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DRAG RACING: Racers finish Muscle Car Series in grand fashion

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When the 24th annual Muscle Car Shootout kicked off last weekend at Brainerd International Raceway, one thing was certain: The father-son combo of Mike and Dean Bauerly would not repeat as champions of the Outlaw and Pro Outlaw classes.

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The Bauerlys were no-shows for last weekend’s race, the third and final race of the Muscle Car Series. Mike Bauerly was comfortably in first place in the Outlaw Class, while Dean was three points behind leader Craig Braun, who dinged up his car a week earlier and showed up at BIR with his street car to earn as many points as he could.

That opened the door for several other drivers in the series’ fastest two classes.

In Pro Outlaw, Rick Schmidt hadn’t competed in either of the first two series races but made up for it Sunday. Driving his 1971 Mach 1 Mustang, Schmidt posted the class’ fastest time, 6.079 seconds, and the top speed: 212.26 mph.

Joseph Wilczek had the best chance of beating Schmidt when they met in the finals. Wilczek’s 2000 Mustang ran 6.821 seconds at 199.58 mph in the semifinals but he fouled at the starting line in the finals and handed Schmidt the win. Schmidt still ran 6.606 seconds and 212.26 mph in the final run.

In the Outlaw Class, Eric Wourms was in second place going into the weekend. Driving his 1971 Chevelle, Wourms won his way to the finals and faced Brian Carpenter, who is not in the points race. Carpenter was running consistent 7.5 seconds and 185 mph, which was enough to beat Wourms even though Wourms entered Sunday as the No. 1 qualifier with the fastest time (7.373 seconds) and the top speed (185.28 mph). Carpenter was about .05 seconds quicker off the starting line, the difference in the race. Carpenter ran 7.515 seconds and 182.97 mph to Wourms’ 7.560 seconds and 176.47 mph.

PRO OUTLAW

Finals: Rick Schmidt of Dickinson, N.D. def. Joseph Wilczek of Little Falls

Semifinals: Schmidt bye; Wilczek def. Ray Fuchs of Bowman, N.D.

OUTLAW

Finals: Brian Carpenter def. Eric Wourms of Grand Rapids

Semifinals: Carpenter def. Jake Delmonico of St. Paul Park; Wourms def. Vern Laurin Jr. of Duluth

KING STREET

Finals: Nick Strohbeen of Roseville def. Dale Peterson of Big Lake

Semifinals: Strohbeen def. Brian Mahnke of Proctor; Peterson bye

REAL STREET UNLIMITED

Finals: Jim Ripley of Duluth def. Tom Jones of Coon Rapids

Semifinals: Ripley def. Stephen Kukowski of Farmington; Jones bye

REAL STREET NATURAL

Finals: Matt Sathre of Brooklyn Park def. Todd Malik of Andover

Semifinals: Sathre def. Jason Nelson of Champlin; Malik def. Jerry Stellrecht of Goodhue

TRUE STREET

Finals: Josh Brunz of Kasota def. Nick Hively of Cologne

Semifinals: Brunz def. Dan Gefre of Coon Rapids; Hively def. Jason King of Duluth

STRIP ELIMINATOR 1

Finals: Jesse Hausesag of Prior Lake def. Kerry Hemenway of Park Rapids

Semifinals: Hausesag def. James Smith of Shoniah, Ontario; Hemenway bye

STRIP ELIMINATOR 2

Finals: Bob Hager of Red Wing def. Jeremy Brostrom of Brook Park

Semifinals: Hager def. Gary Olson of Sartell; Brostrom bye

STRIP ELIMINATOR 3

Finals: Cameron Novak of Rice def. Sue Twaddle of Virginia

Semifinals: Novak def. Tom Palo of Embarrass; Twaddle def. Travis Brekken of Crookston

TRUCK ELIMINATOR

Finals: Jerry Jablonski of Duluth def. Troy Anderson of Little Canada

Semifinals: Jablonski def. Greg Hartling of St. Paul; Anderson bye

MANUAL TRANSMISSION

Finals: Karen Lang of Springfield def. Keith Kuss of Zimmerman

Semifinals: Lang def. Joe Yechout of St. Louis Park; Kuss def. Ken Sanford of Thompson Falls, Mont.

