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Drag racing series continues this weekend, plus Slowpokes

The battle on Brainerd International Raceway’s quarter-mile drag strip continues this weekend with the second race weekend for the Bracket Drag Racing Series.

With one weekend under their belts, drag racers are wasting no time getting their dragsters, cars, bikes, trucks and Junior Dragsters dialed in. More than 300 cars showed up for the first series weekend May 5-7, with most of the drivers looking like they’re already in mid-season form. With valuable series points on the line, not to mention prize money, drivers will undoubtedly ratchet up the intensity this weekend.

While drag racers are taking care of business on the drag strip, the Slowpokes Car Club will be on BIR’s 2.5-mile Competition Road Course Saturday and Sunday for a club event. Despite the name of the club, there will be nothing slow about the action on the road course.

The drag racing program starts Friday, which is a “test and tune” day for drivers to work out the kinks in their cars. On Saturday and Sunday, each day starts with time trials and qualifying, followed by elimination rounds. Winners in the 11 classes are determined at the end of each day, giving drivers two chances to earn points and prize money.

Special to Saturday’s drag racing program is the season’s first Quick 16 Class race, where the eight cars that qualify as the quickest have a run-off to determine who races the quickest dragster from an eight-car field.

Daily admission is $25 and kids 12 and younger are free. Camping is free with a multi-day ticket, and parking is free.

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Enjoy the Street Car Showdown in style

BIR’s first major race of the season – the 9th Annual Street Car Showdown – is quickly approaching, and fans have an opportunity to enjoy all the racing action in style.

BIR still has Deluxe Condominiums and Tower Suites available for the weekend, and they’re super affordable.

The two-bedroom, two-bathroom condos are available for $250 a night (plus tax) with a two-night minimum stay. They have a full kitchen, fireplace and a wrap-around deck that overlooks the dragstrip’s staging areas. They’re also next door to The Wheelie Bar & Grille, which has a full menu (breakfast, lunch and dinner), on- and off-sale beer and liquor, and live music on Saturday night. For details and photos, click here.

If you’re watching drag racing, the best seat in the house is located in one of BIR’s Tower Suites, which overlook the starting line and gives a birds-eye view down the track. These suites have overstuffed couches refrigerators, air conditioning, table and chairs. Priced at only $100 a day (plus tax), they have room for about 20 guests. The suites also have cable TV, so you can watch live drag racing while the Indy 500 is on the TV Sunday. For details and photos, click here.

For more details, contact the Ticket Office.

Hjelter wins Framstad Cup at CRA Round 1

Eric Hjelter won the CRA's 2017 Framstad Cup. Photo by Jessica Johnk

Eric Hjelter won the CRA’s 2017 Framstad Cup. Photo by Jessica Johnk

The 2017 Central Roadracing Association (CRA) season kicked off on Brainerd International Raceway’s Donnybrooke Road Course last weekend with the annual running of the Framstad Cup, the CRA’s most prestigious race.

The Framstad Cup is a tortoise-versus-hare style race held in honor of founding CRA member and all-around great guy Don Framstad. This invitation-only race sees riders on all styles of motorcycles battle it out over five laps. This year’s entry list saw riders equipped on machinery such as the Yamaha R3, Krämer HKR Evo II, Yamaha YZ450F, Suzuki SV650, Yamaha R6 and Yamaha R1. The 2017 edition was one of the more exciting races in recent memory with Novice rider Eric Hjelter taking his Triumph 675 across the line .331 seconds in front of ZX-10R mounted Scott Stall, who started the race one lap down to early leader Pam Dupont on her Yamaha R3. With the win, Hjelter’s name will be engraved on the traveling Framstad Cup next to CRA legends like three-time CRA champions Robert Jensen and Christian Schmidt.

The Unlimited class threw up a surprise in each race. The Supersport race started with the expected showdown between Rocky Mountain Kawasaki’s Christian Schmidt and Bell Helmets rider Scott Stall. Unfortunately for Schmidt, his challenge went up in smoke as his Kawasaki ZX-10R opted to give itself an impromptu oil bath. The demise of Schmidt’s powerplant ended his weekend and the former professional-Wolverine impersonator was forced to watch from the sidelines. The other big surprise was the expected domination of Kyle Ohnsorg on Mike Husman’s massively powerful BMW S1000RR not materializing. With Ohnsorg struggling to find the correct setup on one of his five bikes (yes, five – that’s one for each arm, leg and head) after an offseason switch from Michelin to Pirelli, Stall grabbed the opportunity with his tiny farmer hands and pulled off a clean sweep in all of the Unlimited races.

