Great deals on Muscle Car Series T-shirts

Here’s a hot T-shirt deal for you Muscle Car Series fans. Buy a GSTA Muscle Car Shootout T-shirt for $25 or get all three Muscle Car Series tees for $60! Below are the designs. They’re available this weekend at The Shirt Shack, located on the ground floor of the brick condos inside the track.

 

 

 

Meet NHRA drivers during these public appearances

The public has an opportunity to meet the stars of the NHRA this week during free public appearances, which include ticket and swag giveaways.

The NHRA is in town for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals this weekend, when the best drag racers in the world battle it out in hot rods that pump out 11,000 horsepower. Racing starts Thursday and ends Sunday. 

Wednesday, August 14
Ron Capps, driver of the NAPA Auto Parts Funny Car, will be in the Walmart parking lot from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, along with Wild Bill Satre from B93.3 radio. He’ll be broadcasting live from the event and giving away Friday tickets to the NHRA Nationals and B93.3 swag. Look for the Mello Yello display in the parking lot. 

Ron Capps & Wild Bill Satre

Thursday, August 15
Tommy Johnson Jr. and Ron Capps will be at The Side Track Bar & Restaurant across from BIR on Thursday from 7:30-9 p.m. Johnson drives the Make A Wish Funny Car and Capps pilots the NAPA Auto Parts Funny Car. They’ll be available to sign autographs, mug for photos and visit with fans. Everyone who attends has a chance to win a grand prize package of 4 Saturday tickets to NHRA Nationals as well as an exclusive Pit Crew Experience, which includes a private meet and greet with Capps and his crew and a behind-the-scenes tour of the NAPA Auto Parts Funny Car pit area. It’s an amazing prize. 

Tommy Johnson Jr.

Brad Harder is King of the Track!

Brad Harder knows what it’s like to get to the finals of the King of the Track race at Brainerd International Raceway, but he never experienced the thrill of winning the crown. Until Saturday.

Harder is now BIR’s 2019 King of the Track, after beating Ryan Athman in the finals. Harder may be the first racer from the Pro Bike/Sled class to win the title.

 

Athman and Harder nearly had to wait until Sunday to decide the winner. Rain on Saturday morning delayed the start of racing until noon. And with extra drag racers competing last weekend, the sun was setting when they lined up against each other on the starting line as the final pair of the day. Riding a 1998 Kawasaki ZX9R, Harder had a tinted shield on his helmet and was looking through a tinted windshield on his bike, making the track awfully dark for someone crossed the finish line at 140.31 mph.

“I was more concerned about staying in my lane (then devising a strategy for the race),” Harder said. Harder and Athman were off the starting line at the same time but Harder eeked out the win with a time of 9.331 seconds.

“After I saw the win lights come on, I wanted to jump off the bike and celebrate but I tried to contain myself instead,” he said. “I was really excited, though.”

BIR’s annual King of the Track race pits the top two racers in each class of the Bracket Drag Racing Series’ point standings. There were two racers from seven classes that were paired up for a run-off to determine the best of the best.

The King of the Track race was part of the fifth of seven weekends for the Bracket Drag Racing Series. With the Central Roadracing Association on the road course for its third of five race weekends for the year, the drag strip was super busy with more than 300 cars, including 51 Stock/Super Stock cars that were competing for big prize money as part of the Midwest Class Racers’ 6th Annual Paul Bunyan Classic. Line Performance put up $3,000 on Saturday and Sunday, with $2,000 going to the winner and $1,000 to the runner up each day.

The race attracted drivers from as far away as Washington state, Idaho and Nebraska, as well as every corner of Minnesota. On Saturday, Michael Mans drove his 2000 Firebird to a finals win over Ben Line, with a winning time of 8.861 seconds and 141.37 mph. Sunday was pay day for Scott Dugdale, who drove his ’67 Chevelle to a finals win over Jamey Picht by posting a time of 11.353 seconds at 115.50 mph.

Grant Pesola and Keith Larson may have gotten lost in the shuffle with all the special races going on, but the two were dual winners this weekend, sweeping the Sportsman and Street Trophy classes, respectively.

Driving a 1997 Dodge Ram pickup, Pesola won 10 straight races last weekend, beating Jerry Hieb in Saturday’s Sportsman finals and disposing of Joe Moriarty Sr. in Sunday’s finals. All three drivers are now in a battle at the top of the point standings with two weekends left.

Larson and his ’72 Camaro were unbeatable as well. He knocked off Jazper Wiebusch in Saturday’s Street Trophy finals and then benefitted from Tyler Kyllonen’s starting-line foul in Sunday’s finals. Larson’s on top of the point standings and leading second-place Weibusch.

The next race in the Bracket series is Sept. 6-8.

Below are the finals of each class.

SATURDAY, JULY 20

Super Pro

Finals: Joe Howell of Big Lake def. Daniel Flewilling of Thunder Bay, Ontario

Pro ET
Finals: Matt Arnold of West Fargo, N.D. def. Cole Casteel of Crosby

Sportsman
Finals: Grant Pesola of Nashwauk def. Jerry Heib of Maple Grove

Stock/Super Stock
Finals: Michael Mans of Rogers def. Ben Line of International Falls

Pro Bike/Sled
Finals: Jami Neyssen of Foley def. Brad Harder of Waconia

Comp Trophy
Finals: Ryan Athman of St. Cloud def. John Takacs of Thunder Bay, Ontario

Street Trophy
Finals: Keith Larson of Brainerd def. Jazper Wiebusch of Ham Lake

Junior Dragster Advanced
Finals: Bryn Kahlhamer of Inver Grove Heights def. Riley Luberda of Foley

Junior Dragster Intermediate
Finals: Blake Neyssen of Foley def. Aspen Meagher of Hudson, Wis.

