The MBR/Dreher Motorsports A/fuel dragster entry sponsored by the Kenan Advantage Group (KAG) and Champion Spark Plugs qualified #11 amongst a field of 21 of the nation's premier Top Alcohol Dragster drivers at the 8th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, OH. Taking place over the course of a picture-perfect 4th of July weekend, this was the team’s third NHRA national event appearance as competitors; all of which MBR has successfully advanced to eliminations.
It has only been 44 days since Michalek Brothers Racing pulled off the Summit Motorsports Park property at the conclusion of the 8th annual Mickey Mart Rewards Cavalcade of Stars race, but for brothers and teammates Kyle and Corey Michalek, it feels more like 44 years. The wait, however, comes to an end this weekend as the team, partnered with Dreher Motorsports, returns to Norwalk, Ohio alongside 24 of the best Top Alcohol Dragsters in the country to vie for the coveted Wally that is up for grabs at the 8th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.
Just under one year ago, Kyle Michalek quickly found success in the 270 mph Top Alcohol Dragster class during the the team's debut event at the 2013 Mickey Mart Rewards Cavalcade of Stars NHRA Lucas Oil regional event at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, OH. The team's runner-up finish validated the partnership between Michalek Brothers Racing (MBR) and Dreher Motorsports as a legitimate contender.
Michalek Brothers Racing completed a dream weekend April 11-13 during the 5th annual NHRA 4-Wide Nationals in Charlotte, North Carolina by picking up the event win in the Top Alcohol Dragster class. Rookie driver Corey Michalek piloted the Champion Spark Plugs A/fuel dragster, prepared by Dreher Motorsports, all the way to the winner’s circle in his competition debut.
Michalek Brothers Racing (MBR) is extremely pleased to announce a partnership agreement with the Kenan Advantage Group, Inc. (KAG). KAG will support MBR during the 2014 season and will serve as the team's primary sponsor during the 8th Annual Mickey Mart Rewards Cavalcade of Stars NHRA Lucas Oil regional event at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, OH May 16-18.
Michalek Brothers Racing's (MBR) 2013 season behind the wheel of the Dreher Motorsports A/fuel dragster, albeit brief, was one to remember. Coming out of nowhere, then rookie driver Kyle Michalek qualified #2 and finished runner-up at the team's very first NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event in an A/fuel dragster; the NHRA's fastest form of semi-professional competition. Fast forward to July and Kyle went on to make a splash in MBR's NHRA national event debut by successfully qualifying for the field of 16 and gaining the team's first national exposure on the ESPN2 race broadcast. The season wrapped up with test sessions in August and October at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis when Corey Michalek upgraded his competition license to A/fuel, and closed out 2013 with a 5.55 second blast at over 261mph to set himself up for a 2014 debut.
Michalek Brothers Racing & Federal Mogul’s Champion Spark Plugs Brand to Continue Partnership for Third Straight Year
Michalek Brothers Racing (MBR) is excited to once again announce a continued partnership with Federal-Mogul Corporation’s (NASDAQ: FDML) Champion® Spark Plugs brand. The Champion brand will be a prominent associate sponsor on MBR’s NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series A/fuel dragster entry with additional Federal-Mogul brand support coming from the company’s Fel-Pro® Gaskets and Sealed Power® and Speed-Pro® engine components brands.
In late August of the 2013 NHRA season, Corey Michalek began his A/fuel dragster licensing process during the annual U.S. Nationals test session at Lucas Oil Raceway Park in Indianapolis. Behind the wheel of the Dreher Motorsports dragster, and under the tutelage of Randy and Jared Dreher, Corey made 5 runs and ran his first 5 second pass at over 244 MPH to complete all but one of the required license upgrade runs at this time.
The 2014 Search for a Champion contest returns to www.AlwaysAChampion.com on Nov. 1, 2013! Now in its third year, the popular Web-based competition will offer 15 $5,000 Champion racing sponsorships and one $50,000 Search for a Champion grand-prize sponsorship. To enter the contest, grassroots racers must submit a 2-minute video that best demonstrates their commitment to winning a racing title with the help of Champion Spark Plugs.
The Michalek Brothers Racing A/fuel dragster sponsored by Champion Spark Plugs qualified #10 at the 7th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, OH. This was the team’s first NHRA national event as competitors.
Michalek Brothers Racing is excited to announce its return to NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster competition at the 7th Annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals July 5-7 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, OH. Coming off of a dream debut race at last month's Mickey Mart Rewards Cavalcade of Stars, this event will be MBR's first entry into NHRA national event competition.
Kyle Michalek Races the Champion Spark Plugs Dragster to Runner-Up Finish in NHRA A/fuel Dragster Debut
Rookie driver Kyle Michalek and the Dreher Motorsports team wasted no time in setting the pace for a break out debut weekend. Kyle went to the top of the class on Friday night during Q1 with a time of 5.398 seconds @ 259.86 MPH which was good enough to put him in the #2 qualifying position. This strong performance was indicative of what was to come for the remainder of the race weekend.
Day one of racing at the 7th anniversary of the Mickey Mart Rewards Cavalcade of Stars in Norwalk, Ohio is officially in the books. Michalek Brothers Racing's Kyle kept the Champion Spark Plugs A/fuel dragster straight and true down the groove in his lone run of the day and guided it to the provisional #2 qualifying position with a stout 5.398 second pass at just under 260mph.
Excitement continues to build at Michalek Brothers Racing as the team prepares for their first NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event in the Top Alcohol Dragster class at Norwalk, OH from May 17-19. During this event, the MBR A/fuel dragster will proudly feature primary branding from Champion Spark Plugs as well as associate signage from Federal Mogul brand partners Fel-Pro, Sealed Power, and Speed Pro.
A new era has arrived for Michalek Brothers Racing. Kyle Michalek entered uncharted territory for the team this past weekend while commanding the wheel of a 3,500 horsepower racecar. Kyle earned his NHRA A/fuel dragster competition license while navigating the historic 1/4 mile of Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
Michalek Brothers Racing (MBR) is excited to announce a continued sponsorship with Federal-Mogul Corporation’s (NASDAQ: FDML) Champion® Spark Plugs brand for the 2013 race season. Kyle and Corey Michalek won the brand’s inaugural “Search for a Champion” contest in 2012 and carried the iconic Champion bowtie branding on their Super Comp dragster this past season. In 2013 MBR and Federal-Mogul will collaborate to compete in an A/fuel dragster within the NHRA’s Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.
Michalek Brothers Racing is excited to announce that Kyle and Corey Michalek will be taking the next step in their racing careers in 2013 by moving up to the NHRA’s premiere sportsman class and becoming licensed A/fuel dragster drivers. The A/fuel dragster class is the NHRA’s fastest non-professional racing class with cars covering the quarter mile from a standstill in less than 5.4 seconds at speeds near 270 MPH.