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This weekend! PleasureLand RV Show & Go

With a lineup that includes drag racing, road racing, car show, fireworks, live music and kids games, Brainerd International Raceway’s 28th Annual PleasureLand RV Show & Go will be entertainment headquarters for race fans this weekend.

Show & Go has a long-standing tradition of providing great racing action for fans and related activities for those looking for a little diversion. The event runs Friday through Sunday (July 4-6), with gates opening Thursday morning for camping.

Show & Go has always featured big horsepower and amazing speed on the drag strip and high-flying road racing on the 2.5-mile Competition Road Course. This year is no different.

The second leg of the three-race Muscle Car Series will provide all the action on the drag strip, with more than 350 cars expected. At center stage are the seven Heads-Up Classes, where speeds can top 200 mph and the action is fierce, with series points at stake as well as series championships at the end of the season.

On BIR’s 2.5-mile Competition Road Course, the Cheerios Racing Great North Legends Cars make their debut, with racing on Saturday and Sunday. The Legends Cars are five-eighths scale 1930s sedans and coupes. They’re very quick on the track and should provide thrilling action.

Also new to the program this year is the Ultimate Road Race Challenge on the road course. It’s open to all road racers and features a 20-car, 12-lap $10,000 winner-take-all race Saturday. Sunday’s program includes open lapping for those who want to test themselves and their cars on the road course. Interested drivers should contact the BIR Performance Driving School at 218-824-7606.

“The drag racing will be outstanding again but we’re really excited about the road racing program this year,” BIR owner Jed Copham said. “We’ve never had the Legends Cars here before but they’re really popular at other tracks because they’re small, quick and really fun to watch.

“The Ultimate Road Race Challenge is new this year as well,” he added. “We’ve got a number of classes that the drivers will be competing in, with the grand finale being the $10,000 race. That’s a pretty nice purse for someone to go home with and should result in great racing.”

Saturday’s program includes a Classic Car Show, fireworks and live music by Junk FM. On-site camping is free with a multi-day ticket. Daily admission is $25; kids 12 and under are free.

For details, click here.

 

King of the Track to be crowned this weekend

The field is set for Saturday’s drag racing run-off that will determine the King of the Track at Brainerd International Raceway.

Travis Reutzel and his King of the Track Wally

Travis Reutzel and his King of the Track Wally

Every year, BIR’s Bracket Drag Racing Series features the Summit Racing King of the Track competition that pits the top drivers in each class in an handicapped elimination format. The last driver standing earns the title of King of the Track and takes home a Wally trophy from the NHRA.

After the first two Bracket drag racing weekends this season, the top two point-getters in each class were selected for the run-off. They will race each other for the chance to represent their class in the elimination rounds. The winners of the Comp Trophy and Street Trophy classes will race against each other, with the winner advancing to the elimination rounds to represent both Trophy classes.

Last year’s King of the Track, Travis Reutzel, is gunning for a repeat this year, although his toughest competition may be in the first round. He will race the red-hot Reno Loeffelholz to represent the Pro ET Class. Loeffelholz is sitting in first place in the Pro ET class after sweeping Saturday’s and Sunday’s races June 7-8 during the most recent Bracket Drag Racing Series weekend. He then beat the winners of the Super Pro Class each day in the Shootout competition.

Below is a list of the racers who will be competing in the Summit Racing King of the Track competition.

It’s a big weekend at BIR. In addition to the King of the Track competition, Bracket drag racers will be racing in their third weekend, with time trials and eliminations both Saturday and Sunday. More than 250 dragsters, cars, trucks, bikes, snowmobiles and Junior Dragsters will be on hand to compete for series points.

The weekend starts Thursday evening with the kick-off to the second annual Lakes Jam music and camping festival. This year’s event features three days of music, with Clay Walker headlining Friday and Bret Michaels headlining Saturday. Lakes Jam requires a separate ticket.

