The BTE King of the Coast series wraps up the season at Gulfport Dragway with their seventh event.
GULFPORT, MS – In case you haven’t noticed, 2020 has been a strange year and a difficult racing season for everyone.
Promoter Gaylon Rolison, Jr had his hands full this season with seven points races with the BTE King of the Coast Bracket Series, two Great American Bracket Race events, and two non-points KOC big money bracket races on the schedule. Even with all of the conflict 2020 brought to the table, impressively only one weekend (KOC Event 5) was unable to be completed, and that was due to rain.
Each of the BTE King of the Coast Bracket Series events were presented by David McMurtry Racing Engines and featured a two-day race format. Events six and seven experienced some moodiness from Mother Nature, but one out of the two days were able to crown winners in all classes.
Berry Performance Junior Dragster 7-9 Saturday Results
Lawson Scott ends his 2020 season on a high note by picking up the 7-9 year old win over Charlie Rentrop. Scott earned a five foot tall trophy, the Golden Check, and the points championship this weekend.
CS Transport Junior Dragster 10-12 Saturday Results
In the 10-12 year old division, Jalen Price takes home the five foot trophy and Golden Check over Nathan Barone.
Pearce Automotive Junior Dragster 13-17 Saturday Results
Griffin Hatcher gets the win over Kacee Guidry in the oldest class of junior dragster drivers. Hatcher also earns a five foot tall trophy and Golden Check for his win.
Rick’s Speed Shop Electronics Saturday Results
The semifinals on Saturday consisted of Kris Morris, Greg Rolison, Shallon Broussard, and Mike Saitta. Rolison had the reaction time advantage but Morris runs dead on with an eight to move into the final round. Broussard lays down .014 total to earn his spot beside Saitta’s .009 light and two above pass.
With $4,000 and the Golden Check on the line, both drivers were set up tight. Morris lets go .002 red while Broussard is .005 green to earn the win.
Alliance Racewear Footbrake Saturday Results
In Footbrake, Danny Paul had two out of the last three entries and one was sitting on the bye run. In one of the closest rounds of the weekend, Rhett Seguin and Paul staged up to see who would earn the other spot in the final round.
Seguin was .0001 on the tree but broke out by seven thousandths to end his day. Paul was .002 and runs .0007 under his dial in to give himself the win and runner up on Saturday.
Danny Paul’s double up earned him the 2020 Footbrake points championship, the Golden Check, and $2,000.
Velocity Racing Carbs Sportsman Saturday Results
In the Sportsman finals, Nicky Wentzell earns the win and Golden Check over Curtis Allen. Wentzell also claimed the 2020 Sportsman points championship.
Junior Dragster Drivers Split Purse on Sunday
Thanks to the previously mentioned interference from rain, junior dragster drivers in all three classes had to split the money.
In the Berry Performance 7-9 year old class, Maeson Summers and Rorie Wells were co-winners.
Logan Gordon, Hayden Miller, and Layne Lewis split the purse in the CS Transport 10-12 year old class.
The Pearce Automotive 13-17 year old co-winners were Alissa Ortega and Ryker Cromwell.
2020 Points Champions and a Word from Race Control
Gaylon Rolison, Jr took a moment to tell DragChamp how he felt about this interesting season. He told us, “I’d just like to say thanks to all the racers and their families for another year of the KOC Series. Without racers there is no KOC and I will never take that for granted.”
As the 2020 season closes, the BTE King of the Coast Bracket Series Champions were crowned. Congratulations to the following drivers on their winning season!
- 7-9 Junior Dragster Champion: Lawson Scott
- 10-12 Junior Dragster Champion: Hayden Miller
- 13-17 Junior Dragster Champion: Dylan Hite
- Sportsman Champion: Nicky Wentzell
- Footbrake Champion: Danny Paul
- Electronics Champion: Allen Wickell
A Small Off-Season Before The Racing Action Heats Back Up
Don’t let the winter weather get you down because the BTE King of the Coast Bracket Series presented by David McMurtry Racing Engines will be back before you know it!
First up on the 2021 schedule is a non-points event at Emerald Coast Dragway, January 22-24 called the KOC Winter Warmup.
Points racing begins with the first BTE KOC event February 19-21 at Gulfport Dragway, where the 2020 Tournament of Champions will be contested as well.
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.