Strange Engineering Friday opened up at the K&N Spring Fling presented by Optima Batteries with the ante upped to $50,000-to-win at Galot Motorsports Park in North Carolina.
“This event is all about the racers,” said co-promoter Peter Biondo prior to eliminations beginning. “We know how much money and time it takes to attend an event of this size and we also know that we couldn’t do it without you. Our racers are the ones who make the event what it is and we can’t thank you enough.”
Weather this week has not been an issue. High temps and low humidity kept things quite comfortable… until today. The humidity came in and a brief shower half-way through the second round of today’s race set things back a little. But the staff at Galot Motorsports Park did an admirable job drying the surface and re-prepping it back to ideal conditions with racing continuing.
While racing was going on, the Impact-sponsored Racer Appreciation Party began with door prizes, a live DJ, face painting, a magic show and more, entertaining everyone on the property with food cooked by Chef Anthony (Bertozzi).
With only a handful of dragsters left to run the balance of the second round, Mother Nature stepped in once again, holding up the racing for several hours before the track crew again dried and prepped the surface. The balance of second round began again around 11:00pm and was completed by 11:35 with the third round following right behind.
Round four began and due to the late hour, working closely with local law enforcement, officials decided to call it a night with six pairs of cars left in round four; which was actually Saturday morning at around 1:30. Strange Engineering Friday’s $50,000-to-win race will continue fresh on Saturday with those six pair left and then until a champion is crowned.
It was a credit to the Galot staff for the track preparation to dry the facility twice and get back to racing at such a late hour. Unfortunately, you can’t mess with Mother Nature. “We’d like to thank all the racers who worked with us to complete as much racing as we did, along with law enforcement who allowed us to run past our curfew,” said co-promoter Kyle Seipel.