Junior Dragster Novice
Finals: Cason Entwistle of Hilman def. Lily Covington of Merrifield

SUNDAY, JULY 21

Super Pro
Finals: Steve Brings of Howard Lake def. Ronnie Luberda of Foley

Pro ET
Finals: Tim Lowe of Chisago City def. Tony Leonard of Inver Grove Heights

Sportsman
Finals: Grant Pesola of Nashwauk def. Joe Moriarty of Ham Lake

Stock/Super Stock
Finals: Scott Dugdale of Stacy def. Jamey Picht of Oakdale

Pro Bike/Sled
Finals: Billy Devries of Brainerd def. Bruce Sampson of Forest Lake

Comp Trophy
Finals: Paul Songas of Stacy def. Brad Haugaard of Ham Lake

Street Trophy
Finals: Keith Larson of Brainerd def. Tyler Kyllonen of St. Francis

Junior Dragster Advanced
Finals: Owen Drake of Zimmerman def. Dylan Dancer of Foley

Junior Dragster Intermediate
Finals: Brody Thompson of Nowthen def. Davis Godwin of Pengilly

Junior Dragster Novice
Finals: Lily Covington of Merrifield def. Cason Entwistle of Hilman  
 

CRA’s Minster dominates weekend with the Texans

The Central Roadracing Association hosted the Championship Cup Series from Texas last weekend for a double-sprint event at BIR, but Nate Minster wasn’t very hospitable toward his Texan counterparts. 

Riding his Yamaha R6, Minster dominated the middleweight and heavyweight grids, finishing first in nearly every race. Josh Harein and Brian Hebeisen had the pace to stay competitive with Minster but ultimately settled for second and third place finishes. 

Minster has competed across the United States in the Liqui Moly Junior Cup and has enough talent to continue his ascent into the professional ranks of road racing. The sky’s the limit for this young man and it’ll be exciting to watch his progression this season.

With the addition of the Championship Cup Series riders, the weekend featured 133 riders on BIR’s historic 3.1-mile Donnybrooke Road Course, with the famed mile-long straightaway and the lightning-fast Turn 1. 

The Unlimited races didn’t disappoint either, with Scott Stall returning to his winning ways on his ZX10R. Battling with some of the best racers in the Midwest for bragging rights, the former CRA champion dropped the hammer on Sunday, taking the victory in every Unlimited race. If this round was any indication of what we’ll see this season, fans and racers alike have reason to be excited.

In the novice ranks, Brady Fors continued to show his potential, securing victories throughout the weekend in Featherweight and Ultralight. Fors began his road racing career last season and has continued to show great talent and progression each round.

Join the CRA for its next round in July on the 2.5-mile Competition Road Course during a Dual Event Weekend with the Bracket Drag Racing Series on the drag strip.  Visit CRA.com for more details.

 

Unlimited SS Expert – Race 1

1 Jesse Nelson (Yam YZF-R1)

2 Shane Keaveny (Kaw ZX-10R)

3 Tony Storniolo (Kaw ZX-10R)

4 Tom Girard (Yam YZF-R1)

 

Unlimited SS Expert – Race 2

1 Scott Stall (Kaw ZX-10R)

2 Jake Schmotter (Yam YZF-R1)

3 Shane Keaveny (Kaw ZX-10R)

4 Drew Jankord (Yam YZF-R1)

 

Unlimited SB Expert – Race 1

1 Scott Stall (Kaw ZX-10R)

2 Shane Keaveny (Kaw ZX-10R)

3 Jake Schmotter (Yam YZF-R1)

4 Jesse Nelson (Yam YZF-R1)

 

Unlimited SB Expert – Race 2

1 Scott Stall (Kaw ZX-10R)

2 Jake Schmotter (Yam YZF-R1)

3 Shane Keaveny (Kaw ZX-10R)

4 Drew Jankord (Yam YZF-R1)

 

Unlimited GP Expert – Race 1

1 Jesse Nelson (Yam YZF-R1)

2 Jake Schmotter (Yam YZF-R1)

3 Tony Storniolo (Kaw ZX-10R)

4 Drew Jankord (Yam YZF-R1)

 

Unlimited GP Expert – Race 2

1 Scott Stall (Kaw ZX-10R)

2 Jake Schmotter (Yam YZF-R1)

3 Drew Jankord (Yam YZF-R1)

4 Jesse Nelson (Yam YZF-R1)

 

Middleweight SS Expert – Race 2

1 Nate Minster (Yam YZF-R6)

2 Josh Harein (Yam YZF-R6)

3 Patrick Coleman (Kaw ZX-6R)

4 Brian Hebeisen (Yam YZF-R6)

 

Middleweight SS Novice – Race 2

1 Zack Abraham (Kaw ZX-6R)

2 Matthew Warnert (Yam YZF-R6)

3 Zack Mills (Yam YZF-R6)

4 Kyle Haltinner (Yam YZF-R6)

 

Middleweight SS Expert – Race 1

1 Nate Minster (Yam YZF-R6)

2 Brian Hebeisen (Yam YZF-R6)

3 Justin Ebnet (Hon CBR600RR)

4 Patrick Coleman (Yam YZF-R6)

 

Middleweight SS Novice – Race 1

1 Zack Abraham (Kaw ZX-6R)

2 Austin Isfeld (Yam YZF-R6)

3 Matthew Warnert (Yam YZF-R6)

4 Kyle Haltinner (Yam YZF-R6)

 

