Duluth’s KQDS to broadcast from Wednesday Night Drags

The season’s first Wednesday Night Drags – Street Legal Style is scheduled for this Wednesday (May 7), and participants will be in store for an added bonus. Duluth’s KQDS radio afternoon show, The Train Wreck, will broadcast live from BIR’s Tower Suites that overlook the starting line. The show is from 3-6 p.m. and is broadcast on 94.9 FM in the Duluth listening area. It also streams online at

KQDS logoThe Train Wreck jocks, Kevin Key and Chris Zooch, will have a little fun on the drag strip as well. One of them plans to drag race the KQ-mobile and may even have a little contest with those who are racing.

The Wednesday Night Street Drags are for anyone who wants to drive their street-legal car, truck or bike on BIR’s world-famous quarter-mile drag strip. Racers need a helmet and $25, and then they can make as many runs as times allow. Gates open at 4 p.m., with racing starting at 5 p.m. and ending at dusk.

All vehicles and drivers must meet safety requirements. Once on the track, drivers use the light tree and the scoreboard, and there’s even an announcer calling the action. For more details, go to the Wednesday Night Drags page.


PleasureLand RV Center returns to BIR as a major sponsor

PleasureLand RV Center has signed a three-year sponsorship agreement with Brainerd International Raceway.

The agreement, which extends through the 2016 season, includes title sponsorship of BIR’s 28th Annual Show & Go, naming rights of BIR’s full-service RV campground, space for a display during the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals and four other events and signs throughout the facility.

PleasurelandBIR’s Show & Go will now be called the PleasureLand RV Show & Go. Scheduled for July 4-6, the event is a Fourth of July tradition and is one of BIR’s most popular events. It features the second leg of the three-race Muscle Car Series on the drag strip and the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) regional road racing. It’s also the debut of the Cheerios Racing Great North Legends Cars, which are five-eighths-scale replicas of 1930s coupes and sedans that road race.

The Show & Go is very popular among families because it also includes kids activities and games, fireworks, a classic car show, live music and camping.

BIR’s full-service RV campground will now be called the PleasureLand RV VIP Campground. It features 164 sites that have water, electric and sewer hookups, as well as picnic tables and fire rings, and wrap around BIR’s water feature.

“We are really excited to have PleasureLand RV Center back as a sponsor,” BIR owner Jed Copham said. “They’re a great fit for our full-service RV campground, and they used to be the title sponsor of Show & Go for many years so this all fits together well. We couldn’t be happier to have them back at the track as a sponsor.”

With locations in Brainerd, St. Cloud, Willmar and Ramsey, PleasureLand RV Center sells new and used recreational vehicles of all types and sizes, and is a dealer of Winnebago, Keystone, Crossroads, Dutchmen, Itasca, Skyline, Prime Time, Grand Design, Forest River, Palomino, and Thor RVs. With more than 500 units on display, PleasureLand has the largest RV inventory in the Midwest. For more information, visit

E-Tickets now available for major BIR races

Race fans can now print out e-tickets for five major races at BIR.

eTicketE-Tickets are now available online for advance Superweek tickets (Thursday through Sunday) for the Street Car Showdown on Memorial Day weekend, the PleasureLand RV Show & Go on the Fourth of July weekend and the Muscle Car Shootout on Labor Day weekend, as well as for advance Friday-through-Sunday tickets for both Modern Automotive Performance Proving Grounds events – June 20-22 and Sept. 5-7. E-tickets are not yet available for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, however.

Fans can purchase their tickets online, print out an e-ticket and then present it at BIR’s front gate, just as they would a regular ticket. It’s more convenient for fans and allows them to get into the event quicker.

Click here to purchase tickets online.

Governor’s Fishing Opener comes to BIR

Brainerd International Raceway is a major sponsor of the 2014 Governor’s Fishing Opener, which is being held May 8-10 at Grand View Lodge on Gull Lake.

GFOThe Governor’s Fishing Opener is a major media event each year as hundreds of members of the media from throughout the country attend the festivities to help Minnesota celebrate the start of the walleye and northern pike fishing seasons, as well as the state’s tourism season. Gov. Mark Dayton and other state leaders will be on hand for three days of events, some of which are open to the public.

