Catch Saturday and Sunday’s action on ESPN2

Saturday’s qualifying session and Sunday’s eliminations will be televised on ESPN2 for those who can’t attend the event or want to watch all the action again – with instant replay.

Here’s the schedule:

Saturday, 10 p.m. – ESPN2 will televise two hours of Saturday’s qualifying sessions

Sunday, 8 p.m. – ESPN2 will televise three hours of Sunday’s elimination rounds

Tune in and enjoy all the action!

Hight, Kalitta, Johnson race to qualifying leads Friday

Funny Car points leader Robert Hight raced to the qualifying lead Friday at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.

Hight_Fri_WDoug Kalitta (Top Fuel) and Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) also were qualifying leaders at the penultimate event in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series regular season.

After opening qualifying with a tire-smoking pass that dropped him to 17th position, Hight rebounded on the day’s second attempt and powered to the No. 1 position with a performance of 4.085 seconds at 313.29 mph in his 10,000-horsepower Auto Club Ford Mustang.

Hight was the first car out in the second session and says he was surprised that the elapsed time stayed at the top after the remaining cars made their runs.

“Given we messed up the first run to come out and go 4.08, it was pretty awesome,” Hight said. “It shows that [crew chief Mike] Neff has a great handle on this car and he can make it do what he wants. It was an unbelievable run and exactly what we needed to do.”

Hight is hoping to turn his fortunes around at Brainerd this weekend. The veteran driver has never won or earned a No. 1 qualifying position at the scenic Minnesota dragstrip. He says on the second run he was determined to keep his car in the groove.

“When you are not qualified you aren’t as amped up,” Hight said. “You are making sure you drive the car down the middle of the lane and give your team the best opportunity for a good run. That was my focus to keep it right down the middle and we did that.”

Cruz Pedregon qualified second with a 4.093 at 308.21 in his Snap-on Tools Toyota Camry and 11-time Brainerd winner John Force was third with a 4.099 at 311.77 in his Castrol GTX High Mileage Mustang.

Top Fuel points leader Kalitta earned the top spot with a 3.812 at 322.96 at the controls of his Mac Tools dragster. He is seeking his sixth No. 1 qualifying position of the season and fourth at Brainerd.

“It was cooling off and with the four cars behind us anything could’ve happened,” Kalitta said. “I was real happy with the run. It was nice and straight. On the first run it dropped a cylinder and smoked the tires so it wasn’t really going anywhere. My guys made the right changes and [crew chief] Jim [Oberhofer] is definitely on his game this year tuning this thing. I am real proud of him.”

Kalitta has two career wins in three final round appearances at Brainerd and is hoping to keep some recent momentum going at this event following his second victory of the season two weeks ago in Seattle.
“This is a great event for the Kalitta family,” said Kalitta, who won the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in 2005 and 2003. “We’ve had good luck up here over the years. It would be great to get a win on Sunday here.”

Defending world champ Shawn Langdon was second in his Al-Anabi Racing dragster with a 3.815 at 321.27. Rookie Richie Crampton was third in the GEICO/Lucas Oil dragster with a 3.827 at 320.97 and Antron Brown sits fourth in his Matco Tools dragster, also posting a 3.827 with a 316.38.

In Pro Stock, Johnson was quickest in his Magneti Marelli / Team Mopar Dodge Dart, covering the distance in 6.614 at 208.04.

“The conditions got a little dryer and that helps the Pro Stock cars so we absolutely murdered it in the first 330 feet on that run,” Johnson said. “Hats off to the team. They pulled that one off. I just pulled the levers and the parachute.”

With a successful Western Swing, Johnson moved to second in the points standings and entered this event only 32 markers back of the series leader, Erica Enders-Stevens.

“We’re in Countdown mode right now, trying to get every single point we can,” Johnson said. “The first run tomorrow could be the best conditions of the weekend for our class, so it will be close.”

Enders-Stevens, who sat out the last two races to prepare for the upcoming six-race NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs, qualified second with a 6.630-second, 207.69-mph run in her Elite Motorsports Chevy Camaro. Local favorite Greg Anderson, a native of Minnesota and three-time winner here, qualified third in his Summit Racing Camaro with 6.632 seconds at 208.26 mph.

