Big Names Battle in BTE Labor Day $100K Final

The BTE Labor Day $100K is officially here! Drivers from all over the country rolled into Bristol Dragway for their chance at a huge payout.

The most anticipated Footbrake event of 2020 is finally upon us with the Saturday portion of the BTE Labor Day 100K, where one talented driver will cash in for $100,000. Co-promoters Jared Pennington and Steve Stites have been working tirelessly for 14 months to present this historic event. Pennington tell us, “We couldn’t be happier right now. To see Footbrake history made today, was everything we hoped it would be and more. Steve and I want to thank every racer and sponsor that helped make this dream, a reality.”

After butting heads with Mother Nature for the previous two days, the clouds cleared, and the sunshine on the mountain created perfect conditions for a day of intense foot-swapping action. Drivers staged up beginning at 8:30 am for the last time trial session of the weekend, followed by the opening ceremony. Steve Riggins began with a word of prayer before singing the National Anthem accompanied by Dylan Stites on the piano.

To add another element of history to the BTE Labor Day 100K, Steve Stites stepped out of his comfort zone by announcing the first pair alongside Jared Pennington. By the way, that first pair was Thursday’s gamblers race winner, Charlie Lockhart, and local driver Murrell Roderick.

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Time For Eliminations

First round began with 275 entries eager to test their skills at a chance for $100,000. Round number seven was coincidentally the round with seven entries left, which began the ladder rounds. The remaining competitors were Caleb Ellison, Brad Plourd, Bryan Norman, Aaron Jones, Jon Seigel, Matt Obertanec, and Nathan Sexton.

Bryan Norman earned the bye run into the semifinals courtesy of his .002 reaction time. Obertanec leaves .002 too soon, handing the win over to Seigel who had an .015 light. Plourd ran dead on with a one but was packaged up by Ellison. Sexton uses his reaction time advantage to take the win by .002 over Jones.

And then there were four survivors looking for their spot in the final round. First up was Florida driver Jon Seigel in the Malibu wagon taking on Virginia racer Nathan Sexton in the Mustang. Seigel leaves with the wheels up but turns it .004 red and runs .008 under next to Sexton’s .027 reaction time. Another Virginia Mustang, Bryan Norman, staged up beside Ohio driver Caleb Ellison in the Camaro. The double breakout win went over to Ellison who was .001 under next to Norman’s .003 under pass.  

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Jon Seigel takes on Nathan Sexton in the semifinals
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Bryan Norman faces Caleb Ellison at four cars

No Worries, There’s Only $100,000 on the Line

The biggest round of the weekend came down to two young talented drivers who have won their fair share of big checks. Caleb Ellison has picked up multiple big money race wins including the BTE Footbrake 150 a couple years ago. Two weeks ago, Nathan Sexton finished as both the winner and runner up at Loose Rocker’s Lil Bigfoot race. What I’m saying is that these guys are comfortable with sweat inducing final rounds.

Only 6 thou separated the pair at the tree, and it was a .004 margin of victory at the finish line. Sexton is .028 at the hit and runs .022 above the dial, while Ellison leaves .022 and goes .024 above to illuminate the final win light and pick up $100,000. Other than the huge payout, big check, and bragging rights- Caleb Ellison also claimed the 100K King of the Mountain prize. This title comes with a brand-new custom Pro 1 Racing & Safety Products fire jacket.

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Caleb Ellison has won the largest paying Footbrake race in history
Photo credit: Chris Simmons Photography
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Nathan Sexton finishes second in the BTE Labor Day $100K
Photo credit: Chris Simmons Photography

But Wait…There’s More

The racing wasn’t over just yet as Friday’s $3,000 gamblers race was still on the table. The remainder of round one as well as round two were completed Saturday night. With 58 cars remaining and the dew setting in, the decision was made to start fresh in the morning. After church service the gamblers race will run until completion, intertwined with a time run for Sunday’s $10,000 main event.

As always, you can watch the action live on MotorManiaTV thanks to this years sponsors- JEGS and Environmental Oil Recovery. For more race information you can head on over to the World Footbrake Challenge website.

You can click on each day to read the previous BTE Labor Day $100K results as they also crowned winners on Thursday and Friday.


Jessica was born into a family of drag racers and fell in love with the sport at a young age. She began competing at 13 and has been hooked ever since! She even met her husband at the World Footbrake Challenge VII. Jessica works full time as an Ultrasound Technologist but spends almost every weekend chasing win lights at IHRA and NHRA bracket races.

You can contact her at Jessica@dragchamp.com or on her Facebook page.

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