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DRAG RACING: It's good to be Andy Schmall; drag racer earns rare double win

If your name is Andy Schmall, your week — and racing season — is off to an unbelievable start.

Schmall had the hot hand Sunday at Brainerd International Raceway. Racing in the two biggest classes in the kick-off race for the Bracket Drag Racing Series, Schmall couldn’t be beat. By the end of the day Sunday, he had outlasted 164 other racers, won about $3,200 in prize money, hoisted two trophies in the Winner’s Circle and won family bragging rights by beating his dad in the Super Pro finals. Not a bad day of racing.

Schmall and his 1971 Fastronix Vega were dialed in all weekend. His reaction times were .020 seconds and better, and he was nailing his 10.25-second dial-in time. Nobody, including his dad, Joe Schmall, could take him down. Joe lined up across from him in the Super Pro finals but fouled at the starting line, handing Andy the win.

The father-son combo faced off in the Pro ET elimination rounds as well. They paired up in Round 4, but Andy was quicker off the starting line and beat the elder Schmall down the track, finishing with a time of 10.270 seconds at 122.37 mph. He then took down Steve Roehrs in the finals, winning by less than 2/100ths of a second. His winning time was 10.260 seconds and 127.97 mph.

Brad Haugaard won the Stock/Super Stock class.

In all, more than 300 racers were greeted with sunny skies and mild temperatures Saturday and Sunday as they competed in 10 different classes for series points. The series consists of six races this year, with series champions being crowned after the final race Sept. 8-9.

Some drivers, like Brad Mickle, picked up right where they left off last year. Mickle won the Sportsman Class championship last year, and started the 2012 campaign with another win. Driving his 1967 Mustang, he beat Russ Elzy in the finals with a time of 12.091 seconds and 97.83 mph.

In Stock/Super Stock, Ben Line has been the guy to beat. He’s won four of the last five class championships and was rolling up the wins last weekend - until he met Brad Haugaard in the semifinals. Line was much quicker off the starting line but Haugaard, driving a 2005 Stratus, caught him at the finish line and knocked him out of eliminations. In the finals, Haugaard raced Tim Mosbek, who fouled at the starting line and handed Haugaard the win.

Ken Doble won the Pro Bike/Sled Class.

Keith Allen Larson traded in his 1978 Buick Century Wagon this year for a 1972 Camaro but the end result was the same - a finals win in the Comp Trophy Class. Larson won the Comp Trophy Class championship the last two years and appears to be the guy to beat again this season. Jared Hutar was runner up.

The next race in the series is June 8-10, a multi-event weekend with  IWA Snowmobile Watercross Racing on Lake BIR in the campground, the Zalusky Advanced Riding School for motorcycle racing Saturday on BIR’s 2.5-mile Competition Road Course, and the Formula Racing Experience Sunday on the road course.

Results of each class:

Super Pro

Finals: Andy Schmall of Lino Lakes def. Joe Schmall of Lino Lakes

Semifinals: Andy Schmall had a bye; Joe Schall def. Rodney Thompson of Anoka

Pro ET

Finals: Andy Schmall of Lino Lakes def. Steve Roehrs of Frederic, Wis

Semifinals: Schmall had a bye; Roehrs def. Brandon Schmall of Lino Lakes


Finals: Brad Mickle of Lino Lakes def. Russ Elzy of Becker

Semifinals: Mickle had a bye; Elzy def. Lee Dugdale of Scandia

Pro Bike/Sled

Finals: Ken Doble of Clearwater def. Brad Harder of Waconia

Semifinals: Doble def. Josh Luberda of Foley; Harder def. Jason Clampitt of Lino Lakes

Stock/Super Stock

Finals: Brad Haugaard of Vadnais Heights def. Tim Mosbeck of Andover

Semifinals: Haugaard def. Ben Line of International Falls; Mosbeck def. Lance Line of Cromwell

Comp Trophy

Finals: Keith Allen Larson of Brainerd def. Jared Hutar of Cromwell

Semifinals: Larson def. DeeAnna Patnaude of Sawyer; Hutar def. Andi Pesola of Duluth

Street Trophy

Finals: Michelle Emmans of Dayton def. DJ Lowe of Forest Lake

Semifinals: Emmans had a bye; Lowe def. Taylor Arneson of Pillager

Junior Dragster Advanced

Finals: Carter Lindquist of Minnetonka def. Matthew Gleisner of New Ulm

Semifinals: Lindquist def. Max Gust of Isanti; Gleisner had a bye

Junior Dragster Intermediate

Finals: Sarah Johnson of Nowthen def. Zach Zavadil of Clearwater

Semifinals: Johnson def. Cassidy Takacs of Thunder Bay, Ontario; Zavadil had a bye

Junior Dragster Novice

Finals: Cameron Beaulieu of Cambridge def. Zachary Jaenicke of Roseau

Semifinals: Beaulieu def. Zach McFarland of Sabin; Jaenicke def. Trevor Jelinski of Little Falls

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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