The Middleweight and Heavyweight classes were about two people – Ohnsorg in Expert and Josh Harein in Novice. Both riders cleaned house in all of their Middleweight and Heavyweight races, and while that was almost expected with Ohnsorg (although he did face some stiff competition from Fisk Brothers Racing’s Brian Hebeisen), Harein was making his first foray into the classes after a solid debut year in the Unlimited class. While Harein had a strong rookie year in 2016, his dominance in the Middleweight and Heavyweight races was impressive. He carried that momentum into the offseason and underwent an intense weight-loss program at the end of 2016, which mostly consisted of the removal of each of his finely formed dreadlocks. This clearly helped his drag coefficient, which is incredibly important on the high speed Donnybrooke track and his dedication has already paid off handsomely – in more ways than one.

Chris “Chimp” Mattson showed the world that he means business by taking the win in his first Expert race over reigning Lightweight champ Jon Champ. Mattson and Champ were teammates in the 2016 5-Hour Endurance race where they were the champs (unlike Jon and his wife Katie who are the Champs – that capital letter apparently makes a big difference). The student became the teacher in Lightweight Supersport. The champ, Champ, chastised “Chimp” for choosing to chase Champ down, with the charge making Champ more a chump than a champ. Mystified by Mattson’s many Marc Marquez-mimicking maneuvers, Champ challenged Chris (oohh, did I get you on that one?) Mattson, mounting multiple mesmerizing motorcycle-management masterclasses and wildly waving at wildlife while winning the weekend’s wemai… err… remaining races. On the Novice side of things, Dave Hanson and Steve Johnson had some fantastic battles further down the field with Hanson coming home in front of Johnson three times and the white-suited Miami native finishing in front of HBS Racing’s Hanson twice.

Yet again, the most anticipated races of the weekend belonged to the Ultralight and Featherweight riders. In Ultralight, it was non-stop battle between Krämer HKR Evo2 riders Jack Barton and Mark Praska. Praska debuted a beautiful orange livery for 2017. Based on the paint job alone, he looked set to take home every win. When Barton’s transmission decided that it was time for its gears to finally venture into the big bad world on their own during practice, Barton turned to arch rival Praska in a desperate bid for help. In one of the worst examples of sloppy seconds, Barton acquired Praska’s 2016 Krämer before racing began, and the two put on a massively entertaining show every time they hit the track.

The Featherweight races were hard fought affairs between Brad Kreller, racing in the memory of his brother Sean Kreller, and Brad Zajic, racing in the memory of friend Tyson Berger. Both riders fought tooth and nail in every race with Kreller taking the win total advantage 2-1 over Zajic. Sean Stettnichs joined the party occasionally while taking victory in every Featherweight Novice race but Kreller and Zajic were the class of the field.

Unfortunately, there was a low point of the weekend with Mario Anthony Ruffolo receiving serious injuries in the Unlimited Superbike race. A new member of the CRA family, Mario is a CCS Expert and a Meal Train page has been set up to support him and his family. To donate time or money to assist with Mario’s recovery, please visit www.mealtrain.com/trains/12dz25.

The CRA welcomes the Championship Cup Series from Texas to Brainerd International Raceway’s Competition Road Course for CRA’s second weekend, June 9-11. For more information, visit www.cra-mn.com or email pr@cra-mn.com.

Race Results

Framstad Cup
1 Eric Hjelter (Tri 675)
2 Scott Stall (Kaw ZX-10R)
3 Kyle Ohnsorg (Yam YZF-R6)
4 Tom Austin (Hon CBR600RR)
5 Sean Stettnichs (Kaw EX250R)
6 Wayne Minnichsoffer (Hon CBR600F2)

Unlimited SS Expert
1 Scott Stall (Kaw ZX-10R)
2 Shane Keaveny (Kaw ZX-10R)
3 Jacob Hennen (Kaw ZX-10R)
4 Lucas Wygant (Yam YZF-R1)
5 Billy Vossberg (Kaw ZX-10R)
6 Jake Schmotter (Yam YZF-R1)

Unlimited SS Novice
1 David Stone (Hon CBR1000RR)
2 Stephen Peterson (BMW S1000RR)

