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Thu, 11 Jul 2019, 14:29 PM

BTE World Footbrake Challenge Day 2 Results
Courtesy of John DiBartolomeo

After a long day with a record number of entries in yesterday’s WFC Gamblers Race, today began with even more entries showing up at the gate. Today’s schedule began at 8:30 with one time run allotted all entries followed by eliminations in the first of three Lopez Motorsports-sponsored Triple 20s, and finally another WFC Gamblers Race.

Because of the record number of entries, co-promotors Jared Pennington and Steve Stites were forced to make the executive decision to not run the Friday Gamblers race and concentrate on the Friday $10,000-to-win race. It would have been almost impossible to attempt to complete both races without running until the wee hours of Saturday morning, which not only makes the racing tough but also puts a big strain on the Coalburg Racing Promotions and Bristol Dragway crew.

Prior to eliminations on this Fourth of July weekend, a special salute to all our veterans both present and in spirit by the local VFW Post 6945 included playing of Taps and the firing of rifles along with the singing of the Star Spangled Banner.

The count of entries after the first round was complete set a new WFC record. The previous entry count was 459 and this one re-set the mark to 478. “We can’t thank everyone enough for their support,” said Pennington.

After a long day which started with eliminations beginning at 12 noon, the quarterfinals found six remaining; still left in with two entries, Jesse Betterton; Lauren Lockhart; Chad Brewer; former WFC winner Josh Epperson; and son of former Funny Car champion Shirl Greer, Van Greer.

First up for the quarters was Betterton who turned it red to advance Brewer. Next up was Epperson and Lockhart with Lockhart going to the finish line with a .010 package… not good enough though as Epperson carded a .004 package to end her day. And finally was Betterton with his second entry looking to avenge his earlier loss with a transmission that was probably equal in temperature to his dial-in of 6.06. Facing Greer, it was Greer leaving first with a somewhat tardy .052 reaction time giving Betterton room to work with for the win to move to the semifinals.

And in the semis, Epperson’s 4-pack was good enough to give him the odd car bye run to his second WFC final, no doubt looking for his second WFC “big check.” Betterton and Brewer faced off with both rather tardy off the line, and both breaking out with Brewer the least offender for the win.

Twelve hours after eliminations began, we were down to only two left. Past WFC winner Josh Epperson and NMCA champion Chad Brewer. When the two went through the finish line, it was Epperson’s win light which shined due in part to his .035 reaction time and .03 off the dial to more than handle Brewer’s .042 and five off his dial.

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