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King of the Coast Ben Franklin 5K Race Results

The BTE King of the Coast Bracket racing series kicked off the new year with the Ben Franklin 5K’s at Emerald Coast Dragway.

HOLT, Florida – The BTE King of the Coast bracket series raced into action January 25, 2020 at Emerald Coast Dragway. The Ben Franklin 5K’s offered racers a shot at three $5,000-to-win races over a two-day race weekend. The race, included Top Bulb, Bottom Bulb, and three Jr. Dragster classes.

BTE King of the Coast Logo

Both Top Bulb and Bottom Bulb classes enjoyed the same great payouts for just a $99 entry. That entry was good for one, two, or three races! As usual, Gaylon Rolison and the BTE KOC team provided an exceptional purse for a low entry.

With abnormally low temperatures predicted throughout the weekend, the KOC team combined the three $5K’s in to two $7,500 races, one on Saturday and the second on Sunday. The entire three-race purse was split between the two $7,500 races.

Saturday Ben Franklin 5K’s Race Results

After a time trial on Saturday morning, racers rolled into eliminations in search of big payouts!

In Top Bulb action, Warren Koch drove his Plum Crazy ‘Cuda to the $7,500 win after defeating Keith Colburn in his red Camaro.

Warren Koch Top Bulb winner
Warren Koch
Keith Colburn Top Bulb RU ben franklin
Keith Colburn

Greg Rushing collected the $7,500 Bottom Bulb win after taking out Team DragChamp member, Charlie Lockhart in the final.

Greg Rushing Bottom Bulb winner ben franklin
Greg Rushing
Charlie Lockhart

Jr. Dragster results included Brody Dykes over Lincoln McMaster in the 7-9 final round, Corbin Walker over Zack Pearce in the 10-12 class, and Aaron Kinsey over Nick Hite in the 13-17 final.

Brody Dykes 7-9 jr dragster winner ben franklin
Brody Dykes
Aaron Kinsey 13-17 jr dragster winner ben franklin
Aaron Kinsey

Rain wins on Sunday

The weather was the big winner on Sunday as light rains hit around sunrise and continued throughout the day. Although the race flyer stated the $99 entry was good for either 1, 2, or 3 races during the weekend, the KOC staff made the call to refund $50 to every racer in attendance.

This mentality of putting the racer first is a hallmark of the BTE King of the Coast series making it one of the more popular local series in the country.

A Big Thanks!

Gaylon was quick to thank all the racers that supported the Ben Franklin 5K’s including event sponsors David McMurtry Racing Engines and Fine Line Signs and Graphics.

He was gracious for the wonderful hospitality displayed by the staff at Emerald Coast Dragway and Ryan Milliken.

The help of Cody Pollage, Jeff August, Monte Caldarelli, Jennifer Rolison, Morgan Rolison, and Kim Rolison were greatly appreciated throughout the weekend.

The BTE KOC Series Presented by David McMurtry Racing Engines kicks off the 2020 Points Championship Season Feb. 28-March 1 at Gulfport Dragway in Gulfport, MS.

2020 King of the Coast Schedule

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