Bracket drag racing, Superbike racing on tap for this weekend

With only two weekends left on the schedule, the point standings for the Bracket Drag Racing Series are starting to get interesting.

This weekend is the fifth of six weekends for the series. It’s a Dual Event weekend with the Central Roadracing Association (CRA) on BIR’s 2.5-mile Competition Road Course as it shows off its insane brand of Superbike racing.

While the CRA will be racing Friday through Sunday, the Bracket Drag Racing Series is a two-day affair, with time trials, qualifying and eliminations both Saturday and Sunday. That’s a program change from previous years in that now there are two chances for drivers to win their racing class each weekend, which provides for more exciting racing for fans as well.

The Bracket Drag Racing Series features some of the top amateur drag racers in the state. More than 250 dragsters, cars, trucks, bikes, snowmobiles and Junior Dragsters are expected at BIR this weekend to compete for series points, with series championships in 10 different classes up for grabs at the end of the season.

Last weekend, Rory Emmans made things interesting in Sportsman Class by sweeping the class with a double win, which vaulted him into first place. What made the Sportsman Class even more unusual is that Emmans beat Layne Robertson in the finals both days. Robertson isn’t in the points race.

There’s a log jam at the top of the Super Pro Class, which is typically the series’ fastest and largest class. This year, 43 drivers are in the points race, with Brian Johnson holding a slim lead over at least six other drivers who are within striking distance.

The Pro ET Class has 40 drivers in the points race, with Bob Ingman in the lead and being chased by an eight-pack of drivers who still could catch him and knock him out of first.

The CRA is on the road course for the fourth of five weekends at BIR. There’s a variety of racing classes on the track all weekend, with practice sessions on Friday, followed by six-lap races Saturday and Sunday. These are highly skilled racers who fly around the track on two wheels and a knee as they attack the challenging and demanding 13-turn track.

The pit areas for both tracks are always open to spectators, and on-site camping is available. The Wheelie Bar & Grille inside BIR has DJ music both Friday and Saturday nights for those who are camping at the track.

Gates open at 8 a.m. daily to spectators, with racing starting at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. The CRA’s first session Friday is at 10 a.m. Daily admission is $15; kids 12 and under are free.