The 78th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is getting closer than we think and in an effort to make sure everyone has adequate notice of the dates for the Drag Races we are sending out this little news letter in an effort to let everyone know what we are planning for this year. As many of you know, this will be the 13th anniversary of Black Hills Drag Racing Association (BHDRA) operating Sturgis Dragway. As such, BHDRA has joined forces with Bill McGrew in an effort to make the 78th Sturgis Rally Drag Races the best they can be.
First and Foremost, we want to sincerely thank each and every one of you for you past participation and support of the Rally Drag Races and to personally invite each and every one of you to participate in the 2018 Races because without your participation this event would not be possible!
We have discussed the race schedule with many of you and it seems that the general consensus is to hold the races on the first weekend of the Rally so that anyone that needs or wants to head back home can do so. Additionally we have observed that the previous midweek schedule has directly conflicted with ½ mile races, short track races, hill climbs, Hulett Day and numerous organized rides such as Biker Bells, Legends Ride, etc., not to mention all of the big name concerts, resulting in extremely poor spectator attendance.
It is for the previous reasons that we are proposing the following schedule for the 2018 Rally Drag Races.
Sunday, August 5th – Move In and Test & Tune 1PM - 4PM
"Run What Ya Brung" 5PM - 10PM
Monday, August 6th – Nitro Drag Qualifying 1PM - Until Finished
Gamblers Races - Following Qualifying
Tuesday, August 7th – Nitro Drag Eliminations and Finals 1PM - Until Finished
Followed by The Baker "All-in to go All-out"
Wednesday, August 8th - Afternoon held open for Rain Make Up Day
In addition, we will be hosting some special events later in the week so anyone who participates in the Drag Races together with their pit crew will be allowed to continue to camp in the pits for the entire week and will only be charged a nominal fee to cover the cost of cleaning of the Porta-Pots, Garbage Service, Showers, etc..
We truly do want to make the 2018 event the best it has ever been and to that end we really do need your help. We are currently trying to secure sponsors to cover all of the payouts for the various classes so that every participant knows in advance exactly what they are racing for so we are asking that you help us accomplish this goal by talking to your sponsors/business associates or giving us suggestions of who we may contact.
We would also ask that if you are directly associated with a business, you seriously consider becoming a sponsor of this event yourself. BHDRA is a South Dakota non-profit corporation therefore any advertising or sponsorship should be deductible for income tax purposes.
Should you have additional suggestions or comments that you feel will help to make this a better event, please do not hesitate to drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org because I can assure you that any and all comments or suggestions will be given serious consideration. (I cannot assure you that they will all be adopted but they will be given serious consideration.)
I am sure that many, if not all, of you know Bill McGrew who has been directly involved with Motorcycle Drag Racing most of his life and as such, knows exactly what it takes to put together a fantastic event, so be assured that between Bill, BHDRA and You, every effort will be made to make this event one of the most exciting and enjoyable events you have ever attended. If you have Race Related questions do not hesitate to call Bill at 336-409-9097 weekdays between 7am and 7pm eastern standard time.
Our web site is www.sturgisdrags.com so stay tuned for upcoming announcements as well as news releases in various magazines.
Please contact me if you have any concerns or questions.
77th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Nitro Drags at Sturgis Dragway. Top Fuel Champion - Allen Peterson
77th Annual Sturgis Motorcylce Rally Nitro Drags at Sturgis Dragway Pro Drag Champion - Mike Bahnmaier
77th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Nitro Drags at Sturgis Dragway. Pro ET & Super Comp Champion - Terry Schweigert
77th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Nitro Drags at Sturgis Dragway. Super Gas Champion - Sammy Newsom
77th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Nitro Drags at Sturgis Dragway.
Pro Eliminator Champion - Alex Smith
77th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Nitro Drags at Sturgis Dragway. Street Eliminator & Draggin' Bagger Champion - Gary Klinghagen
77th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Nitro Drags at Sturgis Dragway. Street ET Champion - George Brown
77th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Nitro Drags at Sturgis Dragway. Asphalt Snowmobile Champion - Chris Boom
King of Sturgis Drag - Terry Schweigert Sponsored by Diesel Services
We had a good turn out for the 77th annual SturgisMotorcycle Rally Drag Races.
We would like to sincerely thank all of the racers and sponsors for their help & participation. We would also like to thank Baker Drivetrain and S&S Cycle for adding to the week with their special events.
1st Place - Allen Peterson
2nd Place - Freddie Robbins
Runner Up - Mike Bahnmaier
Runner Up - David A Larson
1st Place - Mike Bahnmaier
2nd Place - Jim Martin
Runner Up - David A Larson Runner Up - Rocky Jackson
1st Place - Terry Schweigert
2nd Place - Tim Grindle
1st Place - Sammy Newsom
2nd Place - Dylan Klinghagen
1st Place - Alex Smith
2nd Place - Travis Mullner
1st Place - Gary Klinghagen
2nd Place - Mike Smith
1st Place - Terry Schweigert
2nd Place - Brian Klinghagen
1st Place - George Brown
2nd Place - Ken Lawrence
1st Place - Gary Klinghagen
2nd Place - David Dennick
Aphalt Snowmobile 1st Place - Chris Boom
2nd Place - Rick Glasgow
King of Sturgis Drag
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
S&S Cycle, Inc.
