Saturday, June 22, 2024

Johnny Ezell Strikes First at Texas Triple Tens

Just a week after winning $30,000 at the Spring Fling Million in Las Vegas, Johnny Ezell collected the $10,000 win on Friday at the Texas Triple Tens.

The Texas Triple Tens kicked off three days of racing at the Texas Motorplex with beautiful weather and a day full of great racing. Racers from around the country came to race for $10,000 in Box and $5,000 in No Box in hopes of writing their name on Friday’s Big Check.

March Triple Tens Event Winners

No Box

With 70 entries, No Box racers came to play for the $5,000 Big Check up for grabs on Friday. Last year’s Million Dollar runner-up and talented young driver Cory Gulitti proved it doesn’t matter the class as he wheeled his S-10 all the way to the quarter finals in No Box.

Blair McNutt defeated Jake Howard in the Quarter Finals of No Box and secured herself a bye run into the final round where she would face Jeff Hefler or Jim Cornett.

Jim Cornett knocked the bottom out of the tree with a .003 light and was able to drive the stripe to advance to the final round. When all was said and done, Blair McNutt was able to seal the deal and take home the first No Box $5,000 Big Check.

Blair McNutt Texas Triple Tens
Blair McNutt – Friday $5K No Box Winner


With 160 entries, Box racers from around the country traveled for a chance to become $10,000 richer. After Billy Simpson laid down a perfect run first round, we knew competition was going to be tough in the box class.

Simpson made it to the Quarter Finals where he was defeated by Hunter “Hunny Wayne” Patton. Patton met up with Danny Ray Martinez in the Semi Finals and Johnny “Bracket Racer” Ezell secured the bye to the finals when he defeated Koy Collier in the Quarters.

The final round was decided by .004 at the stripe as Johnny “Bracket Racer” and 2017 Million Dollar Winner was behind .002 at the starting line but went dead on with a zero to take the win.

Ezell not only took home the first $10,000 of the weekend he also received a $1,000 bonus because he ran the Spring Fling Million and then won at Texas Triple Tens.

Johnny Ezell wins Texas Triple Tens
Johnny “JBR” Ezell

Chad Sandlin Wins March Texas Triple Tens

Best Losing Packages

A few racers may have felt unlucky as they completed a great pass but just came up short of the win light. Thanks to the sponsors of the Texas Triple Tens they home empty handed.

1st Round: Vince Taylor .008 package
2nd Round: Andy Rhinefort .026 package
3rd Round: Canaan Barrilleaux .009 package
4th Round: Dale Scates .030 package

Round sponsors included:

  • 1st Round – Autometer Gauges
  • 2nd Round – California Car Cover
  • 3rd Round – Sherman Racing Engines
  • 4th Round – Limitless Car Care

Day one is in the books and we are on to day two where four racers will take home some big checks in Saturday’s main events and shootouts! It’s not too late to bring your car out as New Time Runs will begin at 9 AM with eliminations to follow for Saturday and Sunday.

We are also looking forward to Saturday Nights Racers Appreciation Dinner. Thanks to Troy Morgan and Environmental Oil Recovery racers of the Texas Triple Tens will be able to enjoy over 1,500 pounds of Crawfish and all the fixings cooked by J’s Joint out of Plaquemine, Louisiana.

Texas Environmental Oil Sponsors Racer Appreciation Dinner

Make sure to stay tuned to South Central Drag Racing and Big Check Bracket Racing for LIVE weekend updates.

Jake Howard Texas Triple Tens
Jake Howard

Jake Howard Runs Himself in the Final Round

About the Author: Paige Hamlin is the founder of South Central Drag Racing and Big Check Bracket Racing. Through her sites, Paige works to promote big money drag racing events. In addition to her media endeavors, Paige enjoys footbrake racing in her S-10 pickup.

Paige Hamlin South Central Drag Racing

You can connect with Paige on Facebook at @southcentraldragracing or email at paige@dragchamp.com

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