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E.T. Bracket Championship Saturday

By far the most popular form of drag racing is a handicapped form of competition known as E.T. Bracket Racing. In this form of racing, two vehicles of varying performance potentials can race on a potentially even basis. The anticipated elapsed times for each vehicle are compared, with the slower car receiving a head start equal to the difference of the two. With this system, virtually any two vehicles can be paired in a competitive drag race.

The accepted standard for that distance is either a quarter-mile (1,320 feet) or an eighth-mile (660 feet). A drag racing event is a series of two-vehicle, tournament-style eliminations. The losing driver in each race is eliminated, and the winning drivers progress until one driver remains.

Pit Gate Opens at 8:00 AM ET
Time Trials Begin at 10:00 AM ET
Eliminations immediately follow Time Trials.

Enter through the Main Gate off U.S. Highway 136
Pit on the East Side unless otherwise noted.

Super Pro – $65 ($70 gate)
Indy Beach Properties Pro ET – $55 ($60 gate)
Allgaier Performance Parts Sportsman – $40 ($45 gate)
Millennium Trailers Super Pro Bike – $40 ($45 gate)
Dearry Automotive Junior Dragster – $30 ($35 gate)
Indy Beach Properties Junior Street – $30 ($35 gate)

Friday Night Camping – $20
Crew – $15
Spectator – $15
Kids 12 & Under FREE

Enter through the Main Gate off U.S. Highway 136
Pit on the East Side unless otherwise noted.

98 – $9.70
110 – $8.99
112 – $9.75
116 – $12.15

What is a Bracket Race?
A bracket drag race is a straight-line acceleration contest between two cars, usually starting at different times, from a standing start over a specified distance, usually a quarter-mile or an eighth-mile. Racers line up in front of a countdown device called a Christmas Tree. When they leave the starting line, timers record how long it takes them to reach the finish line. This is called elapsed time, or ET for short. Top speed is also recorded.

Getting Started
The best way to get your feet wet is to go to a “test and tune” session. Most tracks have them weekly, including Lucas Oil Raceway at our Wild Wednesday events. For a small fee, you can practice your starting line procedure, learn how the car reacts to tuning changes, and make passes down the track without the pressure of racing against someone.

You should also take time to watch how other racers do things, and most importantly, ask questions. Most racers will be happy to give you pointers on improving your technique.

When you’re ready to race against other people, you can compete in your track’s weekly series. Your car will be put in a category, or class, based on the elapsed time of your car. Top speed is not a factor in bracket racing. You will need to determine how quick you think your car will be. This is called the dial-in. When you are matched up with another car, the dial-ins are compared, and the slower car is given a head start equal to the difference between the two. To win, you want to run as close to your dial-in as possible without going faster, or “breaking out.”

Click here for the full “Drag Racing 101” brochure by Summit Racing Equipment.

Racer Payout Forms
Please fill out ONE (1) Racer payout form for the 2023 season.  You will not need to sign this form until you come to the Racer Payout room to receive a winning check.  Once you have filled out a copy of the racer payout form, please email it back to Gabbi Baker at

Indiana W9
Please fill out one (1) W9 for the 2023 season and send Gabbi Baker at  You are welcome to bring your completed W9 to the first ET Bracket race as well.

October 7, 2023 10:00 AM
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