Qualifying continues Saturday with sessions at 1 and 3:30 p.m. to set the fields for Sunday’s 11 a.m. eliminations.

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Friday’s results after the first two of four rounds of qualifying for the 33rd annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway, 17th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.  Qualifying will continue Saturday for Sunday’s final eliminations.

Top Fuel — 1. Doug Kalitta, 3.812 seconds, 322.96 mph; 2. Shawn Langdon, 3.815, 321.27; 3. Richie Crampton, 3.827, 320.97; 4. Antron Brown, 3.827, 316.38; 5. Bob Vandergriff, 3.835, 318.84; 6. Tony Schumacher, 3.836, 323.43; 7. Larry Dixon, 3.842, 320.13; 8. Brittany Force, 3.845, 319.07; 9. Spencer Massey, 3.860, 317.34; 10. Morgan Lucas, 3.883, 286.98; 11. Terry McMillen, 3.906, 318.99; 12. Khalid alBalooshi, 3.914, 306.19.  Not Qualified: 13. Clay Millican, 3.987, 294.75; 14. Steve Torrence, 4.386, 186.00; 15. Chris Karamesines, 4.446, 193.99; 16. J.R. Todd, 4.718, 157.89; 17. Tim Cullinan, 5.063, 138.13; 18. Leah Pritchett, 5.542, 124.48; 19. Luigi Novelli, 12.368, 31.18.

Funny Car — 1. Robert Hight, Ford Mustang, 4.085, 313.29; 2. Cruz Pedregon, Toyota Camry, 4.093, 308.21; 3. John Force, Mustang, 4.099, 311.77; 4. Tony Pedregon, Camry, 4.110, 299.06; 5. Courtney Force, Mustang, 4.138, 310.27; 6. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger, 4.138, 308.21; 7. Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 4.151, 305.70; 8. Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.154, 303.37; 9. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.157, 304.53; 10. Ron Capps, Charger, 4.162, 306.46; 11. Alexis DeJoria, Camry, 4.198, 301.74; 12. Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 4.203, 275.62.  Not Qualified: 13. Del Worsham, 4.235, 293.03; 14. Dale Creasy Jr., 4.237, 290.76; 15. Chad Head, 4.277, 238.98; 16. Brian Stewart, 4.369, 273.50; 17. Bob Bode, 4.395, 235.19; 18. Jeff Arend, 4.813, 166.83.

Pro Stock — 1. Allen Johnson, Dodge Dart, 6.614, 208.04; 2. Erica Enders-Stevens, Chevy Camaro, 6.630, 207.69; 3. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.632, 208.26; 4. Jason Line, Camaro, 6.633, 208.39; 5. Jeg Coughlin, Dart, 6.636, 207.91; 6. Shane Gray, Camaro, 6.645, 207.82; 7. Dave Connolly, Camaro, 6.645, 207.78; 8. Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.659, 207.40; 9. Jonathan Gray, Camaro, 6.666, 207.75; 10. V. Gaines, Dart, 6.669, 207.98; 11. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.669, 207.43; 12. Larry Morgan, Ford Mustang, 6.723, 206.32.  Not Qualified: 13. Deric Kramer, 6.788, 205.04; 14. Dave River, 6.790, 204.23; 15. Mark Hogan, 6.803, 201.79.

NHRA drivers make free appearances during Race Week

Fans who can’t attend the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Aug. 14-17 at Brainerd International Raceway still have a chance to meet some of their favorite NHRA drivers and participate in some of Race Week’s activities. Below is a list of driver appearances and other activities that are free and open to the public. Check this list often as we’ll be adding appearances to it as they become available.

Thursday, Aug. 14 from 5-6:30 pm at the Walmart Supercenter, 7295 Glory Road, Baxter
Meet Jack Beckman, the 2012 NHRA Funny Car world champion! He’ll be available for autographs and photos. Fans in attendance can register to win tickets to the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at BIR, try their hand at a drag racing simulator, mug it up in the photo booth and sample Mello Yello, which is the series sponsor.

Thursday, Aug. 14 from 4:30-6:30 pm at Menards, 15236 Dellwood Drive, Baxter
Meet Big Jim Dunn and see the Grime Boss Funny Car! Big Jim will be available for autographs and photos. Stop by!

