Mike Boegeman earned a trip to Heartland Park in Topeka, Kan., by running his Junior Dragster down Brainerd International Raceway's quarter-mile drag strip Sept. 2 in 8.40 seconds to win the Junior Dragster Northern Championship Qualifier for ages 13-17.
Boegeman, 15, of Shakopee, defeated Alex Barmettler of Maplewood in the finals and outlasted 14 other racers in his age group to qualify for the NHRA Division 5 Jr. Dragster Championships Sept. 13-15 in Topeka. Barmettler will be the alternate entry.
The 10-12 age group featured an all-female final, with Kayla Rhode of Pierz facing off with Lauren Thomas for the chance to advance to the Jr. Dragster Championships. In the end, Thomas, of Marshall, Mo., posted an 8.87-second elapsed time to defeat Rhode. Thomas will represent the North in Topeka, with Rhode the alternate.
Mike Bruegger of Hudson won the finals for ages 8-9 and will advance to Topeka representing BIR and the North. He defeated Katelyn Gosh of Brooklyn Park with an elapsed time of 12.97 seconds. Gosh will be the alternate.
Other qualifiers in the 13-17 age group
Ricky Mitchell, Ramsey; Tawny Lien, Clayton, Wis.; Brian Zenzen, St. Cloud; Craig Michaels, Coon Rapids; Robert Spicer Jr., Macon, Mo.; Erin Kinney, Minnetonka; Chelsea Kari, Fridley; Kirsten Then, St. Joseph; Bryce Miller, Buffalo; Trevor Larson, Starbuck; Kelly Lien, Clayton; Stephanie Gilmore, Apple Valley; Michelle Brewer, Osawatomie, Kan.; and Matt Thomas, Marshall, Mo.
Other qualifiers in the 10-12 age group
Kyle Zavadil, Clearwater; Erik Theisen, Rice; Andy Schmall, Lino Lakes; Junell Jasperson, Lakeville; Jesse Young, Sturgeon Lake; Krista Krause, Maple Grove; Nicole Bruegger, Hudson, Wis.; Michelle Cobb, Odessa, Wis.; Jacob Rhode, Pierz; Matthew Loberg, Pequot Lakes; Stacy Young, Moose Lake; Zack Marchand, St. Joseph.
Other qualifiers in the 8-9 age group
Erik Theisen, Rice; Brenden Bruegger, Hudson; Cortney Krause, Maple Grove; Tanner Schiffner, West Fargo, N.D.
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