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Sat, 07 Jul 2018, 16:27 PM

BTE World Footbrake Challenge Friday Results
Courtesy of John DiBartolomeo

BRISTOL, Tenn. -- With a "not so nice" forecast, officials chose to begin time trials one hour earlier than scheduled; 7:30 am; and the racers in attendance cooperated fully.

"We knew this was going to be a 'challenging' day," said co-promoter Jared Pennington, "and as such chose to make the schedule change. However, for those not getting the message, we weren't about to short-change anyone, so that had anyone missed their allotted time trial, we were prepared to allow them their opportunity."

Rather than the expected noon or so start to eliminations, it was shortly after 10:30 when the first round began. With that whole round completed, the skies turned dark and the decision made send everyone back to their trailers to batten down the hatches. Mother Nature whipped up a strong one, but by 3:30 the skies lightened and track drying commenced. In the meantime, racers do what racers do, as the word comradery kicked in, visiting each other and enjoying some "play time."

Originally scheduled for Friday night after eliminations of the Yukon Gear & Axle Friday was another Gambler's Race which was canceled but will take place on Saturday night in addition to the Saturday night Racer Appreciation Dinner.

With the drying close to completion, Mother Nature once again decided to "rain on the parade." After careful consideration, officials had to make the executive decision to halt the racing for the day. The decision was made that even though only one round was completed, it wasn't a complete race and both Yukon Gear & Axle Saturday and Sunday will both be $15,000-to-win races versus the $10,000 advertised. "Our entire purse is guaranteed and as such, both the Saturday and Sunday purses will reflect that," Pennington announced. "The entire purse, every round, will be one and a half times what was advertised.

"We're extremely sorry for any inconvenience," Pennington added, "but we just had to deal with the cards which we were dealt."

A single time trial will be given to each entry beginning at 8:00am on Saturday, of which over 300 cars made the first round call today, which should only increase as the weekend transpires.

Thanks to Environmental Oil Recovery, began broadcasting the entire event available on their You Tube channel or by visiting All the results are also on Facebook.

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