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US 131 Claims Team Championship at WDRA Northern Bracket Finals

Racers claimed wins at the first ever WDRA Summit Racing Equipment Northern Bracket Finals presented by Laris Motorsports Insurance on September 21-24, 2023.

Results and photos provided by WDRA

MARTIN, MI- US 131 Motorsports Park hosted the 2023 WDRA Summit Racing Equipment Northern Bracket Finals presented by Laris Motorsports Insurance on September 21-24, 2023. History was made this past weekend, as this was the first ever Northern Bracket Finals for the newly-formed WDRA sanctioning body. The event featured Gamblers Races, Golf Cart Race, Team Captain’s Race and the Box, No Box, Sportsman, and Junior Dragster Bracket Finals main events.

See results below!

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Thursday Golf Cart Race

The home team US 131 Motorsports Park starts off the WDRA Summit Racing Equipment Northern Bracket Finals with a victory in the Golf Cart Race over Mid Michigan Motorplex‘s Jeff Burdess. Everything about the actual race was too ugly to publish but Justin will take the W any way he can get it.

Friday Results

Box Gamblers Race

Bob Payton picked up the second win of the night for Team US 131 Motorsports Park with a win over teammate Keith Sawyer in the $3,000 Box gamblers race. Bob was .005 dead on 3 to a losing but still great run of .015 and dead on 9 by Shafer.

No Box Gamblers Race

US 131 Motorsports Park laid claim to the $3,000 No Box Gamblers race win thanks to Joe Brown’s victory over Mid Michigan Motorplex‘s Dustin Loynes. Brown was .006 and deal on 1 to Loynes .032 leave and .006 under 5.854 run.

Sportsman Gamblers Race

Ken Hansen made it two wins on the night for Team Mid Michigan Motorplex. Hansen used a .031 light and 3 over 8.390 to hold off US 131 Motorsports Park‘s Jeff Klimp. Klimp missed the tree with a .103 leave and finished with a .021 over 7.521 run.

Junior Dragster Gamblers Race

Nick Kassin put Team Mid Michigan Motorplex on the board with a win in the Junior Gamblers race over his teammate Ryden Selleck. Kassin laid down a .041 and a dead on 9 to hold off Selleck’s .127 start and .008 under his 8.98 dial.

In the beginner portion of the class, Aubree Gramlich made it through to the main event and went to the quarter finals before her day ended.

Aubree Gramlich, Beginner Junior Dragster Winner

Box Race of Champions

Mid Michigan’s Paul Wolf picked up the Box Race of Champions win.

No Box Race of Champions

Michael Gramlich captured the No Box Race of Champions victory.

Sportsman Race of Champions

Kyle Wanamaker picked up the the Race of Champions Sportsman crown.

Junior Dragster Race of Champions

Team US 131’s Evan Muchler earned the Junior Dragster Race of Champions win.

Saturday Results

Box Main Event

In yet another all Grand Bend Motorplex final, Kevin Knight held off teammate Dean Schwemler in the Box finals. Knight was .016 dead on 6 to his 4.63 dial while Schwemler was .036 and had to run .016 under his 4.55 dial in an attempt to catch Knight. Kevin joined the SSDRS program prior to the July 1st deadline and has earned an invite to the Summit World Finals in October.

No Box Main Event

Jeremy Johnston got a huge win for US 131 Motorsports Park over Mid Michigan Motorplex ace Mike Gramlich in the No Box finals. Gramlich was set to chase but was -.004 red giving the victory lap to Johnston with an .052 leave and a coast for the win. Jeremy joined the SSDRS program prior to the July 1st deadline and with his win earned an invite to the Summit World Finals in October.

Sportsman Main Event

In an all Grand Bend Motorplex Sportsman final round it was Jeff Talbot taking the WDRA Summit Racing Equipment Northern Bracket Finals presented by Laris Motorsports Insurance championship rod back to Canada. Talbot was .048 and 6 above his 8.02 dial to hold off Jennifer Orr who was .116 on the leave and dead on 9 trying to catch Jeff.  

Jeff was registered in the SSDRS program by July 1st so his victory earns him an invite to the Summit World Finals in October.

Junior Dragster Main Event

In an all US 131 Motorsports Park Junior final, Ethan Russell laid down a great .006 and .027 over 11.987 in his 12 second junior to defeat teammate Parker Novak’s .075 .016 over 8.816 run. Ethan joined the SSDRS program prior to the July 1st deadline and earned himself an invitation to the Summit World Finals in October.

Sunday Results

Box Gamblers Race

Team US 131 Motorsports Park racers Trevis Pitsch grabbed $5k in Box over Mid Michigan Motorplex‘s Jeff Burdess.

No Box Gamblers Race

Kevin Groeneveld took the $5,000 No Box Sunday gamblers race victory over teammate Stan Jones Jr.

Sportsman Gamblers Race

Jeff Klimp was the third US 131 Motorsports Park racer to get a Sunday Gamblers Race win. Klimp took home the money in the Sportsman class by holding off Mid Michigan Motorplex racer Ken Hansen in the final.

Junior Dragster Gamblers Race

Megan Kassin kept it from being a US 131 Sunday sweep by putting her Junior in the WDRA winner’s circle to get Mid Michigan Motorplex a Sunday gamblers race win. Kassin had The Ubly Dragway‘s Henry Jenkins in the finals.

Team Captain Race

Samuel Peterson captured the win in the WDRA Summit Racing Equipment Northern Bracket FInals presented by Laris Motorsports Insurance Team Captains Race for team US 131 Motorsports Park. Peterson chased down Mid Michigan Motorplex‘s Lisa Gramlich in the finals.

Team Champions

Congratulations to US 131 Motorsports Park for your WDRA Summit Northern Bracket Finals Team Championship.

Congratulations to all winners and finalists from the WDRA Summit Racing Equipment Northern Bracket Finals presented by Laris Motorsports Park at US 131 Motorsports Park.

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