Man crashes into cement barrier during BIR race

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A 43-year-old man was injured while racing at Brainerd International Raceway at 11:25 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, after he lost control of his vehicle and crashed through a cement barrier, the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Coy Allen Christmas, address unknown, was taken to Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd, where he was treated and then released. Christmas’ passenger, Alfredo Santiago, 40, Andover, was not injured.

As of Monday morning, the sheriff’s office had no report of what type of car Christmas was driving or what race he was participating in.

BIR hosted its Powercruise driving events this past weekend. According to BIR’s website, Powercruise allows entrants to drive their cars "the way they were built to be driven, without fear of breaking the law." The event features cruising sessions, burnouts, off-street racing and the powerskid competition.

North Memorial Ambulance and the Brainerd Fire Department assisted at the scene.

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