On Sunday, the Zalusky Advanced Riding School will be on BIR’s 2.5-mile Competition Road Course with Superbike racing.

For the racing portion of the weekend, daily admission is $20. Kids 12 and under are free.

King of the Track Racers

Super Pro
Dave Engler of Ramsey
Randy McFarland of Sabin

Pro ET
Reno Loeffelholz of Shafer
Travis Reutzel of Annandale

Sportsman
Bob Gillespie of Brainerd
Rory Emmans of Dayton

Stock/Super Stock
Ben Line of International Falls
Tim Lisson of Solon Springs, Wis.

Pro Bike/Sled
Jason Clampitt of Lino Lakes
Bruce Sampson of Forest Lake

Comp Trophy
Nick Arnold of Maple Grove
Michelle Emmans of Dayton

Street Trophy
Tracy Arneson of Pillager
Tyler Young of Nisswa

Drifting, drag racing, more at Proving Grounds this weekend

A turbo-charged weekend is in store at Brainerd International Raceway, as the track hosts the Modern Automotive Performance Proving Grounds, June 20-22.

MAP2014BIR will be invaded by imports, sport compacts, trucks and bikes from all corners of the Midwest and Canada as they compete in drag racing, drifting, autocross, open lapping, burnout contests, a car show, a stereo competition and more. 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 MAPa 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.

On 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 stand still 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.

“This is the second year that we’ve had two Proving Grounds events on the race schedule,” BIR Owner Jed Copham said. “That’s because the event is growing so fast. It’s a younger crowd that really has a lot of fun competing with their cars in events that most people don’t get a lot of opportunity to see anywhere else.”

The Proving Grounds is for novice drivers, expert drives and everything in between. The second Proving Grounds is Sept. 5-7.

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

Tonight! Wednesday Night Street Drags

Make plans to be at BIR this Wednesday for the next Wednesday Night Street Drags. 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.

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to race your own car on the fastest drag strip in the country, 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.

Snowmobiles on open water, Superbikes this weekend

Superbikes will be flying around Brainerd International Raceway’s road course this weekend while snowmobiles are on Lake BIR defying gravity and a bunch of other laws of physics while completing laps on open water.

Racing5It’s BIR’s Wet & Wild Weekend – the first of two this year. The second one is Sept. 19-21.

The snowmobiles are part of the International Watercross Association (IWA), which features two forms of open-water racing: drag racing and oval racing. In drag racing, snowmobiles take off from shore, with the winner reaching the far shoreline first.

Oval racing is far more entertaining from a spectator’s viewpoint. Again, the snowmobiles take off from shore, complete four or five laps around floating markers and then return to shore. Sometimes, the laws of physics catch up to IWA2_Wthem and they sink to the bottom of the lake. After the race is completed, a special pontoon drives out to them and hoists them out of the water, delivering them back to shore where they dry out their sled in time for the next heat.

While the snowmobiles are on the lake, the Central Roadracing Association will be on BIR’s 2.5-mile Competition Road Course all weekend. Practice sessions are Friday for all classes, as well as Saturday and Sunday mornings, followed by five- and six-lap sprint races the rest of Saturday and Sunday.

Daily admission is $20 and kids 12 and under are free. Tickets are available at the gate.

CRA Superbike Racing photo by SDE

Loeffelholz steals show from Juniors during Bracket 2 race

Last weekend’s Bracket Drag Racing Series event at Brainerd International Raceway was suppose to celebrate the Junior Dragster program, but Reno Loeffelholz stole the show.

Saturday’s race included the NHRA Summit Racing Junior Drag Racing League Challenge, where junior racers ages 8-18, competed for Wally trophies like their heros on the NHRA circuit win. Twenty-two drivers competed in the three classes, all driving scaled-down dragsters, some of which run over 80 mph.

At the end of the night, Emma McFarland, Garrett Lindquist and Dylan Dancer took home the coveted hardware.

