Races #8 and #9 in the 2021 IHRA Summit Super Series are set for Saturday and Sunday (June 19 & 20) this weekend at Bunker Hill Dragstrip along with the second race in the season’s OSR Motorcycle Series on Saturday night and another Friday Night Fun Night with grudge racing and test and tune.
Coming off a disappointing rain out this past Saturday (June 12) the point series reaches its midway point with battles brewing in each of the four points classes. Both Top and Modified classes have had six different winners in the six completed races thus far in 2021 and given the fact that a racer’s best 15-points races will be counted in the 18-race series the titles remain wide open even in Sportsman and Jr. Dragster where Randy Wolfe and Tyler Kindle Olinger have already claimed three wins, respectively.
Todd Smith rode his Kawasaki to victory in the first OSR race, May 22 and is expected to be among the many motorcycle racers on hand for the second of five OSR races planned this season. The OSR series features some of the quickest street-type motorcycles in the state. Old School Racing rules prohibit drag slicks (street D.O.T required), no wheelie bars and no slider or two-steps permitted. The winner will receive a $50 bonus and a trophy while the runner-up will get an added $25 to the regular posted Street Bike purse. There is no additional entry fee.
Friday Fun Night (June 18) – Grudge Racing + Test and Tune
Gates Open 5 p.m.
Racing 6 to 10 p.m.
Saturday (June 19) – IHRA Summit Super Series Race #8 + OSR Motorcycles
Gates Open 1 p.m.
Time Trials 3 p.m.
Eliminations 6 p.m.
Sunday (June 20) – IHRA Summit Super Series Race #9
Gates Open 9 a.m.
Time Trials 10 a.m.
Eliminations 1 p.m. (or after conclusion of time trials)
Beat the Heat, Inc., a national non-profit organization comprised of Police Officers and Firefighters who conduct educational programs using marked emergency vehicle drag cars will be on hand racing Friday night as part of Bunker Hill Dragstrip’s Fun Night grudge racing and test and tune.
Beat the Heat was founded in 1992 to help combat the problem of street racing and drunk driving. Today the organization has added distracted driving, community relations and youth education to its mission.
The goals of Beat the Heat, Inc. are to educate people about the problems of illegal drug and alcohol use and the horrors of impaired and distracted driving; to encourage young people to stay in school and be an achiever in life; promote a better understanding between the Police and the communities they serve and, educate the general public about the sport of drag racing and encourage everyone to race on the dragstrip NOT ON THE STREET.
Gates open at 5 p.m. with runs from 6 to 10 p.m. General admission is $10 with an entry including unlimited runs for the evening only $15. Entrants are welcomed to challenge the Beat the Heat racers John Hubert (pictured above) or Matthew Breden.
John Hubert's Police Cruiser
A big payday A $5,000 to win Bounty presented by Triple A Graphix is set for Saturday and Sunday, June 5 & 6 at Bunker Hill Dragstrip. The event is being promoted by Rex Ambrose. See the event flyer for more info.
Randy Wolfe scored wins both Saturday and Sunday in the Sportsman class and Mark Pappas wheeled his Reher-Morrison Camaro to the Midwest Nostalgia Pro Stock round robin victory on Saturday to lead the list of winners over Memorial Day weekend at Bunker Hill Dragstrip.
The Midwest Nostalgia Pro Stock put on quite a show Saturday evening with Pappas winning over Mike Roppo’s Castrol GTX/Rod Shop Firebird in the opening round and Mike Ruth’s Bob Glidden Fairmont replica in round two before outrunning Ted Peters’ “Patriot Missile” Mopar with low ET and top speed of the day in the final.
Wolfe took a big lead in the Sportsman IHRA Summit Super Series points with back-to-back wins in the class. Wolfe edged Don Morning from Kewanna on Saturday and Robin Ridgeway from Lafayette in the final on Sunday.
Adam Confer made it to two final rounds but came up short on Saturday to Fred Brazzle and Troy Rasmus on Sunday in the Modified class. Tyler Kindle Olinger of Warsaw was also in both final rounds of the Jr Dragster class with a runner-up to Dawson Gortney on Saturday and a win over Jordan Trisler on Sunday.
