MBR Advances to Final 8 Cars at 2022 U.S. Nationals
Records first round win in Indianapolis
Michalek Brothers Racing turned on the win light against Jackie Fricke in the opening round of eliminations at the 2022 NHRA U.S. Nationals.
Michalek Brothers Racing (MBR) turned in the most successful performance at the NHRA U.S. Nationals in three tries by recording a first round win over the 2021 event champions, Jackie Fricke and Finke Racing, this past Sunday in Indianapolis. MBR used a 5.293 second pass at 271.08MPH to defeat Fricke’s 5.304 second lap at 270.70MPH. This round win marked MBR’s first time ever advancing to the quarter-finals at the NHRA’s most prestigious national event.
“We have made great strides this season both on and off the track,” said Kyle. ”Indy was another example of our progress as a team. This is all possible because of the folks we have around us. Our business partners and our crew make our success possible. We are so proud and fortunate to be surrounded by such a great group. Not only do they enable our success, but they make this journey a lot of fun! We can’t wait to get to the next race and finish off a great season on a high note!”
MBR’s second round matchup against Mike Coughlin ended the team’s weekend before the tree came down due to a .005 second false start handing Coughlin a trip to the semi-finals.
With the U.S. Nationals in the rearview mirror, Michalek Brothers Racing has now completed 5 of the 6 events on their 2022 schedule with their final stop in Dallas, Texas looming on the weekend of October 14-16. The team will head to the Lonestar State riding the wave of momentum from a 2022 campaign that has now netted multiple sub-5.3 second runs, the most round wins in a single season, and the most event victories in a single season.
“This has been a phenomenal year in almost every way that you can look at it,” said Corey. “We’ve had the most success we’ve ever had on track, we’ve extended previous partnerships and gained new partnerships, and we’ve made a bunch of new friends along the way. Our team continues to get more efficient every time we go to the track from setup to teardown and everything in between. It’s so motivating pulling into the track with confidence and feeling like we have a chance to compete each time we show up.”
“Dallas is going to be a great test for us as we wrap up this year and plan for the 2023 season. We really feel like we made some great headway in our clutch program late in the race in Indy and we’re ready to put it to the test for the full event in a few weeks. For some reason the state of Texas has always been good to Kyle and me through the years whenever we’ve raced in Houston and San Antonio, and we’re hoping to rekindle that magic once again when we unload our own car in Dallas for the first time!”