Brainerd International Raceway announced the 38 drag racers who will represent the track Sept. 13-15 during the NHRA West Central Summit Racing ET Finals at Heartland Park in Topeka, Kansas, with several coming from the area.

BIR’s drag racing team will try to improve on its second-place finish last year, competing against teams from 16 other tracks in the NHRA’s West Central Division, which stretches from Wyoming to Wisconsin and from Colorado to Kansas, including part of Canada. More than 500 racers are expected to compete.

The drag racers on BIR’s team earned their way onto the roster based on the success they’ve had in BIR’s Bracket Drag Racing Series, which is a seven-weekend, 14-race series with one weekend left, Sept. 27-29. The racers on the team are at the top of the point standings in their respective classes.

The ET Finals has five classes: Super Pro, Pro ET, Sportsman, Motorcycle and High School. At stake are individual and team honors, prize money and contingency awards. Some drivers even have a shot at earning a trip to compete for a national championship in Ponoma, California, in November. BIR also rewards its drivers with payouts for class wins. Anyone who wins the Super Pro or Pro ET class will win an additional $5,000. In Sportsman, a class win means $4,000; $3,000 for Motorcycle and $2,000 to the parents of the racer in the High School class. Anyone who wins the Race of Champions title pockets an additional $500.

The racers competing for the trip to Pomona are those selected for the Race of Champions. Each team identifies one racer in each of four classes (not High School) to represent the team in the Race of Champions. Racers are paired up in an elimination format by class to determine the class champions, which advance to compete against the top drivers from the NHRA’s six other divisions. The BIR teammates competing in the Race of Champions are Rodney Thompson (Super Pro), Mike Casteel (Pro ET), Jerry Hieb (Sportsman) and Brad Harder (Motorcycle).

Below are those on BIR’s team from the area:

Super Pro: Rodney Thompson (Nowthen - Race of Champions) and Kayla Noyes (Andover).

Pro ET: Joe Schmall (Lino Lakes), Bob Ingman (Andover) and Brad Mickle (Lino Lakes).

Sportsman: Joe Moriarty (Ham Lake).

High School: Jazper Wiebusch (Ham Lake) and Sydney Thompson (Nowthen).

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