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Bracket Drag Racing Series championships awarded

With about 200 drivers chasing championships in Brainerd International Raceway’s Bracket Drag Racing Series, a father-son team won the top two classes, while a third driver extended his winning streak to four.

The Bracket Drag Racing Series completed its six-weekend, 12-race season with champions announced in all 10 classes. The winners will he honored Jan. 31 at BIR’s annual Racer Banquet.

Gary Loeffelholz, Super Pro

Gary Loeffelholz, Super Pro

Reno Loeffelholz, Pro ET

Reno Loeffelholz, Pro ET

The Loeffelholz family is celebrating a successful drag racing season as Gary and his 20-year-old son Reno won the top two classes by the thinnest of margins. Gary won the Super Pro Class championship and Reno took home the title in the Pro ET Class.

“It was very cool,” Gary said of the father-son win. “We talked about it (the weekend of the last race) and if we could pull it off.”

Gary drives a 2004 Mustang that runs about 7.4 seconds and 180 mph. He beat second-place finisher Mike Campbell by only 22 points, with a total of 3,854. Racers generally receive about 100 points for each elimination round they win.

Gary’s 16-year-old son Kyle nearly knocked his dad out of first place in the season’s last race. Kyle beat Gary in the fourth round, but Campbell had been eliminated two rounds earlier and the other contenders came up short as well.

Rory Emmans, Sportsman

Rory Emmans, Sportsman

Ben Line, Stock/Super Stock

Ben Line, Stock/Super Stock

The championships are the first for both Gary and Reno. Gary’s been racing at BIR since he was 18 years old but has never won a championship. This is Reno’s fifth year in the series, and his first title as well.

Reno’s season started off very strong. He had his 1968 Mustang dialed in and proved that he was a serious contender for the title. During the second and third racing weekends, he won three races in a row and was looking like he was going to run away with the title, but things changed for him in the middle of the season.

“I couldn’t find the tree,” Reno said about his inconsistent reaction times. “But then I went to a test day and tried some different things. I finally got it figured out again.”

In Stock/Super Stock, the domination continued as Ben Line won his fourth consecutive class championship. He has won the class title in seven of the last eight years.

Nick Arnold, Comp Trophy

Nick Arnold, Comp Trophy

Jason Clampitt, Pro Bike/Sled

Jason Clampitt, Pro Bike/Sled

Driving a 1968 Mustang, Line’s season was punctuated with a King of the Track win in June. The top racers in the Bracket Drag Racing Series have a run-off to determine the best of the best. Line won his way to the finals where he met Travis Reutzel, last year’s King of the Track. Line snuck by Reutzel at the finish line.

Rory Emmans repeated as champion of the Sportsman Class. He battled car problems all season but was able to keep it running – and winning – despite setbacks that included a blown-out drive train, a wrecked torque converter, ignition problems and more.

Emmans was locked into a season-long battle with second-place finisher Bob Gillespie. They were set up for a showdown in the final race but third-place finisher Brad Mickle surfaced as Emmans’ biggest ally when he knocked out Gillespie both Saturday and Sunday. Emmans finished with a slim 27-point win over Gillespie and the rest of the field.

Tracy Arneson, Street Trophy

Tracy Arneson, Street Trophy

Emma McFarland, Jr Drag Advanced

Emma McFarland, Jr Drag Advanced

“I bought Brad a couple drinks for that,” Emmans said. “It takes some luck to win this thing.”

Jason Clampitt jumped out to an early points lead in the Pro Bike/Sled Class by winning the first race of the season, followed by a runner-up finish. He sat on top of the standings the rest of the season for his second class championship in the 12 years he’s been racing at BIR.

“I got some lucky breaks,” the humble Clampitt said. “I was good when I had to be good and lucky when I wasn’t good.”

He credited third-place finisher Mike Voss for his success. He raced Voss’ 1979 Kawasaki all season, clocking consistent runs at about 9.9 seconds and 125 mph.

Trevor Jelinski, Jr Drag Intermediate

Trevor Jelinski, Jr Drag Intermediate

Riley Luberda, Jr Drag Novice

Riley Luberda, Jr Drag Novice

“We’re good friends and travel together to a lot of races,” Clampitt said. “Mike has helped everyone out at one time or another.”

In the Trophy classes, Nick Arnold won Comp Trophy while Tracy Arneson easily won Street Trophy.

The Junior Dragsters crowned champions as well. Emma McFarland won the Junior Dragster Advanced championship while Trevor Jelinski won Junior Dragster Intermediate and Riley Luberda won Junior Dragster Novice. There were 18 drivers competing for a championship in the three Junior Dragster classes.

