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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.

Winning streaks end, new ones start at Showdown

It’s been two years since Mike Sterling found himself in the Winner’s Circle at Brainerd International Raceway, so he savored the moment on Sunday, despite his frustrations with his car.

Sterling, who has spent most of the last five years chasing Brian Mahnke in the King Street Class, laid claim to the class title last weekend during the 6th Annual Street Car Showdown, which was the first race in the three-race Muscle Car Series.

Mike Sterling, King Street winner

Mike Sterling, King Street winner

Sterling is the first to admit that he benefited from some good fortune. Mahnke, for example, had car issues and wasn’t able to race Sunday during eliminations. He has been nearly unbeatable in the last five years, having swept the series’ King Street Class two of the last three years and winning 10 finals, with four runners up finishes in the series’ five-year existence.

Sterling was able to overcome car issues as well Sunday. His yellow 1966 Chevelle wasn’t running well, and it’s one of the few naturally aspirated cars left in the King Street Class, so it needs to be performing at a high level to be competitive, he said.

“The car was iffy all weekend,” he said. “I wasn’t real happy. I’ve got a lot of work to do (before the next series race, the

Runner-up Bubba Romanyskyn in Outlaw

Runner-up Bubba Romanyskyn in Outlaw

PleasureLand RV Show & Go). We’re trying some new stuff so we’ll see what happens.”

Sterling beat Ryan Baker in the finals with a time of 8.237 seconds and a speed of 164.97 mph. Baker ran 8.779 seconds at 152.95 mph. It was the first finals appearance for Baker and equally gratifying for Sterling, who helped Baker build his 1970 Chevelle.

Bill Krech and Jake Delmonico picked up where they left off last year, by winning the Pro Outlaw and Outlaw classes, respectively. Both won series championships last year, with

The SCCA Harvey West Classic was on the road course.

The SCCA Harvey West Classic was on the road course. Photo by Jerry Winker

Delmonico sweeping the series.

Krech was the top qualifier with a wicked run of 6.463 seconds and 214.04 mph. Krech and his 1964 Camaro knocked off Rick Schmidt in the finals with a pass of 6.500 seconds and 212.56 mph. Schmidt ran a 6.689-second, 211.83-mph pass with his 2011 Mustang in the semifinals but could only muster a 8.132 and 116.54 in the finals.

Delmonico may have benefited from some misfortune in the finals against Bubba Romanyskyn and his ’67 Camaro, which had the fastest speed of the weekend at 200.83 mph in the semifinals. Delmonico’s top speed had been 174.87 mph, so he had his work cut out for him. But Romanyskyn’s car fouled and then broke on the final pass, handing over the title to Delmonico and his ’68 Camaro.

In the Real Street Unlimited Class, defending champ Jim Ripley raced his way to the finals in the last six straight series races, but didn’t compete Sunday. That opened the door for Ian McNiven, who won a very close finals race with Ryan Lawrence. McNiven’s time was 9.037 seconds and Lawrence’s was 9.041 seconds.

In Real Street Natural, defending champ Matt Sathre’s streak of eight straight finals appearances was broken Sunday. He posted the top speed of 157.19 mph but wasn’t able to race in the eliminations. Kelly Rutz filled the void by winning the finals rounds over Bill Meyer with a run of 9.331 seconds and 145.77 mph. Meyer ran 9.991 seconds and 134.38 mph.

The following are the final two rounds of eliminations for each class in the 6th Annual Street Car Showdown. To view the points standings, click here.

Pro Outlaw
Finals: Bill Krech of Inver Grove Heights def. Rick Schmidt of Dickinson, N.D.
Semifinals: Krech def. Dick Malik of Blaine; Schmidt def. Ray Fuchs of Bowman, N.D.

Outlaw
Finals: Jake Delmonico of St. Paul Park def. Bubba Romanyskyn of Belfield, N.D.
Semifinals: Delmonico def. Vern Laurin Jr. of Duluth; Romanyskyn def. Wayne Bellanger of Robbinsdale

King Street
Finals: Mike Sterling of Oak Grove def. Ryan Baker of Isanti
Semifinals: Sterling def. Jason Geiger of Hanska; Baker def. Chris Orr of Superior, Wis.

