This weekend’s Bracket Drag Race includes King of the Track

For 14 drivers in Brainerd International Raceway’s Bracket Drag Racing Series, Saturday’s race has extra importance – it’s a showdown for the title of King of the Track.

The top two racers in the point standings will battle it out to determine the best of the best in BIR’s six-weekend Bracket Drag Racing Series. They’ll also walk away with a coveted Wally trophy, a King of the Track hat and bragging rights for a year. Just ask Ben Line, who races in Stock/Super Stock. He’ll be trying to repeat as King this year again.

Ben Line won last year's King of the Track and is going for a repeat.
Ben Line is last year’s King of the Track and is going for a repeat.

The elimination system is set up like this: The top two racers in the point standings in Super Pro, Pro ET, Sportsman, Stock/Super Stock, Pro Bike/Sled, Comp Trophy and Street Trophy classes will race each other to determine who represents the class. The final seven racers are then paired up, with the last driver remaining earning the crown.

The 14 drivers competing for King of the Track are the following:

Super Pro: Myron Streit of St. Cloud and Michael Anderson of St. Joseph
Pro ET: Joe Howell of Big Lake and Jon Kelly of Newport
Sportsman: Brandon Schmall of Lino Lakes and Russ Elzy of Becker
Stock/Super Stock: James Findell of Zimmerman and Ben Line of International Falls
Pro Bike/Sled: Jimmy Paulson of Stacy and Kyle Olson
Comp Trophy: Jared Hutar of Cromwell and Sid Osterman of Pequot Lakes
Street Trophy: Tyler Gadacz of Little Falls and Joe Moriarty Jr. of Ham Lake

In addition to the King of the Track runoff, more than 250 drivers are expected this weekend to battle for series points and prize money. It’s the fourth racing weekend of the season, with only two left before series champions are determined. The daily racing program for Saturday and Sunday include time trials in the morning followed by eliminations. There will be class winners both days.

Big prize money goes to the winner of the Shootout each day. The winner of the Super Pro Class and the Pro ET Class go head to head in the Shootout, with the winner taking home $2,000 and the runner up winning $1,000. The Quick 16 Shootout on Saturday (new to the program this year) is another chance at a driver pay day. The eight quickest door cars and the eight quickest dragsters pair up, with the quickest of the bunch taking home $1,200. The runner up wins $500.

On Sunday, BIR’s 2.5-mile Competition Road Course will be busy with Road Closed Productions’ Track Day for Bikes. It’s open to all road bike riders who want to test themselves and their bikes on a race track.

Click here for more details about the Bracket Drag Racing Series.