Click here to see all the point standings.

Below are the top three finishers in each class:

Super Pro
1. Gary Loeffelholz of Shafer
2. Mike Campbell of Brooklyn Park
3. Brandon Schmall of Lino Lakes

Pro ET
1. Reno Loeffelholz of Shafer
2. Shane Boney of Belview
3. Joe Scholla of Andover

Sportsman
1. Rory Emmans of Nowthen
2. Bob Gillespie of Brainerd
3. Brad Mickle of Lino Lakes

Stock/Super Stock
1. Ben Line of International Falls
2. Lance Line of Cromwell
3. Jimmy Paulson of Stacy

Pro Bike/Sled
1. Jason Clampitt of Lino Lakes
2. Cameron Belisle of Hugo
3. Mike Voss of Maplewood

Comp Trophy
1. Nick Arnold of Maple Grove
2. Jared Hutar of Cromwell
3. Michelle Emmans of Nowthen

Street Trophy
1. Tracy Arneson of Pillager
2. Tyler Gadacz of Little Falls
3. Tyler Young of Nisswa

Junior Dragster Advanced
1. Emma McFarland of Sabin
2. Abby Haben of Hibbing
3. Maggie Ruzich of Hibbing

Junior Dragster Intermediate
1. Trevor Jelinski of Little Falls
2. Sydney Haben of Hibbing
3. Aaron Clampitt of Lino Lakes

Junior Dragster Novice
1. Riley Luberda of Foley
2. Alex Clampitt of Lino Lakes
3. Ally Giese of Kandiyohi

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

 

 

 

 

 

BIR announces Muscle Car Series Champs

Rick Schmidt, his home in Dickinson, N.D. is about 430 miles from Brainerd, but the drive home seems a lot shorter after he spends the weekend flying down the Brainerd International Raceway’s drag strip at 215 mph and finishing with a trip to the Winner’s Circle.

That’s how it went this season for Schmidt, who made the most of this first year in BIR’s Muscle Car Series by winning the Pro Outlaw Class championship. He won the Street Car Showdown, was runner up to defending champion Bill Krech during the PleasureLand RV Show & Go and then secured his championship by beating Krech in the finals of the Muscle Car Shootout.

Rick Schmidt, Pro Outlaw

Rick Schmidt, Pro Outlaw

Jake Delmonico, Outlaw Class

Jake Delmonico, Outlaw Class

“It worked out pretty good for us since it’s our first year,” Schmidt said modestly. “We like that series. The Brainerd area is so nice. It’s over 400 miles away but it’s worth the trip. We’ll be back to rock and roll next year for sure.”

Schmidt’s 2011 Mustang consistently ran about 6.5 seconds and over 210 mph but he thinks they can squeeze more out of the car over the winter.

BIR’s three-race Muscle Car Series concluded

Mike Sterling won King Street

Mike Sterling won King Street

Labor Day weekend with the 26th Annual Muscle Car Shootout. Nearly 300 drivers competed for a series championship in one of 12 classes, plus the Index Class Championship.

In the Outlaw Class, Jake Delmonico repeated as champion, after making two trips to the Winner’s Circle and finishing runner up at the Muscle Car Shootout. He swept the three races last year and was looking like he’d make it back-to-back sweeps until he ran into a quicker Bubba Romanyskyn in the finals of the Muscle Car Shootout.

“It was a good year,” Delmonico said. “I wish I could’ve finished it off with six straight wins but we ran into a ‘fast

Ian McNiven, Real Street Unlimited

Ian McNiven, Real Street Unlimited

problem (Romanyskyn).’”

Delmonico’s 1968 Camaro was rarely the fastest car in the field but he’s been a model of consistency when it came to reaction times and his elapsed time, running around 7.5 seconds and 185 mph.

Things might be a little different next year, he said. “I’m going to find more power but that that’s about it.”

There were very few naturally aspirated cars in the 33-car King Street field this year, but Mike Sterling’s 1966 Chevelle was one of them. But when the series concluded, Sterling was on top of the point standings in a class that has been dominated by Brian Mahnke since the series began in 2009. Sterling finished with two series wins and a runner up finish during the PleasureLand RV Show & Go.

Like Delmonico, Sterling never had the fastest car in the field, but he relied on consistency to get him from the starting line to the finish line. He was hovering around 8-second times and 165 mph.

The Real Street Unlimited Class has a new champion as well. Ian McNiven and his 1988 Mustang took home the crown after winning two of the series races. He lost in the semifinals of the Show & Go to eventual winner Jim Ripley, who was the defending champion with six straight finals appearances in 2012 and 2013.