Rex Ambrose defeated his son Andre in Saturday’s Top eliminator final while Dan Richardson picked up his first win of the year on Sunday defeating Deher Maurer. Donny Kinney and Bob Walter met each other in the Pure Street finals both days with Kinney scoring the win Saturday and Walter taking Sunday’s title.
This coming weekend the track will play host to The Bounty Race presented by Triple A Graphix. The Rex Ambrose promoted event will feature $5,000 to win in Top Eliminator on Saturday and Sunday. Friday night will be a weekend warm-up.
Todd Smith rode his Kawasaki to the first OSR Motorcycle event win of the season at Bunker Hill Dragstrip Saturday night. Smith was joined in Victory Lane by Brian Tuttle in Top, John Hochstedler in Modified, Randy Wolfe in Sportsman, Tyler Kindle Olinger in Jr. Dragster and Bryn Jones in Pure Street.
Smith from Mishawaka received an automatic win in the final when Brett Engel riding a Harley-Davidson from Logansport fouled on the start in the first of five special OSR Motorcycle events scheduled for the season. Shane Stevens, Jr from Fort Wayne riding an ’08 Kawasaki ZX14 recorded low elapsed time and fastest speed in eliminations of the motorcycles with a 5.713 at 124.56 mph.
Tuttle became the fourth different winner of the year in Top eliminator with his Buick topping John Nifong from Plymouth. Tuttle was near perfect on the final run with a .007 reaction time and running a 6.593 on his 6.59 dial-in at 102.41 mph.
Former IHRA World Champion John Hochstedler from Niles, Mich. captured the Modified class win defeating Fred Brazzle from Logansport. Hochstedler overcame Brazzle’s starting line advantage recording a 6.840 on his 6.84 dial-in.
Wolfe won his second Sportsman class title of the young season with a final round victory over defending class champion Brad Fisher from Peru. Wolfe had the better reaction time and held off Fisher’s quicker pickup truck.
A point battle appears to be brewing in the Jr. Dragster class as Tyler Kindle Olinger and Nicholas Rasmus both have two wins a piece with Kindle Olinger edging Rasmus in this week’s final.
In Pure Street it was Jones riding a Harley-Davidson over Donny Kinney from Scotts, Mich. in his second straight final round appearance.
Racing resumes next weekend with the Midwest Nostalgia Pro Stocks on hand Saturday of a double header weekend in the track’s IHRA Summit Super Series. Super Series events are scheduled for both Saturday night and Sunday, May 29 and 30. The regular Friday Night Fun Night for grudge racing and time trials is also on tap. Spectator admission is $10 each day.
Todd Smith celebrated his first OSR Motorcycle win of the season in Bunker Hill's Victory Lane.
Bunker Hill Dragstrip is pleased to announce a multi-faceted sponsorship program with Lane Automotive that will offer special gift certificates and prizes for racers during the track’s 65thAnniversary season.
A $50 gift certificate from various performance parts manufacturers available from Lane Automotive will be given away at each of the 2021 IHRA Summit Super Series point races. Product certificates are from Edelbrock, Moroso, Aeromotive, Holley, ARP, MSD, Comp Cams and Autometer.
In addition to the $900 in certificates and other give-a-ways, a special Lane Automotive Scoreboard has been added to www.bunkerhilldragstrip.com that will track the winners and runners-up as the track’s IHRA Summit Super Series progresses during the 2021 season.
Headquartered in Watervliet, Michigan Lane Automotive is one of the country’s leading automotive parts and components suppliers. Drag racers have come to rely on Lane Automotive and its Allstar Performance line of parts, tools and supplies to get them into Victory Lane. www.laneautomotive.com
With warmer temperatures and extended daylight hours Bunker Hill Dragstrip has announced new summer hours for gate opening and start times for Saturday races starting with its IHRA Summit Super Series event, Saturday, June 12. Beginning June 12 Saturday gates will open at 1 p.m. with time trials beginning at 3 and eliminations to follow at 6 p.m.
