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Delmonico keeps streak alive; Schmidt wins Pro Outlaw

Jake Delmonico extended his winning streak to five Muscle Car Series races and Rick Schmidt earned his first trip to Brainerd International Raceway’s winner’s circle since 2012 during last weekend’s 28th Annual PleasureLand RV Show & Go.

Jake Delmonico

Jake Delmonico

Rick Schmidt

Rick Schmidt

Delmonico has won five straight Muscle Car Series races and is headed into the Muscle Car Shootout Labor Day weekend in position for a second series sweep as well as a series championship repeat. He hasn’t lost a series race since getting beat in the semifinals of the 2012 Muscle Car Shootout.

Last weekend, Delmonico’s 1968 Camaro was consistently the quickest car in the Outlaw field, even though that

Jason Geiger

Jason Geiger

Jim Ripley

Jim Ripley

hasn’t always been the case. He has won with great reaction times and consistency. On Sunday, he was faster than everyone else, including Warren Peterson in the finals. Delmonico beat Peterson with a 7.516-second, 183.02 mph run while Peterson finished with 7.796 seconds and 175.46 mph.

Delmonico’s win was during the second leg of the three-race Muscle Car Series, which concludes Labor Day weekend during the 26th Annual Muscle Car Shootout. More than 300 cars were on hand to provide amazing drag racing action for the fans.

For those who preferred road racing, the event had plenty of road racing action as well, including a $10,000 winner-take-all race Saturday. It was also the debut of the Cheerios Racing Great North Legends Cars, which are five-eighths scale 1930s coupes and sedans. They raced Saturday and Sunday.

Rick Schmidt's 2011 Mustang

Rick Schmidt’s 2011 Mustang

Back on the drag strip, a newcomer made it to the winner’s circle Sunday in the Pro Outlaw Class. Rick Schmidt and his 2011 Mustang beat Rob Meservier in the finals with a blistering run of 6.476 seconds and 214.62 mph. He topped 218 mph in his semifinal run.

“We think there’s quite a bit left in that car,” Schmidt said, adding that the Show & Go was only the third race for his Mustang since he built the motor. The first race was at BIR Memorial Day weekend during the Street Car Showdown, when he lost to Bill Krech in the finals. “We ran the car hard all weekend but we plan on going after (the series championship) with it. We think we can get low 30′s with that car.”

With a runner-up finish at the Street Car Showdown, a win last weekend and first-round losses for Bill Krech and Ray Fuchs, Schmidt is in good position to take home his first Muscle Car Series championship this year.

Jason Geiger's '68 Camaro

Jason Geiger’s ’68 Camaro

In King Street, Mike Sterling earned his way to the finals where he was hoping for his second consecutive series win. He faced off against Jason Geiger but couldn’t keep up with Geiger’s ’68 Camaro, even after beating Geiger off the starting line. Geiger posted a 7.964-second run and 173.61 mph while Sterling finished with a time of 8.193 seconds and 166.37 mph.

Jim Ripley was dominating the Real Street Unlimited Class by winning all six races in 2012 and 2013, but he missed this year’s first race, during the Street Car Showdown. He made up for lost time Sunday by disposing of the field to start a new winning streak. He snuck by Clint Warpula in the finals with a time of 8.696 seconds and 155.56 mph to Warpula’s 8.870 seconds and 155.88 mph.

Kelly Rutz was poised to earn his second series win in Real Street Natural. He raced his 1990 Mustang to the finals where he lined up against Jerry Stellrecht. Stellrecht’s ’68 Dart proved too much for Rutz as he beat Rutz off the starting line and never looked back, winning with a 9.237-second time and 147.20 mph. Rutz ran 9.959 seconds and 138.26 mph.

In True Street, Todd Malik had won the last three series races, including last year’s series championship. He raced his way to the finals again Sunday but met up with Dave Hodgman and his beefy ’68 Chevelle. Hodgeman beat Malik off the starting line and ended Malik’s streak at three with a time of 9.040 seconds and 149.30 mph. Malik ran 9.218 seconds and 150.68 mph.

Below are the final two elimination round from each class. Click here for the points standings.

