Bracket Drag Racers

Bracket Drag Racing Series Rules & Regulations

The following are rules, regulations and important information for drivers who compete in the Bracket Drag Racing Series. Click on the bars below to expand them.

Click here to visit the series spectator page.

Click here to view the current point standings.

 


New for the 2014 Season

Changes for the 2014 Bracket Drag Racing Series

BIR Race Staff will do everything possible to follow and enforce the rules as written. If there is a conflict, problem or rules resolution any changes will be posted on this page (New for the 2013 Season). We do our best to administer a fair and consistent program, and this is a communication tool if the need for rules resolution/changes does occur.

New rule from NHRA for 2014!

Secure the collectors/stacks with an NHRA-accepted header tether.
· Secure the collectors/stacks with a minimum ½” (half-inch) stitch weld located on each primary tube.
· Secure the collectors/stacks by permanently attaching them to the vehicle body or frame with positive fasteners such that they     require tools for removal.

Please keep in mind that the attachment methods listed above are meant to be a secondary method of attachment.  All factory attachments, such as springs and/or bolts, must remain in place.

Each bracket weekend will be a double race for all classes for a total of 12 races. Exception: There will be no Stock/Super Stock classes at the June 7-8 bracket race, STK/SS will be a 10-race series.

Super Pro, Pro ET, Sportsman, Bike/Sled and Trophy will each have one time trial at the start of each day’s race.

Stock/Super Stock and Junior Dragsters get 2 qualifying runs before each race. There will be no makeup for missed time trials so be ready when your class is called.

Points fund purchase starts season points tracking. 2014 points earned before purchase will not be counted in year-end totals.

2014 Racer entry,Payout, and points fund the same as 2013.

2014 Adult admission has a $5/weekend increase

Power is now $10/weekend

Friday Test & Tune dates: May 9, June 6 and Aug. 1.

2014 Trophy Gold Card is good for 2015 Super Pro, Pro ET, Sportsman, Bike or Trophy class entry.

Jr. Dragster Challenge is June 7th.

King of the Track is June 28th

National Dragster Challenge is Sept. 27th.
Wally’s for Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, Bike/Sled, Comp Trophy, Street Trophy.

Stock/SuperStock and Juniors get 2 qualifiers before their race.  There will be no time trial

Electronics are now allowed in Bike/Sled.

During round robin a competitor has a maximum of 15 minutes to return to staging or the race proceeds.

Season points are a “best of” from all races that completed a minimum of Round 1.  Complete rain outs are not counted in the total races before the worst 2 finish positions are dropped to determine year end points.

ET finals team selection will use all points up to the August 3rd race to determine individual standings.

Racer Entry

2014 Race Entry/Admission Fee

Racer admission (general admission) and race entry are separate fees. Racer and spectator admission is paid at the front gate while race entry will be processed at BIR’s Shirt Shack. BIR Season Champion cards will cover both general admission and racer entry. Otherwise a general admission ticket must be purchased by anyone entering the facility. This includes all Racers, Crew, and Spectators, as well as anyone wishing to “drop” a trailer.

Race Entry Fee (Racers also need a General Admission ticket for entry)
Stock/Super Stock – $90 per race
Bracket Class – $65 per race (Super Pro, Pro ET, Sportsman, and Bike/Sled)
Trophy Classes – $25 per race (Comp Trophy & Street Trophy)
Jr. Dragster – $20 per race (Jr. Advanced (ages 13-18), Jr. Intermediate (ages 10-12) & Jr. Novice (ages 8-9)
Licensing Passes – $55 per weekend
Jackpot – $50 per race
Friday – Open Test & Tune – $55 per day (Basic Test & Tune. Make as many runs as time allows.)
Jr. Dragster Test & Tune – $25 per day
Points Fund – Cash Payout Classes $35
Points Fund – Non-cash Payout Classes $20 (Trophy & Junior Dragster Classes

Racer and Spectator General Admission
Admission Prices:
Thurs-Sun $50
Fri-Sun $40
Sat-Sun $30
One Day $20
Kids 12 and under are FREE.
Camping
Basic camping is included in multi-day tickets between days purchased.
Full Service sites in the PleasureLand RV VIP Campground are an additional $35 per night -they include: Power, water & septic hook-up.

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 or need to purchase a full event ticket.

Reserved Parking

Reserved Pro Pad Stalls & Pit Spaces will be available again for the 2012 bracket racing season. The convenience of a reserved parking space is that you can show up anytime and still get your same spot and have the same neighbors. You can reserve almost any space on the property for all six bracket race weekends. The cost is $300 for a Pit Space with electricity or $150 for a spot without electricity.  Individual days a re available for non reserved pro pad stalls, the price is $60 with power, $30 without

Racer Parking

Racer parking is available throughout the facility on a first-come, first-served basis, except for custom reserved spots and unreserved pro pad spots. The triangular area adjacent to the Race Control Tower is now a non-pit type, daytime only parking area.

Garage Stalls

A & B Garage Stalls will be available for secure overnight storage at most events. This may appeal to the racer who has an open trailer or is tenting for the weekend. The garages will be locked at 10 pm and opened again at 7 am at a cost of $30 per weekend.

Race-to-Race Storage **

Race-to-Race Trailer or Motorhome Storage Fee – $40**
For those who don’t want to pull a rig back and forth between races, we offer on-site storage. Storage fees must be paid at front office prior to noon on Sunday, a waiver for release of liability must be signed when purchasing.
**Race-to-race storage will NOT be allowed after August 4th due to the NHRA Nationals.

