Author: Bergeron, Barry J
Date published: July 15, 2011
Journal code: NDRG
BRAINERD INT'L RACEWAY, Brainerd (June 5) - Eighty-three racers entered the Super Pro class, and Dave Ulhorn and Jim Higgins squared off in the final. Ulhorn was first off the line with his '69 Nova against Higgins' '01 Diamond R.E.D. and won with a right-on 11.19. Higgins broke out with an 8.73 on his 8.75 dial.
Pro E.T. also had a strong showing with 82 cars coming to the line. Seven rounds later, Kelly Gjovig took out Wally Higby in the final. Higby and his '69 Nova lost to Gjovig's '66 Impala. Gjovig ran a 10.41 on his 10.40 dial to Higby's 11.06 (11.05 dial).
Sportsman E.T. racer Lee Dugdale dialed a 12.07 in his '69 Chevelle when he faced off against Steve Elzy's 12.20-dial '69 Mustang in the final, which Elzy lost when he fouled out.
Mike Voss took the wins in both Pro Bike/Sled and Street Bike. Voss wheeled his '09 Kawasaki ZX to victory in the Pro Bike/Sled final over Toby Giese's '03 GSX-R. Voss had the better reaction time, .051 to .093, and won with a 10.19 (10.22) over Giese's 8.99 (9.03). In the Street Bike final, Voss stopped Ken Doble's '05 Kawasaki ZX10, which fouled at the line.
The Comp Trophy final had Darren Arnold pitted against Keith Larson. Larson, running a '78 Buick Century wagon, lost to Arnold's '72 Chevelle, 13.49 (13.44) to 13.05 (12.95).
Sandy Luberda's '00 Silverado pickup won the Street Trophy final against Kayla Noyes' '97 Thunderbird. Noyes broke out with a 14.41 (14.45) against Luberda's 16.13 (16.12)
In the Stock/Super Stock Combo final, Terry Johnson faced off with Ben Line. Johnson's '85 Mustang beat Line's '69 Mustang off the line with a better reaction time, .050 to .054, and won with a 10.791 (10.79) to Line's 10.611 (10.60).
In Jr. Dragster action, Heather Bredeken stopped Brenden Bungert for the Jr. Advanced title.
McKenna Bungert defeated Carter Lindquist in the Jr. Intermediate final, and Garrett Lindquist won Jr. Novice over Camryn Takacs.
Brad Mickle won the Consolation race, open to the first 64 racers after the second round of eliminations, over Dan Smith. - Barry J. Bergeron