Michalek Brothers Racing and the Kenan Advantage Group Gearing up for Norwalk
Kyle Michalek returns to site of runner-up A/fuel dragster debut
Michalek Brothers Racing driver Kyle Michalek climbs back behind the wheel of the Kenan Advantage A/fuel dragster prepared by Dreher Motorsports for the first time in 2014.
Just under one year ago, Kyle Michalek quickly found success in the 270 mph Top Alcohol Dragster class during 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.
“The runner-up finish during our debut event was both exciting and unexpected,” said Kyle. “Following my runner-up last year and Corey’s win last month at the Charlotte Four-Wide nationals, second place just won’t cut it anymore; we know we have what it takes to get the win.”
The team comes in to this year’s event on a high-note following Corey Michalek’s win at the Charlotte Four-Wide nationals and team partner Dreher Motorsport’s runner-up finish at the NHRA Lucas Oil regional event in Indianapolis two weeks ago. Highlighting the team’s return to competition at Summit Motorsports Park (directions) is the newly established partnership between MBR and the Kenan Advantage Group (KAG) as the team’s primary sponsor.
“KAG’s corporate headquarters are only 20 minutes from MBR; it’s very special to be partnered with a local organization that is extremely successful on a national level,” said Kyle. “We are excited to introduce NHRA fans to the great career opportunities available at KAG as a truck driver or mechanic. We plan to use the KAG dragster as a 270mph recruiting billboard.”
KAG is North America’s largest tank truck transporter with more than 9,000 employees, and has the ability to deliver within the continental U.S., Canada, and Mexico. KAG is experiencing strong growth, and is actively seeking commercial truck drivers including company drivers and owner-operators, mechanics, and tank washers to join their growing team, and has partnered with MBR to help recruit new employees. Job opportunities are available nationally, and KAG currently has open positions in 44 states. Please visit the KAG website for a full list of available positions or call 877-947-1013. While filling out the online application, be sure to note “Race Car” under the “How did you hear about us?” drop down box and reference Michalek Brothers Racing as the referral source.
2014 marks MBR’s 10th year participating in drag racing competition. Kyle made his first passes in a “legitimate” race car in 2004 down Norwalk’s storied quarter-mile, and returns 10 years later to take on the world’s best semi-professional drivers.
“Norwalk is where I started my driving career 10 years ago; our team has come a long way since that fateful first pass in my Super Pro dragster when I thought I was going to get sick from nervousness in the staging lanes,” said Kyle. “I am very excited to get back in the car after a long break, and always look forward to racing at Norwalk with the hometown support of family and friends. This year will be no different; we plan to have a very strong MBR cheering section that will be supplemented with KAG employees coming out to the track to cheer on the home team. We look forward to hosting KAG, and having the opportunity to show their employees a good time at the races.”
The Cavalcade of Stars event has become the premier regional event on the NHRA tour and is notorious for record-breaking crowds.
The 8th annual Mickey Mart Rewards Cavalcade of Stars kicks off an action-packed weekend of racing on Friday, May 16 at Summit Motorsports Park with pre-race ceremonies and driver introductions at 6:00 followed by the first round of qualifying at 6:30. The action kicks up a notch on Saturday, the day most notably known for record-breaking crowds of nearly 50,000 fans, with pre-race ceremonies and driver introductions at 3:30, round two of qualifying at 4:00, and the third and final qualifying run under the lights at 7:00. Both Friday and Saturday night will be capped off with the Bader family’s signature firework shows. Final eliminations get underway on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 with the event coming to a close at 5:30. Admission is $20 per day or $50 for the full event. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time here.
“This is the premier regional event on the NHRA tour, and it’s a date that we have had circled on our calendar since last May,” said Corey. “The facility is top notch, the fans pack the place wall-to-wall, and some of the best racers in the country will be there putting on a side-by-side show of racing at speeds in excess of 270MPH. Simply put, it’s going to be awesome. We can’t get the KAG car on the track soon enough!”