Thusday, Aug. 14 from 2:30-4:30 pm at Cub Foods, 14133 Edgewood Drive, Baxter
Thursday, Aug. 14 from 5-7 pm at Dondelinger’s, 6720 Pine Beach Road, Baxter
Pro Stock pilot Dave Connolly will be at two locations Thursday to sign autographs and meet fans. There will be food, prizes and a drag racing simulator that fans can try.

The NHRA and Mello Yello will be at the following stores with an NHRA drag racing simulator and a photo booth. It’s free and open to the public. Get information on the NHRA Nationals this weekend at BIR and enjoy some Mello Yello sampling.
Little Falls Walmart – Friday, Aug. 15 from 2:30-7 p.m.
Sartell Walmart – Saturday, Aug. 16 from 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 15 from 11:30 am-12:30 pm at Mills Ford in Baxter
Meet 16-time world champion Funny Car driver John Force and his two daughters, Courtney and Brittney, along with Funny Car driver and teammate Bob Tasca.

Thursday, Aug. 14 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Keller Lake Regional Park in Maplewood
Meet 2012 Top Fuel Champion Antron Brown during Matco Tools’ Customer Appreciation Days. Get Antron’s autograph and buy a raffle ticket for the chance to win great prizes, including tickets to the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals. Proceeds benefit Infinite Hero Foundation.


Millican looks for first win at Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals

First-win possibilities has Top Fueler Clay Millican still thinking Countdown

Clay Millican knows where he sits in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Top Fuel points standings. He is also aware it will take an incredible run in the next two races to move from his current 12th position into the top 10 and qualify for the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship.

Millican_WIn order to complete a magical run over the next two races, Millican would also capture something that has long eluded him in his NHRA career: his first Top Fuel win. That is motivation enough for Millican, who takes a must-win approach into the upcoming 33rd annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, which takes place at Brainerd International Raceway, Aug. 14-17.

“I’m sort of taking on that Al Davis mindset of ‘Just win, baby,’” Millican said, “The car has had its ups and downs, but we’re working real hard on it and I’m confident. We just need to go out there and turn on the win lights. All I’m thinking about is just winning. We may have dug ourselves too big of a hole (for the Countdown), but we just have to win. That will make everything that much better.”

Spencer Massey (Top Fuel), Ron Capps (Funny Car) and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) were last year’s winners of the event that will once again be televised nationally on ESPN2. The race also serves as the 17th of 24 races during the 2014 season and is the penultimate stop in the regular season before the upcoming Countdown to the Championship.

Millican trails J.R. Todd, who is currently in 10th, by 151 points, which means a lot would have to go Millican’s way to earn a playoff berth. But the always upbeat Millican is more focused on continuing to improve his 10,000-horsepower Parts Plus dragster.

The Parts Plus team, owned and tuned by Dexter Tuttle, came together right before the start of the 2014 season, and it has been an uphill battle to find consistency in an ultra-competitive Top Fuel class. Millican and his team, headed by crew chief Jimmy Walsh, has qualified at every event but a rigorous workload hasn’t hampered the team’s ability to make major strides.

“We just haven’t been able to get caught up,” Millican said. “It’s nobody’s fault and everyone has worked incredibly hard. We’ve made a lot of improvements and I feel like we’re getting a lot closer. We had five consecutive runs under power in Seattle and that’s what we like to see. I’m not happy with where we’re at in the points, but I am happy with our team.”

Millican fell in the first round at Seattle to defending Top Fuel world champion Shawn Langdon, but he remains impressed with how far the team has come in a short time. Despite not qualifying better than 12th at any event this season, Millican has advanced to two semifinals and has recorded seven round wins.

The next obvious step is making a late charge, even if that means not qualifying for the Countdown, and racking up round wins and possibly a first NHRA victory.

“My mindset is to keep getting the car to go down the track consistently and under power, and everything else will take care of itself,” Millican said. “We’ve been holding our own and we just have to keep moving forward.”

Doing so is difficult in Top Fuel, which includes a full field of marquee challengers. Leading the way is points leader Doug Kalitta, who won the most recent event in Seattle, while others include Massey, Tony Schumacher, who leads active Top Fuel drivers with three wins at Brainerd, Antron Brown, Brittany Force, Richie Crampton, J.R. Todd, Khalid alBalooshi, and category veteran Steve Torrence.

