MONTGOMERY, AL – For the second time in his career, veteran E.T. bracket racer and longtime JEGS Mail Order associate Kenny Underwood has claimed a victory at the Mickey Thompson Million Dollar Drag Race. Driving his JEGS-backed dragster, Underwood made his way through a field of nearly 300 of the nation’s best sportsman drag racers to capture the massive $275,000 first-place prize.
“Sometimes I have to pinch myself because I can’t believe this is really happening,” said Underwood, who was also crowned the Million Dollar Race champion in 2013. “Obviously, I’m very, very happy. I want to thank Randy (Folk, Million Dollar Race promoter) for having this race and JEGS for all their support.”
Racing late into the night, Underwood made his way through nine tough rounds of competition on the Montgomery Motorsports Park eighth-mile. In the final round, he staged against 17-year-old phenom Cory Gulitti of Spring, Texas, and won the with a 4.767 elapsed time, matching his dial-in prediction of 4.76-seconds. Gulitti broke out by running quicker than his 4.44 dial with a 4.435. Underwood’s path to the final also includes wins against successful E.T. racers David “Bird” Jones and Chuck Flanagan.
Trackside Fuel Service To Be Provided for October Mega-Event
SAN ANTONIO, TX – Promoter Randy Folk today introduced VP Racing Fuels as the Official Fuel of The Million Dollar Drag Race scheduled October 19-22 at Montgomery Raceway Park in Montgomery, Alabama. As part of its sponsorship, VP will provide trackside fuel service throughout the event.
Celebrating its 22nd consecutive year, The Million offers racers across the country an opportunity to compete for life-changing payouts. The annual event often pays in excess of $300,000, making The Million home of the largest payday in drag racing history! Through the efforts of Folk and his daughter, Jennifer, The Million Dollar Drag Race has shown continued growth over the last two decades and keeps drivers, fans, and sponsors alike returning year after year. The race now features more than 300 entries in the prestigious main Million event, and over 600 racers competing in the three companion races, which pay $25,000 as the top prize each day.
Racers are preparing for the 21st annual Million Dollar Race scheduled Oct. 20-23, hosted by Montgomery Motorsports Park. The event offers the largest payday in drag racing history, with an additional $50,000 in racer appreciation giveaways.
“This will be an outstanding weekend featuring some of the best in bracket racing,” said Tom Kundrik, Motorsports Manager for Mickey Thompson. “Our ET Drag slicks give racers an incredible edge with fast, reliable performance.”
Past and Present Champions Crowned at Record Setting 20th Anniversary CARS Million Dollar Race; Complete Race Coverage
Montgomery, AL – The Cars Protection Plus Million Dollar Race celebrated its 20th Anniversary at Montgomery Raceway Park and the historic race broke records in both attendance and online views via MotorManiaTV’s Live Feed. This event marked the largest sportsman race and biggest payday in drag racing history, with over 623 entries and over 201,000 unique views from internet live-feed.
The main event held on Saturday was also the largest Million in history with 350 entries. As another way of saying thank you, Folk Promotions pulled one random free tech card from a list of drivers not entered into the million which brought the official car count to 351. This placed the payout in a different bracket, increasing the purse by $40,000. Robert Vogler from Winston-Salem, NC was the lucky winner of the drawing.
Nathan Martin Crowned 20th Anniversary CARS Million Dollar Race Champion; Folk Promotions Adds $40,000 to Purse
Montgomery, AL – Nathan Martin will go down in history as the winner of the 20th Anniversary CARS Protection Plus Million Dollar Race at Montgomery Raceway Park. The Ft. Worth, Texas Driver lasted 10 rounds of competition to march his dragster into the winner’s circle of the world’s biggest sportsman race. This event also marked the largest paying drag race in history. Martin defeated Ed Niemiec of Chicago, IL in the final round.
Martin said “I’m just excited to be here. I don’t even know what to say. Folk Promotions promotes a great race and it just feels good to be standing right here. When I realized that I had a chance to win, I did my best to focus and I stuck with the game plan.”
Martin is the first driver from the state of Texas to win a CARS Million Dollar Race.
Cole Cousins and Travis Barnett Crowned Triple 25K Winners at the 20th Annual CARS Million Dollar Race
Montgomery, AL – The 20th Anniversary CARS Million Dollar Race at Montgomery Raceway Park kicked off this weekend with a record setting 623 entries in the Triple 25’s. This is the largest attendance in the history of the Million Dollar Race. Online attendance also broke records with 69,000 unique visitors watching the race on MotorManiaTV’s Live Feed from 100 different countries. When the dust and smoke cleared, Travis Barnett and Cole Cousins were crowned champions of the Triple 25’s on Thursday and Friday.
On Thursday, Travis Barnett laid down a string of consistent packages that landed him into the winner’s circle. Barnett defeated Greg Roberts in the final round after Roberts turned it red by a few thousandths of a second. K&R Performance racer Kevin Rodden was the lone semi-finalist. Thomas Holley and Mark Taylor were the quarter-finalist.
With the actual Million Dollar Race event winner Rodney Phagan and fellow finalist Cecil Hankins both enjoying their victories, there remained one more race of the event, the final Triple 20 with $20,000 on the line for the winner.
Special awards are also part of the weekend festivities. A free Golf Cart Give-A-Way awarded a brand new customized OK Motorsports golf cart to a random tech card drawing. It was Rusty Ashmore who drove off with that prize. Best Appearing Car was Dale Simon. Jeff Mandell won a set of Brodix SR20 cylinder heads for the best losing package of the first three days of the event. The Long Distance award went to Bakersfield, California’s Don Gatlin. The Youngest Driver Award was 16-year old Tyler Bohannon and the VIP Club award of a new dragster went to Fargo, North Dakota’s Dustin Jones. And the Bounty Awards for the person who beat the previous day’s winner were given to Jimmy Sweet, Josh McDaniel and Kurt Harrington.