The 2017 BIR Fan Guides have been printed and mailed. Check your mailbox for your guide to everything that’s going on at BIR this season. If you didn’t receive one in your mailbox, there’s a couple ways to get your hands on one. You can click on the graphic below to download a copy, you can call the Ticket Office to have one sent to you, or you can pick one up at many locations throughout the Brainerd Lakes Area, including the Ticket Office, area chambers of commerce and dozens of Discover Racks in various businesses. See you at the track!
Brainerd International Raceway’s annual BIR Racer Banquet attracted more than 200 drag racers, families and friends, many of whom went home with trophies, personalized winner’s jackets, prizes and lots of stories.
The banquet, held Feb. 25 at Cragun’s Resort in Brainerd, the banquet was a chance for the track to recognize the series champions from the Bracket Drag Racing Series and the Muscle Car Series, as well as others who made an impact on the racing community last season.
Al Schmidt from Paradigm Performance in Brainerd presented the second annual Dick Roe Appreciation Award to DeDe Doolittle-Roberts for her outstanding service to the drag racing community. She’s a member of BIR’s drag racing crew.
Ron Zenzen presented the Outstanding Dedication Award to Vern Laurin Jr. and his wife, Ginger.
The Rookie of the Year Award went to Emma McFarland, who took second place in the Comp Trophy Class (Bracket Drag Racing Series) in her first year after racing in the Junior Dragster classes.
And Ben Line won the Joe Angelo Sportsmanship Award for displaying great sportsmanship toward the other racers.
The Bracket Drag Racing Series was well represented, with eight of the 11 series champs in attendance . 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. Ten of the champions attended to receive their personalized jackets and trophies.
The top three racers in each class:
Super Pro – 60
1. Brian Johnson
2. Mike Campbell
3. Jenna Jahnke
Pro ET – 55
1. Bryce Miller
2. Wally Higby
3. Reno Loeffelholz
Sportsman – 23
1. Brandon Schmall
2. Sid Osterman
3. Steve Elzy
Stock/Super Stock – 16
1. Ben Line
2. Brad Haugaard
3. Jared Hutar
1. Kyle Lundberg
2. Brad Harder
3. Kelley Fager
1. Chris Henry
2. Emma McFarland
3. Brandon Kellen
1. Mike Simon
2. Shelley Joel
3. Todd Anderson
1. Gary Loeffelholz
2. Brian Johnson
3. Bryce Miller
Junior Dragster Advanced
1. Sydney Thompson
2. Chandler Niemeyer
3. Zach Zavadil
Junior Dragster Intermediate
1. Riley Luberda
2. Dylan Dancer
3. Samantha Cielinski
Junior Dragster Novice
1. Brody Thompson
2. Daniel Dancer
3. Carter Luberda
Here’s your chance to help cancer patients by buying a raffle ticket to win 2017 Mazda MX-5 Cup Race Car from Long Road Racing!
Lemons of Love is a non-profit organization that delivers hand-crafted goodie bags to cancer patients to make their day a little brighter. This will be the third year of the program, after doubling the number of bags delivered in the second year from the first. All proceeds from the raffle goes to Lemons of Love. A maximum of 2,500 tickets will be sold.
The drawing for the $59,000 race car will be during the 12 Hours of Sebring race, March 18. But don’t delay, buy your tickets today.
The trade show season is here again, giving race fans a chance to get a jump on the racing season.
Look for Brainerd International Raceway at two trade shows this year: The Minneapolis Motorcycle Show and the Gopher State Timing Association (GSTA) Rod & Custom Spectacular.
BIR Performance Driving School Director Gary Curtis will be at both shows, along with a variety of other BIR staff and volunteers. They’ll be able to answer questions about the upcoming race season and will have information available for the school and BIR’s racing schedule. You’ll also have a chance to register to win some great prizes from BIR.
Here are details of the shows:
The Minneapolis Motorcycle Show is Feb. 3-5 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. It’s all-things bikes at this show! Hundreds of the latest street bikes, dirt bikes, cruisers, scooters and ATVs will be on display, along with riding gear and aftermarket accessories. A custom bike competition will highlight a long list of entertainment.
The 61st Annual GSTA Rod & Custom Spectacular is April 8-9 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Here, you’ll see the nastiest collection of hot rods and customs from throughout the Midwest. Don’t miss it if you’re into fins, flames and fender skirts.
See you at the show. Stop by and say hello!
