Bracket Drag Racing Series finale doesn’t disappoint

Brainerd International Raceway’s Bracket Drag Racing Series wrapped up last weekend, with six racers hoisting Wally trophies, several more taking home big checks and 10 others securing season championships.

It was the grand finale of the six-weekend, 12-race series, and featured 350 cars, bikes and Junior Dragsters, most of whom were gunning for prize money, series points or a shot at winning a Wally trophy like the NHRA pros win, which was the top prize for six racing classes on Saturday during the National Dragster Challenge. The winners of the Super Pro, Pro ET, Sportsman, Pro Bike/Sled, Comp Trophy and Street Trophy classes Saturday won Wallys.

Larry Wiebusch, Super Pro winner

Larry Wiebusch, Super Pro winner

Brandon Schmall, Pro ET

Brandon Schmall, Pro ET

Larry Wiebusch was one of the Wally winners. He raced his 1969 Chevy Nova to a finals win in the Super Pro Class, which featured 112 cars and dragsters. In the finals, Wiebusch raced Dustin Jones and had a rare perfect reaction time (.000 seconds), launching the Nova right as the light tree turned green. He didn’t need it, though, as Jones fouled at the starting line and handed Wiebusch the win. Jones left .001 second too soon and was that close to having a perfect reaction time as well.

In Pro ET, Brandon Schmall and Reno Loeffelholz faced off in the finals after surviving six elimination rounds with 83 other drivers. Schmall narrowly beat Loeffelholz off the starting line with a .029-second reaction time and held the lead all the way to the finish line, winning by only .014 seconds. His time was 10.296 seconds and 123.30 mph. He took home a Wally for his efforts.

Dale Richter, Sportsman winner

Dale Richter, Sportsman winner

Jayne Bode, Pro Bike/Sled

Jayne Bode, Pro Bike/Sled

The 40-car Sportsman Class provided intense racing as well, as evidenced by the number of drivers fouling at the starting line. In the first round alone, eight of the 20 matchups were won when one of the drivers jumped the gun and took off too early.

Even in the finals, Rory Emmans was too quick on the trigger and fouled, giving Dale Richter the win and the Wally. Richter and his 1970 Plymouth Barracuda ran 12.787 seconds and 104.38 mph in the final run.

Jayne Bode benefited from a foul on the starting line as well. Bode earned his way to the finals in Pro Bike/Sled on his 1985 Suzuki, where he faced off against Mike Bolander on a 1980 Kawasaki. Bolander fouled and Bode ran 9.649 seconds at 131.71 mph for the win and the Wally. Bode beat Bolander in Sunday’s finals as well for a double-win.

Nick Arnold, Comp Trophy

Nick Arnold, Comp Trophy

Josh Luberda, Street Trophy

Josh Luberda, Street Trophy

In the Comp Trophy finals, Jared Hutar had trouble getting off the starting line and couldn’t catch Nick Arnold and his ’98 Camaro, who won the race with a time of 12.605 seconds and 94.55 mph. Arnold now has a Wally on his shelf.

Josh Luberda and Tracy Arneson won their way to the finals of the Street Trophy Class, but Arneson fouled at the starting line, giving Luberda an easy win and a Wally. Luberda finished with a time of 14.413 seconds and 89.81 mph.

While six classes were slugging it out for Wallys, the Stock/Super Stock Class had money on the line both Saturday and Sunday during the 2nd Annual North Star Fall Classic, presented by Midwest Class Racers. About 50 racers showed up to take a shot at a guaranteed purse that included $2,000 to the winner, $1,000 for second place and $500 for third for the top finishers. Additional prize money was given to winners driving a car with a manual transmission and those who had a perfect reaction time.

On Saturday, the prize money was divided up among the four drivers who were still in the hunt when racing was cancelled because of darkness. The drivers regrouped on Sunday and put on an exciting show, with Brad Haugaard and Terry Johnson winning their way to the finals. Haugaard and his 2005 Dodge Stratus was quicker off the starting line, which was the difference in the race. Haugaard finished with a time of 10.019 seconds and 126.95 mph, and a check for $2,000.

Junior Dragsters took to the track in the finale as well. Series championships are on the line for the three junior classes, so 25 drivers were at BIR looking for additional points.