Unlimited SB Expert
1 Scott Stall (Kaw ZX-10R)
2 Shane Keaveny (Kaw ZX-10R)
3 Billy Vossberg (Kaw ZX-10R)
4 Jake Schmotter (Yam YZF-R1)
5 Jesse Nelson (Suz GSX-R1000)
6 Aaron Anderson (Suz GSX-R750)

Unlimited SB Novice
1 Seth Carsten (Suz GSX-R600)
2 David Stone (Hon CBR1000RR)
3 Stephen Peterson (BMW S1000RR)

Unlimited GP Expert
1 Scott Stall (Kaw ZX-10R)
2 Kyle Ohnsorg (BMW S1000RR)
3 Jake Schmotter (Yam YZF-R1)
4 Billy Vossberg (Kaw ZX-10R)
5 Aaron Anderson (Suz GSX-R750)

Unlimited GP Novice
1 Seth Carsten (Suz GSX-R600)
2 David Stone (Hon CBR1000RR)
3 Stephen Peterson (BMW S1000RR)

Heavyweight SS Expert
1 Kyle Ohnsorg (Yam YZF-R6)
2 Drew See (Yam YZF-R6)
3 Brian Hebeisen (Yam YZF-R6)
4 Aaron Anderson (Suz GSX-R750)
5 Justin Ebnet (Hon CBR600RR)
6 Chase Sellers (Yam YZF-R6)

Heavyweight SS Novice
1 Josh Harein (Yam YZF-R6)
2 Seth Carsten (Suz GSX-R600)
3 Kyle Franz (Duc 899)
4 Steve Horsfield (Yam YZF-R6)
5 Eric Hjelter (Tri 675)
6 Jeff Somers (Yam YZF-R6)

Heavyweight SB Expert
1 Kyle Ohnsorg (Yam YZF-R6)
2 Aaron Anderson (Suz GSX-R750)
3 Brian Hebeisen (Yam YZF-R6)
4 Clark Davis (Yam YZF-R6)
5 Brett Donahue (Suz GSX-R750)
6 Justin Ebnet (Hon CBR600RR)

Heavyweight SB Novice
1 Josh Harein (Yam YZF-R6)
2 Dillon Baumeister (Yam YZF-R6)
3 Seth Carsten (Suz GSX-R600)
4 Kyle Franz (Duc 899)
5 Jeff Somers (Yam YZF-R6)
6 Eric Hjelter (Tri 675)

Heavyweight GP Expert
1 Kyle Ohnsorg (Yam YZF-R6)
2 Aaron Anderson (Suz GSX-R750)
3 Brian Hebeisen (Yam YZF-R6)
4 Justin Ebnet (Hon CBR600RR)
5 Adam Bastien (Yam YZF-R6)

Heavyweight GP Novice
1 Josh Harein (Yam YZF-R6)
2 Seth Carsten (Suz GSX-R600)
3 Eric Hjelter (Tri 675)
4 David Stone (Yam YZF-R6)

Middleweight SS Expert
1 Kyle Ohnsorg (Yam YZF-R6)
2 Justin Ebnet (Hon CBR600RR)
3 Brian Hebeisen (Yam YZF-R6)
4 Drew See (Yam YZF-R6)
5 Erik Devaan (Yam YZF-R6)
6 Chase Sellers (Yam YZF-R6)

Middleweight SS Novice
1 Josh Harein (Yam YZF-R6)
2 Seth Carsten (Suz GSX-R600)
3 Justin Miest (Kaw ZX-6R)
4 Steve Horsfield (Yam YZF-R6)
5 Dillon Baumeister (Yam YZF-R6)
6 Jeff Somers (Yam YZF-R6)

Middleweight SB Expert
1 Kyle Ohnsorg (Yam YZF-R6)
2 Tom Austin (Hon CBR600RR)
3 Brian Hebeisen (Yam YZF-R6)
4 Justin Ebnet (Hon CBR600RR)
5 Clark Davis (Yam YZF-R6)
6 Jordan Imrie (Duc 848)

Middleweight SB Novice
1 Josh Harein (Yam YZF-R6)
2 Sam Burke (Yam YZF-R6)
3 Seth Carsten (Suz GSX-R600)
4 Dillon Baumeister (Yam YZF-R6)
5 Justin Miest (Kaw ZX-6R)
6 Jeff Somers (Yam YZF-R6)