Friday Fun Night times will remain unchanged with gates opening at 5 p.m. and grudge racing and test runs from 6 to 10 p.m.
Rocky VanNote, Adam Confer, Brad Fisher and Nicholas Rasmus scored wins Saturday night under threatening skies for the third race of the 2021 season at Bunker Hill Dragstrip.
VanNote from Redkey (pictured right) took the Top eliminator title with a final round win over Nick Dishon from Kokomo after defeating Nick’s father Dan in the semi-finals. In the final, VanNote recorded a 5.854 elapsed time at 118.08 mph as Dishon suffered mechanical troubles on the start.
The Modified final was the closest race of the day with Confer from Logansport taking the win by a .0003-second margin of victory over Richard Lidgard of Walkerton. The reaction time advantage went to Confer by .0058 seconds while Lipgard was closer to his dial-in by .0055 seconds.
Defending Sportsman track champion Brad Fisher from Peru picked up his first final round win of the year as he edged Dave McVicker of Lagro who was in his third straight final round. Fisher had a great .0053 second reaction time as both drivers broke out on their dial-ins.
Rasmus from Peru became the first repeat winner of the season as he scored his second straight Jr. Dragster victory with a final round win over Dawson Gortney from Goshen.
Bob Walter took the Pure Street class win in his Chevy Sonic over Donny Kinney from Scotts, Mich.
Racing resumes next weekend with the fourth race in the track’s IHRA Summit Super Series on Saturday (May 22). The event will also be the first race of the season for the OSR motorcycle class. The regular Friday Night Fun Night for grudge racing and time trials is also scheduled.
The first special event of the year is coming up Memorial Day weekend with the Midwest Nostalgia Pro Stock Association making an appearance on Saturday, May 29.
Defending track champions Bill Casner and Mike Pyle are joined by Randy Wolfe and Tyler Kindle-Olinger as point leaders heading into race #3 in the 18-race 2021 IHRA Summit Super Series at Bunker Hill Dragstrip this Saturday night (May 15). Casner in Top eliminator and Kindle-Olinger in Jr. Dragster won the opening weekend (May 1), while Pyle in Modified and Wolfe in Sportsman collected wins last weekend (May 8).
It is still early in the point chase and with a racer’s best 15 finishes counting from the scheduled 18 series events. It is not too late to join the points program. Top finishers will qualify for the IHRA Summit Team Finals to held in September in Michigan and the track champions will qualify for the IHRA Summit Super Series World Finals to be held October 14-16 at Memphis International Raceway. Certain IHRA requirements apply, see www.ihra.comfor details.
Bunker Hill Dragstrip point membership is $60 for the season and will include free car and driver entry and a team shirt for qualifiers at the IHRA Summit Team Finals. A racer’s points begin the day they sign-up. Five points are awarded for event entry and an additional 10 points are awarded for every round won at designated Bunker Hill IHRA Summit Series events. Round points are not counted for buyback entries and points are counted in the category they are earned. A racer’s 15 best point finishes will be counted, enabling a driver to throughout a bad race or missed race.
Tonight’s Friday Night Fun Night gates open at 5 p.m. with grudge runs and test-n-tune running from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday’s IHRA Summit Super Series gets underway with gates opening at 11 a.m., time trials begin at 1 and eliminations are set for 4 p.m. or conclusion of time trials.
The Midwest Nostalgia Pro Stock Association will headline a big double header Memorial Day weekend at Bunker Hill Dragstrip with match racing action as a tribute to some of the legends of the sport. The Pro Stocks will be featured on Saturday night, May 29 as the track hosts its IHRA Summit Super Series points both Saturday and Sunday.
Pro Stock celebrated its 50thanniversary as a class during the 2020 season and it is only fitting that the popular category be part of Bunker Hill Dragstrip’s 65th anniversary season.
The MNPSA group has recreated largely period correct cars that were the stars of the class including Mark Pappas’ Reher-Morrison Camaro, Mike Ruth’s Bob Glidden Fairmont, Ted Peters’ “Patriot Missile” Mopar, Mike Roppo’s Castrol GTX Firebird and Bill White’s “Joe Satmary” Camaro. .