Racer & Crew Conduct

Persons who are endangering others with reckless and inconsiderate driving habits in or on a race vehicle or pit vehicle will be expelled from the race facility without refund. Persons willfully causing damage to BIR property or failing to pay for services received will result in fines and or expulsion from the facility without refund.

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Racer Purse

2014 Bracket Drag Racing Series Racer Purse

Payouts for Super Pro/Pro ET Combined with shootout
Winner of each class Shootout for:
Win = $2,000
R/U = $1,000

Round loss pays:
Round 3 – $65
Round 4 – $120
Round 5 – $225
Round 6 – $350
Round 7 – $475

If the Shootout cannot be finished or if both competitors agree to split, each competitor receives $1,500.

Payouts for Sportsman and Bike/Sled
Total payout = 85% of “Racer Entry” x “Number of Racers”
Round 3 loss = race entry (Starts at 9 entries)
Round 4 loss = $120 (Starts at 17 entries)
Round 5 loss = $225 (Starts at 33 entries)
Round 6 loss = $350 (Starts at 65 entries)
The remaining balance is split 1/3 Runner Up, 2/3 Winner

Example (based on $65 entry):

30 Entries 40 Entries 60 Entries
Quantity Payout Quantity Payout Quantity Payout
Round 3 4 $65 5 $65 7 $65
Round 4 2 $120 2 $120 4 $120
Round 5 1 $225 2 $225
Round 6
R/U 1 $386 1 $473 1 $643
WINNER 1 $772 1 $946 1 $1,286


Payouts for Jackpot and Stock/Super Stock
Total payout = 85% of “Racer Entry” x “Number of Racers”
Round 3 loss = race entry
Round 4 loss = racer entry x 2 (Starts at 17 entries)
Round 5 loss = racer entry x 4 (Starts at 33 entries)
Round 6 loss = racer entry x 6 (Starts at 65 entries)
The remaining balance is split 1/3 Runner Up, 2/3 Winner

Example (based on $90 entry):

26 Entries 36 Entries
Quantity Payout Quantity Payout
Round 3 4 $90 4 $90
Round 4 2 $180 2 $180
Round 5 1 $360
Round 6
R/U 1 $453 1 $558
WINNER 1 $906 1 1,115

For all races: If a race went more than one round and cannot be finished, 85% of remaining racer entry is prorated out to those competitors still in the eliminations.
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General Rules

2014 General Rules and Procedures

NOTE: Brainerd International Raceway is an NHRA Member Track and will operate by NHRA requirements and specifications. For detailed safety and general guidelines, and bracket racing requirements, refer to the NHRA Rule Book. Snell 2000 helmets are expired and no longer usable. Head and neck restraints (Hans devices) required for all sub 7.50 cars also Top Sportsman and Top Dragsters.

1. Seat belts must be worn and adjusted in such a manner that the driver’s torso and head cannot extend outside the parameters of the roll cage. Loosening or removing seat belts, helmets, gloves and window nets, lifting the helmet shield, and removing all other safety equipment is prohibited from the time the vehicle leaves the ready line until the vehicle is on the return road. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action in the sole and absolute discretion of the event director and/or NHRA. Please remember to buckle your helmet, our start line is watching!

2. As a courtesy to all the drivers, please get to staging lanes promptly when called, there will be a total of 3 calls to staging. Lanes are closed when the last pair enters the burnout box.

3. The official has the final say in all cases. The computer is an official.

4. Do not stage until the scoreboard indicates your correct dial-in. All drivers, by staging their vehicles, will automatically indicate to the tower that they accept their dial-in on the score board. Please check to see it is correct before you stage! Re-runs WILL NOT be granted for an incorrect dial-in. If in doubt, ask the starter to verify your dial-in before you pre-stage.

5. Your dial-in must be displayed before crossing the yellow line. This line is at the head of the staging lanes. If you have no dial-in on your car, you will be dialed the same as your opponent.

6. The pairings are determined by the staging director in the staging lanes. The director’s pairings are final: You will race who you are paired with or lose the round by forfeit. The director will use a random drawing system to determine these pairings and lane choice. The decision is final.

7. In the event cars have been paired up and called to start and one fails to start or move, the non-offending competitor will be required to take the tree. A vehicle must leave the starting line forward, under its own power, to be eligible for a win.

8. If a vehicle has problems before staging, it will be given 30 seconds to re-start or correct. Actual time allowed will be at the discretion of the starter, and based on the situation at hand. The starter shall have total discretion of the time allotted to stage a pair of vehicles and activate the tree. Track officials will make every effort to determine winners on the race track by competition, not by disqualification. His decision will be final.

9. Auto-start will be used in all classes (except Jr. Dragster Novice class). Movement of a “staged” vehicle after the tree is armed will result in a red-light foul, even though it may occur before the tree counts-down. Also called a “shallow-stage red” it is not grounds for protest or re-run.

10. You cannot enter two drivers in one vehicle in any single BIR class. You may not switch drivers once eliminations have begun. You must finish eliminations with the vehicle/driver you started with.

11. Drivers may enter more than one points fund for different classes. The driver is responsible for being on time for the appropriate class.

12. Stay with your vehicle in the staging lanes. Be ready ahead of time for your pass. If you are not ready to run when called you may be disqualified. The staging director’s decision will be final.

