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BTE King of the Coast Race Results

AJ Ashe and Johnny Ezell claim wins at the BTE King of the Coast Race at Gulfport Dragway. Holley, Seguin, and Wentzell also prevail.

Gulfport, MS – Big money racers from across the south gathered at Gulfport Dragway for the exclusive BTE King of the Coast.

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The series debuted in 2005 and has been booming ever since. This year the series has seven events planned for their racers and supporters. The first event of the 2020 season took place this past weekend. The stars of the weekend were AJ Ashe and Johnny Ezell. 

Saturday Results

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Johnny Ezell

Johnny Ezell was victorious once again in his newly painted “Turkey” dragster. Ezell took the big Saturday win over Wayne Henry. Allen Wickell was the semifinalist. 

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Thomas Holley

Alabama native Thomas Holley took home the big check, beating William Short in the final round. The semifinalists were Mike Barnett and Michael Lewis.

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Carl Schaffer

Carl Schaffer was victorious over Nicky Wentzell in the Saturday night Sportsman final round.

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Lawson Scott

Lawson Scott took home the big win over Kyler Morel in the final round on Saturday night.

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Kane Kern

Louisiana native Kane Kern was victorious over Bryce Fairley in the final round on Saturday. Semifinalists were Hailey Farmer and Zack Pearce.

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Sebastian Hickey

Sebastian Hickey took home the trophy over Harlie Nye in the final round on Saturday night. Payton Simoneaux was the semifinalist remaining. 

Sunday Results

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AJ Ashe

In his third final in 3 weeks, AJ Ashe was victorious once again over Chris White. Stacy Carpenter was the semifinalist remaining.

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Larry Seguin

Larry Seguin took home the big check over opponent John Vance in the final round on Sunday. The lone semifinalist remaining was Danny Paul.

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Nicky Wentzell

Saturday runner-up Nicky Wentzell visited the final round again, but this time was victorious over Lewis D’Angelo.

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Charlie Rentrop

Charlie Rentrop was victorious over Jillian Sandrock in the final round on Sunday afternoon.

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Hayden Miller

Hayden Miller took home the win over opponent Abe Enroth in the final round. Semifinalists were Nathan Barone and Zack Pearce. 

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Payton Simoneaux

Saturday semifinalist Payton Simoneaux was the winner of the 13-17-year-old age group on Sunday over opponent Sebastian Hickey. Semifinalists were Kacee Guedry and Cole Walker.

Congrats to all the winners at the first BTE King of the Coast Race! For more information on the series, click here.

Megan Strassweg

About the author: Megan Strassweg is a 22 year old Super Comp racer from Louisville, Kentucky. She races a 2015 American Dragster sponsored by Coolshirt Systems. She graduated from Western Kentucky University in May of 2020 with a degree in Photojournalism and a minor in Entrepreneurship. Megan works at Jim Butner Auto in the Finance Department. Growing up at the racetrack, drag racing is all she has known and never plans to give up on it. 

You can reach Megan on Facebook or email at megan@dragchamp.com

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