Ezell Excels During $50K Warm-Up Race at JEGS SFG 500

Johnny “Bracket Racer” Ezell crushes the competition to take home $50,000 on day one of the JEGS SFG 500.

BRADENTON, FL – One month after the 2021 Season Kick-Off, SFG Promotions returned to Bradenton Motorsports Park for the JEGS SFG 500. Racers rushed south to sunny Florida to enjoy six days of big money bracket racing action.

Undoubtedly, the best way to start a Monday morning is staging up in the cockpit of your favorite race car. Unfortunately, most normal jobs aren’t paying $50,000 for one day’s worth of work. Luckily, the JEGS SFG 500 took care of that with Monday’s JEGS $50K Warm-Up race.

Kyle Riley, the SFG Promotions team, and Bradenton Motorsports Park staff welcomed 34 entries for first round of competition. Those entries consisted of dragsters, door cars, and no box competitors.

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Photo credit: Lou Crouch

Combining Dragsters and Door Cars

After six rounds of tough competition, the 175 dragsters and 168 door cars were narrowed down to 5 remaining entries of each. The dragsters were represented by Steve Law, Andre Nunez, Scott Gibson Jr and Johnny Ezell with two entries. The remaining door cars were Manny Sousa, Tim Butler, Glenn Dildey, Mark Mullen, and Karley Holbrook.

Law uses an .016 package to eliminate Nunez while Gibson’s .006 reaction time is mathematically ineligible beside Sousa’s .003 total package. Butler moves on beside Dildey in their double breakout battle, while Mullen advances over Holbrook in the same fashion. Both of Ezell’s entries are paired together on the ladder, so he can only take one into the quarterfinal round.

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Manny Sousa versus Johnny Bracket Racer

Quarterfinal Results

Both drivers run dead on their dials with a nine, but Tim Butler’s 7 thou advantage at the starting line illuminates the win light against Mark Mullen. Manny Sousa lays down another excellent lap when he’s .008 and dead on with a two, but it’s not enough as Johnny Ezell is .002 total for the win.

Steve Law earns the bye run and rolls into the semifinal round.

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Steve Law and Tim Butler stage up in the semifinal

And Then There Were Three

Ezell’s .001 reaction time allows him to take the solo pass into the final round. In the last door car versus dragster match up of the night, the run is settled as soon as the tree drops. Tim Butler lets go .001 red to send Steve Law into the JEGS $50K Warm-Up final round.

Law of Boonville, IN stages up beside Johnny “Bracket Racer” Ezell in the first high-stakes final of the week. Ezell uses his .008 reaction time and dead on pass to take the win over Law’s .012 light and one above run.

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Johnny Ezell celebrates his JEGS $50K Warm-Up victory with his family in the winner’s circle
Photo credit: Race Works
monday 50k runner up Steve Law
Steve Law

SFG is Just Getting Started

The racing action will continue all week during the JEGS SFG 500 at Bradenton Motorsports Park. Tuesday will begin with a time trial, followed by first round and the re-entry round of the FuelTech $100K. Afterward, a 64-car $5K Shootout will be contested. Wednesday will finish the FuelTech $100K, followed by a $5,000 Ladies Shootout, and Thursday is dedicated to the Hansen Global $100K race.

Friday begins the FTI 500K main event with a time trial, followed by first round and the re-entry round. The Hansen Global Racers Appreciation Party will be hosted Friday night. The half-million dollar winner will be crowned Saturday, which leaves Sunday as a travel day for racers and staff.

Keep an eye on the SFG Promotions Facebook page for more updates and event information.

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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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