Motorsports: At BIR, Wednesday Nights Are All About Drag Racing – And More – Brainerd Dispatch

On Wednesday night they will come from as far away as the Twin Cities, Bemidji, Fargo and all points in between. They’ll drive or tow their vehicles to Brainerd International Raceway for the chance to spend the evening drag racing on the same world-class track that hosts the annual Lucas Oil NHRA National Championships.

Wednesday, April 28 is the first of nine Wednesday Night Street Legal Drags this season at BIR. This is a “Run What You Bring” program for anyone who brings a street-legal car, truck, or bike to the BIR. For $25 they can do as many races on the dragstrip as time permits.

On any given Drags Wednesday, most attendees are on the dragstrip, but many more are on a course set up for autocross or drifting. BIR alternates between the two; Wednesday’s Street Legal Drags will include drifting.

Drifting involves a course where drivers spend most of the time in controlled skids. It’s hard on their tires, but drivers will tell you it’s great fun and addictive. Autocross is a timed event where drivers navigate a course lined with cones, with added penalty time for cones that are knocked down. It is difficult and very competitive. For those who want to try their hand at autocross or drift, the BIR has experienced pilots on hand to give them benchmarks.

Back on the acceleration track, the track will be set up to allow the pilots to use the debugging box, the light shaft and the dashboard. There’s even an announcer calling out all the action on the PA system. For those new to the sport, the BIR drag team is available to answer questions and provide assistance.

Entrance gates open at 4 p.m., with racing starting at 5 p.m. and continuing until dusk. The cost for spectators is $5 and $25 for drivers who can then try out both types of driving. A helmet is also required.

The dates are: April 28, May 12 and 26, June 9 and 30, July 14 and 28 and September 1 and 8.

Entering its 53rd season, BIR is one of the largest racetracks in North America, featuring a world-class quarter-mile drag strip and two road courses, allowing BIR to showcase drag racing, road racing, drifting, autocross, watercross and more. The BIR also has 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 call 1-866-444-4455 or visit


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