Series championships, Wallys on the line this weekend

The grand finale of Brainerd International Raceway’s Bracket Drag Racing Series is this weekend, and there’s a lot at stake for most of the 200-plus drag racers expected to compete.

Shane Boney has a slip lead in the Pro ET class.
Shane Boney has a slim lead in the Pro ET class.

The final weekend means that drivers have one last shot at earning series points as they chase series championships in 10 different classes. But Saturday’s race is also important for all racers because it’s the National Dragster Challenge, where drivers in six of the 10 series classes have a rare chance at winning a Wally trophy and bragging rights for another year.

Racing starts at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, with one round of time trials followed by elimination rounds until winners are determined at the end of each day. Saturday’s race includes the National Dragster Challenge for drivers in the Super Pro, Pro ET, Sportsman, Pro Bike/Sled, Comp Trophy and Street Trophy classes. The winners of those classes Saturday will take home a replica Wally trophy, like those that the stars of the NHRA win.

BIR’s Bracket Drag Racing Series features some of the best amateur drag racing in the country as racers compete in dragsters, cars, trucks, bikes, snowmobiles and Junior Dragsters for prize money, hardware and series points that go toward series championships. Super Pro and Pro classes battle for a guaranteed $2,000 to win each day.

On Saturday, BIR’s 2.5-mile Competition Road Course will be busy with bikes during a Ducati Track Day.

Daily admission is $20 and kids 12 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at the gate. Click here for more details of the Bracket Drag Racing Series.