BIR sets drag racing team for annual ET Finals

Brainerd International Raceway today announced the 40-member drag racing team that will represent the track during the NHRA West Central Summit Racing ET Finals this weekend at Heartland Park in Topeka, Kan.

Travis Ruetzel will race in Pro ET.

Travis Ruetzel will race in Pro ET.

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 40 drag racers earned their way onto the team by successfully competing in BIR’s Bracket Drag Racing Series, which is a six-weekend series with one weekend left (Sept. 28-29). 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 Terry Pease (Super Pro), Travis Reutzel (Pro ET), Rory Emmans (Sportsman), Mike Voss (Bike/Sled), and Joe Moriarty Jr. (High School).

“BIR always sends a really competitive team to the ET Finals and this team is no different,” said BIR owner Jed Copham. “The racers in our Bracket Drag Racing Series prove every year that they’re some of the top amateur drag racers in the country and they represent BIR well at the ET Finals. We’re really excited about the makeup of this team and we’re hoping for a strong finish again.”

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

Terry Pease of Blaine (Race of Champions)
Brandon Schmall of Lino Lakes
Mike Campbell of Brooklyn Park
Brian Johnson of Nowthen
Rodney Thompson of Anoka
Nick Engler of Ramsey
Greg Grundman of St. Cloud
Mike Anderson of St. Joseph
Dean Beaulieu of Cambridge
Ronnie Luberda of Foley
Toby Giese of Kandiyohi
Ryan Scheleck of St. Cloud
John Helmin of Rice
Al Govlovsky of Bemidji

Travis Reutzel of Eden Valley (Race of Champions)
Robert Ingman of Andover
Mike Casteel of Thief River Falls
Dave Engler of Ramsey
Brad Mickle of Lino Lakes
Steve Roehrs of Frederic, Wis.
Todd Larson of Bagley
Steve Elzy of Lindstrom
Rick Beaulieu of Forest Lake
Kayla Noyes of Andover

Rory Emmans of Dayton (Race of Champions)
Mark Pease of Plymouth
Chris Henry of Sauk Rapids
Lee Dugdale of Scandia
Marie Swenson of Champlin
Joe Moriarty Sr of Ham Lake
Russ Elzy of Becker
Jamie Turcotte of Coon Rapids
Vern Gjelhaug of Dresser, Wis.
Brandon Schmall of Lino Lakes

Mike Voss of Maplewood (Race of Champions)
Kyle Lundberg of Isanti

Joe Moriarty Jr  of Ham Lake (Race of Champions)
Taylor Arneson of Pillager
Tracy Arneson of Pillager
Michelle Emmans of Dayton

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