On the track this weekend: Drag Racing, Superbikes

The 2015 racing season starts this weekend for more than 250 drivers in the Bracket Drag Racing Series as well as dozens of motorcycle riders from the Central Roadracing Association (CRA).

Drag racing and Superbike racing will take place simultaneously Friday through Sunday.

Reno_WOn the drag strip, the top two drivers with the largest targets on their backs will be the father-son duo of Gary and Reno Loeffelholz, who won series championships last year in the two biggest classes in the Bracket Drag Racing Series: Super Pro and Pro ET. Those championships were the first for both drivers, but hopefully not the last, they said.

This weekend’s Bracket Drag Racing Series features dragsters, cars, trucks, bikes, snowmobiles and Junior Dragsters (for kids ages 8-18). They’ll be competing for cash prizes and points in the six-weekend, 12-race series. Friday is a Test & Tune day for drivers as they make passes to get their cars dialed in for competition. On Saturday and Sunday, racers will get at least one round of time trials before elimination rounds begin, with winners in each of the 10 classes crowned at the end of both days.

RacingBIR’s 2.5-mile Competition Road Course will be busy all weekend with Superbike racing, as the CRA takes over the track for the first of its five weekends at BIR.

Friday is for new riders and includes practice sessions. Saturday’s schedule includes practice, eight-lap sprints and 18-lap Trophy Dashes. Sunday’s schedule includes practice and eight-lap sprints.

Daily admission is $20. Kids 12 and younger are free. Tickets are available at the gate. Camping is free with a multi-day ticket.

Reno Loeffelholz, top, is the drag racer to beat in Pro ET.
Superbikes take on BIR’s road course this weekend. Photo by SDE