Northern Michigan Dragway - Bear Lake MI

Address: 13991 Potter Rd
City: Bear Lake
State: MI
Zip: 49614
County: Manistee
Number of visits to this page: 28785
General Information:

AKA Manistee County Dragway

Eighth-mile dragstrip in Manistee County. Owned & operated by Tom & Sharon Ledford. Track managers Wayne & Brian Ledford. Track first opened Memorial Day 1970. TSI timing system. Fully lighted for night racing. 30 acre paved expansion spring 2017. 120' new concrete launch pad for 2016 season. New concrete burn boxes, expanded staging lanes and tower expansion in 2018. Complete resurfacing of race track from 60' to finish line in 2021 in addition to more paved pit roads, return roads and staging lanes.

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Info Updates:
6/10/2022 - Brian Ledford

Northern Michigan Dragway is back in action this weekend. There will be racing both Friday and Saturday evening.

Friday evening is the second event of the season for the WTCM-Statewide Towing Street Nights, with time trials starting at 5pm. Five racing classes will be in competition, starting at approximately 7:30pm, with Chicks on Slicks, High School, and Street Trophy in competition for all vehicles. Also, fans will have an added bonus of the Dublin General Store Rider Class for motorcycles and snowmobile riders.

Saturday's event will be the fifth of sixteen Authentic 231 Racing Series events. There'll be an added cash bonus for several classes, in memory of Rob Vande Water, thanks to Vande Water Racing. Classes featured will be Brackets I & II, Pro Trophy, Street Trophy, Advanced Juniors and Mini Juniors. Time Trials will begin at 2pm and eliminations scheduled to begin at 4pm.

The full race schedule and points standings can be found online at NorthernMichiganDragway.com, or by calling (231)218-2657. NMD is located 3 miles north of Kaleva at 13991 Potter Rd.

Attached photo: Four-time Bracket I points champion, Eric Johnson, recently re-set a track record for trucks, with an elapsed time of 4.87 seconds at 145.68 miles-per-hour. The Onekama racer is currently 23rd in the points standings after missing the first three events.

7/28/2015 - Brian Ledford
Kaleva- In their 45 years of drag racing facility operation, Northern Michigan Dragway owners Tom and Sharon Ledford have seen some great weekends. They can easily recollect jam-packed race events in each decade, along with some lean times when it seemed the business was in jeopardy. The 18th Annual Mopars Against the World event this past weekend broke all attendance records by a substantial margin. The weekend's 1,966 paid spectator/pit admissions eclipsed the previous best 1,800 in 2012. The weekend event also drew a record 336 different race vehicle entries. The Ledfords' career has also included a very successful 24-year lease operation of a race facility in the Thumb area, Ubly Dragway, where an overall attendance record was set at a 1995 event with 2,400 people overall. Friday and Saturday night's overall attendance at NMD was at 2,600 overall, making it the largest-attended event the Ledfords have ever put forth. As an added bonus to the racers and fans, a spectacular fireworks show was conducted Saturday night. The crowd's reaction to the grand finale was similar to what you would expect to the home team getting the winning score at a professional ball game. Extensive plans for parking area expansion are in the works, as much of the crowd had to park on the road and walk in through the gates due to parking capacity being filled. Racing action at NMD will resume on August 8th for points event #12, the Cory Gunther Memorial Race. Full weekend race results, points standings and upcoming events schedule can be found at www. NorthernMichiganDragway. com.
7/27/2008 - Unknown
Thank you Lapeer Dragway for your compliments! We're hoping to get the Michigan Bracket finals revived this year at Mid Michigan, do you think you guys might be able to get a team of 20 - 25 racers together? Maybe we can see if Ubly can too. Just a thought, we'll see if it is worth looking into.