13. No burnouts in the staging lanes or pit areas. No stationary burnouts – except in the water box. Power burnouts across the line are not allowed unless directed by a track official. One (1) backup is allowed to all competitors, for the purpose of repositioning their vehicle on the starting pad. The car must always pull forward into a staged position, backing into a staged position is dangerous and strictly prohibited!!!

14. Delay boxes must be removed from the car in all no-box classes. If a delay box is found during a run the competitor is disqualified, and a one-year disqualification with the season forfeit.

15. Tow vehicles permitted with vehicles faster than 11.50 and all bikes. A driver must stay with the tow vehicle at all times.

16. In case of vehicle malfunction, please move your vehicle out of the groove and next to the guard wall. This may keep oil from your car off of the racing line.

17. In the unlikely event of a re-run, the re-run competitors will not be allowed to change their dial-ins or lane choice.

18. Bye runs will be given at random in the tower. Bye run drivers will not be eligible for a second bye run until all remaining competitors have also had a bye, which will then be decided by “balling” in the staging lanes. A driver who has the ‘bye run’ must leave the starting line forward, under its own power, to be eligible for a win.

19. If the official time or race results need to be checked, please check with the Tech director for the event. BIR reserves the right to confirm or overturn a race result based on recorded video or official eyewitness account. Please retain your time ticket for the last round you ran, you may need it for verification

20. Cross talk will be used in Super Pro, the shootout and King of the Track. If you do not wish to use this feature there must be a BIR approved “N” on your car. See Tech for more information.

21. All protests and appeals must be made through the Tech director to the Race Director. Filing a protest during an event does not disqualify any entry until that entry is proven to be illegal by BIR or NHRA officials. NHRA rulebook procedures will be followed in all cases of protest, and in all instances no other entries will be reinstated based on the outcome of the protest.

22. Time trials are made by class when called by the announcer. Extra time trials are not allowed unless specifically approved by the race director. Exceptions may be made by the Race Director when a competitor must substitute a vehicle or demonstrates that factors beyond their control caused them to miss the final scheduled time run session. The Race Director may grant one time run in such cases, provided a hardship exists.

23. In money classes, when a driver breaks after having won the round and can’t make the next round, he/she will be paid the next round loser pay.

24. Payout will be available a half hour after the conclusion of a race. Payout will be in the tower room next to Race Control. Any payout not picked up will be mailed the following week

25. Race Control is off limits to all non race officials. If there is an issue, contact the Tech Director and he will pass your concerns on to the Race Director and let you know how to proceed.

26. All drivers and crew members entering a restricted area must sign the appropriate Waiver and Liability Releases. Minors under the age of 18 must have a Minor Release Form signed by both parents or legal guardians. In the case of a single parent (by means of divorce, death, or court order) or a legal guardian (by court order), a written notation must be made in the minor release form.

27. To enter into any Restricted Area, any driver or crew member must possess and display a valid Restricted Area Wrist Band

28. All competitors need a General Admission ticket for facility entry.

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Race Schedule

Daily Schedule

THURSDAYS
Only open if there is a Friday Test & Tune
5 pm. . . Spectator gate opens

FRIDAYS
If there is no Test & Tune gates open at 5 pm! Otherwise:
8 am-8 pm . . . Racer Registration/Shirt Shack hours
8 am-7 pm . . . Tech inspection hours
11 am – 6 pm . . . Test & Tune

SATURDAYS
7 am-5 pm . . . Racer Registration/Shirt Shack hours
8 am-5 pm . . . Tech inspection hours
9 am . . . Track opens & time trials begin

SUNDAYS
7 am-1 pm . . . Racer Registration/Shirt Shack hours
8-11 am. . . . Tech inspection hours
9 am . . . Track opens & time trials begin

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

Run Order:
Junior Dragsters, Trophy, (Jackpot starts round 4 pm, if run), Stock/SuperStock, Pro, Bike/Sled, Sportsman, Super Pro, License/Test
Super Pro, Pro ET, Sportsman, Bike/Sled and Trophy will have one time trial before the start of each day’s races.
Stock/Super Stock and Junior Dragsters get one time trial and one qualifying round before each race.

ET Breaks & Classes

Cash Purse Classes

Super Pro: Dial-in (handicap start) class. For vehicles (including motorcycles & snowmobiles) running 7.00 to 11.99; Computer, unless OEM stock, stutter boxes-PROHIBITED. Delay boxes, transbrake, four-wheel line-lock, automated shifters, throttle controls and starting line and or “high side” Rev Limiters Permitted. .500 full tree, Cross Talk is “On.” $65 entry per race

Pro ET: Dial-in (handicap start) class. For vehicles (including motorcycles) running 7.50 to 13.99; NO ELECTRONIC DEVICES. Computer (unless OEM stock), Data Recorders, Stutter boxes, Throttle stops, and Delay boxes are PROHIBITED. Trans Brake, Dual Line-locks are allowed as long as the wiring consists of a single continuous wire from the power source to the switch and single continuous wire from the switch to the transbrake or line-lock. All Trans-Brake buttons must be NHRA accepted. Shifter; mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical operated shifter permitted. Two (2) step rev limiter permitted. .500 full tree. $65 entry per race Cross Talk is “on” in the Pro ET/Super Pro shootout.

