The first two winners of the Champion Spark Plug brand’s annual $125,000 “Search for a Champion” motorsports sponsorship contest added to their growing lists of honors by posting impressive victories in key early-season national drag and dirt racing events this past weekend.
Inaugural Search for a Champion grand-prize winner Corey Michalek of Michalek Brothers Racing made the most of his NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster (T/AD) racing debut by winning the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway, Charlotte, N.C. Michalek, who shares driving duties in the Champion-sponsored Michalek Brothers Racing dragster, beat T/AD veteran Bill Reichert in Sunday’s semi-final and took the final round over Brandon Booher.
In Late Model DIRT competition, 2013 Search for a Champion grand-prize winner Bobby Pierce won Friday night’s feature event at Farmer City (Ill.) Raceway, then captured Saturday’s UMP DIRTcar Spring Nationals title at Eldora Speedway, Rossberg, Ohio. The 17-year-old, victorious in three consecutive events, is the youngest driver to win at Eldora.
A third Champion-sponsored grassroots racer – Daniel Burkett – dominated the action in Formula Atlantic competition with two poles and two wins in Rounds 1 and 2 of the 2014 Atlantic Championship Series at Road Atlanta, Braselton, Ga.