Brainerd International Raceway is the largest racetrack in the Upper Midwest and may offer the most diverse motorsports schedule anywhere.
Brainerd International Raceway is the largest racetrack in the Upper Midwest and may offer the most diverse motorsports schedule anywhere. With a world-class drag strip and two road course configurations (one is 2.5 miles and the other is 3.1 miles), BIR hosts drag racing, road racing, endurance racing, drifting and autocross competitions, cruising events, and car shows. It even has a small lake in the campground for watercross, where snowmobiles race on open water. BIR is also home of the BIR Performance Driving School, which offers driving programs, including one-day classes for those who want to learn how to handle a car at high speeds. But the main draw at BIR is the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, which makes its stop at BIR in August each year. The world's best drag racers pilot the fastest dragsters on the planet in front of 100,000 crazy fans. The facility also features 12 Deluxe Condominiums and The Wheelie Bar & Grille, a full-service bar and grill. Rustic camping is encouraged in a campground that includes 164 full-service RV sites.
[05/27/20] RACETRACKS IN MN CAN OPEN FOR NON SPECTATOR EVENTS! Please be patient and give us time to figure out the details! Can't wait to see all of you soon!
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[05/15/20] Bad news Race Fans. We have been working diligently every day to find a way to bring you back to BIR. The last executive order put in place by Governor Walz does not allow Race Tracks to open. We are still working closely with officials and will keep you updated as things continue to change almost daily. We are canceling Street Car Showdown and SCCA Harvey West Classic for Memorial Weekend. In addition we will be canceling the NAPA Street Legal Drags scheduled for May 20th. Please visit Brainerdraceway.com for more information about ticketing.
We are adding 30 new 30amp power pedestals and leveling the hill out to look nicer!!! Our employees are out here busting to make your life easier!!! More accessible and better power = happy racers 🚨
This weekend's Bracket Drag Racing Series event has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the Governor's Stay at Home order. If we can reschedule it, we will. As of right now, the rest of our racing schedule will go on as planned, but please monitor our social media channels, the website and our app for changes. As you know, things are changing on a daily basis for everyone, so we appreciate your patience. We'll try to get you on the track as soon as we can.
Found these gems today in our archive room, Anyone else remember them? 🤔😆
Race fans! We are getting antsy to open our gates. Will you be this excited when we finally open for the 2020 race season? @aydencopham when @Travis Pastrana attended an event at BIR 1 year ago today!
It does not look like we will be able to have a Bracket Race this weekend at BIR. We’re looking at the schedule for an open weekend for rescheduling it. I know that there are other tracks opening around the state. However, they just do not have the same type of facilities. One driving factor is our campground. We unfortunately are in the same category as an outdoor sporting event and seen the same as going to a Twins game or having a National Event every weekend with thousands campers. We are working on educating the governing bodies.
We’re still not sure about the Bracket May 15-17 either but we are still holding hope that we can get some cars down the dragstrip and on the road course that weekend. The same goes for the rest of the season. I keep telling people that I feel like a plane that’s full of passengers and sitting at the end of the runway ready to take off but the control tower won’t let me!
For the time being, we’re trying – at the very least – to get our racers on the track. We still don’t know exactly what that would look like or how it would work but we’re working on it. It could be that there would be no camping, and it could be that racers would be restricted to a certain number of family and crew members, and it would most certainly involve mandatory social distancing everywhere on the property.
Please be patient while we figure this all out. Trust that we are doing everything we can to get this done safely and and bring our BIR family back where you belong.
It’s the reality of Top Fuel Racing!
Two deadlines are looming this week for some of our fans and racers. If you’re renewing reserved grandstand seats or condos for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, Wednesday, April 29 is an important date for you. There are additional deadlines for the Muscle Car Series, Bracket Drag Racers and the MSRA.
Have you gotten your tickets for Nationals yet? They’re still on for August 13-16. The sooner you buy your tickets, the better deal you’ll get to the fastest show on Earth: https://www.brainerdraceway.com/nhra-nationals/
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Today is Earth Day! How do you plan to help clean up our planet?
Thursday is Bring Your Sons and daughters to Work Day! It’s a great reminder that starting your kids out young at the racetrack gives them a great hobby. Check out the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League: http://jrdragster.nhra.com/
Arriving to the track late? Want to rent a tower suite? Bought an e-ticket? We’re here to answer all your questions. Visit our FAQ page here: https://www.brainerdraceway.com/faqs/
Do you prefer off-track lodging to camping? Head to www.visitbrainerd.com to book your lodging for race weekends this summer!
