Racers in BIR’s Bracket Drag Racing Series this year have another 16,000 reasons to earn a spot on BIR’s ET Finals team. That’s because BIR has put a bounty totaling $16,000 cash on class wins.
Here’s how it breaks down:
$4,000 for Super Pro and Pro ET wins
$3,000 for Sportsman and Race of Champions wins
$2,000 for a Motorcycle win
$800 in BIR Bucks for a High School win
The ET Finals is Sept. 19-21 at Heartland Park in Topeka, Kan. Each year, BIR puts together a team of drivers from its Bracket Drag Racing Series based on their position in the points standings and their availability. BIR’s team typically includes at least 30 racers who compete against more than 600 other racers representing 16 other race tracks across the Midwest and Canada. BIR finished third last year and regularly has one of the strongest teams in the competition.
The other teams come from tracks in the five-state area plus Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, Wyoming, Colorado and Canada. Teams compete in five classes – Super Pro, Pro ET, Sportsman, Motorcycle and High School – with individual and team honors, $100,000 in prize money and contingency awards on the line. The class champions also go on to Pomona, Calif., in November for a chance to be crowned champion at the Auto Club NHRA Finals.
The ET Finals also includes the Race of Champions, which is a race within a race. Each team identifies one driver in each of the five classes to represent the team in the Race of Champions. Those drivers are then paired up in an elimination format by class to determine the Race of Champions winner, who is next in line if the class champion is unable to compete in Pomona. The winner of the High School Class wins a $1,000 scholarship. Time trials are Friday and Saturday, with eliminations on Sunday. The Race of Champions is Saturday as well.