Emma McFarland

Emma McFarland

Garrett Lindquist

Garrett Lindquist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dylan Dancer

Dylan Dancer

 

But the weekend belonged to Loeffelholz, who had an amazing weekend by beating every Pro ET Class driver who lined up against him. He won the class Saturday night by beating Nicholas Engler and then disposed of the Super Pro Class winner, Brian Johnson, in the Super Pro/Pro ET Shootout.

On Sunday, Loeffelholz won his way to the Pro ET finals again, and then took down Steve Brings in the finals before going head to head with Super Pro winner Randy McFarland in Sunday’s Shootout. Loeffelholz proved to be too much for McFarland as well, finishing with two Pro ET wins, two Shootout wins and claiming first place in the Pro ET points standings.

Driving a 1968 Mustang, Loeffelholz didn’t really have an explanation for his good fortune, other than to say the car ran well and he was consistent on the starting line. Once he started

Reno Loeffelholz

Reno Loeffelholz

winning rounds, his confidence went through the roof.

“I felt good going into Sunday,” he said. “I didn’t change a thing. I just stuck with what I did Saturday.”

Even though he’s only 20 years old, Loeffelholz knows how to win drag races, proving  it last September by winning the Pro ET Class during the NHRA West Central Division Summit Racing ET Finals in Topeka, Kan. He was racing against the best amateur drag racers from 21 other tracks throughout the Midwest. In BIR’s 2013 Bracket Drag Racing Series, he finished second in the Pro ET standings.

Loeffelholz’s runs were a consistent 9.47 seconds at 134 mph.

In the Super Pro Class, Johnson won Saturday’s race by beating Larry Wiebusch Jr. with a run of 7.688 seconds at 154.44 mph. McFarland took down Jordan Pratt in Sunday’s final with a time of 7.750 seconds and 166.58 mph.

Jason Clampitt was a double winner in the Pro Bike/Sled Class. He beat Bruce Sampson in the finals on Saturday with a time of 9.755 seconds and 129.73 mph on his ’79 Kawasaki, and then Mike Voss in Sunday’s final with a run of 9.775 seconds and 130.85 mph.

Emma McFarland beat McKenna Bungert in the finals of the Junior Dragster Advanced Class for ages 13-18 to win the Challenge and a Wally. She also won on Sunday.

Dylan Dancer was a double winner in the Junior Dragster Novice Class for ages 8-9, beating Ayden Copham for the Wally trophy on Saturday.

Garrett Lindquist beat Treavor Jelinski in the finals of the Junior Dragster Intermediate Class for ages 10-12 to win the Wally trophy in that class.

Below are the final two rounds for each class. Click here to view the points standings.

SATURDAY, JUNE 7

Super Pro
Finals: Brian Johnson of Nowthen def. Larry Wiebusch Jr of Nowthen
Semifinals: Johnson def. Dan Gilgosch of Lino Lakes: Wiebusch def. Dave Engler of Ramsey

Pro ET
Finals: Reno Loeffelholz of Shafer def. Nicholas Engler of South Haven
Semifinals: Loeffelholz def. Brandon Schmall of Lino Lakes; Engler def. Brian Schottenbauer of Zimmerman

Sportsman
Finals: Bob Gillespie of Brainerd def. Neil Webster of Little Canada
Semifinals: Gillespie def. Aaron Hall of Rogers; Webster had a bye

Pro Bike/Sled
Finals: Jason Clampitt of Lino Lakes def. Bruce Sampson of Forest Lake
Semifinals: Clampitt had a bye; Sampson def. Josh Luberda of Foley

Comp Trophy
Finals: Andrew Dancer of Royalton def. Michelle Emmans of Dayton
Semifinals: Dancer def. Darren Arnold of Eden Prairie; Emmans def. Brandon Kazee of Hastings

Street Trophy
Finals: Dale Walde of Greenwood, Wis., def. Tyler Young of Nisswa
Semifinals: Walde def. Tracy Arneson of Pillager; Young def. Samantha Loberg of Pequot Lakes

