(Terms, Pictures, and Movie by Joe Grippo) Well, Maple Grove Raceway has carried out it once more. They pulled off an additional wintertime No-Prep race, this time with bracket racing. The Ice Breaker No Prep introduced by Platinum Roofing was held a couple of months back on a extremely cold February afternoon. This was the 3rd No-Prep for the Grove and they appear to have a very good matter heading with these wintertime sequence races and hopefully they carry on into the future. The addition of Platinum Roofing was a prosperous partnering, with Platinum owner and CEO Garrett Fein telling me he had a blast and hopes to get included once more. Garret and promoter Kyle Beswick are longtime buddies and unquestionably set on a good day of drag racing action for a sizable, hardcore, chilly Maple Grove crowd.

All the past Grove No Prep event lessons had been contested at the Ice Breaker No Prep, Huge Tire, Compact Tire, Stick Shift, Street. These teams ended up run heads up 1st to the end, with an instant inexperienced start off off the tree. Early morning participation may have kept some racers property, but each and every class experienced strong representation. The lightest turnout was Significant Tire but area racer Chuck Schultz was the winner with his big-inch run 2nd-gen Camaro, shod with struggle scars and minimize of roof. It’s a unpleasant piece.  Ross Okun rowed the gears to a victory in the Stick Shift course, which is seems to be one particular of the fasting developing groups at these discounts. Extensive live the hand mixers! 

The Road course was huge and right after a obligatory avenue cruise, and various rounds later on Joey Allen and Matthew Manton, Jr. break up the purse with the sunlight dropping practically as speedy as the February temperatures. Compact Tire is customarily the biggest contingent of racers at the Grove No Preps, and the 2024 Ice Breaker was no unique and once again, at the finish of the working day the funds was break up amongst Wesley Skinner and Tommy Kolankiewicz in their Fox Bodies. 

The Ice Breaker race this time experienced a bracket racing class, known as Each day Driver, finish with buybacks! To no one’s surprise, the bracket racers showed up large time, filling 4 lanes of the Maple Groves ample staging space! With a 15.00 second et cutoff for the 1/8th mile, most competitors left the real race autos at house and jumped in their day-to-day driver or the tow rig. Even with the slower racing, the level of competition was nevertheless intense. I noticed many .00 lights and restricted winning packages from the bracket racers chomping at the bit for a strike of the tree! Two veteran bracket racers waded as a result of the challenging area to the closing, wherever Nikki Adams bested Martin Flegal to the get. 

With the common race time setting up in a handful of months, the No Preps are on hold…for now. If you can’t wait for the following just one the touring circus recognized as No Prep Kings will be kicking off their year at Maple Grove Raceway, hit up the observe site for extra details and tickets. See you at the Drags!

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