Middleweight GP Expert
1 Kyle Ohnsorg (Yam YZF-R6)
2 Brian Hebeisen (Yam YZF-R6)
3 Justin Ebnet (Hon CBR600RR)
4 Jordan Imrie (Duc 848)
5 Jesse Nelson (Yam YZF-R6)
6 Jacob Hennen (Hon CBR600RR)

Middleweight GP Novice
1 Josh Harein (Yam YZF-R6)
2 Justin Miest (Kaw ZX-6R)
3 Seth Carsten (Suz GSX-R600)
4 Jeff Somers (Yam YZF-R6)
5 Eric Hjelter (Tri 675)
6 David Stone (Yam YZF-R6)

Lightweight SS Expert
1 Chris Mattson (Suz SV650)
2 Jon Champ (Suz SV650)
3 Aaron Foss (Suz SV650)
4 Anthony Marcinek (Suz SV650)
5 David Hanson (Suz SV650)
6 Stephen Johnson (Suz SV650)

Lightweight SS Novice
1 Brian Rogers (Suz SV650)
2 Leif Nadeau (Suz SV650)
3 Sonia Pond (Suz SV650)
4 Chad Reinhart (Suz SV650)
5 Mitchell Donahue (Suz SV650)

Lightweight SB Expert
1 Jon Champ (Suz SV650)
2 Josh Pangier (Yam FZR400)
3 Bill Plucky (Suz SV650)
4 Peter Ens (Buell XB12R)
5 Chris Mattson (Suz SV650)
6 Anthony Marcinek (Suz SV650)

Lightweight SB Novice
1 Brian Rogers (Suz SV650)
2 Sonia Pond (Suz SV650)
3 Jeffrey Quam (Suz SV650)
4 Chad Reinhart (Suz SV650)

Lightweight GP Expert
1 Jon Champ (Suz SV650)
2 Bill Plucky (Suz SV650)
3 Mark Praska (Krä HKR-Evo2)
4 James Michaelson (Hon CBR600 F2)
5 Chris Mattson (Suz SV650)
6 Jack Barton (Krä HKR-Evo2)

Lightweight GP Novice
1 Wayne Minnichsoffer (Hon CBR600F2)
2 Brian Rogers (Suz SV650)
3 Sonia Pond (Suz SV650)
4 Chad Reinhart (Suz GSX-R600)

Ultralight Expert – Race #1
1 Jack Barton (Krä HKR-Evo2)
2 Timothy Ring (Duc Monster 620)
3 Mark Praska (Krä HKR-Evo2)
4 Trevor Treviranus (Yam YZ450F)
5 Robin Schmidt (Kaw EX300R)

Ultralight Novice – Race #1
1 Jonathan Roswick (Kaw EX500)
2 John Roswick (Kaw EX500)
3 Roy Konicek (Yam YZF-R3)

Ultralight Expert – Race #2
1 Jack Barton (Krä HKR-Evo2)
2 Trevor Treviranus (Yam YZ450F)
3 Timothy Ring (Duc Monster 620)
4 Mark Praska (Krä HKR-Evo2)

Ultralight Novice – Race #2
1 John Roswick (Kaw EX500)

Ultralight Expert – Race #3
1 Mark Praska (Krä HKR-Evo2)
2 Jack Barton (Krä HKR-Evo2)
3 Trevor Treviranus (Yam YZ450F)

Featherweight SS Expert
1 Bradley Kreller (Yam YZF-R3)
2 Brad Zajic (Yam YZF-R3)
3 Bryan Lachmiller (Kaw EX250R)
4 William Miller (Yam YZF-R3)

Featherweight SS Novice
1 Sean Stettnichs (Kaw EX250R)
2 Pamela Dupont (Yam YZF-R3)
3 Jayme Schmit (Kaw EX250R)
4 Ewa Kalinsky (Yam YZF-R3)
5 David Juntunen (KTM RC390)
6 Lawrence Lin (Kaw EX300R)

Featherweight SB Expert
1 Brad Zajic (Yam YZF-R3)
2 Bradley Kreller (Yam YZF-R3)
3 Bryan Lachmiller (Kaw EX250R)
4 Robin Schmidt (Kaw EX300R)
5 Jesse Nelson (Kaw EX250R)

Featherweight SB Novice
1 Sean Stettnichs (Kaw EX250R)
2 Lawrence Lin (Kaw EX300R)
3 Ewa Kalinsky (Yam YZF-R3)
4 Jonathan Myers (Kaw EX250R)
5 David Juntunen (KTM RC390)
6 Roy Konicek (Yam YZF-R3)

