Michalek Brothers Racing Locked in for Maple Grove
MBR looks to close out 2018 season on a high note
Michalek Brothers Racing’s (MBR) sophomore season of team ownership comes to a conclusion this week at the Dodge NHRA Nationals in Reading, Pennsylvania. In a year of mixed results, including a win at the 41st annual Kelly Services Night Under Fire, MBR heads east on a mission to close out the year strong while building momentum going into the 2019 season.
“Each time we make a run it’s an opportunity for our team to learn more about what this car wants,” said Kyle. “We have realistic expectations that we aren’t ready to go out and run low ET every session, but we are optimistic that we are getting close to locking in a competitive base tune up. I am very excited to build upon the progress we have made up to this point and head into the offseason with confidence to build on in 2019.”
Kyle and Corey Michalek return to scenic Maple Grove Raceway for the first time since 2011 when they were crew members on Pat Dakin’s Top Fuel Dragster. The event marks the opening date of the 2018 NHRA Countdown to the Championship for the professional series, and an opportunity for MBR to measure themselves against a stacked field of some of the nation’s best Top Alcohol Dragster teams before heading into the offseason.
“This is a big one for us,” said Corey Michalek. “We’re still only 17 runs into this new journey as team owners, but we’ve got an opportunity to come out and line up against some of the fastest cars in the country to see where we’re at. We got some validation at the last race for the dedication we’ve put in to making this car a contender when it ran the 5.32, but now we need to come out and do it in NHRA competition. More importantly, we need to do that and repeat. If we can do that, and I know we can with the team that we have, then I think we give ourselves a great shot to qualify and to be able to go toe-to-toe with whoever we line up with throughout the weekend. I’m really eager to get this race underway.”
MBR hits the track for the first time this weekend on Friday, September 14 with two qualifying runs at 12:15PM and 3:00PM, followed by a third and final qualifying session at 12:15PM on Saturday morning. The top 16 qualified cars will then kick off eliminations in front of what promises to be a packed house on Saturday afternoon at 3:00PM. Elimination rounds at 12:20PM and 1:50PM on Sunday afternoon will narrow the field down to 2 finalists who will battle it out for the event title at 3:00PM.