2017 Sturgis MC Rally Lane Sponsor
Sturgis Dragway and Black Hills Drag Racing Association (BHDRA) are pleased to announce that S&S Cycle has agreed to be the staging land sponsor during the 2017 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Drag Races.
S&S Cycle will be hosting Demo Rides at Sturgis Dragway on Thursday, August 10, 2017 During the Rally.
S&S Cycle’s involvement demonstrates their continued support of motorcycle drag racing and allows the Pro Dragster class more opportunities for competition.
S&S Cycle Racing Manager, Justin Bramstedt said, “S&S Cycle has history of supporting and supplying products for v-twin drag racing since 1958. The Pro Dragster class demonstrates the tried and true S&S Super “D” Carburetor, a product which has been around since 1983 and has paved the way for many S&S performance products all the way to today’s complete S&S engines.”
Entering its 12th year as a racing association, the BHDRA is extremely excited to provide this highly competitive all motorcycle racing event during the 77th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally at Sturgis Dragway.
For Immediate Release
Baker Drivetrain joins BHDRA as a Lane Sponsor
Sturgis Dragway and Black Hills Drag Racing Association (BHDRA) are pleased to announce that Baker Drivetrain has agreed to be a Lane Sponsor during the 2017 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Drag Races.
In addition, Baker Drivetrain will be hosting a PUBLIC EVENT at Sturgis Dragway on Wednesday Evening , August 9, 2017 from 5:30 pm until 11:00 pm During the Rally. The event is titled:
The Baker “All-In” All Out
and it should be a fun and exciting event for all involved.
Baker Drivetrain’s involvement demonstrates their continued support of motorcycle drag racing and allows more opportunities for competition.
ABOUT BAKER DRIVETRAIN: BAKER Drivetrain is and always will be dedicated to premium drivetrain standards for the American big-twin motorcycles. BAKER Drivetrain is committed to using materials, labor, creativity, know-how and grit that is born or made in the USA. As an American company standing on the forefront of innovation in their market, Baker Drivetrain feels it is their duty to keep this company on the leading edge.
BAKER Drivetrain continues to introduce new solutions based on empirically-based inspiration as they ride their American V-Twins and get ideas from their American riding buddies using their proven engineering methodologies. To maintain their reputation of quality as they develop products, their strict research and development practices will never be compromised. Baker’s iron-fisted protocol of an intense attention to detail will always be exercised in manufacturing to continue to earn their position as the American Motorcycle Drivetrain authority. Convinced that BAKER Drivetrian produces the best products out there, the team at BAKER Drivetrain stands shoulder-to-shoulder behind the guaranteed products that they release with plain-English-speaking technical support before and after your purchase.
Because of this strict commitment to quality using the finest people and materials along with a dedicated focus to the American Motorcycle Drivetrain, BAKER maintains its seat as the American V-Twin drivetrain authority. For More information go to www.bakerdrivetrain.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Vanson Leathers to be a sponsor at Sturgis
Sturgis, SD – June 9, 2017 -- Sturgis Dragway is proud to announce that Vanson Leathers has joined BHDRA as an event sponsor during the 77th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Drag Races. Vanson Leathers continues its tradition as an outstanding sponsor for Motorcycle Drag Racing events throughout the country and has agreed to become a sponsor for the Rally Drag Races scheduled for August 5-7, 2017.
Vanson Leathers has agreed to serve as a sponsor of this event by providing a full set of leathers for the winner of the Top Fuel Class and has further agreed to provide a $300.00 gift certificate to the winner of the Pro Dragster, Pro Gas, Super Comp, Super Gas, Pro Eliminator, Street Eliminator, ET and King of the Sturgis Drags classes.
About Vanson Leathers - At Vanson Leathers, the quest for excellence and perfection never ends. Vanson continues to create a new standard with every Vanson product and every Vanson product is as unique as your own bike. Vanson workers make sure that your jacket has the fit and finish that will distinguish you from the crowd. Perhaps that is why you can spot a Vanson garment in a crowd of hundreds. Your investment in a genuine Vanson will make even more sense in ten years: you will still be wearing it. That is what Vanson calls “Heirloom Quality” garments and that is why every day, the world’s top riders and racers put their faith in Vanson Leathers
About BHDRA - This year celebrates the tenth year that Black Hills Drag Racing Association (BHDRA) has operated Sturgis Dragway which includes hosting various Motorcycle Drag Racing organizations during the Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota. This year BHDRA has teamed up with Bill McGrew to host the 77th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Drag Races at Sturgis Dragway. Visit www.sturgisdrags.com or www.BHDRA.com for continuing updates regarding the 77th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Drag Races.