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For the first time in Midwest Drift Union history, a complete newcomer to the series took home the top spot on the podium, knocking out rookie-of-the-year contender Alec Robbins and long-time MDU veteran Hooman Rahimi in the process.

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Noah Michaels, hailing from Medina, OH, took his LS1-powered S13 hatch to first place after qualifying 15th.

It was more than I ever expected,” Michaels said. “I just wanted to qualify, and if I didn’t, so be it. It was just beyond all to be in top two.”

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Michaels added he would have been at round one, but mechanical gremlins kept that from being so. He said he intends to be at the last two rounds of MDU.

“I per-registered the second it opened and was making sure I was there,” he said. “I’ll be here at the other rounds no matter what.”

Be on the lookout for more in-depth coverage of round two in the coming days.