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AUTO RACING: Muscle Car Shootout Labor Day tradition at BIR

Posted: August 29, 2012 - 7:28pm
Rick Corwine Simon Gregg leads the pack in the Trans-Am Series at Brainerd International Raceway in 2011. The series returns to BIR this weekend as part of the Muscle Car Shootout.
Rick Corwine Simon Gregg leads the pack in the Trans-Am Series at Brainerd International Raceway in 2011. The series returns to BIR this weekend as part of the Muscle Car Shootout.

A Labor Day tradition is on tap for race fans this weekend at Brainerd International Raceway as the 24th annual Muscle Car Shootout showcases drag and road racing, a classic car show, live music and more.

Fans are in for a full weekend of intense racing as series championships in drag and road racing are on the line.

Drag racers will be gunning for a series championship during the grand finale of the three-race Muscle Car Series.

On the Competition Road Course, teams in SCCA Pro Racing’s Trans-Am Series are wrapping up their season with only one race left after this one, so points will be at a premium for drivers who still have a shot at a championship in the 10-race series.

Also on the road course, Ducati will be testing its superbikes Friday, and the Jack Pine Sprints will feature SCCA regional racers Saturday and Sunday. They’ll be sharing the road course with the Trans-Am Series, which is qualifying and racing Saturday and Sunday. With only one race left – Road Atlanta in November – competition is expected to be fierce.

There’s plenty to see and do off the track as well. On Saturday, a classic car show will be on the infield behind the main grandstand, and “Common Ground” will provide live music Saturday night in The Wheelie Bar & Grille (no cover charge). Kids can take part in free games and activities Saturday afternoon.

On the drag strip, more than 300 cars are expected to compete, with 11 series championships up for grabs. At center stage will be the “fast five” classes, where speeds exceed 200 mph and times can dip below 7 seconds. Except for the Outlaw Class, all Muscle Car Series classes are being contested, with two or more drivers in the hunt for hardware.

In the Outlaw Class, Mike Bauerly is going for a sweep of all three series races and a repeat of the class championship. He’s got a sizeable, but not insurmountable, lead in the point standings.

Simon Gregg, the top driver for Minnesota’s Derhaag Motorsports, is leading the point standings in the Trans-Am Series. Tony Ave, who won the last three Trans-Am Series races at BIR and clinched last year’s series championship at BIR, is in third place but is coming off a big win earlier this month at Road America. Amy Ruman is in second place and has been consistent all season.

The Trans-Am Series and the Jack Pine Sprints race rain or shine.

On-site camping is available and tickets can be purchased at the gate. Daily admission is $25 for adults, $15 for kids ages 6-12. Kids 5 and younger are free.