Junior Dragster Advanced
Finals: Emma McFarland of Sabin def. McKenna Bungert of Lakeville
Semifinals: McFarland had a bye; Bungert def. Erin Johnson of Anoka

Junior Dragster Intermediate
Finals: Garrett Lindquist of Minnetonka def. Trevor Jelinski of Little Falls
Semifinals: Lindquist def. Sydney Haben of Hibbing; Jelinski def. Cameron Beaulieu of Cambridge

Junior Dragster Novice
Finals: Dylan Dancer of Foley def. Ayden Copham of Brainerd
Semifinals: Dancer def. Riley Luberda of Foley; Copham had a bye

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 8

Super Pro
Finals: Randy McFarland of Sabin def. Jordan Pratt of Otsego
Semifinals: McFarland def. Mike Campbell of Brooklyn Park; Pratt had a bye

Pro ET
Finals: Reno Loeffelholz of Shafer def. Steve Brings of Howard Lake
Semifinals: Loeffelholz def. Gary Schnueneman of Elko; Brings def. Brad Harder of Waconia

Sportsman
Finals: Mark Pease of Plymouth def. Aaron Hall of Rogers
Semifinals: Pease had a bye; Hall def. Tim Harris of Zimmerman

Pro Bike/Sled
Finals: Jason Clampitt of Lino Lakes def. Mike Voss of Maplewood
Semifinals: Clampitt def. Josh Luberda of Foley; Voss had a bye

Comp Trophy
Finals: Brandon Kazee of Hastings def. Nick Arnold of Maple Grove
Semifinals: Kazee def. Darren Arnold of Eden Prairie; Nick Arnold def. Dean Markuson of Pequot Lakes

Street Trophy
Finals: Tracy Arneson of Pillager def. Andi Pesola of Duluth
Semifinals: Arneson def. Chuck Holien of Maplewood; Pesola had a bye

Junior Dragster Advanced
Finals: Emma McFarland of Sabin def. McKenna Bungert of Lakeville
Semifinals: McFarland had a bye; Bungert def. Sarah Johnson of Nowthen

Junior Dragster Intermediate
Finals: Jazper Wiebusch of Ham Lake def. Trevor Jelinski of Little Falls
Semifinals: Wiebusch had a bye; Jelinski def. Garrett Lindquist of Minnetonka

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

Wednesday Night Drags tonight – bring a heavy foot

The third Wednesday Night Street Drags of the season is tonight, and the weather is forecasted to be AMAZING. 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 a great night for drag racing.

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to race your own car on a championship 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.

Bracket Drag Racing Series gears up for second event

More than 250 cars are expected this weekend for the Bracket Drag Racing Series at Brainerd International Raceway. It’s a Dual Event Weekend with the BMW Car Club of America’s North Star Chapter on BIR’s 2.5-mile Competition Road Course.

This is the second of six weekends for the Bracket Drag Racers. Each weekend is a double-header, with time trials and elimination rounds both Saturday and Sunday – that’s two chances each weekend for racers to win and collect valuable series points in their pursuit of a series championship.

Fans will see 250-plus dragsters, cars, trucks, bikes, snowmobiles and Junior Dragsters competing in 10 different classes. Saturday’s race also includes the NHRA Summit Racing Junior Drag Racing League Challenge, which is a chance for the Junior Dragster drivers to win a Wally trophy like the pros win. The three Junior Dragster classes are divided by age: 8-9, 10-12 and 13-18.

Gates open daily at 7 a.m. The drag racing program includes Test & Tune from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, and then time trials and eliminations starting at 9 a.m. daily. The BMW Car Club starts daily at 8 a.m.

Daily admission is $20, and kids 12 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at the front gate and are good for both events.

For more information about the Bracket Drag Racing Series, click here.