In Real Street Natural, defending champion Matt Sathre was dominating the class with a streak of seven straight finals wins that resulted in back-to-back championships. But he was unable to earn any points in the first two races this year, opening the door for a new champion. Kelly Rutz capitalized on the opportunity and is now the reigning class champion.

Rutz won the Street Car Showdown, was runner up in the Show & Go and lost in the semifinals during the Muscle Car Shootout. That was enough to earn a top spot on the point standings.

Todd Malik frequently contended for the series championship in Real Street Natural by winning his way to the finals but then he moved over to the True Street Class last year and won the championship there, entering this year with a two-race winning streak. He finished this year with two wins and a runner-up finish during the Show & Go, which was good enough for a repeat championship and the start of a new streak.

Last year, BIR added the 660 Outlaw Street Class to the Muscle Car Series. BIR shortens the drag strip to one-eighth mile and adds tire restrictions to level the playing field for the racers. It resulted in some excellent racing, and for David Senderhauf, a series championship. He won the Show & Go and finished as runner up during the Street Car Showdown and Muscle Car Shootout.

The three Strip Eliminator classes had the largest car counts of any class, which makes it even tougher to repeat as champion. For example, Strip Eliminator 1 (SE1) had 40 cars in the points race and Strip Eliminator 2 (SE2) featured 64 cars. Strip Eliminator 3 saw Gary Tesar repeat as series champion despite a first-round loss at the Show & Go. He won the Muscle Car Shootout and was runner up during the Street Car Showdown.

In SE1, Roger Peterson had a consistent series, with three runner-up finishes. Guy Stengel lost in the second round of the Show & Go but still won the SE2 championship with runner-up finish at the Muscle Car Shootout and a semifinal finish at the Street Car Showdown.

Sue Seidel raced her 2003 GMC Sierra pickup to a series championship in the Truck Eliminator Class, while Keith Sand and his ’66 GTO took earned the Manual Transmission Class championship.

Below are the top three points-getters in each class.
PRO OUTLAW
First: Rick Schmidt of Dickinson, N.D.
Second: Bill Krech of Inver Grove Heights
Third: Lee Loew of Darvin

OUTLAW
First: Jake Delmonico of St. Paul Park
Second: Bubba Romanyskyn of Belfield, N.D.
Third: Vern Laurin Jr. of Duluth

KING STREET
First: Mike Sterling of Oak Grove
Second: Jason Geiger of Hanska
Third: Chris Orr of Superior, Wis.

REAL STREET UNLIMITED
First: Ian McNiven of East Selkirk, Manitoba
Second: Marc Nolin of Tourond, Manitoba
Third: Duane Godbout of Cloquet

REAL STREET NATURAL
First: Kelly Rutz of Randall
Second: Jerry Stellrecht of Goodhue
Third: Bill Meyer of Andover

TRUE STREET
First: Todd Malik of Andover
Second: Jason Bergeson of Cottage Grove
Third: Jason Nelson of Champlin

660 OUTLAW STREET
First: David Senderhauf of Zimmerman
Second: Lucas Mlinar of East St. Paul, Manitoba
Third: Dale Peterson of Big Lake

STRIP ELIMINATOR 1
First: Roger Peterson of Menahga
Second: Kevin Sand of Cambridge
Third: Gerald Cook of Mora

STRIP ELIMINATOR 2
First: Guy Stengel of Blaine
Second: Jeff Lundeen of Buffalo
Third: Lee Purdham of Deerwood

STRIP ELIMINATOR 3
First: Gary Tesar of Medina
Second: Cameron Novak of Rice
Third: Gary Misfeldt of Andover

TRUCK ELIMINATOR
First: Sue Seidel of Battle Lake
Second: Justin Olafson of Park Rapids
Third: Chad Cramble of Fridley

MANUAL TRANSMISSION
First: Keith Sand of Cambridge
Second: Jeremy Reitmeier of Crookston
Third: Chuck Hoppe of North Branch

INDEX CLASS CHAMPION
First: Jon Kelly of Newport
Second: Bryan Hansen
Third: Reid Watson of Laporte

 

Series championships, Wallys on the line this weekend

The grand finale of Brainerd International Raceway’s Bracket Drag Racing Series is this weekend, and there’s a lot at stake for most of the 200-plus drag racers expected to compete.

Shane Boney has a slip lead in the Pro ET class.

Shane Boney has a slim lead in the Pro ET class.