Mopars Dominate Day I action
Bracket I Winner - Milo Ayres of Ithaca in a '68 Dodge Charger, Runner Up - Archie Spires of Mancelona in a '66 Plymouth Valiant
Bracket II - Eric Johnson of Onekama in a Dodge Daytona over Gary Rank of Manistee in a Mustang.
Gamblers - Bob Cornell of Kingsley in a Monza, over John Cerka of Freesoil
Trophy - Rhet Brewer of Eastlake in an Audi, over Ron Dougherty of Honor in a Cadillac
*Sat. July 26 - Day two action, we're keeping score of the head to head battles today!
www.northernmichigandragway.net
7/23/2008 - LAPEER DRAGWAY
Brian, I just checked out your aerial photo of your track ,it looks like you have a real nice track for the racers to run, you should be proud of your place. Also I like the way you run the 1/8 mi I wish every track would go to 1/8 mi. it is the safest all the way around .Nice track you have. Ed Vakula Lapeer Dragway
7/10/2007 - Steve Fraley
This is a great track to race at. Brian is doing a great job! Seems every year something new is added. I began racing at NMD(then Manistee County Dragway) in 1975! Right after my 16th birthday. This was the last dragstrip built in Michigan in, I think, 1973. We used to race 1/4 mile until someone felt the need to cut the shut down area in half. Then it went to 1/8 mile. The track shut down for awhile, until it was reopened in the late 80's by a group of racers and was run by them and eventually turned back over to the Ledfords. The track has seen many improvements over the last decade or so. After a resurfacing it was like racing on a pool table! And REAL flush toilets! Yes we have real indoor plumbing up north. The people are always friendly and the purse return for entry is the best in Michigan in my opinion. Although I've been laid up for several years I still have my race car and I do plan on returning to NMD!
5/29/2007 - John
Boy not much here, This is an awesome track, a real jewel in the north. I quit racing 20 years ago and bought a car last year, the plum crazy purple Duster (B&B Racing) These are the guys who owned the car, have been having a blast with the guys, they have helped me get it running and getting me back in the groove, thanks Mel, Phil and Jimmy. I went to the Semi finals two weeks ago and won the gambler race this year. these are a great bunch of guys, come on out a give it a shot.
12/5/2003 - Web
Located in the little finger of Mich used to pay out big purses in the seventies, racers from Detroit and Canada would make the loong trip. It was owned by Jim Ledford who later bought Central Michigan Dragway and turned it into Mid Michigan Motorplex.
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Northern Michigan Dragway - ADAMS MCCORMICK
ADAMS MCCORMICK
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MIKE BOUWSMA WHEELIE
Northern Michigan Dragway - ERIC JOHNSON 2022 PHOTO FROM BRIAN LEDFORD
ERIC JOHNSON 2022 PHOTO FROM BRIAN LEDFORD
Northern Michigan Dragway - BOB VANDEWATER
BOB VANDEWATER
Northern Michigan Dragway - BOB VANDEWATER
BOB VANDEWATER
Northern Michigan Dragway - BOB VANDEWATER
BOB VANDEWATER
Northern Michigan Dragway - BOB VANDEWATER
BOB VANDEWATER
Northern Michigan Dragway - BOB VANDEWATER
BOB VANDEWATER
Northern Michigan Dragway - BOB VANDEWATER
BOB VANDEWATER
Northern Michigan Dragway - BOB VANDEWATER
BOB VANDEWATER
Northern Michigan Dragway - FROM STEVE FRALEY
FROM STEVE FRALEY
Northern Michigan Dragway - FROM STEVE FRALEY
FROM STEVE FRALEY
Northern Michigan Dragway - FROM STEVE FRALEY
FROM STEVE FRALEY
Northern Michigan Dragway - FROM STEVE FRALEY
FROM STEVE FRALEY
Northern Michigan Dragway - FROM STEVE FRALEY
FROM STEVE FRALEY
Northern Michigan Dragway - FROM STEVE FRALEY
FROM STEVE FRALEY
Northern Michigan Dragway - FROM STEVE FRALEY
FROM STEVE FRALEY
Northern Michigan Dragway - FROM STEVE FRALEY
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Northern Michigan Dragway - 2012 POINTS OPENER 1
2012 POINTS OPENER 1
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Northern Michigan Dragway - CHUCK KURZAWA FROM RALPH PITLOCK
CHUCK KURZAWA FROM RALPH PITLOCK
Northern Michigan Dragway - CORY MIKUS AND GANG FROM SHARON LEDFORD
CORY MIKUS AND GANG FROM SHARON LEDFORD
Northern Michigan Dragway - FROM STEVE FRALEY
FROM STEVE FRALEY
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FROM SHARON LEDFORD
Northern Michigan Dragway - FROM JOHN TATREAU
FROM JOHN TATREAU
Northern Michigan Dragway - FROM JOHN TATREAU
FROM JOHN TATREAU
Northern Michigan Dragway - FROM JOHN TATREAU
FROM JOHN TATREAU
Northern Michigan Dragway - FROM JOHN TATREAU
FROM JOHN TATREAU
Northern Michigan Dragway - FROM JOHN TATREAU
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