JACKSONVILLE, N.C. --
"It's been a tradition," explained Beard. "When the $20K went away, Anthony and I decided that somebody had to do it, and if no one else was going to, I guess it was going to be us!"
Walton, had already tried on the promoter's hat, having partnered with Coastal Plains Dragway, in Jacksonville, N.C., to host multiple big money races since 2009.
"Anthony laid the groundwork for this with his other events, and established a good working relationship with the staff at Coastal Plains," said Beard. "Since it's on the coast, it's a little further for some people to get to, but having that comfort level with the staff and the warmer weather in November helped make the track a natural choice. He started the Fall Footbrake Frenzy two years ago as three $5K races, the first weekend in November, but it was on top of another big race in Virginia, and it wasn't enough to draw racers from ten hours away.
The Fall Footbrake Frenzy III paid out an impressive $51,720 in cash, plus over $5,000 in prizes from an array of sponsors. All told, racers recorded nearly 1,100 pairs down Coastal Plains Dragway in just two days, and in the process proved that it was possible to complete two big car count races in the same day. Walton and Beard also treated participants to a Racer Appreciation Barbecue sponsored by Piggly Wiggly supermarkets and Coastal Beverage, homemade cookies, and live entertainment from the Band of Oz, presented by United Rentals.
"The massive support from the racers, the great Coastal Plains staff, our lovely (and take-charge) wives, and an incredible weather forecast all came together to make this event a tradition that we are not only going to keep going, but intend to make even better for the racers," Beard concluded.
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Wideman's perfect .000 reaction time set the stage in the finals. Miles' .060 light left him no choice but to break out, 7.758 (7.79), leaving Wideman to collect the victory with a 6.339 (6.30).
His first semifinal opponent was recently crowned Farmington Footbrake Nationals winner Scott Macy, but Macy quickly determined the outcome of the race with an -.012 foul behind the wheel of Ernie Humes' Plymouth Volare, wasting a dead-on 6.779. Harvey left little on the table, however, with an ..013-backed perfectly dead-on 6.990. Six minutes later, Harvey was on the starting line again, facing fellow Jersey racer Anthony Fetch, who was runner-up in the first Thanksgiving $20K in 2003. Fetch was driving the same rent-a-ride Camaro that carried Bob Mullaney to the $20K title in 2009, and it helped him see the finals once more. Fetch unleashed a devastating .002 package: a .002 light and a perfectly dead-on 6.990 to match Harvey's previous run. This time, however, Harvey's ..035 "miss" and 7.004 drop (6.99) was ineffectual.
Back for the finals, Harvey took his other entry into the rubber match with Fetch. Harvey's clutch ..004-initiated 7.008 (6.99) was enough to force a narrow breakout from Fetch's otherwise admirable ..015 and 6.971 (6.98) effort. Although he missed an opportunity to score an elusive double, Harvey's win and semi in the $20K is a stunning feat that will be long remembered.
In the semifinals, Powell faced the aforementioned 2009 $20K Champion, Bob Mullaney of New Jersey, driving Paul Thimm's Camaro. Mullaney offered an .030 bulb and dropped to a .02-over 6.492, with nowhere to go against Powell's .010 package (.008, dead-on 6.702). Meanwhile, Maryland's David Meador took the bye run.
Powell's .029 to .058 holeshot told the tale in the finals. His 6.725 (6.70) covered Meador's dead-on but tardy 6.533. It won't be long before the footbrake community at large recognizes the name Tesz Powell as a threat to win an event of any magnitude.