The final weekend means that drivers have one last shot at earning series points as they chase series championships in 10 different classes. But Saturday’s race is also important for all racers because it’s the National Dragster Challenge, where drivers in six of the 10 series classes have a rare chance at winning a Wally trophy and bragging rights for another year.

Racing starts at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, with one round of time trials followed by elimination rounds until winners are determined at the end of each day. Saturday’s race includes the National Dragster Challenge for drivers in the Super Pro, Pro ET, Sportsman, Pro Bike/Sled, Comp Trophy and Street Trophy classes. The winners of those classes Saturday will take home a replica Wally trophy, like those that the stars of the NHRA win.

BIR’s Bracket Drag Racing Series features some of the best amateur drag racing in the country as racers compete in dragsters, cars, trucks, bikes, snowmobiles and Junior Dragsters for prize money, hardware and series points that go toward series championships. Super Pro and Pro classes battle for a guaranteed $2,000 to win each day.

On Saturday, BIR’s 2.5-mile Competition Road Course will be busy with bikes during a Ducati Track Day.

Daily admission is $20 and kids 12 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at the gate. Click here for more details of the Bracket Drag Racing Series.

BIR’s drag racing team takes third at ET Finals

The 32-member drag racing team that represented Brainerd International Raceway last weekend during the NHRA West Central Summit Racing ET Finals at Bandimere Speedway in Denver placed third among the 22 teams that competed.

Jason Clampitt reached the semifinals in Pro Bike.

Jason Clampitt reached the semifinals in Pro Bike.

The four BIR racers in the Pro Bike class finished strong. Jason Clampitt and Cameron Belisle both made it to the semifinals before losing, while Mike Voss and BIR owner Jed Copham advanced to the quarterfinals before getting knocked out. There were 29 riders in the Pro Bike class.

In the largest class, Pro ET, Steve Roehrs battled his way to the quarterfinals before losing. Shane Boney made it to the fifth round. There were 152 racers in the class and eight rounds of competition.

The Sportsman class had 96 racers, including BIR’s Troy Luberda, who won his way to the quarterfinals before getting

Steve Roehrs reached the quarterfinals in Pro ET.

Steve Roehrs reached the quarterfinals in Pro ET.

eliminated. Joe Moriarty Sr. and Mike Pflepson made it three rounds in the seven-round competition.

Mike Campbell battled to the third round of eliminations in the Super Pro class before getting bumped. There were 122 racers in the class and seven rounds of competition.

In the 24-racer High School class, BIR had only one entry – Tracy Arneson, who lost in the first round.

BIR’s team competed against drag racing teams from throughout the NHRA’s West Central Division, which stretches from Wyoming to Wisconsin and from Colorado to Kansas, including part of Canada. Nearly 500 racers

Troy Luberda made the quarterfinals in Sportsman.

Troy Luberda made the quarterfinals in Sportsman.

competed.

BIR’s 31 drag racers earned their way onto the team by successfully competing in BIR’s Bracket Drag Racing Series, which is a six-weekend, 12-race series with one weekend left (Sept. 27-28). The racers on the team are at the top of the points standings in their respective classes.

The ET Finals has five classes: Super Pro, Pro ET, Sportsman, Pro Bike and High School. At stake are individual and team honors, prize money and contingency awards. Some drivers won the chance to compete for a national championship in Ponoma, Calif., during the NHRA’s Auto Club Finals in November.

The drivers competing for the trip to Pomona were those selected for the Race of Champions, which is a race within a race during the ET Finals. Each team identifies one driver in each of the five classes to represent the team in the Race of Champions. Drivers are paired up in an elimination format by class to determine the class champions, which advance to compete against the top drivers from the NHRA’s other six divisions for a national championship in Pomona. The five BIR teammates competing in the Race of Champions were Mike Campbell (Super Pro), Shane Boney (Pro ET), Lee Dugdale (Sportsman), Jason Clampitt (Bike/Sled), and Tracy Arneson (High School). Dugdale was the only racer to make it to the quarterfinals before getting eliminated.

