SPARCO FALL FLING 500K FST WEDNESDAY RESULTS
With first a “family photo” of the Fling and Bristol Dragway staff celebrating ten years of Fling racing in Bristol, Fuel System Technology (FST) Wednesday got underway for the Sparco Fall Fling 500K presented by Optima Batteries.
The first big prize of the weekend, a $30,000-to-win day began with a single time trial; the only one of the week; for all competitors. From today forward, all competitors go directly to eliminations each day. With the pre-entered field in attendance, part of the Fling experience is ensuring the races are completed in a timely fashion.
In a somewhat unusual occurrence in bracket racing circles, Fling co-promoters Peter Biondo and Kyle Seipel chose to limit the event to single entries only, with no double-entering of drivers/cars.
In what may possibly be the only big bracket racing in the country today, single entries dates back to the old Moroso 5-Day Bracket Championships. Obviously the bracket racing world embraced the concept as pre-entries were sold out in a matter of minutes when the pre-entry list opened back in March.
Round six and 13 cars remained; Danny Waters Jr., Justin Vickers, Phillip Pennington, David Davis, JR Lobner, Luke Bogacki, Aaron Gee, Shawn Langdon, Bryan Robinson, Colby Fuller, Tim Thomas, Don Hansen and Shane Carr.
With each placed on the elimination ladder, the survivors were Thomas, Langdon, Bogacki, Robinson, Carr and the door cars of Vickers and Pennington.
Quarterfinal round and it was Thomas over Pennington. The door car of Vickers took out Carr. Bogacki overcame Robinson’s better Reaction Time for the win and Langdon soloed with the bye run to move into the semifinals.
Round eight, semifinals and former Fling winner Thomas used a 0.08 RT and 0.018 over his dial-in to turn back the last remaining door car of Vickers.
In the other half, Bogacki had the reaction time advantage but ran -0.001 under his dial to move former NHRA World Champ and Funny Car driver Langdon to his first Fling final round.
Final round and Langdon had the RT advantage but it was Thomas who laid down a 0.016 package to add another Fling trophy to his collection.