Middleweight SB Expert – Race 1

1 Nate Minster (Yam YZF-R6)

2 Brian Hebeisen (Yam YZF-R6)

3 Patrick Coleman (Kaw ZX-6R)

4 Josh Harein (Yam YZF-R6)

 

Middleweight SB Novice – Race 1

1 Zack Abraham (Kaw ZX-6R)

2 Austin Isfeld (Yam YZF-R6)

3 Kyle Haltinner (Yam YZF-R6)

4 Matthew Warnert (Yam YZF-R6)

 

Middleweight SB Expert – Race 2

1 Nate Minster (Yam YZF-R6)

2 Josh Harein (Yam YZF-R6)

3 David Collins (Yam YZF-R6)

4 Patrick Coleman (Kaw ZX-6R)

 

Middleweight SB Novice – Race 2

1 Zack Abraham (Kaw ZX-6R)

2 Matthew Warnert (Yam YZF-R6)

3 Austin Isfeld (Yam YZF-R6)

4 Kyle Haltinner (Yam YZF-R6)

 

Middleweight GP Expert – Race 1

1 Nate Minster (Yam YZF-R6)

2 Josh Harein (Yam YZF-R6)

3 Patrick Coleman (Kaw ZX-6R)

4 Brian Hebeisen (Yam YZF-R6)

 

Middleweight GP Novice – Race 1

1 Zack Abraham (Kaw ZX-6R)

2 Austin Isfeld (Yam YZF-R6)

3 Mark Vandal (Yam YZF-R6)

4 Tim Lenahan (Yam YZF-R6)

 

Middleweight GP Expert – Race 2

1 Nate Minster (Yam YZF-R6)

2 Justin Miest (Yam YZF-R6)

3 Brian Hebeisen (Yam YZF-R6)

4 Josh Harein (Yam YZF-R6)

 

Middleweight GP Novice – Race 2

1 Zack Abraham (Kaw ZX-6R)

2 Austin Isfeld (Yam YZF-R6)

3 Trevor Gumm (Yam YZF-R6)

4 Tim Lenahan (Yam YZF-R6)

 

Lightweight SS Expert – Race 1

1 Brian Hebeisen (Suz SV650)

2 Anthony Marcinek (Suz SV650)

3 Jesse Vanderweide (Suz SV650)

4 Thomas Conroy (Suz SV650)

 

Lightweight SS Novice – Race 1

1 Zack Johnson (Suz SV650)

2 Jeffrey Quam (Suz SV650)

3 Keith Leishman (Suz SV650)

4 William Brown (Suz SV650)

 

Lightweight SS Expert – Race

1 Brian Hebeisen (Suz SV650)

2 Anthony Marcinek (Suz SV650)

3 Jesse Vanderweide (Suz SV650)

4 Justin Miest (Kaw Ninja 300)

 

Lightweight SS Novice – Race

1 Zack Johnson (Suz SV650)

2 Jeffrey Quam (Suz SV650)

 

Lightweight SB Expert – Race 2

1 Brian Hebeisen (Suz SV650)

2 Kyle Franz (Yam FZ-07R)

3 Shannon Anderson (Suz SV650)

4 Brian Rogers (Suz SV650)

 

Lightweight SB Novice – Race 2

1 Andrew Kruse (Suz SV650)

2 Wayne Minnichsoffer (Hon CBR600F2)

3 Ike Ozurumba (Suz SV650)

4 Mitchell Donahue (Suz SV650)

 

Lightweight SB Expert – Race 1

1 Kurt Schuschke (Suz SV650)

2 Brian Rogers (Suz SV650)

3 Kyle Franz (Yam FZ-07R)

4 Shannon Anderson (Suz SV650)

 

Lightweight SB Novice – Race 1

1 Andrew Kruse (Suz SV650)

2 Ike Ozurumba (Suz SV650)

3 Wayne Minnichsoffer (Hon CBR600F2)

4 Mitchell Donahue (Suz SV650)

 

Lightweight GP Expert – Race 2

1 Kurt Schuschke (Suz SV650)

2 Shannon Anderson (Suz SV650)

3 Brian Hebeisen (Suz SV650)

4 Brian Rogers (Suz SV650)

 

Lightweight GP Novice – Race 2

1 Ike Ozurumba (Suz SV650)

2 Zack Johnson (Suz SV650)

3 Wayne Minnichsoffer (Hon CBR600F2)

4 Mitchell Donahue (Suz SV650)

 

Lightweight GP Expert – Race 1

1 Kurt Schuschke (Suz SV650)

2 Daniel Mataczynski (Suz SV650)

3 Brian Hebeisen (Suz SV650)

4 Kyle Franz (Yam FZ-07R)

 

Lightweight GP Novice – Race 1

1 Andrew Kruse (Suz SV650)

2 Ike Ozurumba (Suz SV650)

3 Wayne Minnichsoffer (Hon CBR600F2)

4 Mitchell Donahue (Suz SV650)

 

Formula 40 – F2 – Race 1

1 Shane Keaveny (Kaw ZX-10R)

2 Tony Mahto (Yam YZF-R1)

3 Robert Loose (Kaw ZX-10R)

4 Michael Butler (Yam YZF-R1)

 

Formula 40 – F1 – Race 1

1 Kurt Schuschke (Tri Daytona 675)

2 Matt Cina (Yam FZ07)

3 Zack Mixon (Yam FZ07)

4 Jeff Franz (Yam FZ07)

 

Formula 40 – F2 – Race 2

1 Shane Keaveny (Kaw ZX-10R)

2 JR Hiebert (Kaw ZX-10R)

3 Tony Mahto (Yam YZF-R1)

4 Robert Loose (Kaw ZX-10R)

 