BIR’s annual Racer Banquet is set for Saturday, Feb. 25 at Cragun’s Resort in Brainerd.
The program starts with a social hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. The awards program follows dinner. The cost for the banquet is $38 per person, $17 per child 8-12 years old and $11 per child 4-7 years old. Please be aware that those who attend the banquet must pay for dinner as well.
The Racer Banquet is BIR’s chance to recognize the top drag racers during the 2016 season. Champions of BIR’s Bracket Drag Racing Series and the Muscle Car Series will be honored, and individual awards will be given out as well. It’s a fun night for racers as well as their families and friends.
Make it a full weekend by staying both Friday and Saturday nights. BIR is receiving these special rates: $275.74 for two nights or $169.93 for a single night. Reserve your rooms by Jan. 16 for guaranteed rates and availability.
The registration process is a little different this year. You cannot reserve rooms at Cragun’s until you’ve contacted BIR and registered for the banquet. So your first step is to call Keri at BIR by phone at 218-824-7223. She will get you registered and then turn you over to Cragun’s to reserve your rooms. BIR’s offices are open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday.
Make a weekend out of it and enjoy snowmobiling, ice fishing or any of a host of other fun things to do at Cragun’s and in the Brainerd Lakes Area.
Visit the Cragun’s Resort website for more details about what they offer and where they’re located. Or visit the Visit Brainerd website to learn more about what’s happening in the Brainerd Lakes Area that weekend.
Hope to see you there!
As you’re finishing up (or just starting) your holiday shopping, don’t forget to think “Brainerd International Raceway.”
BIR has some great gift ideas for your favorite race fan. Whether it’s BIR apparel, event tickets or a nitro experience at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, BIR has some amazing options.
BIR Apparel & Merchandise – If you’re in the Brainerd area, stop by Brainerd’s Westgate Mall and check out the BIR kiosk, which is selling BIR T-shirts, hats, sweatshirts and other apparel, as well as merchandise. The kiosk is open daily through Dec. 23.
Advance Tickets to the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals – Advance tickets to the 36th Annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals (Aug. 17-20) are now on sale and can be purchased by calling the BIR Ticket Office or ordering them online, by clicking here. Treat someone to the fastest show on Earth, an experience they’ll never forget.
BIR Gift Certificate – Here’s an excellent stocking stuffer idea. Our Gift Certificates come in any monetary value and are good for admission to all our events (including Nationals) as well as BIR apparel and merchandise. Call the Ticket Office for details on how to purchase them.
BIR Performance Driving School Gift Card – Give the gift of speed this season with a Gift Card from the BIR Performance Driving School. These cards can be used for admission to a driving school date or the StreetSmart Advanced Defensive Driving for Teens. The school is a day-long program that includes classroom instruction and driving sessions. Students can use the school’s Spec Racers or their own cars. Click here for more information.
Brainerd International Raceway’s race fans will find that buying tickets online is a whole lot easier now, thanks to a new ticketing system BIR purchased through TicketForce.
For race fans, the most noticeable change is the online ticketing system. When fans go online to buy tickets, the process is much easier to navigate and is considerably more intuitive. Fans will find it much easier to determine which ticket package they want and then easily move to the check-out process. Click here to view the online ticketing page. Fans who have purchased tickets in the past will need to update the password on their account (easy instructions are below).
In addition to its new online ticketing system, BIR also has a new computer ticketing system that will help the track better manage ticket sales and customer information.
“We are very excited to be working with the TicketForce team,” said Stephanie Wieczorek, BIR’s ticketing manager. “We were looking for a ticketing system that could help us connect with our customers, increase our marketing data and overall help the track grow. We are confident that we have found that in TicketForce.”
“We have been working with multiple tracks nationwide and have ticketed NHRA nationals events – we love the passion and excitement in these events and are happy to do our part to bring fans to the track,” said Lynne King Smith, CEO of TicketForce. “We welcome Brainerd International Raceway to the TicketForce racing family!”
For fans who have purchased tickets online in the past, a few steps are necessary this year to update their password. Follow the steps below:
Go to www.Brainerdraceway.ticketforce.com
Click “Your Account” – just below the header bar.
Click “Forgot Your Password”.
Enter the email associated with your account.
An email will be sent to your email mailbox where you will get a link to set up your password.
Once you have reset your password, it will take you into the account page.
At the bottom of the page it will list “Holds.”
Click to add the tickets to your basket and process your order.
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