Sportsman: Dial-in (handicap start) class. For vehicles running 12.00 to 19.99; NO ELECTRONICS. Computer (unless OEM stock), data recorders, delay boxes, transbrakes, automated shifters, (unless OEM), Throttle stops and Stutter boxes are PROHIBITED. Two wheel line-locks only are permitted. Two (2) step rev limiter permitted. Must not affect down track RPM in any way. Crank trigger is PROHIBITED unless OEM distributor-less ignition. Slicks are permitted, mufflers are optional. .500 full tree. $65 entry per race

Bike/Sled: Dial-in (handicap start) class. For motorcycles, sleds running 7.50 and up; ELECTRONICS ALLOWED. Full all-leather suit mandatory on motorcycles running 120 mph or faster. Two-piece suits must be joined together with a metal zipper at the waist. SFI Spec 40.1/1 or 40.1/2 suit or leather jacket, leather boots/shoes above the ankle, leather gloves, and tether are mandatory on ALL motorcycles. Gloves must be Kevlar-lined or equipped with slide buttons. .500 full tree. $65 entry per race

Stock/Super Stock: Dial-in (handicap start) class. Category uses the NHRA class index system; breakout rules apply. .500 full tree. $90 entry per race

Jackpot Racing: BIR will try and accommodate jackpot racing when possible. The call to hold these races will be made during Round 3 with money collected in the lanes. BIR has the final say whether these races are run based on car count, weather and time.

Gizmo Jackpot: Same rules as SuperPro – .500 full tree, Cross Talk is “on.” $50 entry per race

Non Gizmo Jackpot: Same rules as Pro – .500 full tree, $50 entry per race

Non-Cash Purse Classes

Trophy Classes: Car & driver combo cannot be entered into any other class in the same weekend.

Comp Trophy: Cars or Bikes, Dial-in (handicap start) class. 11.50 to 13.99. .500 full tree. $25 entry per race

Street Trophy: Cars only, Dial-in (handicap start) class. Open to all street legal cars and trucks.  No slicks, car must have mufflers. 14.00 second and up .500 full tree. $25 entry per race

Jr Dragsters: $20 entry per race . BIR follows the NHRA Junior Dragster Rulebook for our Junior Dragster Program.

Novice: For racers aged 8 and 9; dial-in restricted to 12.90 seconds or slower.

Intermediate: For racers aged 10 to 12; dial-in restricted to 8.90 seconds or slower.

Advanced: For racers aged 13 to 18; dial-in restricted to 7.90 seconds or slower

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Junior Dragsters

2014 Junior Dragster Program
BIR follows the NHRA Junior Dragster Rulebook for our Junior Dragster Program.

Novice: For racers aged 8 and 9; dial-in restricted to 12.90 seconds or slower.

Intermediate: For racers aged 10 to 12; dial-in restricted to 8.90 seconds or slower.

Advanced: For racers aged 13 to 18; dial-in restricted to 7.90 seconds or slower.

Age Limitations and Restricted Area

Age Limitations and Restricted Area
All drivers and crew members entering a restricted area must sign the appropriate Waiver and Liability Releases. Minors under the age of 18 must have a Minor Release Form signed by both parents or legal guardians. In the case of a single parent (by means of divorce, death, or court order) or a legal guardian (by court order), a written notation must be made in the minor release form.

To enter into any Restricted Area, any driver or crew member must possess and display a valid Restricted Area Wrist Band.

Points Standings

2014 Bracket Drag Racing Series Points Standings

Click here to view the most current points standings for the 2014 Bracket Drag Racing Series.

Points Program

2014 Bracket Drag Racing Series Points Program

Season Points Fund: Racers in Super Pro ET, Pro ET, Sportsman ET, Stock/Super Stock, Bike/Sled, Comp Trophy, Street Trophy and the Junior Dragster classes must sign up for the BIR Points Fund in their respective classes to be eligible to compete for that class’ season championship, which includes over $10,000 in cash and prizes awarded, year-end trophies for the top three points finishers in each class, 2015 season Gold Cards and custom Champions Jackets for the top points earner in each class. In addition, each champ will be commemorated by having his or her name and class posted on the “Class Champion Banner” on the side of the VIP tower during the 2015 season. Points Fund membership is also required for participation in the ET Finals event as well as the King of the Track race. The cost to enter the points fund is $35 for cash payout classes and $20 for non-cash payout classes.

Points only track from purchase forward, so get your points early if you’re in it to win it!

ET Finals Team Selection Criteria
It is BIR’s discretion how many entrants from each class are chosen. Participants will be chosen from the top of the points down with all races included, and based on the racer’s availability to participate in the ET Finals. Points are totaled through the August race for eligibility using all races included in the total.

2014 Points Program
The 2014 points will be a “best of” series. Participants will have their lowest two finish positions dropped from their points at the end of the year to decide the class champion and finishing positions. If a competitor in the points does not show for a weekend, a score of zero is assigned for that race and is eligible to be dropped. Note: The dropping of the two races assumes three or more races have had points assigned. Year-end ties will be decided by the competitor standings after the first four races with points assigned increasing from there until the tie is broken.

100 bonus points will be added for those who enter all 12 races.

One round of points awarded with each racer entry. Points for rounds won:
Race 1 = 101
Race 2 = 102
Race 3 = 103
Race 4 = 104
Race 5 = 105
Race 6 = 106
Race 7 = 107
Race 8 = 108
Race 9 – 109
Race 10 = 110
Race 11 = 111
Race 12 = 112

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Racer Amenities

Racing Amenities
Brainerd International Raceway will again offer many convenience items and/or racing related amenities to help improve your overall experience. The following list of amenities are for the season so check them out and let us know those that fit your needs.

