Thursday, June 13, 2024

Josh Epperson wins $10K Friday at WFC

Josh Epperson wins Friday’s WFC $10K to claim his second WFC big check. Epperson outlasted a record field of 478 footbrake racers to claim the win.

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After a long day with a record number of entries in yesterday’s WFC Gamblers Race, today began with even more entries showing up at the gate.

Today’s schedule began at 8:30 with one time run allotted all entries followed by eliminations in the first of three Lopez Motorsports-sponsored Triple 20’s, and finally another WFC Gamblers Race.

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Record WFC Field

Because of the record number of entries, co-promotors Jared Pennington and Steve Stites were forced to make the executive decision to not run the Friday Gamblers race and concentrate on the Friday $10,000-to-win race.

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It would have been almost impossible to attempt to complete both races without running until the wee hours of Saturday morning, which not only makes the racing tough but also puts a big strain on the Coalburg Racing Promotions and Bristol Dragway crew.

A Salute to our Veterans

Prior to eliminations on this Fourth of July weekend, a special salute to all our veterans both present and in spirit by the local VFW Post 6945 included playing of Taps and the firing of rifles along with the singing of the Star Spangled Banner.

The count of entries after the first round was complete set a new WFC record. The previous entry count was 459 and this one re-set the mark to 478. “We can’t thank everyone enough for their support,” said Pennington.

World Footbrake Challenge Eliminations

After a long day which started with eliminations beginning at 12 noon, the quarterfinals found six remaining; still left in with two entries, Jesse Betterton; Lauren Lockhart; Chad Brewer; former WFC winner Josh Epperson; and son of former Funny Car champion Shirl Greer, Van Greer.

First up for the quarters was Betterton who turned it red to advance Brewer. Next up was Epperson and Lockhart with Lockhart going to the finish line with a .010 package… not good enough though as Epperson carded a .004 package to end her day.

And finally was Betterton with his second entry looking to avenge his earlier loss with a transmission that was probably equal in temperature to his dial-in of 6.06.

WFC Friday 10k final chad brewer vs josh epperson

Facing Greer, it was Greer leaving first with a somewhat tardy .052 reaction time giving Betterton room to work with for the win to move to the semifinals.

And in the semis, Epperson’s 4-pack was good enough to give him the odd car bye run to his second WFC final, no doubt looking for his second WFC “big check.”

Betterton and Brewer faced off with both rather tardy off the line, and both breaking out with Brewer the least offender for the win.

WFC Final Round – Epperson vs. Brewer

Twelve hours after eliminations began, we were down to only two left. Past WFC winner Josh Epperson and NMCA champion Chad Brewer.

When the two went through the finish line, it was Epperson’s win light which shined due in part to his .035 reaction time and .03 off the dial to more than handle Brewer’s .042 and five off his dial.

WFC Friday 10k final chad brewer vs josh epperson

Beginning with eliminations today, all of the action was streamed live thanks to Troy Morgan and Environmental Oil Recovery on MotorManiaTV.com, and will continue all weekend. For race results and more information, log on to www.worldfootbrakechallenge.com and follow on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/worldfootbrakechallenge.

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Thursday Gamblers Race

While much of America was celebrating our roots and thanking those who gave all for the freedoms we receive each and every day, some of the best footbrake racers in the country were celebrating by swapping feet off the starting line at the famed Bristol Dragway in the 13th version of the BTE World Footbrake Challenge.

Day 1 of the famous event began with a test and tune session followed by the first of two WFC Gamblers Races, with the second scheduled to take place on Friday night.

Jimmy Reeves Thursday Gamblers Race Winner
Jimmy Reeves

Early arriving drivers took the opportunity to get some hits on the track before the main events take place and first round of the Thursday Gamblers Race set a WFC record with 234 separate cars taking part.

While double entries are accepted for the three Lopez Motorsports Triple 10s to take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the Gamblers Races are strictly single entry only with no buybacks.

With eight drivers left, the combatants were Josh Green, Dan Caissie, Jerry Hunt, Roger Bridges, Kalieb Cordill, Jimmy Reeves, Troy Morgan and Ernie Humes. Quarterfinal survivors moving into the semifinals were Caissie, Humes, Reeves and Hunt.

Humes and Hunt up first with Hunt’s roadster taking the reaction time advantage and the win into the final. Next up, Reeves and Caissie, with Caissie running under his dial to advance Reeves.

And then there were two which was over rather quickly when Hunt turned it red. But the man who suffered a severe heart attack last September was going to be tough anyway. Reeves had his own .005 reaction time to prove he’s back, taking $3,000 to open up his WFC weekend.

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