Pro Outlaw
Finals: Rick Schmidt of Dickinson, N.D. def. Rob Meservier of Thunder Bay, Ontario
Semifinals: Schmidt def. Joseph Wilczek of Little Falls; Meservier had a bye

Outlaw
Finals: Jake Delmonico of St. Paul Park def. Warren Peterson of Duluth
Semifinals: Delmonico def. Vern Laurin Jr. of Duluth; Peterson had a bye

King Street
Finals: Jason Geiger of Hanska def. Mike Sterling of Oak Grove
Semifinals: Geiger def. Brian Mahnke of Proctor; Sterling had a bye

Real Street Unlimited
Finals: Jim Ripley of Duluth def. Clint Warpula of Chisholm
Semifinals: Ripley def. Ian McNiven of East Selkirk; Warpula had a bye

Real Street Natural
Finals: Jerry Stellrecht of Goodhue def. Kelly Rutz of Randall
Semifinals: Stellrecht def. Bill Meyer of Andover; Rutz def. Matt Elhardt of Bigfork

True Street
Finals: Dave Hodgman of Ramsey def. Todd Malik of Andover
Semifinals: Hodgman def. Jason King of Saginaw; Malik def. Kevin Pallow of Andover

660 Outlaw Street
Finals: David Senderhauf of Zimmerman def. Richard Brown of Waterville
Semifinals: Senderhauf had a bye; Brown def. Dale Peterson of Big Lake

Strip Eliminator 1
Finals: Gerald Cook of Mora def. Roger Peterson of Menahga
Semifinals: Cook had a bye; Peterson def. John Bolander of Duluth

Strip Eliminator 2
Finals: Tony Hager of Red Wing def. Shawn Hammre of Zimmerman
Semifinals: Hager def. Dan Boyce of Minnetonka; Hammre def. Jeff Lundeen of Buffalo

Strip Eliminator 3
Finals: Gary Misfeldt of Andover def. Gordy Hanson of Iron
Semifinals: Misfeldt had a bye; Hanson def. Cameron Novak of Rice

Truck Eliminator
Finals: Sue Seidel of Battle Lake def. Derek Rasmusson of Cohasset
Semifinals: Seidel def. Kris Leonard of Robbinsdale; Rasmussen def. Zack Novak of Sauk Rapids

Manual Transmission
Finals: Jeremy Reitmeier of Crookston def. Greg Dancer of Foley
Semifinals: Reitmeier def. Mike Hed of Menahga; Dancer had a bye

Index Class Champion
Finals: Bryan Hansen of Minneapolis def. Nick Enberg of Winsted
Semifinals: Hansen def. Austin Siemers of Milaca; Enberg had a bye

9.50 Index
Finals: Austin Siemers of Milaca def. Eric James of St. Cloud
Semifinals: Siemers def. Pat Huebner of Bloomington; James def. Gerald Cook

10.00 Index
Finals: Kevin Sand of Cambridge def. Zane Kornmann of Bloomington
Semifinals: Sand def. Joe Marudas of Milaca; Kornmann had a bye

10.50 Index
Finals: Nick Enberg of Winsted def. Brian Peterson of Park Rapids
Semifinals: Enberg def. Mike Plachey; Peterson had a bye

11.00 Index
Finals: Bryan Hansen of Minneapolis def. Charlie Odden of Pine Center
Semifinals: Hansen def. Roger Peterson of Menahga; Odden had a bye

11.50 Index
Finals: George Dinzeo IV of Stillwater def. Douglas Brown of Waterville
Semifinals: Dinzeo def. Bob Whiting of Mankato; Brown def. Brian Oberg of Minneapolis

12.00 Index
Finals: Justin Iverson of Saginaw def. Shawn Hammre of Zimmerman
Semifinals: Iverson def. Nick Pirkola of Duluth; Hammre had a bye

12.50 Index
Finals: Kevin Hemenway of Park Rapids def. Lonnie Ellenson of Park Rapids
Semifinals: Hemenway def. Bruce Morley of Brainerd; Ellenson had a bye

13.00 Index
Finals: Jesse Backstrom of Grand Marais def. Scott Hielscher of Otsego
Semifinals: Backstrom def. Aaron Hall of Rogers; Hielscher had a bye

13.50 Index
Finals: Gary Nelson of North Branch def. Kari Conner
Semifinals: Nelson def. Nathan Olson of Sartell; Conner had a bye

14.00 Index
Finals: Brad Nybo of Coon Rapids def. Joann Delezalek of Stacy
Semifinals: Nybo had a bye; Delezalek def. Jessica Purdham of Albertville

 

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.