Formula 40 – F1 – Race 2

1 Kurt Schuschke (Tri Daytona 675)

2 Jeff Franz (Yam FZ07)

3 Ward Jensen (Yam FZ-07R)

4 Bill Plucky (Suz SV650)

 

Michelin Cup GP4 Expert – Race

1 JR Hiebert (Kaw ZX-10R)

2 Robert Loose (Kaw ZX-10R)

3 Adam Bastien (Yam YZF-R6)

4 Michael Butler (Yam YZF-R1)

 

Michelin Cup GP3 Expert – Race

1 Nate Minster (Yam YZF-R6)

2 Josh Harein (Yam YZF-R6)

3 Brian Hebeisen (Yam YZF-R6)

4 Justin Miest (Yam YZF-R6)

 

Michelin Cup GP3 Novice – Race

1 Matthew Warnert (Yam YZF-R6)

2 Leisha Olson (Yam YZF-R6)

3 Doug Olson (Yam YZF-R6)

4 Nick Paidosh (Yam YZF-R6)

 

New Rider Race – Race

1 Zack Mills

2 Andrew Kruse

3 Nicholas Bryduck

4 Michelle Naylor

 

Michelin Cup GP0 Expert – Race

1 Brad Kreller (Kra HKR Evo2)

2 Justin Miest (Yam YZF-R6)

3 Dave Juntunen (Suz SV650)

4 William Miller (Yam YZF-R3)

 

Michelin Cup GP2 Expert – Race

1 Brian Rogers (Suz SV650)

2 Zack Mixon (Suz SV650)

3 Jesse VanderWeide (Suz SV650)

4 Ryan Nolan (Suz SV650)

 

Michelin Cup GP2 Novice – Race

1 Ike Ozurumba (Suz SV650)

2 Mitchell Donahue (Suz SV650)

3 Akshay Biyani (Suz SV650)

4 Zack Johnson (Suz SV650)

 

Michelin Cup GP0 Novice – Race

1 Brady Fors (Yam YZF-R3)

2 Phillip Mitteness (Yam YZF-R3)

3 Karyna Veisberg (Yam YZF-R3)

4 Max Bullard (Yam YZF-R3)

 

Michelin Cup GP1 Expert – Race

1 Billy Lachmiller (Kaw Ninja 300)

 

Heavyweight GP Expert – Race 1

1 Aaron Anderson (Suz GSX-R750)

2 Brian Hebeisen (Yam YZF-R6)

3 Justin Miest (Yam YZF-R6)

4 Dillon Baumeister (Yam YZF-R6)

 

Heavyweight GP Novice – Race 1

1 Zack Abraham (Kaw ZX-6R)

2 Noah Kublik (Suz GSX-R750)

 

90s Cup Expert – Race 1

1 Sean Stettnichs (Yam YZF-R6)

2 Adam Knauer (Hon CBR600F2)

3 James Michaelson (Hon CBR600F3)

4 Leif Nadeau (Yam YZF-R6)

 

90s Cup Novice – Race 1

1 Lucas Landin (Yam YZF-R6)

2 Mitchell Donahue (Suz SV650)

 

250GP Expert – Race 1

1 Jack Barton (Kra HKR Evo2)

 

Supertwins Expert – Race 1

1 JR Hiebert (Suz SV650)

2 Josh Pangier (Yam FZ-07R)

3 Brian Rogers (Suz SV650)

4 Kyle Franz (Yam FZ-07R)

 

Supertwins Novice – Race 1

1 Andrew Kruse (Suz SV650)

2 Mitchell Donahue (Suz SV650)

3 David Schaenzer (Kaw Ninja 300)

 

Sportsman Middleweight Expert – Race 1

1 Leif Nadeau (Yam YZF-R6)

2 Justin Miest (Yam YZF-R6)

3 Shannon Anderson (Yam YZF-R6)

 

Sportsman Lightweight Expert – Race 1

1 Brad Kreller (Kra HKR Evo2)

2 Jack Barton (Kra HKR Evo2)

3 David Crussell (Yam TZ750)

4 Billy Lachmiller (Kaw Ninja 300)

 

Sportsman Lightweight Novice – Race 1

1 Wayne Minnichsoffer (Hon CBR600F2)

2 Brady Fors (Yam YZF-R3)

3 Zack Johnson (Suz SV650)

 

Ultralight Cup Novice – Race 1

1 Brady Fors (Yam YZF-R3)

2 Dane Fickel (Yam YZF-R3)

 

Ultralight Cup Expert – Race 1

1 Mark Miller (Suz SV650)

2 Drew Jankord (Suz SV650)

3 Theodore Honan (Suz SV650)

4 Dave Juntunen (Suz SV650)

 

Ultralight Cup Expert – Race 1

1 Drew Jankord (Suz SV650)

2 Brad Kreller (Kra HKR Evo2)

3 Mark Miller (Suz SV650)

4 Theodore Honan (Suz SV650)

 

Ultralight Cup Novice – Race 1

1 Brady Fors (Yam YZF-R3)

2 Dane Fickel (Yam YZF-R3)

3 Phillip Mitteness (Yam YZF-R3)

4 David Schaenzer (Kaw Ninja 300)

 

 

Featherweight SS Expert – Race 2

1 Brian Hebeisen (Yam YZF-R3)

2 Justin Miest (Kaw Ninja 300)

3 Billy Lachmiller (Kaw Ninja 300)

4 William Miller (Yam YZF-R3)

 

Featherweight SS Novice – Race 2

1 Brady Fors (Yam YZF-R3)

2 David Schaenzer (Yam YZF-R3)

3 Max Bullard (Yam YZF-R3)

4 Harlan Bullard (Yam YZF-R3)

 

