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Tue, 11 Jul 2017, 18:56 PM

World Footbrake Challenge Friday Results
Courtesy of John DiBartolomeo





BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Heavy rains overnight might have dampened the track and surrounding pit areas, but it surely didn't dampen the excitement felt by the racers at the 11th edition of the BTE World Footbrake Challenge presented by Yukon Gear & Axle.

Rains curtailed Thursday night's WFC Gambler's Race with five cars remaining; brothers Tony and Bobby Mattera, Jamie Holston, Adam Davis and Robert Hamrick; which was completed during the morning time trial session.

In that quarterfinal round, Tony Mattera received the odd car bye run while his brother Bobby red-lighted to advance Holston. Finally, Hamrich defeated Davis to move into the semifinal round.

With Holston on the bye to the final, Tony Mattera defeated Hamrich to move himself into the final, where an untimely -.011 red-light by Mattera handed the win to Holston.

"I don't know how I was doing it," said Holston. "I was just leaving it up to God to make the runs and I give Him all the glory."

On Friday, the WFC family began to do their part to give back when 20-year old nursing student Lexi Pollard from Fincastle, Virginia, began a weekend long 50/50 drawing with the proceeds going directly to the St. Jude's Children's Hospital. St. Jude's is a leading children's hospital pioneering research and treatments for kids with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. "I don't have any connection to the hospital except I just wanted to give back," Thompson said. "I've made smaller donations to them before and just felt this was an opportunity for all of us to help give."


Roger Bridges


$10K Winner
Eliminations for Yukon Gear & Axle Friday began shortly after the noon hour and continued throughout the day. At the quarterfinal round with seven cars left, the remaining drivers were Roger Bridges, Jake Milstead, John Vance, Ernie Humes, Dean Harmon, John Rollins and Jeff Serra.

The victors in that round of seven was Bridges on the bye, Harmon, Hume and Rollins. In that semifinal of red cars, Rollins, making his first appearance at the WFC, moving to his first final by defeating Harmon. In the other half, Bridges took out perennial bracket racing winner Hume, to make it an all red Nova final round.

In the final, it was Bridges with the reaction time advantage with Rollins having to run it hard to play catch up running out in the process. Making it to the semifinals in previous years, Bridges took it one step further taking $10,000 with him back home to Beaverdam, Virginia.


Josh Green


WFC Gambler's Race winner
Still to be completed was the Friday WFC Gambler's Race with eliminations beginning after the seventh round of the Friday $10K race was complete. With five cars left, all five racers represented five different states. Matt Sayers turned it red to advance Adam Davis and Gage Burch also lit the red bulb to move Josh Green to the semis, while Matt Obertanec took the odd car bye run.

For the semis, Green received the bye and a guaranteed spot in the final, while Obertanec battled it out with Davis with Obertanec lighting the red-light by -.001 to make the final an all-Chevy II affair.

With two gorgeous Chevy IIs on the starting line for the final, it didn't take long for it to be over when Davis lit the red-light, ending the night and handing the win to Green.





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