Below were the members of BIR’s ET Finals team:

SUPER PRO
Mike Campbell of Brooklyn Park (Race of Champions)
Brian Johnson of Nowthen
Ronnie Luberda of Foley
Toby Giese of Kandiyohi
John Helmin of Rice
Jordan Pratt of Otsego
Donnie Durenburger of Dayton
Gary Koch of Clearwater

PRO ET
Shane Boney of Belview (Race of Champions)
Travis Reutzel of Eden Valley
Mike Casteel of Thief River Falls
Steve Roehrs of Frederic, Wis.
Todd Larson of Bagley
Steve Brings of Howard Lake
Pat Haubrich of New Ulm

SPORTSMAN
Lee Dugdale of Scandia (Race of Champions)
Joe Moriarty Sr of Ham Lake
Russ Elzy of Becker
Amy Jo Luberda of Foley
Kimberly Brager of Pillager
Mike Pflepsen of Duluth
Troy Luberda of Foley
Layne Robertson of Litchfield
Taylor Arneson of Pillager
Kayla Noyes of Andover
Steve Roehrs of Frederick, Wis.
Jason Clampitt of Lino Lakes

BIKE/SLED
Jason Clampitt of Lino Lakes (Race of Champions)
Mike Voss of Maplewood
Jed Copham of Brainerd
Cameron Belisle of Hugo

HIGH SCHOOL
Tracy Arneson of Pillager (Race of Champions)

BIR announces drag racing team for annual ET Finals

Brainerd International Raceway today announced the 31-member drag racing team that will represent the track during the NHRA West Central Summit Racing ET Finals this weekend at Bandimere Speedway in Denver.

Shane Boney is racing Pro ET this weekend.

Shane Boney is racing Pro ET this weekend.

The team will compete against drag racing teams from 21 other tracks in the NHRA’s West Central Division, which stretches from Wyoming to Wisconsin and from Colorado to Kansas, including part of Canada. More than 600 racers are expected to compete.

BIR’s 31 drag racers earned their way onto the team by successfully competing in BIR’s Bracket Drag Racing Series, which is a six-weekend, 12-race series with one weekend left (Sept. 27-28). The racers on the team are at the top of the points standings in their respective classes.

The ET Finals has five classes: Super Pro, Pro ET, Sportsman, Pro Bike and High School. At stake are individual and team honors, prize money and contingency awards. Some drivers even have a shot at earning a trip to compete for a national championship in Ponoma, Calif., during the NHRA’s Auto Club Finals in November.

The drivers competing for the trip to Pomona are those selected for the Race of Champions, which is a race within a race during the ET Finals. Each team identifies one driver in each of the five classes to represent the team in the Race of Champions. Drivers are paired up in an elimination format by class to determine the class champions, which advance to compete against the top drivers from the NHRA’s other six divisions for a national championship in Pomona. The five BIR teammates competing in the Race of Champions are Mike Campbell (Super Pro), Shane Boney (Pro ET), Lee Dugdale (Sportsman), Jason Clampitt (Bike/Sled), and Tracey Arneson (High School).

“BIR always has some of the best bracket drag racers in the country,” said BIR owner Jed Copham, who will be competing in the Bike Class this weekend. “Last year’s team placed second in Topeka, Kan., and we expect to have another strong showing this year. The racers on our team always represent BIR well at the ET Finals. We’re really excited about the makeup of this team.”

Below are the members of BIR’s ET Finals team:

SUPER PRO
Mike Campbell of Brooklyn Park (Race of Champions)
Brian Johnson of Nowthen
Ronnie Luberda of Foley
Toby Giese of Kandiyohi
John Helmin of Rice
Jordan Pratt of Otsego
Donnie Durenburger of Dayton

PRO ET
Shane Boney of Belview (Race of Champions)
Travis Reutzel of Eden Valley
Mike Casteel of Thief River Falls
Steve Roehrs of Frederic, Wis.
Todd Larson of Bagley
Steve Brings of Howard Lake
Pat Haubrich of New Ulm

SPORTSMAN
Lee Dugdale of Scandia (Race of Champions)
Joe Moriarty Sr of Ham Lake
Russ Elzy of Becker
Amy Jo Luberda of Foley
Kimberly Brager of Pillager
Mike Pflepsen of Duluth
Troy Luberda of Foley
Layne Robertson of Litchfiel
Taylor Arneson of Pillager
Kayla Noyes of Andover
Steve Roehrs of Frederick, Wis.
Jason Clampitt of Lino Lakes
Gary Koch of Clearwater

BIKE/SLED
Jason Clampitt of Lino Lakes (Race of Champions)
Mike Voss of Maplewood
Jed Copham of Brainerd

HIGH SCHOOL
Tracy Arneson of Pillager (Race of Champions)

Snowmobiles on open water, Superbikes this weekend

Snowmobiles that defy gravity by racing across open water will be on display this weekend at Brainerd International Raceway during the track’s second Wet & Wild weekend of the season. Superbike racing will be featured on the road course.

IWA_2012The snowmobile racing that the International Watercross Association (IWA) brings to BIR each year continues to draw big crowds because of how unique – and crazy – the sport is. Riders compete in drag racing and oval racing, both of which start just a matter of a few feet from the water’s edge and end on shore as well.