Featherweight GP Expert – Race 1

1 Stephen Peterson (KTM 390)

2 Kurt Ohnsorg (Yam YZF-R3)

3 Justin Miest (Kaw Ninja 300)

4 William Miller (Yam YZF-R3)

 

Featherweight GP Novice – Race 1

1 Brady Fors (Yam YZF-R3)

2 Phillip Mitteness (Yam YZF-R6)

3 Andrew Vandal (Yam YZF-R3)

4 David Schaenzer (Kaw Ninja 300)

 

Ultralight Cup Expert – Race 2

1 Drew Jankord (Yam YZF-R3)

2 Theodore Honan (Yam YZF-R3)

3 Mark Miller (Yam YZF-R3)

4 Justin Miest (Kaw Ninja 300)

 

Ultralight Cup Novice – Race 2

1 Brady Fors (Yam YZF-R3)

2 Phillip Mitteness (Yam YZF-R3)

3 David Schaenzer (Kaw Ninja 300)

4 Roy Konicek (Yam YZF-R3)

 

Featherweight GP Expert – Race 2

1 Kurt Ohnsorg (Yam R3)

2 Stephen Peterson (KTM)

3 Brian Hebeisen (Yam YZF-R6)

4 Justin Miest (Kaw Ninja 300)

 

Featherweight GP Novice – Race 2

1 Brady Fors (Yam YZF-R3)

2 Andrew Vandal (Yam YZF-R3)

3 Phillip Mitteness (Yam YZF-R6)

4 Dane Fickel (Yam YZF-R3)

 

Heavyweight SS Expert – Race 2

1 Nate Minster (Yam YZF-R6)

2 Patrick Coleman (Kaw ZX-6R)

3 Tony Storniolo (Kaw ZX-6R)

4 Jordan Imrie (Yam YZF-R6)

 

Heavyweight SS Novice – Race 2

1 Zack Abraham (Kaw ZX-6R)

2 Kyle Haltinner (Kaw ZX-6R)

3 Tim Lenahan (Yam YZF-R6)

4 Casey Lombard (Suz GSXR 600)

 

90s Cup Expert – Race 2

1 Sean Stettnichs (Yam YZF-R6)

2 James Michaelson (Hon CBR600F3)

3 Leif Nadeau (Yam YZF-R6)

4 Adam Knauer (Hon CBR600F2)

 

90s Cup Novice – Race 2

1 Lucas Landin (Yam YZF-R6)

2 Mitchell Donahue (Suz SV650)

 

250GP Expert – Race 2

1 Christopher Spargo (Yam TZ250)

 

Heavyweight SS Expert – Race 1

1 Nate Minster (Yam YZF-R6)

2 Brian Hebeisen (Yam YZF-R6)

3 Jordan Imrie (Yam YZF-R6)

4 Tony Storniolo (Kaw ZX-6R)

 

Heavyweight SS Novice – Race 1

1 Zack Abraham (Kaw ZX-6R)

2 Kyle Haltinner (Yam YZF-R6)

3 Austin Isfeld (Yam YZF-R6)

4 Trevor Gumm (Yam YZF-R6)

 

90s Cup Expert – Race 1

1 Sean Stettnichs (Yam YZF-R6)

2 Adam Knauer (Hon CBR600F2)

3 James Michaelson (Hon CBR600F3)

4 Leif Nadeau (Yam YZF-R6)

 

250GP Expert – Race 1

1 Brad Kreller (Kra HKR Evo2)

2 Stephen Peterson (Kra HKR Evo2)

3 Jack Barton (Kra HKR Evo2)

 

90s Cup Novice – Race 1

1 Lucas Landin (Yam YZF-R6)

2 Mitchell Donahue (Suz SV650)

 

Featherweight SS Expert – Race 1

1 Justin Miest (Kaw Ninja 300)

2 Brian Hebeisen (Yam R3)

3 Brad Kreller (Yam YZF-R3)

4 William Miller (Yam YZF-R3)

 

Featherweight SS Novice – Race 1

1 Brady Fors (Yam YZF-R3)

2 Andrew Vandal (Yam YZF-R3)

3 David Schaenzer (Kaw Ninja 300)

4 Phillip Mitteness (Yam YZF-R3)

 

Featherweight SB Expert – Race 2

1 Kurt Ohnsorg (Yam YZF-R3)

2 Stephen Peterson (KTM 390)

3 Justin Miest (Kaw Ninja 300)

4 Brian Hebeisen (Yam YZF-R3)

 

Featherweight SB Novice – Race 2

1 Brady Fors (Yam YZF-R3)

2 Andrew Vandal (Yam YZF-R3)

3 Dane Fickel (Yam YZF-R3)

4 Max Bullard (Yam YZF-R3)

 

Ultralight Cup Expert – Race 1

1 Timothy Ring (Suz SV650)

2 Mark Miller (Suz SV650)

3 Stephen Peterson (KTM 390)

4 Justin Miest (Kaw Ninja 300)

 

Ultralight Cup Novice – Race 1

1 Brady Fors (Yam YZF-R3)

2 Phillip Mitteness (Yam YZF-R3)

3 David Schaenzer (Kaw Ninja 300)

4 Dane Fickel (Yam YZF-R3)

 

Featherweight SB Expert – Race 1

1 Kurt Ohnsorg (Yam YZF-R3)

2 Stephen Peterson (KTM 390)

3 Brian Hebeisen (Yam YZF-R3)

4 Justin Miest (Kaw Ninja 300)

 

Featherweight SB Novice – Race 1

1 Brady Fors (Yam YZF-R3)

2 Phillip Mitteness (Yam YZF-R6)

3 David Schaenzer (Kaw Ninja 300)

4 Andrew Vandal (Yam YZF-R3)

 

