Bob Gillespie of Brainerd and Andrew Knebel of Pillager captured track championships in the O'Reilly Auto Parts/Snap-On Tools Bracket Drag Racing Series at Brainerd International Raceway.
The final race in the seven-race series was completed Oct. 4-5 and track champions were determined.
Brainerd's Bob Gillespie won one Sportsman class final this season but it was enough to earn him a track championship. He narrowly edged Charlie Giddings of Ramsey, who finished second.
Andrew Knebel of Pillager repeated as Street Trophy track champion with three trips to the finals this season. Pillager's KC Brager finished second.
Bob Gillespie won one Sportsman class final.
In the Junior Dragster Advanced class, Kellie Kastner of Clearwater fouled at the starting line in the finals, giving way to a win by Kyle Lundberg. The win bumped him into third place in the final standings. Nick Engler of Ramsey won the track championship and Brainerd's Stephen Moran was second.
In Comp Trophy, Foley's Jesse Luberda blew away the competition with a decisive track championship performance. He won the class three times this year and was runner-up once. Brainerd's Keith Larson was second.
With 340 entrants competing, racers had a beautiful day Oct. 4 to complete their qualifying runs but rain fell Oct. 5, cutting short the elimination rounds and making for an anti-climatic finish to a competitive season of bracket drag racing. In all, there were 855 points-paying entrants this season.
All classes completed at least two elimination rounds so points were awarded to racers who advanced. Junior Dragsters, however, were able to complete their elimination rounds.
The Bracket Banquet is scheduled Dec. 13 at the Red Carpet Event Center in St. Cloud.
Final standings in each class:
Brainerd's Bob Gillespie drove a Dodge Charger R/T to the Sportsman class track championship at Brainerd International Raceway this season.
Track champion: Ryan Scheleck, St. Cloud
Second: Kevin Dyck, East St. Paul
Third: Mark Hovorka, Ramsey
Track champion: Wally Higby, Maple Grove
Second: Kelly Gjovig, Fargo, N.D.
Third: John Bastyr, Savage
Track champion: Bob Gillespie, Brainerd
Second: Charlie Giddings, Ramsey
Third: Kevin Rolph, Minneapolis
Track champion: Alex Barmettler, Maplewood
Second: Toby Giese, Kandiyohi
Third: Jason Clampitt, Lino Lakes
Track champion: Ken Niesen, Brooklyn Park
Second: Glenn Vanzee, St. Cloud
Third: Ken Doble, Clearwater
Track champion: Kevin Dyck, East St. Paul
Second: Craig Clark, St. Cloud
Third: Brad Swanson, Centerville
Track champion: Dale Evens, St. Cloud
Second: Trevor Larson, Starbuck
Third: Vern Laurin Jr., Duluth
Track champion: Greg Grundman, St. Cloud
Second: Ronnie Luberda, Foley
Third: Ryan Scheleck, St. Cloud
Track champion: Ben Line, Cromwell
Second: Butch Lindeman, Cedar
Third: Don Wachholz, Mayer
Track champion: Andy Knebel, Pillager
Second: KC Brager, Pillager
Third: Darren Arnold, Hopkins
Track champion: Jesse Luberda, Foley
Second: Keith Larson, Brainerd
Third: Mike Larson, Brainerd
Track champion: Mike Voss, Maplewood
Second: Debbie Sampson, Forest Lake
Third: Ken Doble, Clearwater
Junior Dragster Advanced
Track champion: Nick Engler, Ramsey
Second: Stephen Moran, Brainerd
Third: Kyle Lundberg
Junior Dragster Major
Track champion: Max Gust, Isanti
Second: Haley Heintzman, Fargo, N.D.
Third: Christopher Takacs, Thunder Bay, Ontario
Junior Dragster Minor
Track champion: Abby Haben, Hibbing
Second: Zach Gust, Isanti
Third: Emma McFarland, Sabin
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