In addition to drag racing, you can try your hand at drifting as well. Drifting is driving around a course in a controlled (and sometimes uncontrolled) skid.

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!

Ben Line is King of the Track!

Ben Line has been winning championships in Brainerd International Raceway’s Bracket Drag Racing Series for many years and has proven to be one of the most dominant racers in the last decade. On Sunday, he added another monumental achievement to his list of accolades: King of the Track.

King Ben!

King Ben!

The King of the Track race is an annual run-off between the top drag racers in the Bracket Drag Racing Series – a showdown to determine the best of the best. To make Sunday’s run-off even more dramatic, the final run was between Line and last year’s King of the Track, Travis Reutzel.

The race was as close as you’d expect, with the difference coming down to reaction times. Line’s reaction time was near perfect: .009 seconds. Reutzel’s was .045 seconds, which cost him the win at the finish line. Line’s winning time was 6.845 seconds and 90.54 mph.

The King of the Track win capped off a perfect day of racing for Line, who first won the Stock/Super Stock class by beating Dale Findell in the finals before disposing of four other drivers in the King of the Track run-off. He’s got a comfortable lead in the point standings going into the fourth Bracket Drag Racing Series weekend July 19-20.

Absent from the King of the Track run-off was Reno Loeffelholz, who is at the top of the points standings in the Pro ET Class. He’s been very tough to beat this season, winning both races during the last bracket race. He picked up right where he left off Saturday by winning the 51-car Pro ET Class to extend his winning streak to three. But his run came to an end Sunday after the first round of eliminations when he had transmission problems, knocking him out of the race and stripping him of his shot at the King of the Track title.

Shifting to two wheels, Jason Clampitt had a five-star weekend in the Pro Bike/Sled Class. He had a double-win weekend on his 1979 Kawasaki, taking home class wins both days. His only loss last weekend was in the semifinals of the King of the Track run-off. He lost to Reutzel by fouling at the starting line.

In Street Trophy, Tracy Arneson extended her points lead with a win on Sunday and a runner-up finish on Saturday.

Below are the final two rounds of the King of the Track run-off as well as racing on Saturday and Sunday.

KING OF THE TRACK
Finals: Ben Line of International Falls def. Travis Reutzel
Semifinals: Line def. Randy McFarland of Sabin; Reutzel def. Jason Clampitt of Lino Lakes

SATURDAY

Super Pro
Finals: Mike Campbell of Brooklyn Park def. Brian Johnson of Nowthen
Semifinals: Campbell def. Randy McFarland of Sabin; Johnson def. John Helmin of Rice

Pro ET
Finals: Reno Loeffelholz of Shafer def. Shane Boney of Belview
Semifinals: Loeffelholz def. Dave Engler of Ramsey; Boney had a bye

Sportsman
Finals: Brandon Schmall of Lino Lakes def. Bob Gillespie of Brainerd
Semifinals: Schmall def. Steve Elzy of Linstrom; Gillespie def. Lee Dugdale of Scandia

Stock/Super Stock
Finals: Brian Zenzen of St. Cloud def. Kari Findell of Zimmerman
Semifinals: Zenzen def. James Findell of Zimmerman; Kari Findell def. Lance Line of Cromwell

Pro Bike/Sled
Finals: Jason Clampitt of Lino Lakes def. Keith Lundberg of Isanti
Semifinals: Clampitt def. Troy Gascoigne of Zumbrota; Lundberg had a bye

Comp Trophy
Finals: Dean Markuson of Pequot Lakes def. Nick Arnold of Maple GroveSemifinals: Markuson def. Jared Hutar of Cromwell; Arnold def. Mike Larson of Brainerd

Street Trophy
Finals: Tyler Godacz of Little Falls def. Tracy Arneson of Pillager
Semifinals: Godacz def. DJ Lowe of Forest Lake; Arneson def. Kyle Luberda of Foley

Jr. Dragster Advanced
Finals: Sydney Thompson of Nowthen def. Erin Johnson of Anoka
Semifinals: Thompson def. Sarah Johnson of Nowthen; Erin Johnson def. Abby Haben of Hibbing

Jr. Dragster Intermediate
Finals: Wyatt Niesen def. Sydney Haben of Hibbing
Semifinals: Niesen def. Jazper Wiebusch of Ham Lake; Haben def. Aaron Clampitt of Lino Lakes

