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Drag Racing: Bracket Racing at BIR

Brainerd International Raceway’s Bracket Drag Racing Series is on the quarter-mile drag strip Saturday and Sunday, with racers battling for championships in 10 classes.

The six-weekend, 12-race series features more than 250 amateur drag racers competing for series points, prize money and a series championship. Drivers compete in dragsters, cars, motorcycles, trucks, snowmobiles and Junior Dragsters. In past years, class winners were determined on Sunday only, after time trials and qualifying all day Saturday. But this year, class winners will be determined Saturday and Sunday. Each class will have one round of time trials at the beginning of the day and then start elimination rounds until class winners are determined at the end of the day. Racing starts at 9 a.m. daily.

Bracket racers will be sharing BIR this weekend with the Zalusky Advanced Riding School, which will be on the 2.5-mile Competition Road Course Sunday. The school is an advanced instructional program for motorcycle riders, some of whom are skilled Superbike riders and challenge themselves and the 13-turn course.

BIR will also be hosting Lakes Jam this weekend, a two-day music and camping festival. The schedule includes three bands Friday night, headlined by the Kentucky Headhunters. Saturday’s schedule is headlined by REO Speedwagon and includes Great White, Night Ranger, ThundHerStruck and Sena Ehrhardt.

Tickets are being sold separately for Lakes Jam. Admission to watch the Bracket Drag Racing Series and the Zalulsky school is $15. Kids 12 and under are free, and 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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