Bracket Drag Racing Series

2018 Bracket Drag Racing Series expands to 8 weekends!

Brainerd International Raceway’s Bracket Drag Racing Series features some of the best amateur drag racing in the country as 250+ drag racers compete in 11 different classes. Fans can see dragsters, cars, trucks, bikes, snowmobiles and Junior Dragsters, all of which are competing for prize money, hardware and all-important series points that go toward series championships at the end of the season.

BIR7-23-17-0766_wIn 2018, racers in the Bracket Drag Racing Series will have four additional changes to generate series points. The series was expanded from six weekends and 12 races to eight weekends and 16 races. Each weekend includes eliminations on both Saturday and Sunday. Each class has one round of time trials at the beginning of the day before starting elimination rounds. Class winners will be determined at the end of both days so the intensity will be ratcheted up!

All weekends include testing and Jackpot racing on Friday. Look to the racer page for details!

Each class races for full points, with trophies and payouts each day. The winners of the Super Pro and Pro ET classes race off in the Super Pro/Pro ET Shootout for a guaranteed $2,000 to the winner  and $1,000 for the runner up!

For those who want to try bracket drag racing, there are racing categories that accommodate street cars and bikes. You don’t need a high-powered dragster to compete in the bracket program. Click here to check out the classes and the rules and regulations. Or contact us directly.

Click here to view the point standings for each class.

The 2018 schedule:

May 4-6
Drag racing only this weekend

May 18-20
Dual Event Weekend with drag racing and a Private Event on the road course

June 1-3
Dual Event Weekend with drag racing and BMW Car Club on the road course

June 15-17
Wet & Wild Weekend with drag racing, CRA Superbike Racing and IWA Watercross

July 6-8
Dual Event Weekend with drag racing and Road Closed Promotions hosting motorcycle track days Saturday and Sunday

July 20-22
Dual Event Weekend with drag racing and CRA Superbike Racing

Sept 7-9
Dual Event Weekend with drag racing and the World Racing League on the road course for endurance racing

Sept 28-30
Grand Finale of the Bracket Drag Racing season!

Bracket drag racing has been part of BIR’s racing program for over 30 years and has turned out some of the Midwest’s top amateur drag racers, many of whom have gone on to race professionally. It’s an exciting form of racing that created a unique community, where racers and their friends, families and fans enjoy a weekend at the track and a chance to socialize with others with a passion for racing. But it also means some highly competitive drag racing for fans.

Bracket racing is a handicapped form of competition where two vehicles of varying performance potentials can race on a potentially even basis. The anticipated elapsed times for each vehicle are compared, with the slower car receiving a head start equal to the difference of the two. With this system, virtually any two vehicles can be paired in a competitive drag race.

  • Daily Schedule

    5 pm. . . Gates open
    5:30 pm – 8 pm. . . Shirt Shack
    6 pm – 1 am. . . Wheelie Bar

    11 am – 6 pm . . . Test & Tune on the dragstrip
    7 am – 7 pm. . .Shirt Shack
    8 am – 7 pm. . . Tech
    7 am – 1 am. . . Wheelie Bar

    7 am-5 pm . . . Shirt Shack hours
    9 am . . . Time trials begin. Eliminations to follow.
    7 am – 6 pm. . . Shirt Shack
    8 am – 5 pm. . . Tech
    7 am – 1 am. . . Wheelie Bar

    7 am-2 pm . . . Shirt Shack hours
    9 am . . . Time trials begin. Eliminations to follow.
    8 am – 11 am. . . Tech
    7 am – 1 pm. . . Wheelie Bar

    Times and run order are subject to change. Tune in to 105.3 FM for racing action and announcements.


  • Spectator Admission

    Below are ticket prices for the Bracket Drag Racing Series weekends.

    General Admission – Available at the Front Gate
    Thurs-Sun $55
    Fri-Sun $50
    Sat-Sun $35
    Friday $25
    Saturday $25
    Sunday $10

    Kids 12 and under are FREE!

    Single-day tickets
    Single-day tickets expire one hour after the completion of racing. Anyone remaining and found by security will be asked to leave for the remainder of the evening and will not be allowed to purchase a next-day ticket until the following morning.

    Basic camping is included in multi-day tickets between days purchased.
    Full-service RV sites in the PleasureLand RV VIP Campground are an additional $35 per night and include power, water & septic hook-up
    20 amp plug-in:  $30/weekend

    Cost per night: $187.91 which includes tax

    NOTE: All admission & camping sales are FINAL. No refunds.

  • Rustic Camping – BIR has 200 acres for rustic camping. Camping is free with a multi-day ticket. 24-hour security is available and clean shower buildings and trailers are conveniently located throughout the facilities. Click here for Camping Rules.

    PleasureLand RV VIP Campground - BIR has 164 full-service RV sites with electric, water and sewer hook-ups. They wrap around a water feature and are a short walk to the drag strip and road course. The cost per site is $35 per night.

    Pro Pad/Reserved Pit stalls.  If you reserve your spot we will put your name on it so it is open and ready when you show up.  $300/season with 20 amp electric, $150 without.  Any non reserved pro pad spaces are available for rent per weekend.  $60 with 20 amp electric, $30 without. The season pass earns 1 free weekend!

    Condos – Stay at BIR in style. We have 12 on-site deluxe condominiums that are two-bedroom and two-bath with full kitchen, spacious living room, fireplace and deck. Cost is $187.91 per night which includes tax. Call for availability and reservations.

    Off-Track LodgingClick here for a list of our lodging partners.

  • If you’re a drag racer competing in the Bracket Drag Racing Series, click here for more information, rules, purses, etc.

    Drag Race Points Standings

    If  you’re racing in one of the other events taking place at BIR on a Bracket Drag Racing Series weekend, click on the appropriate link to get more details about rules, purses, etc.




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