Featherweight GP Expert
1 Bradley Kreller (Yam YZF-R3)
2 Brad Zajic (Yam YZF-R3)
3 Bryan Lachmiller (Kaw EX250R)
4 Robin Schmidt (Kaw EX300R)

Featherweight GP Novice
1 Sean Stettnichs (Kaw EX250R)
2 Lawrence Lin (Kaw EX300R)
3 Jonathan Myers (Kaw EX250R)
4 David Juntunen (KTM RC390)
5 Roy Konicek (Yam YZF-R3)

Formula 40 – F2
1 Shane Keaveny (Kaw ZX-10R)
2 Brian Hebeisen (Yam YZF-R6)
3 Brett Donahue (Suz GSX-R750
4 Karl Rehpohl (Kaw ZX-6R)
5 Dwayne Stroman (Kaw ZX-6R)
6 Gregory Bambach (Yam YZF-R6)

Formula 40 – F1
1 Josh Pangier (Yam FZR400)
2 Matt Cina (Yam FZ-07)
3 Chad Reinhart (Suz SV650)
4 David Juntunen (KTM RC390)

Formula 30 – F2
1 Brett Donahue (Suz GSX-R750)
2 Scott Masterton (Yam YZF-R6)
3 Nathan Dotson (Yam YZF-R6)
4 Martin Holte (Hon CBR600RR)
5 Bill Plucky (Suz SV650)
6 Eric Hjelter (Tri 675)

Formula 30 – F1
1 Wayne Minnichsoffer (Hon CBR600F2)
2 Anthony Marcinek (Suz SV650)
3 Bryan Lachmiller (Kaw EX250R)

250GP Expert
1 Jack Barton (Krä HKR-Evo2)

Supertwins Expert
1 Peter Ens (Buell XB12R
2 Bill Plucky (Suz SV650)
3 Matt Cina (Yam FZ-07
4 Chris Mattson (Suz SV650)
5 Anthony Marcinek (Suz SV650)
6 David Hanson (Yam FZ-07)

Supertwins Novice
1 Kyle Franz (Duc 899)
2 Jeff Franz (Duc 899)
3 Brian Rogers (Suz SV650)
4 Sonia Pond (Suz SV650)
5 Jeffrey Quam (Suz SV650)
6 Mitchell Donahue (Suz SV650)

Sportsman Middleweight Expert
1 Ken Nielsen (Yam YZF-R6)
2 Martin Holte (Hon CBR600RR)

Sportsman Middleweight Novice
1 Jason Weidholz (Hon CBR600F3)

Sportsman Lightweight Expert
1 Josh Pangier (Yam FZR400)
2 James Michaelson (Hon CBR600F2)
3 Jack Barton (Krä HKR-Evo2)
4 Mark Praska (Krä HKR-Evo2)

Sportsman Lightweight Novice
1 Wayne Minnichsoffer (Hon CBR600F2)
2 John Roswick (KTM 690)

Trophy Dash GP4 Expert
1 Scott Stall (Kaw ZX-10R)
2 Lucas Wygant (Yam YZF-R1)
3 Billy Vossberg (Kaw ZX-10R)
4 Mario Anthony Ruffolo (Yam YZF-R1)
5 Jake Schmotter (Yam YZF-R1)
6 Brett Donahue (Suz GSX-R750)

Trophy Dash GP4 Novice
1 David Stone (Hon CBR1000RR)

Trophy Dash GP3 Expert
1 Kyle Ohnsorg (Yam YZF-R6)
2 Justin Ebnet (Hon CBR600RR)
3 Tom Austin (Hon CBR600RR)
4 Clark Davis (Yam YZF-R6)
5 Chase Sellers (Yam YZF-R6)
6 Erik DeVaan (Yam YZF-R6)

Trophy Dash GP3 Novice
1 Josh Harein (Yam YZF-R6)
2 Steve Horsfield (Yam YZF-R6)
3 Eric Hjelter (Tri 675)
4 Tom Conroy (Kaw ZX-6R)

Trophy Dash GP2 Expert
1 Jon Champ (Suz SV650)
2 Bill Plucky (Suz SV650)
3 Matt Cina (Yam FZ-07)
4 Aaron Foss (Suz SV650)
5 Chris Mattson (Suz SV650)
6 Adam Harrison (Suz SV650)

