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Race fans enjoy each other's company while they waited five days for Brainerd International Raceway's gates to open. Photo by Dan Determan

Campers flock to raceway

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Race fans from around the Midwest flocked to the area outside Brainerd International Raceway (BIR) last week in preparation for the 33rd annual Lucas Oil NHRA National races, eight days before the event began and five days before the gates opened for Superweek campers.

More than a dozen campers parked in the lot of Freedom Valu Center, waiting for BIR's gates to open Monday morning, Aug. 11.

"The sad part is we have reserved parking," Kathy Bossen said, laughing.

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Dan Determan
Staff Writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal weekly newspaper
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