NHRA drivers make free appearances during Race Week

Fans who can’t attend the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Aug. 14-17 at Brainerd International Raceway still have a chance to meet some of their favorite NHRA drivers and participate in some of Race Week’s activities. Below is a list of driver appearances and other activities that are free and open to the public. Check this list often as we’ll be adding appearances to it as they become available.

Thursday, Aug. 14 from 5-6:30 pm at the Walmart Supercenter, 7295 Glory Road, Baxter
Meet Jack Beckman, the 2012 NHRA Funny Car world champion! He’ll be available for autographs and photos. Fans in attendance can register to win tickets to the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at BIR, try their hand at a drag racing simulator, mug it up in the photo booth and sample Mello Yello, which is the series sponsor.

Thursday, Aug. 14 from 4:30-6:30 pm at Menards, 15236 Dellwood Drive, Baxter
Meet Big Jim Dunn and see the Grime Boss Funny Car! Big Jim will be available for autographs and photos. Stop by!

Thusday, Aug. 14 from 2:30-4:30 pm at Cub Foods, 14133 Edgewood Drive, Baxter
Thursday, Aug. 14 from 5-7 pm at Dondelinger’s, 6720 Pine Beach Road, Baxter
Pro Stock pilot Dave Connolly will be at two locations Thursday to sign autographs and meet fans. There will be food, prizes and a drag racing simulator that fans can try.

The NHRA and Mello Yello will be at the following stores with an NHRA drag racing simulator and a photo booth. It’s free and open to the public. Get information on the NHRA Nationals this weekend at BIR and enjoy some Mello Yello sampling.
Little Falls Walmart – Friday, Aug. 15 from 2:30-7 p.m.
Sartell Walmart – Saturday, Aug. 16 from 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 15 from 11:30 am-12:30 pm at Mills Ford in Baxter
Meet 16-time world champion Funny Car driver John Force and his two daughters, Courtney and Brittney, along with Funny Car driver and teammate Bob Tasca.

Thursday, Aug. 14 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Keller Lake Regional Park in Maplewood
Meet 2012 Top Fuel Champion Antron Brown during Matco Tools’ Customer Appreciation Days. Get Antron’s autograph and buy a raffle ticket for the chance to win great prizes, including tickets to the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals. Proceeds benefit Infinite Hero Foundation.


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