Jake Delmonico didn’t have the fastest car in the Outlaw Class Sept. 1 during the grand finale of the three-race Muscle Car Series but it was fast enough to carry him to the winners’ circle for the second time this season.
Driving his 1968 Camaro, Delmonico was as consistent as any other driver, with a string of runs at 7.7 seconds and about 175 mph. He also had luck working in his favor when the fastest car in the Outlaw Class, a 1998 Firebird driven by Brian Carpenter, broke in the second round of eliminations. Carpenter was the No. 1 qualifier with the top speed of 1878.08 mph and low time of 7.385 seconds.
Without Carpenter in the mix, Delmonico raced his way to the finals where he disposed of Vern Laurin Jr. with a run of 7.749 seconds and 175.71 mph. Laurin ran 7.956 seconds and 170.97 mph. With that win, Delmonico finished the Muscle Car Series with two finals wins and a runner-up. He’ll be crowned series champion.
The Pro Outlaw final was a showdown between heavyweights Craig Braun, Bill Krech and Ray Fuchs, with the series championship up for grabs. Krech and Fuchs each have Pro Outlaw wins this season and were on top of the points standings. Braun was in third after missing the Street Car Showdown.
Braun entered eliminations as the No. 1 qualifier with the lowest time of 6.431 seconds but Krech owned the top speed of the weekend at 215.48 mph, which he posted in the semifinals. Fuchs fouled and broke in the semifinals against Braun, leaving Braun and Krech in the finals.
Krech beat Braun off the starting line but Braun’s ‘68 Firebird was too quick for Krech and his ‘69 Camaro. Braun caught him at the finish line with a run of 6.460 seconds and 211.30 mph. Krech ran 6.859 seconds and 202.27 mph.
Finals: Jake Delmonico of St. Paul Park def. Vern Laurin Jr. of Duluth
Semifinals: Delmonico had a bye; Laurin def. Jason Rolow of Anoka
Finals: Craig Braun of Hampton def. Bill Krech of Inver Grove Heights
Semifinals: Braun def. Ray Fuchs of Bowman, N.D.; Krech def. Dick Malik of Blaine
Finals: Brian Mahnke of Proctor def. Evan Boettcher of Andover
Semifinals: Mahnke def. Mike Sterling of Oak Grove; Boettcher had a bye
REAL STREET UNLIMITED
Finals: Jim Ripley of Duluth def. Dennis Orr of Superior, Wis.
Semifinals: Ripley def. Clint Gregerson of Grand Rapids; Orr def. Jad Carlson of Hermantown
REAL STREET NATURAL
Finals: Matt Sathre of Brooklyn Park def. Darrell Godbout of Carlton
Semifinals: Sathre def. Kelly Rutz of Randall; Godbout had a bye
Finals: Todd Malik of Andover def. Jason Nelson of Champlin
Semifinals: Malik had a bye; Nelson def. Andy Lehner of St. Paul Park
660 OUTLAW STREET
Finals: Lucas Minor of Winnipeg, Manitoba def. Nick Strohbeen of Roseville
Semifinals: Minor had a bye; Strohbeen def. Jim Frendt of Cottage Grove
STRIP ELIMINATOR 1
Finals: Jesse Haugesag of Prior Lake def. Jeff Weston of Champlin
Semifinals: Haugesag had a bye; Weston def. Charlie Odden of Pine Center
STRIP ELIMINATOR 2
Finals: Warren Anderson of Cambridge def. Dick Harnois of Brooklyn Park
Semifinals: Anderson def. Chris Carle of Virginia; Harnois had a bye
STRIP ELIMINATOR 3
Finals: Kirk Leith of Prior Lake def. Gordon Hanson of Iron
Semifinals: Leith def. Lynne Wiita of Cloquet; Hanson def. Bob Ziebol of Princeton
Finals: Troy Anderson of St. Paul def. David Adams of Brooklyn Center
Semifinals: Anderson had a bye; Adams def. Jerry Jablonski of Duluth
Finals: Sheldon Lee of St. Peter def. Larry Jarosiewicz of Hugo
Semifinals: Lee had a bye; Jarosiewicz def. Marc Peters of Zimmerman
INDEX CLASS CHAMP
Finals: Bruce Morley of Brainerd def. Mike Hammerstrom of Bemidji
Semifinals: Morley had a bye; Hammerstrom def. Jesse Backstrom of Grand Marais
Finals: Austin Siemers of Milaca def. Pat Huebner of Bloomington
Semifinals: Siemers def. Dave Sash of Duluth; Huebner def. Eric James of St. Cloud
Finals: Kevin Sand of Cambridge def. Jeremy Doll of Richmond
Semifinals: Sand def. Eric Baker of Browerville; Doll def. Bruce Johnson of Duluth
Finals: Mike Hammerstrom of Bemidji def. Kerry Hemenway of Park Rapids
Semifinals: Hammerstrom def. Dave Imgrund of Brainerd; Hemenway had a bye
Finals: Jesse Haugesag of Prior Lake def. Mark Angier of Waconia
Semifinals: Haugesag def. Travis Larson of Rosemount; Angier had a bye
Finals: Zach Stengel of Blaine def. Dave Vasseur of Rogers
Semifinals: Stengel def. Al Heinonen of Superior, Wis.; Vasseur def. Terry Drahosh of Aitkin
Finals: Justin Iverson of Saginaw def. Gary Olson of Sartell
Semifinals: Iverson had a bye; Olson def. Ben Brooks of New Richmond, Wis.
Finals: Bruce Morely of Brainerd def. Rick Gulbranson of Hermantown
Semifinals: Morely had a bye; Gulbranson def. Nicole Nelson of Norwood
Finals: Jesse Backstrom of Grand Marais def. Craig Schneider of Viking
Semifinals: Backstrom def. Jim McFaul of Virginia; Schneider had a bye
Finals: Gary Nelson of North Branch def. Natalie Laurin-Appleby of Duluth
Semifinals: Nelson had a bye; Laurin-Appleby def. Mike Twaddle of Virginia
Finals: Gary Tesar of Medina def. Mike Simons of Pine Center
Semifinals: Tesar def. Frank Volk of Madison Lake; Simons def. Jessica Purdham of Albertville