Rain shortens drag racing, CRA Superbike racing

A soggy weather forecast for the first Bracket Drag Racing Series and Superbike weekend of the 2015 season didn’t seem to deter racers. Racers came out in full force to get a shot at BIR’s race track for the first time this year, in most cases.

Jimmy Paulson, foreground, beats Jeremy Berg in the first round.

Drag racers spent Friday testing their cars on the drag strip, and then competed on Saturday before the rain rolled in that evening and continued through most of Sunday. Seven of the 10 classes completed their elimination rounds on Saturday and determined winners.

The Central Roadracing Association’s (CRA) Superbike Racing was on the Competition Road Course all weekend. Dozens of bikes showed up for the first of five racing weekends at BIR this year. They had eight-lap sprints on Saturday as well as an 18-lap Trophy Dash. Click here for results.

On the drag strip, Mandy Anderson drove her 1979 Caprice to a Sportsman class finals win. Facing off against Grant Pesola, Anderson snuck off the starting line before Pesola and then inched past him at the finish line with a time of 12.985 seconds and 103.10 mph.

Mandy Anderson, Sportsman winner
Mandy Anderson, Sportsman winner
Josh Luberda, Street Trophy winner

In the Pro Bike/Sled finals, Jimmy Paulsonand his Suzuki 1300 beat Cameron Belisle off the starting line and never looked back, taking the win with a 9.185-second pass at 130.95 mph.

Jared Hutar finished second in last year’s Comp Trophy final standings but will take an early lead in points this year by winning the class Saturday. He drove his ’94 Camaro to a win over Bryan Brager, who fouled at the starting line. Hutar finished with a 12.006-second pass at 111.69 mph.

Josh Luberda drove his 1970 Chevelle SS to a win Saturday in Street Trophy, beating Tyler Gadacz. Luberda nearly cut a perfect light on the starting line with a .001-second reaction time. He held off Gadacz for the win by running 14.143 seconds and 93.44 mph.

Jared Hutar won the Comp Trophy class.
Jared Hutar won the Comp Trophy class.

The Junior Dragsters were well represented this weekend as well, with 30 drivers competing. In Junior Dragster Advanced, Sarah Johnson beat Sydney Haben in the finals. Jazper Wiebusch beat Ashley Doffing in Junior Dragster Intermediate, and Dylan Dancer beat Travis Kurkosky in Junior Dragster Novice.

Results for the first Bracket Drag Racing Series race (Saturday only):

Super Pro
This class didn’t finish. The final three racers were Mike Campbell, Chuck Roycraft and Bruce Kaul

Pro ET
This class didn’t finish. The final four racers were Ken Drevnick, Joe Howell, Kaylyn Milton and Tevin Zavadill

Finals: Mandy Anderson of Sauk Rapids def. Grant Pesola of Duluth
Semifinals: Anderson had a bye; Pesola def. Layne Robertson of Litchfield

Stock/Super Stock
This class didn’t finish. The final two racers were Gene Mosbek and Alan Litke

Pro Bike/Sled
Finals: Jimmy Paulson of Stacy def. Cameron Belisle of Hugo
Semifinals: Paulson def. Mike Voss of Maplewood; Belisle def. Kyle Shilts of New Richmond, Wis.

Comp Trophy
Finals: Jared Hutar of Cromwell def. Bryan Brager of Pillager
Semifinals: Hutar def. Paul Songas of Stacy; Brager def. Tim McKenzie of Foley

Street Trophy
Finals: Josh Luberda of Foley def. Tyler Gadacz of Little Falls
Semifinals: Luberda had a bye; Gadacz def. Andrew Dancer of Royalton

Junior Dragster Advanced
Finals: Sarah Johnson of Nowthen def. Sydney Haben of Hibbing
Semifinals: Johnson def. Erin Johnson of Anoka; Haben def. Paige Findell of Zimmerman

Junior Dragster Intermediate
Finals: Jazper Wiebusch of Ham Lake def. Ashley Doffing of Cottage Grove
Semifinals: Wiebusch def. Trevor Jelinski; Doffing def. Aaron Clampitt of Lino Lakes

Junior Dragster Novice
Finals: Dylan Dancer of Foley def. Travis Kurkosky of Annandale
Semifinals: Dancer def. Cameron Giese of Kandiyohi; Kurkosky def. Allyson Giese of Kandiyohi

Junior Dragster Youth
Finals: Daniel Dancer of Foley def. Brody Thompson of Nowthen
Semifinals: Dancer def. Carter Luberda of Foley; Thompson had a bye