With a potential of a $1,000,000 payday to one lucky racer, racers from all over the country including Mexico and Canada, flocked to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with the hopes of being that one fortunate person at the K&N Spring Fling Million presented by Optima Batteries.
The gates opened yesterday and by the time they closed at 9:00 last night, over 500 entries rolled through the gate to take part in the week’s festivities. Three separate $30,000-to-win races bookend Friday’s Spring Fling Million race. Typically, a lot of people will enter the auxiliary races with hopes of earning enough money to enter the separate Million with its progressive payout that guarantees $250,000 to the winner regardless of car count. The payout increases according to the entry count with only 475 entries required to pay the full $1,000,000.
“Judging from the number of cars we have on the property as of today,” says co-promoter Peter Biondo, “the Million will definitely be our biggest Million Dollar race since we began that type of payout four years ago.”
Today’s schedule called for a free Test & Tune session sponsored by FST Carbs. In addition, a limited 48-car field raced for a brand-new American Race Cars dragster complete with Brando Custom Paint worth $40,000. However, what is not typical for the Las Vegas race is the uncertainty of weather. For a city which boast 122 casinos and therefore keeping a great majority of its visitors indoors, Las Vegas claims an average of 294 days of sunshine each year. Today began with bright sunshine but turned wet before the first round of the Dragster Shootout eliminations. Several hours of wet followed by attention from the staff at LVMS brought the track back in shape and by 6:45, we were underway once again with time trials and eliminations.
After the second round of the American Race Cars and Brando Custom Paint Dragster Shootout, falling temperatures; another thing which isn’t typical for Las Vegas in April; forced officials to postpone eliminations until Wednesday morning. The remaining 12 racers will be paired on a ladder in the morning; of which the weatherman has assured will be a much better day. With support from JEGS and Hoosier Tires, all of the action is streamed live on BangShift.com. For more info and results, you can always visit www.bracketraces.com and on Facebook.