BIR announces drag racing team for annual ET Finals

Brainerd International Raceway today announced the 31-member drag racing team that will represent the track during the NHRA West Central Summit Racing ET Finals this weekend at Bandimere Speedway in Denver.

Shane Boney is racing Pro ET this weekend.
Shane Boney is racing Pro ET this weekend.

The team will compete against drag racing teams from 21 other tracks in the NHRA’s West Central Division, which stretches from Wyoming to Wisconsin and from Colorado to Kansas, including part of Canada. More than 600 racers are expected to compete.

BIR’s 31 drag racers earned their way onto the team by successfully competing in BIR’s Bracket Drag Racing Series, which is a six-weekend, 12-race series with one weekend left (Sept. 27-28). The racers on the team are at the top of the points standings in their respective classes.

The ET Finals has five classes: Super Pro, Pro ET, Sportsman, Pro Bike and High School. At stake are individual and team honors, prize money and contingency awards. Some drivers even have a shot at earning a trip to compete for a national championship in Ponoma, Calif., during the NHRA’s Auto Club Finals in November.

The drivers competing for the trip to Pomona are those selected for the Race of Champions, which is a race within a race during the ET Finals. Each team identifies one driver in each of the five classes to represent the team in the Race of Champions. Drivers are paired up in an elimination format by class to determine the class champions, which advance to compete against the top drivers from the NHRA’s other six divisions for a national championship in Pomona. The five BIR teammates competing in the Race of Champions are Mike Campbell (Super Pro), Shane Boney (Pro ET), Lee Dugdale (Sportsman), Jason Clampitt (Bike/Sled), and Tracey Arneson (High School).

“BIR always has some of the best bracket drag racers in the country,” said BIR owner Jed Copham, who will be competing in the Bike Class this weekend. “Last year’s team placed second in Topeka, Kan., and we expect to have another strong showing this year. The racers on our team always represent BIR well at the ET Finals. We’re really excited about the makeup of this team.”

Below are the members of BIR’s ET Finals team:

Mike Campbell of Brooklyn Park (Race of Champions)
Brian Johnson of Nowthen
Ronnie Luberda of Foley
Toby Giese of Kandiyohi
John Helmin of Rice
Jordan Pratt of Otsego
Donnie Durenburger of Dayton

Shane Boney of Belview (Race of Champions)
Travis Reutzel of Eden Valley
Mike Casteel of Thief River Falls
Steve Roehrs of Frederic, Wis.
Todd Larson of Bagley
Steve Brings of Howard Lake
Pat Haubrich of New Ulm

Lee Dugdale of Scandia (Race of Champions)
Joe Moriarty Sr of Ham Lake
Russ Elzy of Becker
Amy Jo Luberda of Foley
Kimberly Brager of Pillager
Mike Pflepsen of Duluth
Troy Luberda of Foley
Layne Robertson of Litchfiel
Taylor Arneson of Pillager
Kayla Noyes of Andover
Steve Roehrs of Frederick, Wis.
Jason Clampitt of Lino Lakes
Gary Koch of Clearwater

Jason Clampitt of Lino Lakes (Race of Champions)
Mike Voss of Maplewood
Jed Copham of Brainerd

Tracy Arneson of Pillager (Race of Champions)