K&N SPRING FLING FRIDAY RESULTS
Day Two of the Third Annual K&N Spring Fling 20s presented by Sparco went off without a hitch after Mother Nature somewhat ruined Warm-Up Thursday.
With 18 cars left to run second round on Thursday night, an unexpected shower moved through the Bristol Dragway area curtailing activities for the night. On Nitroplate Friday morning, those 18 cars completed round two with 100 cars left for the third round. Promoters Peter Biondo and Kyle Seipel then split the remaining purse amongst those left in order to move ahead with the planned $20,000 to win features for Nitroplate Friday, JEGS Saturday and JEGS Sunday.
The key to it all is the outstanding racer participation. The official Thursday race car count was exactly 400 cars, while Friday another 38 came through the gate to race for what has become the must-attend bracket racing event of the year. With that many cars, an almost four hour time trial session was in order with the highlight being Mitch Cleary of OK Motorsports putting up $500 cash to the first and second triple-zero reaction time. The lucky winners were Matt Hopkins and Jake Woodring.
In addition to sponsoring Saturday and Sunday’s events, JEGS also sponsored the live webcast available at www.bracketraces.com. With four camera angles including live audio and timing, those around the globe are able to tune in to all the action.
After a long day of racing that started at 9:00 in the morning, it was 11:00 at night before the four semifinalists did battle for a place in the final round. All four semifinalists were no strangers to big money race wins. Marty Dabney of Troy, Virginia faced Cameron Manual from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Dabney used a .019 reaction time to score a double-breakout win. In the other pair, Steven McGrory from Taylorsville, Georgia faced Kevin Romeo from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. McGrory left the starting line .018-seconds after the green light lit and held on for the win.
In pre-final interviews, Dabney simply stated about McGrory, “He’s got to go!”
McGrory’s plan was equally as simple; or so it seemed. “I’m just going to go double-zero on the tree and run dead-on my dial-in.”
The final was anticlimactic as Dabney left late in the reaction time department with a .052 reaction time. But at an event where it seemed to take a double-zero reaction time to advance, the actuality of the matter is to just be better than the other guy and McGrory left the line with an uncharacteristic .143 reaction time which gave Dabney plenty of room at the finish line to light the win light for $20,000.
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