In drag racing, the first sled across Lake BIR wins. In oval racing, heats of four or five sleds make several laps around floating markers before returning to the same shoreline. Sometimes, gravity wins and the sleds sink to the bottom of the lake, but a special pontoon lefts them up and transports Racing6them back to shore, where the driver drys out the sled and gets it ready for the next heat.

On BIR’s 3.1-mile Donnybrooke Road Course, the action will be courtesy of the Central Roadracing Association, which brings its wild brand of Superbike racing to BIR for the five and final weekend of the season. The CRA’s weekend schedule includes practice on Friday and then eight-lap races on Saturday in Supersport, Superbike, Formula 40 and Grand Prix classes. The weekend’s culminates with a five-hour endurance race Sunday afternoon. Although the action is considered amateur club racing, these are accomplished riders who fly around the corners on two wheels and a knee. For that, the best places for fans to watch, by far, are the corners.

Like all BIR races, fans buy a single ticket to get in and then they can go back and forth between races as often as they want. Daily admission is $20, and kids 12 and under are free. On-site camping is free with the purchase of a multi-day ticket.

 CRA Superbike photo by SDE.

Round 2 this weekend! MAP Proving Grounds!

The Modern Automotive Performance Proving Grounds returns to Brainerd International Raceway this weekend for Round 2 of crazy competition featuring drifting, drag racing, autocross, open lapping, burnout contests, car shows and more.

MAPImports, sport compacts, trucks and bikes from all corners of the Midwest and Canada will invade BIR for the Proving Grounds. If you like the scream of turbo-charged imports and the smell of burnt rubber, than this event is for you.

The entire BIR facility will be busy with Proving Grounds events, starting with the always-popular drifting competition, where drivers use controlled skids to maneuver their cars through a course that’s lined with cones. It’s a timed event and a fun one for fans to watch. It also includes gymkhana, which is another form of drifting with 180- and 360-degree maneuvers. There’s even a Tandem Drift Competition for advanced drivers Saturday afternoon, where multiple cars fly through the course together. Drifting is Friday night, all day Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

MAP_Drag12On the drag strip, cars will be competing in seven different classes, all of which feature heads-up racing, meaning they both start at the same time and the fastest car the finish line wins. There are classes for bikes and snowmobiles as well. Time trials and qualifying is Saturday and Sunday morning, with eliminations Sunday afternoon.

Autocross is also on the schedule. Similar to drifting, autocross features cars maneuvering their way through a cone-lined course in a more controlled fashion but still timed. It’s Friday and Saturday evenings.

And on BIR’s 2.5-mile Competition Road Course, drivers will test themselves against the clock in the Time Attack event. Drivers begin from a standstill on the starting line and then complete the 2.5 miles in the fastest time possible. Time Attack is Saturday and Sunday.

Drivers who really want to test themselves can compete in the Triple Track Showdown, which is a combined event that includes drag racing, autocross and Time Attack.

The Proving Grounds is for novice drivers, expert drives and everything in between.

For schedules of events and more details, click here.

Daily admission is $25 with kids 12 and under free. On-site camping is free with a multi-day ticket.

Final Wednesday Night Streets Drags is this week!

The Wednesday Night Street Drags this week have been cancelled due to weather.

Make plans to be at BIR this Wednesday for the final Wednesday Night Street Drags of the season. Bring your car, bring your friends, bring your mom, bring someone who thinks they can get down the drag strip faster than you can. It’s going to be another great night for drag racing and the last chance for you to race on the fastest drag strip in the country!

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to race your own car on a drag strip, or if you’d like to know how to get into competitive drag racing, here’s your chance. The Wednesday Night Drags – Street Legal Style is the perfect way to either test the waters of competitive drag racing or just have some fun with your buddies.

BIR opens the track to anyone with a helmet (Snell 2005 or newer), a valid drivers license and a street-legal car, truck or motorcycle. The gates open at 4 p.m. You can make as many runs as possible until the track closes at dusk. During that time, you get to use the starting line tree, the scoreboard and the burn-out box, just like the pros do. We even have an announcer calling the action over the PA system.

Thank our friends from NAPA Auto Parts for sponsoring our Wednesday Night Street Drags program!

Click here for more details!

Schmidt repeats; Delmonico’s streak ends at Shootout

Coming into last weekend’s Muscle Car Shootout at Brainerd International Raceway, Jake Delmonico hadn’t lost a Muscle Car Series race since the 2012 Shootout, when he lost in the semifinals. He was well on his way to sweeping the Outlaw Class again this year until he ran up against Bubba Romanyskyn in Sunday’s finals.