Prepare for all the BIR race action by downloading our free app. Scan the QR code or search for it in the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.
[04/14/20] Attention Bracket Racers!!! We have extended the deadline to purchase your Bracket Season ProPads to May 1st at midnight online or 5pm over the phone.
Cars have actually FLOWN before! And no, we’re not talking about the flying cars of the future. We’re talking about dragsters! If there’s enough space between the pavement and the car, the wind can move the dragster off the ground.
ATTN ALL BRACKETS RACERS!!!!
This has been a very challenging time for everyone. I have been in contact with several city/county officials. We do not have any other option at this time but to cancel our first Bracket scheduled for May 1st. I am putting a survey up to ask your opinion about adding a bracket the following weekend. PLEASE SHARE the following link so we can get as many Bracket Racers as possible to answer the following survey. Lets see if we can get back racing! Kristi
Have a wonderful Easter weekend with your family!
Congratulations again to the 13 Muscle Car Series champs! We had some first-time champs, a bunch of repeat champs and Bob Wallin, who three-peated! Read all about their road to the title here. And you can bet they'll have a target on their backs during the 2020 series! Good luck!
The current Top Fuel Dragster record is 336.57 mph! Now THAT’S fast!
We have decided to begin selling pieces of the track!
APRIL FOOLS! However, you CAN buy tickets to get a piece of all the action: https://brainerdraceway.ticketforce.com/?_ga=2.156968443.1961322687.1585158979-1096703341.1576711197
When we’re just standing around or sitting, we experience 1 G. When Top Fuel Dragsters reach 330 mph in just 3.5 seconds, drivers experience an acceleration rate of over 4 G’s. It takes someone with guts to undergo such an intense experience!
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CRA Superbike Racing is back on May 8-10 at the historic 3.1-mile Donnybrooke Road Course!
We are closing our offices temporarily in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, starting Monday, March 30. We're also extending the deadline for renewing reserved grandstand seats for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals and condos for Nationals. That new deadline is April 29. Read more about it here:
Some think that women aren’t fit for race car driving. At BIR, we know that simply isn’t true! This study proves it: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190404143745.htm
#GirlsInRacing #WomenInRacing #WomensHistoryMonth
Congratulations to Junior Dragster Novice champ Lily Covington from Merrifield! She definitely made the most of her first year racing in the series! The eight-year-old’s four wins and three runner-up finishes allowed her to surpass last year’s Novice champion in the points standings. #GirlsInRacing #WomenInRacing #WomensHistoryMonth
Good news for Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals fans! The NHRA today announced a revised 2020 schedule for the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, but BIR’s Nationals event will stay intact! You can still plan on seeing Top Fuel Dragsters and Funny Cars at BIR in August! Read more about it here.
Have you ever wondered if you should get your children involved with a Junior Drag Racing league? This video shows how the sport can teach kids a lot of life lessons: http://jrdragster.nhra.com/newsbr-results/latest-newsresults/jdrl-video/
jrdragster.nhra.com The Summit Racing NHRA Jr, Drag Racing League not only gives kids from ages 5-17 the chance to race a dragster on the dragstrip, but it's also teaching them other life lessons as well.
The women who race in the International Watercross Association (IWA) are tough as nails! Need proof? Check out this video of them as they pursue their hopes and dreams and inspire younger generations to take part in this unique sport. The IWA will be on Lake BIR for two days of thrilling watercross beginning June 5!
Tough as Nails is a short film about the women who race in the International Watercross Association (IWA). Accompany them as they take part in this unique extreme…
Get behind the wheel for heart-stopping action! BIR Performance Driving School puts YOU in the driver’s seat and shifts you from racing fan to race car driver in one day. We begin on May 4. Sign up and get more details here: https://www.brainerdraceway.com/bir-performance-driving-school/
Seventeenth Annual Sour Grapes Half and Half Trail Run, June 8-9, 2018. www.signmeup/sourgrapes
Family friendly BMX "Bicycle Moto Cross" race track located in Brainerd, MN. Do you have a child that loves to ride a Balance bike, or peddle bike? Minimum age is 2 but there is no maximum age. We have multiple programs to just come out to give it a try!
I will be posting for sale virtually all of my sportscards and comic books and non-sport card collections, along with some misc. vintage toys.
North Central Speedway is a 1/3 mile track that hosts dirt track racing from April through October.
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