Drag racers honored at annual banquet

More than 180 drag racers and their families and friends attended BIR’s Annual Racer Banquet Feb. 20 to celebrate the 2015 season and honor racers who excelled at the sport they love.

Held at Cragun’s Resort in Brainerd, the banquet was a chance for BIR to recognize the winners of the Bracket Drag Racing Series and the Muscle Car Series, as well as four individuals who made an impact on the racing community last year.

Phil Abramson

Phil Abramson

Russ Elzy

Russ Elzy

Paradigm Performance presented the inaugural Dick Roe Appreciation Award to Phil Abramson for outstanding service to the drag racing community. Abramson is on BIR’s drag racing crew and is always friendly and helpful to the racers.

Russ Elzy received the Joe Angelo Sportsmanship Award. Ronnie Luberda received the Outstanding Dedication Award, and 16-year-old Hannah Line received the Rookie of the Year award. She took third in the Bracket Drag Racing Series’ Street Trophy class in her first year racing in one of the seven main classes.

The Bracket Drag Racing Series was well represented at the banquet. All

Ronnie Luberda

Ronnie Luberda

Hannah Line

Hannah Line

10 class winners were present to receive their personalized jackets and trophies. The winners survived an extremely competitive season in most of the classes. The series is over six weekends, with winners crowned on both Saturdays and Sundays. The races typically attract more than 250 dragsters, cars, trucks, bikes, snowmobiles and Junior Dragsters.

The three-race Muscle Car Series attracts more than 300 cars and features seven heads-up classes, 10 Index classes, four Eliminator classes and a class for manual transmissions. In all, 13 championships were awarded after the season. Seven of the champions attended to receive their personalized jackets and trophies.

Bracket series winners, back row from left: Gary Loeffelholz, Joe Howell, Brandon Schmall, Jimmy Paulson. Front: James Findell, Jared Hutar and Tyler Gadacz

Bracket series winners, back row from left: Gary Loeffelholz, Joe Howell, Brandon Schmall, Jimmy Paulson. Front: James Findell, Jared Hutar and Tyler Gadacz

Junior Dragster winners: Dylan Dancer, Sydney Haben, Camryn Takacs

Junior Dragster winners: Dylan Dancer, Sydney Haben, Camryn Takacs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Muscle Car Series, front row from left: Chad Rach, Bill Meyer, Jason Geiger, Jessica Purdham, Scott Davich, Dan Gefre. Back row: Jake Delmonico, Mike Sterling, David Hodgman, Greg Schmidt, Cory Gesme, Kerry Hemenway, Logan Loesch. Very back: Jason Waste, Raquel Van Namen

Muscle Car Series, front row from left: Chad Rach, Bill Meyer, Jason Geiger, Jessica Purdham, Scott Davich, Dan Gefre. Back row: Jake Delmonico, Mike Sterling, David Hodgman, Greg Schmidt, Cory Gesme, Kerry Hemenway, Logan Loesch. Very back: Jason Waste, Raquel Van Namen

 

 

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