Jr. Dragster Novice
Finals: Riley Luberda of Foley def. Ally Giese of Kandiyohi
Semifinals: Luberda def. Ayden Copham of Brainerd; Giese had a bye

SUNDAY

Super Pro
Finals: Dean Beaulieu of Cambridge def. Dave Engler of Ramsey
Semifinals: Beaulieu def. Dustin Jones of Fargo, N.D.; Engler def. Brandon Schmall of Lino Lakes

Pro ET
Finals: Dave Engler of Ramsey def. Wally Higby of Maple Grove
Semifinals: Engler def. Kaylyn Milton of Maple Grove; Higby had a bye

Sportsman
Finals: Russ Elzy of Becker def. Grant Pesola of Duluth
Semifinals: Elzy def. Lee Dugdale of Scandia; Pesola def. Mark Pease of Plymouth

Stock/Super Stock
Finals: Ben Line of International Falls def. Dale Findell of Cambridge
Semifinals: Line had a bye; Findell def. Jimmy Paulson of Stacy

Pro Bike/Sled
Finals: Jason Clampitt of Lino Lakes def. Cameron Belisle of Hugo
Semifinals: Clampitt had a bye; Belisle def. Mike Voss of Maplewood

Comp Trophy
Finals: Brad Nybo of Coon Rapids def. Jared Hutar of Cromwell
Semifinals: Nybo def. Michelle Emmans of Dayton; Hutar had a bye

Street Trophy
Finals: Tracy Arneson of Pillage def. Todd Anderson of Brainerd
Semifinals: Arneson def. Andi Pesola of Duluth; Anderson def. Darla Pesola of Nashwauk

Jr. Dragster Advanced
Finals: Maggie Ruzich of Hibbing def. Abby Haben of Hibbing
Semifinals: Ruzich def. Hannah Line of Cromwell; Haben def. Zach Zavadil of Clearwater

Jr. Dragster Intermediate
Finals: Sami Cielinski of Gilman def. Wyatt Niesen
Semifinals: Cielinski def. Sydney Haben of Hibbing; Niesen def. Aaron Clampitt of Lino Lakes

Jr. Dragster Novice
Finals: Riley Luberda of Foley def. Ally Giese of Kandiyohi
Semifinals: Luberda had a bye; Giese def. Ayden Copham of Brainerd

Wanted: Racers for the Ultimate Road Race Challenge

BIR’s first-ever Ultimate Road Race Challenge is this weekend during the 28th Annual PleasureLand RV Show & Go. It’s open to all road racers, with practice, qualifying and racing taking place on Saturday, and open lapping on Sunday. The Main Event is a 20-car, 12-lap $10,000 winner-take-all race Saturday. Below is how the weekend breaks down. For more details about the Show & Go, click here. If you’re interested, call the BIR Performance Driving School for more details: 218-824-7606.

FRIDAY
Test & Tune all day. Rate is $175 for this open track day.

SATURDAY
Practice, qualifying and racing

Classes include:
Production Lights: SM,SM5,Bspec,STU,SPU,Spec944, SRF
Production Middleweights: GTl,EP,FP,HP,STL,T4,ITA,ITB,ITC,ITJ,ITE-2,LC,BG,SMT
Production Heavyweights: GT1,GT2,GT3,GTA,T1,T2,T3,AS,STO,ITE-1,ITR,SPO
Open Wheel A: FA,FB,FC,CFC,FE,FM,ASR,SR (was CSR/DSR) ESR,S2
Open Wheel B: FF,FV,F500,F600,CFF,FS,FST
Vintage
Legends
Unlimited: $10,000 winner-takes-all purse. Run what you brung! (Entry is $250)

Trophies for winners and runner-up in each run group

All races are 12 laps

Fireworks and live music by Junk FM on Saturday night.

SUNDAY
Open track day plus a Cheerios Racing Legends Car race 2

Run groups will be 25-minute open-wheel and closed-wheel sessions

COST/PACKAGES:
Cost: $250 for both days or $150 per day

Buy your tickets at BIR’s front gate

Gate package rates per person:
Thursday-Sunday: $85
Friday-Sunday: $70
Saturday-Sunday: $45
Single day: $25/person

Kids 12 and under are free

Rustic camping is included with admission

Full Service camping is $40/day. Includes water, sewer, electricity, fire ring and picnic table

 

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

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