Bracket Drag Racers return for start of 2016 season

When racers in the Bracket Drag Racing Series take over the drag strip this weekend, you can bet they won’t waste any time getting their cars – and their racing skills – dialed in for the season.

Most of the final point standings last year came down to one or two rounds that separated first and second place, so racers know exactly how important each run is during the 6-weekend, 12-race series.

Joe Howell
Joe Howell

This weekend’s race kicks off the series and is expected to attract more than 200 dragsters, cars, trucks, motorcycles and Junior Dragsters from throughout the five-state area and Canada. They’ll be gunning for important series points and, for some classes, prize money.

Gates open at 5 p.m. Thursday, with Friday reserved for a Test & Tune day. Saturday and Sunday start with time trials, followed by elimination rounds that culminate with winners being crowned in all 10 racing classes.

“These drag racers have waited all winter to get back on the track, so the first race of the season is always a lot of fun,” BIR Owner Jed Copham said. “It can also be an adventure as a lot of these drivers have made adjustments to their cars during the off-season and are making adjustments on the fly to get it just right. Anything can happen.”

Among the racers who will have targets on their backs this year are Joe Howell, Gary Loeffelholz and Jimmy Paulson, among others. Howell won the coveted King of the Track race and the Pro ET title after sitting out the entire 2014 season. Loeffelholz repeated as Super Pro champion and also won the new Quick 16 class, while Paulson easily won the Pro Bike/Sled title after his first year of riding a drag bike.

Daily admission is $20 and kids 12 and under are free. Camping is free with a multi-day ticket.

For more information on the Bracket Drag Racing Series, click here.