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Thu, 11 Jul 2019, 14:47 PM

BTE World Footbrake Challenge Day 3 Results
Courtesy of John DiBartolomeo






Saturday at the BTE World Footbrake Challenge dawned bright with a time run allotted to new entries only. However, as she has done so many times this year so far, Mother Nature had something to say.

Prior to the first round of eliminations, Coalburg Racing Promotions co-promotors Steve Stites and Jared Pennington announced what has probably been the worst kept secret in the footbrake community. Their "official" announcement of the Labor Day 100K where one footbrake racer will walk away with a $100,000 check, was met with extreme enthusiasm amongst those in attendance this morning.

"We've been so excited about that event for months and to see the support we've received from the footbrake community here at the WFC with a record number of entries is phenomenal," said Pennington.

With the announcement that pre-entries for "The 100" would start immediately, almost without question racers lined up in the tower to get their name on the list.


Back to today though and another Lopez Motorsports $10,000-to-win race. Mother Nature decided to "rain on the parade" with only a couple of cars run in the first round of eliminations. A couple of short but heavy showers wet the track enough causing Bristol Dragway officials to go hard at work for a couple of hours, returning the track surface to its "pre-rain" condition when eliminations continued.

Yesterday set a new all-time entry record at the WFC with 478 entries but after today's first round was completed, that record took another hit with 484 entries to set the new mark.

Saturday night also marked the Racer Appreciation Dinner. If you were on the property in any capacity, you were fed by Justin Eades the typical Fourth of July fare which he cooked for everyone and enjoyed by all while the racing took place.

Mother Nature did have a couple of other things to say during the running of the race which set the schedule back by a couple of hours. As such, and with a 1:00 am curfew, round four began at 11:35, ending at 12:15 when the survivors of that round were called back to staging for round five with 44 racers left. With round five completed, the action stopped and will continue in the morning for $10K with 22 racers left.





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