Live Timing
Live Timing is available again this year by clicking here. Friends and family who can’t make it to the event can follow your progress “live” on the Internet for FREE. There are additional packages available for purchase for those who wish to analyze their own runs or those of their competitors. See the Live Timing link on our home page for more info.

Racer Parking
Free racer parking is available throughout the facility on a first-come, first-served basis. The triangle area adjacent to the Race Control Tower is now a non-pit type, daytime only parking area. The paved Pro Pad parking spots are either pre-paid reserved parking (marked by the driver’s name or team designation along the fence line) or first-come, first-served paid parking stalls.  If you do not have a reserved pro pad stall ask security before you unpack or you may be asked to move.

Reserved Parking
Reserved Pro Pad Stalls & Pit Stalls will be available again for the 2014 bracket racing season. The convenience of a reserved parking space is that you can reserve almost any space on the property for all six bracket race weekends; the cost is $300 for a pit space with power or $150 for a spot without. Electricity is available in many places throughout the property, the cost is $30/weekend. Failure to pay for electricity may result in fines, relocation or removal from the property.

Race-to-Race Trailer or RV Storage
For those who don’t want to pull your rig back and forth between races, we offer you a convenient place to park your rig out of the way. The cost is $40 for each race-to-race storage period and requires the racer to fill out a form. ** PLEASE NOTE: Race-to-race storage will NOT be allowed from July 25 through August 20 due to the NHRA Nationals.

Air Conditioned Tower Suites
Tower Suites are available to rent for all drag events other than the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals. Get together with your friends and hang out in style. Our tower suites can seat up to 15 people comfortably and hold 20 people total. They all have AC, refrigerators, tables, chairs and speakers hooked to the PA system. Catering is available for an extra charge and must be set up in advance. The cost of the tower suite is $100 per day; admission is not included with a suite rental.

Rustic Camping
If you feel as though you want to sleep out in the elements and commune with nature we have a couple hundred acres of open space perfect for setting up a tent or a pop-up and getting away from it all without being too far from the action. Camping fee is included between days of a multi-day ticket.

PleasureLand RV VIP Campground Sites
Want more creature comforts than that? We do have 164 full-service campsites available for rent for most events. The cost is $35 additional per site per night, which includes hook-ups for water, electric and sewer and includes a picnic table and fire ring. Limit of one camper/motorhome per site, however additional tent camping is allowed.

On-Track Deluxe Condos
If sleeping out under the stars is not for you, we also have 12 deluxe condominiums available for rent during the year. Each condominium has two bedrooms, two baths, a fully furnished kitchen and living room area with a gas fireplace and cable TV. For some events, the deluxe condominiums have already been sold out, so act fast. Click here for pricing. Event admission is not included with a condo rental.

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Special Races

NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League Challenge – June 7
The NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League Challenge is June 7 and is a chance for drivers who compete in BIR’s Jr. Dragster classes to earn a Wally trophy as the Challenge champion. The following are the three Jr. Dragster classes:
Junior Dragster Advanced – for ages 13-18
Junior Dragster Intermediate – for ages 10-12
Junior Dragster Novice – for ages 8-9

Summit King of the Track – June 28
The King of the Track race is rescheduled for August 3 using the points totaled through June 8. The King of the Track program rewards racers doing well in the BIR Bracket Drag Racing Series. The first three races count in the points toward entry in this event. The top two points earners in each class* will race each other to determine the class representative in the King of the Track competition. Those class winners will then race the other class winners in an eliminations format. They will be laddered by the “Best Package” performance from their class eliminations round. The overall winner will receive a King of the Track Wally trophy, a King of the Track hat and a Championship Decal. *Classes competing in the King of the Track are: Super Pro, Pro ET, Sportsman, Bike/Sled, Stock / Super Stock, Comp Trophy, Street Trophy

National Dragster Challenge – Sept. 28
The 2014 National Dragster Challenge, or “Wally Race” as the racers call it, will take place Sept. 28. The National Dragster Challenge give racers who participate in the Bracket Drag Racing Series and aren’t contested at Nationals events the opportunity to race for their very own NHRA Wally trophy.  BIR racers who compete in Super Pro, Pro ET, Sportsman, Bike/Sled, Street Trophy and Comp Trophy will all have their chance at taking home their very own Wally.  If weather stops racing before the finals on Saturday the Challenge is moved to Sundays Race.  If Sunday cannot be completed the wally will go to the season Champion for each class.

NHRA ET Finals – Sept. 12 – 14
Denver will host the 2014 NHRA West Central Division Summit Racing ET Finals, which will feature the top amateur drag racers from 22 race tracks across the Midwest and Canada. The ET Finals highlights BIR’s Bracket Drag Racing Series and similar programs at each track. BIR will have a team comprised of the top drivers in its Bracket Drag Racing Series who are individually selected based on their position in the points standings and their availability. They will compete against teams from tracks in the five-state area plus Nebraska, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Wyoming, Colorado and Canada. Teams compete in five different classes – Super Pro, Pro ET, Sportsman, Motorcycle and High School – with individual and team honors, $100,000 in prize money and contingency awards on the line. The class champions from the ET finals will be going on to Pomona for a chance to be crowned champion at the world finals! The ET Finals also includes the Race of Champions, which is a race within a race. Each team identifies one driver in each of the five classes to represent the team in the Race of Champions. Those drivers are then paired up in an elimination format by class to determine the Race of Champions winner. The Champion winner will be next in line if the class event champion is unable to attend the Pomona World Finals! The winner of the High School Class wins a $1,000 scholarship. Time trials are Friday and Saturday, with eliminations on Sunday. The Race of Champions is Saturday as well. BIR has always fielded one of the strongest teams at the ET Finals.  Congratulations to the 2013 Team Brainerd for the 2nd place finish!  That should ensure team BIR premium parking at Bandimere Speedway for 2014!