Trophy Dash GP2 Novice
1 Wayne Minnichsoffer (Hon CBR600F2)
2 Leif Nadeau (Suzuki GSX-R450)
3 Sonia Pond (Suz SV650)
4 Jeffrey Quam (Suz SV650)

Trophy Dash GP1 Expert
1 Mark Praska (Krä HKR-Evo2)
2 Jack Barton (Krä HKR-Evo2)
3 Bryan Lachmiller (Kaw EX250R)
4 Josh Pangier (Yam FZR400)
5 Trevor Treviranus (Yam YZ450F)

Trophy Dash GP1 Novice
1 Sean Stettnichs (Kaw EX250R)
2 Jonathan Roswick (KTM 690)
3 Pamela Dupont (Yam YZF-R3)
4 Jayme Schmit (Kaw EX250R)
5 Lawrence Lin (Kaw EX300R)
6 David Juntunen (KTM RC390)

New Rider Race

1 Sam Burke (Yam YZF-R6)
2 Justin Miest (Kaw ZX-6R)
3 Stephen Peterson (BMW S1000RR)
4 Kyle Franz (Duc 899)
5 Francois Yang (Hon CBR600RR)
6 Jared Thompson (Yam YZF-R6)

Last Chance Qualifier

1 Ken Nielsen (Yam YZF-R6)
2 Jeff Somers (Yam YZF-R6)
3 Brandon Connett (Tri 675)
4 Anthony Marcinek (Suz SV650)
5 Trevor Treviranus (Yam YZ450F)
6 Jeff Franz (Duc 899)

High schoolers target fuel efficiency in Supermileage Challenge

Some of them looked like a box on wheels while others looked like motorized bullets. All benefited from a wide variety of materials, engineering and creativity to power their “car” around Brainerd International Raceway’s Donnybrooke Road Course during the 29th Annual Supermileage Challenge, May 15-16.

Student teams from more than 75 high schools from around the state entered 119 cars in the event this year, all of which were designed and engineered by students. The goal is to build a single-person vehicle with a single-cylinder, four-stroke engine that is super fuel efficient. That’s done by running the vehicles around BIR’s track and then measuring the amount of fuel used.

It’s incredible to see these high school boys and girls working together. Awards are given for the best fuel efficiency in five classes: Stock, Modified, Experimental, E-85 and Plug-In Electric.

This event is sponsored by The Minnesota Technology and Engineering Education Association, Briggs and Stratton, Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association and Brainerd International Raceway.

Click here to watch a great video on the event by Briggs & Stratton.

Click here for videos from this year’s event.

 

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Bracket drag racers battle in first of 6 weekends

After a seven-month break for winter, Brainerd International Raceway’s Bracket Drag Racing Series returned to the quarter-mile track for a new season last weekend.

Some drivers, like Ben Line, picked up right where they left off from last season. Line won the final Stock/Super Stock race last year, earning him a series championship. On Saturday, he mowed down his first four opponents on his way to a final-round match-up with Randy Mans. But Mans was too quick on the trigger and fouled at the starting line, handing Line and his 1969 Mustang the easy win.

Shawn Carlson, Sportsman winner

Shawn Carlson, Sportsman winner

Ron Prince, Stock/Super Stock

Ron Prince, Stock/Super Stock

It appeared that Brian Johnson and Bryce Miller were going to follow in Line’s footsteps Saturday. As defending series champs in the Super Pro and Pro ET classes, respectively, both racers beat six other racers on their way to Saturday’s finals. But for Johnson, Terry Pease had other ideas. Pease and his ’53 Thames took down the champ with a run of 10.726 seconds and 131.91 mph. The class had 87 drivers competing.

In the Pro ET finals, where there were 91 drivers competing, Dave Engler stood in the way of Miller getting his first victory of the season. Miller beat Engler off the starting line but Engler caught him at the finish line with a winning time of 10.647 seconds and 124.48 mph.

The Bracket Drag Racing Series features six weekends of super-competitive drag racing. Racers have two chances to win each weekend because the racing program for Saturdays and Sundays includes eliminations with winners crowned at the end of each day. Drivers earn points along the way toward a series championship.

Reno Loeffelholz, Pro ET

Reno Loeffelholz, Pro ET

Dylan Dancer, double winner

Dylan Dancer, double winner

In the Sportsman Class, Shawn Carlson took the early lead in the points standings. Driving a 1973 Plymouth Scamp, he lost in the semifinals Saturday but rebounded with a win on Sunday, beating Mike Simons in the finals with a time of 12.069 seconds at 108.91 mph.

