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Michael Beard
Hometown: Columbus, OH
Vehicles:  
'80 Volare 5.9L DragPak
- GT/HA (10.36 @ 127 mph / 6.52 @ 103 mph)
- H/CM (10.90 @ 120 mph / 6.75 @ 99 mph)
'74 Duster 360  (11.30 @ 118 mph / 7.09 @ 96 mph)
Past Vehicles Driven...
'04 Ram 4.7L (10.86 - 1/8th mile)
EF/SA
'85 Turismo 2.2L (15.26 @ 89 mph - For Sale)
G/CM '73 Dart Sport (10.93 @ 119 mph)
SS/BX '82 Camaro (9.87 @ 135 mph)
SS/LA '80 Mirada (11.62 / 7.25)
SS/BA '65 Coronet (9.67 @ 137 mph)
'71 Duster 360 (13.27 @ 107 mph)
'00 Dakota 4.7L (15.99 @ 83 mph - sold)
beard@staginglight.com
Staging Light Motorsports & Graphics


The 2013 IHRA Pittsburgh Nitro Jam saw two races in one day, with Beard scoring a Win and a R/U in Super Stock, and a semifinal in Stock.


Beard etched the history books in 2012 with his IHRA Super Stock World Championship by being the first driver to win a Bracket Finals, Stock World Championship and Super Stock World Championship all with the same car.


Beard captured a Wally in his NHRA Super Stock debut, at Atlanta Dragway's NHRA Div. 2 LODRS event.


Beard scored both a win and runner-up in the same day, Saturday of
Labor Day weekend, 2011, winning the rain-postponed Rockingham Pro-Am
Final and making it to the finals in Race #1 of the Darlington Pro-Am
double-header.  It marked his first win in Super Stock with the new fuel-injected
5.9L DragPak engine combination.


Beard reunited with Terry Knott and his H/CM Dart Sport for a Stock victory
at the 2011 IHRA Northern Nitro Jam in Martin, Michigan


After winning the IHRA Tournament of Champions and the IHRA Spring Nitro Jam
back to back at Rockingham, Beard made it four in a row by doubling up
at Montgomery Motorsports Park's Summit Pro-Am double-header.


Each year, Farmington Dragway hosts a special Champions Showdown, open to
everyone that's ever won a Footbrake championship, from the local stage to
Nat'l/Div'l titles, Bracket Finals, or Summit Super Series.  In the 2nd Annual event,
Michael Beard won the Champions Showdown... with his 4-cyl FWD '85 Turismo!


Beard won the 2010 Summit All Stars race in a Dodge Avenger borrowed
from the Ross family (the same folks he bought the Volare from) after
breaking a rear during qualifying at the IHRA World Finals.
 


In March of 2010, Beard footbraked his way through 8 rounds of Box cars
to win the $3K Big Money Brackets at Rockingham Dragway.


For the 2nd straight year, Beard won the first IHRA Nitro Jam race that he attended,
(this one, at Palm Beach International Raceway in Florida), thus qualifying once
again for the IHRA Tournament of Champions to be held at the World Finals.


Beard won his second Bracket Finals title by winning 3 out of 4 days at Darlington
in 2009.  This was his first IHRA Bracket Finals main event victory, complementing
his 1994 NHRA Div. 1 Heavy ET Championship.


Beard won Stock Eliminator at the 2009 IHRA Spring Nationals to qualify for
the season-ending Tournament of Championships at the World Finals.


In 2007, Beard's 360 Magnum-powered '80 Volare set the 1/4-mile J/CM
World Record, captured three Iron Man trophies, and finished 2nd
in the IHRA Stock World Championship chase.


Beard borrowed Johnny Fisher's '80 Dodge Mirada, and won Super Stock in his first
outing in the car.  The natural J/SA car fits SS/LA, and despite being in legal "Stock"
trim, ran -.30 under the Super Stock index.


Michael Beard with Terry Knott's G/CM '73 Dart Sport
2003 IHRA Stock World Champion


"Dust Devil II" - 1994 NHRA Div. 1 Bracket Finals Champ,
3-Time Track Champ, 2-Time $5K No-Box Winner
(Tim Glover photo, from Drag Racing Action magazine)


Adger Smith built and owns this 277cid V6 powered
SS/BX '82 Camaro driven by Michael Beard.

