This weekend: Bracket Drag Racing Series is heating up

With only two weekends left on the schedule, drivers in Brainerd International Raceway’s Bracket Drag Racing Series are starting to ratchet up the intensity as they slug it out for series championships.

The series continues this weekend, with a Test & Tune on Friday and then time trials and eliminations both Saturday and Sunday. The drag racers are down to four chances to earn points toward a series championship. This is the fifth weekend for the six-weekend series.The final weekend is Sept. 26-27, after which series champs will be crowned.

The Zalusky Advanced Riding School will be on BIR’s 2.5-mile Competition Road Course Saturday and Sunday.

Myron Streit
Myron Streit

On the drag strip, Myron Streit still sits atop the Super Pro Class point standings but he’s got Gary Loeffelholz nipping at his heals. Loeffelholz won the class championship last year and is looking to repeat. Tony Leonard, currently in third place, is well within striking range as well. Super Pro has 61 drivers in the hunt.

Loeffelholz is leading 32-driver field in the new Quick 16 Shootout. Jordan Pratt isn’t far behind in second place, with Bruce Kaul in third.

The Pro ET Class has a similar situation. With 59 drivers in the points chase, Joe Howell is holding on to first place, but a red-hot Reno Loeffelholz is close behind and, like his father, is looking at repeating as class championship. Brandon Schmall is in third place and could easily spoil the party for both Howell and Loeffelholz.

Schmall also races in the Sportman Class, where he’s in first place, ahead of 31 other drivers in the points standings. He’s got a slim lead over second-place contender Russ Elzy and Mark Pease, who’s in third.

Joe Howell
Joe Howell

James Findell is on top of the standings in Stock/Super Stock, but you can bet he’s looking over his shoulder. Sitting back in third place is Ben Line, who has won the class championship the last four years in a row, and seven of the last eight years. Doug Jonak, another tough customer, is in second place.

Jimmy Paulson looks like he may be able to walk away with the Pro Bike/Sled Class. He’s well ahead of Jeremy Berg and Mike Voss, who are currently tied for second place in the standings.

The Comp Trophy Class appears to be a two-horse race, with Jared Hutar and Sid Osterman in first and second place, respectively. Andrew Walcheski is in a distant third place.

Tyler Gadacz has spent most of the season on top of the point standings in Street Trophy. Chasing him is Joe Moriarty Jr. in second place and Hannah Line in third.

Things are tight in the Junior Dragster classes as well. In Junior Dragster Advanced, Sarah Johnson is in first, with a slim lead over Sydney Haben. Trevor Jelinski is holding on to first place in Junior Dragster Intermediate, but all six racers have a shot taking home the championship. And Dylan Dancer is leading the pack in the Junior Dragster Novice Class, with Riley Luberda in second.

Daily admission is $20, and kids 12 and younger are free.