MONTGOMERY, Ala. --
Roughly 100 miles north of Montgomery Motorsports Park, the NASCAR boys were going around in circles at Talladega. Here in Montgomery though, 214 racers lined up to take a shot at the largest single payday in the history of drag racing.
One time shot for all Million entrants occurred followed by eliminations. With five cars left in the Million, Kenny Underwood received the bye run in his Camaro due to his .007 reaction time the previous round. Perennial NHRA finalist, Mia Tedesco faced off with former K&N Spring Fling winner Denver Maltba with Maltba using a .015 reaction time, .007 under the dial for the win. And in the final pair, former Million Dollar winner Dave Triplett kept his hopes for a second Million Dollar win alive when he defeated another NHRA and bracket racing heavyweight Nick Folk.
Underwood, from Delaware, Ohio, received the handicap start and never looked back as he defeated Triplett with a .021 reaction time and a dead on the dial with a "5" to add his name to the roll call of Million Dollar champions.
The man who has been to every single Million Dollar Race, finishing as high as only the semifinal round at the very first event in 1996, was so excited. When questioned as to how it feels, he said, "Relieved. This was my first Million Dollar final and I bet John Coughlin that if I won I was gonna blow this car up." He tried and failed in that department but it didn't matter anyway.
"I have to thank Anthony Bertozzi," Underwood added, "and the entire Coughlin family, Jeg Sr., John, Troy, Mike, Jeggie, TJ, Megan, every one of them. This was awesome!"
And finally to end the night, the last Triple 20 of the weekend took place after the Million had finished. As the midnight hour struck, an all Florida final round found Brendan George from Gainesville and Gary Williams from Bradenton facing off for $20K to win. At the hit of the throttle, George had .004 on Williams and used a dead on with a 4 to defeat Williams.
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