(Brainerd, MN) — Brainerd International Raceway has its second straight weekend of postponing events at the drag racing facility. Track owner Kristi Copham says they are hoping they might be able to open some of the smaller drag racing events to drivers with no fans, but right now the track events remain on hold. She says everything is postponed up through the May 4th executive order and she is hoping after that date that some events can begin. The biggest motorsports event in Minnesota is the annual N-H-R-A Nationals set for August 13th-16th at B-I-R. That national event brings upwards of 100-thousand people to the Brainerd area and Copham says it would be a huge financial hit to the track and to the region if the Nationals cannot take place. The N-H-R-A has recently released a revised schedule after canceling early season events and the Brainerd races are still planned to go on in August. Copham says they sellout the N-H-R-A Nationals up to a year in advance, so they are keeping their fingers crossed that the show will go on. She says the facility is 580 acres and if necessary they hope to be able to put into place some social distancing mechanisms that could help in hosting events.
Brainerd International Raceway owner Kristi Copham spoke with MNN Sports Director Mike Grimm: