As has been the case for the past 11-years, some of the greatest footbrake only racers in the country lined up early to park at Bristol Dragway’s Thunder Valley for the 12th edition of the BTE World Footbrake Challenge presented by Yukon Gear & Axle.
Warm-up Thursday began in the afternoon for a Test n’ Tune session which was followed by a Gambler’s race for early arrivals and those wishing to get “warmed-up” to the competition for the weekend.
“We’ve had the gates open since noon time and the trailers and race cars continued to flock in,” said Coalburg Promotions’ co-promoter Jared Pennington. “And we want to especially welcome everyone to what we call the world’s greatest footbrake race.”
Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be contested in typical bracket racing form with first round buybacks available. Turn on two win lights in rounds one and two and you begin to get paid both in the weekend’s races as well as the two Gambler’s Races. As for both of those Gambler’s Races held tonight and on Friday night it was typical drag racing with no buybacks due to a time management issue; two go down and only one comes.
Custom at any World Footbrake Challenge race is when the field of each race has been pared down to eight cars or less, the field is paired up according to reaction time from the previous round. For the Thursday Gambler’s Race, there were six left; Josh Bryan, Gage Burch, Adam Davis, Jamie Holston, Seth Phillips and Wayne Mabe, a total who’s who of footbrake racing’s best.
In the quarterfinal round, Mabe defeated Bryan, Burch moved on to the semifinals by defeating Davis and finally, last year’s Thursday night Gambler’s Race winner Holston will continue his Thursday night winning streak by defeating Phillips. With three cars left, Mabe will get the bye run to move him into the final round, while Burch and Holston will face off to see who will face Mabe for a $3,000 payday.
Semifinal round with Holston taking the starting line advantage over Burch and holding on for the win, while Mabe telepathically used a perfect reaction time on his bye run to assure himself lane choice in the final.
And for that final, two guys from Virginia who beat up each other on regularly basis at Elk Creek Dragway faced off with Holston; stop if you’ve heard this before; taking once again the starting line advantage and earning himself another WFC Thursday night Gambler’s Race win.
Beginning with the Friday festivities, MotorManiaTV.com will be broadcasting the entire event from start to finish thanks to Environmental Oil Recovery. For more info, visit www.worldfootbrakechallenge.com and follow all the results on Facebook.