HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. – Edmond and Caleb Ellison dominated the racing action on Saturday at the BTE Southern Footbrake Challenge with Edmond taking home the $10,000 to win main event and Caleb picking up the $2,000 Gamblers race win.
After battling rain for the first couple of days of the event, racers were blessed with a beautiful sunny day on Saturday. Over 180 of the nation’s best footbrake racers lined up for first round taking their shot at the $10,000 winner’s purse.
The quarterfinal round included John Burleson, Rob Fisher, Edmond Ellison, Jud Bostick, and Luke Siebert. Burleson used a 14 light and a 2 over 6.87 to eliminate Fisher, Ellison threw a 17-pack at Bostick to move to the semi’s, and Siebert took the bye.
At three cars, Burleson earned the bye which left Ellison and Siebert to battle it out for a spot in the final round. Ellison followed up his 17-pack in the quarterfinals with an even better 14-pack in the semi’s leaving Siebert mathematically ineligible after he posted an 18 light.
In the $10,000 main event final round, Ellison continued his dominance at the tree leaving with a perfect .500 light in his Chevy II to take a huge lead after Burleson missed the tree with .563 light in his Nova. At the finish, Ellison posted a 4 over 6.54 to collect the win after Burleson dumped to a 7 over 6.92.
After collecting the main event win, the Ellison family was not finished as Edmond’s brother Caleb was entered in the $2,000 Gamblers Race. Not to be outdone, Caleb raced his way to the final round where he faced off with Aaron Jones.
Caleb posted an 18 light and a 1 over 5.80 to take down Jones who was 33 and 1 under.
It was a huge day for the Ellison family as they made a clean sweep of both races on Saturday. Another $10,000 to win main event awaits racers on Sunday as the event draws to a close.
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