But Millican can simply look back to last year for motivation when it comes to racing at Brainerd. He qualified No. 1 and advanced to the final round before losing a memorable matchup to Massey in the championship round.

Millican also enjoys the impressive energy and atmosphere from the Brainerd fans, something he hopes to feed on again this year en route to another positive showing at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals.

“I love going to race in Brainerd and it’s always a lot of fun,” Millican said. “Last year was an awesome, awesome weekend. We qualified No. 1 and went to the final and ran real well against Spencer, so it was a big weekend all the way around. I love the fans there and that makes it more fun. It’s like one big group outing.”

In Funny Car, Capps took home the victory in Brainerd a year ago, marking his fourth win at the track. But no one owns Brainerd like 16-time and reigning world champion John Force, who has 11 wins at the facility. Both will be challenged from an ultra-competitive Funny Car class that also features Tommy Johnson Jr., points leader Robert Hight, 1992 Brainerd winner Cruz Pedregon, Matt Hagan, Courtney Force, Tim Wilkerson, Del Worsham, and two-time season winner Alexis DeJoria.

Reigning Pro Stock world champion Jeg Coughlin has four wins in Brainerd and has two wins this season. Native Minnesotan Greg Anderson moved to 10th in points with his runner-up finish in Seattle and his fourth Brainerd victory could solidify his position in the championship mix. Pro Stock points leader Erica Enders-Stevens, who has four wins this season, has one career victory at the track while other top contenders are Allen Johnson, Dave Connolly, Jason Line, Vincent Nobile, Shane Gray, Jonathan Gray, V Gaines and Chris McGaha.

As always, fans will have the opportunity to interact with their favorite drivers as they’re granted an exclusive pit pass to the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet. This unique opportunity in motorsports gives fans direct access to the teams, allowing them to see firsthand the highly-skilled mechanics service their hot rods between rounds, and enjoy some cherished face time and get autographs from their favorite NHRA drivers.

Fans also will want to visit NHRA’s popular Nitro Alley and Manufacturers Midway, where sponsors and race vendors create a carnival atmosphere, with interactive displays, simulated competitions, merchandise, food and fun for the entire family.

The event will also feature thrilling competition in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.

Mello Yello Drag Racing Series qualifying begins Friday, Aug. 15, with sessions at 3 and 5:30 p.m. The final two qualifying sessions will take place Saturday, Aug. 16, at 1 and 3:30 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 17.
To purchase general-admission or reserved seats, call Brainerd International Raceway at (866) 444-4455 or visit

DeForrest wins drag racing Classic, ChumpCars return

Last weekend’s inaugural Paul Bunyan Classic at Brainerd International Raceway was intended to attract a large field of Stock/Super Stock drag racers by offering up a guaranteed purse of $4,000 ($2,000 to the winner) both Saturday and Sunday.

Jason DeForrest (third from left) and his winning crew.

Jason DeForrest (third from left) and his winning crew.

Dangling that kind of money seemed to work as 59 drag racers showed up at BIR for a shot at pocketing some cash. The only hitch in the race, which was presented by Midwest Class Racers, came about Sunday when rain washed out the race.

Saturday’s race, which was during BIR’s Bracket Drag Racing Series event, was won by Jason DeForrest and his ’87 Camaro, who beat Glen DeMenge in the finals to pocket $2,000. DeMenge took home $1,000.

Saturday’s racing included all 10 classes in the Bracket Drag Racing Series, which has only one weekend left (Sept. 27-28), so competition is heating up and the points standings are getting tight.

Jeff Korol won Super Pro.

Jeff Korol won Super Pro.

Last weekend’s event also included the annual ChumpCar World Series on BIR’s 2.5-mile Competition Road Course. The Chumps showed up in force to compete in a pair of seven-hour endurance races. ChumpCars are $500 junkers that are raced by teams of four drivers, some of whom wrench on their cars as much as they drive them. The winner is the team that completes the most laps in seven hours.

Saturday’s field featured 38 teams, most of which had amusing names like Perpetual Adolescents Racing, 365 Racing Tuna No Crust, and Still Chumps. But it was Chump Faces that had the last laugh by completing 207 laps for the win. Three laps behind and in second place was Ambitious

Dale Hildreth got a beer shower in the Winner's Circle after winning Pro ET.

