There’s a lot at stake this weekend on Brainerd International Raceway’s drag strip, starting with NHRA Wally trophies for the winners in the three Junior Dragster classes and ending with the crowning of the Summit King of the Track.
Each year, BIR’s Bracket Drag Racing Series has a special race to determine the King of the Track. That race is Sunday. And the favorite has to be Steve Roehrs of Frederick, Wis., who is defending the title after winning it two of the last three years.
Here’s how the King of the Track runoff works: The top two racers in the point standings in the Super Pro, Pro ET, Sportsman, Pro Bike/Sled, Stock/Super Stock, Comp Trophy and Street Trophy classes race each other. The seven winners are then paired up in an elimination format with the last racer standing earning the title of King of the Track.
It’s also a big weekend for the Junior Dragster racers. Saturday’s race is the NHRA Summit Racing Junior Drag Racing League Challenge, an annual competition that allows juniors to compete for an NHRA Wally trophy. There are three classes for kids 8-18 years old.
In addition to these two special races, the Bracket Drag Racing Series will be racing for series points and championships in 10 different classes. Test & Tune is Friday, with time trials, qualifying and eliminations on both Saturday and Sunday. About 300 cars, trucks, dragsters, bikes, snowmobiles and Junior Dragsters are expected on the drag strip this weekend.
On BIR’s 2.5-mile Competition Road Course, fans can watch the North Star BMW Car Club of America, as drivers take on the 13-turn technical track Friday through Sunday.
Racing starts at 9 a.m. each day. Gates open at 5 p.m. Thursday. Daily admission is $15. Kids 12 and under are free. Every ticket includes a pit pass. Camping is free with a multi-day ticket.