Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals

Set your calendars for the 2018 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals!

The 2018 version of the fastest show on Earth is set for Aug. 16-19.

The NHRA features the world’s best drag racers, the fastest cars, the most insane race fans and an experience like no other.

Brown_WEveryone has heard stories about BIR during the NHRA Nationals but you have to experience it yourself because there’s nothing that compares. Gates are open for campers and open at 7 a.m. daily starting Thursday for those who aren’t camping.

At center stage is four days of ground-pounding, lightning-fast, blow-your-mind drag racing. Every household name in drag racing competes at the NHRA Nationals on BIR’s world-renown track – the fastest drag strip in the country. Last year, the Top Fuel and Funny Car national records were shattered, and for the first time in NHRA history, a pair of women drivers won the Top Fuel and Funny Car classes.

Names like John Force, Tony Schumacher, Ron Capps, Antron Brown, and Minnesotans Greg Anderson and Jason Line push themselves and their cars to the limits as they compete for a world championship in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. This year’s race again features Pro Stock Motorcycle again – always a fan favorite at BIR!

This kind of racing isn’t for the faint of heart. The Top Fuel Dragsters get down the quarter-mile track in less than 4 seconds at speeds over 330 mph. They crank out 10,000 horsepower along the way. Blink at the wrong time and they’re long gone.

DownTrackThere’s just as much to see off the track. Every ticket comes with a pit pass, so fans can watch teams tear down their race cars and rebuild them between races. You can stand within feet of the crews as they crank up the car, sending the smell and burn of nitro fuel into the crowd. You can’t get that anywhere else. Bring a pen and paper because drivers are readily available for autographs.

On the Nitro Alley midway, manufacturers and sponsors create a carnival atmosphere, with interactive displays, simulated competitions, merchandise, food and freebies.

But what makes BIR unique among other tracks on the NHRA circuit is its on-site camping, specifically, The Zoo campground, which has a reputation among drivers, teams and fans alike for being THE place to be at the end of race day. With live bands Thursday through Saturday, a spectacular fireworks display, 24-hour food, a constant parade of Partywagons, bonfires and shinanigans of all kinds, The Zoo is the only place to stay to really experience NHRA Nationals at BIR. It’s all good clean fun.

For those with small children or who want quieter evenings, the reserved and restricted family camping areas have early noise and traffic rules that are strictly enforced to give families a break from the all-night celebrations.

For daytime parking, fans drive into the track and park before buying your ticket.

    am . . . . Gates open

    am. . . .Spectator Gates Open
    9:30 am . . . . Sportsman Qualifying
    8:30pm . . . Live music begins in The Zoo

    am . . . Spectator Gates Open
    9:15 am . . . . Sportsman Qualifying
    2 pm . . . Top Alcohol Qualifying  (Funny Car/Dragster)
    2:45 pm . . . . . . Pro Stock Qualifying (Car & Motorcycle)
    3:30 pm . . . . . Nitro Qualifying  (Funny Car/Dragster)
    4:30 pm . . . . . Top Alcohol Qualifying  (Funny Car/Dragster)
    5:30 pm . . . . . Pro Stock Qualifying (Car & Motorcycle)
    6 pm . . . . . Nitro Qualifying  (Funny Car/Dragster)
    8:30 pm . . . Live music begins in The Zoo

    :00 am . . . . Spectator Gates Open
    9:15 am . . . . Sportsman Eliminations
    10:45 am . . . Nitro School, free in the pit area
    11:15 am . . . Mello Yello Autograph Session, Mello Yello display
    Noon . . . . Top Alcohol Qualifying (Funny Car/Dragster)
    12:45 pm . . . Pro Stock Qualifying (Motorcycle & Car)
    1:30 pm . . . Nitro Qualifying (Dragster/Funny Car)
    2:45 pm . . . Top Alcohol (Dragster/Funny Car) – Round 1
    3:45 pm . . . Pro Stock Qualifying (Motorcycle & Car)
    4:30 pm . . . Nitro Qualifying (Dragster/Funny Car)
    8:30 pm . . . Live music begins in The Zoo
    Dusk . . . Fireworks

    am . . . Spectator Gates Open
    9:40 am . . . SealMaster Track Walk – Open to all ticketholders
    10 am . . . . Pre-Race Ceremonies
    11 am . . . Nitro Eliminations
    Noon . . . . Pro Stock Eliminations
    12:20 pm . . . . Top Alcohol Eliminations
    12:45 pm . . . . Nitro Eliminations
    1:15 pm . . . . Pro Stock Eliminations
    1:35 pm . . . . Top Alcohol Eliminations
    2:15 pm . . . . Nitro Semifinals
    2:35 pm . . . . Pro Stock Semifinals
    2:40 pm . . . . Top Alcohol Finals
    3:30 pm . . . . Pro Stock Finals
    3:37 pm . . . . Nitro Finals
    4 pm . . . . Winners Circle Celebration

    NHRA is now on FS1!  BIR’s Sunday main event is scheduled to finish on LIVE TV!  Click here for a schedule.