Jeremy Berg, Mike Larson and Heather Ingman all took similar paths to the top of the points standings of the Pro Bike/Sled, Comp Trophy and Street Trophy classes, respectively. Berg lost in the first round of Saturday’s race while Larson and Ingman were bumped off in the second rounds. But all three came back on Sunday and won their way to the Winner’s Circle.

Berg and his Suzuki beat Richard Tadych with a time of 8.155 seconds and 158.78 mph. Driving an ’82 Trans Am, Larson beat Bill Wiltse in the finals with a time of 12.096 seconds and 104.18 mph. And Ingman drove her 2013 Lincoln to a win over Todd Anderson, who fouled at the starting line.

Dylan Dancer was the only driver with a double win last week. He’ll enter the second Bracket Drag Racing weekend undefeated, after he won the Junior Dragster Intermediate Class (for ages 10-12) both days. Dancer beat Travis Kurkosky in Saturday’s final and Riley Luberda in Sunday’s final.

Jazper Wiebusch won the Junior Dragster Advanced Class on Sunday and is now in first place, while Carter Luberda won Saturday’s Junior Dragster Novice Class on Saturday, giving him the early lead in the standings.

Click here to view the standings.

Results from Saturday, May 6

Super Pro
Finals: Terry Pease of Duluth def. Brian Johnson of Nowthen

Pro ET
Finals: Dave Engler of South Haven def. Bryce Miller of Maple Lake

Sportsman
Finals: Vern Murphy of W. Fargo, N.D. def. Mike Simons of Pine City

Stock/Super Stock
Finals: Ben Line of International Falls def. Randy Mans of Rogers

Pro Bike/Sled
Finals: Bruce Meagher of Hudson, Wis. def. Kayla Filipiak of Isanti

Comp Trophy
Finals: Kevin Walcheski def. Andrew Walcheski of Foley

Street Trophy
Finals: Tyler Kyllonen of St. Francis def. Kayla Brett of Mora

Junior Dragster Advanced
Finals: Garrett Lindquist of Minnetonka def. Sydney Haben of Hibbing

Junior Dragster Intermediate
Finals: Dylan Dancer of Foley def. Travis Kurkosky of Annandale

Junior Dragster Novice
Finals: Carter Luberda of Foley def. Brody Thompson of Nowthen

Results from Sunday, May 7

Super Pro
Finals Myron Streit of St. Cloud def. Al Gavlovsky of Bemidji

Pro ET
Finals: Reno Loeffelholz of Shafer def. Pat Haubrich of New Ulm

Sportsman
Finals: Shawn Carlson of Elbow Lake def. Mike Simons of Pine City

Stock/Super Stock
Finals: Ron Prince of Tamarack def. Jason DeForrest of Andover

Pro Bike/Sled
Finals: Jeremy Berg of Newport def. Richard Tadych of Fertile

Comp Trophy
Finals: Mike Larson of Brainerd def. Billy Wiltse of Kinney

Street Trophy
Finals: Heather Ingman of Andover def. Todd Anderson of Brainerd

Junior Dragster Advanced
Finals: Jazper Wiebusch of Ham Lake def. Trevor Jelinski of Little Falls

Junior Dragster Intermediate
Finals: Dylan Dancer of Foley def. Riley Luberda of Foley

Junior Dragster Novice
Finals: Danial Dancer of Foley def. Carter Luberda of Foley

 

The Bracket Drag Racing launches 2017 season this weekend

For guys like Brian Johnson, Bryce Miller and Brandon Schmall, this weekend couldn’t some soon enough.

That’s because it’s been seven months since last year’s drag racing season at Brainerd International Raceway came to an end and they found themselves at the top of the points standings as champions of the Bracket Drag Racing Series. Starting Friday, they will go about the arduous task of trying to defend those titles as the 2017 version of the series begins.

Johnson, Miller and Schmall, who won the Super Pro, Pro ET and Sportsman classes, respectively, will be joined in their quest for a repeat by champions from eight other classes, including three Junior Dragsters (ages 18 and younger). Schmall will be gunning for a “three-peat” this year. Meanwhile more than 230 racers who competed last year in the series, will be trying wrestle away those titles.

“The first Bracket Drag Race of the season is always a lot of fun because the racers are fired up to get back on the track,” BIR owner Jed Copham said. “We’re expecting more than 250 cars here this weekend so fans will see some great racing.”

