Sun, 13 Jul 2014, 23:03 PM
BTE World Footbrake Challenge Sunday
Courtesy of John DiBartolomeo
After much anticipation by over 400 of the best footbrake racers in the country, the BTE World
Footbrake Challenge has come down to the final day. It was just another sunny day at Bristol
Dragway when XXX racers took immediately to the first round of eliminations with no time trials.
Co-promoter Jared Pennington said, "Both Steve (Stites - co-promoter) and I are over the top proud
of the racers who showed up here. Between the support we received from the racers and the many
sponsors, we couldn't be happier with the end result. Every one of these racers are the best at
what they do and it showed this weekend with the tight racing we had."
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Back to the racing and after 386 cars made the first round, it came down to five entries left in
the quarter-finals. Former WFC winner Steve Alford received the bye run. Wiseco's Vic Ellinger
faced off with Dave Dillinger for a two for one with the winner getting a bye and an automatic spot
in the final. At the green, Ellinger took the reaction time lead and never looked back.
Thursday's Gambler's runner-up Dylan Kiser faced off with Steve Alford's brother Richard and at the
finish line, it was Alford to make the semifinal pairing a brother versus brother affair.
In the Alford vs. Alford, it was Alford (Steve) with the reaction time advantage to take bragging
rights back home to North Carolina.
The final round had Ellinger with lane choice and the reaction time advantage over Alford. And at
the finish line a dead-on the dial with a "7" enabled the WFC Nitroplate Sunday $10,000 to go to
Ellinger bringing it home to Cleveland, Ohio.
"I don't know how we could do it," Pennington added, "but we're now looking forward to making next
year's WFC even better. We could never thank our supporters enough other than to just give them an
even bigger and better event next year."
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