    Schedule is subject to change, keep tuned to PA announcements or FM 105.3 for all the details

    NOTE: BIR requires that no race car engines be operated prior to 9 am any day of the event, which includes driving to and from the staging lanes.

  • Tickets for NHRA Nationals

    Advance tickets for the 37th Annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, Aug. 16-19, will be on sale soon. To view the races from anywhere in the grandstands, a reserved seat must be purchased. NOTE: Admission for kids 12 and under is FREE!

    For a map of grandstand seating, click on the icon below.




    Megaweek tickets for the Thunder at the Lakes NHRA Divisional Race on Aug. 10-12 AND the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Aug. 16-19 will be available again this year. Check back here for prices soon. The track will be open from Aug. 9-20 for Megaweek packages. For ticket pricing for Thunder at the Lakes only, click here.


    MegaWeek Ticket Prices

    Aug. 10-21 Admission & Camping


    Aug. 11-21 Admission & Camping


    Aug. 12-21 Admission & Camping


    Aug. 13-21 Admission & Camping



    NHRA Nationals Admission



    Tue-Mon Admission & Camp


    Wed-Mon Admission & Camp


    Thur-Mon Admission & Camp


    Fri-Mon Admission & Camp


    Sat-Mon Admission & Camp


    Thur-Sun Admission


    Fri-Sun Admission


    Sat-Sun Admission


    Thursday Only


    Friday Only


    Saturday Only


    Sunday Only


    Reserved  Seats

    Premium Reserved – Thur-Sun


    Premium Reserved – Fri-Sun


    Premium Reserved – Sat-Sun


    Premium Reserved – Single Day


    Regular Reserved – Thur-Sun


    Regular Reserved – Fri-Sun


    Regular Reserved – Sat-Sun


    Regular Reserved – Single Day


    Reduced Reserved – Thur-Sun


    Reduced Reserved – Fri-Sun


    Reduced Reserved – Sat-Sun


    Reduced Reserved – Thur Only


    Reduced Reserved – Single Day (FSS)


    Child Camp

    Child Camping – Thur-Sat


    Child Camping – Fri-Sat


    Child Camping – Sat Night Only





    Golf cart / ATV


    Daily Gate Parking


    Daytime Parking (Daily)


    Motorcycle Parking (Daily)



    NOTE: All admission & camping sales are FINAL. No refunds.

    Call the BIR Ticket Office for single-day reserved seats.


  • NHRA Nationals Camping & Lodging

    One of the features that makes Brainerd International Raceway unique among motorsports facilities is the variety of lodging opportunities it has on site or nearby. Click on the NHRA Nationals Tickets page for pricing.

    Restricted Family Camping
    The Restricted Family Camping Area is located on our go-kart track and is designed for families, especially those with young children. With its own set of rules and regulations, this area is closer to the action and motorized vehicle activity is restricted for the safety of the children.

    Family Camping
    The Family Camping Area is located between the new bridge and the campground entrance and is designed for families and those looking for a quiet of a night.

    Open Camping – The Zoo!
    BIR’s Open Camping Area, commonly referred to as The Zoo, is legendary among NHRA drivers, teams and fans. Located over the new bridge on the road course infield, about 200 acres are open to rustic camping on a first-come, first-served basis. It’s easily the signature feature of the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, as hundreds of campers start lining up the Sunday before the event to get their favorite spot. You have to see it to believe it. Restrooms and showers are conveniently located throughout the grounds.

    Off-Track Lodging
    For off-track lodging, click here for available resources.

    Deluxe Condominiums
    Our 12 deluxe condominiums have all the comforts of home. Visit this page on our website to learn more. Condominiums for NHRA Nationals are full and have a waiting list.

    PleasureLand RV VIP Campground
    BIR has 164 full-service RV sites that are on prime real estate, right behind the main grandstand. RV sites for NHRA Nationals are full and have a waiting list.

  • Auxiliary Vehicles, Party Wagons, and Bicycles are only to be driven within the campground and zoo. There will be no unauthorized access to the midway or pit area. 

    Trailer or “partywagon” guidelines
    • Trailers should not be wider than the tow vehicle.
    • All sharp edges should be padded.
    • All seats/tables should be bolted down, strapped or enclosed by sturdy railing.
    • Night time brings added concern for safety. Be careful!

    Motorized vehicle rules
    • The maximum speed limit inside BIR is 10 mph.
    • Drivers of all motorized vehicles must be at least 16 years old and carry a valid driver’s license.
    • All vehicles MUST HAVE functioning headlight and taillight from dusk through dawn. Flashlights do not qualify as a legal headlight or taillight.
    • All motorized vehicles MUST drive on the appropriate side of the road.
    • BIR reserves the right to confiscate pit transportation of any violators.

    Nationals pass pricing: $80
    (Also good for the divisional race)


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