Heavyweight SB Expert – Race 2

1 Nate Minster (Yam YZF-R6)

2 Josh Harein (Yam YZF-R6)

3 Justin Miest (Yam YZF-R6)

4 Brian Hebeisen (Yam YZF-R6)

 

Heavyweight SB Novice – Race 2

1 Matthew Warnert (Yam YZF-R6)

2 Zack Abraham (Kaw ZX-6R)

3 Kyle Haltinner Yam YZF-R6)

4 Tim Lenahan (Yam YZF-R6)

 

90s Cup Expert – Race 2

1 Sean Stettnichs (Yam YZF-R6)

2 James Michaelson (Hon CBR600F3)

3 Leif Nadeau (Yam YZF-R6)

4 Adam Knauer (Hon CBR600F2)

 

90s Cup Novice – Race 2

1 Lucas Landin (Yam YZF-R6)

2 Mitchell Donahue (Suz SV650)

 

250GP Expert – Race 2

1 Christopher Spargo (Yam TZ250)

 

Heavyweight SB Expert – Race 1

1 Nate Minster (Yam YZF-R6)

2 Brian Hebeisen (Yam YZF-R6)

3 Josh Harein (Yam YZF-R6)

4 Aaron Anderson (Suz GSX-R750)

 

Heavyweight SB Novice – Race 1

1 Zack Abraham (Kaw ZX-6R)

2 Matthew Warnert (Yam YZF-R6)

3 Kyle Haltinner (Yam YZF-R6)

4 Casey Lombard (Suz GSXR 600)

 

90s Cup Expert – Race 1

1 Sean Stettnichs (Yam YZF-R6)

2 Leif Nadeau (Yam YZF-R6)

3 Adam Knauer (Hon CBR600F2)

4 James Michaelson (Hon CBR600F3)

 

250GP Expert – Race 1

1 Brad Kreller (Kra HKR Evo2)

2 Jack Barton (Kra HKR Evo2)

 

90s Cup Novice – Race 1

1 Lucas Landin (Yam YZF-R6)

2 Mitchell Donahue (Suz SV650)

 

Ultralight Cup Expert – Race 2

1 Drew Jankord (Yam YZF-R3)

2 Theodore Honan (Yam YZF-R3)

3 Ryan Music (Kaw Ninja 300)

4 Justin Miest (Kaw Ninja 300)

 

Ultralight Cup Novice – Race 2

1 Brady Fors (Yam YZF-R3)

2 Dane Fickel (Yam YZF-R3)

 

Ultralight Cup Novice – Race 2

1 Brady Fors (Yam YZF-R3)

2 Phillip Mitteness (Yam YZF-R3)

3 Dane Fickel (Yam YZF-R3)

 

Ultralight Cup Expert – Race 2

1 Mark Miller (Suz SV650)

2 Stephen Peterson (KTM 390)

3 Justin Miest (Kaw Ninja 300)

4 Dave Juntunen (Suz SV650)

 

Heavyweight GP Expert – Race 2

1 Brian Hebeisen (Yam YZF-R6)

2 Justin Miest (Yam YZF-R6)

3 Aaron Anderson (Suz GSX-R750)

4 Mark Dargis (Yam YZF-R6)

 

Heavyweight GP Novice – Race 2

1 Zack Abraham (Kaw ZX-6R)

 

90s Cup Expert – Race 2

1 Sean Stettnichs (Yam YZF-R6)

2 Leif Nadeau (Yam YZF-R6)

3 James Michaelson (Yam YZF-R6)

4 Daniel Mataczynski (Suz SV650)

 

90s Cup Novice – Race 2

1 Mitchell Donahue (Suz SV650)

 

Supertwins Expert – Race 2

1 JR Hiebert (Yam YZF-R6)

2 Brian Hebeisen (Yam YZF-R6)

3 Brian Rogers (Suz SV650)

4 Kyle Franz (Yam FZ-07R)

 

Sportsman Middleweight Expert – Race 2

1 Justin Miest (Yam YZF-R6)

2 Leif Nadeau (Yam YZF-R6)

3 Shannon Anderson (Yam YZF-R6)

 

Supertwins Novice – Race 2

1 Andrew Kruse (Suz SV650)

2 Mitchell Donahue (Suz SV650)

3 Jeffrey Quam (Suz SV650)

 

Sportsman Lightweight Novice – Race 2

1 Wayne Minnichsoffer (Hon CBR600F2)

2 Brady Fors (Yam YZF-R3)

3 Zack Johnson (Suz SV650)

 

Sportsman Lightweight Expert – Race 2

1 Christopher Spargo

2 Billy Lachmiller (Kaw Ninja 300)

New season is under way at BIR as Zavadil, Casteel take wins

The 2019 racing season didn’t get started with quite the gusto that Brainerd International Raceway had hoped for, with rain and wrecks shortening Saturday’s schedule, but racers were met with great racing conditions Sunday, and they took advantage of it.

The Bracket Drag Racing Series had BIR to itself last weekend for the first spectator event of the new season. More than 230 cars, trucks, dragsters, bikes, snowmobiles and Junior Dragsters descended on the track in the first of seven series weekends. Most spent the weekend tweaking their vehicles and knocking the rust off their driving skills.

A crash on Saturday caused a sizable delay, and then rain moved in during the afternoon to shut down racing for the day with only three of the 10 classes completing the elimination rounds and crowning winners.

Sunday was a different story.

Tevin Zavadil had his 1990 Chevy Cavalier dialed in during the Super Pro class elimination rounds. With 67 cars in the field, competition was tough but Zavadil relied on consistent runs and improvements in his reaction times every time he inched toward the starting line.

