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One million watt electric dragster, Frankenstein 2, tests at BIR

At the starting line at Brainerd International Raceway Friday, one million watt electric Extreme Street Stock Racer 'Frankenstein 2' rotates its slicks in the bleach box before making a test run at the track. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls2 / 3
Jonathon Sosa, electrical engineering student, (left) takes notes while car owner Zachary Vex gives him information on the one million watt electric Extreme Street race car at Brainerd International Raceway Friday. In the background is driver Kerry Hemenway who retrofitted the two electric motors in the street stock car. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls3 / 3

A drag racing team tested a one million watt electric dragster aptly named Frankenstein 2 at BIR (Brainerd international Raceway) on Friday.

Behind the wheel of the one million watt car was Kerry Hemenway, who helped build the car and is an investor in the project. The man heading the project is Zachary Vex.

Frankenstein 2 was the first electric dragster to ever run at BIR.

The team intends to return with Frankenstein 2 at the end of the month to attempt a new Extreme Street NEDRA record. The existing record is 8.882 sec. and a speed of 131.33 mph in the quarter mile.

Observing the BIR event Friday was NEDRA's (National Electric Drag Race Association) north central regional director "Hella" Stella Kostolna, who holds the world record for fastest production electric car at the Texas Mile.

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NEDRA is an NHRA sanctioned organization that you'll likely be hearing more about on coming years, as superstars like Don Garlits continue to reset electric drag records.

Steve Kohls
I started my career in photography after graduation from Moorhead State College with photography positions at the Daily News in Wahpeton, ND. , Country Echo in Pequot Lakes, The Journal in New Ulm and settling at the Brainerd Dispatch in 1975. I have been teaching fine art black and white and color photography at Central Lakes College for the past 15 years. Currently I have been teaching Underwater Photography for Central Lakes College and the Minnesota School of Diving for the past 7 years. From May to November you can find me at the Mineland Recreation Area either scuba diving and photographing the fish or enjoying the beauty of our area’s newest lakes.
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