Thunder at the Lakes
What: A round of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.
Where: Brainerd International Raceway, 5523 Birchdale Road, North Highway 371, Brainerd.
When: Friday through Sunday
Friday: Gates open at 8 a.m. Qualifying and time trials begin at 9 a.m. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car qualifying sessions are scheduled at 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: Gates open at 8 a.m. Final qualifying and time trials begin at 9 a.m. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car qualifying sessions are scheduled at 1 and 4 p.m.
Sunday: Gates open at 7 a.m. Eliminations begin at 9 a.m. Eliminations for Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car begin at noon.
Tickets: General admission/pit pass $20 Friday, $20 Saturday, $20 Sunday. Children 6-12 are $10 each day. Children 5 and under are admitted free. Superweek tickets also available.
2008 event winners: Diana Harker, Top Alcohol Dragster; Paul Anderson, Top Alcohol Funny Car; Bruno Massel, Comp Eliminator; Travis Sorokie, Super Stock; Ben Line, Stock Eliminator; Bob Fuller, Super Comp; Mike Wiblishouser, Super Gas; Rick Milinazzo, Super Street.
NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series competitors from the West Central Division will tackle the quarter-mile strip at Brainerd International Raceway Friday through Sunday in the Thunder at the Lakes event.
The race is the second of two in the division but the first race, at SRCA Dragstrip in Great Bend, Kan., has yet to be completed. Severe weather warnings on the original date in April caused eliminations to be postponed until June.
Some racers have gotten a jump in the point standings by attending out-of-division events earlier this season. Among them are Stock Eliminator racers Scott and Brad Burton of Golden, Colo. The father-son duo is in first and second place, respectively, in the division's Stock Eliminator standings. The pair went to Pacific division races in Chandler and Tucson in Arizona and Las Vegas. Scott went to the final round in both and scored the win in Vegas. Brad made it to the fourth round at both.
Scott Burton won a divisional NHRA Lucas Oil Series race at Las Vegas earlier this season. Burton will race in the Thunder at the Lakes event Friday through Sunday at Brainerd International Raceway. NHRA
Michael Miller of Santa Fe, N.M., comes into BIR as the points leader in Super Comp and Super Gas. Miller competed in Tucson and Las Vegas. In Tucson he went to the fourth round in Super Comp and was runner-up in Super Gas. In Las Vegas he went to round five in Super Comp and round four in Super Gas.
Starbuck resident Trevor Larson is in second place in the Super Comp point standings after outings in Chandler and Tucson. Larson went to the semis in Chandler.
West Central division racers will head to Denver for the next event when Bandimere Speedway will host the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series June 19-21.
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