Powercruise USA #5
Brainerd International Raceway, Brainerd MN
July 11,12,& 13, 2014
Powercruise USA#5 Wrapup
Powercruise USA 5 was the biggest and best so far this was the 4th time to Minnesota, and every year the people seen to be getting friendlier, the expression “Minnesota Nice” certainly rings true with the entrants and spectators and it is really nice to hear the positive feed back about the event from past entrants coming back again because they know what it’s all about to new entrants getting to experience the Powercruise fun for the first time!
We heard comments like “if there was a Powercruise event every weekend I would be broke because I would attend everyone” and “this is the best car event all year and we plan for it 12 months out” and my favourite was “I have never had so much fun in my car”. The word is defiantly spreading and the USA guys are really starting to understand how the event works.
This year we had just short of 600 cars with 594 entrants which was a great increase on our 460 last year. The track still has lots of room and we have our target set on cracking the 800 cars next year. This year we had more muscle cars than ever before but they were joined on the track by all types of cars and styles from Imports to Hot Rods to classic cars, Pickup trucks, drift cars, late model muscle and even some Aussie cars event though you guys call them Pontiac’s we still know they are Holden’s despite the different badges lol !!
Some changes to the track and venue layout were well received and made accessing the track easy and also made picking up new passengers from the camp sites quick and simple to make sure the entrants got the most track time possible.
This year we introduce a new event to the Powercruise Schedule called the Powercruise Street Outlaws and this brought out the big boys and their toys for a play on the Brainerd drag strip. I will put up the full Top 10 list as soon as I arrive home but I can tell you now that Greg Schmidt is top of the tree in the number 1 spot in his very fast Sliver Camaro.
The Burnouts: Over the weekend we had many entrants coming up to us for pointers on how to perfect the Aussie Burnout and I can safely say that they are learning really fast. CJ Cusey took out first place in his 1978 Pontiac Firebird with a great skid on Saturday night and his warm up skid on Friday night was also a cracker!! Check out the Video below. Runner up was Nick White in his V8 Turbo powered 2005 Black Silverado. The crowd favourite was Kevin McCulloch in his 2006 Grey Mitsubishi Evo 4 cylinder turbo, the crowd love seeing 4wd burnouts they are fast and crazy, if he didn’t stop & start a few times during the burnout he would have been up there on the winners list. Unfortunately the little Evo didn’t pull up so well after the burnout and could need a bit of work before it hits the track again.
The Off Street racing is always a packed event with the line of cars stretching well back in the staging lanes but in the finals there was one car that dominated all who came to test it. David “Butch” Karcher in his V8 powered 1930 Ford Coupe picked up the win over AJ Santiago in his 2011 Silver Nissan GTR 6 Cyl Turbo in a great race to decide the winner. To say Butch was pleased with the win would be an understatement as he had a grin from ear to ear.
The Powerskid comp is growing every year but you need torque and HP to make your name in this event and the V8 guys took all the places with Michael Sperry in his 1970 Silver El Camino Pick Up taking the win.
Drifting: With the help of few of the Local guys, Eric, Jerel and a few of their crew we ran the drifting on the road course at the same time as the other events on the front straight which gave the drifters plenty of practice and a 3 run final for each driver. Over the weekend you could see the skill level growing as everyone started to dial in their car and get used to the track. The track had some high speed corners which saw some drivers come unstuck but the ability of the drivers is improving every year! Alec Robbins in his 1986 Black Nissan Hard Body pickup was a standout and claimed the number 1 spot his use of the E brake and skill in sliding around all the corners earned him the victory. The top 5 drivers were all very close with Audi, Jerel (both driving the same car) Ryan Dan & Jeff all earning a top 5 spot.
The Show & Shine results and the Sound off details will all be up on the website site soon.
We have a long journey back to the land of OZ but will be back here in 12 months to do it all again. If you loved the event tell your mates what the missed out on and make sure they come along next time!!!!!
Details about Powercruise USA events in 2015 will be available shortly and I think we are just as excited to return next year and see how many more people can come and experience the best car event on the planet! – register for our eNewsletter to have them sent directly to you by clicking HERE:http://www.powercruise.com/mailreg.php
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Not familiar with Brainerd International Raceway? BIR is located at 5523 Birchdale Rd, Brainerd, MN approx. 15 minutes from Brainerd
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