BIR is sponsoring the event this year and is offering visiting members of the media an inside look at the track and the motorsports that take place here. On Thursday, they’ll get a chance to go through the classroom portion of the Performance Driving School, followed by a session on the Competition Road Course in one of the school’s Spec Racers. There is also a lunch for media on Friday during BIR’s first race of the season – Bracket Drag Racing Series and CRA Superbike racing.

Check out the 2014 Governor’s Fishing Opener website for more details.



2014 BIR Fan Guides are available!

BIR’s 2014 Fan Guides are now available. They were mailed out to those who are on our mailing list and can be downloaded here in pdf form.

The Fan Guides can also be picked up around the Brainerd Lakes Area at local chambers of commerce, at BIR’s Ticket Office, at most lodging properties in the area and in Discovery Racks at select businesses. Fan Guides will also be available at the Explore Minnesota store at the Mall of America.

The Fan Guide includes the most important things you need to know about BIR. It includes a racing schedule, a map of the facilities, short descriptions about our major events, details about the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals and directions on how to get to BIR.

Pick up your copy today or download here by clicking on the icon below. Or, we’ll mail one to you if you contact us by clicking here.



BIR to be in New Ulm, Austin this weekend

Brainerd International Raceway is involved in two shows this weekend (March 21-23), in New Ulm and Austin, Minn. If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by and check us out.

NewUlmBIR has a display at the New Ulm Home & Health Show this weekend in the New Ulm Civic Center. We’ll have cars on display and information about BIR’s upcoming 2014 racing season and the BIR Performance Driving School. Sign up to win a free session at the school or gift cards for any of its events.

You can also attend the 40th Annual Austin Home & Vacation Show at Packer Arena in Austin this weekend. Although BIR won’t have a physical presence at the show, organizers will be giving away weekend passes to our 6th Annual Street Car Showdown Memorial Day weekend. So get down to the show and sign up for the drawing.

We’ll see you at the track!


BIR at Twin Cities Auto Show

Brainerd International Raceway and the BIR Performance Driving School will be at the Twin Cities Auto Show, which runs from March 8-16 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

AutoShowStop by BIR’s exhibit and say hi. We’ll have one of the Performance Driving School Spec Racers on display as well as a car from the Pirelli World Challenge series, which makes its BIR debut this year during the 26th Annual Muscle Car Shootout Labor Day weekend.

Pick up a 2014 Fan Guide while you’re there, which has information about all of this season’s events. There will be information about the driving school as well, with instructors on hand to answer questions. And register to win some great prizes.

Like previous years, the Twin Cities Auto Show has an impressive list of featured activities and displays. The Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), which is bringing three road races to BIR this summer, has cars on display at the show, as well as the Gopher State Timing Association, which will have some vintage racers. BIR is sponsoring the GSTA’s 58th Annual Rod and Custom Spectacular at the Minnesota State Fair Coliseum.

In addition to displays by all the major car makers, there will be classic cars, luxury cars, celebrity appearances and a lot more.




2014 schedule is loaded with great racing

Brainerd International Raceway announced its 2014 racing schedule, which is wall-to-wall racing action from May through September, featuring an increasingly diverse lineup of motorsports events.

BrownBIR’s schedule continues to target a cross-section of racing fans with a variety of motorsports, including drag racing, road racing, snowmobile watercross, cruising events, drifting and autocross competitions, the BIR Performance Driving School and a lot more. BIR’s drag strip and 2.5-mile Competition Road Course are busy nearly every weekend from May 9 through the end of September, giving fans a lot of different options.

The main attraction again this year is the 33rd Annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, set for Aug. 14-17. The entire drag racing universe will be watching as the best drag racers, the fastest TransAmcars and thousands of crazy race fans descend on BIR to celebrate the largest motorsports event in the Upper Midwest. BIR’s infamous campground, called The Zoo, takes on a life of its own the week of Nationals with live music nightly, bonfires, a parade of “partywagons,” rickshaw races and a lot more. Advance tickets are now on sale.

