Bristol, TN – With first a “family photo” of the Fling and Bristol Dragway staff celebrating ten years of Fling racing in Bristol, FST Wednesday got underway for the Sparco Fall Fling 500K presented by Optima Batteries. The first big prize of the weekend, a $30,000-to-win day began with a single time trial; the only one of the week; for all competitors. From today forward, all competitors go directly to eliminations each day. With the pre-entered field in attendance, part of the Fling experience is ensuring the races are completed in a timely fashion.
In a somewhat unusual occurrence in bracket racing circles, Fling co-promoters Peter Biondo and Kyle Seipel chose to limit the event to single entries only, with no double-entering of drivers/cars. In what may possibly be the only big bracket racing in the country today, single entries dates back to the old Moroso 5-Day Bracket Championships. Obviously the bracket racing world embraced the concept as pre-entries were sold out in a matter of minutes when the pre-entry list opened back in March.
Round six and 13 cars remained; Danny Waters Jr., Justin Vickers, Phillip Pennington, David Davis, JR Lobner, Luke Bogacki, Aaron Gee, Shawn Langdon, Bryan Robinson, Colby Fuller, Tim Thomas, Don Hansen and Shane Carr. With each placed on the elimination ladder, the survivors were Thomas, Langdon, Bogacki, Robinson, Carr and the door cars of Vickers and Pennington.
McLeansboro, IL – Pro Fuel rider, Janette Thornley, is partnering up with two-time AMRA Nitro Bike Champion, Rich Vreeland, to make her NHRA Top Fuel Harley debut in 2020. The Straightline Strategy Group rider is looking forward to participating in all of the NHRA events next season.
As a 4-time Pro Fuel Champion, Janette Thornley is familiar with the term “Beating the Odds” as throughout her life she’s faced many challenges in the male dominated sport. However, Thornley understands her new goal of racing top fuel Harley is very lofty. Pro Fuel and Top Fuel are two different animals in both speed and in operational aspects.
“After nearly 8 years of riding a nitro powered motorcycle, nothing can prepare you for a Top Fuel Harley except seat time,” says Thornley. “I have nothing but respect for these machines and those who ride them. My goal is to be a competitive rider and I know that will take tenacity, strength and perseverance of my faith for it to happen.”
Thornley selected two-time AMRA Nitro Funny Bike Champion Rich Vreeland to assist her effort. The Straightline Strategy Group, who represents Thornley within a strategic marketing alliance, is proud to announce that Thornley and Vreeland are set to participate at all 2020 NHRA events in the Top Fuel Harley class.
ENNIS, TEXAS – For the past several years the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and race tracks across the country have been recognizing and honoring first responders and members of the armed forces. The Texas Motorplex has been a consistent supporter of both of these remarkable groups of people and their families over the years. This year during the 34th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals, the Texas Motorplex will once again offer members of the active or retired military, government employees and first responders a variety of ticket discounts to the NHRA national event.
“We look at all the sacrifices first responders and members of the military make every day or have made throughout their careers and we just wanted to say thank you,” said Andy Carter Texas Motorplex General Manager. “We will be recognizing members of the armed services and first responders throughout the event. We also have a special promotion with the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation as well as a special national anthem singer.”
Military members will be able to save 20% on Adult Reserved or General Admission Tickets on any race day. The offer is also redeemable online in advance through a unique purchase link available to verified users on GovX. Additionally, savings will also available at the gate with presentation of professional or Military ID at the ticket window.
Bristol, TN – Bright sunshine and hot temperatures greeted a long line of racers waiting to get in Bristol Dragway for Day 1 of the 10th anniversary of the Fling brand of bracket races. The largest paying and most exciting of the Fling brand, the Sparco Fall Fling 500K presented by Optima Batteries will award one winning racer a guaranteed $500,000 in Friday’s ATI main event. Three separate side races will be held FST Wednesday, Hansen Thursday and JEGS Saturday.
Schedule for today as has been the tradition for Day 1 at each of the Fling races included a Test & Tune session along with the American Race Cars/Race Tech Dragster Shootout with a limited field of 32 racers vying for a spot in the final round. Both finalists receive a new dragster with winner having first choice.
With eight cars left in the quarterfinals, the remaining competitors were Robert DiMino, Chad Axford, Shane Maddox, Tim Markoglu, Jason Lynch, Derek Denny, Chris Sons and Jake Woodring.
Drag Illustrated Now Accepting 2019 Nominations For 30 Under 30 List Presented By Ididit Inc And Moser Engineering
KIRKSVILLE, MO – Drag Illustrated announced today it is accepting nominations for its 2019 ’30 Under 30’ list presented by ididit Inc. and Moser Engineering. Comprised of drag racing’s most impressive young ambassadors, the popular ’30 Under 30’ list presented by ididit Inc. and Moser Engineering will celebrate its fifth year in 2019 as the main subject of Drag Illustrated’s 2019 December issue, the annual Tomorrow Issue. The ’30 Under 30’ nomination period will run through Friday, Oct. 11.
The honorees will be recognized during a special press conference, which takes place during the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) trade show at the Indiana Convention Center, Dec. 12-14 in Indianapolis.
“The ’30 Under 30’ list is one of the biggest highlights of our year, in part because we’re annually blown away by the sheer amount of nominations that we get,” Drag Illustrated Founder and Editorial Director Wes Buck said. “The thousands and thousands of names tell us the sport is alive and well with impressive young people, and we’re proud to be able to honor them. It’s also exciting to have partners like ididit and Moser Engineering on board for the ’30 Under 30’ list who recognize the importance of having talented, successful younger people in the sport. We can’t wait to celebrate the hard work of so many rising stars in the sport at the PRI show.”
The Neeces, S.C., track is owned Jeff Biegun, who owns RJS Racing Equipment, Seatbelt Solutions and Performance 2 Way Racing Communications purchased the 50-acres facility in 2017 from Buddy Boozer and then purchased 300-acres from his sister that was adjoining property.
South Carolina Motorplex 2019 IHRA Summit SuperSeries are Shelby Miles (Top), Kadi Brant (Mod), Dustin Carroll (Street) and Madalin Simmons (Junior).
Greer Dragway won by a 59-52 margin over host track Darlington Dragway with Farmington Dragway finishing in third with 43 points. Other tracks that participated were: Coastal Plains Dragway, Elk Creek Dragway, Union Dragway, Ware Shoals Dragway, Pageland Dragway and South Carolina Motorplex.
In an all Greer Dragway final, Joe Gary from Boiling Springs, S.C., took home with win with a 4.433 second pass at 155.49 mph against a 4.44 dial-in with a .045 reaction time. Kevin Brannon from Boiling Springs, S.C., finished with a 4.428 second pass at 152.91 mph with a 4.44 dial-in and a .119 reaction time.