Brainerd International Raceway

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.

It's time for another Throwback Thursday! That’s a photo of Army’s Tony Schumacher in 2005, shortly after throwing down the fastest quarter-mile run ever in his Top Fuel Dragster, at 337.58 mph! It was during BIR’s Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, making BIR the fastest track in the country! Shortly after that, the NHRA shortened the track to 1,000 feet. #ThrowbackThursday

$10 Sundays are back! Admission is only $10 this Sunday. You can get your tickets in advance or at the gate. You’ll save $15 per ticket! https://www.brainerdraceway.com/news/10-sundays-are-back/

PleasureLand RV Show & Go

If you missed the PleasureLand RV Show & Go over the Fourth of July weekend, you missed a lot. See for yourself.

Who will be crowned King of the Track? The Bracket Drag Racing Series continues this weekend, including the annual King of the Track race on Saturday, when the top drivers battle to determine the best of the best! The CRA is on the road course for Superbike racing.

It’s your last chance to buy advanced ticket to the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals! July 17 is the last day you can buy discounted tickets. Online sales end the 17th as well. After that, you can order by phone or buy at the gate for full price: http://www.brainerdraceway.com/nhra-nationals/?_ga=2.243642886.2036752715.1561652005-2108452374.1550685442

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to race your own car on a championship drag strip, now’s your chance! The Wednesday Night Drags—Street Legal Style is the perfect way to either test the waters of competitive drag racing or just have some fun with your buddies. The next one is this Wednesday! You can try autocross as well. Details here: https://www.brainerdraceway.com/wednesday-night-drags/#information

Who will be the 2019 King of the Track? The best of the best in the Bracket Drag Racing Series will slug it out on Saturday, with the last driver standing earning the title of Summit King of the Track! It’s part of an action-packed race weekend with the CRA Superbikes on the road course and three days of drag racing. Check out the details here: https://www.brainerdraceway.com/news/who-will-be-birs-king-of-the-track/

The World Racing League will be at BIR for a pair of 8-hour endurance races Saturday and Sunday. It’s a challenging and fun team event. If you like what you see, put a team together for the 24 Hours of Lemons, our second endurance race Sept. 28-29!
https://www.brainerdraceway.com/event/world-racing-league/

Dream Drive Exotics & Pure Speed Drag Racing are the ultimate racing experiences! Drive a Lamborghini, Ferrari, or McLaren on our race track, or experience the thrill of drag racing at 140 mph as a drag racer or rider! It’s this weekend. A great gift idea! Sign up here: https://www.brainerdraceway.com/event/racing-experience/

Rick Schmidt and Bubba Romanyshyn ripped up the drag strip last weekend during the PleasureLand RV Show & Go, grabbing hardware in Outlaw Pro Mod and Outlaw, respectively. We hosted 467 cars on the drag strip, despite being rained out Friday. Great drag racing action, as well as road racing during SCCA’s Jed Copham Memorial Mid-Summer Classic. Here’s more: https://www.brainerdraceway.com/news/show-go-was-a-tale-of-upsets-blistering-speeds-on-the-drag-strip/

The PleasureLand RV Center will take over BIR for its Brainerd RV Show & Sale, tomorrow through Saturday. There will be more than 200 RVs and campers for sale. It’s free and open to the public!

38th Annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals

Do you have your tickets to the 38th Annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals? Advanced ticket prices end July 17, so buy now! http://www.brainerdraceway.com/nhra-nationals/?_ga=2.243642886.2036752715.1561652005-2108452374.1550685442

It’s the 33rd Annual PleasureLand RV Show & Go this weekend! It’s been a Fourth of July tradition for more than three decades. Join us for Muscle Car Series drag racing, SCCA road racing, fireworks, live music, a classic car show, and on-site camping.

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Jed Copham's 50th Anniversary Speech at BIR

It's time for a #ThrowbackThursday! It was vintage Jed Copham during last year’s PleasureLand RV Show & Go, when he spoke for 17 minutes during the SCCA’s 60th Anniversary banquet. It was entertaining, historical, insightful and hilarious – all rolled into one. A 50th Anniversary moment for BIR. RIP Jed. #TBT
https://youtu.be/nKBnS6lmLFo

BIR Owner Jed Copham addressed the SCCA during Brainerd International Raceway's 2018 PleasureLand RV Show & Go, talking about the track's first 50 years, its...

Happy Fourth of July from all of us at BIR!

Our construction project is done! (Mostly.) There’s new asphalt on the expanded pro pad, just in time for the PleasureLand RV Show & Go this weekend. The biggest changes will be during the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals but it’s good news for some of our other events as well. Read all about it here: https://www.brainerdraceway.com/news/new-asphalt-means-big-improvements-for-nationals/

Got a hot rod you’d like to show off? Bring it to BIR on Saturday for the PleasureLand RV Show & Go’s classic car show. It a judged show with prizes going to the winners. Better yet, it’s free for entrants! Pay admission and you get to enter the car show while enjoying some insane drag racing and road racing.

