BRISTOL, Tenn. --
Sun, 08 Jul 2018, 10:11 AM
BTE World Footbrake Challenge Saturday Results
Courtesy of John DiBartolomeo
Since well after last year's BTE World Footbrake Challenge event, the 2018 version; the twelfth
such event in the WFC history; was billed as the Yukon Gear & Axle Triple $10s, three days of
racing with three separate $10,000-to-win races for those leaving off the bottom bulb with no
electronic driver aided devices. However, Friday's race was cut short by Mother Nature. One round
of racing was complete but that wasn't enough for co-promoters Steve Stites and Jared Pennington to
deem it an official race.
"Partly because we guarantee the entire purse," said Pennington, "and mostly to be fair to our
customers, we chose to scrub the whole day and instead take the Friday purse and split it amongst
the Saturday and Sunday races. If you had lost that first round, it didn't matter, you were back in
for Saturday and Sunday."
In essence, both Saturday and Sunday now became the "Double $15s" for lack of a better term. A
single time trial session began at 8:00 am and by 11:00, the first round of eliminations began with
an invocation by Jeff Gatlin and the singing of the greatest song in our country, the Star Spangled
Banner. Three hours after the first round was complete, a total of 383 entries made the first round
call ranking it right there as one of the best fields in WFC history.
Once the Saturday $15K event was done, the schedule called for a second Gambler's Race to take
place during the Saturday Racer Appreciation Dinner.
But back to the main event first and with five still left in round eight, the survivors and
quarterfinal combatants were Lee Zane, Jonathon Surratt, Matt Sayers, Cody Barnhart and Devin
Dudley. Sayers and Zane battled which didn't last long as Sayers turned on the red-light, handing
the win to Zane who was not giving much up as he had a .004 reaction time. In a double break-out
affair, Dudley came out on top of Surratt. And finally, Barnhart took the bye run which set up a
unique affair. With three remaining, each had already received a bye run which reverts to the best
winning reaction time of the winning trio, which was Zane's, giving him the semifinal round bye to
Looking to match-up with Zane, Dudley and Barnhart staged up with reaction times respectively at
..049 and a .016 and a double break-out with Barnhart the lesser offender to advance him to the
With Barnhart driving Chance Lykens BTE-sponsored Chevrolet-powered Volkswagen of all things, both
he and Zane were close in dial-ins with Barnhart at 6.22 and Zane 6.19. Reaction time advantage
went to Barnhart by just a slight .007 and it was Barnhart who seemingly parked his car at the
finish line to force Zane under his dial handing the win to the 22-year old from Cullman, Alabama.
"I was so nervous every round," said Barnhart. "I was praying every round before I got in the car
and all the glory goes to God."
Still left to complete was the Saturday night Gambler's Race with an unusual father versus son
final. It was dad Rodney Finchum and his son Jake squaring off at 12:30 in the morning to finish
off the day. And it was old age and treachery which overcame youth and exuberance with dad behind
in reaction time but using a dead on the dial with a "0" to defeat his son for the win.
Once again, MotorManiaTV was on hand today thanks to Environmental Oil Recovery, broadcasting the
entire race as they will also do on Sunday.
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