Bubba Romanyskyn won the Outlaw Class.

Bubba Romanyskyn won the Outlaw Class.

Romanyskyn ended Delmonico’s winning streak with a blistering 206 mph pass for his first win at BIR. Delmonico beat Romanyskyn off the starting line by 1/10th of a second but couldn’t hold off Romanyskyn and his 1967 Camaro, which caught him at the eighth-mile and finished strong with a time of 7.000 seconds and 206.64 mph. Delmonico’s time was 7.415 seconds and 184.25 mph.

“It cost me a piston at the end of the run but I’ve got all winter to work that out,” Romanyskyn said. “He killed me on the tree (starting line) but I caught him at the eighth. It was a great race.”

This is Romanyskyn’s first year racing at BIR. He earned his way to the finals of the Street Car Showdown Memorial Day weekend where he would’ve faced Delmonico again, but he had car problems and couldn’t make it to the starting line, handing the win to Delmonico. There’s a good chance the Outlaw Class will be seeing more of Romanyskyn next year, he said.

The race was part of the grand finale of the three-race Muscle Car Series on the drag strip, which will determine series champions in most of the classes. Those will be announced later this week. The Muscle Car Shootout also included the debut of the Pirelli World Challenge on BIR’s 2.5-mile Competition Road Course as well as the Trans Am Series and the SCCA Jack Pine Sprints.

Rick Schmidt, Pro Outlaw

Rick Schmidt, Pro Outlaw

Ian McNiven won Real Street Unlimited.

Ian McNiven won Real Street Unlimited.

In Pro Outlaw, Rick Schmidt was a repeat winner after beating defending Pro Outlaw Champion Bill Krech in spectacular fashion. Schmidt won the last Muscle Car Series event, the PleasureLand RV Show & Go, and is on his way to de-throning Krech for the series championship.

Krech was off the starting line first with a reaction time of .058 seconds compared to Schmidt’s .148 seconds but Schmidt and his 2011 Mustang ran down Krech and his 1969 Camaro, sneaking by him at the finish line with a time of 6.455 seconds at 215.07 mph. Krech’s time was 6.595 seconds at 209.62 mph.

Mike Sterling won King Street.

Mike Sterling won King Street.

The King Street Class may have a new champion this year after Mike Sterling beat Chris Orr in the finals for his second series win of the year. Orr was the No. 1 qualifier and Sterling was No. 2, setting up for a finals that would be a real slug fest. But Orr’s car broke on the final pass, handing Sterling the win.

“We’re fortunate to pull these wins off,” Sterling said. “We counted seven cars in our class that are capable of running in the 7s (seconds) so there’s a lot of really fast, nice cars in King Street. Our secret is always the same: Keep it consistent and go from A to B every pass.”

Sterling’s car is one of the only naturally aspirated cars in 24-car King Street field, but he’s determined to run 7 seconds – and keep winning.

Ian McNiven made it back to the Winner’s Circle Sunday with a win in the Real Street Unlimited finals. He won the class during the Street Car Showdown and proved that he had the fastest car in the class last weekend by entering the elimination rounds as the No. 1 qualifier. In the finals, he faced off against Mark Nolin. Driving a 1988 Mustang, McNiven beat Mark Nolin with a time of 8.738 seconds and 154.62 mph. Nolin’s time was 9.440 seconds and 143.14 mph.

Todd Malik, winner of True Street.

Todd Malik, winner of True Street.

In Real Street Natural, Tim Acker posted his first series win of the season by beating the No. 1 qualifier, Matt Sathre, in the finals. Acker and his 1971 Mustang ran 9.207 seconds and 146.26 mph. Sathre’s time was 8.630 seconds and 143.08 mph but Sathre had troubles at the starting line, with a .716-second reaction time.

Todd Malik continues to dominate the True Street class, which featured 16 cars last weekend. He had a three-race series winning streak going before losing in the finals of the Show & Go. Last weekend, he was the No. 1 qualifier and showed why, beating Jason Nelson in the finals with a time of 9.415 seconds and 149.75 mph. Nelson was slow getting off the starting line but still made a great race of it with a time of 9.461 seconds and 150.70 mph.

In the 660 Outlaw Street Class, Lucas Mlinar was the No. 1 qualifier and beat David Senderhauf in the finals when Senderhauf’s car broke.

