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RACING: ‘Crap cans’ return to BIR for Dual Event Weekend

The Flying Circus team won both endurance races in last year’s ChumpCar World Se

The ChumpCar World Series, featuring unique race cars affectionately known as $500 hunks of junk, returns to Brainerd International Raceway bringing its wacky brand of road racing for a Dual Event Weekend with the Bracket Drag Racing Series.

Imagine teams of four drivers, one $500 “crap can” and a pair of seven-hour endurance races. That’s what’s in store for fans Saturday and Sunday on BIR’s 2.5-mile Competition Road Course. 

The event includes endurance races Saturday and Sunday, as drivers split time between driving and wrenching on their cars to keep them running. Cars can’t be valued at more than $500 before the safety equipment is installed, so for most teams, the event involves more wrenching than driving. 

While the road course is busy with the ChumpCars, BIR’s drag strip will be buzzing with the Bracket Drag Racing Series. It’s the second race in the five-race series, featuring dragsters, cars, trucks, bikes, snowmobiles and junior dragsters. More than 300 racers will compete for series points and prize money on their way to a series championship. An open test and tune is scheduled Friday, with qualifying Saturday and eliminations Sunday.

ChumpCar racing starts at 9 a.m. Saturday and ends at 4 p.m. On Sunday, racing runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., with an awards ceremony at 3:30 p.m. The ChumpCar organization has adopted Boys and Girls Clubs of America as this weekend’s beneficiary.

Part of the attraction with the ChumpCars is the themes that teams develop for their cars. Last year, Tubby Butterman Racing decorated its BMW in a golf motif in honor of “Cheetah Woods” (Tiger Woods). The Flying Circus team that won both endurance races, decorated its BMW like a World War I German Fokker airplane, complete with bullet holes.

The two events make up another Dual Event Weekend at BIR, where a single ticket gets fans into both events. They can go back and forth between tracks as often as they want. Daily admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12. Kids 5 and under are free. Tickets are available at the gate. On-site camping is available. Racing takes place rain or shine.

“The ChumpCar race is a lot of fun for everyone – the racing teams and the fans alike,” BIR owner Jed Copham said in a news release. “They had so much fun here last year that they added a second race to this year’s schedule. 

“And, over on the drag strip, the bracket racers always put on a great show. ”

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