K&N SPRING FLING SUNDAY RESULTS
After four long days of racing, the K&N Spring Fling 20s presented by Sparco came to a close with the grand totals of over 450 racers making the first round call each day representing 37 different states and three different countries competing in just one fast bracket class. There hasn’t been 450 cars show up to run in one class at one single race since the old Moroso 5-Day Bracket Championships and earlier versions of the Million Dollar Race. But the credit has got to go to promoters Peter Biondo and Kyle Seipel for putting on a must-attend event that brings notoriety to the bracket racing crowd.
In addition to the onslaught of competitors, manufacturers and sponsors lined up to be a part of the happening. Hoosier Tires sold more tires at this event than any other with the exception of the MAC Tools U.S. Nationals. The ATI Transmission display was a hotbed of activity all weekend, a sentiment echoed by other sponsors on the Manufacturer’s Midway. Viewership from around the world at the www.bracketraces.com live feed sponsored by JEGS was at an all-time high with unique visitor numbers in the five-figure range.
Besides the posted purse, each round the best losing package was awarded products from a number of sponsors. Over $30,000 in product giveaways added to the already huge cash purse. But forgetting the money, an event where the racer is king and the atmosphere is fun, is certain to be a hit.
Seipel said, “This has been an unbelievable weekend for us. Never in our wildest dreams did we think we would see 450+ cars. But a big credit has to go to the Bristol Dragway staff and our sponsors; K&N, Sparco, Race Tech, Nitroplate, JEGS, Brodix, Altacom, BLP, FTI, Altronicsm DRE, OK Motorsports, Auto Meter, ATI, Goodyear, Digital Delay, Biondo Race Products, Hoosier, Dynatech, American Race Cars and McCarty Auto Parts.”
As for the JEGS Sunday race, with the field cut down to four cars left, Jeff Strickland and Jimmy DiCiacco faced one another with Strickland pulling out a .019 package to defeat the New York-based DiCiacco.
In the other half, Terry Sawyer and the highlight story at this point today, was 18-year old Denver Maltba who had just graduated high school this past Friday night. Sawyer tried valiantly to use old age and treachery to defeat the youngster but it was not to be.
In the final, Maltba, driving his graduation present, a brand new Racetech dragster, scored the win when Strickland slowed to .08 over his dial to keep the Spring Fling trophy in the family. It was two years ago at the inaugural event when Maltba’s uncle, Junior Houston won the JEGS Sunday race.
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