He saved his best reaction time for the finals, when he lined up against Jim Lambrecht. Zavadil was 5/1,000ths of a second away from a perfect reaction time, beating Lambrecht with a winning time of 8.978 seconds at 148.62 mph in the quarter mile.

The Pro ET class also featured 67 cars, one of which was Mike Casteel, who traveled all the way from Thief River Falls to compete with his 1965 Chevelle wagon. It was well worth the trip, as Casteel ran the table Sunday, beating Mike Walcheski in the finals. Walcheski fouled at the starting line to hand Casteel the win.

Casteel benefitted from two other starting-line fouls in earlier rounds but his wagon was making consistent 9-second runs while his reaction times improved with each pass. That was the magic recipe that landed Casteel at the top of the point standings for an early lead.

Brett Speer was another racer who showed off mid season-like reaction times. Driving an ’87 Camaro, he outlasted 10 other racers in the Stock/Super Stock class, finishing his day with a .008-second reaction time in the finals against perennial powerhouse Jason DeForrest and his 2005 Chevy Cavalier. Speer’s winning time was 9.927 seconds and 122.79 mph. DeForrest was slow getting off the line (.161 seconds) and couldn’t recover.

The second race weekend in the seven-weekend Bracket Drag Racing Series will be May 17-19. With the drag strip busy, the Central Roadracing Association will be on BIR’s 2.5-mile Competition Road Course for thrilling Superbike racing. On Saturday, BIR will open its gates to the public for a Celebration of Life event for one of its owners, Jed Copham, who passed away last fall. Gates open at 3 p.m., with free admission. There will be a memorial lap around the road course, an open mic session, live music and a spectacular fireworks display.

Addy Scheleck, JD Novice

Below are results from the finals last weekend.

SATURDAY, MAY 4

Comp Trophy
Ryan Athman of St. Cloud def. Mike Larson of Brainerd

Street Trophy
Tyler Kyllonen of St. Francis def. Tyler Gadacz of Little Falls

Junior Dragster Novice
Lily Covington of Merrifield def. Addyson Scheleck of St. Cloud

SUNDAY, MAY 5

Super Pro
Tevin Zavadil of Clearwater def. Jim Lambrecht of Lino Lakes

Pro ET
Mike Casteel of Thief River Falls def. Mike Wacheski of Foley

Sportsman
Jerry Heib of Maple Grove def. Joe Demarais of Forest Lake

Stock/Super Stock
Brett Speer of Pierz def. Jason DeForrest of Oak Grove

Pro Bike/Sled
Mike Bolandor of Mora def. Wyatt Niesen of Brooklyn Park

Comp Trophy
Paige Findell of Zimmerman def. Paul Wasgatt of Elk River

Street Trophy
Keith Larson of Brainerd def. Kyle Luberda of Foley

Junior Dragster Advanced
Riley Luberda of Foley def. Jocelynn Geib of Montrose

Junior Dragster Intermediate
Megan Cielinski of Gilman def. Daniel Dancer of Foley

Junior Dragster Novice
Addyson Scheleck of St. Cloud def. Lily Covington of Merrifield

2019 Fan Guides are in the mail!

Our 2019 Fan Guides are printed and in the mail! Check your mailbox. Fan Guides are also available around the Brainerd Lakes Area and, of course, at our Ticket Office. If you’d like future Fan Guides delivered directly to your home in the future, email us with your address and we’ll put you on our mailing list: tickets@brainerdraceway.com.

Click on the graphic below to download a Web-friendly version of the Fan Guide.

A Salute to our Race Crew!

As we get ready for the 2019 season, we want to give a huge shout-out to our amazing race crew. They’re a collection of dedicated and passionate individuals who do an amazing job of ensuring that BIR is a safe and fun racing environment for racers as well as fans. Thanks for making BIR one of the best tracks in the land!

Series champs, special individuals honors at BIR Racer Banquet

Brainerd International Raceway’s top drag racers and individuals who had a positive impact on racing at the track were honored Feb. 23 during BIR’s Annual Racer Banquet.

The banquet, held at Arrowwood Lodge in Brainerd, attracted 231 racers, family members and fans – a record number – all of who came to celebrate the end of the one season and the beginning of the next. They were on hand to honor the champions of BIR’s Bracket Drag Racing Series and the Muscle Car Series, as well as four individual who made significant contributions to racing at BIR.

Al Schmidt & Krissi Martin

Al Schmidt, from sponsor Paradigm Performance, presented the fourth annual Dick Roe Appreciation Award to Krissi Martin for her outstanding service to the drag racing community. Martin can be found during race weekends in BIR’s ET Shack, handing out time slips.


Dan Antrim (BIR Operations) & Wyatt Neisen

BIR’s Rookie of the Year award went to Wyatt Niesen, who finished in fourth place in the Pro Bike/Sled Class.

Toby Giese, a long-time Bracket Drag Racer at BIR, won the Joe Angelo Sportsmanship Award for displaying great sportsmanship toward the other racers.

BIR’s Dan Antrim & Toby Giese

Racer Ron Zenzen presented the Outstanding Dedication Award to Stock/Super Stock drag racer Lyn Johnson.

The Bracket Drag Racing Series was well represented, with nine of the 11 series champs in attendance. The winners survived an extremely competitive season again in most of the classes. The extended series was over eight weekends, with winners crowned on both Saturdays and Sundays. The races typically attracted more than 250 dragsters, cars, trucks, bikes, snowmobiles and Junior Dragsters.

Ron Zenzen (middle) with Carson & Carter Line, accepting for Lyn Johnson

The Muscle Car Series was well represented as well. The three-race series continues to grow as the cars get faster and quicker. More than 300 cars compete, featuring seven Heads-Up Classes, 10 Index classes, four Eliminator classes and a class for manual transmissions. In all, 13 championships were awarded.

