Winners Crowned during High5 Energy $5K at Brainerd

You Deserve a High5 Energy $5K Bracket Race points series at Brainerd Motorsports Park is back! Cody Holloway and Matt Grayson bring the biggest checks back home to Tennessee.

RINGGOLD, GA – Brainerd Motorsports Park’s You Deserve a High5 Energy $5K returned over the weekend as scheduled. In race number four of the six race series, the stakes are climbing as well as the temperature.

The original two day event was filled with racing activity from four classes; Super Pro, No Box, Sportsman, and Junior Dragsters. On Friday, they added a 16 car Super Pro Shootout with a $1,500 top prize.

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Super Pro Shootout Results

To add an extra winner to the weekend, a Super Pro Shootout was contested on Friday night. After battling through the 16 car field, the final round was between Scott Sanders from Jefferson City, TN and Ringgold local, Lee Mashburn.

Sanders leaves .019 green and collects $1,500 for the ride back to Tennessee as Mashburn goes .005 red.

brainerd friday night super pro shootout winner Scott Sanders
Scott Sanders picks up the first win of the weekend
Saturday Super Pro Results

71 drivers staged up for first round on Saturday as they hoped to win the High5 Energy $5,000 prize. At the end of the day, two Tennessee dragsters would face off in the finals.

Chris Grayson from Murfreesboro and Cody Holloway from Whitwell staged up for the first $5K final. Grayson turns on the red light by .008, but Holloway was going to be hard to handle anyways. Cody Holloway was .003 and ran .004 under the dial to pick up the win.

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Cody Holloway, Saturday’s High5 Energy $5K winner
chris grayson saturday brainerd top runner up
Chris Grayson, Saturday’s Super Pro runner up
Saturday No Box Results

The bottom bulb class was open to footbrake and no box racers to compete. After the smoke cleared, the final round came down to Georgia native Allen Long and Chattanooga, TN resident Melvin Croft.

Croft’s rent a ride, courtesy of Booney Cunningham, ran dead on his 8.09 dial in to take the win over Long.

Melvin Croft saturday brainerd no box winner
Melvin Croft wins the No Box class on Saturday
Sportsman Results

The Sportsman class was a 100% payback race where Bryan Cronan and Jimmy Harmon would battle for the top spot on Saturday. Cronan had the reaction time advantage and put together a winning package that left Harmon mathematically ineligible.

Bryan Cronan returned to the final round in Sportsman on Sunday, but this time to face Raymond White from Whitwell, Tennessee. Cronan sweeps the weekend in Sportsman when White turned on the red light.

Bryan Cronan saturday and sunday brainerd sportsman winner
Bryan Cronan wins both days in the Sportsman class
Saturday Junior Dragster Results

The junior dragster class is where the youngest racers get to show off their skills. Two Georgia girls, Grace Varner and Shelby Whittle drove past the competition to square off in the finals.

Whittle has found herself in the runner up spot in two of the previous High5 Energy points series races, as well as another runner up last week during Brainerd’s regular points series.

Grace was aiming for perfection but leaves .0001 too early, handing the win to Shelby, who was also red.

Shelby Whittle ssaturday brainerd junior dragster winner
Shelby Whittle wins the Junior Dragster class on Saturday
grace varner saturday brainerd junior dragster runner up
Grace Varner picks up the runner up position on Saturday
Sunday Super Pro Results

Two additional Tennessee dragsters staged up for the High5 Energy $5K final on Sunday, and once again one of them had the last name of Grayson….sound familiar?

This time the final round match up was between Matthew Grayson of Whitwell and Mike Clayton of Ooltewah. Clayton was in a split-and-quit final the week before during Brainerd’s regular points race.

In Sunday’s High5 Energy $5K final, both drivers ran one above their dial ins. With a .006 margin of victory, it was Grayson’s .010 reaction time that picked up the win over Clayton.

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Matt Grayson takes home $5,000 on Sunday
Mike Clayton sunday brainerd top runner up
Mike Clayton is Sunday’s Super Pro runner up
Sunday No Box Results

Two Georgia racers who are very familiar with final round appearances battled for the top spot in No Box. Allen Long returned to his second final in the same number of days to take on Marty Goldsmith.

Goldsmith has already collected two runner up finishes during the June and July High5 Energy $5K races in Sportsman. He also took home the runner up spot last week during Brainerd’s regular points series.

On Sunday, Allen Long missed the tree a bit as Marty Goldsmith used his reaction time advantage to drive into the winner’s circle.

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Marty Goldsmith, Sunday’s No Box winner
Sunday Junior Dragster Results

On Sunday, Shelby Whittle would return to another final round to face Alabama racer Camden Roberts.

These young guns battled to a .0018 margin of victory, making it the closest final round of the weekend. Roberts was in control on the starting line with a .009 light, but Whittle ran one above her dial in to turn on the win light.

Whittle sweeps the weekend in Junior Dragsters, adding another accomplishment to her impressive season.

Shelby Whittle sunday brainerd junior dragster winner
Shelby Whittle doubles up by winning both days in the Junior Dragster class
Camden Roberts brainerd sunday junior dragster runner up
Camden Roberts, Sunday’s Junior Dragster runner up

All the racing action will return September 12-13 during the next You Deserve a High5 Energy $5K Bracket Race. You can find more information on Brainerd Motorsport Park’s Facebook page. With only two more races to go, the chase for the points championship will be heating up!

For more race results, click here or here. To check out the July edition of DragChamp magazine click here.


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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