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Baehr Brothers Face Off in Final Round at Pittsburgh Raceway Park

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Bracket racers rely on good reaction times and honest predictions for how fast they feel their cars can travel a quarter of a mile.
Bracket racers rely on good reaction times and honest predictions for how fast they feel their cars can travel a quarter of a mile.
Drag racers in Northern Ohio were chomping-at-the-bit - too much rain made for too little racing. Things are looking up though and they're racing now. Last Sunday afternoon, in the final round of Bracket Racing at Pittsburgh Raceway Park, the guaranteed bet was that Baehr Racing would take home the five-thousand dollar check. A sure thing because it was a brother against brother affair.
This was the second time the Baehr brothers have met in a final, and this time Rick got the win over Brian, evening the score.
This was the second time the Baehr brothers have met in a final, and this time Rick got the win over Brian, evening the score.


"There was a little bit of pressure running Brian in the finals" admitted Rick Baehr. "I knew how well Brian was driving all day and how good his car was leading up to the finals. Brian and I had run once before, also in the finals, but that was eleven years ago when we were still both in high school. Brian smacked me around with a double '0' light and was close to his dial-in where he went on to win the High School Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park. This time though I narrowly escaped to even up the score."
The final round of Bracket Racing at Pittsburgh Raceway Park delivered a five-thousand dollar payoff to Baehr Brothers Racing.
The final round of Bracket Racing at Pittsburgh Raceway Park delivered a five-thousand dollar payoff to Baehr Brothers Racing.


"Brian and I met up for all the marbles. Brian turned it -.0005 red dead on .007. In the other lane I was .023 dead on 2 for the win. What an unbelievable feeling that was to race off with my younger brother in the finals of such a great paying race. Then on Monday he got a .009 package dropped on him third round. I got beat fourth round, when I was .019 under .012, taking a .005 stripe. All-in-all not too bad of a start to the year for the Baehr brothers," remarked Rick.

For those unfamiliar with drag racing speak, Rick will now translate. "In Bracket Racing, we rely on good reaction times and honest predictions for how fast we feel our cars can travel a quarter of a mile. In this style of racing you can actually lose a race by getting to the finish line first and going faster than you had predicted."

"In the attempt to get to the finish line first, but take the smallest amount time possible, we may sometimes make the mistake of 'giving back the stripe,' or letting the opponent cross in front of you while tightening up the finish line margin. On the flip side, we may also get to the finish line first by taking 'too much stripe' and be eliminated from competition by going faster than we predicted."

The Baehr brothers say they completely rely on K&N products each and every time they get into an automobile. They run K&N oil and air filters in their racecars and daily drivers.

"We also rely on K&N to get us to the track with a Cold Air Intake system in our car hauler, "adds Rick. "K&N is a brand and company we believe in and we are grateful to be part of the K&N team."

Brian and Rick plan on competing for a local track championship at Summit Motorsports Park, located half way between Cleveland and Toledo, Ohio, in PRO/No Box class.

"We also plan to hit a dozen or so big dollar races where we will be racing for purses between $2500 and $20,000," says Rick. "I will be competing in a handful of NHRA Full Throttle National Events in Stock and Super Stock Eliminators along with a few NHRA Lucas Oil Divisional Races as well."

Adds Rick, "Baehr Racing really would like to thank K&N for their superior products and support – we rely on them to win races and for mile after mile of reliable transportation to and from the racetracks."

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