Reno proved unbeatable last weekend, even by his wife

If you race in the Bracket Drag Racing Series, you don’t want to get paired up with Reno Loeffelholz.

Loeffelholz was unbeatable last weekend, driving his 1968 Mustang to seven straight races on Saturday and then matching his efforts on Sunday with seven more wins. Along the way, he swept the Pro ET class and pocketed $4,000 by winning both Super Pro/Pro ET Shootouts, where the winners of the Super Pro and Pro ET winners race for cash.

When you’re on a roll like that, it’s hard to imagine that he made any mistakes along the way. But some would argue that he made two very big errors. On Saturday, he lined up against his wife, Jenna, and her 1995 Mustang in the Pro ET finals. And won. Then he faced off against her again in the third round of Sunday’s eliminations. And won again.

That could lead to a very long and quiet ride home from the track for the two newlyweds.

We’ll never know if Reno was racing to win in Saturday’s finals because Jenna fouled at the starting line and handed him the win. Reno wouldn’t say if chivalry was part of his game plan before he launched or if his competitive spirit would’ve won him over. We may never know.

The two didn’t really talk about the finals matchup in the pits prior to the race. Reno said he was wrenching on his car but noticed that Jenna and her father-in-law, Gary Loeffelholz, were having a little strategy session. Meanwhile, Reno’s buddies tried to warn him that it might be in his best interest to let his Jenna win. “They really gave me a bad time,” Reno said.

Reno didn’t hold anything back on Sunday when he raced Jenna again. The two had almost identical reaction times – .012 and .014 seconds – but Reno ended up with the win, posting a time of 8.863 seconds and 152.97 mph. He went on to beat Dan Boddy in the finals. Oddly enough, Boddy fouled at the starting line as well.

“It was pretty cool,” Reno said of his amazing weekend. “I just kept doing what I was doing.”

Reno won’t be at BIR this weekend to extend his winning streak, opting to race elsewhere. BIR will host its third full Bracket Drag Racing Series event this weekend. It’ll be a full weekend, with the annual King of the Track race on Saturday, and the Paul Bunyan Classic for Stock/Super Stock racers. Line Performance and Barrett PetFood Innovations are putting up big prize money for the Stock/Super Stock class, so high car counts are expected. Unfortunately, BIR will not be able to allow spectators – only racers and their families and crews. 

Below are the finals of each class.

SATURDAY, JULY 11

Super Pro
Finals: Donnie Durenberger of Dayton def. Brian Johnson of Nowthen

Pro ET
Finals: Reno Loeffelholz of Shafer def. Jenna Loeffelholz of Shafer

Super Pro/Pro ET Shootout
Reno Loeffelholz of Shafer def. Donnie Durenberger of Dayton

Sportsman
Finals: Luke Schneider of St. Joseph def. Shawn Carlson of Elbow Lake

 Stock/Super Stock
Finals: Jason Deforrest of Oak Grove def. Craig Meseroll of Colquet

Pro Bike/Sled
Finals: Jason Ponsness of Foley def. Brooke Neyssen of Foley

Comp Trophy
Finals: Samantha Cielinski of Gilman def. Mike Larson of Baxter

Street Trophy
Finals: Jack Anderson of Holdingford def. Tyler Gadacz of Little Falls

Junior Dragster Advanced
Finals: Dylan Dancer of Foley def. Riley Luberda of Foley

Junior Dragster Intermediate
Finals: Daniela Krech of Inver Grove Heights def. Carter Luberda of Foley

Junior Dragster Novice
Finals: Wesley Krech of Inver Grove Heights def. Tyler Reynolds of Cologne

SUNDAY, JULY 12

Super Pro
Finals: John Helmin of Rice def. Jason Charlton

Pro ET
Finals: Reno Loeffelholz of Shafer def. Dan Boddy of New Ulm

Super Pro/Pro ET Shootout
Reno Loeffelholz of Shafer def. John Helmin of Rice

Sportsman
Finals: Dan Butler of Fargo, N.D. def. Grant Pesola of Nashwauk

Stock/Super Stock
Finals: Marlene Nelson of Hugo def. Brad Haugaard of Ham Lake

Pro Bike/Sled
Finals: Max Niesen of Brooklyn Park def. Brooke Neyssen of Foley

Comp Trophy
Finals: Mike Larson of Baxter def. Cindy Fairchild of Aitkin

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

Junior Dragster Advanced
Finals: Riley Luberda of Foley def. Cameron Giese of Kandyohi

Junior Dragster Intermediate
Finals: Brody Thompson of Nowthen def. Charlie Sherwood Bemidji

Junior Dragster Novice
Finals: Tyler Reynolds of Cologne def. Evan Songas of Stacy