By Tyler Ohmann
Tyler Gadacz is having one heck of a year of bracket racing at Brainerd International Raceway (BIR).
Gadacz, a 2013 graduate of Little Falls Community High School, has won three times in the Street Trophy division.
This is his second year racing his ‘01 Ford Mustang.
“Last year was a test year, and I can go back and see what I ran then,” Gadacz said. “So far, I’ve been running a lot better.”
That was apparent July 11-12, Gadacz’ last race, when he won in the finals both days.
Gadacz began racing in 2012, and since then, he has won five firsts and five seconds in two-plus seasons of racing. He also has a second place trophy for an entire season.
He has two second place finishes to add to his three titles so far this summer.
Gadacz said he got his start by watching his grandfather when he was young.
“It is pretty much a family sport,” Gadacz said. “My grandpa ran starting in 1987, and I’m just continuing it on.”
He thanks his family for all of his success thus far.
“I would like tho thank all my friends and family that have supported me throughout my career in drag racing,” Gadacz said. “A special thank you to my grandpa and grandma Luberda, who gave me the money to buy my car.”
He said that his family has been extended since he began at BIR.
“We’re pretty much one big family, we help each other out,” Gadacz said of his fellow racers. “If someone breaks down, there will be a group of people trying to help out until he runs.”
Gadacz really enjoys bracket racing, which he said takes a lot of skill because it is not all about going fast. Bracket racing is more about consistency, and finishing near a predicted time.
Gadacz’ next race at BIR will be Aug. 8-9.