The Pro Stocks are just part of the big weekend that will also feature points races both Saturday and Sunday with Top, Modified, Sportsman and Jr. Dragster classes along with Pure Street and Street Motorcycle classes. Friday night grudge racing and test runs will kick off the weekend.
Bunker Hill Dragstrip
Memorial Day Weekend Schedule
Friday Friday Night Fun Night – Grudge Racing & Test-n-Tune
Gates Open 5 p.m.
Runs Begin 6 p.m.
Secure 10 p.m.
Saturday IHRA Summit Super Series Race #5 + Midwest Nostalgia Pro Stocks
Gates Open 11 a.m.
Time Trials 1 p.m.
Eliminations 5 p.m.
Sunday IHRA Summit Super Series Race #6
Gates Open 9 a.m.
Time Trials 10 a.m.
Eliminations 1 p.m.
The first of the five-race 2021 OSR Motorcycles Series is set for Saturday, May 22 as part of Bunker Hill Dragstrip’s IHRA Summit Super Series. The series features some of the quickest street-type motorcycles in the state.
Old School Racing rules prohibit drag slicks (street D.O.T required), no wheelie bars and no slider or two-steps permitted. The winner will receive a $50 bonus and a trophy while the runner-up will get an added $25 to the regular posted Street Bike purse. There is no additional entry fee.
Saturday, May 22 the gates will open at 11 a.m. with time trials get underway at 1 p.m. and eliminations projected to start at 4 p.m. or conclusion of time trials.
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2021 OSR Motorcycle Series
Bunker Hill Dragstrip
Jasper Plastic Solutions and Stine Tire will sponsor special Quick 8 eliminations as part of special events previously announced for the 2021 Bunker Hill Dragstrip season.
The Jasper Plastic Solutions Quick 8s for both Top and Modified classes will be held as part of the Firecracker Bracket Races on Saturday, July 3. The quick 8 qualifiers in each class will be laddered during the first three rounds of their respective Top and Modified brackets. The quick 8 winner will then advance to the fourth round of competition. An $800 bonus purse ($400 to win, $200 runner-up and $100 to each semi-finalists) will be up for grabs in each class with no additional entry fee.
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The Stine Tire Quick 8s for both Top and Modified classes will be included with the 65th Anniversary Celebration with Grand Marshal Shirley Muldowney on Saturday, August 28. The Anniversary event will feature race #16 in the track’s IHRA Summit Super Series along with a car show and nostalgia gassers. The quick 8 qualifiers in each class will be laddered with the Quick 8 winners advancing in their respective class eliminations. The Quick 8 winner will pocket $400, runner-up $200 and each semi-finalist $100 with no additional entry fee.
Stine Tire is located just north of North Manchester on State Road 13 and offers complete automotive service and a huge selection of tires from Goodyear, Bridgestone, Firestone, Carlisle, Toyo Tires, Mastercraft and many more.
Billy’s Auto Repair will sponsor the Junior Dragster class during the 2021 season which officially gets underway Saturday, May 1 with the first IHRA Summit Super Series points race of the year at Bunker Hill Dragstrip.
The Junior Dragster program is designed to allow youth, as young as 7 years of age and up to 17, the opportunity to race against their peers in half-scale dragsters powered by Briggs and Stratton-type engines. Jr. drag racing was first introduced in 1992 and has gained popularity across the country. Many of today’s top professional and sportsman stars started their racing career in Jr. Dragsters.
The top points finisher in Bunker Hill Dragstrip’s Jr Dragster class will qualify for the IHRA Summit Super Series World Finals to be held, October 14-16, 2021 at Memphis International Raceway in Tennessee. Top finishers will also qualify to participate at the IHRA Summit Team Finals to be held in Michigan in September.
The Billy’s Auto Repair sponsorship will guarantee the winner $200 and runner-up $50 at each of the designated 2021 racing series events.
Bunker Hill Dragstrip will celebrate its 65th anniversary of racing when it opens for pre-season testing on March 27, with events scheduled most weekends thru October. The track, located one and one-half miles southeast of Grissom Air Reserve Base, originally opened as Indiana’s first drag strip on August 25, 1956.