 

 

RESULTS

Pro Outlaw
Finals: Rick Schmidt of Dickinson, N.D. def. Bill Krech of Inver Grove Heights
Semifinals: Schmidt def. Trent Larson of Farmington; Krech def. Lee Loew of Darvin

Outlaw
Finals: Bubba Romanyskyn of Belfield, N.D. def. Jake Delmonico of St. Paul Park
Semifinals: Romanyskyn had a bye; Delmonico def. Warren Peterson of Duluth

King Street
Finals: Mike Sterling of Oak Grove def. Chris Orr of Superior, Wis.
Semifinals: Sterling def. Dave Sash of Duluth; Orr had a bye

Real Street Unlimited
Finals: Ian McNiven of East Selkirk, Manitoba def. Marc Nolin of Tourond, Manitoba
Semifinals: McNiven def. Jesse Krause of Duluth; Nolin def. Duane Godbout of Cloquet

Real Street Natural
Finals: Tim Acker of White Bear Lake def. Matt Sathre of Brooklyn Park
Semifinals: Acker def. Kelly Rutz of Randall; Sathre had a bye

True Street
Finals: Todd Malik of Andover def. Jason Nelson of Champlin
Semifinals: Malik def. Dave Hodgman of Ramsey; Nelson def. Jason Bergeson of Cottage Grove

660 Outlaw Street
Finals: Lucas Mlinar of East St. Paul, Manitoba def. David Senderhauf of Zimmerman
Semifinals: Mlinar def. Richard Brown of Waterville; Senderhauf had a bye

Index Class Champion
Finals: Jon Kelly of Newport def. Reid Watson of Laport
Semifinals: Kelly def. Scott Turner of Andover; Watson had a bye

Strip Eliminator 1
Finals: Brandon Panning of Norwood def. Roger Peterson of Menahga
Semifinals: Panning had a bye; Peterson def. Luke Arendts of Dalbo

Strip Eliminator 2
Finals: Lee Purdham of Deerwood def. Guy Stengel of Blaine
Semifinals: Purdham had a bye; Stengel def. Jeff Lundeen of Buffalo

Strip Eliminator 3
Finals: Gary Tesar of Medina def. Jagger Hoffman of Lafayette
Semifinals: Tesar had a bye; Hoffman def. Andrew Rasmusson of Grand Rapids

Truck Eliminator
Finals: Chad Cramble of Fridley def. Justin Olafson of Park Rapids
Semifinals: Cramble had a bye; Olafson def. Bob Peterson of Roseville

Manual Transmission
Finals: Keith Sand of Cambridge def. Chuck Hoppe of North Branch
Semifinals: Sand had a bye; Hoppe def. Keith Kuss of Zimmerman

9.50 Index
Finals: Austin Siemers of Milaca def. Pat Huebner of Bloomington
Semifinals: Siemers def. Gerald Cook of Mora; Huebner def. Jody Monty of Thunder Bay, Ontario

10.00 Index
Finals: Scott Turner of Andover def. Kevin Sand of Cambridge
Semifinals: Turner def. Eric Baker of Browerville; Sand had a bye

10.50 Index
Finals: Jon Kelly of Newport def. Mike Hammerstrom of Bemidji
Semifinals: Kelly had a bye; Hammerstrom def. Larry Curtis of Bethel

11.00 Index
Finals: Russ Storms of Cologne def. Pete Hoffmann of New Ulm
Semifinals: Storms def. Charlie Odden of Pine Center; Hoffmann had a bye

11.50 Index
Finals: Zach Stengel of Blaine def. Doug Brown of Waterville
Semifinals: Stengel def. Jeff Ellis of Duluth; Brown def. Don Fotti of Winnipeg, Manitoba

12.00 Index
Finals: Gary Olson of Sartell def. Steve Elzy of Lindstrom
Semifinals: Olson def. Robb Johnson of New Prague; Elzy had a bye

12.50 Index
Finals: Reid Watson of Laporte def. Jim Carlson of Minneapolis
Semifinals: Watson def. Kevin Hemenway of Park Rapids; Carlson def. Bruce Morley of Brainerd

13.00 Index
Finals: Jesse Backstrom of Grand Marais def. Lonnie Ellenson of Park Rapids
Semifinals: Backstrom def. Aaron Hall of Rogers; Ellenson def. Nicole Nelson of Norwood-Young America

13.50 Index
Finals: Nathan Olson of Sartell def. KC Brager of Pillager

14.00 Index
Finals: Gary Tesar of Medina def. Mike Simons of Pine City
Semifinals: Tesar def. Jessica Purdham of Albertville; Simons def. Travis Brekken of Crookston

 

 

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