30th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals
Brainerd Int’l Raceway and Resort
5523 Birchdale Road
Brainerd, MN 56401
Elevation: 1,200 feet
Radio Frequency: 105.3 FM
NHRA’s version of a weeklong campout, this event is a popular stop due to the area’s recreational opportunities. Avid fishers often spend the days before the event trolling the area’s many lakes for walleye, bass, and northern pike, and a huge on-site campground provides nightly camaraderie for racegoers, who sit around fires discussing the day’s action. A 700-foot concrete launchpad, one of the longest on the tour, helps boost performances at the second-to-last event at which teams in all four Full throttle classes can secure positions for the Countdown to the Championship playoffs.
2010 recap: Bob Bode scored his first win in Funny Car, Larry Dixon remained perfect in Top Fuel, Andrew Hines stole the spotlight in Pro Stock Motorcycle, and Jeg Coughlin Jr. won in Pro Stock to earn his fifth Brainerd Wally. As the final event of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series regular season, the event was packed with Countdown drama all the way to the final rounds. A number of drivers clinched positions in qualifying, and the last spots were claimed in Sunday’s first round.
How to Get There: The track is six miles north of Brainerd on Highway 371 North. From Minneapolis, take Highway 10 North to Highway 371 North; go north to the track.
Visitor Information: Brainerd Int’l Raceway, 218-824-7223 or 866-444-4455; Brainerd Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, 218-829-2838 or 800-450-2838; Nisswa Chamber of Commerce, 218-963-2620 or 800-950-9610