 

Unruh among winners at Thunder at the Lakes

Phil Unruh and his dragster were dialed in Sunday at Brainerd International Raceway Sunday, consistently laying down runs of 6.3 seconds at more than 205 mph.

Winners_thunderOther racers in the Fineline Madcap Top Dragster class eclipsed the 200 mph mark as well but all lost in the first round and watched the 2012 West Central Division Champion win his way to the finals, where he beat Afton Swanson whose car broke on the final run.

Unruh and the rest of the drag racers competing in BIR’s Thunder at the Lakes last weekend had a soggy day for racing Saturday, but the weather cleared up on Sunday, allowing all the racers to complete their rounds, with winners crowned in 11 classes, including two Junior Dragster classes.

Thunder at the Lakes features the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag

Clint Neff won Comp Eliminator

Clint Neff won Comp Eliminator

Racing Series, where Sportsman drivers come from throughout the country to earn series points and compete for a chance at a national title and a cut of a $519,000 purse. The weekend’s schedule of events included the debut of the World Racing League on Saturday, where 24 teams of three drivers competed in a 12-hour endurance race on BIR’s 2.5-mile Competition Road Course. The Slowpokes car club was on the road course on Sunday.

In addition to Unruh’s win, Clint Neff and Todd Curtis were among the winners, with Neff taking home the trophy in Comp Eliminator and Curtis in Super Stock. Neff drove his ‘27 roadster to victory, taking a big hole shot advantage and

JJ Heber won Top Sportsman

JJ Heber won Top Sportsman

a winning time of 7.848 seconds at 166.87 mph over the reigning West Central Division Comp Champion Bruno Massel and his ’10 dragster.

Curtis was one of five Minnesota racers using the home field advantage to score wins as he went 10.852 seconds in his ’66 Chevy II to down Randy Hopkins and his ’14 Mustang.

Scott Dugdale, Keith Lundberg, Trevor Larson and Bruce Sampson were the other winners from Minnesota. Dugdale took the trophy in Stock when Dale Findell left early with a red-light foul start. Lundberg had a single in the Super Comp final when Jeff Cheney broke in his semifinal round win and was unable to make the call.

Larson took on Tom Dahlberg in the Super Gas final winning with a time of 9.879 seconds and 166.74 mph. Sampson went the distance in Sportsman Motorcycle presented by Harley-Davidson class, defeating Mike Voss.

J.J. Heber knocked out Tom Schmidt in the Jerry Haas Top Sportsman Series.  Schmidt was out first but Heber made up the difference running 7.012 seconds at 193.85 mph for the win.

Bob Hallgren edged out Steve Traeger in Super Street.  It was close at the start but Hallgren got the win running 10.914 seconds at 137.55 mph in his ’70 Nova.

This year’s event included two Junior Dragster classes, for ages 8-12 and 13-17. Chelsey Mohr and Sarah Johnson won those classes, respectively.

West Central Division racers head to Bandimere Speedway for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Thunder on the Mountain presented by Carstar, June 13-15.

The following are the final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Thunder at the Lakes at Brainerd International Raceway:

Comp Eliminator
Finals: Clint Neff of Arvada, Colo. def. Bruno Massel of Woodridge, Ill.
Semifinals: Neff def. Doug Engles of Watertown, SD; Massel had a bye

Super Stock
Finals: Todd Curtis of Elk River def. Randy Hopkins of Scandia
Semifinals: Curtis def. Brett Speer of Little Falls; Hopkins def. Gus Phillipich of Virginia

Stock Eliminator
Finals: Scott Dugdale of Stacy def. Dale Findell of Cambridge
Semifinals: Dugdale def. Tim Mosbeck of Andover; Findell def. Lyn Johnson of Cloquet

Super Comp
Finals: Keith Lundberg of Isanti def. Jeff Cheney of Cambridge
Semifinals: Lundberg had a bye; Cheney def. Steven Michaels of Anoka

