“We sold out a single entry event in 3 minutes in 2023,” said Fling promoter Peter Biondo, “And while we appreciate the incredible support, it does lead to frustrated racers that can’t get signed up in time. Our answer for 2024 is simple – to give our racers more of what they want most.”
The racers asked and the Fling Team listened. The Summer Fling will be held at Bristol Dragway September 3-7, resulting in two Fling events at Bristol Dragway. Three weeks later, on September 24-28, the Fling Team will celebrate its fifteenth year at Bristol Dragway by putting up a guaranteed $500,000 purse to Friday’s winner during the Fall Fling 500K.
“This is where it all started with Peter and Kyle in 2010,” said Emily Biondo, “So what better way to celebrate 15 years with our racers than where it all began?”
The 2024 Fling season will fire up at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with the highly anticipated Spring Fling Million April 2-6. The series will then head east to the beautiful GALOT Motorsports Park April 23-27 for the Spring Fling 50s. Each of the four events on the roster will host an ever-popular combination of high guaranteed payouts with $60,000 of racer appreciation giveaways to create the unique Fling experience that keeps racers and their families entertained.
Bristol, TN — JEGS Performance $30,000 Saturday at the RAD Torque Systems Fall Fling presented by Optima Batteries at Bristol Dragway would see the final winners circle celebration of the year for the Fling Race Series. At the conclusion of the evening another winner would be crowned, and the Fall Fling Points Championship presented by Hubbard Heating and Cooling would be determined.
At the ladder round six cars remained including Robert Hindman, Ken Batchelor, Donny Burleson, Ernie Humes, Dan Davies, and Michael Jackson. Batchelor won with the lesser of the breakout against Hindman after running just one-thousandth under, while Burleson turned it .001 red against Humes. Davies was .001 and four-thousandths under to bow out against Jackson.
At three cars, Batchelor put it dead-on eight against Humes, who broke out by two-thousandths. Jackson took the green and would return for the final round between two North Carolinians.
Bristol, TN — Moser Engineering $100,000 main event Friday was slated to be the most action-packed day of the week at the RAD Torque Systems Fall Fling presented by Optima Batteries at Bristol Dragway where 425 drivers battled head to head for the biggest payout of the weekend.
At round seven, ten cars remained including Dustin Smiley, John Labbous, Steve Dunn, Joe Meece, Shelley Elrod, Josh Baker, Noah Lewis, Cory Gulitti, Stephen McCrory, and Steve Witherow. Labbous was behind Smiley by .003 on the tree but put it dead-on five for the win, while Dunn was perfect to the .004 redlight of Meece. Elrod earned the door car bye and Witherow had the bye on the dragster side. Baker was .014 to knock out Lewis, while McCrory fouled out by eight thousandths to Gulitti.
As racers gathered at the trackside Laris Motorsports Insurance steak dinner, the six remaining drivers agreed on the split and rolled into the quarterfinals. Baker won on a double red after being -.003 to the five red of Labbous, while Witherow also turned it five thousandths red to the .008 of Elrod. Dunn and Gulitti were separated by just two thousandths and Dunn ran dead-on eight getting to the stripe by .010 to earn the bye to the final round.
Bristol, TN — The weather proved to work in the racers’ favor during ATI Performance Products $30,000 Thursday at the RAD Torque Systems Fall Fling presented by Optima Batteries at Bristol Dragway. Exactly 425 drivers staged up for Round 1 to chase after the first main event big check of the weekend.
In the quarterfinals six racers remained – half door cars and half dragsters including Michael Paschal, Mike Barber, Chris Ferguson, Josh Baker, Matthew Holmes, and Michael Jackson. Ferguson was .008 and took .003 at the stripe to move past Baker, while Barber was .005 with a substantial advantage on the tree for the win over Holmes. Paschal continued a dominating streak as he was .009 and dead-on eight against Jackson to earn a spot in the semifinals.
At three cars, Ferguson ended Paschal’s streak by laying down .010 total for the win. Barber took a solo trip down the track with a .012 light.
In a final where either competitor would be a first time Fling event winner, Barber won by way of a double breakout after running just three-thousandths under. Ferguson, who had the advantage off the starting line with a .009 light, ran five-thousandths under. Not only did Barber collect the $30,000 payday, but he will start the Fall Fling Points chase off in the lead.
Bristol, TN — Advanced Product Design $15,000 Wednesday at the RAD Torque Systems Fall Fling presented by Optima Batteries at Bristol Dragway began with a time run session for all racers on property to get their equipment dialed in for the rest of the weekend.
In the afternoon during the second round, a storm with heavy rain and lightning overtook the track and by the time it passed the sun had set. As the Bristol Dragway track staff made an effort to clear off the track with jet dryers, the dew point increased which would create unsafe conditions by the time the track was projected to be fully prepped.
The Fling Team made the decision to begin ATI Performance $30,000 Thursday as scheduled with a new entry time trial in the morning before going straight into first round. “Our racers pre-entered this race for the 30K, 100K, and 30K main events,” said promoter Peter Biondo. “We want to deliver as promised, and we’ll see how the week progresses as far as coming back to continue eliminations of the 15K event.”
