With the K&N Spring Fling Galot presented by Optima in the rear-view mirror, co-promoters, Peter Biondo and Kyle Seipel, have been diligently trying to piece together their remaining 2020 event schedule.
“We have been working closely with our partner tracks to come up with a game plan for our Fall events,” explained Biondo. “After discussing our options and realizing the commitment we have to our racers and sponsors, we decided it was time to put a plan in place. This is exciting stuff and I think racers will be pumped up to hear what we have planned.”
Perhaps the biggest news starts with the move of the previously scheduled K&N Spring Fling Million event, which was set to happen in April at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This event will now take place at Bristol Dragway on September 28 through October 3, taking the place of the previously scheduled Fall Fling at Bristol. The event name, sponsors, structure, and guaranteed purses will all remain the same.
“We needed to set a date so racers can plan for what is our biggest Fling event of the year,” said Seipel. “Jeff Foster and the LVMS team could not give us a specific date until they got a clearer picture of their Fall schedule at LVMS. We are excited! Unlike our other Fling events this event has a progressive purse and allows gate entries. It could very well end up being our biggest Spring Fling Million ever.”
Bristol, TN – After a late night at the largest payout in Fling brand history; or actually early Saturday morning as the final round was run a little after midnight; there remained one more day, JEGS Saturday at the Sparco Fall Fling 500K presented by Optima Batteries.
While the ATI Friday’s main event winner Hunter Patton might still be celebrating what is little doubt his biggest payout, $500,000, the balance of the field set their sights on win lights in search of the $30,000-to-win prize.
First up this morning was the Fall Fling Reaction Time Challenge where 25 randomly selected drivers were given one hit at the ‘Tree where a 0.00X RT earned that person a $100 bill. A perfect RT earns $1,000 and the chance to do it one more time for $10,000. Unfortunately, no one recorded that perfect shot but Chris Borges, Jared Pennington, Jerry Brewer, Lannan Barrilleau, Mike Daugherty, Thomas Bell, Chris Weaver, Shelby Miles, Megan Lotts, Blaine Mayer and John Parks all receiving $100 for their 0.00X RT efforts.
And before eliminations began, was the Fling Family Photo, a gathering of some of the racers, crews and families who make up such a great event. It’s tradition which dates back to the very first Spring Fling in 2010, and one which has become such an important ritual of each Fling brand event.
Bristol, TN – This is the day everyone has waited for. The build-up has been phenomenal. Almost two years in the making and it was finally here. ATI Friday. In the biggest and most exciting race of the Fling brand of bracket racing, the Sparco Fall Fling 500K presented by Optima Batteries main event was set to take place.
More than ten years ago, co-promoters Peter Biondo and Kyle Seipel dreamt about the concept of the type of race they themselves would like to race at. That concept took hold at Bristol Dragway ten years ago with the first Fling race and as part of the ten year celebration, Biondo and Seipel chose to do something really special. Giving back to their customers was key and with that began what will be the biggest payday in Fling history when one lucky racer walked away with a half-million dollar check. A one-time happening that rocked the bracket racing world.
A third round win today earns not only the chance to continue on toward the largest payout in Fling history, but at the very least, a loss in the following round earns the racer $750. With the overall success of the event, Biondo and Seipel wanted to make it even that much more special and decided to add to the purse. “We could have easily added to the top prize of $500,000 but in an effort to affect the most people,” said Biondo, “we chose for today’s race to add to the purse by rewarding all second round winners with a $500 check. We have been so fortunate to have the support of so many and cannot thank all who have supported our brand of Fling events enough.”
Bristol, TN – Day 3, Hansen Thursday and one day closer to the biggest and most exciting payday of the Sparco Fall Fling 500K presented by Optima Batteries, ATI Friday where one racer will walk away with a half-million dollar prize. But before that happens, there was another $30,000-to-win race today.
New entries received a single time run and by 8:45, eliminations began. Yesterday due to the amount of cars, buy backs were eliminated. However today, redemption in the form of a buy back is available for those unfortunate to have not received a win light in the first round.
In addition to today’s race and as part of the Fling’s Bristol tenth anniversary celebration, any previous winners from any of the Fling brand events, will compete in a special Hoosier Tires King of the Flings race with free entry and the winner receiving an Ivey Hutto Golf Carts customized cart.
With racer representation from 36 states and the country of Canada, the Sparco Spring Fling 500K presented by Optima Batteries has also become an international affair with fans checking in on the MotorManiaTV.com live feed sponsored by Mickey Thompson Tires and JEGS. Interested fans have checked in on the live feed chat room from as far away as Australia and a number of European countries. The live feed will continue for the final two days, ATI Friday and JEGS Saturday.
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.
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.
Bristol, TN – The largest paying and most exciting Fling event ever is set to begin this week at famed Bristol Dragway in Tennessee. The Sparco Fall Fling 500K presented by Optima Batteries is the final Fling race this year after the successful K&N Spring Fling Million in April and the K&N Spring Fling at GALOT Motorsports Park in May. This one will be both different and special, awarding $500,000 to one single winner at Friday’s main event, money which is sure to make a difference in one lucky racer’s life
This is the tenth anniversary of the Fling held in Bristol and as such, co-promoters Peter Biondo and Kyle Seipel wished to make the Bristol event a special one for those attending.
“Because 2019 will be the tenth anniversary of our brand in Bristol,” Biondo said, “we wanted to do something really special. Kyle and I had been brainstorming back and forth since late 2017. We could have done so many things, but the racers have supported us behind belief and we just wanted to do something very special for our customers. And there was no better time or place to do this than where it all started, Bristol Dragway. This will certainly be huge in our sport, taking it to a whole new level. Five hundred thousand dollars to win and a guaranteed payout!”