This past Saturday marked the close of the 2016 racing season for the Midwest Nostalgia Pro Stock Association.
As one of the featured organizations at Great Lakes Dragaway’s monthly Nitrous Street Car Brawl program, the group brought it’s typical “A Game”, ready to take to the track for one last time this season.
Follow along as we highlight the season finale.
Twelve cars towed into Great Lakes Dragaway and the teams immediately prepared for competition and to greet it’s fans.
Even the best prepared race cars will experience occasional trouble. Such was the case with Mark Ipsen’s popular AMC. Mark and Crew Chief Allan Haapakoski and brother Bob went to work to identify and correct the problem. Unfortunately. after reassembly and warm-up it was determined the best course of action was to not race this day.
John Sylos and his Mountain Motored Firebird returned to race with MNPSA. He ran the day’s quickest ET, a very stout 8.091.
This is the definition of teamwork here. The starter failed in Sam Janik’s Camaro after taking to the lanes for a test run. Pitching in to help Sam and his Dad Stan was Lyle Frydenlund of the Jim Parks team. Missing Round 1, they got the “Impulse 2” ready for Round 2 where Sam ran 9.424 at 145 MPH.
Hannah Fleischman was impressive in this run. Unfortunately for her she ran into the Jim Parks reaction time buzzsaw. His .026 light coupled with a 9.583 ET trailered Fleishman in this round. Parks and the Gibb Camaro then went on to do the same to Bob Haapakoski in Round 2 with a .013 light and 9.572 ET.
Peter “Hillbilly” Sarauer knew he’d have to strap a light on Dan Manesis and his powerful Dodge in order to have a chance at taking the win light. Instead the light Pete got was a red one when he mashed the gas too soon. Manesis ran a booming speed of 177 MPH. Tops for the day.
Arlee Williams III and Kelly Dill renewed their rivalry on Saturday. After smoky burnouts by both, anticipation got the best of both of them, with double reds! AW3 left first, handing the win to the driver of the ‘lil Cotton Pony. Kelly carded a 8.417 ET at 161.60 MPH this round.
Last week at the Big Walker Memorial Race, the engine in Tyler Shenuk’s Firebird decided it had had enough and let go in cloud of smoke. Determined to race this weekend, over the course of the week he and his Dad Chris dropped a fresh bullet between the fenders. Little did Bob Haapakoski know that bullet had his name on it when Shenuk uncorked his best run ever, a 9.065 ET at 150.95 MPH and a .031 reaction time. Proving that run was no fluke, later ran 9.084 at 150.17 against Sam Janik.
After six months that encompassed 14 race days over 12 weekends, across 3 states with participation by 16 different teams, it was time to load up for one last time in 2016.
The Midwest Nostalgia Pro Stock Association gives sincere thanks to the race fans that follow us, the sponsors that give us support, and the management at all of the tracks that welcome us. Your encouragement and enthusiasm is what fuels us. Thank You, and we look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones in 2017.
Speaking of 2017, we won’t be sitting idle this off season. Keep up date on news from our organization and teams, including announcements of personal appearances, next season’s schedule, and unpublished photos and videos at the Midwest Nostalgia Pro Stock Association webpage as well as our Facebook page.