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Rainout Policy

Rain Out Policy

If rain or other occurrence halts racing before the completion of first-round eliminations, competitors will receive a race entry credit, or 80% refund of race entry fee rounded up to the nearest dollar, there will be no purse payout or points awarded. A credit slip or refund must be obtained at the Shirt Shack by returning your receipt and wrist band. Credit slips are valid for one calendar year.

If rain or other occurrence halts racing during a round of your class’s eliminations, it will be as if that class round had not started.

Cash Purse Classes
If rain or other occurrence halts racing after the completion of the first-round of eliminations, round points will be awarded and payout will be divided among the remaining racers and no entry fee refund will be issued.

Checks will be mailed to the address listed on the tech card.

Non-Cash Purse Classes If rain or other occurrence halts racing after the completion of the first-round of eliminations, round points will be awarded and anyone interested can shoot-out for the trophies and bragging rights! The Shoot-out will be decided using a drag racing game, port-o-Tree, or other device to complete the race for the trophies. The eliminations will be held in The Wheelie Bar & Grille one hour after the official cancellation of the race.


Cross Talk

Cross Talk

If a competitor competes in a category that provides the Cross Talk option and that competitor does NOT want Cross Talk, he or she must place a circled “N” by the dial-in number large enough to be readable by race control. It is the competitor’s responsibility to verify a minus sign in front of their dial-in number on the scoreboard if they do not want Cross Talk. If the dial-in is not correct or there is no minus sign before the dial-in, the competitor must notify starting line officials before PRE-STAGING occurs. Once the competitor pre-stages they have accepted the dial-in and the race has started.

Cross Talk is used in Super Pro, Bike/Sled, The Shootout, Gizmo Jackpot and King of the Track.

Below is a detailed explanation of Crosstalk, what it is and how it came to be.

The article is from Competition plus, written by Brian Wood. Click here for the actual article.

In January 2003, the NHRA announced that it would be implementing the use of LED (light emitting diode) lights on the Christmas Tree starting system, replacing the traditional yet damage-prone incandescent lights.

“The biggest advantage is that the vibration, especially that caused by the Top Fuel and Funny Car classes, won’t cause the LED bulbs to burn out like it will an incandescent,” said NHRA’s Graham Light at the time. “Amber bulb failures, especially during full Tree countdowns in the Sportsman classes, lead to re-runs and other problems. We are trying to avoid that problem as well as step up our technology. Racers are advised, however, that the LED lights illuminate quicker, by about three-hundredths of a second, than the incandescent lights.”

Sure enough, the racers took notice, and quickly, as a flurry of red-light starts soon became a hot topic of conversation among fans and competitors alike. As Light had warned, there is a decided difference in the time it takes an incandescent bulb to come on versus an LED bulb. When power is introduced to an incandescent bulb, it takes a short period of time for the current to heat the filament and make the light visible to the human eye, usually two to three-hundredths of a second. In an LED bulb there’s no heating of the filament, so when the power hits it the light comes on instantaneously. This explains in part why so many racers all of a sudden had better reaction times, because they could see the light sooner after the power was introduced to the bulb. This was a very positive thing for a lot of drivers who were on the slow side normally, but those who had a tendency to cut it close now found themselves fouling out at the line.

Eventually, over the course of the season, most adapted to the new lights, and at the national event level, at least, the LED system became an accepted part of the game.

As the evolution of the LED light continues, however, new problems arose, particularly when the new lights were used where vehicles were using delay boxes for handicap racing. To explain just what these problems are, and the resulting solution, we asked three key people in the sport to shed some light on the situation. They are Bob Brockmeyer, of Compulink Timing, developer of the timing system most often found at dragstrips around the world, Royce Miller, owner of Maryland International Raceway and co-developer with Brockmeyer of the Auto Start system and John DiBartolomeo, sportsman racer and editor of Drag Racing Action magazine.

“The catalyst that started this deal was the fact that the fuel cars were breaking the elements in the incandescent bulbs traditionally used in the Christmas Tree,” said Miller, reiterating the information released by the NHRA. “Of course, this was an issue at national event tracks. At the local track level there wasn’t much of a reason to change other than the fact that the amber incandescent bulbs were just getting harder to find. They’re still available, but you have to dig harder to find them.

“It all actually trickles down from the time when the NHRA and IHRA went to the three amber tree a number of years ago in order to speed up eliminations at national events,” Miller added. “With national events setting the standard for drag racing in most cases, whatever happens at that level eventually works its way down, and that’s just what’s happening with the LED lights – they will soon be the standard on a number of levels. The NHRA introduced LEDs at the start of the 2003 season, as we know, and the IHRA has made the commitment to use them at national, divisional and select bracket finals beginning this season. At this point, the use of the LED lights at bracket finals is dependent on the vote of the track operators involved. As far as the rest of the industry goes, it’s a per-track decision at the local level.”

