Racers from the Midwest came together at the DFS Practice Tree Race to race for $7,500, entries into big money bracket races, and a 632 cubic inch engine, all by letting go of a button.
January tends to be the slowest month of the year awaiting the long, cold days to pass so racing season can begin, but the DragstersForSale team thinks differently. December and January are some of the busiest months for them preparing for their annual practice tree race.
This year was their sixth annual race and it brought racers from Texas, Maryland, and North Carolina as well as from all over the Midwest. 200 racers gathered to have fun and let go of a button, hoping to leave with some money in their pocket.
The first race of the night was the Warm-Up. The Warm-Up offered weekend entries for premier big money bracket races that included the Million Dollar Drag Race, Triples in Vegas, and the Derby City Event. The Warm-Up saw 459 entries with no buybacks.
The remaining four racers were a who’s who of drag racing including Brett Williamson, Cory Gulitti, Tyler Sizemore, and Dan West. West and Sizemore bailed out in the semifinals, with West taking the cash and Sizemore taking the Triple for the Montgomery Million. Williamson and Gulitti sat down for the final with Williamson taking the win. Gulitti chose the Vegas Triple while Williamson chose the Derby entry.
The Main Event
Next it was time for the Main Event. The Main Event was a combination of top bulb racers from across the country with a small number of the best bottom bulb racers in drag racing. With 580 entries, the DFS team announced they would increase the purse in every payout position.
Bottom bulb racers were separated from the top bulb racers, allowing them to match up against each other until one was left. Brad Paul and Clayton Clark, two well-known bottom bulb racers, were the final two standing. Clark’s light shined at the end and he was awarded the bonus cash prize for being the last one standing.
The money round started with racers such as Miles, English, Fulcher, Dustin, and Garner just to name a few. Holden English stood out by having two entries left in the money round. Bottom bulb racer Clayton Clark bowed out at eight entries, having an impressive performance as is.
The semifinal round brought Miles, English, Fulcher, and Garner who took their time talking about splitting the purse. Fulcher and Garner lost in the semifinals, with each taking home $1,000 cash. English and Miles squared up in the final. English’s win light shined bright with his .003 reaction time to Miles’ .009.
Holden was no worse than .012 in 17 attempts letting go of the button, making him the sixth annual winner of the Main Event. With a $3,500 payday, he was happy considering he hadn’t planned on coming until a few days prior.
The Sniper Shootout
New for this year’s event was the Oakley Engine Performance 632 Engine Event. Phillip and Jay Oakley worked hard to complete the engine and it drew everyone’s attention as soon as they walked in the doors. Valued at $25,000, it was the event everyone was waiting for.
100 racers took a chance at taking home the beautiful sniper head engine, but it was David Davis from Ohio and Darren Douglass from Kentucky who sat down in the seats and grabbed a hold of the Richardson Boyz Billet Steering Wheels for the last time that night.
Davis’s light blinked and the engine was his. Douglass took home the Million Weekend entry, which included entries to the triples and an entry into the Million.
“We came for the engine and to go home with it just makes it even sweeter,” Davis stated. “This season is going to be exciting for me”
After a 17 hour day for the staff and a more than a thousand let-go’s of the button, the sixth annual DFS Practice Tree Race was in the books and the winners were headed home (or to the casino) with their hard earned winnings.
The DragstersForSale Team is already preparing for the 2021 event and making it bigger and better for all their supporters.
About the author: Megan Strassweg is a 21 year old Super Comp racer from Louisville, Kentucky. She races a 2015 American Dragster sponsored by Coolshirt Systems. Megan is a student at Western Kentucky University and is pursuing a degree in Photojournalism with plans to graduate in May 2020. 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.