Second half of Bracket Drag Racing Series starts

With half the season in the rear view mirror, drivers in the Bracket Drag Racing Series are gearing up for the second half, starting this weekend at Brainerd International Raceway.

While drag racers are slugging it out on the quarter-mile track, BIR’s 2.5-mile Competition Road Course will be busy with two different bike events. The Zalusky Advanced Riding School will be on the track Saturday, while Road Closed Promotions will host an open Track Day for bikes on Sunday. The track will be open to spectators all weekend.

The gates open Thursday at 5 p.m. Friday is a Test & Tune Day on the drag strip from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Both tracks will have activity starting at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Back on the drag strip, this weekend is the fourth of six racing weekends for the Bracket Drag Racing Series. Fans can expect to see more than 250 dragsters, cars, trucks, bikes, snowmobiles and Junior Dragsters, who are battling for series points and prize money in 10 different classes. Each weekend, racers have two changes to win since the format involves elimination rounds both Saturday and Sunday, with winners crowned each day in each class.

Bryce Miller is one of the drag racers to watch this weekend. He’s one of the hottest racers in the series right now, having lost only one race during the last series race weekend. He won the Pro ET Class on Saturday and then beat the Super Pro Class winner in the Super Pro/Pro ET Shootout, which earned him $2,000 in prize money. Along the way, he earned a spot in the Quick 16 race, which includes the eight quickest cars and the eight quickest dragsters. He won that race as well.

Miller’s weekend launched him into first place in the Pro ET point standings, although Wally Higby isn’t far behind. The standings in all the racing classes are tight, expect for Stock/Super Stock Class, where Brad Haugaard is doubling up on the field.

Daily admission is $25, and kids 12 and under are free. And parking is free.