BENSON, N.C. --
Fri, 25 Sep 2020, 11:24 AM
Historic Final Settles Thursday's Fling
Courtesy of John DiBartolomeo
Moser Engineering Thursday at the Sparco Fall Fling presented by Optima Batteries opened up to
cloudy skies with just slight bits of precipitation dropping out of the skies. A large group of new
entries showed up this morning and received a time run while the balance of entrants waited for the
first round to begin.
Consistent showers plagued for the better of an hour or so, but eliminations finally began around
10:00 in the morning, and continued on all day without any more "stuff" falling out of the sky.
Round six survivors moving into the ladder round with nine cars left; runner-up the last two nights
Gary Williams, AJ Ashe, Kevin Pollard, Andy Dolan, last night's winner still hanging strong Kyle
Cultrera, Vinny DiMino, Mike Bloomfield Jr., Cody Wiggins, and
Michael Paschal. Dolan's perfect .000 reaction time in that round earned him the bye run in round
In round seven, Wiggins ended Williams' night. Pollard turned on the red-light to advance DiMino.
AJ Ashe defeated Cultrera for a big win that included him earning the Bounty Award for defeating
last night's winner, a set of front wheels from Lindsay Racing Products, and in addition his 006 RT
will give him the bye in round eight. Paschal ended Bloomfield's night, and finally Dolan took his
Round eight, the quarterfinals and Ashe took his bye run to advance him to the semifinals. Wiggins'
dragster faced off with Dolan's door car with Dolan using a perfect reaction time for the win. Next
up, the dragsters of DiMino and Paschal staged up and DiMino turned on the red-light to move
Paschal into the semis.
With each of the remaining drivers already having a bye run, the bye reverts to the best reaction
time and with his perfect RT, Dolan will get another bye run with his door car to advance straight
to his first 'Fling final round.
Andy Dolan vs. AJ Ashe
Before that final, Paschal and his dragster would meet up with Ashe and his door car to see who
would face Dolan in the final. With identical reaction times, Ashe was able to hang on for the win
to move his door car to the final marking the first 'Fling final where two door cars will face off
for the big prize.
Andy Dolan celebrates win.
In that historic final, it was over quickly when Ashe turned on the red-light by -.004. Earlier in
the week, Dolan was asked if he was going to attend the 'Fling Million contested next week in
Bristol. "We'll have to wait and see," Dolan said. We'd have to say his mind is made up after
tonight's $25,000 win.
The main event of the weekend, the ATI Performance Friday begins in the morning with a
$100,000-to-win race. MotorManiaTV.com
continues to live stream the action with sponsorship from Hoosier Tires and JEGS. For all info and
results, visit bracketraces.com.
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