoernlein over Randy Schuer.

Saturday $55K

The decision was made to combine Saturday’s $50k with Sunday’s $5k due to rain forecasted for Sunday. The Saturday Main event was now $55k to win with the additional round money added all the way down.

Skyler Drews was on the bye with seven cars remaining on Saturday after laying down a Perfect Run to be the #1 qualifier. Bill Swain defeated Kirby McLennan who was .005 under his 4.37 dial, Tom Aretakis Jr. picked up the win over Jason Preston who was also under his 6.43 dial & Danny Angell got the win over Wes May in the final pair as Wes ran a 6.819 on his 6.82 dial.

In the semi-final, the door cars of Aretakis & Angell squared off to get to the final, both drivers were off the bottom & Angell was the No Box 32 Winner for the day and was in all 3 No Box 32 finals during the week. Angell was .027 6.129 on his 6.13 & Atretakis was .019 6.445 on a 6.43 to advance to the final.

Danny Angell, Saturday No Box 32 Winner 29th annual World Super Pro Challenge
Danny Angell, Saturday No Box 32 Winner

Drews & Swain matched up in their dragsters with Swain laying down a .020 4.515 on a 4.51 but that wasn’t enough for Drews who was .011 4.772 on his 4.77 to advance to the final.

In the final, Aretakis was .016 dead on 6.442 on his 6.44 to hold off Drews .013 4.780 on his 4.77 to pick up the $55k win by .005. Aretakis became the first racer to ever win the OG $50k off the bottom!

Tom Aretakis Jr, Saturday $50K Winner 29th annual World Super Pro Challenge
Tom Aretakis Jr, Saturday $55K Winner
Skyler Drews, Saturday $50K Runner-up 29th annual World Super Pro Challenge
Skyler Drews, Saturday $55K Runner-up

Todd’s Extreme Racer Appreciation Points

“NEW” for 2022 was the Todd’s Extreme Racer Appreciation Points, where all racers driving a car previously painted by Todd’s Extreme accrued points throughout the weekend.  Jeff Gillman placed 1st, where he received $2,500, Russ Adams received $1,000 for his 2nd place finish and Gary Fleenor placed 3rd and received $500!

Jeff Gillman, Todd’s Extreme Racer Appreciation Points Winner 29th annual World Super Pro Challenge
Jeff Gillman, Todd’s Extreme Racer Appreciation Points Winner

Mark your calendars for the 30th Annual Todd’s Extreme Paint World Super Pro Challenge, August 3-6, 2023.

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