Real Street Unlimited
Finals: Ian McNiven of East Selkirk, Manitoba def. Ryan Lawrence of Red Wing
Semifinals: McNiven def. Bill Rolow of Crosslake; Lawrence def. Jad Carlson of Hermantown

Real Street Natural
Finals: Kelly Rutz of Randall def. Bill Meyer of Andover
Semifinals: Rutz def. Darrell Godbout of Carlton; Meyer had a bye

True Street
Finals: Todd Malik of Andover def. Jason Bergeson of Cottage Grove
Semifinals: Malik def. Randy Belehar of Detroit Lakes; Bergeson had a bye

660 Outlaw Street
Finals: Dale Peterson of Big Lake def. David Senderhauf of Zimmerman

Strip Eliminator 1
Finals: Kevin Sand of Cambridge def. Roger Peterson of Menahga
Semifinals: Sand def. Kerry Hemenway of Park Rapids; Peterson had a bye

Strip Eliminator 2
Finals: Logan Ellenson of Park Rapids def. Bill Larson of Eveleth
Semifinals: Ellenson had a bye; Larson def. Guy Stengel of Blaine

Strip Eliminator 3
Finals: Cameron Novak of Rice def. Gary Tesar of Medina
Semifinals: Novak def. Don Haataja of Brainerd; Tesar def. Gondy Hanson of Iron

Truck Eliminator
Finals: Tim Anderson of Carlton def. Justin Olafson of Park Rapids
Semifinals: Anderson def. Pete Trombley of Cokato; Olafson had a bye

Manual Transmission
Finals: Chris Moormen of St. Michael def. Keith Sand of Cambridge
Semifinals: Moormen def. Dan Boyce of Minnetonka; Sand def. Bill Diers of Clear Lake

Index Class Champion
Finals: Jesse Haugesag of Prior Lake def. Brad Nybo of Coon Rapids
Semifinals: Haugesag had a bye; Nybo def. Zach Stengel of Blaine

9.50 Index
Finals: Eric James of St. Cloud def. Austin Siemers of Milaca
Semifinals: James had a bye; Siemers def. Pat Huebner of Bloomington

10.00 Index
Finals: Chad Hoffman of Lafayette def. Kevin Sand of Cambridge
Semifinals: Hoffman def. Dave Sash of Duluth; Sand def. Dave Imgrund of Brainerd

10.50 Index
Finals: Mike Hammerstrom of Bemidji def. Darwyne Hansen of Brooklyn Park
Semifinals: Hammerstrom had a bye; Hansen def. Ryan Stellmach of Willow River

11.00 Index
Finals: Jesse Haugesag of Prior Lake def. Bryan Hansen of Minneapolis
Semifinals: Haugesag def. Russ Storms of Cologne; Hansen had a bye

11.50 Index
Finals: Zach Stengel of Blaine def. Ben Brooks of New Richmond, Wis.
Semifinals: Stengel had a bye; Brooks def. Douglas Brown of Waterville

12.00 Index
Finals: Justin Iverson of Saginaw def. Nate Hubert of Ramsey
Semifinals: Iverson def. Jeff Purdham of Albertville; Hubert def. Ron Wilkins of Brainerd

12.50 Index
Finals: Bruce Morley of Brainerd def. Natalie Appleby-Laurin of Duluth
Semifinals: Morley def. Lonnie Ellenson of Park Rapids; Appleby-Laurin had a bye

13.00 Index
Finals: KC Brager of Pillager def. Aaron Hall of Rogers
Semifinals: Brager def. Logan Ellenson of Park Rapids; Hall had a bye

14.00 Index
Finals: Brad Nybo of Coon Rapids def. Gary Tesar of Medina
Semifinals: Nybo had a bye; Tesar def. Jessica Purdham of Albertville

Listen up! KQDS is broadcasting live from BIR Friday morn

The top radio station in the Duluth area, KQDS-FM, will broadcast its morning show live Friday from Brainerd International Raceway.

KQDS logoThe KQ Morning Show, starring Jason Manning and Scott Savage, will broadcast from BIR’s Tower Suites overlooking the starting line on the drag strip from 6-10 a.m. tomorrow. If you can’t listen to the broadcast on the radio, KQ will stream the show live online. Click here for the link.

The KQ Morning Show is previewing this weekend’s Street Car Showdown, which features the kickoff to the three-race Muscle Car Series on the drag strip and the SCCA Harvey West Classic on the 2.5-mile Competition Road Course. Manning and Savage will be interviewing some of the drivers competing this weekend as well as some of the guys from BIR to talk about the event and what’s coming up on the schedule.

Rumor has it that Scott Savage will also be taking the KQ Mobile down the drag strip during the show in an attempt to beat the time and speed posted by Chris Zooch from the KQ Train Wreck show, which broadcast live from BIR May 7. Zooch took the KQ Mobile down the quarter-mile track with a reaction time of 1.293 seconds, a time of 16.531 seconds and a speed of 79.46 mph.

Stay tuned.

 

 

 

 

Round 2! Wednesday Night Drags is tonight

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.

Click here for more details.

 

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