Mosbek, Loeffelholz among big winners at Bracket race

When the Midwest Class Racers comes to Brainerd International Raceway each season, it typically draws a crowd. And last weekend was no different.

The Midwest Class Racers sponsors a race for the Stock/Super Stock class during BIR’s Bracket Drag Racing Series, and 35 racers came from as far away as Saskatchewan to claim a piece of a $3,000 purse. Sunday’s race, which was a second chance at a $3,000 purse, was cancelled due to rain.

Saturday’s race was a six-round Battle Royal for the Stock/Super Stock class, with Gene Mosbeck and Jared Hutar surviving the elimination rounds and earning a spot in the finals. Mosbeck was twice as quick off the starting line, and Hutar couldn’t recover. Mosbeck took home $2,000 for his win, with a time of 10.347 seconds at 116.23 mph. Hutar had a $1,000 payday for his runner-up finish.

About 300 drag racers showed up for the fourth Bracket Drag Racing Series weekend. And like two of the first three, Mother Nature kept the cars off the track with inclement weather for at least part of the weekend.  

Saturday offered some great racing in the 10 other classes as well. The Pro ET class finals was a family affair, when Uncle Mike Casteel faced off against his nephew, Cole Casteel.

Mike Casteel has been one of the hottest Pro ET racers this year. He won the first race of the season and has been battling Bob Ingman at the top of the point standings. But by the end of Saturday, Casteel had taken over first-place honors in the standings with his win over the younger Casteel.

With 98 racers in the Pro ET class Saturday, the Casteels survived six rounds of eliminations to meet for a showdown in the finals. With nearly identical reaction times at the starting line, the pair crossed the finish line with only 11/100ths of a second separating them. Uncle Mike headed to the Winner’s Circle.

The Super Pro class featured 95 cars Saturday but nobody could beat Kyle Loeffelholz in his dragster. Rodney Thompson lined up against Loeffelholz in the finals but Loeffelholz had a perfect reaction time at the starting line and ran a near-perfect race. Thompson was good but he couldn’t catch Loeffelholz, who posted a winning time of 7.553 seconds at 175.30 mph. Thompson’s runner-up finished moved him into first place in the standings.

Loeffelholz wasn’t done, though. He also raced in the Quick 16 class, winning three rounds to advance to the finals, where he suffered his only race of the day. He fouled at the starting line in the finals, handing Bryce Miller the easy win.

The Sportsman class featured 28 racers, two of whom were Luke Schneider and Bob Gillespie. The duo won their way to the finals, Schneider in a 1967 Nova and Gillespie in a 1970 Dodge Charger. Schneider was a hair quicker off the starting line and held off Gillespie at the finish line with a winning time of 12.040 seconds and 111.21 mph.

The next Bracket Drag Racing Series weekend is July 19-21. The Saturday race is especially significant – it’s the annual King of the Track race, where the top drag racers in each class go head to head to determine the best of the best. It’s also a Melling Performance Race Weekend, where racers in the Super Pro/Pro ET Shootout will each earn a prize package from Melling Performance Parts.

Below are the final results for Saturday’s results:

Super Pro
Finals: Kyle Loeffelholz of Shafer def. Rodney Thompson of Nowthen

Pro ET
Finals: Mike Casteel of Thief River Falls def. Cole Casteel of Crosby

Super Pro/Pro ET Shootout
Kyle Loeffelholz def. Mike Casteel

Sportsman
Finals: Luke Schneider of St. Joseph def. Bob Gillespie of Brainerd

Stock/Super Stock
Finals: Gene Mosbek of Finlayson def. Jared Hutar of Cromwell

Pro Bike/Sled
Finals: Bruce Sampson of Forest Aleks def. Brad Harder of Waconia

Comp Trophy
Finals: Ryan Athman of St. Cloud def. Chris Anderson of Cloquet

Street Trophy
Finals: Jazper Wiebusch of Ham Lake def. Tyler Gadacz of little Falls

Quick 16
Finals: Bryce Miller of Maple Lake def. Kyle Loeffelholz of Shafer

Jr. Dragster Advanced
Finals: Jocelynn Geib of Golden Valley def. Rily Luberda of Foley

Jr. Dragster Intermediate
Finals: Cam Giese of Kandiyohi def. Megan Cielinski of Gilman

Jr. Dragster Novice
Finals: Addy Scheleck of St. Cloud def. Lily Covington of Merrifield