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Drag Racing: King of the Track at BIR

Bob Gillespie races down the track during his Sportsman Class win May 11.

The field is set for Saturday's drag racing run-off that will determine the King of the Track at Brainerd International Raceway.

Every year, BIR's Bracket Drag Racing Series features the Summit Racing King of the Track competition that pits the top drivers in each class in an handicapped elimination format. The last driver standing earns the title of King of the Track and takes home a Wally trophy from the NHRA.

After the first two Bracket drag racing weekends this season, the top two point-getters in each class were selected for the run-off. They will race each other for the chance to represent their class in the elimination rounds. The winners of the Comp Trophy and Street Trophy classes will race against each other, with the winner advancing to the elimination rounds to represent both Trophy classes.

Last year's King of the Track, Travis Reutzel, is gunning for a repeat this year, although his toughest competition may be in the first round. He will race the red-hot Reno Loeffelholz to represent the Pro ET Class. Loeffelholz is sitting in first place in the Pro ET class after sweeping Saturday's and Sunday's races June 7-8 during the most recent Bracket Drag Racing Series weekend. He then beat the winners of the Super Pro Class each day in the Shootout competition.

Below is a list of the racers who will be competing in the Summit Racing King of the Track competition.

It's a big weekend at BIR. In addition to the King of the Track competition, Bracket drag racers will be racing in their third weekend, with time trials and eliminations both Saturday and Sunday. More than 250 dragsters, cars, trucks, bikes, snowmobiles and Junior Dragsters will be on hand to compete for series points.

The weekend starts Thursday evening with the kick-off to the second annual Lakes Jam music and camping festival. This year's event features three days of music, with Clay Walker headlining Friday and Bret Michaels headlining Saturday. Lakes Jam requires a separate ticket.

On Sunday, the Zalusky Advanced Riding School will be on BIR's 2.5-mile Competition Road Course with Superbike racing.

For the racing portion of the weekend, daily admission is $20. Kids 12 and under are free.

King of the Track Racers

Super Pro

Dave Engler of Ramsey

Randy McFarland of Sabin

Pro ET

Reno Loeffelholz of Shafer

Travis Reutzel of Annandale


Bob Gillespie of Brainerd

Rory Emmans of Dayton

Stock/Super Stock

Ben Line of International Falls

Tim Lisson of Solon Springs, Wis.

Pro Bike/Sled

Jason Clampitt of Lino Lakes

Bruce Sampson of Forest Lake

Comp Trophy

Nick Arnold of Maple Grove

Michelle Emmans of Dayton

Street Trophy

Tracy Arneson of Pillager

Tyler Young of Nisswa