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Racing: Muscle cars, Superbikes on stage during Muscle Car Shootout this weekend at BIR

For three decades, Brainerd International Raceway has ushered out summer with a bang Labor Day weekend.

This year will be no different.Qualifying and time trials started Friday and continue Saturday, Sept. 1. Elimination rounds start at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 2.

The 30th annual GSTA Muscle Car Shootout started Friday, Aug. 31, with huge horsepower on the drag strip and high-flying Superbike racing on the road course, a 1-2 punch that has been a long-standing tradition at BIR.

But the weekend wouldn't be complete without a classic car show and live music by "Waves Collide."Qualifying and time trials started Friday and continue Saturday, Sept. 1. Elimination rounds start at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 2.

The competition on the drag strip is expected to be intense this weekend. It's the finale of the three-race Muscle Car Series with drivers battling for series championships in 13 different classes.

The seven Heads-Up classes will attract the most attention because the rules are simple—Both cars leave at the same time, and the one that reaches the finish line first wins. The Outlaw Pro Mod class, with the fastest cars, features cars that are flirting with 5-second times and well over 200 mph.

All 400-plus cars that are expected this weekend are "door slammers" (no dragsters), and most are show quality.

Qualifying and time trials started Friday and continue Saturday, Sept. 1. Elimination rounds start at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 2.

On the 2.5-mile Competition Road Course, the Central Roadracing Association brings its brand of Superbike racing to the 13-turn track for three days of racing. It's the fourth of five weekends of racing for the CRA at BIR.

Saturday's racing includes 6-lap sprints, as well as the 10-lap Michelin Cup I and Michelin Cup II races, which debuted this year on the CRA's schedule. Sunday's racing includes 6-lap sprints all day.

Daily admission is $25. Kids 12 and under are free. Parking is also free. Camping is free, too, with a multi-day ticket. Gates open daily at 7 a.m.

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