INDEX CLASS CHAMPION

Finals: Gary Olson of Sartell def. Charlie Odden of Coon Rapids

Semifinals: Olson def. Eric Dethleff of St. Cloud; Odden bye

9.50 INDEX CLASS

Finals: Eric Dethleff of St. Cloud def. Rob Weyker of Coon Rapids

Semifinals: Dethleff def. Pat Huebner of Bloomington; Weyker def. Michael Anderson of St. Joseph

10.00 INDEX CLASS

Finals: Greg Maaninga of Menahga def. Chad Hoffmann of Lafayette

Semifinals: Maaninga def. Norm Gensmer of Zimmerman; Hoffmann def. Thomas Durand of Little Canada

10.50 INDEX CLASS

Finals: Mike Hammerstrom of Bemidji def. Todd Johnson of Cloquet

Semifinals: Hammerstrom def. Mike Yocum of Perham; Johnson bye

11.00 INDEX CLASS

Finals: Charlie Odden of Coon Rapids def. Roger Peterson of Park Rapids

Semifinals: Odden def. Ryan Nohner of Watkins; Peterson def. Jesse Hausesag of Prior Lake

11.50 INDEX CLASS

Finals: Keith Larson of Brainerd def. Ryan Stellmach of Foley

Semifinals: Larson def. Bill Rolow of Crosslake; Stellmach def. Shawn Baird of Champlin

12.00 INDEX CLASS

Finals: Gary Olson of Sartell def. Rob Clay of Princeton

Semifinals: Olson bye; Clay def. Karl Echardt of Pequot Lakes

12.50 INDEX CLASS

Finals: Greg Christenson of Willmar def. Reid Watson of Laporte

Semifinals: Christenson def. Brian Nelson of Red Wing; Watson def. Trevor Lang of Pequot Lakes

13.00 INDEX CLASS

Finals: Dean Markuson of Pequot Lakes def. Pete Brandel of New Ulm

Semifinals: Markuson bye; Brandel def. Jerry Nikstad of Foxhero, Wis.

13.50 INDEX CLASS

Finals: Jason Neshiem of Mazeppa def. Gary Nelson of North Branch

Semifinals: Neshiem def. Ethan Manter of Fosston; Nelson def. Girlie Lincoln of Maple Grove

14.00 INDEX CLASS

Finals: Chris Henry of Sauk Rapids def. Tom Klein of Stillwater

Semifinals: Henry def. Gary Tesar of Medina; Klein def. Ben Brooks of New Richmond

Classic Car Show winners

American Motors Early Model: Gabriel Dorge of Grande Pointe, Manitoba

American Motors Late Model: Rod Delaroque of Winnipeg, Manitoba

Buick Early Model: Abe Schoberg of Richfield

Buick Late Model: Randy Johnson of Duluth

Chev Early Model: Lew Benzkofer of Sauk Rapids

Chev Late Model: Dennis Lang of Madison Lake

Dodge Late Model: Bob Hanson of Garrison

Ford/Mercury Early Model: Travis Brekken of Crookston

Ford/Mercury Late Model: Ken Long of Balsam Lake, Wis.

Plymouth Early Model: Bill Pudney of Minneapolis

Plymouth Late Model: Chad Bednar of Knapp, Wis.

Truck/Van Late Model: Troy Anderson of St. Paul

Classic: Tim Johnson of Brainerd

Street Rod: Matt Peterson of Bloomington

Coupe: Duane Stevenson of Milaca

Sedan: Tyler Johnson of Duluth

Special Interest: Paul Kiel of Brainerd

Paint Job: Merv Johnson of Big Fork

Interior: Jim Hannan of Proctor

Street/Pro Street: Paul Kiel of Brainerd

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Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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