The track operates under International Hot Rod Association rules and the track’s IHRA Summit Super Series gets underway May 1. Top point finishers in the 18-race series will qualify for the IHRA Division 5 Team Finals, Sept. 23-26, to be held in Martin, Mich. Bunker Hill’s 2021 track champions in Top, Modified, Sportsman and Jr. Dragster classes will qualify for the IHRA Summit Super Series World Finals, Oct. 14-16 at Memphis International Raceway, Tenn.
Several special events are planned including a celebration of Bunker Hill’s hot-rodding heritage with a 65th Anniversary race, car show and reunion event, August 28. Shirley Muldowney, the first lady of drag racing and a three-time world champion, has been named the grand marshal for the event and will be attending.
The TNT No Prep Team Championships will be the first major event, April 10. The event, tailored after the street outlaw-type of racing as seen on tv has already generated an early pre-entry list of competitors from a six-state area.
Other specials include Beat the Heat on Friday, June 11; an all Diesel drag race, truck pull and show promoted by Diesel Performance from Kansas City, Mo. June 25 and 26; The Bounty presented by Triple A Graphix with $5,000 to win each day, June 5 and 6; the IHRA Iron Man Classic, July 10; the annual Road King’s Car Club Hot Rod show and drags, July 25; the IHRA Jr. Dragster Iron Man Championships, Aug. 8; Injun Wars an all Pontiac race, show and swap meet, August 14 and others to be announced.
Defending track champions Bill Casner of Kokomo in Top class; Mike Pyle from Silver Lake in Modified; Peru’s Brad Fisher in Sportsman and 12-year-old Cadan Richardson a 6th grader at Northwestern Elementary in Jr. Dragster are defending Bunker Hill track champions and will be gunning to repeat as the 65thAnniversary champions.
Bunker Hill Drag Strip
2021 Season Schedule
27 (Sat) Pre-Season Test-n-Tune
3 (Sat) Pre-Season Test-n-Tune
10 (Sat) TNT No Prep Team Championships (Rain date Sun)
17 (Sat) Pre-Season Test-n-Tune / IHRA Chassis Certification
24 (Sat) Pre-Season Test-n-Tune
30 (Fri) Friday Nite Fun Grudge Racing / Test and Tune
1 (Sat) IHRA Summit Super Series Points Race #1
7 (Fri) Friday Nite Fun Grudge Racing / Test and Tune
8 (Sat) IHRA Summit Super Series Points Race #2
14 (Fri) Friday Nite Fun Grudge Racing / Test and Tune
15 (Sat) IHRA Summit Super Series Points Race #3
21 (Fri) Friday Nite Fun Grudge Racing / Test and Tune
22 (Sat) IHRA Summit Super Series Points Race #4 + OSR Motorcycles
28 (Fri) Friday Nite Fun Test and Tune / Grudge Racing
29 (Sat) IHRA Summit Super Series Points Race #5
Midwest Nostalgia Pro Stock Match Races
30 (Sun) IHRA Summit Super Series Points Race #6
4 (Fri) Test and Tune (Slicks Only Nite)
5 (Sat) BOUNTY RACE presented by Triple A Graphix $5,000 to win (Rex Ambrose Prod.)
6 (Sun) BOUNTY RACE presented by Triple A Graphix $5,000 to win (Rex Ambrose Prod.)
