Chevys take 8th-annual Bowtie event at Northern Michigan Dragway

Jon Swango of Grand Blanc is always a crowd favorite with his 1963 Pontiac LeMans.  He took runner-up honors in Top Doorslammer at this past weekend’s 8th-annual Bowtie Challenge. (Photo courtesy of MAD Photography)

Jon Swango of Grand Blanc is always a crowd favorite with his 1963 Pontiac LeMans. He took runner-up honors in Top Doorslammer at this past weekend’s 8th-annual Bowtie Challenge. (Photo courtesy of MAD Photography)

The Chevy racers closed out another thrilling Bowtie Challenge race weekend with the overall victory.  The Bowties matched their round-win total from last years event, 227 rounds to 220 for the challengers. 

The score was a similar 227-225 in 2017.

Racing action was nothing short of spectacular.  The top money win went to South Boardman racer Mark Daniels as he took his second Bowtie Challenge Bracket II championship.  This time he claimed $7,500 with his Chevy Camaro.

Mopar racer Mike Stokes of Kaleva gathered over $3,800 in winnings with his Bracket I victory and a runner-up finish Friday night. 

Sean Nagy of Houghton Lake drove his Ford to the win in Top Doorslammer for $2,000, while re-setting his track record for speed at over 163 miles per hour. 

Friday night winners for $2,000 each included Austin St. Denis of Lake Orion and Kelly Smith from White Cloud.

Despite schedule conflicts going head to head with the Summit Nationals in Norwalk OH, and the Annual Super Chevy Show in Martin, MI, Northern Michigan Dragway was very pleased with the turnout. 

A new record was set for spectator numbers at the event, with over 1,000 pit passes sold.   

Further parking and pit area expansion has led to more elbow room, which will be needed for next month’s 21st-annual Mopars Against the World event.   

The next racing action will be July 6-7 for the “God Bless America” weekend. 

Located three miles north of Kaleva on Potter Road, further info for NMD can be found at NorthernMichiganDragway.com and the social media page, or by calling 231-362-3439.

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