2014 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals

Lucas_2012An Experience You Can’t Get Anywhere Else

Brainerd International Raceway will find itself in the center of the drag racing universe again Aug. 14-17, 2014, surrounded by the world’s best drag racers, the fastest cars, the most insane race fans and an experience like no other. It’s the 33rd Annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals.

Everyone has heard stories about BIR during the NHRA Nationals but you have to experience it yourself because there’s nothing that compares. Gates open Aug. 12 for Superweek campers.

Capps_side_2012At center stage is four days of ground-pounding, lightning-fast, blow-your-mind drag racing. Every household name in drag racing competes at the NHRA Nationals on BIR’s world-renown track – the fastest drag strip in the country. Names like John Force, Tony Schumacher, Larry Dixon, Ron Capps, Antron Brown, Brandon Bernstein, Cruz and Tony Pedregon, and Minnesotans Greg Anderson and Jason Line push themselves and their cars to the limits as they compete for a world championship in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

This kind of racing isn’t for the faint of heart. The Top Fuel NitroAlley2012Dragsters get down the quarter-mile track in less than 4 seconds at speeds over 300 mph. They crank out about 8,000 horsepower along the way. Blink at the wrong time and they’re long gone.

There’s just as much to see off the track. Every ticket comes with a pit pass, so fans can watch teams tear down their race cars and rebuild them between races. You can stand within feet of the crews as they crank up the car, sending the smell and burn of nitro fuel into the crowd. You can’t get that anywhere else. Bring a pen and paper because drivers are readily available for autographs.

On the Nitro Alley midway, manufacturers and sponsors create a carnival atmosphere, with interactive displays, simulated competitions, merchandise, food and freebies.

But what makes BIR unique among other tracks on the NHRA circuit is its on-site camping, specifically, The Zoo campground, which has a reputation among drivers, teams and fans alike for being THE place to be at the end of race day. With live bands Thursday through Saturday, a spectacular fireworks display, 24-hour food, a constant parade of Partywagons, bonfires and rickshaw races, The Zoo is the only place to stay to really experience NHRA Nationals at BIR. It’s all good clean fun.

For those with small children or who want quieter evenings, the reserved and family camping areas have early noise and traffic rules that are strictly enforced to give families a break from the all-night celebrations.

A major change to the event again this year will make fans very happy. BIR moved the ticket gate inside the track to reduce the long lines at the front gate and to get fans into the track quicker. For day parking, fans drive into the track and park before buying their ticket. Campers and those with premium parking will drive inside to the new ticketing site.

    8 am . . . . Gates open for Superweek campers

    8:30 am. . . .Spectator Gates Open
    9:30 am . . . . Sportsman Qualifying
    4 pm . . . . Comp Eliminator Qualifying Session
    9 pm . . . Live music begins in The Zoo

    8:30 am . . . Spectator Gates Open
    9:15 am . . . .Sportsman Qualifying
    11 am – 1:30 pm . . . Comp Eliminator Qualifying Sessions (2)
    2 pm . . . Alcohol Qualifying Session (Funny Car/Dragster)
    3 pm . . . . . . Pro Stock Qualifying Session
    3:30 pm . . . . . Nitro Qualifying Session (Funny Car/Dragster)
    4:30 pm . . . . . Alcohol Qualifying Session (Funny Car/Dragster)
    5:30 pm . . . . . Pro Stock Qualifying Session
    6 pm . . . . . Nitro Qualifying Session (Funny Car/Dragster)
    9 pm . . . Live music begins in The Zoo

    8:30 am . . . . Spectator Gates Open
    9:15 am . . . . Sportsman Eliminations
    10:30 am . . . . Alcohol Qualifying Session (Dragster/Funny Car)
    11:30 am . . . . Comp Eliminator – Round 1
    Noon . . . Pro Stock Qualifying Session
    12:30 pm . . . Nitro Qualifying Session (Dragster/Funny Car)
    1:30 pm . . . Alcohol (Dragster/Funny Car) – Round 1
    2:30 pm . . . Pro Stock Qualifying Session
    3 pm . . . Nitro Qualifying Session (Dragster/Funny Car)
    4 pm . . . Comp Eliminator – Round 2
    8:15 pm . . . Live music begins in The Zoo

    8:30 am . . . Spectator Gates Open
    10 am . . . . Pre-Race Ceremonies
    11 am . . . Final Eliminations begin

    * Schedule subject to change

    NOTE: Local ordinances require that no race car engines be operated prior to 9 am any day of the event, which includes driving to and from the staging lanes.

