K&N Spring Fling 5-Day at Bristol, Tenn.
It Took 6 Days
Day 1 Results
Gary Williams won the Dragster Shootout. (John DiBartolomeo photo)
Over 300 racers arrived Tuesday, May 12, to the sixth annual K&N Spring Fling 5-Day at Bristol Dragway in Tennessee. Tuesday is reserved for a time trial session along with the American Race Cars/Racetech Dragster Shootout. Thirty-two combatants coughed up $1,000 for a chance to win a brand new dragster by becoming one of the two finalists. Each finalist earns a dragster with the winner having choice of brand from the two sponsors. Semifinalists also earn a cash award.
The 1,000-foot compromise race distance is in effect all weekend and after two time trial sessions for the select 32, eliminations began. Making it to the field of four were Wesley Washington, Gary Williams, Richard Jelich and Rob DiMino.
DiMino faced off with Washington and two dead-on-the-dial runs ensued with DiMino taking the reaction time advantage and the win to earn a dragster. His brother, Vinny, was the $50,000 Shootout winner at the Vegas Fling three weeks earlier so the DiMinos are on quite a roll. In the other semi, Jelich had problems but Williams would have been tough anyway scoring a triple-zero perfect reaction time for the win.
The final might have been anticlimactic as both racers were slated to go home with a brand new dragster but there was definitely some bragging rights on the line.
For the final, Williams left first on a 6.19 dial-in to DiMino's 6.02, but it was Williams with the reaction time advantage that made all the difference for the win light and his choice to go home with a brand new American Race Cars dragster.
Day 2 Results
Gary Williams had a very good Day 2 also. (John DiBartolomeo photo)
Yukon Gear & Axle Wednesday opened up at the K&N Spring Fling 5-Day race with more sunshine for over 350 racers looking to score a $15,000 to win payday.
In addition to the race purse, over $50,000 in prizes and awards are available for Racer Appreciation Giveaways. Starting off this morning, John Biagi earned himself Performaire Weather Station by having the best reaction time in the first ten pairs of door cars. Marty Martin performed the same feat for the dragster contingent and he walked away with a Bell helmet.
As has been the custom of late at many big money bracket races, door cars run separate until the ladder round of 16 cars. That one move has built up the door car count to where at today's event, roughly one-third of the entries was door cars. At 16 cars, five door cars remained to hold up their honor. By the next round, only the one single door car of Jeremy Bargo remained. The other combatants were Mitch Ellison, Tim Thomas, Tommy Cable, Gary Williams, Jeremy Hancock, Brian Lampton and John Taylor.
Moving into the semifinal round, Hancock, Williams, Cable and Ellison each shared a 25-percent chance of earning the $15,000 winner's payday with their winning appearances every round so far. However, when the smoke cleared at the end of that round, only Cable and Williams remained. Williams is working off a winner's circle appearance last night for a dragster and Cable won a $40,000 race at last year's Bristol 'Fling, making the final tonight an epic battle.
For the final, Williams left first with a .007 reaction time and coupled with his .006 over the dial it left Cable mathematically ineligible with his .022 reaction time. Two days, two wins for the Bradenton, Fla., team of OK Motorsports just adds to their already legendary status in the sport.
"Bracket racing doesn't get the kind of media coverage reserved for other classes," Williams said, "but being able to race on the big stage here is really awesome. I have to thank Peter [Biondo] and Kyle [Seipel] for putting on a great race."