BENSON, NC – The final day had arrived for the RAD Torque Spring Fling presented by Optima Batteries at GALOT Motorsports Park. Wiseco Performance Products $25K Saturday would crown the last winner, the Todd’s Extreme Paint MVP award, and the Todd Barton Best Appearing Car.
The Fling staff had been watching the ‘71 Barracuda roadster of Tim Quintin throughout the week and chose to award him the custom artwork for crew shirts courtesy of Todd Barton Design. Three names had reached the shortlist of potential candidates for the MVP award until one racer stood out above the rest throughout Saturday’s eliminations.
For the last opportunity to take home a Spring Fling big check, 337 drivers appeared in first round. Eventually sixteen cars remained on the ladder, and those racers included Brian Martel, Tommy Plott, Tripp McCarty, Jeg Coughlin Jr., Cody Strickland, Bryan Balducci, Tyler Colbert, Greg Showns, Jonathan Edwards, Corey Manual, Bob Kolibsky, Jerry Brewer, Tim Thomas, Harold Bell Jr., Caraline McCarty, and Ken Batchelor.
BENSON, NC – Silverstate Refrigeration $100,000 Main Event Friday brought much more than the highest purse up for grabs during the RAD Torque Spring Fling presented by Optima Batteries at GALOT Motorsports Park.
The morning began with the Spring Fling Reaction Time Challenge where 25 drivers made a hit at the tree in hopes of putting some cash in their pockets before opening ceremonies. Josh Luedke, Shane Carr, Jake Woodring, Bradley Snowball, Brianna Lukhard, and Tony Meltvedt all let go double “O” and each of them were rewarded $100 cash on the spot.
As the early rounds progressed after 347 entries appeared in round one, co-promoters Peter Biondo and Kyle Seipel determined that time would allow them to bring back the 32 Door Car Shootout contested in years past. Silverstate Refrigeration immediately came on board to guarantee $10,000 to the winner of the shootout, and a $500 cash bonus to the best wheelie as determined by the Fling staff.
BENSON, NC – The action continued into JEGS Performance Thursday where the stakes grew higher at a $25,000 purse. Racers were greeted with a persistent headwind that grew stronger into the afternoon at the RAD Torque Spring Fling presented by Optima Batteries.
The previous night saw the all-Texan final of Chris Gulitti and Donny Burleson, two RAD Torque sponsored American dragsters. Burleson’s .012 package planted him in the FST Carburetors winner’s circle for the $15,000 check.
The ripple of the American flag atop the grandstands persisted as the sun began to dip below the mass of trees framing the dragstrip. Jerry Brewer, Scotty Gibson Jr., Mike Bloomfield Jr., Jeff Verdi, Jason Lynch, Shane Maddox, Scott Albrecht, Caraline McCarty, Gary Eitel, Wesley Roberts, Bryan Balducci, Austin Brown, Shane Carr, Nick Womack, Jeff Serra, and Chad Duke were the 16 drivers that made up the ladder in round six.
BENSON, NC – A cloudless sky and warm temps set the stage for the FST Carburetors Wednesday 15K at the RAD Torque Spring Fling presented by Optima Batteries. The second day started off with a single time run for all drivers on property.
After Clayton Roberts grabbed the big check Tuesday evening in the Mullis Race Cars $20,000 shootout, 314 Fling competitors staged up during the first round of the warm-up race to take a swing at the $15,000 up for grabs.
The sun had set over and the bright stadium lights reflecting off the drag strip at GALOT Motorsports Park indicated it was time for the ladder round. Fifteen drivers remained including Chris Gulitti, Austin Brown, Kevin Brannon, Mike Daymude, Shane Thompson, Jamie Saracco, Jerry Boulia, Greg Hicks, Donny Burleson, Bo Butner, John Labbous Jr., Johnny Ezell, Mike Bodnar, and Scott Albrecht. Tom Dauber took the green on his bye after his .003 package the previous round.
Dunn, NC – In 2018, the Spring Fling brand of bracket racing made its debut at the gorgeous GALOT Motorsports Park in North Carolina. Now for the fourth straight year, hundreds of the best bracket racers in the country will be back to compete for big money and prizes.
Last year’s pandemic forced the Fling schedule to be juggled around a little, but nonetheless, Jamie Holston, Josh Luedke and Troy Williams walked away as the big winners at last year’s Spring Fling GALOT event. In addition, dozens of other racers left with awards and prizes which totaled over $50,000 alone.
Two of the Fling events last year were done with pre-entry only. It would only take minutes at the time pre-entries opened for the Fling events to sell out. “Due to the ongoing pandemic,” says Fling co-promoter Pete Biondo, “we will not be implementing a pre-entry system for our 2021 Fling events.”
MICKEY THOMPSON PERFORMANCE TIRES AND WHEELS MILLION DOLLAR RACE MOVES TO SOUTH GEORGIA MOTORSPORTS PARK
Bradenton, FL – Folk Promotions announced on Tuesday that South Georgia Motorsports Park in Adel, GA will now host the Mickey Thompson Performance Tires and Wheels Million Dollar Race. The agreement includes a 5-year plan for the historic bracket race event that crowned its 25th Anniversary Winner, Kevin Brannon just weeks ago.
General manager Jeff Miles said “a facility such as South Georgia Motorsports Park (SGMP) and a family like the Folks are a perfect fit. We are proud to play host to the race that started the trend of big money bracket racing. This is the one race that I have always wanted to be a part of, a race that spans 25 straight years is a feat in itself and the Folk family have stepped up to ensure it continues for many many more.”
Ozzy Moya, owner of SGMP, Orlando Speed World, and Emerald Coast Dragway said “this is just the start of big things between Folk Promotions and myself. The excitement is definitely in the air for 2021.”
Folk Promotions said “We look forward to our partnership with Ozzy and the SGMP staff to carry on the legacy of the Million Dollar Race. We cannot thank the racers enough for their continued support over the years and it is our goal to provide a safe and competitive racing experience. We look forward to seeing everyone again in 2021 as we embark on this new adventure and hope all entrants will have their best Million experience yet.”
Dunn, NC – Today was supposed to be an open day for travel and/or a rain day. That all changed when low temperatures reached almost record numbers on Friday. Fling officials made the decision to extend the schedule and complete the last remaining $30,000-to-win race today.
Ten cars left going into the seventh round; Billy Leber, Dan Northrop, Mike Barber, Randell Reid, Josh McDaniel, Cory Mong, Shane Maddox, Robbie Hamilton, Duston Wurtz, and Jack Ostrowski.
Seventh round and the survivors were: Barber, Wurtz, McDaniel, Northrop and Leber.
Quarterfinals, Leber defeated Northrop, McDaniel over Wurtz and finally Barber on the bye. Semifinals and by virtue of his .001 RT, McDaniel earned the bye into the final, while Leber faced off with Barber, who has been on a tear of .00X reaction times including his perfect RT in the Spring Fling Reaction Time Challenge which earned him $1,000. With identical RT, it was Leber by only two-thousandths to put an end to Barber’s 2020 K&N Spring Fling Million presented by Optima Batteries.
Final round, a door car; the Corvette Roadster pseudo door car of Leber; against McDaniel’s dragster for $30,000, with lane choice going to McDaniel.