There have been some concerns raised regarding the use of LED lights where bracket racing is concerned. The reason for this is the fact that the peripheral display from an LED is less than that of an incandescent bulb. In other words, unless you’re looking directly at an LED bulb you don’t get a lot of light to react to. This restricts a faster racer’s ability to cross over and leave off an opponent’s bulb. If you’re not staring straight at an LED bulb, it’s very hard to see it come on. That’s the reason Compulink developed the CrossTalk system. Now, all lights on a driver’s side of the tree are pointed directly at him, eliminating the need to look to the other side because the top ambers come on together.

This official release from Compulink further explains how the new CrossTalk system works:

“A new option, named ‘CompuLink CrossTalk’ can be used in all electronics classes that use the full tree allowing top bulb cross over.

“With this option, the tree can stay completely blinded with the amber lights focused directly at the driver. The top amber light in each lane will activate with the start of the slower dialed car’s tree countdown, the slower car’s tree will continue on its normal .5 second countdown to green.

“The faster car’s top light will stay on for the standard .5 second duration plus the amount of handicap between the two lanes, and then it will continue to countdown after that at the .5 sec countdown to green.”

A little clearer, perhaps, but still in need of additional input, which Miller was happy to provide. “I think this address a lot of the problems that were created by delay box racing,” he said. “When delay box racing first came in and we used a full blinded or shielded tree, all the drivers were slowing their cars down to 12-seconds so they could be the first car to leave and get an unobstructed hit at the tree just as they had during time trials. Later, we exposed the top amber lights which gave each driver the same response on the same light, but this gave the faster cars the luxury of a second hit on the tree. They got the slow car’s top, their top, and in some cases, they got the bottom on their side as well, allowing them three reference points on the tree. The slow car still gets his one at the top, and if he’s good enough, one on the bottom, but anyway you measure it the faster car got the extra hit.

“What happens with the use of LEDS is that if you leave the bulbs pointed straight back so a handicap racer can cross dial, it hurts the Pro Stock drivers because they can only see the top bulb over the hood scoop if they’re in the left lane,” Miller continued. “With the bulbs pointed back, their only view is of one bulb which they can hardly see. It’s raceable, but it’s not ideal. By turning the LED bulbs out to face each individual racer, instead of one facing back and the other two angled out, the footbrake racer has a nice straight line for his countdown. In addition, the Pro Stock racer also has a better view of the top bulb and it makes his life easier as well.

“The new option creates a lot of benefits, but there are also a couple of negatives. The first is that not every track has a Compulink timing system, so the CrossTalk system can’t be implemented. Secondly, in today’s cross-dialing world, if you have a 7.50 car in one lane and an 11.99 car in the other, the faster guy will hit on the top bulb on the other guy’s side and then he’ll bring the RPMs up so he’s not hammering on the two-step for that long of a spot. As soon as his top amber comes on, he’ll put it to the wood for his side to count down and leave. As a result, for that three or four seconds of handicap difference he’s not leaning on the two-step.

“With CrossTalk, his top amber will come on at the same time as the other guys and then hang on until the second amber in his series starts down. He now has a decision to make – he either has to stay on the two-step the entire time, or he’s going to have to be really quick and have a real responsive motor because he’s only going to know to go to the load pedal once his second amber comes on, not his first.

“The use of an auto start air solenoid throttle set-up seems to be the best answer to the situation, and in this day and age it’s not an overly expensive proposition. A lot of people, including a number of engine builders, like that over a two-step because it’s not breaking up the ignition or working the crankshaft so hard.

“We’re going through a lot because of a situation caused by fuel cars that don’t race at every track or at every event, but the LED is going to be the standard, and it’s going to trickle down. Racers won’t want to go to local tracks to test if they’re going to run at a track with an LED system, so eventually everyone will have to step in line so that we can make the starting line as standard as possible.”

At this point ‘John D’ weighed in, saying, “I really question the reasoning behind the whole need to change to LED bulbs because of the fuel cars, which are such a small percentage of the tens of thousands of vehicles racing each and every weekend. But, the fact is that they’re here, and we have to do our best to adapt to them.

“At first, the new system will only effect bracket racers at any of the big-dollar bracket events, of course. It is definitely going to take some getting used to since you can no longer hit both sides of the tree because both top lights come on at the same time. Let’s say I’m the faster car and you’re the slower car. Both our top lights come on at the same time, which allows me to hit off your side of the tree. But my top bulb is not going to go out until my tree starts counting down, which means I’ll be sitting there staring at a lit bulb for whatever the handicap is.

“As I said, this means that I can no longer hit both sides of the tree as I could in the past, and it’s going to take some time to learn how best to work with the new system,” added DiBartolomeo . “Having said that, however, I have to say that I think on the whole bracket racers are more adaptable as a group of racers than any other drag racing faction. You can throw anything at them and they’ll pick it up because they just want to race. Their attitude is, ‘tell us what the rules are ahead of time and we’ll live with it.’ It’s going to change some things, yeah, but I don’t think it’s going to be a big deal in the long run.”

To wrap up this discussion, we bring in the man behind the plan, Bob Brockmeyer. “The tree for the NHRA used to be blinded all the way from the top amber to the green,” he said. “All the amber bulbs were pointed straight at the driver, so there was no cross-over at all. When they ran divisional events, they would lower the shield, expose the top amber and point it straight back like the IHRA does so that the Top Sportsman racers could cross-dial to those top ambers. It helped them out somewhat, but it really upset the Stock, Super Stock and Competition Eliminator guys who were used to seeing the ambers coming down straight. Now they had the top amber pointing straight back, and it made it harder to see.

