Most drivers competing in Brainerd International Raceway’s Bracket Drag Racing Series only get one chance a year to hoist a coveted Wally trophy over their heads like the NHRA pros do, and that chance is Saturday during the National Dragster Challenge.
The Challenge will be part of the final weekend of racing for the 250-plus drivers expected for the Bracket Drag Racing Series’ grand finale, which concludes Sunday. Drivers are gunning for series points Saturday and Sunday en route to a series championship in one of 10 classes. But also at stake this weekend are five Wally trophies for drivers competing in the Super Pro, Pro ET, Sportsman and Pro Bike/Sled classes. The winners of those classes Saturday will earn Wally trophies.
Drivers in the Stock/Super Stock Class also have extra incentive this weekend during the North Star Fall Classic presented by Midwest Class Racers. In addition to battling for series points, drivers also will compete for a share of a $2,000 purse both Saturday and Sunday if a minimum of 64 cars enter.
For many racers this weekend, the main prize is the points they earn Saturday and Sunday during the elimination rounds. Championships will be won and lost this weekend in all the classes listed above, including Comp Trophy, Street Trophy and three Junior Dragster classes, so points will be at a premium.
“It’s going to be a great weekend of racing for our drivers, most of who will have extra incentives to do well, whether it’s for Wally trophies, big prize money or series championships,” BIR owner Jed Copham said. “It’s the last weekend of racing for the season so everyone will be leaving it all on the track. We’re expecting a really fun event.”
Gates open at 5 p.m. Friday, with time trials starting at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Time trials each day are followed by elimination rounds. Daily admission is $15 for adults; kids 12 and under are free. Camping is free with a multi-day ticket.