Accomplishments:
258 career final rounds (175 wins)
20-Time Champion

2014

  • $5K NitroPlate S/SS Shootout, Bowling Green, KY - Winner

2013

  • Pittsburgh Nitro Jam, Pittsburgh, PA - Super Stock R/U
  • IHRA Div. 1 Pro-Am, Pittsburgh, PA - Super Stock Winner
  • IHRA Div. 3 Pro-Am, Martin, MI - Super Stock Winner
  • Curt George Memorial Mopar Race, Salem, OH - Pro ET Winner
  • $3K NitroPlate S/SS Shootout, Numidia, PA - Winner

2012

  • 2012 IHRA Super Stock World Champion
  • 2012 IHRA Div. 2 Super Stock Champion
  • IHRA Div. 2 Pro-Am, Immokalee, FL - Super Stock Runner-Up
  • CCRA S/SS Combo, Piedmont, NC - Winner
  • IHRA Div. 9 Pro-Am, Piedmont, NC - Super Stock Runner-Up
  • Big John Memorial (Monday), Rockingham, NC - Winner
  • Pittsburgh Nitro Jam, Pittsburgh, PA - Stock Winner
  • IHRA Div. 2 Pro-Am, Jackson, SC - Super Stock Winner
  • NHRA Div. 2 LODRS, Atlanta, GA - Super Stock Winner
  • Northern Nitro Jam, Martin, MI - Stock R/U
  • IHRA Div. 3 Pro-Am, Martin, MI - Super Stock Runner-Up
  • NHRA JEGS Northern Sportsnationals, Hebron, OH - Super Stock Winner
  • Buckeye S/SS Series, Hebron, OH - Runner-Up
  • IHRA Tournament of Champions, Memphis, TN - Winner

2011

  • Farmington Race of Champions - Footbrake Winner
  • CCRA S/SS Combo, Piedmont Dragway - Runner-Up
  • S/SS Combo, Union County Dragway - Winner
  • IHRA Div. 9 Pro-Am, Dunn-Benson, NC - Stock Runner-Up
  • IHRA Northern Nitro Jam, Martin, MI - Stock Winner
  • IHRA Div. 9 Pro-Am, Rockingham, NC - Super Stock Winner
  • IHRA Div. 2 Pro-Am, Darlington, SC - Super Stock Runner-Up
  • IHRA Sportsman Spectacular, Dinwiddie, VA - Stock Runner-Up
  • FF/SA Class Winner, IHRA Maryland Nitro Jam
  • H/CM Class Winner, IHRA Northern Nitro Jam
  • #3 IHRA Stock Eliminator (nationally)

2010

  • 2010 IHRA Div. 2 Stock Champion
  • 2010 IHRA Summit All Stars Stock Champion
  • 2010 IHRA Sportsman Driver of the Year
  • 2010 Mike Aiello Award Recipient
  • 2010 Footbrake Champions Showdown Champion
  • IHRA Palm Beach Nitro Jam, Palm Beach, FL - Stock Champion
  • IHRA Sportsman Nat'ls, Immokalee, FL -Stock R/U
  • $3K Top ET Big Money Brackets, Rockingham, NC - Winner
  • IHRA Tournament of Champions, Rockingham, NC - Stock Champion
  • IHRA Spring Nitro Jam, Rockingham, NC - Stock Champion
  • IHRA Div. 2 Pro-Am, Montgomery, AL, Race #1 - Winner
  • IHRA Div. 2 Pro-Am, Montgomery, AL, Race #2 - Winner
  • Southern S/SS Association, Valdosta, GA, Race #1 - Winner
  • Southern S/SS Association, Valdosta, GA, Race #2 - R/U
  • IHRA Summit Super Series, Pageland, SC - Modified ET Winner
  • Great American Bracket Race, Belle Rose, LA - FRI S/SS R/U
  • Great American Bracket Race, Belle Rose, LA - FRI No-Box Winner
  • IHRA Div. 9 Pro-Am, Union, SC - Runner-Up
  • I/CM Class Winner - Budds Creek, MD
  • IHRA Summit Super Series, Pageland, SC - Modified ET Winner
  • IHRA Div. 2 Pro-Am, Darlington, SC, Race #2 - Winner
  • Jim Harrington Footbrake Classic, Cecil County, MD - $10K R/U
  • IHRA Summit All Stars - Stock Champion
  • Footbrake Champions Showdown, Farmington, NC - Champion
  • #3 IHRA Stock Eliminator (nationally)