Dale Hildreth got a beer shower in the Winner’s Circle after winning Pro ET.

But Rubbish Racing, which nudged out Tubby Butterman Racing, which finished a lap later in third place.

Sunday’s field fell to 32 cars as six cars couldn’t make the start. Chump Faces finished strong again, but couldn’t catch British American Racing, which completed 138 laps for the win. Chump Faces was among three cars that finished two laps behind the winner and within six seconds of each other. The Most Interesting Chumps In The World finished second, three seconds ahead of Chump Faces and six seconds ahead of MKR.

Back on the drag strip, Gary Loeffelholz slipped into first place in the Super Pro points standings with a runner-up finish to Jeff Korol. Loeffelholz has a slim lead over Mike Campbell and then Randy McFarland and Dave Engler.

Gary Loeffelholz’s son, Reno, is in second place in the Pro ET standings, nipping at the heels of leader Shane Boney. Dale Hildreth beat Joe Schmall in the Pro ET finals Saturday.

In the Sportsman Class, Brad Mickle beat Mandy Anderson in the finals. They’re both still in the hunt, with Anderson in fifth place with a small lead over sixth-place Mickle. Bob Gillespie continues to hold off Rory Emmans for the points lead.

Below are the finals for all the classes. Click here to view the points standings for each class.



Super Pro
Finals: Jeff Korol of Davenport, N.D. def. Gary Loeffelholz of Shafer

Pro ET
Finals: Dale Hildreth of River Falls, Wis. def. Joe Schmall of Lino Lakes

Finals: Brad Mickle of Lino Lakes def. Mandy Anderson of Sartell

Stock/Super Stock
Finals: Jason DeForrest of Andover def. Glen DeMenge of McGregor

Pro Bike/Sled
Finals: Cameron Belisle of Hugo def. Jason Clampitt of Lino Lakes

Comp Trophy
Finals: Mike Larson of Baxter def. Chuck Hoppe

Street Trophy
Finals: Tyler Gadacz of Little Falls def. Tracy Arneson of Pillager

Junior Dragster Advanced
Finals: Abby Haben of Hibbing def. Amanda Young

Junior Dragster Intermediate
Finals: Sydney Haben of Hibbing def. Billy Anderson

Junior Dragster Novice
Finals: Alex Clampitt of Lino Lakes def. Riley Luberda of Foley

ChumpCars return this weekend, with Bracket Drag Racing

Start with $500 junkers, add teams of four drivers and then send them off on Brainerd International Raceway’s 2.5-mile Competition Road Course for a seven-hour endurance race, and you’ve got the ChumpCar World Series.

Chump12The Chumps return to BIR this weekend for a Dual Event Weekend with the Bracket Drag Racing Series, which features the Paul Bunyan Classic for the Stock/Super Stock class. Racers will be gunning for a piece of two $4,000 purse, so fans can expect to see big car counts and great racing action.

BIR has become a regular stop for the ChumpCar World Series, which features cars worth $500 or less and teams of four drivers. The teams are on the track for seven-hour endurance races on Saturday and Sunday, with the team that completes the most laps being crowned “Chump Champ” each day.

Reno Loeffelholz is the driver to beat in Pro ET.

Reno Loeffelholz is the driver to beat in Pro ET.

Check out the creative themes each of the teams come up with, including, in most cases, clever paint jobs and team names.

The races start at 9 a.m. both days and end at 4 p.m. An awards ceremony is scheduled for 5 p.m. Sunday.

On the drag strip, drivers will be battling for series points as the end of the season nears. This is the fifth weekend race for the six-weekend series, so points will be at a premium in all 10 classes. Expect to see more than 250 dragsters, cars, trucks, bikes, snowmobiles and Junior Dragsters compete, with eliminations and class winners announced both Saturday and Sunday.

Time trials and qualifying start at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, followed by elimination rounds.

Sponsored by Line Performance, the Paul Bunyan Classic is presented by Midwest Class Racers. There’s a $4,000 guaranteed purse Saturday and Sunday, with both winners taking home $2,000 each. Runners-up win $1,000 each.

Daily admission is $20 and tickets can be purchased at the gate. Kids 12 and under are free. Camping is free as well, with the purchase of a multi-day ticket.

Wednesday Night Street Drags are July 30

Make plans to be at BIR 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 autocross or drifting as well. Each week, BIR gives drivers a chance to try their hand at one of those challenging driving events.

