Show & Go kicks off July 4th week in Brainerd

More than 300 show-ready muscle cars will be on the dragstrip this weekend at Brainerd International Raceway (BIR) while the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) brings thrilling wheel-to-wheel racing to BIR’s road course.

Race fans will be treated to a weekend full of super-competitive racing during the 32nd Annual PleasureLand RV Show & Go, Friday through Sunday.

On the dragstrip, the Muscle Car Series returns for the second of three races this season. The first race – the Street Car Showdown on Memorial Day weekend – saw Rick Schmidt flirt with breaking the 5-second mark in the Outlaw Pro Mod class. Schmidt’s finals-winning pass of 6.020 seconds set him up to break the mark this weekend.

Bubba Romanzshyn is off to a sizzling start as well. Racing in the Outlaw class, Romanzshyn joined a short list of drivers to break the 6-second mark in that class. In the Showdown semifinals, he ran 6.996 seconds and 206.86 mph and then beat defending class champion Jake Delmonico in the finals.

The Outlaw Pro Mod and Outlaw classes feature the event’s fastest cars in good ol’ fashioned heads-up drag racing. More than 350 drivers are expected to compete this weekend, with series points on the line. This event is not for dragsters but for “door-slammer” cars, some classes of which must be street legal. Most cars are show-ready and in immaculate condition.

Qualifying sessions start at 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Elimination rounds start at 9 a.m. Sunday.

The SCCA will be on BIR’s 2.5-mile Competition Road Course for the Mid-Summer Classic. Nearly 100 cars are expected to compete in a number of different classes, including the popular Vintage Racers and the open-wheel Formula cars.

Saturday and Sunday’s programs both start with warm-up laps, followed by qualifying rounds from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a break for lunch. From 2-5 p.m., there will be six 12- or 15-lap races.

Saturday’s schedule also includes a classic car show from 1-4 p.m., a spectacular fireworks display at dusk and live music by Wicked Garden.

Daily admission is $25, and kids 12 and under are free. A single ticket gets fans in to see both races. Parking is free, and camping is free with a multi-day ticket.

BIR is celebrating 50 years of racing this season. Its first season was 1968 when it was basically a strip of asphalt cut through 450 acres of woods and wetlands. It’s now one of North America’s largest racetracks, featuring a world-class quarter-mile drag strip, two road courses, 300 acres for rustic camping, 164 full-service RV sites and 12 on-site condos. BIR is about 120 miles north of the Twin Cities. For more information, visit www.BrainerdRaceway.com, or call 1-866-444-4455.