Brainerd International Raceway (BIR) will be filled with the unmistakable sights and sounds of drag racing and Superbike racing this weekend as the 2014 racing season kicks off with the first spectator event.
BIR’s drag strip will be busy Friday through Sunday as the Bracket Drag Racing Series kicks off its six-weekend, 12-race schedule. Meanwhile, BIR’s 2.5-mile Competition Road Course will host the Central Roadracing Association’s (CRA) Superbike racing, the first of five weekends this season at BIR.
The Bracket Drag Racing Series features dragsters, cars, trucks, bikes, snowmobiles and Junior Dragsters. One of the classes is for street-legal vehicles, which is typically how drivers get involved in the sport at a relatively low cost because they can use the same car they drive to work. Three Junior Dragster classes are for kids as young as 8 years old, up to 18. Drivers in those classes and the other six are chasing series points and a shot at a series championship at the end of the season.
Friday is a Test & Tune day on the drag strip while Saturday and Sunday will feature time trials and racing each day. Winners in each of the 10 racing classes will be crowned at the end of each day.
The CRA features some of the best amateur Superbike racing in the Midwest as riders scream around the track’s 13 turns, laying down their bikes on the corners as they drag their knees. It’s a thrilling spectator sport Friday through Sunday.
CRA Superbike photo courtesy of SDE