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!

Boney’s turn to dominate Pro ET during Bracket Drag Race

Shane Boney had the hot hand last weekend during Brainerd International Raceway’s Bracket Drag Racing Series.

Shane Boney

Shane Boney

Driving a 1994 Chevy pickup, Boney came one win short of a weekend sweep in the Pro ET Class. He lost in the finals on Saturday and won the class on Sunday, which elevated him from eighth place in the point standings to second.

Boney disposed of his first six opponents on Saturday before facing off with Joe Scholla in the finals. Scholla nearly had a perfect reaction time on the starting line (.003 seconds) and posted a 10.314-second, 122.38 mph run to nip Boney by 16/100ths for a second.

Boney came back on Sunday and ran the table, beating Mike Casteel in the finals with a 9.417-second, 139.47 mph run. His reaction time was .005 seconds.

In Super Pro, Tanner Schiffner had his Yancer Dragster dialed in Saturday as he won his way to the finals, using a .007-second reaction time to dispose of Ronnie Luberda with a run of 8.923 seconds and 148.90 mph.

Brian Zenzen won Stock/Super Stock Saturday.

Brian Zenzen won Stock/Super Stock Saturday.

Schiffner’s bid to repeat ended quickly Sunday when he lost in the first round to Brad Wurtzberger. That opened the door for Don Kritzky and his TNT Dragster. He blew through six rounds of eliminations before beating Jesse Leonard in the finals with a quick run of 7.684 seconds and 174.30 mph.

Bob Gillespie held on to the points lead in the Sportsman Class by winning Saturday’s race. In the finals, he beat Mike

Joe Scholla won Saturday's Pro ET Class.

Joe Scholla won Saturday’s Pro ET Class.

Pflepsen, who fouled at the starting line. Rory Emmans won Sunday’s race, closing the gap in the point standings. Emmans is currently in second place after beating Shawn Carlson in the finals. Carlson fouled at the starting line.

Ben Line came into the weekend with a substantial lead in the Stock/Super Stock points standings. He lost both days in the second round but still maintained a sizeable lead over Jimmy Paulson, who won Sunday’s race over Dan Jeska. Saturday’s race went to Brian Zenzen, who beat Craig Meseroll in the finals.

In Comp Trophy, Nick Arnold maintained a thin lead in the points standings over Michelle Emmans, who won Saturday’s race by beating Mike Larson. Arnold won the class Sunday. He beat Darren Arnold, who fouled at the starting line.

In Street Trophy, Tracy Arneson added to her points lead with a runner-up finish Saturday and a win on Sunday. She lost to Dan Hyttsten on Saturday and beat Andi Pesola on Sunday.

The fifth weekend in the six-weekend Bracket Drag Racing Series is Aug. 2-3, a Dual Event Weekend with the ChumpCar World Series on BIR’s 2.5-mile Competition Road Course.

Below are the results of the final two rounds in each class each day. To view the point standings, click here.


Super Pro
Finals: Tanner Schiffner of Fargo, N.D. def. Ronnie Luberda of Foley
Semifinals: Schiffner def. Brandon Schmall of Lino Lakes; Luberda had a bye

Pro ET
Finals: Joe Scholla of Andover def. Shane Boney of Belview
Semifinals: Scholla had a bye; Boney def. Ken Drevnich of Woodbury

Finals: Bob Gillespie of Brainerd def. Mike Pflepsen of Duluth
Semifinals: Gillespie def. Jaime Turcotte of Coon Rapids: Pflepsen had a bye

Stock/Super Stock
Finals: Brian Zenzen of St. Cloud def. Craig Meseroll of Cloquet
Semifinals: Zenzen had a bye; Meseroll def. Tracy Fairchild of Aitkin

Pro Bike/Sled
Finals: Keith Lundberg of Isanti def. Cameron Belisle of Hugo
Semifinals: Lundberg def. Jayme Bode of Gibbon; Belisle def. Kyle Olson of Moorland, Iowa

Comp Trophy
Finals: Michelle Emmans of Dayton def. Mike Larson of Baxter
Semifinals: Emmans def. Tim McKenzie of Foley; Larson def. Nick Arnold of Maple Grove

