Thunder at the Lakes (NHRA)

Thunder at the Lakes brings top Sportsman drag racers to BIR

Thunder at the Lakes rumbles into Brainerd International Raceway May 30-June 1, with the chance to give race fans a look at some of the best Sportsman drag racers in the country and some thrilling road racing on the 2.5-mile Competition Road Course.

Slatten12_WebThunder at the Lakes, featuring the NHRA West Central Division’s Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, has been a mainstay at BIR for  decades. Fans are treated to super-competitive drag racing in 12 classes: Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, Sportsman Motorcycle, Top Sportsman, Top Dragster and two Junior Dragster classes (Saturday only). Fans will see dragsters, cars, motorcycles and snowmobiles on the track.

Thunder at the Lakes is a chance for drag racers in the NHRA’s West Central Division to compete for divisional points and a shot at a national championship. The West Central Division stretches from Wyoming to Wisconsin and from Colorado to Kansas, and includes parts of Canada. Test & Tune is Friday, qualifying is Saturday and eliminations are Sunday.

BIR’s 2.5-mile, 13-turn Competition Road will be busy all weekend as well. On Friday, the BIR Performance Driving School will be on track, providing 25-minute driving sessions to those who participate in the one-day school, which includes classroom instruction as well. On Saturday, the World Racing League  makes its debut at BIR with a 12-hour endurance race. It’s affordable racing for teams of three drivers – everyone is welcome! On Sunday, the Slowpokes Car Club is on the road course, and these drivers are anything but slow!

 

  • Road Racing Schedule

    FRIDAY, MAY 30
    7 am . . . Gates open
    9 am – 5 pm . . . BIR Performance Driving School

    SATURDAY, MAY 31
    7 am . . . Gates open
    7 am – 9 pm . . . World Racing League 12-hour endurance race
    9 pm – 1 am . . . DJ music at The Wheelie Bar & Grille

    SUNDAY, JUNE 1
    7 am . . . Gates open
    9 am – 5 pm . . . Slowpokes Car Club

  • NHRA Divisional Drag Race Schedule

    FRIDAY, MAY 30
    7 am . .  . Gates open
    11 am – 6 pm. . . . Test n Tune

    SATURDAY, MAY 31
    7 am . .. . Gates open
    9 am – 7 pm . . . . Time trials & qualifying on the drag strip
    11 am . . . . Qualifying for Top Dragster, Comp & Top Sportsman
    2 pm . . . . Qualifying for Top Dragster, Comp & Top Sportsman
    4:45 pm . . . . Qualifying for Top Dragster, Comp & Top Sportsman
    9 pm – 1 am . . . DJ music at The Wheelie Bar & Grille

    SUNDAY, JUNE 1
    7 am . . . . Gates open
    9 am . . . Eliminations begin on the drag strip

     

  • Spectator Admission

    Ticket prices for Thunder at the Lakes are below. The ticket prices include the Thunder at the Lakes drag racing as well as Slowpokes on Sunday. Tickets are available by phone and at the front gate. Kids 12 and under are FREE!
    (Kids must be accompanied by an adult.)

    Advanced Tickets
    Thurs-Sun – $75

    General Admission – Available at the Front Gate
    Thurs-Sun – $85
    Fri-Sun – $70
    Sat-Sun – $45
    Single Day admission – $25

    Single-day tickets expire one hour after the completion of racing.  Anyone remaining after ticket expiration will be fined or prosecuted.

    Camping – Basic camping is included in multi-day tickets between days purchased.
    Full-service RV sites in the PleasureLand RV VIP Campground are an additional $35 per night and include power, water & septic hook-up.

    Condos – Stay at BIR in style. We have 12 on-site deluxe condominiums that are two-bedroom and two-bath with full kitchen, spacious living room, fireplace and deck. Cost is $250 per night. Call for availability and reservations.

    ** Multi Event Weekend - Don’t forget that your ticket gets you in to see the Thunder at the Lakes NHRA Divisional Points Drag Race and road racing on the Competition Road Course.

  • Camping & Lodging Options at BIR

    Rustic Camping – BIR has 200 acres for rustic camping. Camping is free with a multi-day ticket. 24-hour security is available and clean shower buildings and trailers are conveniently located throughout the facilities. Click here for Camping Rules.  20 amp power is available in select locations, cost per plug – $30/weekend

    PleasureLand RV VIP Campground – BIR has 164 full-service RV sites with electric, water and sewer hook-ups. They wrap around a water feature and are a short walk to the drag strip and road course. The cost per site is $35 per night.

    Condos – Stay at BIR in style. We have 12 on-site deluxe condominiums that are two-bedroom and two-bath with full kitchen, spacious living room, fireplace and deck. Cost is $250 per night. Call for availability and reservations.

    Off-Track LodgingClick here for a list of our lodging partners.

  • Thunder at the Lakes Drag Racers

    Those who are drag racing in the Thunder at the Lakes NHRA Divisional Points Race should contact the NHRA’s West Central Division office for details on the event. Click on the link below.

    Thunder at the Lakes NHRA Divisional Drag Race

    Racer Entry

    Car & Driver . . . . $160 (includes admission)
    Crew Pass . . . . $55
    Friday Test & Tune . . . . $55 (11 am-6 pm)

    Jr. Dragster race entry . . . . $55 (includes admission)

    Jr. Dragster Test & Tune . . . . $25 (11 am-6 pm)

    Division 5 auxillary vehicle (ATV) sticker $10

    20-amp power per plug is $30/weekend

    ROAD RACERS – Click on the following links for details on each event this weekend:

    BIR Performance Driving School

    World Racing League

    Slowpokes Car Club