  • Advance Tickets for NHRA Nationals are on sale

    Advance tickets for the 2014 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, Aug. 14-17, are available through July 16 by phone, at the BIR Ticket Office and online. Below are ticket prices. Reserved seats are NOT included in any admission packages. To view the races from anywhere in the grandstands, a reserved seat must be purchased. Scroll to the bottom of this page for a map of grandstand seating. NOTE: Admission for kids 12 and under is FREE! Admission prices below are for everyone 13 and older.

    For a map of grandstand seating, click on the icon below.



    To order tickets online, click here


    Admission & Camping Superweek  $250.00
    Wednesday-Monday  $225.00
    Thursday-Monday  $210.00
    Friday-Monday  $190.00
    Saturday-Monday  $160.00
    Admission Only Thursday-Sunday  $130.00
    Friday-Sunday  $125.00
    Saturday-Sunday  $100.00
    Thursday Only  $25.00
    Friday Only  $40.00
    Saturday Only  $55.00
    Sunday Only  $55.00
    Reserved Seats Premium Reserved Thur-Sun  $60.00
    Reserved Thur-Sun  $50.00
    Reduced Reserved Thur-Sun  $40.00
    Misc Child Camping Monday-Monday  $40.00
    VIP (Full Service) Campsite*  $380.00
    Non-Reserved Handicap  $100.00
    Electric / Week  $50.00
    Restricted Camping*  $100.00
    Quarter Mile Camping*  $200.00
    Motorhome  $45.00
    Golf cart / ATV  $70.00
    Gate Parking  $50.00
    Daytime Parking (Full Event)  $30.00
    Premium Parking  $75.00
    Motorcycle Parking (Full Event)  $30.00
    Handling (US)  $15.00
    Handling (CA)  $30.00
    Condo Rental (week)  $3,000.00


    * A separate RV/Camper Pass is required.

    Note: Superweek tickets are admission and camping for Monday-Monday.

    Interested in a sold-out item? We use a waiting list to determine who gets an opening when one becomes available.



  • NHRA Nationals Camping & Lodging

    One of the features that makes Brainerd International Raceway unique among motorsports facilities is the variety of lodging opportunities it has on site or nearby. Click on the NHRA Nationals Tickets page for pricing.

    Restricted Family Camping
    The Restricted Family Camping Area is located on our go-kart track and is designed for families, especially those with young children. With its own set of rules and regulations, this area is closer to the action and motorized vehicle activity is restricted for the safety of the children.

    Family Camping
    The Family Camping Area is located between the new bridge and the campground entrance and is designed for families and those looking for a quiet of a night.

    Open Camping – The Zoo!
    BIR’s Open Camping Area, commonly referred to as The Zoo, is legendary among NHRA drivers, teams and fans. Located over the new bridge on the road course infield, about 200 acres are open to rustic camping on a first-come, first-served basis. It’s easily the signature feature of the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, as hundreds of campers start lining up the Sunday before the event to get their favorite spot. You have to see it to believe it. Restrooms and showers are conveniently located throughout the grounds.

    Off-Track Lodging
    For off-track lodging, click here for available resources.

    Deluxe Condominiums
    Our 12 deluxe condominiums have all the comforts of home. Visit this page on our website to learn more. Condominiums for NHRA Nationals are full and have a waiting list.

    PleasureLand RV VIP Campground
    BIR has 164 full-service RV sites that are on prime real estate, right behind the main grandstand. RV sites for NHRA Nationals are full and have a waiting list.