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RACING: Bracket drag racing, Superbikes, watercross at BIR this weekend

Where else can you watch drag racing, Superbike racing and snowmobile watercross on open water at the same time?

It’s all happening at Brainerd International Raceway this weekend.

The second race in the six-race Bracket Drag Racing Series runs Friday through Sunday. On Saturday, fans can watch Superbike racing on BIR’s 2.5-mile Competition Road Course.

And for the first time in BIR history, snowmobiles will race on a course set up on Lake BIR in the middle of the RV campground.

The International Watercross Association is bringing its wild brand of snowmobile racing to BIR. Snowmobiles will compete on an oval course and in a drag racing format, where the fastest sled across the pond wins. The IWA had snowmobiles at BIR May 19 for testing and will return Sept. 14-16 for a second race.

On the drag strip, about 300 cars, trucks, dragsters, bikes, snowmobiles and Junior Dragsters will compete in 10 different classes for points in the Bracket Drag Racing Series. After Friday’s Test & Tune, time trials, qualifying and racing will be Saturday. Final eliminations are Sunday.

Racing starts at 9 a.m. each day. Gates open at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Andy Schmall is the guy to beat this weekend on the drag strip. He had a rare sweep of the two largest classes – Super Pro and Pro ET – last month in the first race of the series and was looking unbeatable. By the end of the weekend, he had outlasted 164 other racers, won about $3,200 and took home family bragging rights by beating his dad in the finals of the Super Pro class.

In the Sportsman class, Brad Mickle is also proving tough to beat. Last year, he won the series championship and followed that up by winning the class last month. Ditto for Brainerd’s Keith Allen Larson, who won a series championship last year in the Comp Trophy Class and landed in the winners’ circle last month for winning the class again.

Saturday’s lineup includes Superbike racing on the Competition Road Course. Highly skilled amateur racers will be on the track through the Zalusky Advanced Riding School.

“Our lineup on Saturday is incredible,” BIR owner Jed Copham said in a news release. “No other race track is able to offer the variety of racing that we can – all for one ticket and within walking distance.

“We’re really excited about hosting the IWA Snowmobile Watercross race this year. It’s a lot of fun to watch, and fans can sit down under a tree in our campground and watch these guys fly around the water course on their sleds. It’ll be a lot of fun for everyone.”

Fans get all racing for the price of a single ticket. Daily admission is $15 for adults, $5 for students ages 6-12 and free for kids 5 and younger. Every ticket includes a pit pass. Camping is free with a multi-day ticket.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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