The series champions were awarded trophies and personalized jackets. For those who were not in attendance, BIR will mail them their jackets and they can pick up their trophies at the track during the first race.

Special thanks to Arrowwood Lodge, which was extremely accommodating and helping BIR put on a fun banquet.

The Bracket Drag Racing Series Champs
Steve Roehrs – Super Pro
Nick Engler – Pro ET
Joe Moriarty – Sportsman
Brad Koivisto – Stock/Super Stock
Jimmy Paulson – Pro Bike/Sled
Devrin Walcheski – Comp Trophy
Tyler Gadacz – Street Trophy
Gary Loeffelholz – Quick 16
Samantha Cielinski  – Jr. Dragster Advanced
Riley Luberda – Jr. Dragster Intermediate
Addy Scheleck – Jr. Dragster Novice

Bracket series winners. Front row from left: Devrin Walcheski, Tyler Gadacz. Back row: BIR Owner Kristi Copham, Steve Roehrs, Nick Engler, Joe Moriarty, Jimmy Paulson, Brad Koivisto, BIR Ticket Manager Stephanie Wieczorek
Junior Dragster winners, from left: BIR Owner Kristi Copham, Riley Luberda, Samantha Cielinski, BIR Ticket Manager Stephanie Wieczorek

Muscle Car Series Champs
Chris Willemssen – Outlaw Pro Mod
Bubba Romanyshyn – Outlaw
Brian Mahnke – King Street
Duane Godbout – Real Street Unlimited
Bob Wallin – Real Street Natural
Steve Luiten – True Street
Chris Gullikson – 660 Outlaw Street
Gary Tesar – Strip Eliminator 1
Kevin Hemenway – Strip Eliminator 2
Zach Schloesser – Strip Eliminator 3
Pete Trombley – Truck Eliminator
Cameron Dorion – Manual Transmission
Nathan Olson – Index Class Champion

Muscle Car Series winners, front row from left: Gary Tesar, Kevin Hemenway, Zach Schloesser. Back row: BIR Owner Kristi Copham, Chris Willemsson, Chris Gullikson, Stacy Wallin (for Bob Wallin), Cameron Dorion, Nathan Olson, BIR Ticket Manager Stephanie Wieczorek

NHRA Nationals camping & Racer Banquet deadlines are this week

Attention NHRA Nationals campers and Racer Banquet attendees! There are deadlines this week that may be of interest to you.

If you haven’t renewed your campsite for the 2019 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals yet or if you haven’t registered for Saturday’s Racer Banquet, keep reading.

Thursday, Feb. 21 is the deadline to renew your reserved campsite for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in August. For fans who had a reserved campsite last year and want to reserve one again this year, you need to contact the Ticket Office before Thursday at 1-866-444-4455. You should’ve received a letter in December that outlined how to do that but if not, call right away so you don’t lose your spot. If you need ticket and camping prices for Nationals, click here.

Tuesday, Feb. 19 is the deadline to register for the 2019 Racer Banquet, which is this Saturday at the Arrowwood Lodge in Brainerd. You must register to attend the banquet, which includes dinner. Contact the Ticket Office before the end of day Tuesday to register.

The banquet program starts with social hour at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. The awards ceremony follows dinner. The cost for the banquet  is $38 per person, $17 each for kids 8-12 years old, and $11 each for kids 4-7 years old. Please be aware that those who attend the banquet must pay for dinner as well. Class champions each receive a complimentary banquet meal (non-transferrable).

The Racer Banquet is BIR’s chance to recognize the top drag racers during the 2018 season. Champions of BIR’s Bracket Drag Racing Series and Muscle Car Series will be honored, and individual awards will be given out as well. It’s a fun night for racers as well as their families and friends.

The 2019 season will be ‘business as usual’ at BIR despite losing one of its owners

Brainerd International Raceway, restating its commitment to motorsports despite losing one of its owners recently, is moving forward with the 2019 racing season, including the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in August.

Owner Kristi Copham, who unexpectedly lost her husband Jed last November in a boating accident, has stepped into the track’s leadership role and will guide BIR’s operations as it prepares for the 2019 season, which starts in April and includes another full schedule of motorsports that extends into October.

“We know there are a lot of questions out there about BIR’s future now that Jed’s gone, but we want to assure everyone – racers, sponsors, vendors, partners and fans – that it will be business as usual this year,” Copham said. “I’m blessed to have an excellent management team behind me, a great race crew and amazing drivers and fans who have supported us and our racing program throughout the years, especially during the last two months. We owe it to them to keep Jed’s legacy alive.”

Her new role doesn’t phase Copham, she said, because she’s been very involved in the track’s daily operations ever since she and Jed bought BIR in 2006. Together, they developed a vision for the track and invested heavily in most areas of the operation but specifically in capital improvements to the race tracks, the infrastructure and the ticketing processes.

The first event for 2019 is BIR’s annual Racer Banquet, which is scheduled for Feb. 23 at Arrowwood Lodge in Baxter. The event is a chance for the track to honor individuals for their contributions to the track’s racing program. It’s also an opportunity to showcase the 2018 champions of the Bracket Drag Racing Series and the Muscle Car Series.

The race season starts in earnest April 26-28 when the Nord Stern Porsche Club of America rents the track for its annual club event. That will be followed by a mix of events that feature drag racing, road racing, autocross, drifting, Superbike racing, watercross, endurance racing, car club events, BIR Performance Driving School dates and much more. The 2019 schedule is nearly complete and available at www.BrainerdRaceway.com.