Fall Bracket Bash at Brainerd

Yep…still trying to get caught up on event coverages! The first weekend of October included two drag racing events in the same day. The second half of my day was spent at Brainerd Optimist Drag Strip for the Fall Bracket Bash, which also featured the 4.70 index guys and the new 275 drag radial heads up class. Honestly, I went to this event only because of the 275 class, but was surprised at the great turnout of cars in the bracket classes. A lot of cool stuff that I’d never seen before, so it definitely made for a great event!

Brainerd Optimist Drag Strip Bracket Bash 2012

The 4.70 index cars are always fun to watch, especially when it involves two ’57 Chevys!

Brainerd Optimist Drag Strip Bracket Bash 2012

It’s not often you see an altered roadster leave the line this hard!

There is no doubt that Brainerd has stepped up the game when it comes to track prep, as all of the cars were launching hard and staying glued to the track. In fact, one of the 275 cars had scraped the paint off of its rear valance panel the night before in testing. This made me excited, because I thought I might have a chance to get some big wheelstand pictures, but the car in question didn’t get too crazy during the actual race. However, several of the bracket cars offered up some great wheels-up launches, so I had fun with it. You can CLICK HERE for a full gallery of pictures, but here are my favorites from the day!

Brainerd Optimist Drag Strip Bracket Bash 2012

A Procharged LS2 powered Steven Crouse’s carbon-fiber-wrapped Trans Am, which ran low 6’s all day long. Steven would end up winning the class with a best E.T. of 6.16, and he drove it to and from the track!

Brainerd Optimist Drag Strip Bracket Bash 2012

My best wheelstand photo of the day came from this awesome AMX bracket car.

Brainerd Optimist Drag Strip Bracket Bash 2012

I get bored with shooting dragsters because they are so predictable, but I can’t just stand there and NOT take pictures haha.

Brainerd Optimist Drag Strip Bracket Bash 2012

This is the car that drug the bumper the night before, but it stayed fairly tame during Saturday’s race. Ron Lane is the driver, and did a great job of keeping the front end down…even though I wanted it to go way up!

Brainerd Optimist Drag Strip Bracket Bash 2012

I see Larry and Doug Hughes just about every time I got to the drag strip. If they’re not fooling with this awesome 4.70 Camaro, they’re tuning on a cool little S-10, piloted by Doug’s wife.

Brainerd Optimist Drag Strip Bracket Bash 2012

The 275 class had a lot of cool cars, including this fox body Mustang with a big turbo.

Brainerd Optimist Drag Strip Bracket Bash 2012

Steve Smith’s Corvette is another one of the 4.70 index cars that came out to play!

Brainerd Optimist Drag Strip Bracket Bash 2012

I love this ’67 Chevelle owned by Patrick Henry. He drives it to and from the track, and busts off low 6-second passes with a nitrous-assisted small block! Rumor has it, this car recently dipped into the 5’s!

Brainerd Optimist Drag Strip Bracket Bash 2012

Another big wheelie from a bracket car….good stuff!

Brainerd Optimist Drag Strip Bracket Bash 2012

Another small block street car (truck) in the 275 class.

Brainerd Optimist Drag Strip Bracket Bash 2012

Tom Neubert pilots this ’57 Chevy 4.70 index car. This car has been around for a LONG time, and was one of the pioneers of the Pro Modified class when Rob Vandergriff was behind the wheel.

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