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NHRA: NHRA stars schedule 2 autograph sessions Thursday

Funny Car driver Jack Beckman will be one of four NHRA drivers signing autographs in Brainerd and Baxter Thursday, Aug. 17. Submitted photo

NHRA drag racing fans don't need a ticket Thursday to get access to some of the biggest stars of the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

Two autograph sessions are scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 17, in Brainerd and Baxter where fans can meet NHRA drivers, get autographs and take photos.

Thursday's schedule:

• Funny Car driver Jack Beckman will be at Walmart in Baxter from 6-7:30 p.m.

• Top Fuel driver Tony Schumacher and Funny Car drivers Ron Capps and Tommy Johnson Jr. will be at the Sidetrack Bar on Highway 371 across from Brainerd International Raceway from 8-9 p.m.

The drivers are in Brainerd for the 36th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, which starts at 9 a.m. Thursday with a full day of Sportsman drag racing. Funny Car, Top Fuel Dragster and Pro Stock classes start their qualifying rounds at 2:45 p.m. Friday. The event concludes Sunday with a full day of elimination rounds.

Tickets are available at the front gate or on BIR's website. Buying tickets online allows fans to print their tickets at home or use the mobile delivery system on their cell phone or tablet. Buying online also saves time at the front gate.

For ticket prices and details about the event, visit