In another first for Brainerd International Raceway, the All Harley Drag Racing Association stopped at BIR for one of its national points series races last weekend.
The AHDRA Can-Am Nationals provided drag racing by 154 Harley-Davidsons from across the country that competed in 14 classes for a piece of a $50,000 prize purse and series points.
The Harleys slugged it out Friday and Saturday, determining finalists in all classes. Many stayed and raced Sunday, when the import drag bikes came to BIR for The Big Race II.
On Saturday, Steve Stordeur provided most of the entertainment. The Goshen, Ohio, racer piloted his Screamin' Eagle Top Fuel bike to victory, defeating Tracy Kile. Stordeur, who was second in points entering the weekend behind Doug Vancil, had the fastest run of the AHDRA Nationals portion of the weekend, with a time of 6.428 seconds and 220.66 mph.
Vancil's top qualifying time carried over into Sunday for The Big Race II, where 11 Screamin' Eagle Top Fuel Harleys competed.
Vancil lost in the semifinals Sunday to Johnny Mancuso, who went on to beat Mike Romine in the finals with a time of 6.548 seconds and 215.48 mph. Mancuso pocketed $7,000 but The Big Race didn't affect the AHDRA points standings.
Mike Lehman had the hot hand Saturday during the AHDRA's Jim's Pro Fuel class. He was the top qualifier with a time of 6.837 seconds and 206.67 mph. His speed was the fastest in that class all weekend.
First-place points went to Jack Romine, the No. 2 qualifier who was on top of the standings in the Pro Fuel class, just ahead of Lehman. Both racers stumbled in the finals, with Romine running 8.866 seconds and 100.35 mph while Lehman's time was 10.106 seconds and 130.45 mph.
Lehman found his way to the winner's circle Sunday during The Big Race by beating Chicago Joe. Lehman's speed of 202.67 mph in the finals was the fastest of the day.
During The Big Race's Gas class, nobody in the eight-bike field could touch Todd Doege of Shakopee. Racing his Ward Performance Suzuki, Doege was the No. 1 qualifier with a 7.247-second run, had the fastest time of 7.123 seconds and the fastest speed (193.21 mph). He beat David Frenzell on a Harley Sportster by 3/10ths of a second.
AHDRA Can-Am Nationals
Screamin' Eagle Top Fuel
Finals -- Steve Stordeur, Goshen, Ohio, def. Tracy Kile, Hatfield, Pa.; Semifinals -- Stordeur def. Mike Romine, Sturgis, Mich.; Kile def. Johnny Mancuso, Plantersville, Texas
Jim's Pro Fuel
Finals Jack Romine, Arizona, def. Mike Lehman, West Palm Beach, Fla.; Semifinals -- Romine def. John Martin, Cincinnati; Lehman bye.
S and S Pro Stock
Finals -- Dale Rudenbush, Old Zionsville, Pa., def. Chris Rivas, Fresno, Calif. Semifinals -- Both had byes.
Kresto Pro Drag
Finals -- Scott Truett, Wichita, Kan., def. John Breckenridge, Sultan, Wash.; Semifinals -- Truett def. Chuck Jones, Naples, Fla.,; Breckenridge def. Phil Schmidt, Orangevale, Calif.
S and S Pro Gas
Finals -- Robert Markham, Loveland, Colo., def. Dennis Cunningham; Semifinals -- Markham def. David Delullo Jr., St. Mary's, Pa.; Cunningham def. Ray Phipps, Mason, Ohio
Joker Machine Pro Modified
Finals -- Paul Smith, Uniontown, Ohio, def. Shaun Reno, Gloucester, Va.; Semifinals -- Smith bye, Reno def. Chris Harris
Rivera-Primo Street Pro
Finals -- Joe Sternotti, Blackwood, N.J., def. Derek Poff, York, Pa.; Semifinals -- Sternotti bye, Poff def. Jordan Cruz, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Redline Oil Super Gas
Finals -- Dale Tyson, Haymarket, Va., def. Willie Herschberger, Bradenton, Fla.; Semifinals -- Tyson bye, Herschberger def. Scott Martin, Portland, Ore.
S and S Super Sport
Finals Wanda Poff, York, Pa., def. Karen Wagner, Escondidio, Calif.; Semifinals Poff def. Charlie Walker, Florida; Wagner def. Greg Krenik, Placitas, N.M.
Perf Corner Super Eliminator
Finals -- Pat Doyle, Davenport, Fla., def. Donnie Huffman, Lakeland, Fla.; Semifinals -- Doyle def. Wayne Pugh, Rio Rancho, N.M.; Huffman def. Ku Seneca, Irving, N.Y.
Screamin' Eagle Performance
Finals --Wellesley Hargrove, Lynchburg, Va., def. James Van Fleet, Toledo, Ohio; Semifinals -- Hargrove def. Joey Talbott, Forest, Va.; Van Fleet bye
Syn 3 E.T.
Finals Joey Talbott, Forest, Va., def. J.P. Hendrzak; Semifinals Talbott def. Dan Degood, Mountain Top, Pa., Hendrzak bye
Dragmasters Hot Street
Finals Dan Norlin, Aurora, Colo., def. Joe Perry, Kingsport, Tenn.; Semifinals Norlin def. John Burdynski, Houston; Perry bye
Screamin' Eagle V-Rod
Finals Terry Vaughn, Phoenix, def. Larry Maynhart, Swanton, Ohio; Semifinals Vaughn def. Clay Wilwert, Dubuque, Iowa; Maynhart def. Tripp Nobles, Statesville, N.C.
Sunday's Big Race II
Finals Johnny Mancuso, Plantersville, Texas, def. Mike Romine, Sturgis, Mich. Semifinals Mancuso def. Doug Vancil, Cedarcrest, N.M.; Romine bye
Finals Mike Lehman, West Palm Beach, Fla., def. Chicago Joe, Richmond, Calif. Semifinals Lehman def. Gene Langley, Sand Springs, Okla.; Chicago Joe def. Jack Romine, Arizona.
Finals Todd Doege, Shakopee, def. David Fenzell; Semifinals Doege def. Dan McCarten, Ingleside, Ill.; Fenzell def. Toni Froehling, Summer, Wash.
Finals Dale Detlie, Owatonna, Minn., def. Joe Barmettler, Maplewood. Semifinals Detlie def. Dave Kieffer, Spring Lake Park; Barmettler bye
Finals Buddy Robinson, Princeton, Minn., def. Larry Guy, Bradenton, Fla.; Semifinals Robinson def. Jayme Holmes, Merrifield; Guy bye
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