Brainerd Motorsports Park, IHRA Sign Multi-Year Agreement
WEST PALM BEACH, FL — Brainerd Motorsports Park kicks off its 2020 racing season with the announcement it has signed a multi-year sanctioning agreement with the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA).
Conveniently located off Interstate 75, just 10 miles from Chattanooga, Tenn., and less than two hours from Atlanta, the 1/8-mile drag strip is a destination for many racers from Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama.
Track owners Ron Newman and the husband-wife team of Amy and Steve Farrow have a full schedule of events planned from March through the end of November.
“Brainerd Motorsports Park is a great facility in a terrific location,” IHRA Division Director Frank Kohutek said. “Amy and Steve Farrow and Ron Newman have done a tremendous job providing the racers in that area with a first-class facility and a great racing surface. Brainerd Motorsports Park is a great representative of an IHRA-member track.”
The staff has worked well in conjunction with other IHRA-member tracks in the region not to schedule major events at the same time.
Brainerd Motorsports Park features a strong participation in the IHRA Summit SuperSeries, the most prestigious grassroots drag racing program in North America. Track champions for 2019 included: Eric Harris (Top), Derek Varner (Mod) and Jesse Long (Junior).
Brainerd was also well represented at the IHRA Summit (Heatwave) Division 2 Team Finals. Grace Varner took the Junior Dragster win, while Marty Goldsmith was runner-up in the Sportsman race.
In addition, track hosts its own special points program, the High 5K Bracket Series. For 2020, they have launched the Four-Forty Bad Boyz Series, a seven-race series for Doorslammers running a 4.40 index. It features two rounds of qualifying and a pro ladder with drivers from Michigan to Florida showing interest.