Super Gas
Finals: Trevor Larson of Starbuck def. Tom Dahlberg of Hudson, Wis.
Semifinals: Larson def. Ron Gering of Bellevue, Neb.; Dahlberg def. John Gosh of Big Lake

Super Street
Finals: Bob Hallgren of Lincoln, Neb., def. Steve Traeger of Foley
Semifinals: Hallgren def. TJ Snow of Apple Valley; Traeger had a bye

Top Dragster
Finals: Phil Unruh of McPherson, Kan., def. Afton Swanson of Denver, Iowa
Semifinals: Unruh def. Mike Campbell of Roseville; Swanson def. Brad Basgall of Hays, Kan.

Top Sportsman
Finals: JJ Heber of Centennial, Colo., def. Tom Schmidt of Lindstrom
Semifinals: Heber def. Doug Woody of Independence, Mo., Schmidt def. Jim White of Haysville, Kan.

ET Motorcycle
Finals: Bruce Sampson of Forest Lake def. Mike Voss of Maplewood
Semifinals: Sampson def. Cameron Belisle of Hugo; Voss had a bye

Junior Dragster – Age 13-17
Finals: Sarah Johnson of Nowthen def. Zach Lauadil of Clearwater
Semifinals: Johnson had a bye; Lauadil def. Erin Johnson of Nowthen

Junior Dragster – Age 8-12
Finals: Chelsey Mohr of Mitchell, S.D., def. Cassandra Jurgens of Watertown, S.D.
Semifinals: Mohr had a bye; Jurgens def. Aaron Clampitt of Lino Lakes

Thunder at the Lakes rolls into BIR this weekend

Some of the top Sportsman drag racers in the country will make their annual trek to Brainerd International Raceway this weekend for Thunder at the Lakes, which is their chance to slug it out for NHRA divisional points, a shot at a national title and a cut of the year-end purse worth more than $500,000.

ThunderAcross BIR’s infield from the drag strip, the 2.5-mile Competition Road Course will be hosting three different events this weekend, starting with the BIR Performance Driving School Friday, a 12-hour endurance race on Saturday and the Slowpokes car club on Sunday.

The endurance race is the World Racing League’s debut at BIR. Teams of three or more drivers and one car will try to complete as many laps as possible in 12 hours. It’s affordable, grassroots racing that’s entertaining to watch.

PaulFlores_MohFloOn Sunday, the Slowpokes car club will be on the road course with a variety of cars for an open track day. Friday’s Performance Driving School is basically the same thing, where drivers are honing their skills and challenging themselves on the 13-turn track.

The drag racing program this weekend always provides some of the year’s best racing. It features the NHRA West Central Division’s Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, which has been a mainstay at BIR for decades. Fans are treated to super-competitive drag racing in 11 classes: Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, Sportsman Motorcycle, Top Sportsman, Top Dragster and two Junior Dragster classes (Saturday only). Fans will see dragsters, cars, motorcycles and snowmobiles on the track, as well as Junior Dragsters for kids ages 10-18.

Thunder at the Lakes is a chance for drag racers in the NHRA’s West Central Division to compete for divisional points and a shot at a national championship. The West Central Division stretches from Wyoming to Wisconsin and from Colorado to Kansas, and includes parts of Canada. Test & Tune is Friday, qualifying and time trials are Saturday, and eliminations are Sunday.

“Thunder at the Lakes always offers some of the best drag racing of the season,” BIR owner Jed Copham said. “Most of the cars you see racing this weekend will be back for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in August, so the competition is amazing. The road course will provide fans with some entertaining action as well. We’re excited about the new World Racing League and are looking forward to seeing how many cars can keep rolling for 12 hours!”

Gates open at 7 a.m. daily and tickets are available at the front gate. Daily admission is $25 and kids 12 and under are free. On-site camping is free with the purchase of a multi-day ticket.

For more details, visit the Thunder at the Lakes page by clicking here.

Bottom photo is World Racing League, courtesy of Moh Flo Photography.

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