2009

  • 2009 IHRA Stock World Champion
  • 2009 IHRA Div. 2 East Super ET Champion
  • Pageland Dragway - SSS Points Race#1 Winner
  • IHRA Spring Nationals, Rockingham, NC - Stock Champion
  • Pageland Dragway - SSS Points Race#7 Winner
  • Pageland Dragway - SSS Points Race#8 Winner
  • Pageland Dragway - SSS Points Race#11 Winner
  • IHRA Div. 2 Pro-Am - Darlington, SC - Race #1 Winner
  • Pageland Dragway - SSS Points Race#13 Winner
  • Pageland Dragway - SSS Points Race#15 Winner
  • IHRA Div. 2 Bracket Finals - Thursday Gamblers Winner
  • IHRA Div. 2 Bracket Finals - Super E.T. Champion
  • IHRA Div. 2 Bracket Finals - Sunday Gamblers Winner

2008

  • IHRA Div. 2 Pro-Am, Immokalee, FL - Winner (Stock)
  • IHRA Div. 9 Pro-Am, Rockingham, NC - Winner (Super Stock)
  • I/CM 1/8th mile World Record -6.946 @ 96 mph (Mooresville, Mar '08)
  • San Antonio Sportsman National - Runner-Up (Super Stock)
  • GT/KA Class Winner, San Antonio, TX
  • Summit All-Star Shootout - Stock Runner-Up
  • Triad Thunder Series, Piedmont Dragway - 7.0 Index Winner
  • World Footbrake Challenge, Bristol, TN
    - Sunday $10K - WINNER & RUNNER-UP!
  • IHRA Div. 9 Pro-Am, Mooresville, NC - Winner (Super Stock)
  • IHRA Div. 1 Pro-Am, Pittsburgh, PA - Winner (Stock)
  • IHRA Div. 9 Pro-Am, Kinston, NC - Winner (Stock)
  • #6 IHRA Super Stock (nationally)
  • #2 IHRA Div. 3 Super Stock
  • #5 IHRA Div. 1 Stock

2007

  • Carolina Cup, Mooresville Dragway - Sunday R/U
  • Pageland Dragway - SSS Points Race#2 Winner
  • Pageland Dragway - SSS Points Race#3 Winner
  • Pageland Dragway - SSS Points Race#5 Runner-Up
  • IHRA Div. 9 Pro-Am - Piedmont Dragway - Stock Winner
  • Memorial Bracket Nat'ls -Rockingham Dragway - R/U
  • IHRA Div.9 Pro-Am - Kinston Dragstrip - Stock R/U
  • Pageland Dragway - SSS Points Race#15 Winner
  • Pageland Dragway - SSS Points Race#16 Winner
  • IHRA Div. 2 Pro-Am, Jackson, SC - Race#1 - Winner
  • IHRA Div. 2 Pro-Am, Jackson, SC - Race#2 - Winner
  • Pageland Dragway - S/SS Combo - Winner
  • Pageland Dragway - Ironman Club Runner-Up
  • IHRA Div. 9 Summit Team Finals - Rockingham Dragway - Gambler's R/U
  • Pageland Dragway - S/SS Combo - Runner-Up
  • Roxboro Motorsports Dragway - Footbrake Winner
  • J/CM 1/4-Mile World Record, 11.731 (Darlington, Sept '07)
  • 2007 Rockingham Dragway Footbrake Champion
  • Pageland Dragway - Series #1 Modified Champion
  • IHRA Div. 2 Stock Champion
  • #2 IHRA Stock Eliminator (nationally)