Gates open this weekend at 5 p.m. Thursday. On Friday,  an optional Test & Tune for drivers starts at 11 a.m. On Saturday and Sunday, racing starts at 9 a.m. with time trials for all 10 classes followed by elimination rounds, where the losers of each pairings are done for the day. Champions will be determined at the end of both days. The Quick 16 Class does not race this weekend.

Powercruise Early Bird Deadline

The deadline for get in on the Early Bird Registration Discount for Powercruise is Friday, April 7. Click on the graphic below to link to the registration page.

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The 2017 BIR Fan Guides are new available

The 2017 BIR Fan Guides have been printed and mailed. Check your mailbox for your guide to everything that’s going on at BIR this season. If you didn’t receive one in your mailbox, there’s a couple ways to get your hands on one. You can click on the graphic below to download a copy, you can call the Ticket Office to have one sent to you, or you can pick one up at many locations throughout the Brainerd Lakes Area, including the Ticket Office, area chambers of commerce and dozens of Discover Racks in various businesses. See you at the track!

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Drag racers honored at BIR’s annual banquet

Brainerd International Raceway’s annual BIR Racer Banquet attracted more than 200 drag racers, families and friends, many of whom went home with trophies, personalized winner’s jackets, prizes and lots of stories.

The banquet, held Feb. 25 at Cragun’s Resort in Brainerd, the banquet was a chance for the track to recognize the series champions from the Bracket Drag Racing Series and the Muscle Car Series, as well as others who made an impact on the racing community last season.

Al Schmidt of Paradigm Performance and DeDe Doolittle-Roberts

Al Schmidt of Paradigm Performance and DeDe Doolittle-Roberts

Outstanding Dedication Award to Vern and Ginger Laurin Jr., from Ron Zenzen, middle

Outstanding Dedication Award to Vern and Ginger Laurin Jr., from Ron Zenzen, middle

Al Schmidt from Paradigm Performance in Brainerd presented the second annual Dick Roe Appreciation Award to DeDe Doolittle-Roberts for her outstanding service to the drag racing community. She’s a member of BIR’s drag racing crew.

Ron Zenzen presented the Outstanding Dedication Award to Vern Laurin Jr. and his wife, Ginger.

The Rookie of the Year Award went to Emma McFarland, who took second place in the Comp Trophy Class (Bracket Drag Racing Series) in her first year after racing in the Junior Dragster classes.

And Ben Line won the Joe Angelo Sportsmanship Award for displaying great sportsmanship toward the other racers.

Emma McFarland, Rookie of the Year

Emma McFarland, Rookie of the Year

Ben Line, Joe Angelo Sportsmanship Award

Ben Line, Joe Angelo Sportsmanship Award

The Bracket Drag Racing Series was well represented, with eight of the 11 series champs in attendance . The winners survived an extremely competitive season in most of the classes. The series is over six weekends, with winners crowned on both Saturdays and Sundays. The races typically attract more than 250 dragsters, cars, trucks, bikes, snowmobiles and Junior Dragsters.

The three-race Muscle Car Series attracts more than 300 cars and features seven heads-up classes, 10 Index classes, four Eliminator classes and a class for manual transmissions. In all, 13 championships were awarded after the season. Ten of the champions attended to receive their personalized jackets and trophies.

Bracket Series champs, back row from left: BIR Owner Jed Copham, Brian Johnson, Bryce Miller, Chris Henry and Mike Simons. Front: Brody Thompson, Riley Luberda, Sydney Thompson, Ben LIne

Bracket Series champs, back row from left: BIR Owner Jed Copham, Brian Johnson, Bryce Miller, Chris Henry and Mike Simons. Front: Brody Thompson, Riley Luberda, Sydney Thompson, Ben Line

Muscle Car Series champs, back row, left: Greg Schmidt, Jesse Nelson, Dennis Orr, Chris Orr, Dan Gefre, Robert Wilczek, BIR's Jed Copham. Front: Tracy Meyer (for Brian Carpenter), Scott Hielscher, Gary Olson, Jesse Haugesag, Bob Peterson

Muscle Car Series champs, back row, left: Greg Schmidt, Jesse Nelson (runner up), Dennis Orr, Chris Orr, Dan Gefre, Robert Wilczek. Front: Tracy Meyer (for Brian Carpenter), Scott Hielscher, Gary Olson, Jesse Haugesag, Bob Peterson

 

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