There will be noticeable storm damage this weekend at Brainerd International Raceway but racing will go on anyway.
BIR expects to be ready to host the Central Roadracing Association (CRA) Friday through Sunday for Superbike racing on BIR’s original 3.1-mile Donnybrooke Road Course. BIR did, however, cancel the Wednesday Night Street Drags that were scheduled for Wednesday evening. That includes drag racing and drifting, both of which were scheduled.
The track for this weekend’s Superbike racing will be free of debris and in good shape, after a wicked storm ripped through the area Sunday evening, doing extensive damage to the track. The storm, with straight-line winds clocked at 70 mph, toppled and twisted a section of bleachers on the dragstrip, ripped the roofs off of the press box and the main shop, rolled at least two RVs in the campground, blew down dozens of signs, flipped over large dumpsters and knocked down too many trees to count.
Power has been restored to the BIR Ticket Office, which will open at 9 a.m. Wednesday. The office will also have the ability to print tickets, and online ticket sales will resume.
All other events on BIR schedule, including the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals set for Aug. 20-23, will still take place. The bleacher situation will be addressed in the coming weeks, and the main grandstand will be tested to ensure that it’s safe.
The CRA has a big weekend of racing planned. Friday includes practice sessions. Saturday’s schedule includes practice sessions in the morning, followed by eight-lap sprints and 18-lap Trophy Dashes in the afternoon. On Sunday, the morning’s practice sessions will be followed by eight-lap sprints and the eight-lap Formula 40 race.
Daily admission is $20. Tickets are available at the front gate, and kids 12 and younger are free. Camping is free with a multi-day ticket.
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