Last night’s $15K winner, Racetech Chassis’ own Kellan Farmer said, “This is so amazing,” a sentiment felt by many of the K&N Spring Fling presented by Optima Batteries entrants who made their way from over 24 states, Puerto Rico and Canada to Galot Motorsports Park in North Carolina.
For the past nine years, the Spring Fling brand has been built on five principles; a fair event; fun for the whole family; outstanding customer service; great facilities; and the best value in bracket racing. It’s those principles which have built the brand into a major event of the bracket racing year, an event win everyone wants on their resume.
Today’s event began with a time run for any new entries only followed by eliminations. The day also brought Kooks Headers Door Car Shootout where 32 randomly selected door cars will race for $10,000-to-win later in the day. Kellan Farmer will also have a bounty on his head as the person who defeats him today will earn themselves a Racepak Sportsman Data Logger. Jamie Bridge from Canada sealed that deal when he defeated Farmer in the third round of eliminations.
As for the Pro 32 class, the final round came down to last night’s Pro 32 winner Lee Zane and “Nasty Nick” Hastings with Hastings taking the reaction time advantage, the win and a $500 bonus, in addition to moving into the sixth round of the Super Pro field.
As for the main event, going into round seven found nine survivors; Mia Tedesco in with both her dragster and door car, Pro 32 winner Hastings racing off the bottom bulb, former ‘Fling winner Tommy Plott, Bob Engleman, Cody McDaniel, Jamie Bridge, Robert Volger III, and Vince Shrawder. As for the round itself, Tedesco and her door car took the odd car bye run in addition to moving forward into round eight with her dragster. Plott, Engleman, and Shrawder all survived.
Round eight and Tedesco received the odd car bye run with her dragster to move her into the semifinals. Meanwhile in her door car against Engleman, it was Engleman with the better package to move into the semis. And lastly, Plott made his move for another ‘Fling win when he defeated Shrawder. By virtue of that win and his reaction time, Plott will also receive the semifinal round bye to move him to the final round with his door car against either Tedesco and her dragster or Engleman.
In that semi, Engleman missed the ‘tree with an .058 reaction time while Tedesco used an .011 and a 4.775 on a 4.75 dial to end Engleman’s run. Plott took his bye run and we had a door car versus dragster final.
Plott and Tedesco, door car versus dragster for $20,000. Only three-thousandths of a second separated them off the starting line, but it was the dragster of Tedesco turning on the win light. With two entries still left in at five cars, Tedesco was definitely staying focused between driving two entirely different types of car. “I had a lot of fun today,” she said, “and I think it helped me to stay focused plus my crew did a great job taking care of the cars. We decided to take a break from racing NHRA and do more bracket racing and this is a great event to win and race at. It’s like a well-oiled machine.”
Still to be completed was the Kooks Headers Door Car Shootout. In the semifinals, Bryson Scruggs defeated John Lassiter and Bill Groton III took out Paul Warwick. For the final, Scruggs had a perfect reaction time but it was Groton and his four-door, column shifted Pontiac taking the $10,000 win.
Friday will begin with the Spring Fling Reaction Time Challenge followed by the Strange Engineering-sponsored race with an increased $50,000 to the winner. The JEGS and Hoosier Tire sponsored live feed by MotorManiaTV.com continues throughout the event. For more info and results, visit www.bracketraces.com and on Facebook.