Mike's Hard Lemonade High-Altitude Bracketnationals crowns season champions at Bandimere
By Ronnie Kohrt
The Mike's Hard Lemonade High-Altitude Bracketnationals put an exclamation point on a very competitive Kinsco ET and US Recognition ET Series year in points on Labor Day weekend as champions were crowned on Sunday at Bandimere Speedway.
It was a thrilling weekend of racing that kicked off on Friday full of jackpot racing where Matt Crist took the win over Chandler Thyssen in the $2k jackpot. In a stellar weekend for Thyssen overall, he would get his redemption shot on Saturday racing in Bandimere Speedway's "Gold Nugget" event and reached the final again, winning over the Ferrari of Kevin Burnett to seal the check and trophy.
The Bracketnationals features the unique annual 'pit vehicle' race. The event drew a huge 61-vehicle field as racers with pit vehicles took to the track to race on a shortened 330' length for the trophy. Kelly Hockaday took out Colby Crooks in the final round for the win and the specialized trophy.
Vehicles of all kinds showed up to race from golf carts, ATV's to Jason Hobb's gas-powered scooter with Summit racing blinders built in.
Alongside the Gold Nugget race was the Silver Nugget race on Saturday where a non-electronic field of 32-cars raced for the trophy. Brent Stifflear, one of Bandimere Speedway's winningest drivers, is no stranger to big money racing and high-tension racing and took down the field to win the trophy. Stifflear used a better reaction-time off the starting-line to beat Mike St. Clair to the stripe, who broke out at the finish line by only .003.
Saturday concluded with multiple jackpot races as John Bianco took down Steven Mang in the 1/4 mile jackpot and Justin Ewing beat Chris Wells in the 1/8 mile jackpot. John Muhr took down the Pure Stock Challenge by beating Kyle Cramsey in the final to set up Sunday, where points championships were awarded in several categories running in the Kinsco and US Recognition ET Series.
The closest of all categories going into Sunday, Courtney Glover held a slim lead over four drivers as five drivers were in contention of the championship. Needing a few round wins to catch Glover, Jeff Raetz did the job and found a huge opportunity in round two when three other drivers, Glover included, exited competition while Raetz proceeded on.
With a championship clinching opportunity later in the race, Raetz could not move forward in competition leaving him in a tie with Glover, forcing a season-ending run-off.
Glover and Raetz would run-off for the Pro ET Championship where Glover took the win with a better light off the starting line to seal his fourth championship at Bandimere Speedway.
It was a stellar year for Nate Larson who took home the trophy in Street ET in anti-climatic form. Larson dominated the Street ET category and mathematically was the champion just by staging his vehicle in round one. The impressive dominance all year long from the Vega of Larson earned him the championship and the "Johnny" come November.
Taking home the trophy on Sunday in Street ET was Don Thordsen in his Dodge Dart who put together an impressive day to win the trophy by beating the eventual track champ in Larson on the way to the finals.
Another category, like Street ET, where one driver was just simply better than everyone else in the category all year long. Eric Nazarenus put the hurtin' on the competition all year long and via his round-one win, eliminated the rest of the field to clinch his championship. After putting his racing time on hold to help put daughter Kylee in the Junior Dragster ranks, it was a sweet championship indeed for Nazarenus who celebrated in the winner's circle signing the championship banner and sealing the top spot.
What a final day it was for Street Bike. Three drivers came into Sunday separated by three points. Essentially asking the track champion to win the race, that's exactly what Larry Fore did as he piloted his two-wheeled machine to the finals against Byron Kissel, who also was apart of the three-point separated drivers. This meant the round for Fore and Kissel was not only for the event win, but for the track championship.
In the final, it was Fore who took the stripe for the win on a hole-shot and secured the championship in the process.
The championship in Run Tuff was a two-man race between Scott Czarnota and the team of Kyle Cramsey and Allan Ray. With Cramsey representing the team, the two went blow for blow for the championship, proceeding to advance past round-one together...and round two... and round three...
Holding a one-round lead heading into Sunday's Mike's Hard Lemonade High-Altitude Bracketnationals, Czarnota's championship was sealed in the fifth round when the eventual event winner Ric Moore took out Cramsey.
Moore would go on to beat the eventual track champion Czarnota as well for a well-earned win at the Bracketnationals.
Winner's on Saturday also included Lisa Hill of Brock Transportation who also celebrated a birthday and Gary Wamboldt in Super Pro.
Bandimere Speedway wishes to congratulate all the winners, champions and individuals who made not only made Team Bandimere for the ET Finals to be held in two weeks in Topeka, Kansas, but also who will participate in the Top Performer event in October. Bandimere Speedway also awarded track championships to Bruce Briscoe, Rebekah Brown and Cody Collins last month at the Kinsco ET Series.
KINSCO E.T. CHAMPIONS
Street E.T: Nate Larson
Street Bike: Larry Fore
High School: Rebekah Brown
Trophy/Jackpot: Bruce Briscoe
Corridor Collision Jr. Street: Cody Collins
U.S RECOGNITION E.T. CHAMPIONS
Run Tuff: Scott Czarnota
Pro ET: Courtney Glover
Super Pro: Eric Nazarenus
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Congratulations to Derrick Else on winning the Cortese Cattle Company Reaction Time Bonus on Sunday!