Brainerd International Raceway, Brainerd

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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.
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  • It has been years since I had been back here. My son and his buddy talked be into dragging them over for the Proving Grounds event. It was a fair show. Some nice cars and a few good drivers. Lots of c...  more »
  • Attended Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals. Everything from motor cycles, stockcars, funny carss and dragsters. Quarter miles speeds from 100 mph to 335 mph!  more »
  • We spent a week at the track for the Lucas Oil Natls. Met some of the friendliest people and staff at any track in the country! Good times had by all ! racing was spectacular and the Zoo was crazy fun...  more »
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  • One of the most incredible experiences I've ever had been going there 30 some years something everybody should experience
  • Really wish it was written somewhere that you needed to pay in get into the park in addition to paying for the grandstand. Never had that problem before at any other NHRA races before. This place is very unorganized and rundown. The entrance makes you walk through a flooded unlighted tunnel covered in plastic pallets. Not safe! The second tunnel was dry but twice as long and no lighting. Someone please tell me how that is up to code!
  • went for the drag races and they were great. Now the bad. The new site entrance and seating ticketing seemed confusing and broken. there were issues we had with getting in where we were directed to the wrong line then getting the seating ticket taken care of was confusing enough where on the next day they wouldnt let me into my seat and I wasted time getting it straightened out. I think they will have it straightened out for next year.
  • Great place to hang with friends and party. Plus you get to watch the races😂
  • I attend the NHRA Nationals every year. The event is run well, and everybody has a great time.
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