In Junior Dragster Advanced, Sydney Thompson won on Saturday and then lost to McKenna Bungert in Sunday’s finals. In Junior Dragster Intermediate, Sami Cielinski and Camryn Takacs each won, and Dylan Dancer and Riley Luberda each won in Junior Dragster Novice.

Click here for the point standings. BIR will announce series champions later this week. The following are results:

SATURDAY

Super Pro, Pro ET, Stock/Super Stock
No winners – racing was cancelled due to darkness

Sportsman
Finals: Dale Richter of St. Joseph def. Rory Emmans of Nowthen
Semifinals: Richter had a bye; Emmans def. Brad Mickle of Lino Lakes

Pro Bike/Sled
Finals: Jayne Bode of Gibbon def. Mike Bolander of Brooklyn Park
Semifinals: Bode def. Jason Clampitt of Lino Lakes; Bolander had a bye

Comp Trophy
Finals: Nick Arnold of Maple Grove def. Jared Hutar of Cromwell
Semifinals: Arnold def. Michael Bombich of Gilbert; Hutar def. Darren Arnold of Eden Prairie

Street Trophy
Finals: Josh Luberda of Foley def. Tracy Arneson of Pillager
Semifinals: Luberda had a bye; Arneson def. Tyler Godacz of Little Falls

Junior Dragster Advanced
Finals: Sydney Thompson of Anoka def. Max Niesen of Brooklyn Park
Semifinals: Thompson def. Zachary Zavadil of Clearwater; Niesen had a bye

Junior Dragster Intermediate
Finals: Sami Cielinski of Gilman def. Cam Beaulieu of Cambridge
Semifinals: Cielinski had a bye; Beaulieu def. Camryn Takacs of Thunder Bay, Ontario

Junior Dragster Novice
Finals: Dyland Dancer of Foley def. Alex Clampitt of Lino Lakes
Semifinals: Dancer def. Riley Luberda of Foley; Clampitt had a bye

SUNDAY

Super Pro
Finals: Larry Wiebusch of Coon Rapids def. Dustin Jones of Fargo, N.D.
Semifinals: Wiebusch def. Kyle Loeffelholz of Shafer; Jones def. Brandon Schmall of Lino Lakes

Pro ET
Finals: Brandon Schmall of Lino Lakes def. Reno Loeffelholz of Shafer
Semifinals: Schmall def. Joe Schulla of Andover; Loeffelholz had a bye

Sportsman
Finals: Paul Baillif of Brainerd def. Brad Mickle of Lino Lakes
Semifinals: Baillif def. Chris Henry of Sauk Rapids; Mickle had a bye

Pro Bike/Sled
Finals: Jayne Bode of Gibbon def. Mike Bolander of Brooklyn Park
Semifinals: Bode had a bye; Bolander def. Cameron Belisle

Stock/Super Stock
Finals: Brad Haugaard of Ham Lake def. Terry Johnson of Maple Grove
Semifinals: Haugaard def. Scott Dugdale of Stacy; Johnson had a bye

Comp Trophy
Finals: Jared Hutar of Cromwell def. Sid Osterman of Pequot Lakes
Semifinals: Hutar def. Darin Altmann of New Ulm; Osterman had a bye

Street Trophy
Finals: Andi Pesola of Duluth def. Todd Anderson of Brainerd
Semifinals: Pesola had a bye; Anderson def. Noah Woodis of Loretto

Junior Dragster Advanced
Finals: McKenna Bungert of Lakeville def. Sydney Thompson of Anoka
Semifinals: Bungert def. Hannah Line of Cromwell; Thompson def. Zach Gust of Isanti

Junior Dragster Intermediate
Finals: Camryn Takacs of Thunder Bay, Ontario def. Trevor Jelinski of Little Falls
Semifinals: Takacs had a bye; Jelinski def. Sydney Haben of Hibbing

Junior Dragster Novice
Finals: Riley Luberda of Foley def. Alex Clampitt of Lino Lakes
Semifinals: Luberda def. Ally Giese of Kandiyohi; Clampitt def. Dylan Dancer of Foley

 

 

 

 

 

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