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Scott Richardson IS the Spring Fling Million Winner at Bristol!

Bristol, TN – After a chilly night, what was supposed to be the final FTI Saturday $30,000-to-win race had the schedule somewhat altered yesterday when falling temperatures forced the postponement of Friday’s Million Dollar race.

“After the completion of the second round yesterday,” said co-promoter Pete Biondo, “we chose to err on the side of caution when track temperatures began to fall. Wanting to give our racers everything we promised, we made the decision to continue the event on Saturday, with some key changes.”

Saturday morning first brought the patented Spring Fling Reaction Time Challenge where seven racers earned some cash, the most notable being Mike Barber who scored a perfect reaction time (.000) which earned him $1,000. He was given a second chance and should he have recorded another .000, it would have earned him $10,000, a feat he was unable to repeat, but still receiving the grand. Six other drivers; Dan Fletcher, Allen Byrd, Ken Batchelor, Slate Cummings, Shane Molinari and Michael White; all recorded .00X reaction times to receive $100 each.

Next up was the first round of FTI Saturday’s $30-grander with the balance of that race to be completed on Sunday. And back into the third round of Friday’s Million Dollar main event with tough racing in every pair of cars.

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Former Top Fuel Pilot Spencer Massey Scores Thursday’s American Race Cars $30K Victory

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.

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Caraline McCarty Wins it All on Maytag/Silverstate Refrigeration $30K Wednesday

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.

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Bladen Takes Home all the Cash on the Final Day of the Fall Fling

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.

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The Weather takes the Win On Friday at the Fall Fling

Dunn, NC – After an historic night, ATI Performance Friday at the Sparco Fall Fling presented by Optima Batteries began with wet weather moving in overnight.

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.”

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Andy Dolan takes home the cash in Historic All Door Car Final at the Moser $25K Thursday

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.

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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.”

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