As both the original and longest running “big money” bracket race, the 47th Annual U.S. Bracket Nationals at Byron Dragway has always been a crown jewel since the inaugural running in 1975. With an extra day of racing added to Friday afternoon, enhanced payouts, Wally’s and the addition of the first Blind Squirrel Race in track history, this year’s event is sure to be four days of fun!
For the second consecutive year, Super Pro Box / No Box will pay $5,000 to win on Saturday, $10,000 to win on Sunday, and $10,000 to win on Labor Day Monday. Pro Eliminator, Street Eliminator & Sportsman classes will join the fun on Sunday only. All class winner’s will be awarded a coveted NHRA.tv Challenge Wally on Sunday. And the non-points Monday race for Super Pro Box / No Box race will have the added bonus as the NHRA King of the Track title race for a Wally.
New this year, the event will expand to include a Friday afternoon Test & Tune from 3 pm – 7 pm. Beginning at 6 pm on Friday, Byron Dragway will hold its first “Blind Squirrel Race.” This is a fun and unique take on bracket racing. The Blind Squirrel race will generally follow Byron Dragway’s standard Super Pro Box / No Box rules but with a few twists. Racers will go directly into first round “off-the-trailer” with no time run or Test & Tune. Racers will dial as usual but there will be no time slips, no scoreboards, and no times publicly announced. All times will be published AFTER the final round. Drivers eliminated in the first round will automatically advance into a separate re-entry round to race their way back into round 2. It is a $100 entry fee with 50% of the entry fee funding the purse. The winner is guaranteed no less than a $1,000 payout. With a progressive payout structure, more entries will payout more prize money – so encourage your fellow racer to join in!
Test & Tune is only available on Friday afternoon from 3 pm – 7 pm and again on Monday from 10 am – 5 pm. There will be no Test & Tune on Saturday or Sunday.