“Now it’s even tougher to see because the focal point of the LED is narrower than that of an incandescent bulb. An incandescent bulb has a large mirror reflector behind the globe which gives it a wide angle, around 35-degrees, while the LED has a more concentrated and direct beam of about 20-degress. We tried to work with the tracks and division directors to ease the situation last year by using different shields and so on to make the amber more visible, but in the end we realized that we had to do something more.

“The idea for the CrossTalk system actually came from something Royce Miller did at MIR years ago when he ran a class called Top Comp. We took something called a Cyclops bulb and set it right at the top of the tree where the blue bulb usually was. That was actually the crossover bulb and we had it rigged to where it would come on with the amber of the slower car, and the faster car’s driver could cross dial against that if he wanted to. We did that for a couple of seasons at MIR and it actually worked out really well. CrossTalk is actually a lot like that, except that all the bulbs are pointed directly at the drivers and the top ambers come on simultaneously, allowing the faster car to cross-dial.

“This is not a fast car development – it actually levels the playing field for both cars,” Brockmeyer added. “A slow car now gets a straight-on shot at his top amber, whereas before it was pointed straight back so the other guy could see it. On the other hand, the faster car now also gets a straight shot at his top amber. If they’re using delay boxes, of course, it limits the hits to two per side. Some guys claim they get three hits at the tree, but this system limits them to two. It also allows both drivers to get a clean shot at the top bulb, so it eliminates any sort of advantage there, and like I said, it levels the playing field to a certain extent.

“We ran the new system at the final Division 7 race in Las Vegas last fall and it worked really well. They have a class called Top Comp, and they always exposed the top amber bulbs and pointed them straight back when that category ran. They then had to stop the race, re-aim the bulbs and raise the shield so the other classes could run. The CrossTalk system solved their problems because now they can run everything the same way. They had 47 Top Comp racers at that event and they all loved it – there wasn’t a single complaint.

“NHRA then ran the system at the Summit Champions portion of their event in Pomona, and it was well received there as well, even though most of the racers had never even heard of the system because it was so new. They ran a high-dollar bracket race in Vegas after that, and out of 187 Super Pro competitors there was one guy who didn’t want to run with the CrossTalk on, and we were able to accommodate him. CrossTalk is software controlled and can simply be turned on and off. The fast car in a pair can opt to not use it, and in that case an “N” is marked beside their dial-in and the system is turned off for their run.

“We’ve developed the system with a lot of input from racers, track operators and sanctioning body officials, and so far it seems to be working out well. With the IHRA going to LED lights this season, we’ll hopefully be instituting the CrossTalk system at some of their tracks as well. It’s in the air right now, and I think that once the Top Dragster and Top Sportsman drivers hear about it they’ll want to work with it themselves.

“It looks like we’ll have the opportunity to do a lot more real world testing with everything in 2004, which is what we’re hoping to do. We’re not doing this to make a whole lot of money, because we won’t. We just want to do what we can to improve the racing experience for as many people as possible.”

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Motorized Pit Vehicles

Motorized Pit Vehicles

All non-licensed motorized vehicles (any vehicle that doesn’t have current state roadworthy licensing) will require an authorization sticker to operate on BIR grounds. An authorization ticket is available for sale at the front gate during events. Pricing is as follows:

2014 Season Ticket (excluding Nationals) – $10 per year

2014 Nationals only Ticket – $70 advance, $80 gate

To purchase a non-licensed vehicle ticket, an adult (a person 18 years old or older) with a valid drivers license must sign a release waiver and take full responsibility for that vehicle and any and all injuries/damages it causes.

The ticket is then redeemed for an individually numbered sticker to be placed on the front of the vehicle. Tickets can be redeemed for stickers by stopping by the Security station or by contacting any of our security guards and presenting the vehicle for inspection. (See vehicle guidelines below.)

Vehicle guidelines
It is not the responsibility of BIR for pit vehicle safety, it is the person who signs the release that takes full ownership of that vehicle to see that it is safely operated! The following is a list of guidelines with regards to vehicles.

Trailer or “Partywagon” Rules
• Trailers should not be wider than the tow vehicle.

• All sharp edges should be padded.

• All seats/tables should be bolted down, strapped or enclosed by sturdy railing.

• Night time brings added concern for safety. Be careful!

• NO GLASS CONTAINERS.

Age Limits and Restricted Areas
All drivers and crew members entering a restricted area must sign the appropriate Waiver and Liability Releases. Minors under the age of 18 must have a Minor Release Form signed by both parents or legal guardians. In the case of a single parent (by means of divorce, death, or court order) or a legal guardian (by court order), a written notation must be made in the minor release form.

To enter into any Restricted Area, any driver or crew member must possess and display a valid Restricted Area Wrist Band.

Motorized Vehicle Rules
• The maximum speed limit inside BIR is 10 mph.

• Drivers of all motorized vehicles must be at least 16 years old and carry a valid driver’s license.

• All vehicles MUST HAVE functioning headlight and taillight from dusk through dawn. Flashlights do not qualify as a legal headlight or taillight.

• All motorized vehicles MUST drive on the appropriate side of the road.

• BIR reserves the right to confiscate pit transportation of any violators.

Non-motorized vehicles: Bicycles, roller-blades, skateboards, etc.
No one under the age of 18 is allowed to operate non-motorized vehicles in the pit area during racing hours.

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Racer Banquet

2014Racer Banquet

Details for the 2014 Racer Banquet have not been determined yet. We’ll finalized plans and post details this summer. Check back here often.