Brothers dominate in third Bracket Drag Race
The Schmall boys were at it again.
After Andy Schmall dominated the two largest classes during the first Bracket Drag Racing Series event this season, his little brother, Brandon, nearly duplicated the feat last Sunday.
The six-race Bracket Drag Racing Series continued last weekend with the third race, which included the National Hot Rod Diesel Association’s Midwest Diesel Nationals on Saturday. The ChumpCar World Series was on BIR’s Competition Road Course with a pair of seven-hour endurance races.
On the drag strip, Brandon Schmall had his 1970 Challenger dialed in, winning the Pro ET Class and losing in the finals of the Super Pro Class to Bruce Kaul. His brother Andy won both classes in May.
The good news for the other drivers is the Schmall boys didn’t sign up to compete in the points standings for a shot at a series championship, so they’re playing the role of spoilers.
“During the first race, when Andy won both classes, I thought to myself, ‘That’d be kind of fun if I could do it,’” Brandon said. “So this was a pretty neat experience.”
Brandon and Andy found themselves racing against each other in the fourth round of the Pro ET elimination rounds Sunday. Andy was quicker off the line but the younger Schmall caught him at the finish line and ended Andy’s bid for a class win.
Brandon pointed out that there are no bragging rights in the Schmall family, though. With their dad, Joe, racing in both classes as well, Brandon said talking trash is not recommended.
“Sooner or later, you’ll have to race them again and they might win so you don’t want them rubbing it in your face,” Brandon said.
He was breezing through the Super Pro elimination rounds Sunday, benefiting from some quick reaction times and a car that was handling the hot and humid conditions. After outlasting 63 other drivers, Brandon ran up against Bruce Kaul and his 2011 Racecraft dragster in the finals.
Kaul hadn’t raced at BIR since 1987 but was running consistent all weekend. The two had identical reaction times at the starting line (.024 seconds) but Kaul posted a winning time of 8.209 seconds and 163.49 mph.
In the Pro ET Class, with 56 other drivers, Brandon used the same formula and benefited from starting-line fouls by two of the top racers in the class — Steve Roehrs and Kelly Gjovig. He ended up against Mike Sonnek in the finals, squeaking out a win with a run of 10.159 seconds and 125.89 mph.
Saturday’s race included five diesel classes, which were part of the NHRDA’s Midwest Diesel Nationals. Racers came from as far away as Indiana, Idaho, Illinois, Nebraska, Montana and Alberta, Canada.
The smoke-belching diesels ran hard with the top speed of the day going to Jarid Vollmer and his 2007 Dodge Ram pickup. He had a top speed of 153.54 mph in the finals of the Pro/Street Class, beating Brett Deutsch with a time of 9.385 seconds.
Vollmer had the top qualifying time in the Pro Stock Class as well, running 152.81 mph but he fouled at the starting line in the finals, handing Graydon Udelhoven the win.
On BIR’s Competition Road Course, the ChumpCar World Series showed fans how to keep $500 junkers on the track for seven straight hours as four-driver teams competed in a pair of endurance races Saturday and Sunday. Tubby Butterman Racing won Saturday’s race with 197 laps. The team posted a best speed of 80.417 mph and a best lap time of 1:51.916 while it cruised to the win with a three-lap lead over second-place finisher Cheap Shot Racing.
On Sunday, the British American Racing team outpaced the 43-car field, winning with 197 laps. The team posted a best speed of 78.116 mph and a best lap time of 1:55.213, winning by a slim 8.794 seconds over second-place finisher Johnson Autosport and 10.949 seconds over third-place Holy Rollers.
Next race in the Bracket Drag Racing Series is July 20-22. That race will feature the King of the Track race, where winners of the Super Pro, Pro ET, Sportsman, Pro Bike/Sled, Stock/Super Stock, Comp Trophy and Street Trophy classes pair up and race off for the chance to win a Wally Trophy, and the title of King of the Track. The Zalusky Advanced Riding School will be on BIR’s Competition Road Course that weekend with great Superbike racing.
Daily admission is $15 for adults, $5 for kids.
Bracket Drag Racing
Finals: Bruce Kaul, Racine, def. Brandon Schmall, Lino Lakes
Semifinals: Kaul bye; Schall def. Terry Pease, Blaine
Finals: Brandon Schmall, Lino Lakes, def. Mike Sonnek, Hutchinson
Semifinals: Schmall def. Mike Walcheski, Foley; Sonnek def. Dustin Jones, Fargo
Finals: Eric Daniels, Ramsey, def. Andy Knebel, Dickinson, N.D.
Semifinals: Daniels bye; Knebel def. Jeff Gobernatz, New London
Finals: David Simpson, Landmark, Manitoba, def. Brad Harder, Waconia
Semifinals: Simpson def. Mike Voss, Maplewood; Harder def. Ken Doble, Clearwater
Finals: Douglas Jonak, Zimmerman, def. Dale Findell, Cambridge
Semifinals: Jonak def. Ben Line, International Falls; Findell bye
Finals: Jared Hutar, Cromwell, def. Troy Luberda, Foley
Semifinals: Hutar def. Mike Voss, Maplewood; Luberda bye
Finals: Michael Bombich, Gilbert, def. Sandy Luberda, Sauk Rapids
Semifinals: Bombich def. Kyle Luberda, Foley; Sandy Luberda def. Michelle Emmans, Dayton
Junior Dragster Advanced
Finals: Erin Johnson, Nowthen, def. Max Gust, Isanti
Semifinals: Johnson def. Max Niesen, Brooklyn Park; Max Gust def. Nick Gust, Isanti
Junior Dragster Intermediate
Finals: Zach Gust, Isanti, def. Sydney Thompson, Anoka
Semifinals: Gust bye; Thompson def. Cassidy Takacs, Thunder Bay, Ontario
Junior Dragster Novice
Finals: Zach McFarland, Sabin, def. Camryn Takacs, Thunder Bay
Semifinals: McFarland def. Paul Ripley, Duluth; Takacs def. Trevor Jelinski, Little Falls
NHRDA MIDWEST DIESEL NATIONALS
Finals: Graydon Udelhoven, Billings, Mont., def. Jarid Vollmer, Chubbuck, Ida.
Finals: Jarid Vollmer, of Chubbuck, Ida., def. Brett Deutsch, Elburn, Ill.
Finals: Josh Gruis, Zimmerman, def. Lance Scism, Coeur D/Alene, Ida.
Semifinals: Gruis def. Daryl Bruneau, Cornduffy, Sask.; Scism def. Andy Thomas, St. Michael
Finals: Ken Florey, Madras, Ore., def. Wayne Fehr, Janton, Alberta
Semifinals: Florey def. Rony Vandenberg, Vauxhall, Alberta; Fehr bye
Finals: Dean Sheldon, Sussex, Wis., def. Jeff Mutzenberger, Belleview, Neb.
Semifinals: Sheldon def. Rony Vandenberg, Vauxhall, Alberta; Mutzenberger bye
ChumpCar World Series
Top 3 Finishers
1–Tubby Butterman Racing
2-Cheap Shot Racing – 3 laps behind
3-Johnson Autosport – 4 laps behind
4-British American Racing – 10.871 minutes behind
5-Mayhem Racing – 25.758 minutes behind
1-British American Racing
2-Johnson Autosport – 8.794 seconds behind
3-Holy Rollers – 10.949 seconds behind
4-JAB Motorsports – 4 laps behind
5-Team Party Cat – 7 laps behind