Street Trophy
Finals: Dan Hyttsten of Becker def. Tracy Arneson of Pillager
Semifinals: Hyttsten had a bye; Arneson def. Tyler Young of Nisswa

Junior Dragster Advanced
Finals: Sydney Thompson of Nowthen def. Karissa Simonton of Spring Lake Park
Semifinals: Thompson def. Emma McFarland of Sabin; Simonton had a bye

Junior Dragster Intermediate
Finals: Aaron Clampitt of Lino Lakes def. Ashley Doffing of Cottage Grove
Semifinals: Clampitt had a bye; Doffing def. Trevor Jelinski

Junior Dragster Novice
Finals: Ally Giese of Kandiyohi def. Riley Luberda Foley
Semifinals: Giese def. Alex Giese of Dayton; Luberda def. Ayden Copham of Brainerd


Super Pro
Finals: Don Kritzky of Cottage Grove def. Jesse Leonard of Inver Grove Heights
Semifinals: Kritzky had a byte; Leonard def. Mike Campbell of Brooklyn Park

Pro ET
Finals: Shane Boney of Belview def. Mike Casteel of Thief River Falls
Semifinals: Boney def. Tony Leonard of Hastings; Casteel def. Joe Scholla of Andover

Finals: Rory Emmans of Dayton def. Shawn Carlson of Belle Plaine
Semifinals: Emmans had a bye; Carlson def. Joe Moriarty Sr. of Ham Lake

Stock/Super Stock
Finals: Jimmy Paulson of Stacy def. Dan Jeska of Eagan
Semifinals: Paulson had a bye; Jeska def. Brian Zenzen of St. Cloud

Pro Bike/Sled
Finals: Mike Voss of Maplewood def. Jayme Bode of Gibbon
Semifinals: Voss had a bye; Bode def. Cameron Belisle of Hugo

Comp Trophy
Finals: Nick Arnold of Maple Grove def. Darren Arnold of Eden Prairie
Semifinals: Nick Arnold def. Mike Larson of Baxter; Darren Arnold def. Michelle Emmans

Street Trophy
Finals: Tracy Arneson of Pillager def. Andi Pesola of Duluth
Semifinals: Arneson def. Dan Hyttsten of Becker; Pesola had a bye

Junior Dragster Advanced
Finals: Emma McFarland of Sabin def. Sarah Johnson of Nowthen
Semifinals: McFarland def. Zach Zavadil of Clearwater; Johnson had a bye

Junior Dragster Intermediate
Finals: Sydney Haben of Hibbing def. Cameron of Beaulieu of Cambridge
Semifinals: Haben def. Ashley Doffing of Cottage Grove; Beaulieu def. Aaron Clampitt of Lino Lakes

Junior Dragster Novice
Finals: Riley Luberda of Foley def. Alex Giese of Dayton
Semifinals: Luberda def. Ally Giese of Kandiyohi; Giese had a bye


This weekend, drag racing & Superbike racing

Superbikes will be flying around Brainerd International Raceway’s 2.5-mile Competition Road Course this weekend while drivers in the Bracket Drag Racing Series will be exchanging punches on the drag strip in the fourth of six weekend events.

Reno Loeffelholz is the driver to beat in Pro ET.

Reno Loeffelholz is the driver to beat in Pro ET.

The Central Roadracing Association brings its incredible brand of Superbike racing to BIR again this weekend during the third of five weekend racing weekends. There’s nothing more amazing than watching these skilled riders fly around the corners while dragging their inside knee on the pavement. It’s thrilling road racing that is typical of what you’ll find at BIR.

Saturday’s Superbike racing includes a three-hour team challenge event that starts at 3 p.m. The rest of the weekend includes practice sessions on Friday, practice and 8-lap racing on Saturday prior to the three-hour race, and then 8-lap Racing6races on Sunday.

On the drag strip, Saturday and Sunday both feature time trials and eliminations, with class winners crowned at the end of each day. More than 250 dragsters, cars, trucks, bikes, snowmobiles and Junior Dragsters are expected to compete in seven classes plus three Junior Dragster classes. It’s some of the best amateur drag racing you’ll see anywhere in the Upper Midwest.

Daily admission is $20 for adults. Kids 12 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at the front gate. Camping is free with a multi-day ticket.

Superbike photo courtesy of SDE.


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