2006

  • Farmington Bracket Nationals Day 1 R/U
  • Farmington Bracket Nationals Day 2 R/U
  • Iron Man Classic, Rockingham, NC - Footbrake & Runoff Winner
  • Ultimate 64, Mt. Park Dragway - Day 1 R/U
  • IHRA Div. 2 Pro-Am, Jackson, SC - Race#1 - Runner-Up
  • IHRA Div. 2 Pro-Am, Jackson, SC - Race#2 - Winner
  • Roxboro S/SS Combo Iron Man Classic Winner
  • Roxboro S/SS Combo Season Finale Winner
  • Torco Carolina Coalition, Rockingham, NC - Saturday Winner
  • I/CM 1/8-Mile World Record, 7.147 (Rockingham, Sept '07)
  • J/CM 1/8-Mile World Record, 7.341 (Kinston, Oct '06)
  • #9 IHRA Stock (nationally)
  • #2 IHRA Div. 9 Stock

2005

  • IHRA President's Cup Nat'ls Stock R/U
  • US131 S/SS Combo Runner-Up
  • #1 Qualifier, Super Stock - San Antonio, TX
  • SS/DS Class Winner - San Antonio, TX
  • SS/BA Class Winner - Norwalk, OH
  • #5 IHRA Div. 1 Stock
  • #13 IHRA Stock (nationally)

2004

  • IHRA Mopar Canadian Nationals Stock Champion
  • IHRA ACDelco Canadian Nationals Stock Champion
  • IHRA Beaver Springs Pro-Am Iron Man Classic winner
  • US131 S/SS Combo winner
  • SS/BX World Record Holder (9.979 @ 127.82 mph)
  • I/CM World Record Holder, 1/8th mile (7.173 @ 93.98 mph)
  • I/CM Class Eliminations Win - US131
  • I/CM Class Eliminations Win - Norwalk
  • SS/BX Class Win - Toronto
  • #6 IHRA Stock (nationally)
  • #8 IHRA Div. 3 Stock
  • #2 Valvoline Cup Class Drags

2003

  • IHRA Stock World Champion
  • IHRA Division 1 Stock Champion
  • IHRA Sportsman Rookie of the Year
  • Valvoline Cup Class Drags Champion
  • IHRA ACDelco Canadian Nationals Stock Champion
  • $5K No-Box Bonanza Winner (Pittsburgh)
  • IHRA Motor City Nationals Stock Runner-Up
  • Quaker City 1/4-Mile Extravaganza No-Box R/U
  • Kanawha Valley IHRA Pro-Am No-Box R/U
  • Quaker City IHRA Pro-Am Stock R/U
  • Virginia IHRA Pro-Am Stock Winner
  • Pittsburgh IHRA Pro-Am #1 Stock Winner
  • Pittsburgh IHRA Pro-Am #2 Stock R/U
  • $5K No-Box Winner (Lake Cumberland, KY)

2002

  • Norwalk Whup-Ass Wednesday Champion, season opener
  • QCR Bracket Invitational Pro Winner
  • 9th place Valvoline Cup

2001

  • Norwalk Whup-Ass Wednesday Champion, season opener
  • IHRA Div. 3 Bracket Finals No-Box Gamblers Winner

1999

  • Sweitzer's Top Gun Champion
  • NHRA Div. 1 Stock - 11th place
  • NHRA Keystone Nationals EF/SA Class Winner
  • Cecil County FMDRS Bounty Hunter

1998

  • Heavy ET Champion
  • Heavy ET Driver of the Year
  • Super/Pro Rookie of the Year
  • Memorial Day Footbrake Nationals Champion

1997

  • Heavy ET Champion
  • Heavy ET Driver of the Year
  • Sweitzer's Top Gun Champion

1996

  • Heavy ET Champion
  • Heavy ET Driver of the Year
  • Sweitzer's Top Gun Champion
  • Fall Mean Street Nationals Champion

1994 

  • NHRA Div.1 Heavy ET Champion
  • NHRA Div. 1 ET Driver of the Year

1992 

  • High School Champion

1991

  • ETK Champion
  • ETK Driver of the Year
  • High School Champion
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"Dust Devil I"
 Originally a Slant-6
Now 360 powered


'00 Dakota 4.7L
15.99 w/ K&N!

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EF/SA Turismo
15.26 @ 89mph


'89 Ramcharger 5.9L
(17.72 @ 76 mph)
R.I.P.
(1989-2001)