Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals

An Experience You Can’t Get Anywhere Else

Mark your calendars for the 2016 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals! It’s coming to Brainerd International Raceway Aug. 18-21!

This year hardcore fans are in for an even bigger treat, the entire event opens the weekend prior to the Lucas Oil Nationals with the Division 5 Lucas Oil Points Race August 12-14!  12 days in all this is 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 open Aug. 11 for Superweek campers.

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. 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 year’s race again features Pro Stock Motorcycle, 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.

Hight_Fri_WThere’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 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.

The Division 5 points race is sportsman racing at its finest, with many racers continuing on to race the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals!  Both sportsman racers and campers will be allowed to stay on site for both events, 12 days in ALL!  Its going to be one crazy party!

    8 am . . . . Gates open for Superweek campers

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

    8:30 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

    8:30 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
    3:30 pm . . . Pro Stock Qualifying (Motorcycle & Car)
    4 pm . . . Nitro Qualifying (Dragster/Funny Car)
    9 pm . . . Live music begins in The Zoo

    8:30 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
    12:15 pm . . . . Top Alcohol Eliminations
    1 pm . . . . Nitro Eliminations
    1:30 pm . . . . Pro Stock Eliminations
    1:45 pm . . . . Sportsman Eliminations
    2:25 pm . . . . Top Alcohol Eliminations
    2:30 pm . . . . Nitro Semifinals
    2:45 pm . . . . Pro Stock Semifinals
    3 pm . . . . Sportsman Finals
    3:45 pm . . . . Top Alcohol Finals
    3:50 pm . . . . Pro Stock Finals
    3:55 pm . . . . Nitro Finals
    4 pm . . . . Winners Circle Celebration

    * Schedule subject to change

    NOTE: Local ordinances require 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.

  • Tickets for NHRA Nationals

    Advance tickets for the 35th Annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, Aug. 18-21, will be on sale soon. 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.



    2015 Admission Prices

    $275.00  Superweek
    $250.00  Wed-Mon Admission & Camping
    $225.00  Thurs-Mon Admission & Camping
    $200.00  Fri-Mon Admission & Camping
    $175.00  Sat-Mon Admission & Camping
    $140.00  Thurs-Sun Admission
    $130.00  Fri-Sun Admission
    $110.00  Sat-Sun Admission
    $25.00  Thursday Only
    $40.00  Friday Only
    $55.00  Saturday Only
    $55.00  Sunday Only

    Reserved Seats

    $60.00  Premium Reserved – Thurs-Sun
    $50.00  Regular Reserved – Thurs-Sun
    $40.00  Reduced Reserved – Thurs-Sun

    Misc Prices

    $50.00  Child Camping – Mon-Mon
     $50.00  Motorhome
    $80.00  Golf cart / ATV

    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.

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