Bristol, TN – Million Dollar Friday presented by Maytag/Silverstate Refrigeration at the K&N Spring Fling Million presented by Optima Batteries was upon us. By the end of today, there will have been one racer standing whose life may change when he’s added to the rolls of former Spring Fling Million Dollar race champions; Jeff Verdi, Luke Bogacki, Randall Reid and Peeps Pennington.
With a progressive payout to the winner, the more cars entered in the race, the higher the winner’s share goes. Last year, Pennington took home to Texas $375,000. The event is typically held in Las Vegas, where rolling the dice for the big win is normal. Due to COVID restrictions, Fling officials had to move the event to the east coast and a facility, Bristol Dragway, which is first class in every aspect.
First up today was the Brodix Run for the $50,000. Each racer on the property “rolled the dice” and paid $50 for one time run. The racer who lays down a perfect run (.000 RT and dead-on the dial with a “0”) gets the 50Gs. If no one accomplishes the task, the first three best packages earn prizes from Brodix and the Fling. Should no one hit the big prize, Fling officials will roll the money over and pay $20,000 to the first perfect package during Million Dollar Friday eliminations.
Bristol, TN – After a long day on Wednesday at the K&N Spring Fling Million presented by Optima Batteries, which actually bled into the early hours of today, Day 2 began with the much anticipated Young Guns vs. Has Beens one shot shootout.
Sixteen previously chosen young and has been competitors faced off against one another. The team which turned on the most win lights were presented with a check for $8,000 to be shared courtesy of JEGS. The Has Beens are far from “once was” with a number of former world champions and they represented their team well. But after a 4-4 tie, each team chose one driver to break the tie with one more run. The Young Guns chose Gage Burch, while Pete Biondo represented the Has Beens. And by .001, Burch scored a big win for the Young Guns.
Back to eliminations for the American Race Cars Thursday and the survivors of round five moving into the ladder round six were, Jeremy York, Scott Tate, Jason Rich, Scott Richardson, Colby Fuller, Tim West, Sherman Adcock Jr., Tracy Sons, Shane Carr, JR Barclay, Ken Batchelor, JR Hodges, Spencer Massey, Ivey Brannon, Rayce Kidd, and Corey Manuel. Of those, the round six winners were Massey, Adcock Jr., West, Batchelor, Kidd, Hodges, Barclay and Manuel.
Bristol, TN – What was supposed to be Day 1 yesterday at the K&N Spring Fling Million presented by Optima Batteries for time trials along with the American Race Cars/Todd’s Extreme Paint Dragster Shootout, was rudely interrupted by Mother Nature. A persistent rain all day forced a total cancelation. Bristol Dragway staff began hard at work drying the track at 4:00 AM with the plan being to allow each competitor a single time trial followed by eliminations for the first of three $30,000-to-win races.
This race was originally scheduled to be run in Las Vegas in April, but COVID concerns forced Fling promoters Kyle Seipel and Pete Biondo to move it to the east coast, with at the time, no idea when the city of Las Vegas would allow a return to racing. Now with the country slowing reopening and not to forget their west coast customers, a Fall Fling West has been scheduled and will take place October 15-18 in Las Vegas.
Yesterday’s Dragster Shootout, which is a limited field of 32 pre-entered racers, will take place at some point during the week. The main event, the Spring Fling Million brought to you by Maytag/Silverstate Refrigeration will be contested on Friday, with a progressive payout that tops off at $1,000,000 depending on car count, but nonetheless having a guarantee of $250,000 to the winner regardless of cars.
Dunn, NC – Friday and Saturday morning’s rain caused a shift in the schedule at the Sparco Fall Fling presented by Optima Batteries at GALOT Motorsports Park. Eliminations for the ATI Friday ad JEGS Saturday races had to be combined to make for one big $125,000-to-win race. Due to eliminations not getting started until late on Saturday afternoon, only two rounds of eliminations were run prior to the curfew hour.
Sunday morning opened to sunshine and final eliminations beginning with the third round of 128 cars left commenced. The Sun quit shining but the racing continued.
At 16 cars and the ladder round, the survivors were John Edwards III, Lester Adkins, Jack Ostrowski, Jon Siegel, Shawn Carpenter, Carey Curling, Josh Luedke, Tommy Cable, Johnny Tolisano, Kevin Brannon, Tommy Plott, Mike Bloomfield Jr., A.J. Ashe, Troy Williams, Bobby Bladen, and Shaun Smithdeal, all moving into round six.
In that round, it was Tolisano, Carpenter, Plott, Bladen, Brannon, Williams, Bloomfield, and Cable, all coming out on the green side for round six.
For the first time in ‘Fling history, two door cars met up in the final round when Andy Dolan faced A.J. Ashe. Dolan’s Chevelle had been on a roll all day but Ashe was punch-for-punch on the same journey especially after defeating Wednesday’s winner Kyle Cultrera in round seven to win the Lindsay Racing Products Bounty Award for defeating the previous night’s winner.
Just to recap, the final was over just as easy as it began when Ashe turned on the red-light to hand the West Virginian Dolan his first ‘Fling win.
Consistent rain plagued the morning forcing officials cancel the day’s activities. “We do not see a window opening up to have the track dried and get any racing in today,” said Kyle Seipel. “The racing action will pick up tomorrow morning at 8:30. GALOT Motorsports Park has the best track drying equipment possible and depending on how long it takes in the morning to get the surface ready, we’ll be able to announce a more specific event schedule. We still have a ton of Fling money and prized to give away and are looking forward to a lot of great Fling racing action.”
Dunn, NC – Moser Engineering Thursday at the Sparco Fall Fling presented by Optima Batteries opened up to cloudy skies with just slight bits of precipitation dropping out of the skies. A large group of new entries showed up this morning and received a time run while the balance of entrants waited for the first round to begin.
Consistent showers plagued for the better of an hour or so, but eliminations finally began around 10:00 in the morning, and continued on all day without any more “stuff” falling out of the sky.
Round six survivors moving into the ladder round with nine cars left; runner-up the last two nights Gary Williams, AJ Ashe, Kevin Pollard, Andy Dolan, last night’s winner still hanging strong Kyle Cultrera, Vinny DiMino, Mike Bloomfield Jr., Cody Wiggins, and Michael Paschal. Dolan’s perfect .000 reaction time in that round earned him the bye run in round seven.
Dunn, NC – FST Wednesday opened up to cloudy skies but the racing continued all day. Today’s schedule called for a $15,000-to-win race and as of this morning, 396 racers came through the gate to compete.
One maybe unique feature to this event was the use of special numbers for each entrant, each with the Fling logo watermarked within. “One of the problems in the tower revolves around the various style car numbers an actually where the computer operator is situated,” said co-promoter Pete Biondo. “The computer operator then has to decipher the different styles and input them into the computer for each run. Kyle [co-promoter Seipel] and I chose to have car number stickers made for each entrant. The numbers were all a standard size and shape making it very easy for the computer operator to read. It’s actually has been done before at certain NHRA Bracket Finals for much the same reason.”
Biondo personally greeted each racer at the front gate and once the concept was explained, each one of them welcomed the effort in order to have the event run even smoother than it already does. “I can’t thank the racers enough for their cooperation in this,” added Biondo. “It definitely made the tower run so much smoother.”