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Sun, 13 Jul 2014, 22:37 PM

BTE World Footbrake Challenge Friday
Courtesy of John DiBartolomeo





So far, not only have over 400 of the best footbrake racers in the country flocked to "The World's Greatest Footbrake Race" but the weatherman has also blessed the event (as if they really had anything to do with it) with sunshine and temps in the high 80s.


Co-Promoter Jared Pennington said, "Over the past eight years of this event, this is the best weather forecast we've had and the racers are loving every minute of it. Both Steve (Stites - co-promoter) and I are extremely pleased and thankful for the support we're seeing from the racers and our sponsors. The spirit and enthusiasm of the racers here just can't be duplicated anywhere. It's just amazing."


Today's Nitroplate Friday $10K to win event started off with one time trial session for all competitors followed immediately by eliminations. By the time the 418 car field was whittled down to the ladder round of five cars, Austin Walch receiving the bye run while it left Matt Obertanec, George English, David Smith Jr., and Phil Rutherford to battle it out for the big prize.


Kudos goes out to English as with ten cars left, he had two of the entries, losing one of them in the ten car round, but still hanging tough with his second entry. But at the five car round, English turned on the red light with his last entry by .007 to advance Smith, while Obertanec used a reaction time advantage to defeat Rutherford.

In the semifinals, it was Walch who turned on the red light against Smith to make the final round a Pennsylvania versus North Carolina battle, as Obertanec received the bye run.

For the final, Brackenridge, PA's Obertanec moved first with an .016 reaction time, running a dead on his dial with a "7" giving him an .023 package to claim the win and the $10,000 that went with it.

Friday's program continued with another Gambler's Race that saw 119 racers ante up money for a $3,000 to win guaranteed purse. The last four combatants were David Bell, Ed Talbert, Justin Buckles and Bob Mullaney. With the 1:00 am curfew quickly coming, Mullaney turned on a perfect .000 reaction time but he didn't need it as Buckles turned the red light on. David Bell then took the best of Talbert to move to the final round against Mullaney.

The final round could have rivaled any delay box race with both Mullaney and Bell posting double-"0" reaction times with Mullaney getting the win light at the end of the eighth-mile track.





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