11 (Fri) BEAT the HEATFriday Nite Fun Grudge Racing / Test and Tune
12 (Sat) IHRA Summit Super Series Points Race #7
18 (Fri) Friday Nite Fun Grudge Racing / Test and Tune
19 (Sat) IHRA Summit Super Series Points Race #8 + OSR Motorcycles
20 (Sun) IHRA Summit Super Series Points Race #9
25 (Fri) THUNDER in the BUNKER by DIESEL MOTORSPORTS.US
26 (Sat) THUNDER in the BUNKER – Diesel Drag Racing / Pulling / Show-n-Shine
2 (Fri) Friday Nite Fun Grudge Racing / Test and Tune
3 (Sat) Firecracker Bracket Races + Quick 8 Top & Quick 8 Modified
9 (Fri) Friday Nite Fun Grudge Racing / Test and Tune
10 (Sat) IRON MAN CLASSIC / IHRA Summit Super Series Points Race #10
16 (Fri) Friday Nite Fun Grudge Racing / Test and Tune
17 (Sat) IHRA Summit Super Series Points Race #11
18 (Sun) IHRA Summit Super Series Points Race #12
23 (Fri) Friday Nite Fun Grudge Racing / Test and Tune
24 (Sat) IHRA Summit Super Series Points Race #13 + OSR Motorcycles
25 (Sun) Road King’s BATTLE at the HILL – Fun Race and Show
30 (Fri) Friday Nite Fun Grudge Racing / Test and Tune
31 (Sat) Bracket Racing (Bounty or IHRA Summit Super Series Make-up Date)
6 (Fri) Friday Nite Fun Grudge Racing / Test and Tune
7 (Sat) IHRA Summit Super Series Points Race #14 / Indiana County Championships
8 (Sun) IRON MAN Jr. DRAGSTER CHAMPIONSHIPS (Jr. Dragsters Only)
13 (Fri) Friday Nite Fun Grudge Racing / Test and Tune
14 (Sat) INJUN WARS All Pontiac Race – Car Show – Swap Meet
20 (Fri) Friday Nite Fun Grudge Racing / Test and Tune
21 (Sat) IHRA Summit Super Series Points Race #15
22 (Sun) HOOSIER NO PREP presented by John Bromagen
25 (Wed) Bunker Hill Dragstrip Birthday Party Cruise-in
27 (Fri) Friday Nite Fun Grudge Racing / Test and Tune
28 (Sat) 65th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION– IHRA Summit Super Series Points Race #16
Shirley Muldowney – Grand Marshal + Car Show + Nostalgia Gassers +
Quick 8 Top and Quick 8 Modified & Lots More
3 (Fri) Friday Nite Fun Grudge Racing / Test and Tune
4 (Sat) Bracket Racing
5 (Sun) SHOOTOUT at the HILL (No Prep &Index Classes) presented by TNT Performance
10 (Fri) Friday Nite Fun Grudge Racing / Test and Tune
11 (Sat) IHRA Summit Super Series Points Race #17 + OSR Motorcycles
17 (Fri) Friday Nite Fun Grudge Racing / Test and Tune
18 (Sat) IHRA Summit Super Series FINAL Points Race #18
19 (Sun) Iron Man King of the Hill Race
24 (Fri) Closed for Summit Super Series Team Finals in Michigan
25 (Sat) Closed for Summit Super Series Team Finals in Michigan
1 (Fri) Friday Nite Fun Grudge Racing / Test and Tune
2 (Sat) Box / No Box / Foot Brake Races
8 (Fri) Final Friday Nite Fun Grudge Racing / Test and Tune
9 (Sat) Bracket Racing Lil Mama / Don Rausch Memorial Race
16 (Sat) Gambler Races / Grudge Racing / Test and Tune
23 (Sat) Gambler Races / Grudge Racing / Test and Tune
30 (Sat) Gambler Races / Grudge Racing / Test and Tune
The “First Lady of Drag Racing” and three-time NHRA World Champion, Shirley Muldowney has been named grand marshal and will be appearing at historic Bunker Hill Dragstrip’s 65th anniversary drag race and reunion to be held August 28, 2021. The event will highlight a full season of racing, with a complete schedule to be announced by new track owner Mark Cregier in coming weeks.
Muldowney was the first woman to win a national event in the National Hot Rod Association’s premier Top Fuel-dragster class. She went on to claim NHRA season championships in 1977, 1980 and 1982, as well as winning 18 national event titles, most at the wheel of her trademark pink dragsters.
Often facing discrimination and hostility for being a woman in a dangerous, male-dominated sport, Muldowney’s life was chronicled in the movie “Heart Like a Wheel”. She has been inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (1990), International Motorsports Hall of Fame (2004) and Automotive Hall of Fame (2005).