FALL FOOTBRAKE FRENZY III Coastal Plains Dragway, Jacksonville, NC November 25-26, 2011 RESULTS BOJANGLES FRIDAY $5K FINAL ROUND WIN - Kevin Wideman (NC - Duster) .000 6.339 (6.30) 98.48 mph R/U - Brett Miles (NC - Dart) .060 7.758 (7.79) 87.53 mph SEMI-FINALS W - Kevin Wideman (NC - Duster) .007 6.342 (6.29) 103.66 mph L - Bubba Black (OH - S-10) .036 6.384 (6.34) 106.14 mph BYE - Brett Miles (NC - Dart) .052 7.785 (7.80) 87.54 mph WATKINS FLOOR COVERING DASH FOR CASH (Best Package) 1st $250 - William Roberts (NC - Camaro) .019 2nd $150 - Terry Rucker (NC - Mustang) .022 3rd $100 - Ray Thurston IV (PA - Camaro) .023 BEST LOSING PACKAGE ROUND PRIZES Rnd 1 - Jay Norris (SC - Aspen) .012 Pkg Free Buyback and the Re-Entry Bye Run Rnd 2 - Joe Goldey (MD - Chevy II) .025 Pkg $400 Gift Cert, Abruzzi Racing Transmissions & Converters Rnd 3 - Ernie Humes (NC - Demon) .022 Pkg Mickey Thompson Tires Rnd 4 - William Robert (NC - Camaro) .039 Pkg Case of 0w30 CAM2 Blue Blood Racing Oil Rnd 5 - Jay Norris (SC - Aspen) .066 Pkg 3 Month Subscription to ThisIsBracketRacing.com Rnd 6 - Brian Cirredu (OH - Camaro) .036 Pkg Free Weekend Entry to the Jim Harrington Footbrake Classic ADDITIONAL AWARDS Mallie Pennington (NC - Camaro) - Dave Morgan Chassis Seminar R/U - Brett Miles (NC - Dart) $50 Gift Cert, K&N Filters Win - Kevin Wideman (NC - Duster) $100 Gift Cert, K&N Filters "Big Check" from Staging Light Graphics SATURDAY $20K FINAL ROUND WIN - Dave Harvey, Jr. (NJ - Valiant) .004 7.008 (6.99) 94.16 mph RU - Anthony Fetch (NJ - Camaro) .015 6.971 (6.98) 97.41 mph SEMI-FINALS W - Dave Harvey, Jr. (NJ - Valiant) .013 6.990 (6.99) 95.39 mph L - Scott Macy (NC - Volare) -.012 6.779 (6.77) 90.17 mph W - Anthony Fetch (NJ - Camaro) .002 6.990 (6.99) 96.34 mph L - Dave Harvey, Jr. (NJ - Valiant) .035 7.004(6.99) 92.58 mph WATKINS FLOOR COVERING DASH FOR CASH (Best Package) 1st $250 - Ed Begley (NJ - Firebird) .013 Pkg 2nd $150 - Dave Meador (MD - Camaro) .015 Pkg 3rd $100 - Clayton Roberts (NC - Camaro) .017 Pkg BEST LOSING PACKAGE ROUND PRIZES Rnd 1 - Jacob Rutledge (GA - Vega) .033 Pkg Free Buyback and the Re-Entry Bye Run Rnd 2 - Mike Barber (PA - Mustang) .026 Pkg Free Torque Converter from Abruzzi Racing Transmissions & Converters Rnd 3 - Richard Alford (NC - Chevelle) .024 Pkg $100 cash from Ferndale Flyer Rnd 4 - Anthony Fetch (NJ - Camaro) .042 Pkg Case of 0w30 CAM2 Blue Blood Racing Oil Rnd 5 - Paul Thimm, Jr. (PA - Camaro) .035 Pkg 1-Year Subscription to ThisIsBracketRacing.com Rnd 6 - Johnathan Surratt (NC - Chevelle) .026 Pkg Weekend Entry for the Triple 10's at the World Footbrake Challenge VI ADDITIONAL AWARDS Scott Macy (NC - Volare) - Dave Morgan Chassis Seminar R/U - Anthony Fetch (NJ - Camaro) $50 Gift Cert, K&N Filters Win - Dave Harvey, Jr. (NJ - Valiant) $100 Gift Cert, K&N Filters "Big Check" from Staging Light Graphics Set of Custom T-Shirts from Tony Saraceni of 1/4-Mile T's SATURDAY $5K FINAL ROUND WIN - Tesz Powell (NC - Chevelle) .029 6.725 (6.70) 98.65 mph RU - David Meador (MD - Camaro) ..058 6.533 (6.53) 102.99 mph SEMI-FINALS W - Tesz Powell (NC - Chevelle) .008 6.702 (6.70) 99.53 mph L - Bob Mullaney (NJ - Camaro) .030 6.492 (6.47) 99.98 mph BYE - David Meador (MD - Camaro) -.023 6.678 (6.53) 87.37 mph BEST LOSING PACKAGE ROUND PRIZES Rnd 1 - Clayton Roberts (NC - Camaro) .031 Pkg Free Buyback and the Re-Entry Bye Run Rnd 2 - Terry Rucker (NC - Mustang) .035 Pkg $400 Gift Cert, Abruzzi Racing Transmissions & Converters Rnd 3 - Rodney Lunsford (NC - Mustang) .033 Pkg Mickey Thompson Tires Rnd 4 - Jeff Root (VA - Camaro) .058 Pkg Case of 0w30 CAM2 Blue Blood Racing Oil Rnd 5 - Tesz Powell (NC - Chevelle) .035 Pkg 3 Month Subscription to ThisIsBracketRacing.com Rnd 6 - Richard Alford (NC - Chevelle) .057 Pkg Free Weekend Entry for the No-Box Nationals ADDITIONAL AWARDS R/U - David Meador (MD - Camaro) $50 Gift Cert, K&N Filters Win - Tesz Powell (NC - Chevelle) $100 Gift Cert, K&N Filters "Big Check" from Staging Light Graphics
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