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Ryan Martin defeats Kye Kelley in the Season 7 Minnesota final

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Xpel-sponsored Street Outlaws No Prep Kings driver Ryan Martin claimed the Invitational win at Brainerd International Raceway on Sunday. Martin defeated his arch-rival, Kye Kelley, in the final round.

With the win, Martin received $30,000. According to Stat Guy, Martin is second in points with 145.

Street Outlaws No Prep Kings star Ryan Martin is doing a burnout in an undated photo at a No Prep Kings event
Ryan Martin is doing a burnout in an undated photo at a No Prep Kings event (Photo by Richard Rowe & Fireball Camaro/Facebook)

Giuseppe Gentile leads the series with 160 points. Only three drivers have at least 140 points. Justin Swanstrom is third with 140 points.

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This is Martin’s first points win of the season. Overall, it was his second win.

This was Kelley’s first race since the news broke that his father had passed away. As we reported, he had been found in a gravel pit.

Before he was found deceased, the older Kelley had been missing for days before being found.

Martin previously defeated Giuseppe Gentile in the final round at New England Dragway and Motorsports Park in Epping, New Hampshire. However, this was one of the season’s first races, where no points were awarded.

According to Stat Guy, Martin improved to 25-7 with his round win-loss record. Kelley dropped to 16-8 overall.

Martin is just one of three drivers, who have won two events this season. Gentile won back-to-back races.

Gentile won the inaugural No Prep Kings event at Flying H Drag Strip in Odessa, Missouri. He then followed that up with a win at National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio.

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During Gentile’s win at Flying H Drag Strip, he defeated Martin in the final round. In his second win, Gentile defeated Swanstrom.

Officially, Martin is 2-2 in the final rounds of the Invitational this season in the Winners Bracket. He also lost in the very first race of the season when he was defeated by Jim Howe at Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pennsylvania.

Martin also has a 2nd Chance Bracket win at National Trail Raceway when he defeated James “Birdman” Finney in the final round. He collected $5,000 for the 2nd Chance bracket win.

Martin’s 405 friend Shawn Ellington also has two wins. He defeated Swanstrom in a non-points race at Virginia Motorsports Park in North Dinwiddie, Virginia.

Then, Ellington defeated Disco Dean Karns in the final round at Beech Bend Raceway Park near Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Swanstrom is the other driver, who has won during the Invitational this season. He defeated Lizzy Musi in the final round at Empire Dragway in Leicester, New York.

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Anthony Caruso III
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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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