BENSON, NC – Racers poured in through the gates of GALOT Motorsports Park Tuesday morning under sunny skies and a breeze expected to be seen all week for the RAD Torque Spring Fling presented by Optima Batteries.
A pre-entry system had the event sold out within minutes in past years, but as of 2021 there will be no limit on car count and co-promoters Peter Biondo and Kyle Seipel have implemented their “Gate Entries Welcome” policy.
As has been the case with all Fling events on the east coast, the ‘A vehicle can only go down the track once per round’ rule will again be in effect and follow the 15K/25K/100K/25K payout format. Also being implemented as always is TruStart, the ‘Worst Red’ product of Compulink.
Rob’s Automotive, Collision, and Towing Tuesday Test and Tune allowed racers to make as many runs as time allowed from 2:00 – 9:00 p.m. in conjunction with a Mullis Race Cars Shootout exclusive to a 32-car field. The winner would grab the $20,000 big check, runner-up $3,000, and $1,000 would be paid to the semifinalists.
With the K&N Spring Fling Galot presented by Optima in the rear-view mirror, co-promoters, Peter Biondo and Kyle Seipel, have been diligently trying to piece together their remaining 2020 event schedule.
“We have been working closely with our partner tracks to come up with a game plan for our Fall events,” explained Biondo. “After discussing our options and realizing the commitment we have to our racers and sponsors, we decided it was time to put a plan in place. This is exciting stuff and I think racers will be pumped up to hear what we have planned.”
Perhaps the biggest news starts with the move of the previously scheduled K&N Spring Fling Million event, which was set to happen in April at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This event will now take place at Bristol Dragway on September 28 through October 3, taking the place of the previously scheduled Fall Fling at Bristol. The event name, sponsors, structure, and guaranteed purses will all remain the same.
“We needed to set a date so racers can plan for what is our biggest Fling event of the year,” said Seipel. “Jeff Foster and the LVMS team could not give us a specific date until they got a clearer picture of their Fall schedule at LVMS. We are excited! Unlike our other Fling events this event has a progressive purse and allows gate entries. It could very well end up being our biggest Spring Fling Million ever.”
Benson, NC – Day Last of the K&N Spring Fling GALOT presented by Optima Batteries was upon us and it was a sort of weird event.
What was originally scheduled as four separate races paying $15K-$25K-$100K-$25K to the winners had to be curtailed when Mother Nature threatened to intervene. As has been reported in earlier race results, the entire purse from the two $25K races were combined and paid $50K to one winner who ended up being Josh Luedke from Boonville, Indiana. Due to heavy storms on Thursday, that race was completed yesterday after which the Strange Engineering Friday $100K race began.
Because of the late start on that race, only one round along with the buyback round was completed last night with the balance of the rounds completed today.
With $100,000 on the line, once again over 380 racers made the first round call and has been the number all week, round seven consisted of nine cars; Leon Robertson, Richard Wilk, Joey Harrison, Dan Fletcher, Hunter Patton, Josh Baker, Parker Dotson, Kyle Cultrera and Troy Williams. In that round with an odd number of cars, Dotson will have the bye run into the quarterfinals.
Round seven survivors were the very red hot this year Patton, perennial high-dollar winner Williams, Harrison in his Mustang, multi-time NHRA champ Fletcher driving his Chevelle wagon and Dotson in his dragster. Three dragsters against two door cars with Patton on the bye in the quarters, followed by door cars against dragsters; Williams against Harrison and Fletcher against Dotson.
Benson, NC – Yesterday’s rain forced officials to double up JEGS Thursday and Wiseco Saturday’s races making it one race for $50,000-to-win. However, that forced only two rounds of eliminations to be completed yesterday with the balance to be finished today. After completion, the Strange Engineering Friday $100,000-to-win race began.
First up though was the Spring Fling Reaction Time Challenge with 25 randomly selected drivers getting one “hit” at the ‘Tree. Any .0XX reaction time earned a $100 bill with a perfect .000 RT getting $1,000. No one was eligible for the $1,000, but six drivers; Carl Drake, Clayton Roberts, Jason Hoff, Colby Fuller, Pete D’Agnolo and Cory Gulitti; all picked up a fresh hundred.
With eliminations continuing down to round seven of the combined race, the survivors were Ernie Humes, Wes Weaver, Marty Dabney, Josh Luedke, Jeff Serra, Mark Siegel, Jeff Taylor, Severn Johnson and Tuesday’s Dragster Shootout winner Hunter Patton. With nine cars left for round seven, Weaver received the bye run to move into the quarterfinals.
Benson, NC – With three days left of high-dollar bracket racing at the K&N Spring Fling GALOT presented by Optima Batteries, Mother Nature has been disruptive. With a questionable forecast for the remaining three days, co-promoters Pete Biondo and Kyle Seipel chose to make a schedule change.
“Our goal is to always provide an experience for our racers that is second to none,” said co-promoter Pete Biondo. “After careful consideration of the probability of some weather
over the coming days, we have made the decision to combine the JEG’s $25,000 Thursday and the Wiseco Powersports $25,000 Saturday race. All of the prize money, round money and round prizes will be doubled.
“Racers,” added Biondo, have made the commitment to come race with us, and we have made the commitment to provide all of the purse and prizes to our races as advertised. Although we do anticipate some interruptions for weather over the next few days, we feel confident that we will be able to complete both the combined $50,000 race, and the Strange Engineering $100,000 main event by Saturday night, with the option to use Sunday if necessary. We have a full staff and the best track drying equipment available including a Jet Dryer. If or when any weather hits, it will be all hands on deck.”
Yesterday’s Rob’s Automotive Test & Tune session was followed by Hunter Patton and Mike Nahill both taking home a new dragster in the Super Tuesday Dragster Shootout sponsored by American Race Cars and Race Tech. Today was a whole new day with over 350 racers making the call for the first round.
Due to the COVID virus, a number of changes were implemented for this event. Tech cards were e-mailed to all competitors ahead of time in order to further eliminate person to person contact. Buybacks were also handled differently as it simply required a return to the lanes for the buyback round, with the tower round sheets handling the billing to each racer.
Ten hours from when the first round began, the field was paired down to nine cars; Joe Foley, Jason Hoff, Wade White, Lenny Bucher, Jamie Holston, Tommy Cable, Kyle Cultrera, TG Paschal and Mia Tedesco received the odd car bye run in the next round.
Benson, NC – And so it came to pass, after weeks of social distancing and mask wearing, the fourth edition of the K&N Spring Fling GALOT presented by Optima Batteries opened up to a Test & Tune session today followed by a limited field of racers in the Super Tuesday American Race Cars/Race Tech Dragster Shootout.
“We’re thrilled to get back to providing our customers, who are all our friends, with the experience and excitement our Fling racers have come to expect,” said co-promoter Peter Biondo. As hot as the heat and humidity was today, it almost feels like a Summer Fling but that doesn’t come off the tongue as easily.”
Due to the events of our day and whatever the “new normal” might be, co-promoters Biondo and Kyle Seipel, along with the staff at GALOT Motorsports Park in North Carolina have instituted a number of changes to streamline and make the event as safe as possible for everyone attending.
Thirty-two racers threw down money to be a part of the Super Tuesday Dragster Shootout for the chance at either a new American Race Cars or Race Tech dragster awarded to bot finalists. After two rounds of racing the survivors moving into the quarterfinal round to be paired up on a ladder were Mike “Snap” Nahill, Hunter Patton, Andy Lloyd, Bryson Scruggs, Tony Brewer, Gary Williams, Ken Batchelor and Cory Gulitti.