Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals

The dates are set for the 2017 NHRA Nationals!

Mark your calendars for the 2017 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals! It’s coming to Brainerd International Raceway Aug. 17-20!

Tentatively, the event opens the weekend prior to the Lucas Oil Nationals with the Thunder at the Lakes NHRA Divisional Race, creating a 12-day NHRA Megaweek! It’s going to be one crazy Lucas Oil event!

The NHRA features the world’s best drag racers, the fastest cars, the most insane race fans and an experience like no other.

Lucas_WEveryone has heard stories about BIR during the NHRA Nationals but you have to experience it yourself because there’s nothing that compares. Gates would open Aug. 10 for Megaweek campers and they stay open through Aug. 21. Click here for more information about  Thunder at the Lakes.

At 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 BIR took all 4 speed and ET national records for top fuel in 2015! Names like John Force, Tony Schumacher, Ron Capps, Antron Brown, 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 year’s race again features Pro Stock Motorcycle again – always a fan favorite at BIR!

This kind of racing isn’t for the faint of heart. The Top Fuel Dragsters get down the quarter-mile track in less than 4 seconds at speeds over 300 mph. They crank out 10,000 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 shinanigans of all kinds, 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 restricted family camping areas have early noise and traffic rules that are strictly enforced to give families a break from the all-night celebrations.

For day parking, fans drive into the track and park before buying your ticket.

    am . . . . Gates open

    am. . . .Spectator Gates Open
    9:30 am . . . . Sportsman Qualifying
    9 pm . . . Live music begins in The Zoo

    am . . . Spectator Gates Open
    9:15 am . . . .Sportsman Qualifying
    2:15 pm . . . Top Alcohol Qualifying  (Funny Car/Dragster)
    3 pm . . . . . . Pro Stock Qualifying (Car & Motorcycle)
    3:30 pm . . . . . Nitro Qualifying  (Funny Car/Dragster)
    4:45 pm . . . . . Top Alcohol Qualifying  (Funny Car/Dragster)
    5:30 pm . . . . . Pro Stock Qualifying (Car & Motorcycle)
    6 pm . . . . . Nitro Qualifying  (Funny Car/Dragster)
    9 pm . . . Live music begins in The Zoo

    :00 am . . . . Spectator Gates Open
    9:15 am . . . . Sportsman Eliminations
    Noon . . . . Top Alcohol Qualifying (Funny Car/Dragster)
    1 pm . . . Pro Stock Qualifying (Motorcycle & Car)
    1:30 pm . . . Nitro Qualifying (Dragster/Funny Car)
    2:45 pm . . . Top Alcohol (Dragster/Funny Car) – Round 1
    3 pm . . . Top Fuel & Funny Car finals, postponed from Seattle
    3:30 pm . . . Pro Stock Qualifying (Motorcycle & Car)
    4 pm . . . Nitro Qualifying (Dragster/Funny Car)
    9 pm . . . Live music begins in The Zoo

    am . . . Spectator Gates Open
    9:40 am . . . SealMaster Track Walk – Open to all ticketholders
    10 am . . . . Pre-Race Ceremonies
    11 am . . . Nitro Eliminations
    Noon . . . . Pro Stock Eliminations
    12:20 pm . . . . Top Alcohol Eliminations
    12:45 pm . . . . Nitro Eliminations
    1:15 pm . . . . Pro Stock Eliminations
    1:35 pm . . . . Top Alcohol Eliminations
    2:15 pm . . . . Nitro Semifinals
    2:35 pm . . . . Pro Stock Semifinals
    2:40 pm . . . . Top Alcohol Finals
    2:45 pm . . . Sportsman Finals
    3:30 pm . . . . Pro Stock Finals
    3:37 pm . . . . Nitro Finals
    4 pm . . . . Winners Circle Celebration

    NHRA is now on FS1!  BIR’s Sunday main event is scheduled to finish on LIVE TV!  Be here to witness history being made!

    * Schedule is subject to change, keep tuned to PA announcements or FM 105.3 for all the details

    NOTE: BIR requires that no race car engines be operated prior to 9 a.m. any day of the event, which includes driving to and from the staging lanes.

  • Advance Tickets for NHRA Nationals

    Tickets for the 35th Annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, Aug. 18-21, are available by phone, at the Ticket Office or online by clicking here. The deadline to buy tickets in advance is noon on Aug. 10. After that, tickets are available at the gate only.) To view the races from anywhere in the grandstands, a reserved seat must be purchased. NOTE: Admission for kids 12 and under is FREE!

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



    The new MegaWeek tickets below are for the Thunder at the Lakes NHRA Divisional Race on Aug. 12-14 AND the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Aug. 18-21. The track will be open from Aug. 11-22 for those with one of the following Megaweek packages. For ticket pricing for Thunder at the Lakes only, click here.

    MegaWeek tickets are NOT available online.


    MegaWeek Tickets Prices

    August 11-22 -  Admission & Camping $325.00
    August 12-22 -  Admission & Camping $315.00
    August 13-22 -  Admission & Camping $305.00
    August 14-22 -  Admission & Camping $295.00

    NHRA Nationals Admission

    Superweek (Aug 15-22)


    Tues-Mon Admission & Camp
    Wed-Mon Admission & Camp


    Thurs-Mon Admission & Camp


    Fri-Mon Admission & Camp


    Sat-Mon Admission & Camp


    Thursday-Sunday Admission


    Friday-Sunday Admission


    Saturday-Sunday Admission


    Thursday Only


    Friday Only


    Saturday Only


    Sunday Only


    Premium Reserve Seat







    Single Day


    Regular Reserve Seat







    Single Day


    Reduced Reserve Seat







    Thursday Only


    Single Day (Fri, Sat, Sun)


    Child Camping










    Golf cart / ATV


     Gate Parking   $60.00

    Daily Gate Parking


    Daytime Parking (Daily)


    Motorcycle Parking (Daily)


     **Required RV/Camper Pass sold separately


    Superweek tickets are admission and camping for Monday-Monday.

    Call the BIR Ticket Office for single-day reserved seats.

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

    NOTE: All admission & camping sales are FINAL. No refunds.


  • 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.

  • Auxiliary Vehicles, Party Wagons, and Bicycles are only to be driven within the campground and zoo. There will be no unauthorized access to the midway or pit area. 

    Trailer or “partywagon” guidelines
    • 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!

    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.

    Nationals pass pricing:
    Before July 20th – $70
    After July 20th – $80
    (Also good for the divisional race)


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