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Driftin' and draggin': BIR hosts amateur drag races

The Wednesday Night Drags, an NHRA program that encourages those involved in illegal street drags to take their racing to safe, sanctioned drag strips like Brainerd International Raceway, provides a place where drivers can still race their buddie...

A race car spins its tires after going through the "water box" Wednesday evening at Brainerd International Raceway. This was the first of the season for the series where you can race your buddy or go drifting through a marked course. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
A race car spins its tires after going through the "water box" Wednesday evening at Brainerd International Raceway. This was the first of the season for the series where you can race your buddy or go drifting through a marked course. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch

The Wednesday Night Drags, an NHRA program that encourages those involved in illegal street drags to take their racing to safe, sanctioned drag strips like Brainerd International Raceway, provides a place where drivers can still race their buddies but do so in a safe environment.

BIR has seven more Wednesdays on the calendar this season. Drivers can bring their street-legal car, truck or bike to BIR on those nights, and for $25 they can run the drag strip as many times as time allows. The gates open at 4 p.m. and racing runs from 5 p.m. until dusk.

On alternating nights, drivers can try their hand at either autocross or drifting. Autocross is a timed event during which drivers maneuver through a cone-lined course. They're penalized every time they knock over a cone.

Drifting also uses a course, but it's not a timed event. Drivers maneuver through the course in controlled skids, requiring a high degree of skill-and extra tires. BIR has staff on hand to give drivers assistance on how to participate in both of these events. The next Wednesday Night Drags event is May 23 and includes drifting.

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Chad Kellogg brings cars up to the starting line at Brainerd International Raceway Wednesday, May 2. BIR, with the sponsorship of NAPA encourages drivers to race their cars on the drag strip at the raceway instead of the street. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
Chad Kellogg brings cars up to the starting line at Brainerd International Raceway Wednesday, May 2. BIR, with the sponsorship of NAPA encourages drivers to race their cars on the drag strip at the raceway instead of the street. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch

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