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    Weekend's bracket drag race at BIR to be
completed Oct. 6th

(Sept. 24, 2007) - A series of racing mishaps and technical difficulties delayed last weekend's O'Reilly Auto Parts/Snap-On Tools Bracket Drag Racing Series event at Brainerd International Raceway, pushing back the final rounds of most classes until the next series event, scheduled for Oct 5-6.

Last weekend's race was the fifth of the six-race series, meaning that every run down the track for many of the 400+ racers who regularly compete in the series is critical as drivers battle for a track championship at the end of the season. Last weekend, there were 450 cars racing plus 36 junior dragsters. The cars raced until dusk Sunday, then BIR officials canceled the remaining rounds which will be completed Oct. 6, BIR's first annual themed drag race event, "Dragula".

Nearly every class has at least one round to finish. Bike 1, Bike 2 and the three junior dragster classes were able to complete all their rounds. In Bike 1, Ken Niesen of Brooklyn Park, Minn., defeated Alex Barmettlar of Maplewood, Minn., in the finals. In Bike 2, Tiffany Johnson of Fridley, Minn., driving an Arctic Cat snowmobile, placed first after defeating Mike Voss of Maplewood.

In Junior Dragster for 8-9 year olds, Max Niesen matched his father's success by defeating Cassidy Takacs of Thunder Bay, Ontario in the finals. Luke Adkinson of Champlin, Minn., won the Junior Dragster class for 10-12 year olds by defeating Haley Heintzman of Fargo, N.D. And in the finals of Junior Dragster for 13-18 year olds, Everett Roberts of Andover, Minn., defeated Tanner Schiffner of West Fargo, N.D.

A severe thunderstorm that tore through the Brainerd area on Thursday was to blame for most of the weekend's delays. Lightning from the storm knocked out the computer that runs the track's timing system and caused problems with the scoreboards. A replacement computer was delivered and installed Saturday morning. Racing began at 1:15 p.m.

But after the cars started running, racing was further delayed by mechanical breakdowns, including a couple oil spills on the track, which requires a time-consuming clean-up by the track crew. 

BIR would like to thank all the bracket racers and their families for their patience during a difficult race weekend.