Bristol, TN — Sunny, clear skies greeted racers on the first day of the fourth and final Fling Race Series event of the year at the RAD Torque Systems Fall Fling presented by Optima Batteries at Bristol Dragway.
Rob’s Automotive and Collision Test and Tune Tuesday ran in conjunction with eliminations of the American/Race Tech Dragster Shootout where 32 of the 425 racers on property took their shot at securing a 2024 chassis from two of the top builders in the sportsman racing industry.
The remaining eight drivers on the ladder included Jon Corbin, Tim Kelley, Timothy Thomas, Gary Williams, Chase McKay, Jamie Holston, Tanner Miller, and Troy Williams Jr. Troy Williams was .004 taking .008 to be one thousandth under to knock out Corbin, while Gary Williams used a .007 starting line advantage over McKay to advance. Kelley used a substantial advantage off the line to move to the semifinals over Miller, while Holston was .007 taking three thousandths for the win over Thomas.
In the semifinals, Troy Williams had a four thousandths advantage over Kelley but it was Kelley who took .009 at the stripe to advance to the final. After being no worse than .007 all day, Holston was perfect and four thousandths under for the loss against the .015 package of Gary Williams.
Bristol, TN — The final stop on the 2023 Fling Race Series Tour is happening this week at the RAD Torque Systems Fall Fling presented by Optima Batteries. Bristol Dragway will host 425 of the best bracket racers in the country at this unique single entry event.
“With 677 entries at our 2022 Bristol event, we felt we needed to cap the field in order to deliver the experience our racers have come to expect,” said promoter Peter Biondo. “We decided to only accept 425 single entries to allow us to finish before the track gets too cold or humid at night. Our goal is to provide a safe racing surface and end each day at a reasonable hour.”
Rob’s Automotive Tuesday will host a track-operated test and tune run in conjunction with the American Race Cars/Race Tech 32-Car Dragster Shootout where the finalists will each win a chassis with the winner having choice of builder.
Hebron, OH — The final day at the JEGS Performance Summer Fling presented by Optima Batteries at National Trail Raceway brought sunny skies and another $30,000 big check courtesy of American Race Cars.
The morning fired up with the Summer Fling Reaction Time Challenge, where 25 racers were randomly selected to take a hit at the tree for cash. Five drivers earned $100 for ‘double-O’ reaction times.
Roughly 400 entries made for an action-packed day, but the cooperation of the racers allowed the rounds to go by swiftly. As the sun began to set nine racers remained including Kenny Underwood in two entries, Pro bonus winner Matt Obertanec, Randy Krause, Mike Rogers, Dennis Meade, Jim Glenn, Nick Folk, and Tim Wurtz.
In the quarterfinals, Glenn was .018 and dead-on one to the .015 red of Wurtz, while Obertanec had an eight thousandths reaction time advantage on Underwood and got to the stripe by .009 to run dead-on two to advance. Krause made a solo pass down the track on the bye.
Hebron, OH — FuelTech $30,000 Saturday at the JEGS Performance Summer Fling presented by Optima Batteries brought sunny, clear skies for the 431 entries on property at National Trail Raceway. The count was a record-high since the beginning of the Summer Fling in 2021.
The best door car and best dragster package of the weekend throughout eliminations from Thursday to third round Saturday met in a match race for a set of Brodix cylinder heads. Ben Haight qualified on the door car side with perfect package (off the bottom) while Johnny Ezell was the representative on the dragster side after being .002 total (.001 and dead-on 1). Ezell was .008 and took a thousandth at the finish line to be .011 above against the .016, dead-on four against Haight to pick up the brand new set of SR20 heads.
The quarterfinals included Jeremy York, Caraline McCarty, Preston Pennington in two entries, Todd Piper, Kyle Cultrera. Pennington let go perfect to the .001 of Piper, and Piper took three thousandths to breakout by seven thousandths, advancing Pennington who was only .003 under the dial. McCarty turned it four thousandths red and ran dead-on eight against the .024 package of York, allowing York to advance to the semifinals. In the last pair, Cultrera was .003 but gave it back two thousandths to Pennington, who still laid down .012 total.
Hebron, OH — The first of three $30,000 big checks was on the line on ATI Performance Products Friday at the JEGS Performance Summer Fling presented by Optima Batteries at National Trail Raceway. 407 entries took their shot at securing a main event payday.
Early afternoon showers pushed on-track action into the early Saturday morning with the cooperation of the racers and the intent to maintain momentum and finish the event. The last nine cars remaining included Brian Self, Eric Sandlin, Donny Burleson, Garrett Griffith, Larry Houck II, Steve Law, Jack Ligget, Mike Barber, and Jeremy York.
In the quarterfinals Sandlin had a .015 advantage on the tree and put it dead-on four over Law, while Burleson ran it down to run his dial with a four to knock out Houck. Griffith made a full pass on the bye with a .005 redlight and ran four-thousandths under.