When the Muscle Car Series returns to BIR next weekend, you can bet plenty of racers will be wondering how to stop Nate Olson! Olson will be back on the drag strip with his 1979 Camaro next weekend for the 33rd Annual PleasureLand RV Show & Go. Get all of the details here: https://www.brainerdraceway.com/news/https-www-brainerdraceway-com-news-showgopreview/

The Slowpokes car club is on the 2.5-mile Competition Road Course on July 3. It’s open to all drivers and just requires drivers to be at least 18 years old and to have completed a high-speed driving program, like the BIR Performance Driving School.

Lakes Jam is taking over BIR starting TONIGHT! It’ll be a great weekend full of great music, camping, and fun!

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Top Fuel Harleys are coming to the NHRA Nationals from August 15-18! Check out this video to see what else Nationals has to offer!

Rain shortened last weekend’s Bracket Drag Racing Series but couldn’t slow down Gene Mosbek, Kyle Loeffelholz, Mike Casteel and others, who raced to wins in the fourth of seven race weekends for the series. Read all about the results here:
https://www.brainerdraceway.com/news/mosbek-loeffelholz-among-big-winners-at-bracket-race/

SRG Autosport

Be sure to sign up for the Jed Copham Mid-Summer Classic SCCA Race at BIR.
Special event tshirts for all racers, crew & volunteers. Come for the racing stay for the world class fireworks!

https://www.motorsportreg.com/events/mid-summer-double-divisional-2-brainerd-intl-raceway-scca-land-o-lakes-535146

June 29-30, the Zalusky Advanced Riding School will be at BIR offering advanced motorcycle rider training. Get more information here: https://www.ridezars.com/

Does anyone remember racing against the Hammerin’ Hemi at the Muscle Car Shootout in the early 1990s? Here's a great story in Hot Rod Magazine:

https://www.hotrod.com/articles/restored-now-this-1966-dodge-coronet-deluxe-hemi-spent-most-of-its-life-on-the-dragstrip/

It’s the first day of summer! We’re spending it enjoying the Bracket Drag Racing Series all weekend, and Track Day hosted by Road Closed Promotions on Saturday.

Stock/Super Stock drag racers will be rolling into BIR this weekend from all corners of the Midwest for the Bracket Drag Racing Series. They’ll be slugging it out for a piece of a hefty prize purse, courtesy of the Midwest Class Racers and Barrett Petfood Innovations. Check out everything happening: https://www.brainerdraceway.com/news/hefty-purses-await-stock-super-stock-racers-this-weekend-during-the-bracket-drag-racing-series/

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It’s the biggest motorsports race in the Midwest! Check out the best drag racers on the planet and fire-belching dragsters that fly down the track at 320+ MPH! RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/298289767713882/

All day today, teenagers are invading BIR for the STREETSMART Advanced Defensive Driving Course. They’re learning how to emergency brake, recover from hydroplaning and skidding, and a lot more!

Do you have a street bike? Head to the track on Saturday for Road Closed Promotions’ Track Day. The event on the road course is open to anyone with a street bike. Find more information here: https://www.brainerdraceway.com/for-drivers/

Have a wonderful Father’s Day weekend!

Got any plans for Father’s Day? Take him to the track! Starting tomorrow, the Central Roadracing Association will bring its crazy brand of Superbike Racing to our 3.1-mile Donnybrooke Road Course. Daily admission is only $10 on Sunday!
https://www.brainerdraceway.com/event/cra-superbike-racing-2/

Proving Ground 2k19.1 Burnout Competition

Have a great weekend!

Missed last weekend’s Wet & Wild Weekend? Check out the results for the Bracket Drag Racing Series: https://www.brainerdraceway.com/news/ingmans-sweep-highlights-wet-wild-weekend/

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Drifting at BIR

No other race track in the Midwest hosts as much drifting as BIR does. Call us Midwest's Drifting Headquarters, because if you want to drift, BIR has a bunch of opportunities, including Wednesday Night Street Drags, MAP Proving Grounds, and Powercruise. But what is drifting and how do you get into it? We answer those questions and much more in this video. Novice drifters are welcome at BIR and it's surprisingly easy to get started. Check it out!

Brainerd International Raceway is the Midwest's Drifting Headquarters, offering more opportunities to drift than any other track. But what is drifting and ho...

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MAP Proving Grounds 2018

Imports and sports compacts are invading BIR this weekend for drag racing, drifting, autocross, lapping, burnout contests, car shows, stage shows, and MORE! MAP Proving Grounds is back and better than ever–take a look at last year's event and see for yourself!

Imports and sport compacts come out to play at Brainerd International Raceway during the MAP Proving Grounds. Here's a little recap of Round 1 of 2 in 2018. ...

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Jianna Salinas walked away from a scary Pro Stock Motorcycle crash at the #Route66Nats.

Salinas was checked out by medical staff onsite and cleared.

Today is National Heat Awareness Day. It’s a great reminder to wear sunscreen and stay hydrated during hot weekends at the track this summer!

Snowmobiles racing on open water?! You’ve got it! We’ll see you at the Wet & Wild Weekend, which starts Friday. Admission is only $10 on Sunday! Can’t make it? Stay tuned for details on Wet & Wild Weekend 2.0 in September.

Who are you looking forward to running against at the track this season?

Happy Memorial Day! Today we honor those who lost their lives serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Welcome to the drivers taking part in the annual three-day SCCA Competition Racing License School. They’ll be earning their racing license to compete in SCCA regional or Vintage Racing events. Have fun out there and drive fast!

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Brainerd, MN
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