BRISTOL, Tenn. --
Tue, 11 Jul 2017, 19:12 PM
BTE World Footbrake Challenge Saturday Results
Courtesy of John DiBartolomeo
Well over 300 cars have made elimination runs so far at the BTE World Footbrake Challenge presented
by Yukon Gear & Axle and today's schedule called for another big dollar race with $20,000 going to
the winner. Tonight, the Racer Appreciation Dinner took place thanks to Mountain Road Transmission
and SparkPlugIndex.com. As is always the case, if you were on the property, you were invited for a
After seven and a half hours of eliminations, the seven remaining racers going into the ladder
round are Josh Epperson, Dustin Mack, Rick Bear, Nick Hastings, Ernie Humes, Chad Dotson and Jake
Howard. In that round, Howard took out Mack, Bauer over former WFC winner Epperson, "Nasty Nick"
Hastings defeated Humes and Dotson took the odd car bye run.
$20K Runner Up
In the semifinals, first up was Hastings and Howard with Howard turning on the red-light to move
former WFC runner-up Hastings into his second WFC final. For the other half, Dotson, who has won
his share of big events himself, left with a .030 reaction time advantage over Bauer and turned it
into a win. Ohio and North Carolina respectively to battle it out to see who gets to bring the $20K
check back home.
"Nasty Nick" Hastings
After telepathic reaction times all day for footbrake drivers, both might have said to themselves,
"Don't go red, don't go red." Dotson left first based on his dial-in with an .033 light while
Hastings was even worse with an.051. But at the finish line, it was Hastings showing why he's
nicknamed "Nasty Nick," because he backed off and let Dotson take the stripe, running out in the
process to send the $20K back home to Ohio with Hastings.
"The amazing talent that's here at this race and come out like this is a blessing," said Hastings.
"And to do it with my whole family here is a dream come true."
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