New to BIR’s schedule this year is the Pirelli World Challenge TC/TCB classes, The Pirelli World Challenge is the fastest-growing road racing circuit in the country and North America’s top racing series for production-based cars. Now in its 24th season, Pirelli features professional drivers from Sports Car Club of America (SCCA)Racing6 Pro Racing who will compete in 50-minute races on BIR’s Competition Road Course Saturday and Sunday during the 28th Annual Muscle Car Shootout Labor Day weekend. Pirelli joins the Trans Am Series (Sunday) and the SCCA Jack Pine Sprints on the road course that weekend, with the grand finale of the three-race Muscle Car Series on the drag strip.

The Muscle Car Series kicks off Memorial Day weekend during the 6th Annual Street Car Showdown, which will include SCCA road racing on the road course. The second leg of the Muscle Car Series is the Fourth of July weekend during the 28th Annual Show & Go, a perennial favorite for race fans. With drag racing on the drag strip and regional SCCA racing on the road course, fans are also treated to a classic car show, fireworks, live music and camping.

The imports and sport compacts invade BIR for two weekends this season: June 20-22 and Sept. 5-7. The Modern Automotive Performance Proving Grounds is one of the fastest-growing events at BIR, attracting racers from throughout the country who compete in drag racing, drifting, autocross, open lapping, car shows and burnout contests.

For those who enjoy racing on the edge, the Central Roadracing Association (CRA) is bringing its insane brand of Superbike racing to BIR for five weekends again this season. Riders take on the 13-turns on the Competition Road Course in a number of different classes.

The Bracket Drag Racing Series is back this summer with six race weekends on the schedule. It’s super-competitive amateur drag racing with series championships on the line in 10 classes. Winners are crowned Saturday and Sunday each weekend.

The schedule is full of fun, affordable and “non-traditional” racing as well, such as the ChumpCar World Series, where teams of four drivers race $500 junkers during seven-hour endurance races. Another one is the International Watercross Association’s Snowmobile Watercross Racing, which will be at BIR two weekends and features snowmobiles racing around a course on open water. The Aussie-style Powercruise is back for a fourth year, giving fans the chance to participate in several driving events throughout the weekend. And the World Racing League is making its debut  at BIR with a 12-hour endurance race on the road course.

“We’re always looking for different and unique types of racing for our fans,” Copham said. “We have a great mix of races again this year that feature national-level pro racers along with regional amateur drivers. And most of the racing is fun and affordable family entertainment.”

When most people think of BIR, they think of spectator races, but there are many opportunities for people to get behind the steering wheel and test their fortitude and driving skills. For example, the Wednesday Night Drags – Street Legal Style is a program where BIR opens its drag strip to anyone with a street legal car, truck or bike, and a helmet.

The same thing is available on the road course, where the BIR Performance Driving School combines classroom instruction and on-track driving to teach drivers how to handle a car at high speeds. Most racing events have classes for those who want to try racing, using their street car, truck or bike.

“I think that’s one of our best-kept secrets at BIR,” Copham said. “Many people don’t know that they can come here and compete rather than sit in the grandstands and watch. Most of our races are open to anyone, as long as their car or bike meets safety and tech requirements. Some of the races require a short instructional session as well, but most of our events are open.”

Trans Am photo courtesy of Rick Corwine

CRA Superbike photo courtesy of SDE

Great holiday gift ideas from BIR

Looking for holiday gift ideas for the favorite race fans in your life? Give the gift of speed!

Brainerd International Raceway has Gift Cards and advance tickets to the 2014 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, which are now on sale. Gift Cards are also available for the BIR Performance Driving School.

The ultimate gift for any motorsports fan is advance tickets to the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, scheduled for Aug. 14-17. It’s the biggest race of the year in the Upper Midwest and a chance to see the best drag racers on the planet. Advance tickets can be purchased online by clicking here, by calling 1-866-444-4455 or in person at the BIR Ticket Office.

BIR’s Gift Cards come in a variety of amounts and can be used for admission to any BIR event, including the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals. They can also be used for BIR merchandise, Tower Suite rental, condo rental and camping. They cannot be redeemed for cash. Purchase your Gift Cards in person at the BIR Ticket Office or by calling 1-866-444-4455.

The BIR Performance Driving School’s Gift Card can be used for any school event, such as a single-day school (regardless if use your own car or one of the school’s spec racers), exotic race car ride-alongs and the StreetSmarts Advanced Defensive Driving School for Teens.  Click here for details about how to purchase a Gift Card from the BIR Performance Driving School.

And Happy Holidays from your friends at BIR!

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